As a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (the only professional body regulating nutritionists in the UK) this means I’m held to the highest standard of evidence-based practice, AKA science! It also means I’ve had proper training and hold legit degree qualifications in nutrition.
My training began when I moved to Scotland to study for an MSc in Human Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen. Here I was based at the Rowett Institute which is basically world-renowned for nutrition research and has a very swanky building here in Aberdeen. This gave me a proper grounding in the scientific approach and how to critically apply evidence to what and how we eat.
Having qualified with a distinction in my MSc I moved to London for a nutrition internship at the British Nutrition Foundation, followed by a brief position as Assistant Nutrition Scientist before moving back to Aberdeen (for love, eew I know).
While living in London I began to hear about a different approach to nutrition and health from what I was taught at university. One that doesn’t demonise or stigmatise based on how you look, or try and tell you that your body isn’t ‘good enough’. I rapidly began researching and digesting everything I could to learn more about the non-diet approach to nutrition, as there had always been something about the world of weight loss that hadn’t sat right with me.
Thinking back to my uni days I’ve sat through many a lecture where expert nutrition scientists shrugged with a casual: "we don’t have a good way of helping people lose weight and keep it off… I guess we just haven’t found the right diet yet”
I know from personal experience how damaging diet culture can be. I was once completely immersed in it, in what I call my ‘diet days’… I used to lull myself to sleep by counting how many calories I ate in a day, then drag myself on a 6am run because I ate ‘too much’ the day before. Food rules dictated my whole life!
This is why I’ve dedicated my time to training in intuitive eating, an evidence based approach that can help you to feel more relaxed around food, more in tune with your own needs and better able to trust your body. Click here for more on what on earth intuitive eating is and why it's a better way to view nutrition and health.
This is the type of nutrition I advocate for and I’m helping to bring this approach to Scotland along with other fierce non-diet advocates! Our aim is to help people turn their backs on diet culture and make meaningful changes to their diet and lifestyle in ways that they actually want to keep up.