Jane McClenaghan studied Food Science at The University of Reading and attained her BSc before moving onto The Institute for Optimal Nutrition to study for her DipION Nutritional Therapy. As a qualified Nutritional Therapist Jane specialises in developing workplace and individual nutrition and wellbeing programmes. She also provides a range of workshops with cookery demonstrations.
Jane has been a Nutritional Therapist for over fifteen years and has helped thousands of people improve their health through simple, manageable changes to their diet. In 2014 she was awarded the UK CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) Award for outstanding practice.
She is the author of 'The Vital Nutrition Cookbook; Recipes for Energy and Vitality' and 'Vital Nutrition: How to eat for optimum health, happiness and energy'.
Jane writes a weekly column in the Irish News, has a monthly slot on Radio U105 and is called upon as a regular contributor to the BBC and the Belfast Telegraph.
Why this particular specialism?
"Good food has been a lifelong passion for me, I grew up in a family where growing, cooking and eating healthy food was part of the fabric of life. I believe that food should be celebrated and relished. My philosophy of health and wellbeing is one of balance - simple, effective and practical changes that can fit into anyone’s lifestyle, to rejuvenate your motivation for eating well. No crazy diets or quick fixes, just good sound nutrition that works!"
What piece of advice do you most often give to your patients?
"If there was one daily habit that I recommend to my clients at peri-menopause, it’s to add flaxseed to their diet every day. Packed with phytoestrogens, a good source of fibre and full of plant-based omega 3, flaxseeds can be a really useful ingredient for female hormone balance at this stage of life".