When Rebecca Boulton took the decision to train as a nutritional therapist, she freely admits having reached ‘burnout’ after over a decade working in the corporate world.
The 37-year-old was attempting to juggle raising her two children with a job at an IT consultancy, which required her to work long hours and spend time away from home.
“I’d fallen out of love with my job,” she said.
“I lived in Sheffield and my office was in London. Health-wise I was exhausted all the time, craving rubbish foods, and emotionally I was all over the place - angry one minute, tearful the next. It was taking its toll on my work and relationships.”
Rebecca qualified as a therapist five years ago after taking redundancy, and specialises in working with women aged over 35 struggling with hormonal imbalances.
“My mission has been to show other women that by making simple diet and lifestyle changes they can stop feeling so overwhelmed, have lots more energy, mental clarity and focus, which has a knock-on effect.”
And New Year is the perfect time for people to make these changes, in order to feel more vitality in the months to come, Rebecca believes.
“January tends to be the time when people think about going back to the gym and making healthier choices.”
Her recommendations include maintaining the right blood sugar balance, increasing ‘healthy fats’ from sources such as olive oil, avocado and oily fish, and prioritising a healthy digestive system.
Magnesium - found in green, leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils - is also an important part of the diet, she says, as it promotes sleep and boosts mood.
Rebecca’s firm, Simple and Clean Nutrition, is doing well, she says, and plans are being made to open an office at Victoria Quays in the city centre this year. Appointments are available from this month and workshops are being lined up.
n Visit www.simpleandcleannutrition.co.uk for details.