Sandra Tamm is an IINH Nutritional Therapy graduate based in Estonia. She runs her own successful nutrition business, as well as working as a yoga instructor.
Thank you Sandra for taking part in our Student Spotlight Series.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a happy mother of three. I have two adult sons and a daughter. My journey to conscious eating and a conscious lifestyle has gifted me experience, knowledge and challenges. I studied Health Coaching in New York and have undergone further training in nutritional counselling in Estonia. I learned in The Irish Institute of Nutrition & Health (IINH) to become a Nutritional Therapist and I am also a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach.
I am a happy person because my work is also my hobby. But I also enjoy being with my children, I’m learning Portuguese, I enjoy travelling and hiking.
When did you first become interested in nutrition and health?
I started to discover more seriously with conscious nutrition and lifestyle topics in 2012.
Food allergies, intolerance to many foods, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Guillain-Barré syndrome, childhood and adult migraine are health conditions that I have experienced up close over the years.
I have seen how important the role of conscious eating and a conscious lifestyle is to support a health condition in order for it to improve and if necessary, support the treatment prescribed by the doctor.
In spring of 2019, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I had different strange symptoms like joint and muscle aches and fatigue for several years already and as physically I was fine, all tests came out clear, so it was like pretending to have all these symptoms :). After having a strong pain attack during a vacation trip I finally went to the rheumatologist who took time to listen to me, did several tests needed and finally made the diagnosis. I should say I was really happy and thankful (I still am), it was a great relief to understand what was going on.
Through these experiences and the knowledge I acquired I have reached my audience today. I now focus mainly on the role of conscious eating and lifestyles in the case of digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases and fibromyalgia.
It is obvious that every special menu is based on individual needs, wherein a number of factors need to be taken into account at the same time.
So what made you decide to study with IINH?
I immediately liked the IINH programme because it covered the most important topics and also various additional topics that you might really need in practice. I wanted to study nutritional therapy, but at the same time learn in depth exactly what I can immediately apply in a specific job. All this was provided by IINH.
IINH education was very comprehensive, practical works supported the learned theory. The learning environment was very modern and the IINH staff were the best of the best, their support throughout the study period was invaluable.
I personally really enjoyed this journey.
You have set up your own practice alongside teaching yoga, can you tell us a bit about that?
The body is a whole, so your health and well-being is not only affected by food, but by everything the body experiences.
Yoga has been one of my recovery tools that has helped me and I felt it would be wonderful to share it with my clients so that I could directly pass on what I have experienced and learned.
However, it is worth noting that, as always, not everything is one size fits all.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Definitely a moment when the client gives feedback that the cooperation between us has helped him a lot, he has discovered the charms of conscious nutrition and lifestyle, and his health has improved significantly.
If you would like to learn more about Sandra or work with her, visit her website or social media channels below