Following my undergraduate degree in Sports & Exercise Science (BSc Hons) at the University of Birmingham, I spent a year studying Sports Nutrition with the Guruperformance Insititute (ISSN Dip. CISSN). From there I went on to work at a professional rugby club as a Performance Nutritionist for 2 seasons. It was here early on in my career where I started to apply my nutritional knowledge toolbox in a demanding setting, translating science into practice and working with different individuals who shared a common goal of elite performance.
This great start drove my nutritional curiosity further and urged me to look into further study to develop nutritional practice working with regular people looking to apply nutritional lifestyle changes to everyday life. So I moved to London and undertook three years of study in Nutritional Therapy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Throughout my career so far I have come to realise that health is an on-going journey for all of us. Some may only need a few tweaks and a little guidance, whereas others may need a much more tailored approach. That’s where I come in - I can support you as little or as much as you like.
On a personal level, sport and food also play a prominent part in my day-to-day life; I’ve grown up playing rugby to a high-level for my school and both universities, and more recently have taken up trail running. I have also always been a deep-rooted foodie and cook as a result of my upbringing (my Mum ran a catering company and my sister is a highly-skilled Pastry Chef). So it’s no exaggeration when I say I am always talking, thinking, writing and experimenting with food - see my Instagram account @mattgardnernutrition for what I’ve been cooking and eating this week!