About Me

About Me

My name is Karen Swindall MSc, PGDip, BSc (Hons), I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach. 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. 

An Interview with Karen

What was it that led you to a career in nutritional therapy?

Having resided in Asia for more than two decades, I experienced first hand the holistic approach adopted by general practitioners towards health. I deeply appreciated their belief that food has a vital role in a person’s overall wellbeing.  I was motivated by my own personal fascination with the intricate interplay between food and well-being, and this is what led me to pursue a career as a nutritional therapist.

Have you had any health issues yourself? 

Yes, I’ve had my own health issues:-  I faced the challenges of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and Graves’ disease during perimenopause. I did endured some debilitating symptoms—fatigue, anxiety, heart palpitations, sleep disturbances, and brain fog. I took medication for two and a half years and under guidance from my consultant, I gradually reduced my medication, ultimately stopping them by 2017.

In 2023, another personal challenge arose. I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, leading to a total hysterectomy and subsequent brachytherapy treatment.

How did you look after your own health and wellbeing?

I recognized that the most effective path for me to heal quickly from both illnesses involved embracing additional positive lifestyle changes. I placed particular emphasis on optimizing my diet, ensuring a diverse range of nutrients in my daily food intake. Additionally, I incorporated certain supplements into my regimen for a period to support my recovery. I also patiently awaited approval following my hysterectomy before resuming exercise. Once given the go-ahead, I resumed my lovely walks on the Malvern Hills with my husband and family, alongside weekly Pilates classes. These activities not only contributed to improved my overall energy levels but also played a crucial role in nurturing my mental well-being.

How do you work?

With eight years of clinical experience, my approach to practice is fuelled by a deep-seated passion to empower clients with the knowledge, motivation, and assurance necessary to enact dietary changes that enhance their quality of life and foster long-term health. It extends beyond nutrition, acknowledging the multifaceted influences of our surroundings—be it lifestyle, family dynamics, relationships, work environment, leisure activities, or emotional well-being—on our overall well-being.

How do you help clients understand the affects their diet and lifestyle may have on their health?

I help clients to understand how nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting the underlying processes within the body that may be impacting their health concerns. Additionally, I provide coaching to assist them in implementing the necessary dietary or lifestyle adjustments essential for enhancing their present well-being and securing a healthier future.

What is your main aim you wish to achieve for all your clients?

For me, it’s a deeply held belief that every individual should feel confident in their body and empowered to take charge of their own health journey. That’s the guiding principle behind my work with each of my clients.

 

 

 

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