"If you can change how you live, then you can change your life"

Dr Catriona Walsh, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach

I help people who've had MRI Contrasts or who have chronic illness reclaim their health using nutrition, lifestyle and supplements

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Are you tired of feeling tired all the time?

I feel you. I've been physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted, too

Are we in a pandemic of people being tired all the time? It certainly feels like it.

Are you one of the many professionals who are exhausted, run down and worn out trying to juggle all of life’s crazy circus balls without stopping to take care of themselves? Have you ever asked yourself “why am I always so tired?”

Life can be demanding at the best of times.

And so many different things make claims on your energy. Obviously, there’s the stress of working long hours, looking after your family and attempting to have a life outside of work. You have every right to feel tired all the time.

But sometimes life throws you another curveball. Or a series of well-aimed missiles. 

For me, one of those was an MRI contrast using a toxic heavy metal called gadolinium. I thought I was tired all the time before that. Let’s be honest here, I was exhausted. Running on fumes from the stress of work, life and other things.

Over the years, I’ve had plenty of challenges to my health. Nothing compared to what happened after a single toxic MRI contrast

So if you’re feeling crushed and overwhelmed, I know just how that feels. 

The good news is that I and lots of my clients have been able to reclaim our energy levels. Not only that, but feel healthier, happier and spend more precious time with family and friends.

When people choose to work with me, what they’re really after is to get some degree of normalcy back in their lives. They feel like something indescribably precious has been stolen from them: their vitality. Together, we work on reclaiming that.

And I can help you on your journey to restoring your health as well. Provided you’re committed to making some positive changes to your diet and lifestyle you should start seeing some great results too. It doesn’t matter whether your last gadolinium contrast scan was last week, or several decades ago. I know things that can help you start to feel better.

How can I help you?

Let me:
  • Listen to your fears, experiences, frustration, anger and wonderment.
  • Try to connect the dots so that I can guide you to make better choices, based on your own individual needs and preferences.
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder beside you as an ally
  • Advocate for you.
  • Give you hope that you can live a life that isn’t dominated by pain, fear, exhaustion, and sickness.
  • Provide you with clarity about which dietary choices will help you to heal, and which which are holding you back.
  • Help you to really nurture yourself. We’ll focus on nourishing foods and practices that feel decadent.
  • Help you to rediscover what brings you joy, and encourage you to set aside some time regularly to engage in satisfying pursuits, and
  • Identify some supplements that can help support your health

Why have I made Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching my life's work?

I adore hearing about people’s journeys: how I can take them from feeling tired all the time and merely surviving to thriving.

I like to think of it like going on a road trip with you. You’re driving, and I’m in the passenger’s seat. We both know where we want to end up, right from the start. But I know the terrain better. You decide the destination, what speed to go, what we listen to on the journey, and where you want to make stops along the way. I provide the directions, inform you of some interesting sights that you might want to stop at along the way, and give you encouragement.

Consequently, I love empowering people, just like you, to realise that if they can change how they live, then they can change their lives.

Meanwhile, I share their joy and optimism when they get off long term medications. Simultaneously, they start looking and feeling better than they have in years. In addition, I love to hear the relief in their voices when they no longer spend time worrying about their future. Most importantly, they can let go of the fear they won’t be there for their children.

My clients finally feel confident they’re making good food choices. Together, we also work towards facing a future filled with possibility, instead of dread. As a consequence, they look and feel great.

Is it any wonder I love what I do? And so I’m filled with gratitude that I get to go on this journey with my fabulous, fun clients. Thank you for placing your trust in me.

My services

1 to 1 nutrition and lifestyle coaching

I coach people to use diet, lifestyle and supplements to optimise their health. My own health significantly deteriorated after a gadolinium MRA. But I was able to turn feeling tired all the time around. As a result, I specialise in helping other people who've experienced a decline in health following gadolinium based contrast imaging and burnout from work.

Dietary Analysis

Have you ever had anyone perform a detailed dietary analysis on everything you eat and drink? This amazing tool helps me identify any nutrient imbalances you might have. Consequently, we'll be able to tailor your recommendations.

Burnout Antidote Mastermind

Are you a busy, stressed-out professional who's tired all the time? Do you want to combat overwork, overwhelm and feeling stuck on the hamster wheel, without sacrificing your sanity, health, or livelihood? Then you should definitely check out our Burnout Antidote Mastermind

My time is valuable and so is yours. If you’re late for your appointment, you lose that time. If you don’t show, you’ll still be charged in full. In turn, I promise to honour our appointments and be on time as well.

What else do I provide?

Global coverage

Just because I live and work out of Belfast and Maghera in Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland doesn't mean that I can't be of service to you if you're based elsewhere. No matter where you are in the world, I can work with you over the internet. Clients suffering from gadolinium toxicity from the USA, Canada, England, Ireland and Europe work with me using Zoom, FaceTime and Skype.

Expert presentations and interactive talks

I give talks on various health and wellness topics around Northern Ireland, but particularly around Belfast, Maghera and Newry.

In person coaching

Despite having clients in the USA and Canada, I'm based in Northern Ireland. In person nutrtition and lifestyle coaching consultations mostly take place in Belfast. In other words, I'm convenient for people from Lisburn, Antrim, Templepatrick and surrounding areas. And I also have clients in Mid Ulster, particularly in Maghera, Draperstown, Magherafelt, Portglenone, Swatragh, Kilrea, and surrounding towns

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WELCOME TO THE FOOD PHOENIX

Nutrionist with experience in gadolinium toxicity and feeling tired all the time

Hi. I’m Belfast-based nutritionist, Dr Catriona Walsh, a practitioner with 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry working as a paediatric doctor all over Northern Ireland. That was before adopting a more holistic way of treating people. I provide a professional therapy service which focuses on authenticity and integrity.

As a therapist and coach, with expertise in nutrition and lifestyle, I provide a friendly, welcoming service that’s non-judgmental. Above all, I am committed to helping you optimise your own health, and that of your family or staff.

My special interest is in helping people, like you, who are suffering a decline in their health following a gadolinium based contrast enhanced MRI scan, and people with hypermobility. My experiences with both gadolinium toxicity and hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome mean that I can leverage what I’ve learned in my own health journey in order to help you. And I also help people who are tired all the time and suffering from work-related stress. Because I’ve also been through work burnout.

Moreover, I can analyse your diet with a high degree of accuracy using a computer program. In this way, I can easily identify nutrient imbalances, which are common causes of being tired all the time. It’s a powerful tool which enables me to provide you with much more specific advice. As a result, I can show you how to modify your diet to best optimise your health and wellness.

Therefore, my recommendations are individualised to your own unique preferences and requirements. Consequently, we’ll co-create an action plan aimed at achieving results you’ll love, while you’ll always feel in control.

My Training In Nutrition And Lifestyle Coaching

My training, as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach, through the Institute of Health Sciences, Dublin, provides the highest level nutrition coaching qualification available. This has allowed me to extend my expertise in several ways. Principally, regarding the way that diet and lifestyle changes can impact your health and wellbeing.

For me, the best thing about this is that I get some incredible results with clients that I never achieved when I was medicating them with drugs. Now that I understand so much more about the science and the politics behind Big Food and Big Pharma, it’s clear that nutrition and lifestyle coaching is backed up by rigorous science. The pharmaceutical model? Nah. Not so much. And you can find out why in this article that I wrote.

In short, you’ll be able to successfully integrate changes into your life in small, manageable (bite size) steps without feeling deprived or overwhelmed.

It’s so easy to book a FREE discovery call with me, what’s stopping you? Book your FREE discovery call now.

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What some of my clients say

A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS...

What better way to showcase the results you can expect when you embrace diet and lifestyle changes?

Here’s one of my clients who’s suffered from psoriasis and eczema for 30 years. She’d needed high dose topical steroid creams and vitamin D analogues almost constantly throughout that time. Implementing appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, along with some targeted supplements, gave her visible results within days. Now she’s off her medications for the first time in years, and feeling much more comfortable and less tired all the time.

My Mission

My mission, as a nutritionist and coach with additional training in lifestyle medicine, is to motivate and empower you with the knowledge and skills to optimise your happiness and wellbeing. I aim to help you celebrate your individuality, recognising your innate resilience and ability to heal. I want to encourage you to realise your full potential and flourish. Together we can accomplish this by focusing on nurturing and nourishing you. In addition, I want to encourage you to grow and thrive physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My goal is to guide you on your journey of transformation into a healthier, revitalised, vibrant, authentic version of yourself.

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Latest news

Media Appearances

You can watch the interview I did with Sky News about gadolinium toxicity

You can read my interview with the Daily Mail below

The Daily Mail interviewed me about my experiences after a single gadolinium based contrast agent. It’s part of a feature they did on gadolinium. You can read it here.

If you'd like to hear the Podcasts I've been interviewed on, you can find them here

Simple Steps to Wellness podcast episode. “Stress and Burnout: Are you at risk?” If you’re tired all the time and trying to find more energy, you won’t want to miss this podcast episode.

Quax Podcast episode. “MRI contrasts can wreck your body.” Lucas from the Quax Podcast interviewed Mollie of MRIdye.com and me about our experiences with gadolinium contrasts. We also shared some of the approaches that are helping us to recover from being tired all the time.

Glitching podcast episode. “Diet and Lifestyle.” Cathy and I have a great chin wag about how diet and lifestyle aren’t optional if  good health is your goal. Cathy’s also from Belfast. So it’s double the Northern Ireland accents.

Untaming podcast episode. “Are your kids really eating nutritious food?” Did I mention I used to be a paediatrician before I did a career U-turn? You can find out why in this article. Anyway while I was still a consultant paediatrician, I started going down the rabbit hole of nutrition for child health. It led me to places I hadn’t expected. In this podcast, I discuss what I learned.

Find me on Google by searching for Belfast nutritionists, nutritionist near me, or health coach near me

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