With a footie-mad family starting with Julie’s husband ex England, Manchester United and Everton player, Phil Neville, brother-in-law and former England and Manchester United star Gary and now her son Harvey, Julie has a breadth of experience making sure she knows what food to feed footballing family.
This self-taught food diet and nutrition expert knows exactly what it takes to fuel athletes. From a big breakfast to drinking plenty of fluids and choosing the right snacks.
Now Julie is revealing the health problems that inspired her to learn about food, change the way her family eats and created a blueprint for any athletic person, young or old, amateur or professional. And it all begins when you wake up.
“A proper breakfast is vital, although Philip is now coaching, his
regime remains intense and our son Harvey aged 11 is in a football academy so still on a daily basis I’m preparing the type of meals that Philip would have had while he was playing to fuel my boys for optimum performance, endurance and recovery”.
probiotics and multivitamins to the Weetabix and porridge) plus a yogurt drink or smoothie.
“I know this sounds like a lot but children burn a lot of calories especially those who play sport, plus all the research shows that kids who eat a proper breakfast perform better at school.”
“Favourites with our elite athletes are the Hi 5 ZERO tablets and the OTE Hydro Tablets. As for Harvey he doesn’t drink any sports drinks – they’re not required at his age and rot teeth.
“Instead he would have Berry Co Goji Berry juice in his drinks bottle which is one of the most nutrient-dense juices in the world right now and a fantastic source of energy or the amazing children’s Vita Coco range of flavoured coconut waters which are fantastic.
“Coconut waters remain a favourite too with all our elite and professional athletes during and post training.”
Julie became interested inhealth and wellbeing after complications from the traumatic birth of her second child Isabella.
She lost a large amount of blood during the birth, didn’t even meet her baby until 36 hours after delivery and had to bear being separated from Isabella who spent several weeks in intensive care.
Julie went on to become anaemic and was then diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and six weeks after Isabella’s birth, she developed a blood clot and had to be hospitalised.
Later she collapsed and needed emergency surgery on her eyes for acute glaucoma.
Exhausted and emotional Julie began to suffer with insomnia and panic attacks and was told she’d be on medication for the rest of her life.
Then at 18 months old, Isabella was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects movement and coordination, and needed special medical attention.