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Vanessa Peat

Co-founding Director

Performance Nutritionist & Registered Associate Nutritionist

Vanessa is passionate about translating science into everyday practice along with listening to her clients’ goals and having a food first approach.

Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science (2013) from the University of Leicester, a 1st Class Honours Bachelor of Nutrition with Medical Science (2020) from UCL, and a Post Graduate Performance Nutrition Diploma (2022). She has successfully completed clinical training in cardiorespiratory medicine, orthopaedics and rheumatology, psychiatry, general practice and emergency medicine.

Vanessa achieved an advanced diploma as a Personal Trainer (2018) and completed Emergency First Aid at Work training (2022).

Vanessa completed a course in Behavioural Change and Motivational Interviewing (2020). She has recently taken part in nutritional research assessing the nutritional intake of police officers, this involved over four hundred hours of Food Frequency Questionnaire interviews. Vanessa created a published report with nutritional recommendations for UK police.

In 2022 Vanessa began teaching as part of a Student Selected Component in Human Nutrition for the University of Cambridge.

Vanessa's story.

In her teens Vanessa struggled with a period of disordered eating as a result of negative comments about her body image. This led to skipped meals and restricted eating which resulted in the development of headaches, fatigue and light headedness. Thankfully, she overcame this episode after being inspired by the life of Dr Ben Carson, the famous African-American neurosurgeon. Vanessa's mindset changed, she experienced a renewed vision and was reminded that she was unique and good enough.

Dr Ben Carson had a significant impact on her academic journey. Having read his biography, “Gifted Hands”, his experience really resonated with Vanessa as she struggled at school, finding it incredibly challenging to have a positive outlook. At the time Vanessa had no idea that she had three undiagnosed learning disabilities, dyslexia, dyspraxia and visual stress. These were later diagnosed as an adult at university. Dr Carson’s journey gave her the determination to never give up and remain focused on achieving her goals.

Vanessa became passionate about nutrition after her husband had emergency surgery to treat a bowel perforation which was later diagnosed as Crohn’s disease. At that time Vanessa witnessed the positive impact holistic lifestyle change can have on improving life quality not only for her and her husband, but for that of their children and extended families too.

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