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How it all began...

My journey to becoming a Nutritionist began almost 15 years ago. I was busy working, we had just bought our first house, we had a busy social life and things were going great. Except I had these ongoing gut issues that I just could not figure out. When I sat down and thought about it, I had always had a “funny tummy”, bouts of diarrhoea, bloating, constipation and gas which I could never quite pinpoint to a particular food. It was just random. I did start to make the correlation to stress/anxiety and my tummy playing up, which was not surprising considering what I know now about gut health!

In the meantime, I went back to school and became a Nurse which certainly gave me a greater understanding of the human body, but it still didn’t answer my problems and I was determined to know more.

After years of going to doctors with these kinds of vague symptoms and leaving frustrated because they had no answers other than irritable bowel, I was finally referred to a gastroenterologist. A gastroscopy and colonoscopy later – still no answers!! I was then sent for a breath test, which involved sitting in a doctor’s rooms and blowing into a tube for two hours. The end result was still inconclusive but the specialist diagnosed me with fructose intolerance. Finally, I felt like I was getting somewhere. So, I tried the Low FODMAP diet and hallelujah I felt better, no bloating no urgent trips to the toilet, and I lost two kilograms to boot.

The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet App became my new best friend and I became obsessed with finding out more. I followed the diet fairly closely and figured out what I can and cannot tolerate and in what amounts, but I still wanted to know more.

After 10 years of Nursing I began to question why my patients had all these chronic diseases, especially my elderly patients who had lists of complaints as long as your arm. I started to question diet and the correlation to diseases, so many of which could have been prevented through better nutrition.

I had also become a mother to three beautiful children and wanted to provide them with nutritious meals to give them the best start in life. I was lucky enough to stay home while they were young so I did a lot of cooking and baking, believing that if I baked it at least I knew what went into it – no nasty preservatives and additives I couldn’t pronounce. They are now all teenagers and their diet is not perfect by any stretch but they do know the value of eating well and what they should and should not put in their bodies. I always smile when they ask what’s for dinner and tell me they really feel like a big bowl of veggies!

A few years ago I stumbled across a course in Nutritional Medicine, which appealed to me on so many levels. For starters, I love food (who doesn’t!), I wanted to understand more about food and the impact it has on our health and wellbeing, and maybe I could use this to educate people about the importance of nutrition.

So almost three years later and a whole lot of hard work, tears and constantly questioning why I put myself through all the stress of studying whilst working and raising a family - I did it. I was really proud of myself for persevering and achieving my goal.

Nutritionally Yours was born and now begins the next chapter in my life.

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