I love helping clients (who have often been struggling with symptoms for years) figure out what makes their body flourish.
What is your background?
I am a HCPC registered dietitian with a functional medicine approach, specialising in digestive & female hormone health. I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of healthcare settings in both the United Kingdom & Africa – these various experiences enhance the depth of service I am able to provide my clients.
What is your story?
From a young age, I developed a curiosity about nutrition – I remember sitting in class at school and being absolutely fascinated by the fact that a small change in a single vitamin or mineral could have a profound impact on how the body feels & functions!
This curiosity lead me to study a BSc in Dietetics. Following university, I started my career working in various hospital settings. It was not long before I became increasingly aware of a system that didn’t satisfactorily address patients’ chronic health issues.
I was craving to do more, be more, dig deeper for people that were often very desperate & confused. This inspired me to further my studies in functional medicine, which has equipped me with tools & techniques to address the crux of client’s concerns rather than dealing with symptoms alone.
During this time, I was also facing health challenges of my own – including polycystic ovarian syndrome & digestive issues, both of which I could address through adjusting nutritional & lifestyle factors.
This personal, challenging journey with food, allowed me to develop an even greater appreciation for how the body works. It honed within me an empathy for clients who may be struggling themselves, and – most of all – empowered me with the tools to honour & respect my body. It is this same respect, gratitude and dignity that I bring into my clinical practice.
What is your role in Original Intent?
I help clients to identify & address nutritional factors that could be causing or exacerbating symptoms & ailments such as bloating, adult acne, period problems & stubborn weight.
How do you view nutrition?
With a functional medicine approach, I view the body as a whole – an artwork of integrated (rather than separate) systems. This allows me to do the detective work in piecing together each client’s health puzzle. I also factor in & fully appreciate biochemical individuality: how we are made up is unique.
As part of this, I consider the social, emotional, structural and cultural aspects that influence our eating habits. Food is not just a fuel: it is interconnected to the way we live, socialise and feel.
What brings you joy in your work?
I love helping clients (who have often been struggling with symptoms for years) figure out what makes their body flourish and what makes it feel as though it’s failing them.
Sometimes all it takes is a few foundational steps and other times it requires a bit more digging – either way, supporting clients in understanding & supporting their body gives me incredible satisfaction because I know firsthand how this can lead to living a much fuller life.
…and I said to my body. softly. ‘I want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.’ ― Nayyirah Waheed