About Me

About Me

Karen Swindall
BSc(Hons), PGDip, MSc

I offer an expert and caring Nutritional Therapy service in Worcester and Bromsgrove.

I am a qualified Nutritional Therapist with a Masters in Nutritional Therapy from Worcester University. I am a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and registered with The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I also have a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Health, and qualifications in Nutritional Counselling and Neurolinguistic programming (NLP).

As a Nutritional Therapist I believe that my role is to give clients the information, motivation and confidence to make changes to their diet. I do this by helping them to understand how nutrition works in supporting the underlying processes in the body which may be contributing to their health issues. Only by showing them this are my clients able to address their health issues and take more control over their future health.

About Myself

Over the years I have studied many different aspects of health and well- being, first by qualifying as an Aesthetician, then by learning various kinds of massage.  I spent a month in Chiang Rai learning Thai massage in a monastery. I also learnt about Aromatherapy and Oil Blending.

I have always had a passion for cooking and eating delicious healthy food, whenever I could I would do one day cooking courses especially when on holiday in Thailand, Indonesia or Malaysia. I lived in Asia for a long period of time and I believe in the traditional Chinese philosophy that there is a strong link between health, food and overall well-being.

I enrolled on a distance learning course from Australia in Nutritional Counselling and loved it, and I knew that I had found the area of ‘ health’  that I wished to work in. Alongside doing the course I also tried to put into practice what I was learning and looked more carefully at my own health and diet and what I was consuming, which wasn’t brilliantly healthy, this was down mainly to my daily long commutes, unsociable teaching hours and hectic social life!.

 

I joined Weight Watchers and lost nearly 1.5 stone and became a Weight Watcher leader which I found very rewarding for a couple of years. There are many aspects of Weight Watchers or any slimming group that I think are hugely beneficial and it worked for me for a period of time. What works are the weekly meetings, weigh-ins to keep you on track and the weekly talks to help you stay motivated, however, it always felt like I was on a diet and I was always watching what I ate and continuously counting points and obsessing about food, which I personally do not think is a healthy thing to be doing

What I believe

I am by no means a saint, and I don’t eat and drink healthily 100% of the time. I believe in the 80-20% rule, meaning 80% of the time you do your best to eat well balance, healthy meals, cooked from scratch when possible; and 20% of the time you enjoy the odd glass of wine or two, weekly piece of cake or chocolate bar. I also believe that one should do some form of daily exercise for at least 20 minutes . At the end of the day it is all about balance.

Interested in Nutritional Therapy?

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, simply get in touch with me today!