About me

I have always been fascinated by the human body – from why we get sick to how we can prevent ill health or heal ourselves.

I have been lucky enough to shape my entire career around health.

In my late 30s I was super fit, running marathons and taking part in long distance triathlons. Then, I contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite and following a long recovery, involving lots of antibiotics and steroids, I completed my eighth marathon, then my third ironman triathlon, and to see out my 30s I climbed Kilimanjaro.

I started to struggle with my usual routine and found that if I went for my usual mid-week run, I couldn’t get out of bed the next day. I was in a lot of pain and I started popping painkillers to get me through the day.

I woke up every morning feeling like I’d run a marathon and it felt like someone was hammering the soles of my feet with every step.

My joints became inflamed, and my body became stiffer and less able. After countless blood draws and investigations, I was finally diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune condition and the result was more medication to control the symptoms.

For about five years I was taking more than 10 medicines a day.

With the support of my consultant, my own research led me to make changes in my diet and day to day life. I ditched the multiple coffees and fizzy drinks I was consuming every day, cut out many of the processed foods that I was reliant on while working full time, and in came the fresh, organic, whole foods, plenty of water and cooking from scratch. I even started baking my own bread – something I continue to do.

After a while I was able to reduce the painkillers I was taking, and start doing exercise again. I started to be me again. I no longer suffer daily pain and my inflammatory markers are the lowest they have been for over a decade.

Fast forward 10 years, and now I run The Nourishing Well. I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist, member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT and registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), a government-sponsored registration body which has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Let me help you nourish your body to feel the best you can be.

Registered Nutritional Therapist, Anna Gray, Specialist in stress-related conditions, autoimmune and mid-life nutrition, including menopause.