I’m a Nutritional Therapist, Chef and Cookery Teacher, specialising in plant-based recipes and holistic health for women over 40.
During my first few years as a newly qualified Nutritional Therapist I saw a wide range of clients and tried to be all things to all people, ending up feeling like I knew a little bit about a lot of things. Because of these feelings I retreated for a while and decided to take stock and discover where my interests and talents really lay and that revealed itself to me through my own discovery that perhaps I was experiencing some significant shifts in my body. The more I met with other women in their 40s it became clear that something was going on. Having studied the functional or integrative model to health whilst training as a Nutritional Therapist I was also sure that there was a natural solution.
What I’ve come to understand is that from 40 onwards (sometimes earlier) we are on a biochemical, psychological and life changing journey. Think about when you were a moody teenager, your hormones not quite in balance which left you feeling not quite at home in your newly emerging body; well guess what, your 40s and early 50s can be a pretty similar time; those hormones are in flux again whether we like it or not. So now for the good news, this time we have the chance to have an enlightened and perhaps more positive experience. From a physical perspective it’s an opportunity to check in and evaluate our health and work out how we take care of our bodies at a pivotal time for our future wellbeing. What we do, how we eat, exercise, live and think now can impact not only our current situation but also our future health significantly. The way I see it is that from 40 onwards we have a window of opportunity to finally get things right and take control. It’s never too late to change, but this is for sure a milestone in life when it’s time to take stock of what we have learnt about ourselves through our 20s and 30s and blossom into our 40s and 50s balanced, radiant and beautiful.
My journey here
Since late 2016 I’ve been living in Edinburgh, a move which came about thanks to a timely redundancy and mid-life ‘reset’ (my husbands), giving us an opportunity to overhaul our lives in our mid 40s. We decided a big change was needed at this point in our lives and fairly out of the blue decided to leave London behind, a place that had been home from our mid-20s.
For most of my early London life I worked as a Executive Assistant, Event and Office Manager. This was a job I loved and took a lot of pride in, but as I hit my late 30s, I knew that I wanted to explore my interests and perhaps carve out a new path for myself. I signed up to study Nutritional Therapy at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, this was a part-time, 4 year course I could fit around the day job so there were no real risks involved at this stage, just a commitment to doing the work and in 2011 I graduated as a Nutritional Therapist. Just prior to graduating I had been made redundant, as the company I was working for closed their London office. I saw this as a sign that this career change was the right path for me. The redundancy was also an opportunity that allowed me to further my professional education and train as a Chef. I decided to take myself off to California and attend culinary school at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute; I was seriously exploring the raw food lifestyle at the time so this was the perfect place for me to train as a Chef and Instructor. I loved this time and considered it a sabbatical from my London life and Living Light was a sort of finishing school, giving me professional level skills in the kitchen. I considered myself to be a good cook but was curious to see if I had it in me to be a chef! After returning to London it was clear to me that I wanted to teach so I put myself out there and started to try things out. As well as teaching private classes, I was lucky enough to get to work regularly with two amazing socially focused cookery schools in London; Central Street Cookery School and Made in Hackney and I knew in both of these places that i’d found a professional home. So, it was not easy to leave my work in London but I’ve been lucky enough to find a new tribe of community focused folk north of the Border and I currently have a part-time role as a Chef for a community garden in North Edinburgh. I focus the rest of my time towards developing recipes and ideas to share here at Supernourished.
My Health Journey
Over the last couple of years I’ve been finding out as much as I can about what is going on in my own body and specifically what diet and lifestyle practices are beneficial as we transition through our perimenopausal years. I’m very excited to be able to apply my health and culinary knowledge to offer holistic wellbeing support specifically for women over 40. I’m on this journey too and look forward to getting to know you and what’s going on with you as you navigate this new normal.
If you identify with what I’m talking about, I would love to connect with you.
Jayne Totty, Supernourished
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