My name is Emma Wildgoose and I am a trained nutritional adviser. More importantly, I am a mum and chief cook for a family of four.
A few years ago, I revolutionised my family’s eating habits. As is often the case, this momentous change grew out of a small observation. When my daughter Lily was very young, I noticed that she seemed to crave sugar. Too often she would sit by the kitchen cupboards crying for chocolate. To me, this did not seem right so I began to look into why she was so hooked on processed sugar. The creation of my business Eat Real Food was the culmination of that journey.
My passion for food began after completing a year of cooking as a chalet girl in Switzerland during my gap year. Having completed a Bachelor of Science at Edinburgh University, I forged a career in HR technology before leaving the workplace in 2007 to have a family.
During both of my pregnancies I piled on the pounds and struggled to balance my love of food, especially chocolate, with a healthy weight. After trying various diets, I slowly became aware of the problem – the focus on short-term weight loss through food deprivation rather than concentrating on the long-term goal of maintaining a healthy weight by eating well.
In 2014 I embarked on a Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management, certified by the Association for Nutrition. I also developed my love of creative cooking with an Advanced Course at the Ashburton Cookery School. In 2021 I completed an EQA Foundations in Health Coaching this course was also accredited by the NHS Personal Care Institute. I subsequently went on to achieve my EMCC Global Individual Accreditation (EIA) and Professional Designation at Foundation Level. I am also an Affiliate member of the EMCC. I am also currently completing a Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine course run by Practice Unbound and leading international experts in lifestyle medicine, Dr Rangan Chatterjee and Dr Ayan Panja.
Inspired by a strong desire to eat well and live well and with the support of some amazing friends and family who believed in me right from the start I now provide health-orientated catering, recipe design and development, cookery lessons and welling programmes to both individuals and businesses.
“Take care of your body it's the only place you have to live” Jim Rohn
Mum's the word
I left the workplace in 2007 to have my son and returned in 2014 when my youngest started school. For seven years, I surrounded myself with mothers and chatted to them primarily about children! When I set up Eat Real Food, I discovered that all of these mums had the most amazing ‘hidden’ talents. Little did I know that they could write novels, manage accounts, build websites and run PR companies… the list goes on. As well as supporting me when Eat Real Food was just a fledgling venture, many of them were simultaneously running their own successful businesses and juggling the demands of family life.
Mums are amazing!
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