"You don't have to wait for the rain to see rainbows"
ABOUT ALISON (RD)
FOUNDER OF RAINBOW NUTRITION
My love of food appeared to begin from the moment I was able to start solids as an infant; apparently I would happily and noisily hum whilst eating every mouthful. Coupled with my mum's keen interest in healthy food and her obsession with every cooking programme that has graced our tellies, it was no surprise that I developed a strong fascination for all things food and nutrition.
In 2001 I went to University to study Nutrition and Health, shortly followed by a Masters in Public Health Nutrition. After graduation, I began working for the NHS; designing, implementing and delivering various individual and group weight management programmes. It was during this time that I gained an insight into the work of a Dietitian; the only nutrition professional regulated by law and qualified to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level. This led to a career revelation and with further training, in 2012, I graduated from London Metropolitian University as a Registered Dietitian.
I have since spent a number of years within the NHS helping individuals with concerns, such as; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Coeliac Disease, raised cholesterol, Malnutrition, COPD, Neurological Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, high blood pressure, weight management and nutritional deficiencies. I have also provided numerous educational talks and training sessions around anti-natal care, starting solids for infants and general healthy eating for both adults and children.
I have further worked with local authorities and early-years settings, helping to improve the nutritional intake of children, as well as private bariatric companies, assisting clients to get the most from their surgery and designing appropriate, healthy recipes for websites.
When I'm not reading about, writing about, thinking about or eating food, you'll probably find me hanging upside down, secondary to my new found love of aerial fitness.