Hi… I’m Gillian!
When I was growing up, food was always a complicated issue for me. I hated vegetables, loved sugary foods, and drank soda whenever I could get my hands on it. After a chubby childhood, I went off to university and gained almost 10 kilos as a result of no exercise, too much beer and crappy cafeteria food. I didn’t feel good in my own skin (or my clothing!) and I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror… so I knew something had to change.
The problem was I didn’t really know where to start! I knew less beer and more vegetables was probably a good idea, so I started with that! For exercise, I started trying to go to the gym once or twice each week, and began attending a bootcamp class with some friends. With a bit of work on the QUALITY of my nutrition plus more overall movement in my daily life, I noticed my clothing fit better and I was liking what I saw in the mirror.
That was a good start, but in order to reach my goals, I needed to take my nutrition a step further. Finding the balance between eating the right types of foods and eating the right AMOUNT can be tough! After moving to Barcelona, I started Olympic Weightlifting, and in order to fit into my weight class category, I found I needed to drop a few more kilos. A friend of mine who had competed on an international level in body building suggested “macro-counting” (a form of flexible dieting)- basically, weighing and measuring my food intake. By adding precision to my diet, I was not only able to lose body fat, but able to maintain (and even improve!) my strength in my sport.
Since then, I have found a point in which I am able to maintain a body composition and performance level that works well for my lifestyle without weighing and measuring what I eat every day… because no one wants to eat out of tupperware for the rest of their lives.
It has been a long road to becoming a Nutritional Coach! Over the last 10 years, I have studied and experimented with tons of different diet theories- everything from vegetarian to Paleo to “gluten-free”. I completed the Holistic Health Coach certification with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2011 and also hold the Level 1 coaching certification from Precision Nutrition (both EEUU certifications). In 2017 I completed ANEF’s Sports Nutrition course in Barcelona, and have been working as a CrossFit and Bootcamp coach for the last 3 years. I also hold the CrossFit Level 3 certification (CCFT) and am proud to be one of less than 15 people in all of Spain to hold this title.
I love working with clients to help them find what works best for their nutrition and lifestyle, and outside of my work I spend countless hours reading studies, books and articles in order to always stay on top of the newest information in the world of nutrition!