KATE WHITELOCK – RESIDENT NUTRITIONIST

What got you into nutrition?

My journey with nutrition started a few years ago when I was living the typical London lifestyle. It’s a familiar story; dashing from one meeting to the next, superfast turnarounds and active social life.

I happily carried on this way for a good few years when my health suddenly took a turn for the worse and I was hit by intense energy slumps and headaches. I therefore sought the help of a nutritional therapist who, within six months, got me completely back on track and I felt transformed!

From here on in I was hooked and started to research around Nutritional Therapy which essentially looks to identify potential nutritional imbalances in the body which may be contributing to an individual’s health concerns. Diet and lifestyle interventions can then be used to help heal the body and mind.

Since then, around ten years, I have undertaken extensive training as well as trying lots of different nutritional approaches to work out what makes me feel good as I believe we are all individual and have to find what works best for us.

All of the recipes and advice shared on the retreat are therefore based on my training as well as dietary habits, which are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free as this is when I feel at my best from a health and energy perspective.

Qualifications

I studied for 4 years at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition to become a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist, accredited by BANT (British Association for Applied Nutritional Therapy) and CNHC (The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).

I also attend a variety of training courses on a regular basis to ensure that my knowledge and skills are right up to date. These have included areas such as Gastrointestinal Health, Women’s Health and Autoimmunity.

Through my clinical practice I also come in to contact with a variety of clients requiring help with a vast array of different health concerns and will therefore be bringing all of this experience to the retreat.

Why do you believe in the reset approach?

As a Nutritional Therapist, I have seen first-hand the powerful results that can be achieved through the combination of diet, lifestyle and mindfulness. This is not surprising when you consider how closely intertwined our mind and bodies are, so much so that the gut is often referred to as the ‘second brain’.

As food is one of the most powerful means of healing and balancing the body and mind, if you have these foundations right then all other types therapy, such as yoga, will work much more effectively.

Specifically, the reset approach embraces the power of seasonal eating. Nature has an abundance of fresh, seasonal gems at the ready. When foods are picked at the peak of ripeness, they taste better and are nutritional powerhouses.

Furthermore, as well as being more nutritious seasonal eating affords a wealth of other benefits. They are often much cheaper; it takes a lot of energy and resources to manage, package and transport foods out of season. Therefore, opting to eat in this way means you are also doing your bit to support the environment

Finally, I also believe that it is possible to strike a balance that allows us to eat for both health & pleasure. Therefore, the reset approach is not about denial! Rather, it’s about good quality, plant-based whole-foods that your body needs during different times of the year.

These foods contain complex, biologically active molecules that can have an immensely positive impact on our health and in the words of Hippocrates, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”.