Melanie Smith BSc (Hons) Nutrition, BA (Hons) Health Studies, ANutr
My passion in nutrition started when my husband and I were planning our first child. I read articles about foetal programming and how important a mother’s diet is to the developing child and how it can affect the baby’s future health by either creating risk factors for chronic diseases or elevating risk factors. The importance of nutrition continued throughout breast-feeding, weaning and then through the fussy eating years.
When my children started school, I decided to go back to university and learn about nutrition from a scientific perspective. I have a BA (Hons) Health Studies and also a BSc (Hons) Nutrition. I am also a registered Nutritionist.
Through the stress of studying at university full time whilst looking after a family and trying to keep the house in some sort of order, my health suffered. I was not looking after myself by eating properly (ironically whilst studying a degree in nutrition) or looking after my wellbeing. I learnt that I need to look after myself holistically by eating well, exercising and taking time to relax and recharge. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is something that I will have to live with but understanding the triggers and how to deal with the symptoms is something I can personally relate to.
I look at nutrition from a scientific perspective, meaning not only lifestyle changes but behavioural change.
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