Medical Sciences graduate Dr Hazel Wallace is the founder of The Food Medic. She is a qualified medical doctor and best-selling author as well as the resident online doctor for Women’s Health and a columnist for Psychologies magazine.
"It was at USW that The Food Medic was born. It was my first time away from home in Ireland and I was far from healthy! I relied on fast-food, ready meals and snacks to keep me alive!
"I spent no time in the kitchen and even less time doing any form of physical activity. However in my final year I decided to turn my life around. I had a six-week period before my final exams so I used that time to kickstart my health and get back in the gym.
"I started cooking from scratch, prepping my lunches for the library, cutting down on alcohol and going to the gym every morning. The gym in the Treforest Sports Centre was the first gym I ever joined!
"By the time my exams had come around I had already noticed changes to my energy levels, my body, my skin and my fitness levels and from there, I didn't look back!
"It is difficult to put into words how it feels to have my book published. It’s a dream come true! I noticed a gap in the market for a book like this and firmly believe there is nothing out there like it. I combine my skills as a doctor, a scientist, a personal trainer and a foodie to offer a total body guide to health and wellbeing.
"I loved my time at University of South Wales. University was a very important time for me, as it is for any student. It’s where I guess you could say I ‘found’ myself and really knew what I wanted to do with my life."