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 have recently worked for the Optimum Health Clinic, London, an award-winning integrated psychology and nutrition clinic team, specialising in supporting clients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), ME and Fibromyalgia.
I am currently a resident health expert at Superfied and regularly contribute to their health writing, as well as contributing to other consumer and industry health magazines.
I specialise in supporting clients with stress, fatigue and digestive complaints amongst other complex health conditions.
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 regularly further my professional development by attending lectures and seminars on current scientific health and wellbeing advances.
Recent Professional Development
Nutrigenomics and Mental Health Masterclass: Lifecode Gx (February 2021)
IHCAN Summit (Upcoming, March 2021)
Karen Preece Smith
BA (Hons), MA, DipION, mBANT, CNHC