For as far back as I can remember, sugar had a hold over me
As a child I would save my pocket money to visit the local shop for sweets after school and as an adult it would be a special trip to the supermarket for biscuits, cake or chocolate. Whenever I was under stress or upset, this crazy feeling would take over my body and before I knew it a whole packet of biscuits had vanished. The wave of euphoria from my fix would be short lived and as the guilt crept in and the cycle would start again.
I was so embarrassed and ashamed about my addiction that I would hide my stash of treats from my family at the back of drawers and cupboards around the house.
Over a period of time I realised that the sugar was responsible for my energy crashes, the constant eczema flare-ups, the extreme tiredness and for the extra pounds I had gained which were quickly turning into extra stones. I tried to give it up but I was in love with the sugar rush.
I would make a vow to just stop but it didn't work.
Then one day in 2014 came the first of my two turning points. Whilst eating a handful of raw nuts, as I had often done throughout my entire life, I went into Anaphylactic shock. The nuts caused my tongue and throat to swell up and restricted my breathing and I genuinely feared for my life. The realisation that something I had eaten could have such a toxic effect on my body gave me a huge wake up call.
But, little did I know a few weeks later I would be rushed to hospital for a completely different reason.
The week before Christmas I developed full blown flu. I couldn't see straight for blinding headaches, couldn't eat anything and couldn't get out of bed but then started the toothache. By Christmas Eve I was taking painkillers every 2 hours and they were having little effect. I headed off to the emergency dentist at the hospital and was told I had a huge abscess under my tooth which had probably been worsened by being unwell with the flu. Because it was Christmas there was nothing that could be done so I was sent away with a packet of antibiotics. Two days later having not eaten for nearly a week all I was able to do was rock backwards and forward in absolute agony whilst constantly blacking out. I was able to get an appointment with another emergency dentist who took one look at me and called ahead to the hospital to tell them I was coming in for treatment as I was so ill. Half an hour later I was hooked up to an IV drip and told that my tooth would have to be extracted. I knew at that point in my heart of hearts that sugar had ultimately caused it all and that I could never go through this again.
This was the kick up the backside I needed to take back control of my health
I started to keep a diary of everything that passed my lips and studied the food labels on everything that went in my trolley. It didn't take long to realise that almost everything I was eating was packed with the white stuff. I thought I had been eating healthily with my fruit smoothies, low fat yogurts and granola bars. I was shocked by the truth but more determined than ever to kick my habit for good.
I came up with an a plan which would turn out to be completely transformational for my health and wellness, and I stuck to it. I realised that I needed to look at where I had failed in the past and what had caused me to give in to the addiction. I enlisted the help of a friend to keep me accountable and I became obsessed with reading books and learning about how to achieve optimum health through eating nourishing foods. I beat my sugar cravings by changing my mindset and habits and the weight started dropping off too.
Since then I studied to become a qualified Nutritionist and my mission now is to use what I have learnt to help and support other women to break free of their sugar habits and live their healthiest, happiest life.
THe Low Down...
I'm a wife, mother, qualified Nutritionist and travel enthusiast on a mission to empower women like you to live their healthiest, happiest lives.
I take a holistic approach to health and wellness and coach from a place of non-judgement.
As a former Beauty Therapist I worked for one of the biggest names in French skincare and also one of the top Spa's in the UK so I know a thing or two about self-care. I have also trained in Acupressure and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and use these techniques in a unique approach to body and mind.
I am a member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists and abide by their professional standards.