Hi! I’m Steph. I’m currently studying a Nutritional Therapy diploma at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. I’m that ‘mature student’ that we all saw when we were in Uni and wondered ‘why on earth are you studying NOW’. But it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I studied a Psychology BSc at the University of Manchester, and when I graduated I always had the question in the back of my mind wondering whether I had done the right thing to leave education. Beginning a Masters or a PHD in Psychology seemed a huge undertaking without a clear idea in my mind of what I truly wanted to do. I was also still an extremely fragile being at this part of my life, I had a lot of strength and confidence to gain so didn’t have the belief in myself to do it. I decided to move to London (for the cringey reason of loooove) and start a first job in recruitment. It was exactly what I needed… it gave me a confidence boost; a realisation that I can just jump into something I know nothing about and do ok; and I made friends for life who made me realise I was more than I believed of myself.
However, I was still suffering significantly with fibromyalgia. The lifestyle of London; of full time work; of maintaining a social life, relationship and being far from home for the first time took its toll. So, I made the decision to leave full time work and go back to school! For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about food, cooking and nutrition but my relationship with it has not always been smooth sailing (I mean, whose has?!). I had years of restriction, guilt and eating to ‘cure’ fibromyalgia (disclaimer: it did not cure me, it made me obsessed and fibromyalgia worse). Regaining the love, excitement, and freedom for food and nutrition is one of the things I’m most proud of in my life so it seemed the perfect subject to study.
I’m part way through my 3 year diploma and during it I have also qualified as a life coach. I am constantly learning and hope to enrol in a clinical nutrition masters once this degree is over. The diploma, my instagram, and my dinner parties with friends has completed reignited my love for food and nutrition. However, I also acknowledge that nutrition can be a very extreme world, there are hugely varying opinions, a lot of fads, a lot of restriction and a lot of ‘too good to be true’ Instagram accounts out there. My goal and underlying philosophy is positive nutrition. I don’t believe that certain foods are inherently ‘bad’ or other foods are inherently ‘clean’. I don’t believe in cutting out whole food groups (unless you have an intolerance or allergy). I believe food should be enjoyed and that a healthy mindset towards eating can often be the biggest drivers of dietary health. So, you’ll see me drinking a glass of rose (Whispering Angel is my poison of choice in case you ever want to know), eating a pizza and enjoying a bar of Lindt sea salt. You’ll also see me eating lots of veggies, fruit, good quality protein, and whole-grains. It’s a balance… and I’ve found a way to be happy and healthy with food and nutrition. Hopefully one day I can help others to do so too.
Fitness & Personal Training:
I am a qualified level 3 personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. During lockdown I have been providing free at home zoom workouts so that we can continue to workout together and motivate each other. It makes me so happy being able to see you doing the workouts with me and spurring each other on. I work freelance and offer 1-1 sessions or group classes, as well as nutrition advice. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re interested!
Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I was a keen runner and long jumper growing up and the love for exercise has stayed with me. However, my personal relationship with training has not always been a healthy one. I went through a stage of training to counteract the food I ate, training for the sake of it and doing exercise that I didn’t even enjoy (generally because it was the ‘in’ thing, or what all the ‘cool kids’ were doing, or because it would quickly burn off the calories of a banana I ate – crazy huh!).
As my relationship with food and nutrition started to change so did my relationship with exercise. I changed my mindset towards it. Instead of exercising to burn calories or to lose weight, I started to exercise to get stronger so I could cope with fibromyalgia. I picked up weights instead of smashing the treadmills. I started to enjoy exercising and loved that I felt stronger in myself. My back pains were not as serious, my energy levels started to increase, my appetite was on overdrive. Over the years I continued with resistance training, strength training and HIIT classes and have got stronger and more resilient. Nevertheless, I am also aware of the ‘extremes’ of the fitness industry and have aimed to have a healthy relationship with working out and eating. I don’t workout to counteract food, I don’t just eat chicken and vegetables because #protein, I workout because I like to feel healthy and strong both mentally and physically. I will always try to make workouts fun and enjoyable as well as helping to reach client’s goals – because, lets face it, life is TOO bloody short to do something you hate
I’m super excited to continue on this journey and develop a business for myself. My contact details are on the contact page and I’m always free on my Instagram for a chat