Kate Swaine BA Hons Dip ION FdSc mBANT
I studied nutritional therapy for 3 years at Patrick Holford’s Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, graduating in 2007 with a Dip ION. Since then I’ve run my own practice in London, on the Western Isles and now Edinburgh. I’ve worked with individuals, and have run cooking classes, wellness retreats and weight management groups. I’ve also given presentations at a corporate and community level, written local press articles and have been interviewed on BBC TV.
I am currently in collaboration with private chef www.nicholapearce.com, running cooking and nutrition workshops.
I am currently training with the Institute of Functional Medicine in the US and in 2017 completed the programme AFMCP (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice) in London.
Some of the courses/conferences I have attended recently as part of my professional development are:
- Immunology in Clinical Practice 2018
- Nutrigenomics: The Nervous System 2018
- Gut Adaptation: 2018
- SIBO: Clinical Strategies 2017
- Integrative Women’s Health 2017
- The Brain Health Programme 2017
My interest in nutritional therapy as a powerful tool for improving and managing health conditions began when my mother was suffering the late stages of cancer in 1998 and we were recommended the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre in Bristol. We got lots of nutrition advice, recipes and practical meal ideas. Although my mother wasn’t doing the cooking at that stage, it was empowering for her to partake in the decision making of what foods to eat and drink to best support her health. It triggered a huge interest in nutrition for me, but not one that I realised would end up as a career change!
A few years later I had my own health problems. They weren’t life-threatening but involved a lot of physical pain and mental anguish. I was offered pain management therapy and medication to dull the pain, but was also likely to dull me. I didn’t want that. Ironically, I was at the beginning of my 3rd year of nutritional therapy studies and so decided to research my condition myself and get myself better. I carried out certain functional tests, worked on imbalances, changed my lifestyle and reaped the rewards.
Although it wasn’t particularly welcome at the time, I am grateful for the experience as it’s given me a level of understanding of chronic, undiagnosed health issues and the frustration they can bring
I’m a former club swimmer and runner and have personally experienced how nutrition can make a big difference to performance and well-being.
I’m now a keen open water swimmer. In 2018 my big challenge will be to swim Lake Windermere, a distance of 11 miles (or 17.6kms). I’ll also be doing a few other distances from 5 to 11 kms.
If I’m not in the water, I can often be found wandering in the hills and through the glens of Scotland.