About Maria

Mangia bene!

I grew up in an Italian family where food was central to our lives. It didn’t matter what we were doing or who we were with, we all had to be sat round the table when it was time to eat.

My Mother believed that good food was key to everything: to happiness, to resilient health and, it could even help you find a husband!

Not surprisingly, I turned to nutrition in my twenties to address a health problem which could only be treated by medication with unpleasant side effects. I made an appointment to see a nutritionist in London 
and, on her recommendation, modified my diet. The hardest thing was weaning myself off the five espresso’s a day!

Changing my diet had a profound affect. I went from feeling powerless to feeling I had some control over my health. Within a month my energy levels improved, I was sleeping better and my mood was more positive. After three months, I had no symptoms. After twelve months I went to see my GP to confirm what I already knew: that there was no sign of my illness!

I then started to read lots of books on nutrition and attended seminars which fuelled my interest. 

I started helping friends and family and enjoyed it. I decided that if I was going to advise people I should get a formal qualification. I enrolled on a Nutritional Medicine degree. The course I chose has its foundations in naturopathic principles. This means treating the person as a whole and focusing on encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal itself. I haven’t looked back and love to see people attain good health and achieve their goals in life.

I live in Bath with my husband and twin son and daughter. I enjoy yoga, ‘shooting the breeze’ with my children, cooking, calligraphy, making things, going to bed early, girls’ evenings, good design and juicy, fat blueberries!