Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food - Hippocrates
About Karen, founder Inspire Wellness
I have been blessed to be able to work in an industry that I love, Health & Wellness, for over a decade. At first, I focused on the body as a registered Personal Trainer and owner of (at the time) Australia’s largest female only outdoor group fitness company (Booty Camp).
I then became increasingly passionate about food and its medicinal power. So, I studied and earnt a degree (BHSc) in Nutrition and Dietetic medicine and I am now proud to be a practicing Clinical Nutritionist. As a Clinical Nutritionist, I focus on what we eat and how this has an impact on our health and wellness.
It is true that you are what you eat!
Diets, especially fad diets, lack so many essential nutrients required to maintain health. Yet, nutrients are essential for our bodies to function at optimal capacity. Have you ever considered how nutrients are digested, absorbed and utilised within our body? I do this every day, along with how our dietary and lifestyle choices may affect our wellbeing.
Working with clients one-on-one allows me to assess and understand individual nutrition requirements. Consultations comprise of a holistic review of your health, dietary intake and lifestyle choices to develop a plan to provide health goals, dietary and lifestyle ‘tweaks’ along with prescribing supplements (if required) to optimise health and wellness.
I support clients in areas such as optimal sports nutrition, digestive complaints, allergies, fatigue, headaches, weight loss to name a few. However, my area of passion and focus is stress and anxiety which is so prevalent today in all ages. By considering factors such as your environment, lifestyle, mind, physical and diet we will achieve a calmer stress-free lifestyle.
What is a clinical nutritionist?
As a clinical nutritionist I use a holistic approach when treating clients, taking into consideration the whole person, mind, body and soul. Therapeutic management is individualised and evidence based using scientific research and traditional medicine knowledge.
Nutrition’s foundation is based on the principle that ‘food is medicine’. Our mind, body and soul has an ability to heal itself and maintain optimal wellness as long as we ensure that we have the correct balance of nutrients and conditions.
To become a clinical nutritionist I studied a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetic Medicine). Some key areas of study are anatomy and physiology, nutritional biochemistry, pathology, clinical diagnostic techniques, clinical examination, public health nutrition. I am registered member with the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).