You're probably reading this because you want to make some changes to improve the health of your family. As a mum of 3, I understand how challenging it can be to do this. Watching your child suffer through eczema, constant infections, allergies, autoimmune conditions, poor sleep or behaviour problems is heartbreaking and frustrating, and as parents we often feel guilty that we aren’t doing enough. I know this, because this is my story too.
8 years ago, I didn't understand just how foundational good nutrition was for my family’s lifelong health, and I'd never heard of gut health! I thought I was feeding them the right way. The kids lunch boxes were packed with muesli bars, low fat yoghurt and what I thought were healthy sandwiches. We were eating “healthy” cereals for breakfast and dinner was a battleground as I tried to get my children to eat their vegetables. Yet, between them, they were not sleeping well, had trouble concentrating at school and were frequently sick and tired. They also had tummy and head aches all the time, suffered from anxiety and were taking antihistamines daily.
I had struggled with digestive issues since I was a teenager, as well as anxiety, depression and weight problems. After the birth of my children, I struggled with postnatal depression and anxiety and my weight kept creeping up. I have no photos of me with my children over a period of about 3 years because I hated the way I looked – and this breaks my heart. Later, my son and I were both diagnosed with coeliac disease and with a strong family history of thyroid disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, I knew something had to change.
I started looking at food in a different way and questioning what are we actually eating when we have a muesli bar, or low fat yoghurt. I also started to look at why we were eating like this, and the excuses I gave myself not to make the changes I knew we desperately needed.
I finally realised that I was in control of my life – what I ate, how I felt about myself and what I fed my family. This was incredibly empowering and it allowed me to move past my old beliefs and commit to making better choices – choices that would have a lasting impact on my whole family.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein.
I also found that there was a big difference between the “products” being passed off as food, and the nutrition the body actually needs. This insight and my frustration at having been led astray by brands and unqualified advice that I had trusted motivated me to taking things into my own hands and complete a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine.
Now I understand what nutrients the body really needs to thrive, and use my education to help parents like me provide the nutrition their children need to live long, healthy and happy lives.
Many parents feel overwhelmed by conflicting information and are often turned off by fanatical approaches to food and diet which are just not sustainable for their families.
My practical approach is based on what I continue to learn through my ongoing education and the real world experience of having to transform my family’s entire approach to how we eat. Through this experience and what I have learned coaching others through workshops, online communities and now as a practitioner focused on nutrition, I provide guidance and support on making sustainable changes that will actually work for your family.
Making changes can be overwhelming and dealing with the resistance and advice from well meaning family and friends is also a barrier that needs to be overcome. However, giving your children the foundation of good health through proper nutrition is one of the best things you can do in your role as their parent.
I’d like to support you and your family, and I invite you join other like-minded parents in my workshops, courses and online community. This community of committed and passionate parents is also there to support you in your mission to provide the nutritional foundations of lifelong wellness for your children. I hope you will join us.