My approach

I love helping people succeed – in losing weight, gaining control and energy, and feeling better than they’ve felt in ages.

Our starting point depends on what changes you want to make and what makes most sense to you. We might typically start with nutrition because what we eat impacts every aspect of our health. But you might prefer to start by tackling stress, sleep, exercise or a particular health issue. Whatever your initial focus, we’ll explore different ways of approaching it and agree a plan. All these things plait together and improving one symptom usually improves others, too.

 

Let’s not complicate things

I try to demystify health.

There is so much noise and confusion about what we should or shouldn’t be doing/eating/drinking. But having delved into the research over the last four years, I can’t help feeling that if we all focused on what researchers agree on rather than arguing about what they disagree on, we’d all be a lot healthier and happier. What do we all agree on? Eat much less sugar, avoid ultra-processed and convenience food, eat more veg and whole foods, prioritise sleep, move more, get outside and see friends.

Doesn’t that sound great?

My story

I loved my 16 years  as a management training and leadership development consultant, working as an associate for consultancies specialising in behavioural diagnostics and personal development. Clients were from the finance, pharma, construction, food and drink and aviation sectors. But a longstanding interest in the relationship between health and performance led me to a Masters degree in Obesity & Weight Management and a postgraduate certificate in Human Nutrition.

My Masters research project was the first academic study into workplace cake culture. I’m proud to say this has won awards and I’ve presented it at several conferences. It informs my work today.

I’ve been an athletics coach and sports massage therapist for the last 10 years, so it’s exciting to bring the different strands of life together into my work as a health coach – both with individuals and in a workplace setting.

Outside work I’m an ambassador for the Public Health Collaboration, a charity working with medical professionals to bring a real food lifestyle approach to the treatment of type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.

 

Relevant qualifications 

  • MSc in Obesity & Weight Management – with Distinction  (University of Chester, 2017)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Human Nutrition (University of Chester, 2019)
  • IAFPD Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching, 2019). Approved by the British Psychological Society and International Society for Coaching Psychology
  • IAFPD Primary Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Coaching (Centre for Coaching, 2019).  Approved by the British Psychological Society and International Society for Coaching Psychology
  • Food as Medicine: Food and Inflammation (FutureLearn/Monash University, August 2019). Online CPD approved by Association for Nutrition, The Association for UK Dieticians (BDA) and the Royal College of GPs
  • Sports Massage Therapist (Southern School of Sports Massage, 2009). Level 4 Gold Member of the Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA), and registered with Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). www.louwalkersportsmassage.co.uk
  • Athletics Coach, Level 2 (UK Athletics, 2009). Coach senior endurance running at Winchester & District AC
  • Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England, 2018)

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