"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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WHAT DOES A NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE COACH DO...REALLY?
On the surface I coach people in optimising their health using diet, lifestyle and supplements.
But what I really do is provide support to people with gadolinium toxicity, gadolinium deposition disease, and other chronic conditions who feel unheard, disbelieved, and gaslighted. My clients have already gone through the conventional medical system. However, they haven’t really been helped or found solutions. Let’s face it, if they had they wouldn’t be seeing me. As a matter of fact, they often haven’t even come out the other side unscathed. All too often they feel violated.
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.
What can I do for you?
- 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 just 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 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.
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Nutrionist with experience in gadolinium toxicity and burnout
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. 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.
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What 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.
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.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT A BIT MORE ABOUT ME? ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT WHY I'M SO PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT I DO?
Literally nobody told me the MRI gadolinium-based contrast I was about to have could screw up my health for years… or even permanently!
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You can watch the interview I did with Sky News about gadolinium toxicity
You can read my interview with the Daily Mail below
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 always tired 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.
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.
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.
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