Being Italian, food has always been center stage in my life: I enjoyed cooking and eating hearty meals from an early age and was aware that food and health were interlinked. However, in my twenties I moved to London and ended up working as a Product Manager in the film and video game industry. I partied a lot, drank, slept erratically, skipped meals and ate junk food.
It was only in my mid to late thirties, when my partner and I decided to have a child, that I started to realise the impact my lifestyle choices may have had. I got pregnant and miscarried repeatedly, leaving us both completely devastated every time. After every loss, my GP would tell me that it was just bad luck and we should keep trying, but I knew there was something wrong. In that time, I also gained close to 10 kilograms, found myself exhausted and falling asleep every night at 8pm, and started to lose my hair.
Through private investigations, I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder where my own immune system was attacking my thyroid, impeding its function. I began researching the condition and soon realised that there was a big connection between the thyroid, the gut and the immune system. Thyroid health is also strongly linked to fertility and metabolism. I started my health journey, changing my diet to nourish myself and heal my gut.
I became so passionate about my health that I decided to take it further and go back to school to study Naturopathic Nutrition. I worked with a functional medical doctor who tested me, amongst other things, for food sensitivities (of which I had many!) and adrenal health. I tweaked my diet further, took supplements to address any deficiencies I had, focused on restorative exercise such as yoga, practised gratitude daily and started to visualise the life I wanted. In May 2014 I found out I was pregnant. I had a very healthy and happy pregnancy and gave birth to my miracle baby girl in January 2015, at age 39.
How can I help you?
I am deeply passionate about women’s health, and I want to educate, empower and inspire you to take control of your health.
I will work with you to get to the root cause of your health concern and put together a tailored nutrition, supplement and lifestyle plan to help you rediscover your vitality and vibrance.
Through coaching, I will help you trust and believe in yourself and your body again, and step into the greatest version of yourself.
As a certified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, I am fully insured and a registered member of B.A.N.T (British Association of Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) and CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) as well as training as a Health Coach. I attend regular seminars, courses and workshops to keep up to date with the ever evolving scientific research in health and nutrition.
About Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathic Nutrition
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care (BANT).
Naturopathic Medicine is a system of medicine which focuses on the prevention of illness and the use of non-toxic, natural therapies. Naturopathic nutrition is based on the principle that given the optimal conditions, we can enhance our body’s natural healing power.
Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other factors. I have been trained to look at the whole person, taking all of these factors into account. By using food to address imbalances in the body, symptoms are often minimised.
However, my approach is centred around finding the root cause of this imbalance, because each system in our body (e.g. cardiovascular, hormonal, immune) is inter-connected and an imbalance in one system can have a knock on effect on other parts.
By teaching you the principles of living a healthy life, I aim to give you the knowledge to empower you to take control of your health and increase your state of wellness: physically, mentally and emotionally. By looking at what you eat as well as how you live, we can implement changes to not only make you feel better, but feel great!