I have been a doctor for 20 years now and a GP for well over half of that time. It’s an amazing job that I wouldn’t change for the world…
NOW, that I practice lifestyle medicine.
But, it wasn’t always like that.
You see, like millions of people around the world…
…I used to be obese.
And though it didn’t cause me any physical problems, it battered my self-confidence and esteem.
Looking at myself in the mirror, I was repulsed.
I knew I was a good person on the inside, but I was afraid no one would see.
I felt like an embarrassment for my own daughter. Wondered how she could ever love someone so fat?
I went to countless doctors for help, who over the years referred me to nutritionists and personal trainers. They all said the same; eat less and move more.
I was made to feel like a lazy sloth who had no self-control. I felt weak and like a failure.
Their advice didn’t work. You name a diet I hadn’t tried! Whilst the weight may have come off for a bit, it never stayed that way. It was frustrating and demoralising.
Meanwhile, working as a GP left me feeling more and more dispirited. I observed that most patients were not getting better with the conventional model that I had been taught at medical school: least alone me!
As a natural born empath, not helping people with their health was one of the lowest points of my life.
I was ready to leave the medical profession for good.
Opportunity took me to the Semi-Finals of Masterchef UK 2012, where I got to realise my life- long love of cooking.
And then I discovered Functional Medicine.
This amazing way of looking at the root cause of disease, of treating individuals AS individuals, and really taking the time to listen to what was going on was a game changer for me.
For the past 7 years, I have been doctoring in this manner. Combined with my certification as a nutritionist and a personal trainer and of course my love of creating amazing recipes, I am able to create bespoke plans for all my patients.
And now, they are curing themselves with my support. It’s given me a new lease of life as a doctor and I feel so blessed to be involved in so many health transformations.
Oh…… and I finally did lose the weight!