(MSc, BSc, mBANT, CNHC, SENr)
I am a Nutritionist and hormone expert based in Whitstable, Kent. I help female sports enthusiasts to overcome their hormone issues whilst enhancing their performance to reach their personal best.
I grew up in a very different world to the one I live in now; it was on a farm in the Latvian countryside.
We lived from the farm – we had a huge vegetable garden, a few cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. We ate seasonally; we picked wild berries and mushrooms, pickled and stored everything we could for the cold winter months. My great grandma was my earliest inspiration for natural remedies and life lived in close contact with nature. As a child, I was often annoyed with her “old wives’ tales”, I was not interested in long term remedies that would benefit me in years to come, I wanted instant fixes.
My world changed drastically when I moved to Riga as a student; my diet and lifestyle changed; I lost my connection with nature.
Not surprisingly, this is when my health problems flared up – I experienced episodes of low energy, shifting mood, digestive issues and terrible PMS.
Doctors prescribed medication that didn’t work and told me to rest over and over again. I was young, athletic and generally healthy, but I had days when I could not enjoy life, and this felt unfair and unacceptable. As I was putting up with these recurring health issues, in the understanding that nothing could be done, I stumbled across an article in a magazine about a nutritionist. I made a decision to seek his opinion.
He discovered hormonal imbalances and I couldn’t believe how quickly I felt much better after following his nutritional and lifestyle protocol.
The role of nutrients in our well-being amazed me and sparked my passion in the importance of nature as a point of reference for all we eat and drink. I read books, articles and anything I could get my hands on about nutrition and its role and power in female health, hormones and health in general, and I was more and more interested in my great grandma’s wisdom.
Could I become a skilled expert and inspire others?
As I settled down and started a family in England, my passion led to my academic journey to gain a degree in Nutritional Therapy. As part of the clinical practice, I helped high achieving female athletes with recurring health issues. This is when my interest expanded beyond “healthy”, I wanted to investigate if nutritional choices are also linked to a higher level of performance.
What was the magic ingredient inside us that leads to peak physiological and/or psychological performance? This experience and the fact that I am a recreational runner myself, prompted me to dig deeper and undertake a master’s degree in sports nutrition. My special interest in female hormones led me to investigate food intake and craving disparities across female menstrual cycles as part of my MSc project.
I am now helping women who, like me, need guidance to regain control of their hormones.
I love sharing my expertise with clients and witnessing them achieve their dreams and go beyond what they thought possible.