I’m so excited to have the lovely Kat D’andrea as my very first Featured Friend! Kat and I met whilst studying nutrition at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Since graduation, Kat has established a busy and successful practice at The London Fit Club where she helps clients achieve improved health and sports performance. She also specialises in women’s health and helps women balance their hormones to become free from conditions such as PCOS. I’m excited to introduce her to you. Meet Kat…
Why did you want to become a Nutritional Therapist
I was inspired by my own journey back to health. I went 7 years without having a period and experienced constant bloating and fatigue, severe period pains, acne, irritability and an eating disorder. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which affected my emotions, moods and ability to concentrate on everyday things.
Little did I know at the time that this could all be related to previous stress, lack of vital nutrients and natural nourishment from ‘real food and real rest’.
After a constant battle with my health I decided to look at other options to help me feel better. I didn’t want to keep taking the contraceptive pill, which I felt was only masking my symptoms. It never really made me feel better inside. I knew something was missing as I still felt mentally and physically drained and exhausted.
So, I started to think differently and decided to honour my body by listening to what it was trying to tell me.
Instinctively, I stopped taking the contraceptive pill and all the various supplements I had been taking to ease my symptoms. I decided to try and live with them for a while.
The first thing I did was to feed my body with natural foods and natural remedies. It was amazing how well I felt just from making small changes and carving out time for rest and relaxation. However, whilst I noticed some improvements, my symptoms would sometimes creep up and I would feel worse than before. This is what’s called a ‘healing crisis’ although I didn’t know that at the time. Things became so difficult that I was led to making radical changes. I completely changed my job, lifestyle and general outlook on life. I decided to live more holistically. A year after I’d embarked upon these changes, I had a period. I truly believe that lifestyle, faith, stress levels and our mental outlook play a huge part in our body’s ability to recover.
Getting sufficient rest is essential to recovery. Truth be told, I’d had years of reduced sleep and excess stress which I needed to recover from.
Nutritional Therapy and my own faith have helped me achieve a complete recovery. I now have periods every month and no symptoms of PCOS whatsoever. A scan also showed no signs of polycystic ovaries. My recovery has inspired me to help others along their journey through Nutritional Therapy.
What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your diet?
I always need green leafy veg in my lunch or dinners. Colourful foods are a MUST! Water, Water, Water!! I can’t go without it!
What’s your favourite healthy snack to eat on the fly?
Rice cakes or crackers with houmous topped with tomatoes and coriander. Homemade protein balls with raw cacao, cashews, pecans, coconut shavings, coconut nectar, coconut oil, vanilla pod and sesame seeds.
Juices or smoothies? And do you have a favourite recipe?
I love cold pressed juices and normally make mine with green veggies as an extra boost whenever I'm busy, to help me get through the day. This includes anything in my fridge - normally a mixture of cucumber, one green apple, celery, LOTS of ginger, coconut water, and a handful of spinach or kale.
Within 30 minutes of rising I always have a protein shake which I make in my Nutribullet with Rude health Almond milk, filtered water, 1 banana, a handful of cashew nuts, 1 date, Purition Vegan Hemp Vanilla Protein or a pea protein. I normally make enough for me and my husband to share. For post work-out, I add an isolate whey protein to my shake, either Purition or Nutristrength with some of the above ingredients or with some cacao powder and cacao nibs within 30 minutes of completing my training.
What health related gadget or gizmo would you take to a dessert island?
My green powder mixes!! They're light to carry, they don't spoil and I'll just find some water to mix them with. I'm loving Pukka Clean Greens at the moment. People at work call me Mrs Greens! I love my greens!
What’s your signature healthy home-made meal?
At the moment I tend to gravitate towards a good lentil dish. I think that most people could do with increasing their vegetable protein intake. So, I tend to cook that for guests as a meat alternative. Here’s what I use:
Do you have a top health tip to share?
Always ensure the food on your plate consists of a variety of colours, as each will represent a different mix of vitamins and minerals which will help your body function optimally.
Where do you hangout online?
I run a clinic from The London Fit Club in Canada Water. It’s a personal training and fitness centre. I work with a fantastic team focusing on sports nutrition and helping athletes (and actors!) reach their goals. As well as helping people recover from illness, injury or a chronic health condition such as IBS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Adrenal Fatigue, etc., I specialise in women’s health and help people in the corporate world overcome stress and fatigue. Having previously worked in a corporate environment, I know the hours can be long and there are always deadlines to meet. I’m passionate about helping people reach their full potential. I offer functional testing as part of my packages. I also offer corporate talks at wellness days and recently presented a workshop entitled "Fuelled for Success". It was very popular!
Hi, I'm Sian Burns.
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