About Transition Nutrition
Hello, I’m Michelle
I specialise in helping people to ‘get their happy back’ because let’s face it – it’s hard to raise a smile when you’re so exhausted you can barely raise the cup to inhale your 4th coffee of the day – and it’s only 10am. Feeling desperately tired, stressed, or having regular tummy cramps, among other things, can all take their toll on your mood and leave you feeling like all the enjoyment has been sucked out of life.
The thing is, life can be tough. We are all on a journey and I believe, we owe it to ourselves to do the best we can with what we’ve been given. And one of the most important ways to do that, is to look after what we’ve been given – our body and our mind……………to treat ourselves kindly as we would with a small child or pet (woof!)
When you think about it, it’s incredible that most of us probably invest more time and money in the ‘health’ of our car – which we’ll keep for on average, 4 years, according to the RAC – than nurturing our lifelong and most important assets, our physical and mental health.
Like many people, I spent my earlier years working and socialising to the maximum and sleeping to the minimum. Struggling with hormone issues (extremely painful periods) from an early age, there was no investigation or diagnosis, I was just put on the pill which masked the problems for a while.
I gave little attention to what I ate, other than during the annual diet when I felt I needed to lose a few pounds. I didn’t really think about or understand anything about the magnificent power of food. It was only many years later after several acne breakouts and nasty bouts of food poisoning that I started to look for more natural solutions to manage my health. That’s finally when things started to improve.
Eventually I retrained to be a Nutritional Therapist which has enabled me to combine my interest in health, love of food, research and problem-solving skills – with the wish to help people to change their lives for the better 😊
I have also added health coaching skills into the mix. My previous work was with people struggling to overcome difficult experiences and behaviours (offending, mental health and addictions) and I know how powerful coaching can be in making that difference.
These days, my health is much better and I am much happier. Most of the time, I feel I have found a good balance between looking after myself and still enjoying wine and chocolate! After all, abstinence is a good thing that should always be practiced in moderation…so someone once said.
I don’t have all the answers and I’m a work in progress just like you.
Looking after yourself is unfortunately not a ‘one and done’, an item you can hurriedly tick off your ‘to do’ list with a red pen.
Our bodies and minds naturally change over time and continue to be impacted by the things life throws at us.
A fantastic starting point is to listen to your body and mind, to properly tune in, to truly answer – How do YOU feel today? – with more than an anticipated ‘fine’. At least to yourself.
And if you find that there are things getting in the way of you feeling your best, why not have a conversation with me about what we can do about it? So then you can get on with living your best life.
Michelle Paterson, Registered Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach. BA (Hons), PGDip (Psych), PGDip (NT), mBANT, mCNHC
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