Hi, I’m Naomi.
I am a fully qualified Registered Nutritional Therapist and gained my qualification from the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition. I am also a member of the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
My journey into nutrition started in my early thirties. I was planning to get pregnant and I naively thought it would happen immediately. After 18 months of trying, I became quite depressed as I was seeing and hearing about all my friends and colleagues who were able to conceive, and yet I was still struggling. I was referred for a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) at Guy’s hospital in London Bridge, everything in my womb was fine and in working order. I felt a sense of relief.
At my next appointment with my GP, he recommended that I take the fertility medication Clomid. I was reluctant at first, but at this stage, I was so desperate to do anything to conceive. I took one dosage of Clomid and I hated how it made me feel. I felt extremely uncomfortable as if my ovaries were about to explode! I knew there had to be another way. So I started researching alternative medicine. Nutrition and acupuncture captured my attention the most. I started to include more plants in my diet and visit a fertility acupuncturist. I couldn’t believe my luck! I was pregnant after 3 months! I can’t entirely credit my pregnancy to food alone, it was a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as well.
It was also around this time when I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease psoriasis. This may have been triggered by the amount of stress I was under at the time. It started as a small dry patch on my right arm, the patch has steadily grown over the years but its growth has recently been halted and has become much more manageable. I’ve finally identified what triggers make my psoriasis worst and try to eliminate them. If you suffer from psoriasis. I completely understand what you are going through and how it can psychologically and physiologically affect you.
The turning point for me and the reason why I decided to spend 4 years studying nutrition is when my daughters developed eczema. In the beginning, I was managing their eczema with steroid cream prescribed by the GP. But every time their eczema returned, I was prescribed stronger steroids and antihistamine medicine. I decided to visit dermatologists at private hospitals, secretly hoping they would provide me with other options. Their advice was just the same as the GP. I was fed up and desperate for answers. I felt helpless as a mother, that I was unable to alleviate my children’s suffering. Their eczema was so bad that the skin was red and sore, sometimes it would weep.
I decided to see one more dermatologist and I’m glad that I did. Her approach was different from the others. She took blood samples to check for nutrient deficiencies and tested them for food allergies.
After this visit, I began to make changes to their diet and realised the profound effect food can have on our health and well-being. I didn’t want to stop there. I was intrigued to find out more. Why do people get eczema? What are the root causes of eczema? This desire propelled me to embark on a road to becoming a nutritional therapist.
And now I want to help people like you and share my knowledge of nutrition.