"As a Chef I wanted to know about Nutrition..."
Isabel Hood, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
Being an international private chef is hugely exciting, but there has always been a deep undercurrent of conflict within me about the effect that the dishes I prepare for my clients may have on their health. This is what finally pushed me into going back to school somewhat late in life and searching for a way to resolve the many contradictions which I have encountered during my gastronomic career, where mouth-watering cuisine and good health seemed to be mutually exclusive.
As a chef studying Naturopathic Nutrition at CNM I found the proof that food can be utterly delicious, life-enhancing and gratifying while simultaneously supporting thriving health, joie de vivre and energy.
I was attracted to CNM because it provides the naturopathic element over and above plain nutrition, and because I wanted cast-iron credentials. Studying totally took over my life! What I learned gave me an infinite respect for the perfection of the human body and the mind-blowing intricacy of its functions. I discovered how a natural and nutrient-rich way of eating can literally make you feel like a totally different person.
I am incredibly thrilled to have graduated from CNM and now be able to put the treasure trove of knowledge which I have acquired during my studies to good use. While my approach will be all-encompassing, I am particularly interested in anti-ageing and brain health. From being an international private chef and food writer, I’ll now be The Natural = Anti-Ageing Chef, a Nutritional food writer, and a Nutritional Therapist.
I’ll be harnessing the immense force of natural food, including plant-power, to support healing and recovery and to set my clients back on the road to optimal wellbeing.
Isabel can be contacted via: www.isabelhoodnutrition.com
I’m looking forward to using my knowledge to help others
Seema Vikaria, CNM Student in Nutrition
I was working in Optometry when in 2012 I started getting joint pains and was soon after diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
After doing my own research on how to best manage my condition,it led me to make significant changes to my diet.These changes helped to bring a real improvement to my health and I wanted to learn more, so I was referred to CNM by my aunt Nishta Patel, who is now a very busy Nutritional Therapist but at the time was just finishing her first year at the college.
During the course, I was able to make more specific changes to my diet and supplements.I have just finished Nutrition Year 2 and I have really enjoyed my three years at CNM, learning in class and student clinics. I’m looking forward to using my knowledge to help others. After I graduate I plan to practice as a nutritionist and I’m keen to set up in business supplying my own range of healthy and nutritious cakes and treats to cafes and shops.
Endometriosis: I am free of pain
Shireen Masani, CNM Student in Nutrition
I became very unwell with severe endometriosis which left me bed-ridden, this led to surgery followed by chronic fatigue syndrome.
This became my life for years. Medical doctors said I needed to accept that I would never be pain free. I decided to find my own path to recovery. I began by changing my diet and eliminating inflammatory foods, which made me practically pain free in 6 weeks. I realised then that I had found a way to heal myself and wanted to learn more so I could help others who were also losing hope.
CNM offered a course that embraced nutrition differently from other courses, by placing importance on lifestyle and naturopathic principles. It was this combination that made me choose the course, and I am now in my final year of nutrition. I love the quality of lecturing as well as the depth of knowledge I’ve acquired. The course is intense, and has given me confidence in dealing with doctors. The assignments are definitely good practice for the real world paths my career may take. I look forward to practising in the field and supporting clients to reach their own health goals.
What I wasn’t expecting was the amazing people I have met. I have been really touched by the strong and supportive community we have built as a class.
My knowledge has changed my life and my family’s
Daniela Lawler, CNM Student in Nutrition
Reading a nutrition magazine in a health café re-ignited an old passion from my early teens. After finding natural foods and experimenting in my kitchen, I was once again hooked.
I worked as an Events Manager but felt at a crossroads in my life. The prospect of studying nutrition felt right and excited me. A few months later I had enrolled at CNM, whom I chose because their curriculum sounded fascinating.
What do I love most about my studies? The variety of lectures, the like-minded people, and the flexible study plan (I’ve had two children since I started studying).
The knowledge that I now have access to is incredible. It has not only changed my life but my whole family’s. I was able to help my 2 year old daughter who was infected by Campylobacter, which causes diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. I understood the damage it could do, especially to infants, and put together a nutritional plan to help heal her gut. We have also been able to help support my mother in law through her successful battle with stage 4 lung cancer.
I am expecting to graduate and open my clinic in Solihull in late 2017. I’d like to specialise in supporting children, and adults who have cancer or poor gut health.
CNM started my journey to optimum health
Audrey Lemargue, CNM Student in Nutrition
CNM’s Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition is exactly what I needed to pursue my vocation and start my journey to optimum health myself.
Although I spent 15 years in successful international sales and marketing in the cosmetics industry, I always felt like I was not in the right job. I decided to quit my job and follow my gut instinct in search of what it was that I wanted to do. After a few months of soul-searching, one day I came across the interview of an 86-year-old naturopath talking about food and its benefit on human health.
It was a light bulb moment. That lady’s simple and common sense inspired me and gave me the path I had been searching for. I wanted to become a naturopath to enlighten people’s lives, helping them to become their optimum selves.
What I appreciate most about the CNM Diploma course is the practical side of the learning. All lecturers bring something unique as they put their heart and soul into transmitting deep knowledge which they are passionate about. On the academic side, I am constantly amazed by the extent of new scientific research that we look at, from epigenetics to the nutrient impact on health.
Since I started studying, Iswari superfoods hired me to look after their sales and marketing in the UK, which makes perfect sense with my professional background and my CNM nutrition education. I shall have completed my studies later this year and when I graduate, I want to support clients with chronic health issues, where possible working with GPs to support beneficial lifestyle changes, especially to do with mental health. I’ve enjoyed my studies so much that I’d also like to study herbal medicine at CNM. It is exciting, humbling and an inspiration to keep on learning all my life.
Listen to Audrey’s podcast with Joseph Pliu.
I love the depth of knowledge I am gaining
Emma Rice, CNM Student in Nutrition
I worked in vintage fashion, but as time went by and I noticed changes in my body, I began to focus on my own health and optimum wellness from a more holistic viewpoint.
As I dug deeper I came to the opinion that links between government, food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies resulted in misleading messages about what’s best for health.
This led to my deeper interest in people taking back control of their own health by harnessing the body’s natural capacity for wellness and healing. I would like to inspire as many people as possible to give themselves the chance to feel and look their best naturally. In order to embark upon a fulfilling career doing this on a daily basis, I need to be appropriately qualified.
I was attracted to CNM due to the practical nature of their Nutrition Diploma, whereby we can put into practice what we are taught in lectures, in our student clinics. This approach is fantastic for confidence building when working towards branching out alone after graduating. I’m now in my final year of my Nutrition training. I love the depth of knowledge I am gaining, and the diversity of our inspiring lecturers whose passion for their subjects I admire so much.
I plan to set up my own practice after graduating and would like to specialise in eating disorders, as the physiological aspects to our relationship with food is of particular interest to me. My message to my clients will always be ‘Look after your body and treat it like it belongs to somebody you love’.
Acupuncture helped my fertility
Cath Obiorah, CNM Student in Acupuncture
In my training I have learnt how Acupuncture can support fertility with or without IVF.
I want to be able to have a career which is flexible so I can be around to collect my children from school and help them with homework. I’ve worked in the telecoms industry for a long time but I want a career with a better work-life balance, and where I can find fulfillment helping people who have a genuine need. I’m really excited about the prospect of being able to do this through Naturopathy and Acupuncture. I know from the experience of friends and family that natural therapies can have a dramatic impact.
I had my children through IVF. The rounds of IVF which were not supported by Acupuncture were failures, and yet the rounds where I also had Acupuncture were a success. I was inspired by the Acupuncturists I met, and I wanted to be able to learn and share this incredibly powerful healing tool. In my training I have learnt how Acupuncture can support fertility with or without IVF.
CNM offered me the flexibility to study at weekends, around my work and family. I was also interested in the unique naturopathic aspect of the course. I think that the more tools you have to offer your clients, the more successful your practice will be. Course accreditation by the British Acupuncture Council was also of the utmost importance to me.
I love the practical hands on aspect of CNM’s course and learning from experienced lecturers from both China and the West. Topics we have discussed along the course are finally entering into mainstream news, such as the sugar debate, and the population’s reliance on pharmaceutical drugs. It’s exciting to think that this will inspire more clients to join us on the healthcare evolution!
Why I’m training for a new career
Julia Puzey, CNM Student in Nutrition
I started my studies with CNM two years ago after discovering for myself the power of food and nutrition to change my life. I am currently a business consultant and so studying nutrition is a world away from my current day job. I also studied History at university and so I didn’t come from a scientific background.
The CNM course is both challenging and rewarding and I am looking forward to qualifying as a nutritional therapist next year and starting a new career and way of life.
I grew up with a family who were very focused on natural therapies and we had a homeopathic GP. It was therefore very natural for me three years ago when I was diagnosed with fibroids to look to natural therapies rather than just accepting the NHS’s solution of radical surgery.
I changed my diet and lifestyle considerably and within six months all of the fibroid symptoms had gone and for the first time in my adult life I had normal periods. My life today is unrecognisable from what it was – I have lost weight, become far healthier, radically altered my diet and have fallen in love with sport and nutrition. I now take part in marathons, triathlons and cycling events, and sport is an every day part of my life.
I now want to take the opportunity, once qualified, to support and help others transform their lives and health through nutrition. It is incredibly empowering to take control of your health and I’m excited about my future career and the opportunities ahead.
CNM offers both a mixture of lectures and clinical practice and this approach is invaluable in making you feel prepared to start your own practice or work in the field of nutrition in other ways. There is a fascinating mix of students on the course from all different backgrounds with different experiences to learn from, as well as from the lecturers themselves.
Diet change relieved my son's allergies
Kelly Little, CNM Student in CNM’s Natural Chef
I’ve joined CNM’s Natural Chef Diploma Course. I believe with further training and the credibility that comes with the qualification, I can really take my skills and opportunities to the next level.
I ran my own interior design company while I raised my three children, but I have always had an interest in nutrition and cooking, mostly as a weight management tool during my younger adult years. However, when my youngest son was diagnosed with a nut allergy and severe eczema at 18 months old, I turned to his diet as I hated the idea of relying on steroid creams to manage his condition.
It amazed me when after a few years of really good quality food and cutting out all processed foods and additives from my son’s diet that he outgrew his nut allergy and his skin was free from eczema.
I have continued to experiment on myself, looking to natural alternatives to overcome illnesses and chronic conditions. I took some Short Courses at CNM, including Cooking for Health, as I am particularly interested in the natural approach to cooking, and finding delicious ways to create interesting and nutrient-rich meals for myself and my family, whilst avoiding the common trigger foods that create issues.
I started an Instagram account just over a year ago to share my creations and immerse myself in the community of natural nutrition.
Now I am looking to take this a step further, I’ve joined CNM’s Natural Chef Diploma Course.
My Dad's Acupuncture inspired my career
Vanessa Callender, CNM Student in Acupuncture
Back in Australia my family have always utilised natural therapies. My mother was a nurse who re-trained as a Homeopath. When my father was diagnosed as having a serious condition, he got extremely positive results using Acupuncture, astounding his medical consultant in the process. After travelling to the UK, meeting my husband and settling down to start a family, I found natural therapies, such as homeopathy, to be gentle and effective for my children. My grand plan was always to return to work once the children were at school. With no local family support, however, it was a no-brainer to make the decision to be able to work from home, or at least to be available at school pick up and drop off times.
I have a degree in journalism, but I spent a long time thinking about what it was that I was passionate about, before deciding that I really wanted to study Acupuncture. CNM has accreditation from numerous professional bodies which was vital in deciding to study through them, so that I could make a career out of what I had chosen. I found out I could study Biomedicine at CNM here in Belfast and then commute down to CNM Dublin for the next stage of the course which includes Naturopathic Study, and Acupuncture.
The course fits perfectly with my lifestyle. I am able to study during the day whilst my children are at school; and on study weekends my husband gets one to one time with them. It is such a joy to meet other people at CNM who have enjoyed improved health because of natural therapies, and those who are now keen to learn, study and share their knowledge with others.
I can’t wait to qualify and use my knowledge to help family, friends and myself to achieve a better level of health. I am already enjoying the knowledge I learned in the Biomedicine foundation year (which gives the brain a real work out, and is so rewarding to complete). I am so excited about the things I am going to learn this year, and in the years to come. I would encourage anyone thinking of undertaking the course to go for it.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Jessica Hayward, CNM Student in Acupuncture
I’m a trained Operatic singer but my failing health hindered my ability to sing. For years I had been fatigued, irritable and anxious. I had poor concentration, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) and ever fluctuating weight. Eventually I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Various medicines never really helped. I was directed to a well respected Acupuncturist who got me back on track. I found in Eastern medicine an all encompassing support I didn’t find in Western medicine, and I began a physical and emotional healing journey.
I was attracted to train in Acupuncture myself so that I could have a truly worthwhile career in private practice, but one that is flexible so I can also make time for my life as a musical artist. The biggest draw to studying at CNM was seeing real students’ testimonies, and the positive atmosphere at the college. The added bonus was the flexibility of taking courses at the weekend, which is a huge plus for a single working person.
I am now going into my second year, studying Naturopathy which will enrich my knowledge base and will nurture healing. I thoroughly enjoyed my lectures in Biomedicine last year. The lecturers were approachable, empathetic, knowledgeable, inspiring and down to earth.
Acupuncture - a meaningful path
Ingrid Huang, CNM Student in Acupuncture
I studied law, but never found working in that area truly interesting. After I had my second child, and was looking to return to work, I asked myself what I was doing with my life. My mum practices Acupuncture in the USA and from her experience I knew that could offer me a meaningful path. My husband and I worked out a plan whereby I could retrain as an Acupuncturist.
I considered various courses but they couldn’t offer what I needed whilst being a mum. CNM was the best option as it offers great classes, and weekend study. It’s really affordable and the teachers are amazing. It’s flexible, too. I completed my first year at CNM studying Biomedicine, and when I fell pregnant with my third child I took a year out to be with my new born baby.
I’m about to start my third year at CNM, which will be heavily focused on clinical experience. I’m really happy with my teachers; they’re very sensitive to the students’ needs and are always looking to help. Studying at CNM is such an adventure – it’s a great college, the people are amazing and what I’m learning has already benefited our family’s health and happiness.
My advice for anyone interested in studying Natural Health is ‘just start’. You’re never too old to learn, and CNM training helps you set yourself up for professional success.
CNM is exactly what I was looking for
Melanie Gonzalez, CNM Student in Nutrition
When I was teen I was morbidly obese, having developed an unhealthy relationship with food; counting calories, eating… then not eating. I had a BMI of 41 when my doctor wanted to prescribe antidepressants, but somehow I knew that was not the answer. I started to research natural therapies during which time I discovered acupuncture to get my energy levels in balance.
Slowly I became more aware about nutrients and minerals, about the meaning of a healthy lifestyle, and my crazy connection with food became a healthy passion. Previously I had worked as a sports photographer, and a swimming coach. I decided to quit my job to become a food blogger/food photographer and wellness coach, and I’m also a yoga retreat chef.
I wanted to know more about food as medicine. I enrolled with CNM because I was impressed with the course syllabus and structure, which fits together like a perfect jigsaw puzzle. As soon as we started clinics, it blew my mind. All the different areas of our learning started to connect, like a detective following clues. Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut, and for so many this turns out to be true.
A healthy lifestyle is of course about more than just eating organic products; it is about balance between mind and body; stress relief, a healthy environment and a peaceful state of mind. CNM teaching stresses this.
I am currently finishing the first part of my Nutrition Diploma. It’s been fascinating to prepare nutritious meals for clients based on what I’ve learned this year at CNM. My menus show more awareness about what should be on a plate. The course is just fascinating! I found exactly what I was looking for.
I have millions of plans when I qualify. I am now writing a book with recipes and more, with all my knowledge from studying nutrition at CNM. I will also further expand the website I have created: CookYourLife, a community based on food, healthy, lifestyle and positive living. www.cookyourlife.co.uk
Good health is the most important gift you can give
Leyla Mehmet, CNM Student in Herbal Medicine
My 2 year old had very severe eczema and was head to toe in bandages 24/7. The lovely and passionate Dermatologist we’d been seeing for 2 years told me my daughter would never get better and would spend the rest of her life this way.
She told me to “get used to it” and manage the emotional side. I saw a herbalist out of desperation. Six weeks later, my daughter’s skin was clear and has stayed clear. All I knew was that I had to understand what I had experienced and know how to do it, so that I could give this gift that the herbalist gave me to other people.
I was attracted to CNM’s course because it is accessible and it was easy to understand what the course offers and where it can take you. I’m just about to start my final year of herbs (my 4th year). What I especially love about CNM’s course is the practical experience you gain with your study – you don’t just learn the information, you also learn the application, and you are supervised and guided all the way from every aspect – sourcing herbs, using herbs, maintaining a stock of herbs – all of it, right from the word go.
My life has already changed. I never thought I would be a healer, but here I am – helping people feel better, get better and take their health into their own hands. I’m swapping my career in Sales & Marketing, and I’m going from offices and boardrooms to healing and wellbeing centres, where the people are a really nice crowd to hang with. Ultimately I will start a herbal clinic.
Learning about health is the most important thing in the world and the greatest gift you can give to another. It benefits everyone and everything around you. If you have a draw towards health, follow it. It’s not going to lead you astray.
Acupuncture changed my life
Maira Silva, CNM Student in Acupuncture
I absolutely love Science. I graduated in Biochemistry from King’s College London and went on to do a Master’s Degree and a PhD. I believe that true Biomedical Science is driven by an honest desire to advance our understanding of the complex machinery that is the human body. Increasingly, however, I felt that the Pharmaceutical industry saw diseased individuals as more profitable than healthy ones, and I decided to follow a professional path that is genuinely interested in promoting good health.
My first personal interaction with natural therapies happened when I developed a condition called Diabetic Peripheral Polyneuropathy. In a nutshell, I felt an extremely painful sensation on my skin, rather like an intense burning, that did not allow anything to touch my skin. The pain was intense and 24/7. My nerves were so damaged that no orthodox medication was able to attenuate the pain. My doctor, who is extremely skeptic, kindly recommended some Acupuncture sessions. And that was the key, Acupuncture literally saved my life!
I could not walk because of the muscle wastage since I practically lived inside a room for about 1 year. I had to be carried to the Acupuncture room and on the very first session the effects were evident: the pain was considerably more bearable, my energy levels were restored, and I was even able to walk out of the consultation room on my own. Acupuncture saved me not only physically by giving me strength but more importantly, by showing me light at the end of the tunnel, which motivated me to keep on fighting.
I was attracted to CNM because it does not teach different modalities of natural therapies as individual, isolated, compartmentalized disciplines but rather as cross-interacting ones. They intermingle throughout the entire course and this strengthens the effectiveness and efficacy of each discipline. So, by the end of the Acupuncture course, for example, we are not just extremely competent Acupuncturists but we also have a good general understanding of other natural therapies like Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition and Naturopathy to provide our clients with a rounded, integrated, wholesome therapeutic strategy. The other aspect I find particularly important is the strong focus CNM places on a huge amount of clinical practice.
I am about to start my first year of Acupuncture, having studied Biomedicine and Naturopathy Study at CNM for one year. The lecturers are inspirational and radiate so much passion for their respective fields, it is absolutely intoxicating! Everyone at CNM is extremely supportive and makes me feel like I’m not just a number. I’m really excited about the future.
Natural therapies have already changed my life quite dramatically. I am a Type 1 Diabetic and this year a combination of dietary changes, a supplement and exercise regimen has led to my energy levels soaring, some weight loss, and reduced medication. I’m focusing on living well in the years ahead of me, rather than surviving in ill-health.
I quite simply love all modalities of natural therapies and my plan is to open a holistic therapy centre, with professionals offering a range of complementary, naturopathic therapies. Once I finish my Acupuncture course I will go straight into the next CNM course because I want to learn everything, from Iridology, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, to Homeopathy and more.
I love the Naturopathic approach that’s founded on prevention being better than cure, and using the wisdom of Nature to promote health. Our bodies have been perfected since the dawn of life, and have self-healing powers that Science is only just beginning to understand.
CNM offers a well balanced and organised course
Nicola Booth-Jones, CNM Student in Acupuncture
I qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and was working as a housing specialist/assistant lecturer at a University, whilst also completing a PhD in International Criminal Law.
My husband and I were experiencing fertility issues and I went to see a Naturopathic Acupuncturist who had also trained as a Nutritionist with CNM. My health and my life changed dramatically as a result of the treatment that I received and I felt that I was treated as a ‘person’ and that my care was individualised.
I had also witnessed a lot of ill health growing up as my mother had had type 1 diabetes and, later on Kidney failure. Whilst Western medicine invariably assisted her throughout this time (she had a double Kidney and Pancreas transplant), I felt that there were many areas where her individual health needs were not met by this system.
Having experienced a dramatic change in my own health following Acupuncture and nutrition treatment/advice, I knew this was something that I wanted to do. I wanted to help people to return to health.
CNM stood out as the place I wanted to study for a number of reasons including the fact that I could spread my studies over several years whilst continuing to work in my full time job and attend classes at weekends which fit in well with work. I also liked the fact that I would be able to gain clinical hours as part of my studies and get real hands on experience to help me to confidently move into practice when I qualify.
I am 3 years into my 5 year part time course and I am about to begin my 2nd year of Acupuncture and naturopathic principles studies.
I love the professionalism and experience of the staff that teach at CNM and the fact that I am able to get hands on experience with clients. It is a well balanced and well organised course and I feel I have learnt many things that have enhanced my own life/health and all of this will serve my future clients well.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture and Naturopathy have taught me the importance of the connection between mind, body and emotions and the need to maintain balance. Studying TCM requires a ‘different’ approach to health, but its ancient roots and the outcomes that it has for people in terms of their health give it a firm basis in the world of holistic medicine.
I love that CNM focuses on natural health and healing.
Jenny Tomei, CNM Student in Nutrition
I hadn’t heard of naturopathy before I went travelling in Australia, and worked in a health food shop run by naturopaths. I was amazed by how key health and nutrition is in Australia. As an active sportswoman and a very busy Personal Trainer, I wanted to know more.
I had health issues myself when I returned to the UK and I went to a naturopathic practitioner who identified that I had small intestine bacteria overgrowth and leaky gut. My sporting activities had placed too much stress on my immune system and I needed to make some dietary and lifestyle adjustments, which I have done successfully with her help and through my own research.
The naturopathic aspect is what I was looking for when I started my journey to become a nutritional therapist; this is what attracted me to CNM. I love that CNM focuses on natural health and healing, and I really enjoy being able to share experiences with likeminded students in class.
I have just completed the Biomedicine part of my course. Already I have noticed how the changes I have made to my diet and lifestyle have had positive effects on my body, and it’s great to know that I’m only going to increase my knowledge as we study nutrition in depth! When I qualify I intend to practice fully as a Nutritional Therapist as well as helping people on a larger scale through health and wellbeing events so I can use my knowledge to spread awareness about the importance of natural nutrition, and help others be well.
I chose CNM because it has a great reputation.
Tanith Lee, CNM Student in Nutrition
At the age of 38 I was given the life-changing news that I had started premature menopause. Apart from the physical side, the psychological symptoms I experienced, including anxiety and loss of self-confidence, really took me by surprise.
Eventually I was referred to a menopause clinic and began to improve.
For the last 5 years I’ve been writing a blog called Mrs Menopause, aiming to break down the stigma of menopause and tell women that there is hope out there that you can feel better.
As a fitness trainer, I’ve always been interested in health and fitness, and have felt the benefit when I’ve experimented with different healthy ways of eating. There is definitely so much more you can do with the food on your plate, so I decided to formalize my interest in nutrition.
I chose CNM because it has a great reputation; I knew I would walk away having a full Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition. I’ve just finished Year 1 Nutrition and I’m about to go into my final year at CNM Brighton, which is super local and very convenient for me.
I love how much I’m learning. Our student clinics really give a sense of achievement when you see people getting well through the advice they’re being given. It spurs everyone on. It’s also quite amazing how the smallest nutritional and lifestyle changes can have such a big impact.
The tools being put in my hands as I continue to gain knowledge will give me the confidence to talk about what I feel most passionately about, and when I graduate I plan to open a women- specific clinic and focus on early menopause, so I can use my experience and knowledge to help others.
This course is already changing my life!
Nicola Wiles, CNM Student in Nutrition
I have always been interested in diet and holistic wellbeing. However, the trigger for wanting to educate myself further was during both of my pregnancies, when I had gestational diabetes and obstetric cholestasis.
I was given numerous medications but little dietary information that could have worked as a complementary support to strengthen and balance my body.
My son was delivered by caesarean section five weeks early, spent time in a special baby unit, and was re-admitted into hospital at 6 weeks old.
It transpired that he was lactose intolerant and later became milk and egg allergic. This, coupled with my own health issues, really started to make me think more seriously about the lifestyle choices I was making. Due to my ailments I was told that I was at a higher risk of developing type II diabetes and was told to monitor my diet and exercise… and that was it! No guidance, just yearly blood tests to check my glucose levels!
About 18 months ago I started looking at natural medicine and became fascinated at how different treatments I had could make me feel so much better. Moreover, the clarity and difference in how I felt whilst exploring different foods and combinations was amazing, and this solidified my passion to learn how to naturally heal my body through nutrition.
I came across CNM whilst researching into studying natural therapies. I attended an Open Evening and the enthusiasm, and detail of what I was to learn, just made me so excited that I decided to make nutrition my new pathway.
I am currently studying Biomedicine before continuing on to Nutritional Therapy. I love the in-depth knowledge that the course provides, enabling me to gain invaluable insight into what makes us, whilst evoking a holistic approach to my thinking.
This course is already changing my life! It is making me question methods that in the past I have readily and often without question adhered to. It is making me more aware that we can take control of our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing and we can make a difference to our health if we allow it. I am really excited to continue to grow as a person, learn so much more about who I am, and understand what makes me ‘tick’.
As well as being a very personal journey for me and my family, on completion of the course, I intend to make Nutrition my life-long career. My dream is to open a health food shop and run clinics, supporting and guiding others on their journey to achieve holistic wellbeing. I would also love to use my creative skills to teach nutrition in schools, creating pieces of artwork to help younger children understand and explore ideas based around themselves and their bodies. This would be an amazing personal achievement.
"I love the enthusiasm of the lecturers"
Mhari Henderson, CNM Student in Nutrition
As a nurse I have always enjoyed helping others. I currently lecture at Edinburgh Napier University where I teach nursing students.
About four years ago I just didn’t feel particular great. The skin over my body was bad and my mood was very low. I don’t remember having much input into nutrition as a student nurse, but I did my own research and decided to follow a purely plant-based, mostly organic diet, and to cut out all processed food. Within a couple of months my skin was clear, my eczema gone, and best of all, the cloud which had followed me around each day had vanished. I felt as though a fog had cleared out of my head.
The positive impact of changing my lifestyle was so dramatic that I became greatly interested in nutrition, which is why I am studying the CNM Diploma Course in Naturopathic Nutrition. Because I’m a registered nurse I didn’t have to do the introductory course in Biomedicine. I’ve just finished ‘Nutrition Year 1’. I love the enthusiasm of the lecturers and the wealth of knowledge they have. It’s outstanding.
This course will give me the skills and tools to carry on helping people. I will continue in my post as nurse lecturer, but hope also to run clinics and give talks in local communities. I might even write a book, who knows?
"CNM’s courses are so fascinating that I wanted to do them all!"
Anna Kalnina, CNM Student in Acupuncture
My interest in natural medicine started early, as mum was a nurse with a strong interest in healthy living and healing our bodies with natural and traditional methods. I grew up in an environment that supported this approach.
I moved from Latvia to the UK, and was not sure if I want to continue with my career in Psychology. Changes in my personal life and environment, desire to find my path, and my own health issues all led me to radically change my diet, lifestyle and attitude towards myself. I took responsibility for my health and my life.
In my search for natural answers I came across CNM’s website, went to an Open Day, and the very same day enrolled to do a CNM Diploma Course. The fact that I could do the course part time and at weekends made it possible for me. I also loved the fact that CNM has a naturopathic, holistic approach. It matched my observation of the close connection between mind, body and soul, and of how stress and emotions affect one’s health and well-being.
At the beginning I signed up for a Nutrition course, then thought about Herbal Medicine, but ended up choosing Acupuncture! All of the courses are so fascinating, that I wanted to do them all! All CNM Diploma Courses start out with the study of Biomedicine, so it gives people an appropriate foundation for whatever specialism they choose. I finally decided on Naturopathic Acupuncture because I found it to be very effective in various physical and psychological conditions, and it truly offers a holistic approach to health.
Since enrolling things been unfolding in many wonderful ways. I’ve improved my health, met so many like-minded people, and found my passion in life! I’m now in my first year studying Naturopathic Acupuncture and I love learning about this ancient healing art. I especially enjoy the practical, hands-on approach. I can’t wait to be qualified Naturopath and Acupuncturist and to be able to assist others on their healing journey!
"CNM’s course has changed my outlook on life."
Joslin Morrison, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
When my mum developed cancer she was very sick during her treatment and I was lucky enough to be there to help nurse her back to health. Being an insulin dependant diabetic it was vital she received the best advice about nutrition.
I was shocked by the inappropriate dietary advice she was given at the hospital, and took it upon myself to research what she needed and to try and get her back to strength and health. The experience made me realise I wanted to study nutrition, for the health of my children and family.
I wanted to educate myself as much as possible, and to help others realise that you can take as much control as possible over your own health and prevent a lot of the big diseases that are now so prevalent in today’s society.
After having a break to raise my children, I knew that going back to marketing was not for me, I wanted a career in nutrition. What attracted me to study nutrition at CNM was the flexibility of when you can study, especially important when bringing up children. Being able to go straight out to work at the end of the Diploma, and to have gained your qualification at a respected, accredited college were all huge pulls for me to study there. I’m just coming to the end of my Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition and will qualify this summer!
I’ve loved the fantastic lecturers and their different specialities they bring to the course. I like the depth of the subject and the fact that the course is not only naturopathic but science based too, you gain an in-depth knowledge of all the body’s systems and how they interconnect.
Being able to see clients, under the supervision of lecturers within the college, is fantastic for gaining confidence for when we enter the big wide world as Nutritional Therapists.
Everyone on the course has become great friends and we have all been there to help support each other along the way. Some great friendships have been made and this will put us in good stead for our future careers.
CNM’s course has changed my outlook on life. It has given me a great volume of knowledge which is extremely empowering, and which I have incorporated into my own life. It will also enable me to make a complete career change and do something I love, helping others reach their own health potential.
"The course lit a spark inside me."
Xochi Balfour, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
I worked in journalism before quitting my office job to start a street food business with my partner Ben. It was an amazing journey but after a year or so of living off coffees, sugar and refined carb-heavy snacks, I hit burnout and was forced to reassess how I treated my body and my overall wellbeing. What I put in my mouth struck me as the most important, so I enrolled in CNM’s Short Course in Nutrition for Everyday Living.
The course lit a spark inside me. Not since my days at Oxford had I known such a thirst for learning. I was inspired to overhaul my diet and my bathroom cabinet. I instantly knew that doing a full Diploma in Nutrition was the right path forward for me, so I am now in my final year, training at CNM as a Nutritional Therapist.
Initially I chose CNM because I knew people studying there who recommended it; I also wanted face-to-face tuition and knew it wouldn’t work for me to study online. I especially like CNM’s holistic focus that goes beyond nutrition; for me, wellness and vitality are an infinite interlinking of mind, body and spirit and about much more than just ingredients and supplements. What I’m learning has changed my life. The journey of self-discovery and wellness is never-ending for me and continues to evolve as my studies deepen.
I am a passionate explorer of holistic healing and natural beauty. The body thrives off the ingredients and diet it was designed for and knows, not chemically processed compounds created for profit and sold without love.
I believe in living naturally; in eating natural foods, using ingredients grown in the ground, respecting our bodies and souls and nourishing them in every way we can. I have set up a blog www.thenaturalista.co.uk in the hope of inspiring others to find a more natural, holistic way of life.
I’ve also written a book which has just been published. The Naturalista is a guide to natural living in the modern age and includes simple, straightforward recipes and tips.
Read more about Xochi’s book here.
Xochi can be reached on Instagram here.
Read more about other books written by CNM students and graduates here.
"I can’t wait to put my knowledge into practice!"
Madeleine Shaw, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
As a young girl, I had quite a torturous relationship with food. I had dull skin, lank hair and I was tired all the time as a result of living on the typical ‘low-fat’ diet of rice cakes and diet coke because that’s what I thought was healthy.
I moved to Australia, and realised I had terrible digestive problems – I was so bloated all the time. I got a job working in an organic café in Sydney and I met some amazing people who taught me how to properly source, prepare and cook food.
I became increasingly aware of how my health was affecting me and I started to see how amazing food can be at healing! It was here that I fell back in love with food, realising how wholesome, tasty and healing it could be! We would get to experiment with lots of different organic produce and I quickly became a confident chef and recipe creator! I moved back to London, set up my blog and quickly began writing my first book, ‘Get the Glow’ and from that success, go on to write my second book, ‘Ready, Steady, Glow’.
The reason I wanted to study at CNM was so I could gain the knowledge I would need to work with my clients on a deeper level. CNM is so friendly and welcoming, but the most important part for me is it’s really easy to fit my studying around my busy work schedule, as my course is part time.
I’m really enjoying studying at CNM and I can’t wait to put my knowledge into practice!
"I was born without a Thyroid Gland..."
Antonia Lambert, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
I was born without a thyroid gland, a pretty important piece of kit. Everything which is controlled by the thyroid, for me is controlled by a fine balance of medication. I was considered to be a sporty, high achieving ‘miracle child’, until it all crashed when I was 17. My system went into shut down and I was on/off housebound for two years. I was chronically fatigued, couldn’t absorb/digest foods, and depressed to the point where I didn’t want to fight anymore. I turned to nutrition and the approach of healing the body from the inside→out, and I’ve honestly never looked back.
Four years on and I’m living in Edinburgh, working a demanding and busy job. I’m back playing sport, and most of all I’m smiling again. I took the decision to change my career direction and study nutrition because I knew it was time to take my own health to the next level, and to help others on their own personal journeys. When I qualify I would like to set up my own practice, combining it with other therapies I enjoy, like mindfulness and personal training.
Keeping my independence was key for me, in choosing CNM’s part time course. I had fought so hard to rebuild my life that I didn’t want to go to university and live off an allowance, or leave after three years and not be qualified and ready for clinical practice. CNM’s approach to nutrition also mirrors that of my own journey; holistic, yet based on understanding how the body works. Focusing on biomedicine in the first year, as I am now, really provides that foundation.
If you’re thinking of studying at CNM, all I can say is, do it. Working full time and studying is challenging but it’s definitely do-able – and SO incredibly interesting.
"I want to inspire others to better health!"
Natasha Boojihawon, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
From the age of 16 I had serious health issues; Ulcerative Colitis, removal of my large intestine, further digestive issues and Iritis in both eyes.
Eventually, I decided I needed to take things into my own hands; I looked at herbs, food and nutrition. Once I started supporting my own health, my healing began. I knew I needed to learn more than was on the internet and I wanted classroom teaching.
The content of CNM’s course just made sense and I could relate to it. People on my course are so diverse and it’s completely non-elitist. The structure works really well and the fact that I can do it over the weekend allows me to fit everything else in my life around it, including my job.
Knowledge is an amazing thing. It has taken my healing to the next level. I am on the path to optimum health now and I have much more energy than I have ever felt in my life. Not only has the course changed my life, it has changed the lives of others around me. When I graduate I want to inspire others and support society in a holistic way. That’s what keeps me so motivated.
"Our businesses are blooming!"
Katherine Wholey and Olivia Knowles (K.O. Juice), CNM Students in Naturopathic Nutrition
Two nutrition students from CNM Manchester have got together to launch a Juice Bar, plus a Healthy Food Bar, in Lytham, Lancs.
We asked Katherine and Olivia what they love best about CNM’s course.
Here’s what they told us:
‘The approachability of the lecturers is amazing.’
‘The material and course content is brilliant and easy to comprehend.’
‘Studying is flexible, which makes learning and working at the same time possible, and more enjoyable.’
‘Without CNM, we wouldn’t have had the knowledge to back up our healthy food and juice businesses. There are so many ways that CNM graduates can use their qualifications.’
Click to read an article in January’s Lancashire Life about entrepreneurs Katherine Boucher and Olivia Knowles.
"Nutrition is the key to everything."
Bruno Babolin, CNM Nutrition Student
I was interested in nutrition from an early age, in pursuit of a better physique. When I began modelling at 19, keeping fit and toned became part of the job.
I fell in love with the subject of Nutrition and didn’t take any convincing to enrol when I found CNM’s Diploma Course in Naturopathic Nutrition. I have a huge appetite for knowledge and my favourite thing about the course is all the information I’m gaining.
Nutrition is the key to everything and it’s such a fascinating subject!
Although I’m really busy with modelling right now, (and have had to fit my studies around that), modelling can be a short lived career. What I’ve learnt on CNM’s course will set out my future direction.
I will graduate soon and then I plan to combine Personal Training with Nutrition, utilising my good contacts in modelling and beyond. Watch this space!
Bruno can be reached on Instagram here
"I battled my way through Leukaemia."
Sophie Wedlock-Smith, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
Not only did I battle my way through leukaemia, and the awful side effects of the drugs I was given to help me stay alive, I was also twenty pounds overweight, which I was really struggling to lose. I managed to successfully overcome this with a great deal of help by using the right nutrition and being in a positive state of mind. Unfortunately I then suffered a massive stroke due to radiation I received as part of my cancer treatment. I was left in a coma for a week and woke up to find I was completely paralysed down the left side of my body. I was wheelchair bound for 5 months.
Through dedication and patience I learned to walk again. I have gained fantastic vitality and health through learning and practicing excellent nutrition and daily exercise, and I am determined to make a 100% recovery. What I’ve learnt along the way is astonishing.
My life’s purpose is now to assist others on their own journey to good health and vitality through educating people, so I decided to retrain as a nutritionist by studying Naturopathic Nutrition with CNM, where I can continue to learn the newest and best nutritional advancements, and be able to practice when I graduate. I also write my blog, www.sophieskitchenuk.com as a way of sharing all the wonderful recipes and information that I’ve gathered on my own journey of recovery, to encourage others to eat nutrient-rich foods. I cannot stress enough how ‘Your health is your wealth’.
"I come from a medical family and I'm a practicing dentist."
Luisa Costa, CNM Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
I come from a medical family and I’m a practicing dentist. Yet none of my training had led me to consider Food as Medicine. I’d never thought about the possibility that the right Nutrition could be a remedy for the digestive problems from which I’d suffered since my teenage years. I’ not sure what I watched or read about good Nutrition helping people’s ailments, but I ended up going to see a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, and that was the beginning of my journey to health and extra vitality.
I’m a different person since the Nutritional therapist showed me that the symptoms I had been suffering from, including secondary symptoms such as weight issues, were related to significant digestive problems I had as a result of the food I was eating. She worked with me to identify the areas that were problems for me, and to address them through dietary and lifestyle changes. She has taught me how to listen to my body, and that I have free choices I can make about my health. Since I’ve been consulting her I feel so much healthier and my approach to life is happier and more positive. It’s no co-incidence, as I’ve now learnt how the food that you put into your body affects not only physical function but your mood, too.
Intrigued by the power of Nutrition to address so many aspects of health, I joined a course in Bristol, called Nutrition for Everyday Living. It’s a Short Course run over a couple of weekends, by CNM, the College of Naturopathic Medicine, which is also where my Nutritional Therapist had trained for 3 years for her diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition. The Short Course is all about providing basic knowledge of nutrition to help people make genuinely healthy food choices, and I found it fascinating to re-inforce what I’d been learning through my Nutritional Therapist, and all the practical ways in which I could help myself by making such simple everyday changes. I loved it! In fact I found the Short Course so inspiring that I wanted to take things to a deeper level. So I enrolled on CNM’s diploma course in Naturopathic Nutrition, which focuses on the same holistic, natural approach to health, and combines academic and practical training. It means that I’m busy studying in Bristol on a number of weekends throughout the year, whilst practicing as a dentist in Bath during the week, but I see studying something you enjoy as refreshing, not hard.
My medical training exempted me from the first year of study, which covers Biomedicine, but I was curious and wanted to get started and to refresh my knowledge, so I joined the class anyway, although late in the year. I find the lectures absolutely captivating and engaging and our lecturer, who is inspiring and accessible, makes sure that we understand things rather than just memorize them. We students sit with our eyes wide open in amazement at the things we learn in class. I can’t wait to begin the first year of my Nutrition study this October.
My fellow students are a lovely group of ladies and just one man! We all have the same interest in natural health and Nutrition, and everyone is very supportive of one another. Most of my classmates plan to practice as Nutritional Therapists when they graduate, but I’d like to see if I can merge all my knowledge to help my dental clients. Like every other part of our bodies, the health of teeth and gums is very dependent on good Nutrition!
"Longtime Eczema sufferer, I've been repeatedly prescribed steroids."
Debbie Tripolitaki, CNM Student in Herbs Short Course and Naturopathic Nutrition
For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered with eczema and I was repeatedly prescribed steroids from a young age. But I wanted to find out more about my skin condition and stopped using steroids altogether before I reached my 20’s. I wanted to know what caused my skin to flare up and how I could prevent it, rather than just react to the flare ups. I started with cutting certain foods out of my diet, and the impact on my skin was immediately noticeable!
Discovering the power of food has completely changed the way I manage my own health and that of my family. In contrast to my own childhood, I have brought my 3 children up using natural medicine when needed.
It wasn’t until the last few years that I decided to study and I signed up on a Short Course with CNM on Herbs for Everyday Living. The course and the lecturer were both really excellent and it’s amazing what herbs can do!
After finishing my short course I made the decision to completely retrain and enrolled on CNM’s Naturopathic Nutrition diploma course in 2011. I have always believed that health starts with what we eat; it’s the origin of everything, so although I love herbs and other natural therapies such as homeopathy, which has really worked for me, it makes sense to me to address diet first!
The challenge of training for a new career at 56 years old has been a big decision for me, but I’m confident that it’s the right one. I’m completely out of my comfort zone and learning new things when you are older is tough, but being in a classroom with likeminded people makes it enjoyable! The reason I chose CNM was because of their focus on face to face, clinical work because I know I will learn better through practice.
When I finish my studies I want to practice from home or rent a local clinic room, but there are so many possibilities in the industry if I want to other things as well! I never thought I would retrain at my age, but it just goes to show that it’s never too late to do something you love!