Hi, we are Emma and Caroline, founders of Eat Drink Live Well. We are both fully qualified and Registered Nutritional Therapists and Functional Medicine Practitioners having trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and the Institute for Functional Medicine. We have been in practice for over 15 years running busy clinics as well as tutoring and lecturing nutrition students, contributing to scientific research, running workshops, online programmes and contributing to books, magazines, podcasts and radio shows. We’ve also dabbled in healthy recipe development with various start-up food enterprises.
Functional medicine principles mean that we don’t just look at the diagnosis or signs and symptoms but we work carefully with our clients to peel back the layers and find out what has led to where they are now. We specialise in working with highly motivated clients who want to discover and address the root causes of their symptoms. Particular areas of interest include energy and stress, digestive wellness, cardiovascular health, brain health, autoimmunity as well as more unusual conditions that just don’t seem to fit into any particular category.
At the Eat Drink Live Well Nutrition Clinic we see clients with many different health concerns and throughout our website you can find many of the recipes, health advice and expert tips that we use with them in clinic. We find that sharing recipes and meal advice helps facilitate the client to act on the advice we have given and propel their healing journey forward. These are simple, nutritious recipes that we actually use at home; they’re inexpensive, quick to make, nutritious and eaten by our families, clients and friends.
We use our education and research skills to write you reliable nutrition articles – so no more trawling the internet reading confusing and conflicting articles on nutrition topics.
Our expert tips are quick nutrition takeaways – clinical pearls about how to extract the most nutrients from an ingredient – whether that be a clove of garlic or bottle of olive oil, making the most of it’s nutritional properties.
Our philosophy is to keep it real. We’re totally passionate about nutrition but we live in the real world. Too frequently we stare at empty fridges, we cut corners, and we cheat! Imperfect action is much better than no action at all.
We met whilst studying at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition back in 2002 and both felt an instant connection. Perhaps it was the fact that we felt that we were ‘normal’ people – sitting in the back of the lecture theatre hiding a coffee and eating chocolate (albeit dark!).
We remained good friends and together have gone through the exhaustion of having kids where our priority became sleep over food. We no longer had time to spend hours creating expensive superfood salads for lunch and the mere thought of making sauerkraut was laughable (although now the kids are older a bottle of home-made kombucha bubbles away again on the kitchen surface).
Nutritional science has skyrocketed since we graduated and with this our continued professional development. Nutrition is an on-going science and as such demands practitioners to be active in continuing education to keep up with the latest discoveries.
As well as using traditional Nutritional Therapy, Functional Medicine is an integral part of our clinic approach. It’s a different way of viewing health and disease. It’s a sensible approach where practitioners look at the underlying causes of health symptoms, using a combination of clinical assessment, clinical experience and frequently laboratory testing. A lot of time is spent listening to the individual, paying special attention to interactions between genetics, diet, environment and lifestyle – all factors that can influence long-term health and chronic, complex disease.
We’re passionate about the role that nutrition can play in enhancing health, and we want to share the knowledge that we’ve gained through our education and clinical experience over the years we’ve been practicing.
We hope to give you the inspiration and tools to support your own nutrition and lifestyle changes. To enable you to begin, or elevate, your own health journey. Sharing our understanding of how food choices affect health and wellbeing is our passion. It’s not about a ‘diet’ it’s a lifestyle – one that tastes great, fits into busy lives and doesn’t cost the earth.
Emma and Caroline x
P.S. we still love our chocolate and coffee!
‘THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IN FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS ‘WHY’?’
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BA(Hons), Dip ION, AFMCP, MBANT, CNHC, DSH
Registered Nutritional Therapist, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Homeopath
I am a qualified Nutritional Therapist, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Homeopath and have been practicing in our busy clinic for over sixteen years. I also regularly write for various books, magazines and websites.
With my busy schedule I often find myself staring at an empty fridge wanting a super-fast meal that the whole family can enjoy. I’m not keen on spending hours in the kitchen, or recipes with long lists of ingredients. I want to be able to eat nutritious food with minimal effort.
I’m lucky enough to have two harsh food critics at home – my daughters are ruthlessly honest and help me adapt recipes to be ‘child-friendly’. This helps me to keep it real. It’s all too easy to go off on a tangent with food and become obsessive by nutrition at the expense of taste. I’ve been there and there’s no joy in crunching on raw cauliflower whilst sipping a spirulina powder smoothie. Trust me!
Having kids definitely relaxed my outlook on nutrition. Food should be fun not fanatical. Meals are social, relaxed, happy occasions and I strongly feel that it’s important that everyone gets full enjoyment from what they are eating as well as health benefits. It’s the combination of happy mind, happy body that makes us strong and healthy.
In the last few years there has been a huge expansion in the science of nutrition. I love to spend time researching and have also been training in Functional Medicine, completing the ‘Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice’ course in 2017. Functional Medicine does not look at what type of disease a person has, but focuses more on the type of person…what events have brought them to the disease state and investigates the root causes that could be creating the imbalance. This brings out the detective in me, putting the pieces of the puzzle together in order to create a healing pathway.
I have found that for lots of people, simply focusing on the foundations of health – clean food, water, air, environment and mindfulness can be all that is needed to bring the body into balance. Others may have genetic susceptibilities, pathogens or deep rooted problems that need more personalised care. This is why I have been focusing on creating programmes to support people and guide them through what really works for long term health.
BA(ss), Dip ION, IFMCP, MBANT, CNHC Registered
Registered Nutritional Therapist and Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner
I started my career in the City of London, in the jet-setting world of International Banking after gaining a degree in Economics and Geography; I loved the travel, the people I met, the cultures I learned about and the different foods I experienced. For a while, I loved the lifestyle too (and the job was ok).
But eventually my corporate lifestyle made me ill. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong so I visited a Nutritional Therapist as a last resort. I exercised and ate well – and within just a matter of months I was back on my feet and more energized than I had ever been. I was totally amazed at how quickly my body responded to such simple changes in diet and lifestyle; I wanted to tell people what had happened to me – how food, drink and lifestyle can make such a difference to how you look and feel.
So I ditched the corporate career ladder, retrained as a Personal Trainer and 3 years later, in 2005, graduated with distinction as a Nutritional Therapist from the well-known Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London. I’ve been in private practice ever since and had the wonderful experience of returning to ION as a tutor, lecturer and assessment marker for 10 years, working with the next generation of Nutritional Therapists. I’ve also hold several voluntary roles with our professional organisation BANT which includes arranging meetings and conferences enabling Nutritional Therapists to network with each other and to learn from attending speakers.
In 2015 I decided to further my education and spent time in the USA studying with the Institute for Functional Medicine. In 2017, after a rigorous clinical case study assessment and exam, I passed with flying colours and became one of only 17 UK based IFM Certified Practitioners, one of 600 worldwide (at the time).
Underlying all the functional tests, analysis and supplements that we may use in Functional Medicine is my belief that what we eat, drink and how we live our lives is absolutely key. I’m passionate about great quality food (cooking it and eating it: our holidays are usually governed by me dragging my family through streets trying to find the perfect restaurant for lunch or dinner!). At home I have my own ‘nutrition garden’, where I experiment (with varying degrees of success) growing different fruits and veggies. I feel really strongly that both kids and adults should understand where food comes from (both plants and animals) and get to experience ‘proper’ food that tastes great, is prepared well (without taking hours), is inexpensive – and yet helps us to keep healthy.
Emma & Caroline are both Members of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and CNHC.
Please feel free to contact Emma or Caroline.