My passion for nutrition stems from my love for food. I loved cooking and creating plant-based recipes as a child, and was always fascinated by science subjects at school.
I went on to study for a degree in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Surrey and – unusually for girls back in the 80s! – started lifting weights at the uni gym. Here, I was able to combine my knowledge about nutrition with my competitive sporting goals and after 10 years of training became the British bodybuilding champion in 1991.
After working in the NHS and the Dairy Council, I set up my nutrition consultancy in 1990, specialising in sport and exercise nutrition, and health writing. I love spreading the word about nutrition and, over the years, have written more than 20 books and hundreds of articles. I have worked with the British Olympic Association, London Marathon, Swim England and Ride London, as well as with numerous teams, clubs and individuals in a diverse range of sports, including swimming, running and cycling.
Although my competitive days are over, I endeavour to stay strong and fit through yoga, strength workouts, cycling and walking. I am fortunate to a have two wonderful daughters, who have both competed at national level in swimming, and who are my constant motivation for everything I do.