A bit more about me...
Today's blog is a little different to what I normally write about as I want to tell you a bit more about me.
If you've read my previous blogs, you'll know that I'm Jo, a registered nutritional therapist and a mum to two young children a 6 year old and a 20 month old.
My vision is to make nutrition accessible to mums so they can rediscover themselves and their energy so they can live their life in the way that is right for them.
Where does this come from?
This come from being a mum myself and feeling lost. The moment I found out I was pregnant I was overjoyed and really happy. It was an exciting time, discovery about how my baby was growing and developing. I downloaded a baby app that told me the size of my baby compared to a piece of fruit or vegetable. I loved buying new maternity clothes and spent ages deciding how to decorate the baby's room.
And then my son was born. I felt different and I just felt really weird. I wasn’t Jo anymore. I could no longer leave the house with just a bag. I had to remember the baby and make sure the changing bag was stocked. I remember people saying to me ‘I bet you can’t imagine your life without him’ and inside my head I was, yeah actually I can and I miss it. I felt guilty for thinking like this.
I didn’t have a good experience with my birth, I had an emergency C-section and I felt totally ignored by the midwives and doctors in the hospital. So, I was trying to deal with that and the disappointment of not having the birth I wanted and soooo many people were saying "but at least baby is here and he’s healthy and nothing is wrong with him". They were well meaning of course but I just felt silenced again.
I was getting used to being a mum and be responsible for a tiny human being. I was exhausted, stress out by breast feeding and felt like I was doing everything 'wrong'. Even though I’m a nutritionist my eating habits were terrible and I was all over the place. I wasn’t me and just felt lost.
I didn’t have post natal depression but I do have a history of depression and I’ve worked really hard on myself over the years with the support of a therapist. This has helped me to be really good recognising the signs in myself and so I very quickly arranged to see a counsellor to help me support myself through this transition. This really helped me process a number of things and slowing I was able to build myself back up mentally and physically.
So, to link this back to my vision, I want to help other mums who feel mentally and physically exhausted. It doesn't have to be this way and you don't have to accept that this is part and parcel of being a mum.
I’m so passionate about nutrition, changing my eating habits has had such a dramatic improvement to my life. I have bags of energy, I no longer have brain fog, my skin has cleared up, I know longer react to certain foods, my bloating has disappeared and I sleep so much better. I can now enjoy time with my family as I have the energy to do it and a clear head to organise it!
I want to help other women do this. A lot of ladies worry they are going to be judged by what they eat and they feel a sense of shame or guilt. This makes me sad as food is to be enjoyed and is part of celebrations and our culture. Who doesn’t love a piece of cake on their birthday?
I also find that mums don’t know how to change their diet and because they don’t know where to start, they feel overwhelmed and don’t make the changes they really want to.
My approach is really simple, encouraging and non judgmental. I show my mums, step by step how they can make changes to their diet and lifestyle so they can get their mojo back and start living again.
I’d love to know if any of this resonates with any of you. If you’re happy to share, please comment below.