Most of you that know me will understand that I believe in using training and nutrition as the basis of a good life. Having spent 10 years helping clients on a one-to-one basis I recently created Principal Nutrition – a small group based nutrition education programme.
I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to create my own course with the help of some amazing people around me and it is something I am extremely proud of. I was lucky to get the opportunity to study for a Master’s degree (MSc – Exercise and Sport Physiology) and it would be very easy for me to use that title put together a course, start an “8-week weight loss programme” by following a standardised protocol and be done.
Now there’s nothing wrong with that and I don’t dispute that it works for some people, some of the time. However that is exactly what I did not want to do. I want to educate people not only on nutrition but other factors that contribute to health and wellbeing. This industry is full of contradictory claims of what is good and what is bad and I want people to have the knowledge to make an informed judgement of what they see and hear about nutrition.
I choose the name Principal Nutrition because nutrition is the most important factor to health and wellbeing. When developing this course there were three key things I wanted to make sure of;
- Keep it simple
- Base the nutrition advice on science
- Educate people to give them the tools and knowledge to help themselves.
Anyone can mindlessly stick to a rigid plan and hope that it works for them. Great for 8 weeks but what about after that? When it’s over and “real-life” kicks in? Its highly likely you will go back to your old routines and this is what this industry is built on…people going round and round the same old system. I want more for my clients and more for you.
When you have a better understanding of food you will then realise the line between good and bad is very blurred and it’s what works for you and knowing how to imply that to you, making it sustainable which is the key.
Having just completed a Principal Nutrition programme, my class achieved their goals and lost weight and body fat. This is awesome, but to me, what was even better was handing out their certificates for the knowledge they acquired and knowing that they now have an understanding. They know what to do for themselves for the next year in order to stay on track. They know what to do for a lifetime.
A lot of them now enjoy a variety of foods (mostly because there now not scared to eat them!) and better understand the role of hormones, brain chemistry and supplements to name a few.
What I’m most proud of is seeing, is the passion I have instilled in every one of them, hearing them talk about nutrition and their lifestyle. That is what this course is about, learning and using that knowledge to better your own health and wellbeing as well as those around you.