About The Rowan Clinic
The Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of “Nutrition” is the “process of providing or receiving nourishing substances”, but in today’s diet obsessed culture it seems to have become to mean no more than losing weight.
Nutrition is about far more than weight loss; what we eat influences our risk of developing serious diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, in-fact everything we eat affects how our body functions both physically & mentally.
I have a First Class Honours degree in Human Nutrition from Manchester Metropolitan University.
My research interests include the impact of nutrition on the brain & mental health and the association between diet & lifestyle and risk to metabolic health, in particular cardiovascular disease.
As a keen runner, I have a special interest in sports nutrition and the crucial role it plays in enhancing sporting performance; believing it essential to provide athletes with information based upon science and not the latest fads or trends. I attend the gym several times per week and regularly compete in half marathons and 10k races; I view my training as part of my commitment to continual self-development.
Aside from working on a one-to-one basis with clients, I also write and present nutrition seminars and workshops to various groups both in the public and private sector, including athletic clubs and sports people and also work with companies to help enhance the health & well-being of employees. I regularly contribute on BBC Radio Derby, reporting on a wide range of current nutrition and health related topics.
During 2008/2009 I gained the Introduction to Counselling Concepts Certificate and the Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills from the University of Derby, there being so much emotion tied into and around food & eating.
September 2010 sees me back at Manchester Metropolitan University studying on a part-time basis for my MSc in Nutrition & Health.
If you take your sports training seriously and want to maximise the benefits of your programme then you need to consider a nutrition plan that will enable you to achieve your training & performance goals.
Our food provides us with the energy we need to fuel all our daily activities, but it also needs to provide the athlete & sports person with the energy to optimise their training, perform at their best, and repeatedly recover whilst remaining free from injury & illness.
Without an in-depth dietary analysis, it is impossible to ascertain whether you are achieving the correct balance of carbohydrate, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals & antioxidants; achieving this balance is vital if you want to improve your performance and recovery.