Hi, I’m Gemma.
I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist specialising in food reactivity and immune health.
My mission is to support adults who feel that foods are triggering or exacerbating their symptoms, gain clarity on what they are reacting to and why so they can regain the joy of eating without fear.
I have always had a keen interest in how the body works. My first degree was in Natural Sciences, and after graduating I went on to do further research at Cancer Research UK’s London headquarters. But throughout that time I felt like I felt like my body was not on my side:
I had been living with IBS-like symtpoms since a trip to Nepal in my teens, which were exacerbated by a number of foods, but it wasn’t until I spent a romantic weekend in Paris running through the streets, back to the hotel toilet, after a delicious lunch, that my (now) husband pointed out to me that it wasn’t something that I (or he) should be putting up with.
I had got so used to living with the embarrassment and the discomfort that it had become my new normal, but I plucked up courage to visit my GP, and thank goodness I did. It turned out, that I had a lingering parasitic infection. One round of antibiotics later, and my digestive function was markedly improved.
Unfortunately, the havoc that the critter had caused, left me with itchy skin, food and histamine intolerances, joint aches, fatigue and autoimmunity.
My first introduction to dealing with food sensitivities in other people was when, at six months old, my eldest daughter vomited all over us and then swelled up, after showing off how well she could eat scrambled egg. After being told she was allergic I became adept at egg-free baking.
However, it was my second daughter's diagnosis of type 1 diabetes when she was just two years old that was a real tipping point in my life. I started to look in earnest into how diet, environment and lifestyle could impact the immune system to understand why this had happened to her. Only two years later, we were given the news that she also had coeliac disease and hypothyroidism.
Introducing dietary changes to support her health led to dramatic improvements in my own wellbeing.
As a family we introduced dietary changes to support her health – taking out gluten and later dairy, and becoming experts on how different foods affect blood sugars. As a result, and with a little extra help from some supplements to support my digestive and immune function, my own health improved dramatically. I also became much more aware of what factors triggered what symtom, helping me feel more in control of my own body.
This sparked a deep desire to use my new knowledge – alongside my previous scientific training to help others get to the bottom of why they were feeling under par, and support them on their journey back towards health.
I enrolled on a three-year diploma programme at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, a leading provider of nutrition education, and graduated with distinction.
I am now a nutritionist specialising in food reactivity and immune health. I help adults with gut autoimmunity, food sensitivities or histamine intolerance understand and address factors that are exacerbating their symptoms and regain the joy of eating a varied and delicious diet, without fear.
Though I consult with clients who would like help in a variety of areas, my particular interests are in
Qualifications and accreditations
I am fully insured, and continue to go to regular training events to improve my skills as a therapist and keep up-to-date with the latest research and developments in nutritional medicine.
To support clients through the often difficult process of behavioural change, I have also done further training in motivational interviewing.