Hi! My name is Mel Wakeman. I’m a mum, a wife and a Registered Nutritionist. I have always had a passion for nutrition and health which explains why I have spent the last 20 years studying and teaching it!
I am definitely a foodie and very family orientated, particularly since starting my own family 6 years ago. My personal experiences have fed my passion and interest in child nutrition and it has also given me invaluable insight into family life – the work pressures, multiple commitments and stresses of looking after yourself as well as everyone else!
For many of us, work can be stressful and not only have I experienced a time in my life where I controlled my food to the extreme but I have also experienced times when the impossible struggles of holding a professional career, with unmanageable pressures whist jugging family life and all that entails lead me to burnout. Twice.
I am telling you this because (a) I am human too and (b) life experiences teach you a huge amount and I fully appreciate and understand the difficulties some of my clients may have gone through too.
I work with private clients on a 1-1 basis, helping them shift their unhealthy habits by creating more a positive and healthy lifestyle. Food is often at the core of the work that I do but of course our stress levels, sleep quality, plates we juggle, mood and motivation all influence our food choices and other health behaviours. So I can help my clients with all of these.
I also work with businesses; helping them initiate or develop an effective well-being strategy in the workplace. Whether this is to combat absenteeism, reduce presenteesim, increase happiness, engagement and productivity, I help organisations think outside the box to increased staff buy-in.
Workplace health is more than a tick box exercise and so much more than free fruit and a subsidised gym membership.
Believe it or not, my life experiences are equally valuable in informing my advice as the years spent gaining professional qualifications.
You can read MY STORY where I share some of my experiences around food and eating.
My advice is always evidence based; I don’t do pseudoscience, which unfortunately has invaded much of what we read in the media. I am also human! I am not a preacher of ‘you must eat this and you can’t eat that’. I myself have a sweet tooth and I believe you can’t truly enjoy a cuppa without a good dunking biscuit!