Hi, I’m Orla.
I want to share with you a bit about my background and my personal journey thus far…
I grew up in a rural farming community in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Life was beautifully simple as a child – family, friends, school, lots of football, swimming, music and summer holidaying around Ireland. Food was a huge part of my life growing up; from my mum’s homemade soups and apple tarts to filling our boot with my grannies home-grown vegetables and sneaking lots of her homemade scone bread!
Fast forward to college where I was studying Commerce in National University of Ireland, Galway followed by a Masters in Business (MBS) in Dublin City University. During this time I had a very poor and limited diet. I only really ate very plain foods, very little fruits and vegetables, lots of bread and copious amounts of tea. I quickly noticed that I was becoming a lot more anxious and stressed, which at the time I put down to studying and living a more chaotic life.
Following my studies, I began working in a marketing capacity for various different companies and it was on my last employment contract that stress became overwhelming and problematic for me. My digestive system suffered and I was diagnosed with IBS and also began to get physically sick at random times, also known as cyclic vomiting. Needless to say I quickly began to realise that the foods I ate had a huge effect on how I felt and functioned. Beforehand I just thought of food as simply staving off hunger, not as nutrition or vital for my wellbeing.
So, from here I began studying Nutrition at college and went on to complete my MSc in Personalised Nutrition with Middlesex University from a Functional Medicine perspective. I specialised in digestive health and quickly became fascinated with the effects of a compromised digestive system on your mental health, in relation to anxiety, depression, ADHD, bi-polar disorder and autism spectrum disorders more specifically.
Over the years of studying nutrition I applied a lot of what I was learning on myself. I changed my diet dramatically and the results have been life-changing for me. I no longer live with IBS or anxiety and I’m able to quickly tell when my digestive system is upset or out of balance so that I can address it effectively. As a result, in 2016 I set up Health by Orla – Personalised Nutrition – and it’s my mission to empower people to transform their health by knowing the right nutrients for them.
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