The taste smell, colour, texture and variety. I also love it for how it makes us feel: improving our mood, energising us, improving our immunity and influencing how we age.
It wasn’t always this way though. Alas, growing up as a child of the 70’s and teenager in the 80’s the microwave was the latest gadget and whilst my mum would cook homemade meals whenever she could, gradually the convenience of the ready-meal took over. Convenience cooking continued into my 20s and it would be fair to say I did not have the healthiest of diet. The excitement of starting work, the Friday night drinks and getting home late meant I was gaining weight and tired all the time.
I tried and failed at all the usual slimming groups or latest fad diets, losing a few pound yet to put it back on again. I simply had no clue about nutrition. In my late 30s my health started to take a downward spiral – endometriosis, miscarriages, stress and depression all took their toll. Prescription medication helped me get by but I never felt entirely well.
Trawling through the latest diet books didn’t lead me to the answer. It wasn’t until 2013 that I happened to be looking through a magazine that I found an advert for a 6-week short course in nutrition. I signed up and absolutely loved it!
As a result, I started making a few changes to my diet but most importantly, I became aware of the power of food on our health. I wanted to learn more, yet the next stage was a 3-year diploma with exams (eek!). Self-doubt crept in but eventually I decided to bite the bullet and go for it and commit to studying nutrition full time.
My diet and my relationship with food has now been complete overhauled, and I feel the healthiest I have ever been. I’m not perfect and I still enjoy a pub lunch or occasional curry on a Friday night, however I know how to distinguish the hype from the facts in my choices.
Whilst learning about nutrition I also developed a greater interest in Complementary therapies. After completing my nutrition diploma I then went on to study and practice massage. I have been fortunate enough to be working at Neal's Yard Remedies therapy rooms since qualifying. I work with people of all ages and believe in creating a calm and relaxing environment for my clients to unwind whilst enjoying a treatment tailored to their specific needs.
I love helping others, which is why I am so excited to be a practicing massage and nutritional therapist, either enabling people to achieve their health goals through nutrition or feeling relaxed after a massage
I look forward to hopefully helping you too!
Tanya Walker ~ Nutritional Therapist