I am passionate about food, fitness, health and wellbeing and believe that life is all about balance.
Having spent a number of years working in the unhealthy environment of the licensed retail, I decided that wasn’t the life for me. I was tired of feeling ‘rubbish’ – something I now know to be a state of dis-ease (that state when you are not clinically ill but you are just not well).
Upon leaving the industry, I decided to do the Premier Training diploma in personal training; I had always enjoyed exercise so thought that this would give me a good career option as well as a way to make myself healthier.
In 2003, Realisation Fitness was born. Since launching my personal training business I have continued to develop my knowledge through regular training and research, but this never felt like enough. I was helping my clients; many of whom were achieving or exceeding their goals but still there was an underlying level of dis-ease for many people and I felt like I should be able to do more.
In 2008, I decided to take a break from running my PT business full-time; having already worked on a number of health promotion programmes for NHS Hull I took a full-time role within the health promotion team. Initially I was working as a health trainer, then as a health improvement practitioner on the Hull launch of the National Cardiovascular Disease Prevention programme; again I found myself asking what more could I do. Many of the people I saw would ultimately be recommended drug therapy and, although I am not opposed to this, I think, given the right tools, our body is able to help itself a bit too.
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”La Rochefoucauld
This constant questioning and wanting to be able to do more led me to the Institute of Optimum Nutrition, where I completed the foundation science degree in Nutritional Therapy.
Through my understanding of nutritional therapy, functional medicine and fitness, I can help my clients optimise their health and wellbeing so they can feel amazing.
Over the time I have worked within the fitness industry I have trained and worked with some amazing individuals. One thing I have noticed is the passion that these people feel for their chosen career; these people are the fitness instructor who can’t understand why you wouldn’t want to get out of bed at 5.30am every morning and go for a run or the nutritional therapists that don’t eat wheat, gluten, dairy, lactose, sugar…
Don’t get me wrong, I am not putting these people down, I truly envy their commitment but I like to live in the real world, where exercise doesn’t make you want to throw up at the end of it and food is guilt free.
My mission is to help my clients find a lifestyle – diet, fitness programme or both – that fits into their life. This lifestyle won’t involve living on mung beans or exercising until your legs drop off – unless you have the time and inclination. I will share with you the ways (because there isn’t just one) to lead a healthy life without giving up all the things you enjoy.
Furthermore, I hope to inspire you to try something new that will enhance your life and sense of wellbeing.