YVONNE RICHARDS BSc(hons) Human Nutrition PGCE (Food Technology) Association of Nutrition -Registered Nutritionist
PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD SERIOUS ABOUT HEALTH
As a child I didn't watch my parents prepare home cooked meals or eat around a table every evening, like many of my generation. I started to gain an interest in food as I grew up and, as a mature student, went to study Human Nutrition at Worcester University. Understanding how food and nutrients can impact on our health and well-being fascinated me and scared me in equal measures.....what should we be eating? With so much information and advice thrown at us through the media, even I struggle to decipher it all at times.
I do not have a weight loss story to share with you, however, I have fought an unhealthy relationship with food for many years. Like so many other people, my emotions are tightly woven around my love (sometimes hate) for food. I have followed all the fad diets there are and have an unhealthy fascination with bowel movements - thanks to Gillian McKeith! Studying nutrition was only half the battle, as there is so much conflicting advice that even with a first class degree in the subject, I was confused. I have continued to study and now feel that much of the advice given to improve our health, actually does the opposite. Somethings cannot be unlearned and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge so others can also make up their own minds.
I have also come to understand that knowing how to cook, is as important as any nutritional advice I could offer. What you eat depends on many factors - cost / time / skill / confidence / availability of ingredients and equipment / family pressures (the list goes on..) If you can "make a meal" of simple whole food ingredients, it will be better for you than eating processed, refined foods, it is that simple!
I wish to help people understand that cooking is something we can all do - cooking and eating together is such a simple pleasure that can enhance lives in so many ways. And.... I am a qualified food teacher, UKVRN Registered Public Health Nutritionist, have Level 4 Food safety Management and HACCP qualifications. I worked for The Children's Food Trust and now as a sessional lecturer at the University of Worcester, a Nutrition Professional for the Early Years Nutrition Partnership and as a Healthy Lifestyle Specialist at Herefordshire council. I am DBS registered and first aid qualified - so I have the experience and qualifications to support my passion