For Optimum Health
Studies show plant-based eating can reduce the risk of some of the leading causes of premature death, including some cancers and cardiovascular disease, as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Vegans are also known to be at reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity
Athletes too, are becoming more aware of the benefits of plant-based eating. Several of the world’s top sportsmen and women from all manner of high-level competitive sports, such as Serena Williams and Lewis Hamilton are now choosing to eat vegan for better performance, faster recovery times and injury prevention.
Wholefood Plant Based diets are suitable for people of all ages, and at all stages of life, from babies through to older adults (British Dietetic Association and American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Consisting of nutrient dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, and eliminating refined grains and added sugars, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals, dietary fibre, protein and many powerful phytonutrients to help you achieve optimum health.
For Our Environment
Environmental concerns are making headline news and are currently at the forefront of many people’s minds. Wouldn’t you like to reduce your impact on the planet and leave a better, cleaner place for your children to grow up? If so, it may surprise you that animal farms are heavy polluters, and eliminating the consumption of meat and dairy products from your diet is one of the simplest and most powerful ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
We’re a nation of animal lovers and your food choices reflect your compassion for animals. Most of us are brought up with a notion that farmed animals all live happily outside, are treated well, and dispatched humanely. In truth, most people would be horrified if they actually looked into the way animals are treated and exploited during modern day animal agricultural processes.
Avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious and easiest ways to take a stand against animal exploitation and prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, regardless of how they are treated, all sentient beings, humans or nonhumans have a right not to be treated as property of others therefore, the right to life and freedom.
WHO CAN I HELP?
So many people are coming to understand the many benefits of a vegan diet. The problem for most is knowing where to start. As an accredited nutritionist and someone who’s already experienced the transition myself, I can solve that problem and help clients who…
• Need guidance to transition from animal to plant foods (vegan) making sure the process is easy, pleasurable and long term.
• Want to combat fatigue (often diet-related).
• Want to achieve and maintain a desirable body weight.
• Are vegan but struggle to set nutrition/health goals.
• Aim to improve athletic/endurance/strength performance.
• Are concerned about chronic disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
Through plant-based nutrition, I have even helped athletes through endurance events such as Marathon des Sables (a six-day, 156-mile ultramarathon in the desert). And if you happen to be multicultural like I am, I understand your craving for native flavours and can show you how to make them plant-based.
Consultations & Coaching
Individually designed packages include;
Before the initial consultation, I email you a simple questionnaire and food diary to learn about your current eating habits and general health. The initial consultation examines your health, family history, eating and lifestyle habits. Based on that, I provide nutritional guidance tailored to your tastes, lifestyle, allergies and budget – plus providing relevant fact sheets and success tips.
Body Composition Analysis
and checks for blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol levels
and grocery lists with delicious and nutritious recipes that take away all the guesswork
Weekly/Monthly tailored to you menus
I can check your own recipes to see if they’re adequate for your needs. If not, I’ll tweak them so they are. I can also ‘veganise’ your own recipes for you.
Follow Up Coaching
Weekly check-ins, monthly follow-ups, new meal plans, random support phone calls, email/text message support, and lifestyle coaching
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For 20 years, I worked as a dressage teacher and professional rider. This was why I moved to the UK in 2012, as I was training to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. During my entire career as a dressage rider, I have always doubted if riding was fair for the horses. I wasn’t vegan — I was only an animal lover. In 2014, I just couldn’t do it any longer. So, I retired my horses, and let them be happy and free. This was the beginning of a full transformation.
Not long after, I made the connection that if I loved horses, I shouldn’t ride them — and that if I loved animals, I therefore could not eat them. I had wanted to be vegetarian ever since I witnessed, while pursuing my veterinary medicine degree, how animals were killed for food production.
But at that time, I was too addicted to beef stroganoff, ham, and cheese sandwiches and thought I needed to eat animal products to be healthy. But this time was different. I had seen even more graphic images — I knew what happened to the animals and knew I didn’t need to eat them to be healthy (I had met vegans who were very healthy). I could no longer hide and say I didn’t know — for them, I had to try. I decided to go vegan for 30 days. I still am and can guarantee you I will be for life.
My whole life, I had suffered from asthma (which I used to blame on my dad’s genes), requiring daily use of my corticosteroid inhaler and frequent use of my blue inhaler. I also suffered from low energy and constipation. After 2 weeks of going plant-based, my asthma was no longer bothering me (and since then, I’ve never had to touch my inhalers). I also started going to the bathroom more regularly and had more stamina to perform my daily activities. I felt more alive.
At that point, I also needed to find a new profession since I had been involved with horses my whole life. Before going vegan, I never enjoyed cooking nor knew how. Yet the benefits of eating plant-based made me curious about the relationship between food and health. And here I am today — a Registered Associate Nutritionist specialised in vegan nutrition set on helping others transform, with the credentials to prove it.
Unfortunately, with many unaccredited courses in nutrition available online, anyone can call themselves nutritionists. This can be very dangerous. That is why I ensured my course was accredited by the Association for Nutrition that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) — a register of competent, qualified nutrition professionals who meet its rigorously applied standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition and its use in practice. UKVRN is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers.
As an accredited nutritionist, I have an evidence-based practice and provide proven up-to-date information and advice. I have no products to promote and nothing to sell but time and expertise:
BSc in Veterinary Medicine
MSc (distinction) in Applied Human Nutrition from Oxford Brookes University
Registered Associated Nutritionist (ANutr): Association for Nutrition
Member of Royal Society of Medicine
Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition
Member of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK
“I first started working with Gabi in 2015 as I prepared to run the Marathon des Sables in April 2016 (160 mile running race in Sahara Desert). At first I used a vegan diet to help control my weight, but soon felt the health and fitness benefits as well, with less injuries and a faster recovery time. Last year I ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks and Gabi looked after my nutrition. Next year I am planning to run around Iceland and Gabi will again be part of my team! I can’t recommend her highly enough”
-Christopher Patterson Ultra-runner