Hello! My name is Caroline. I’m a typical busy mum of 3 youngsters, juggling life between kids, home, work, elderly parents and two new puppies! The standard Sandwich Generation-er!
In my 20’s I adopted the usual ‘work hard play hard’ mantra in Ireland, Australia & London. I don’t regret any of it, not a bit, but oh if I knew the battering I was giving my body back then!!
My 30’s were consumed by various stressful country & house moves, and creating our wonderful little family. Three kids under 4 years, that was a mad period, a very hazy part of my life! I put myself ‘on hold’, literally throwing myself into fully looking after the kiddies & settling back home to Dublin after being away 13years. Nothing unusual for a mother to neglect her diet, body, mind and spirit, and put herself last in the pecking order.
Now thankfully in my 40’s I can start to re-focus on myself. I was always interested in nutrition but never had much time to focus on it. More like nutrition-on-the-go! After feeling crap for years, I opted for a gluten free diet, and cut back on my dairy consumption – over 4 years ago and decades of bad bloating, sluggish digestion, low energy & problematic skin are finally behind me.
Wanting to find out more I had the wonderful opportunity to undertake a BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Health with the Irish Institute of Nutrition & Health (IINH), graduating in June 2018. I also sat the QQI exam in Nutrition gaining a Distinction. What was lovely was understanding how we can support our body & mind with optimal nutrition to become the best version of ourselves for life. This is not about diet or restrictions. This is about opening up to a huge range of fantastic nutritious foods we can discover & really feel their benefits. I also studied Mindfulness and how this state of self-care and well-being go hand in hand with nutrition. Optimal nutrition, a great lifestyle balance, and nurturing the self all are equally important in delivering maximum health. My whole immediate & extended family are benefiting from my knowledge & guidance, and I’m confident that my children will make the best food choices for themselves as and when they are old enough.