I am French and I moved to London in 1996. After a degree, a few jobs in advertising, a house purchase, a Scottish husband and 2 London-born children, it is safe to say that I am pretty settled here. I absolutely love London, it is such a vibrant and multi-cultural city. Although I would love it even more if it was a few degrees warmer!
After many years in the corporate world, working for global advertising agencies and for LEGO, I decided to pursue my passion of food. But not just any food... food as medicine, food as our fuel and energy source. So I went on to study health coaching.
But why health coaching specifically? In 2012, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I also spent 6 weeks in hospital paralysed with Guillain Barré Syndrome. Both are autoimmune diseases and whilst I recovered from the latter, RA is a life-long chronic condition with (currently) no cure. Whilst there are many medications available, they are very aggressive and have a long list of side effects. Not only that, but after 4 years of trying several, nothing seemed to work. I already knew that being gluten free (and dairy free - though at the time I was not) was helping, so in early 2016, I met with a nutritionist who suggested I read The Wahl's Protocol from Dr Wahls.
I was convinced this was the way forward, but totally overwhelmed by the changes it required. Nonetheless, one weekend, I cooked the types of food that were recommended and unbelievably, the pain from the RA was greatly diminished. This in itself was life changing. I was now convinced that food is medicine and food can be one of the contributing factor to disease(s). And at the same time, I also believe that healthy food doesn't have to be plain and dull.
I love cooking and I have many resources (books, utensils, appliances) and ingredients (spices, essential oils, amazing produce) at my fingers tips which made the process to switch of switching to food close to 100% home-made much easier. I saw adapting my style of cooking as a challenge and I thrive on impossible challenges. I did a lot of research and reading, tried a lot of different things, some that worked, some that didn't.
As a certified health coach, I make this process a lot easier for you, by sharing my knowledge and skills, whilst providing you with a method to implement these changes for yourself and your family. Being healthy is fairly simple, but it doesn't mean it is easy.
Since my IIN qualification, I have become a certified AIP coach, which means I am particularly well versed in the Autoimmune Paleo philosophy. That said, I am happy to help anyone with their own health challenges, whatever there are.
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