Hi! I’m Gail, I’m 46, and I live in Hale, Cheshire with my husband and three daughters. I’ve been running for over 30 years; I started running in my early teens, with my dad, and have run ever since.
I was diagnosed with endometriosis in my early 20s after suffering horrendous pain since starting my periods at the age of 13. It’s something that even now I’ve never really got a handle on which is why when I started realising that I was perimenopausal last year, I was determined that I was going to find a better way to cope with the symptoms than I had managed with my endo.
I had been doing more and more running in lockdown as I found it gave me some much needed me-time – and a release from my symptoms – and so when I was made redundant, I decided that I would become a qualified Run Leader with English Athletics start a running group focusing on women in and around the menopause.
I recently qualified as a nutrition and lifestyle coach with the Institute of Health Sciences and set up IAM Health to specialise in helping those in and around menopause better cope with their symptoms through making small, achievable changes to their diet and lifestyle and helping them stay accountable to these. (After all most of us know what we should be doing, it’s maintaining it that’s the problem!).
My approach includes strategies and recommendations to support weight management, sleep, and optimal energy; helping you to develop an exercise routine you enjoy and will stick with; techniques for managing hot flashes; tools for dealing with stress and confidence-stripping anxiety… and any other areas that you personally wish to work on.
We will work together to assess where you are, see what helps and hinders your current health and hormone balance, undo years of unhelpful habits, rethink your nutrition and lifestyle and create lasting change for optimal wellbeing.
Whether it’s running or health coaching, there really is no better time to invest in your health.