It all began 18 years ago. Like many young teens I was fed up of my period. Every month I experienced what my mother called “mini labour”. My body would turn cold white, head over the loo throwing up and I endured the most excruciating cramps that no amount of pain killers could cancel out. It was awful. And as you can imagine the anticipation of them every month was even worse. Especially as they were infrequent and I could never fully prepare myself for when my period ‘hit me’.
But that wasn’t all. I suffered with cystic acne well into my 20s and experienced terrible mood swings too.
THE TURNING POINT
It took one Teen Vogue article and I had my ‘ah-ha’ moment. The article explained common symptoms experienced with Polystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I ticked almost all the boxes and begged my mother to take me to the doctors for diagnosis. My hunch was spot on. One blood test and an ultrasound later, it was confirmed that I had excess testosterone and cysts on my ovaries that resulted in hormonal havoc every month.
“It’s not something that can be treated”, the doctor said. “We don’t know what causes it and we won’t know whether you can have kids until you start trying. But the good news is, Victoria Beckham has it and she’s got two”. Every word he said crushed me and they’ve stuck with me ever since. I left the clinic with a prescription for the contraceptive pill at just 15 years of age and an unanswered question that would frame my future and career. Why? Why was my body doing this to me?
Of course, conventional medicine has its place and it's something I still recommend and respect. But the pill offered nothing more than a crutch. What came next was many years of trial and error. Self-study and seeking out alternative therapies and solutions. I became my own master of hormones and mapped every month to every minute detail and noticed changes depending on what I ate and how much stress I experienced every month. What I didn’t realise then, was that I had started cycle syncing at a time when scientific research was just starting to gain momentum in this area of health; validating the results I was seeing in my own life.
It was only a matter of time before I connected the dots and realised my life’s purpose. In my early 20s I retrained in Functional Nutrition at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition and committed myself to the study and application of lifestyle and nutrition science for hormonal health.
BUILDING A COMMUNITY
Today I use my clinical nutrition experience to inspire and educate women for happier lives. I have given talks up and down the country to help re-educate and empower women about how to master their hormones. I’ve worked with large corporations like Facebook and Net-A-Porter. Developed my own hormone friendly multi-purpose sanitiser at Labology 3. And formulated an 'essentials edit' of practitioner grade supplements for BEAUTY PIE.
I pinch myself every day, for the recognition I’ve received. The Evening Standard says that I’m “the women that’ll fix your balance” and Stylist Magazine calls me “The Hormone Whisperer”. But I like to think of myself as an everyday woman who’s mastered her hormones with an evidence based approach to nourishment and lifestyle medicine. And now my team and I help so many other women, from menarche to menopause, learn how to master theirs too.