Emma Mayou brings a fresh approach to personal nutrition and lifestyle planning. Emma holds a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is a Member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy.
Emma offers a number of packages with increasing levels of support, pick the right one for you!
As a typical teenager I refused to eat anything that wasn’t baked, bread-crumbed or covered in mayonnaise, chocolate or ketchup. Should there have been even a single pea on my plate- catastrophe!
Today, as a result of a personal journey to gain my own health, all that has changed! I am passionate about health and nutrition. I have worked alongside Matt Lovell (England Rugby Sports Nutritionist) and Gavin Allinson (Chef, Sports Nutritionist and European Indoor Rowing Champion) on editing their cookbook and nutrition course. I am currently further studying Sports Nutrition.
At 14 years old, I was just over 5ft and already a size 16. I had low confidence, low energy and poor skin. It wasn't until another friend suggested we sign up at a local gym that my interest in health and fitness began.
After only a few weeks of determined effort to train consistently, the increased physical activity alone had helped me drop dress size. It occurred to me that perhaps by improving my eating habits too, I might lose that extra weight even faster. I opened my mind to trying a wider variety of foods and making a few simple dietary changes, and within a few more months I had more energy, my concentration at school increased, and I began to love cooking. My knowledge was limited but I was on the right path!
Following my graduation from Sheffield University, I took a gap year and went back-packing. Whilst volunteering in Cairns, I met a bush-man who approached me and stated simply that my poor skin was due to the food I was eating. Though I weighed less, my sore and inflamed looking acne had not cleared up.
The bushman’s comment struck a cord and I began trialling the elimination of certain foods from my diet to see if they made a difference to my skin. The response was amazing! My irritated skin began to calm down and heal! When I moved on to volunteer in the kitchens of a family-run restaurant, I took the opportunity to ‘play’ with food and develop recipes and meals that removed the foods that appeared to irritate my skin. At the same time I began to investigate how different foods could be exacerbating the symptoms of my hosts – one who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the other suffering chronic back pain. From here my interest in nutrition was born!
On my return from travelling, I took a new direction. I went back to study at the London based college, Premier International, where I achieved my Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with merit. A few months later I also qualified as a Personal Trainer.
I immediately started up in practice, working with gyms, health stores, a supplement company, schools, and clients on a one-to-one basis. I provide both general nutrition advice and individually developed plans. I also write nutrition newsletter articles and internet posts to help spread the word about how the right food and nutrition can help to improve health.
I have a particular interest in digestive health and dysfunction such as symptoms of IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, gastric reflux and general digestive discomfort, as well as weight management, sports nutrition and stress management (adrenal support).
As a continuing fitness enthusiast I have competed in a number of activities including 10km runs, mud runs, gym-centred cross fit challenges, the 3 peaks challenge, and Super Human Games, all of which require good nutritional support. I walk my talk and my health is great as a result!