It is increasingly understood that the impact of our daily food choices is far reaching – affecting our physiological, mental and emotional health. However, for years I did not make the connection between what I ate and how I felt in body, mind and spirit. I was working in fashion – an industry far more concerned with how you look on the outside than what you put into your body.
My relationship with food and the way I viewed nutrition changed in my mid-twenties when I trained as a yoga teacher in Hawaii for three months. The food and drink I consumed was incredibly important to get through the tough demands of the physical training.
On returning to London, via New York, I realised I needed to learn how to nourish my body effectively, to provide it with all the nutrients it wanted to do the amazing things we ask of ourselves on a daily basis. I taught myself how to cook and create healthy meals and snacks for my friends and family (especially my two gorgeous primary school-age children!) as well as myself. It is my mission to show you how good foods can help you, too.
I also freelance at a leading UK-based functional medicine clinic and a clinic specialising in digestive issues.
In my private cinic I support clients with stress, fatigue and digestive complaints amongst other complex health conditions.
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I am a fully-qualified, registered Nutritional Therapist after studying for a 3-year diploma in Nutritional Therapy from The Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Richmond. (NTDipION). I am also a member of The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapists (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I am qualified in NLP (neuro linguistic programming) to support my clients with behavioural change and implementation of nutritional strategies. I also hold my first qualification in Functional Medicine, (AFMCP), Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice from IFM, The Institute of Functional Medicine, which is the World leader in Functional Medicine training.
I hold current and comprehensive insurance covering my clinical practice work and NLP behaviour change through coaching. I regularly further my professional development by attending lectures and seminars on current scientific health and wellbeing advances.
Upcoming Professional Development
IFM GI (Institute of Functional Medicine Gastroenterology) Summit, online, November 2023
NMI (Nutritional Medicine Institute) Summit, London, October 2023
Karen Preece Smith
BA (Hons), MA, DipION, mBANT, CNHC