I really started to take an interest in food and what I was eating in my early twenties when Gillian McKeith was telling us, "You are what you eat". At the time I ate mostly whatever came out of a freezer into an oven, having never studied food at school and my parents working full-time and not cooking much at home. I learned from that phase that eating healthily was expensive, time consuming and not that delicious, honestly.....millet mash????
Since then I have been to university and now have a first class degree in Human Nutrition and I am a qualified food technology teacher, but deciphering the mixed media messages about healthy diets, can still be complicated. More recently I worked for The Children's Food Trust and I am now even more passionate about food and nutrition now, particularly the role it plays in childrens' development and well-being. For me, it is not just about eating the 'right' food, whatever that might be in any given week, but about having the skills to be able to make healthy choices. If you can't take basic ingredients and make a meal out of them, your choices are limited.
Working with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership is exactly the kind of work I hoped I would be doing as a Registered Nutritionist. Helping future generations have access to healthy nutritious food that will aid both their cognitive and emotional development. I am very excited to be working with a team of nutrition professionals, all working to ensure children get the best start in life nutritionally....because this will benefit them in so many other ways. It's not about fancy, expensive ingredients - nutritious food doesn't have to be complicated. I hope that helping children develop positive relationships with food from an early age and getting them engaged in growing, cooking and eating together means they can avoid my millet mash scenario.