I'm Sheryl Cook, a certified Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, with a BSc(hons) in Food Science. I thoroughly enjoy working with people who have decided a health diagnosis is not a not a dismal end but the beginning of a wellness journey! They instinctively know how they nourish their body and lifestyle must come into play. They are looking for someone to partner with, someone to guide them, to explore options with, assist them to navigate the reams of information, and empower them with nutrition and lifestyle choices that can best support their body and lifestyle needs.
Where did it all start for me?
At the time we had just moved from New Zealand to Wales, I had a complete lack of energy, hair loss, volatile moods, brain fog, and was feeling low and flat. We headed to New Zealand to catch up with family. After about 6 weeks of a "relaxed" vacation one should feel refreshed, revitalised and ready to go - I didn't. I booked a doctor’s appointment, had blood tests and found out my thyroid antibodies were very high and I was on my way to Hashimoto's (an autoimmune condition). My other bloods tests were "normal" and so, typical of the conventional medicine approach, intervention was not considered (for which I am now grateful). It was good to have a diagnosis but I felt overwhelmed with the lack of guidance and support on how to deal with the symptoms I was experiencing - and I did not want to carry on the way I was.
Being a food science researcher, I have always had a deep interest in food, nutrition and healthy eating so I began to explore the options. Even though I ate what would be considered healthy, a change in food and lifestyle was required and became my medicine. The backbone of my healing journey was the Auto Immune Protocol.
I gradually but surely regained my zest for life, and inspired by the changes I experienced, my passion to help others with health issues, particularly autoimmune conditions, was fuelled. I became a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and completed three consecutive courses via Holistic Nutrition Lab; Digestive Intensive, Full Body Systems, and rounding it off by becoming a certified Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner.
Are you looking for a partner in your journey? Are you looking for someone to listen to what you are experiencing and to guide and empower you and be there when it is all feels too hard?
It is time to take the next step - If you would like to know more about how I can support you to Rediscover Your Wellness, schedule a free Discovery Call or arrange a consult with Sheryl. If you'd prefer to just stay in touch, sign up for my occasional newsletter, follow along on Facebook or Instagram for recipe inspiration.
Time to try something new? .... "If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Jessie Potter