It Takes Two
Cinnamon Days is run by Isabel Hemmings and Sue Wharton, both fully qualified and registered nutritional therapists. They met during their Master's degree studies at the University of Worcester only to discover they lived less than 2 miles apart in Sheffield! They both developed a deep interest in obesity and metabolic disorders, realising that this was a core driver of many other chronic health problems and was amenable to improvement through dietary and lifestyle changes. It made sense to work together to help and support people with long term weight management problems
People falling back in love with real food, losing weight, regaining health and feeling fabulous in their own skin
To guide, educate and support people to adopt a healthy real food diet that leads to weight loss and improved health through group weight loss & healthy lifestyle programmes
We are passionate about:
supporting people to move to healthy, real food diets
Helping people to reach their weight and health goals
Giving people back their enjoyment of eating
Reducing food poverty
Supporting regenerative farming practices
I have a long-standing interest in health, and worked in the NHS for many years, managing hospital and community services. Whilst this was a satisfying career, I always believed that more could be done to help people to stay healthy and that a greater focus on prevention was needed.
A few years ago, I became aware of work of Dr Sarah Hallberg an American physician who was showing fantastic results reversing Type 2 diabetes using a low carbohydrate diet. This diet was also very effective for weight loss and for improving other health markers.
I was very aware that the NHS was struggling to cope with managing the huge growth in the numbers of people with chronic disease, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and mental health problems, which had risen so dramatically over recent years. After further research I realised how much this had to do with the significant changes we had all made to diet and lifestyle in recent decades.
Having always believed prevention to be better than cure, and realising that many of the diseases we see today are avoidable, I made the decision to train as a Nutritional Therapist to play my part in reversing the trends in chronic disease growth.
I am very fortunate to live close to the Peak District on the edge of Sheffield, and am always glad to be able to get out into the countryside with my partner. We have two children, a daughter studying medicine and a grown-up son, and two cats.
My interest in nutrition started 10 years ago when I was approaching a 'certain age' and noticed that I was starting to pile on the pounds even though my diet and exercise levels hadn't changed. I came across an article in the paper about 'low carb' eating and weight loss and the penny dropped - it made perfect sense to me! I tried it and the weight soon came off again .
I realised this was a new way of looking at weight management, one that worked, addressed underlying causes and didn't leave you feeling hungry. Further research made me realise that ditching all junk food, ready meals and refined carbohydrates was the best way to reduce sugar and maintain a healthy weight - in other words, just eat real food!
A few years later, after much personal reading into nutrition, I decided on a career change and enrolled on my Master's degree in Nutritional Therapy. Having worked previously as a nurse and Nurse tutor in the NHS for 14 years, I looked forward to working in health care once more.
I live in Sheffield with my husband, have 2 grown up sons, both married, and 1 grandchild (but hoping for more). My hobbies are a little eclectic as I like hiking, cooking and martial arts.
BSc. (Hon) Biological Sciences
MSc. Nutritional Therapy (Distinction)
Certificate in Obesity: risk and reversal (Nutrition Network)