“Mangia Bene!” : Eat Well!
I grew up in an Italian family where food was central to our lives. Everything stopped for meal times and it didn’t matter what we were doing or who we were with. Sitting down to a lovely meal with my family still feels like a celebration.
My Mother, like most Italians, believed that good food was the key to everything: to happiness, to good health and, it could even help you find a ‘bello e bravo marito’ (a handsome and good husband)!
It wasn’t surprising that I turned to nutrition in my twenties to address a health problem which I was told could only be treated by medication which had 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 having 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 previous condition!
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. I love my job.
I live in Bath with my husband and twin daughter and son. I enjoy yoga, jogging, ‘shooting the breeze’ with my children, cooking, calligraphy, making things, reading about nutrition and all things health-related, going to bed early, girls’ evenings, good design, juicy, fat blueberries and stroking my gorgeous dog, Blue!