Eating a plant-based diet for over 15 years, my personal journey with health and nutrition hasn't always been great. I grappled with irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances, and eating disorders. These left me with daily bloating, poor self-image, and debilitating fatigue. I ate a very controlled and unhealthy diet and had a terrible relationship with food. With hindsight, this led me to a career in nutrition, to educate and show others that food can be enjoyed in abundance, while still achieving health goals.
I entered perimenopause around 41. This was a very challenging time for me with erratic, heavy periods, anxiety and depression, and broken sleep every night. I lost my zest for life. I avoided social interactions as I was fatigued and very anxious.
Despite numerous iron infusions due to significant blood loss, no doctor suggested I may be in perimenopause. Looking back now, it was so obvious given my disrupted sleep and changing menstrual cycles.
Diet and lifestyle changes along with supplements played a big role in supporting me. Menopause hormonal therapy (MHT) also offered substantial relief for a year. Now, as I navigate menopause, my focus is on pre-emptively managing the health risks synonymous with this phase, especially osteoporosis and cardiovascular issues, while minimising symptoms with supplements, diet and lifestyle.
A healthy diet, rich in plant protein and phytoestrogens, along with exercise and stress relief can provide great benefits in this life chapter and beyond.
While I am proudly plant-based, I respect others' diet preferences. I still encourage an increased intake of plant protein given the many health benefits these foods provide.
I love reading nutrition science and keeping up to date with the ever-evolving world of nutrition. I'm driven by a desire to show you how good you can feel with the right nutrition, stress management, and movement.