As a happily married mother of three young boys, I’d put on a bit of weight after having my children so decided to become a fitness instructor. After a few months, I was running fitness classes as well as being a full-time mum. It was a fun time and life was good. But my life was about to change ….
One Sunday afternoon, while having dinner, my youngest son, who was four at the time, asked me if he could have the chocolate bar my friend, who had been on holiday, had brought back for him. Even in those days I was careful about what my children ate but the odd treat was fine and a chocolate bar couldn’t possibly hurt him could it?
My son took one bite and immediately said he felt sick and tried to vomit. He then had difficulty breathing and felt hot and clammy. My husband and I knew we had to get him to hospital as soon as possible. Halfway there my son passed out and his breathing became laboured. On arrival at hospital I ran with him in my arms, the reception desk waved me through to children’s A&E. After that everything seemed to slip into slow motion. Our son was unconscious and struggling to breathe. A young doctor managed to stabilise him and we moved to resus. Then things became really serious, he was not responding to the adrenaline as his blood was too thick. A senior doctor burst through the door, threw her bags on the floor and got to work on our son. Suddenly he came back to us and asked where he was.
He was then moved to a ward and stayed in hospital under close observation for a few days.
So, began my journey to find out more about the consequences of what we eat.
The only option we were given for our son was medication for the rest of his life, but that was not an option for me, so I began doing my research and realised there was another way.
This has taken me on a journey from full time mum and fitness instructor to nutritional therapist and onto nutritional consultant.
Modern medicine is fantastic and there is no doubt that my son would not be here today if it was not for the amazing doctors that saved his life, but for long term illness we must ask ourselves is medication the only way?
Our journey as a family has not always been plan sailing and there have been times when we’ve ended up back in hospital, but once I changed my son’s diet other things began to change too. The ironic thing is that I thought that I was already feeding my children a healthy diet, now I realise how wrong I was.
A doctor once asked me, ‘how can you study food for five years?’ It’s a strange thing to ask, especially when you think that food is what keeps us alive.
I now realise how powerful the food we eat can be, we all have a choice, I am here to help you make the right one for your body.
Currently studying for an MSc Nutritional Medicine at University of Surrey
BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy – July 2012
Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner – April 2010
Dietary Educator Certificate December – 2009
Diploma in Optimum Nutritional Therapy – May 2008
Diploma in Advanced Optimum Nutrition Theory – March 2008
Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology – June 2007
Certificate in Nutritional Advice – January 2007
BACR Phase IV Exercise Instructor – September 2008
Nutrition and Weight Management – November 2006
Client Lifestyle and Fitness Assessment – July 2006
Certificate in Fitness instructing Gym – July 2006
Certificate in instructing Health Related Exercise for Children – Sept 2005
Exercise to Music September – 2003