MARIA BEZ – BSc Nutr Med, Dip ASK

Growing up in an Italian family has had a big influence on my interest in food and self-care. Food and mealtimes were central to our lives. It didn’t matter what we were doing or whom we were with, we all had to be sat round the table at mealtimes, (a pain when you’re a teenager!) My Mother believed that good food was key to everything. It could: make you happy, raise you from your sick bed and even help you to find a good 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 ten coffees 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 illness 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 was amazed at how much information there was out there about the role of nutrition in, not only the prevention of disease, but also the elimination of various conditions.

I started helping friends and family with their ailments and enjoyed it. I decided that if I was going to advise people I should get a formal qualification. It seemed the most natural thing in the world to enrol 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!