Written by Fiona Sharp
When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammatory condition which attacks the large intestine. Within 11 months of being diagnosed I had been taking over 50mg of steroids a day and was severely anemic. The decision was made to remove part of the large intestine which was infected. I was admitted into hospital and a week later I had major surgery which resulted in the entire removal of my large intestine due to the inflammation being so severe to the point the intestine was about to burst. I was given a colostomy bag for 6 months and then it was reversed, just in time to sit my finals at school before moving down to London a year later to study music.
Evidently food and digestion has continued to be an integral part of my adult life. Although I no longer have Ulcerative Colitis, inflammation can still make a presence if I am stressed or eating the wrong types of food. Inflammation, autoimmune diseases and how food directly affects our overall health and wellbeing has fascinated me so much that last year I decided to train as a certified Nutrition Coach. Along with my own health history, I am very interested in how food affects us all in many different ways. Having worked in the third sector for over 15 years I have met and worked with many individuals who have epilepsy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food intolerances and sensitivities, skin conditions, anxiety, fatigue, joint pain, stress, bloating among many other conditions. What we eat and fuel our bodies and minds with pays us back in our health both positively and negatively.
Within the music practice I will be developing a sideline business providing nutrition and lifestyle coaching. Coaching in nutrition is simply giving suggestions of food plans and changes to both diet and lifestyle choices. The coaching will be offered to individuals seeking support and suggestions in areas such as problems with inflammation, IBS and other autoimmune diseases and I am hoping to do further research into epilepsy and diets which could help reduce seizure activity and triggers.
Further information about Nutrition will be provided on the F Sharp Music website over the coming months, in the meantime if you have any queries or looking to have an initial consultation please contact Fiona Sharp – firstname.lastname@example.org