Rather than studying nutrition as my first degree, I followed my interest in food systems and the environment, and completed an undergraduate degree Marine Biology. This included a placement year working in a research laboratory in Germany where I spent my spare time exploring nutrition degrees. My dissertation evaluated the labelling of sustainable seafood, which really cemented my interest in the crossover between nutrition and sustainability.

I then started my  Masters degree in Nutrition at the University of Leeds. I've focused my studies on women's health including pre- and postnatal nutrition, and nutrition through the menopause, and metabolic syndromes. I'm particularly interested in the non-diet approach, and focusing more on behaviours rather than weight as a marker of health. Part of becoming an accredited nutritionist is continually studying and developing, and I've since taken additional courses in fertility and pregnancy, and Intuitive Eating, so I can better help YOU in my clinic. I'm registered with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Registered Nutritionist. Alongside the Enlivening Elle clinic, I work in a team providing support services for NHS patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

Like many teenage girls, I fell out of love with exercise during secondary school. I wanted to move my body, but felt as though there wasn't a sport for me after I stopped gymnastics. Then, along came yoga. As much as I enjoyed training at the gym, and joining fun classes, something about yoga really worked for me. The balance of a practice that encouraged you to breathe, and be soft, yet had me shaking and working harder than anything else I had done hooked me in, and I qualified as a 200 hours Vinyasa Yoga teacher whilst at university. Having an understanding in the role of strength and resistance training has shaped how I teach, building classes that both feel good and help the body to move in a healthy way. I later qualified as a Mandala yoga teacher to bring a more creative element of sequencing into my teaching.

nutritionist, yoga teacher and author of Enlivening Elle.

I'm Elle, thanks for joining me 

"Health is not just about what you are eating. It's also about what you're thinking and saying."