Penny has been a trainer and coach for many years working with organisations and small businesses and charities, always going over and above the role she was in. She studied with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and gained Post Graduate status before deciding that to concentrate on nutrition, health & wellbeing coaching. This is her story…
My interest in nutrition first started when I was suffering badly from PMT (pre-menstrual tension). After taking prescribed medications including various progesterone and oestrogen combination pills – which all had horrendous effects where I felt even worse (my poor family!), my interest in nutrition was born.
Over the years many of my health ‘issues’ have been the outcome of stress. External stressors in the form of: relationship breakdowns, raising children (oh my!!! being a single parent and those teenage years!) house moving, working in jobs with high responsibility.
I found that exercise made me feel really good. Not only getting my body in shape but it felt like a release and gave me such a buzz…I just couldn’t get enough of it!
So after a yet another very stressful time in my life I decided enough was enough, I was going to do something that I really enjoyed that lessened my stress load. So I took a flight to Spain, gave my notice in whilst out there, and studied to gain a qualification as an advanced personal trainer which included nutrition and coaching skills with the Institute of European Fitness.
When I returned from Spain I started up my own business and continued my studies gaining further qualifications. Using my skills and keeping up to date on nutrition I adding massage, wellbeing and psychological techniques to my skillset.
I would work with clients but found that between one visit and the next they had slipped back to their old habits. This is where coaching came in. It is such a powerful tool, especially when you use it with NLP, TFT and CBT. I get just as excited when one of my lovely ladies achieves something, no matter how small it is. This is what I call job satisfaction. I love my job :0)
So over the years I have put a lot of stress on my body. External stress impacts internal stress in your body – and there were times where I suffered from anxiety, psoriasis, PMT, clinical depression… and various injuries from overuse! Of course there were also all those unknown syndromes/illnesses/ that the doctor could not diagnose…but you know your body and you know that something is not right! Or as my daughter said to me once…you just know too much now!
I feel very passionate about looking for the root cause rather than treating symptom with prescribed medicines. Food is the body’s medicine and it should be used to complement our medical system.
So my next journey is studying with the College of Naturopathic Medicine to gain another qualification, lots of experience and knowledge in Naturopathic Nutrition. So along with my coaching, I will be helping more women with their health using natural remedies where possible.