The Food Phoenix Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching in Belfast

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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, by focusing on nurturing and nourishing yourself. 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.

New ebook, Contrasts: More than meets the MRI, available to buy now

Dr Walsh offers hope for those who have suffered with gadolinium toxicity. CONTRASTS should be read by not only the patient dealing with this ensuing nightmare, but every radiologist in practice!

CONTRASTS will be helpful to those who are chronically ill and wondering, “What happened to me?!” It shines a light in the very dark room and exposes the truth behind unnecessary medications and the side effects that follow administration. You will laugh, cry and scream when you read this book. But mostly, you will be happy you finally understand what happened to you.

The 30 minutes you spend reading this will most definitely change your life for the better, or prevent someone else from suffering a life of hell in their own skin. READ THIS!

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Order CONTRASTS: More than meets the MRI here.

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Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching in Belfast and Mid Ulster

Welcome to The Food Phoenix. Hi. I'm nutritionist, Dr Catriona Walsh. I am a practitioner with 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry working as a doctor in paediatrics all over Northern Ireland, from Belfast to Antrim, Coleraine to Derry, before adopting a more holistic way of treating people. I provide a professional therapy service which focuses on authenticity and integrity. My training in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching, through the Institute of Health Sciences, Dublin, provides the highest level nutrition coaching qualification available. This has allowed me to extend my expertise regarding the way that dietary and lifestyle changes can impact your health and wellbeing. My coaching training will help you to successfully integrate changes into your life in small, manageable (bite size) steps without you feeling deprived or overwhelmed.

As a therapist and coach I provide a friendly, welcoming, non-judgmental service, and have a dedicated commitment to helping you optimise your own health and that of your family or staff. I can analyse your diet with a high degree of accuracy using a computer program, so that nutrient imbalances can easily be identified. This powerful tool enables me to provide much more specific advice on how you can modify your diet to best optimize your health and wellness. The recommendations I make are therefore individualised to your own unique preferences and requirements. Together we will co-create an action plan aimed at achieving results that you will love, while you will always feel in control.

"I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last January and sought help from Catriona to improve my diet and lifestyle. Her combination of expertise in medicine and nutrition was so helpful - I am now managing my sugar levels without medication due to the changes in my diet and exercise regime. Catriona is very warm and generous with her time. She helped me set and keep track of achievable and sustainable goals. I feel healthier than I have for a long time."

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"I sought advice from Catriona on how to improve my diet and lifestyle to increase my energy levels and general wellbeing. At the outset, Catriona carried out an impressively comprehensive analysis of my medical history, diet and lifestyle. We then worked together to make some achievable changes which suit my lifestyle at present. I am pleased to say that these changes have had a very positive effect on my general health.

Catriona's medical background and further studies in nutrition have provided her with an excellent knowledge of how the body works, the impact of various diet and lifestyle choices on physical and mental wellbeing, and the effect of past illnesses on current. She is sensitive, professional, understanding, and very thorough in her approach. I would happily recommend her to anyone!"

The practice is based in Belfast which is easily accessible from Templepatrick, Antrim and Lisburn. I also run some consultations as a nutritionist in Mid Ulster. I am easily accessible from Maghera, Kilrea, Magherafelt, Draperstown and Dungiven. Through Skype and FaceTime I can offer consults to people from all over the world.

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How can I help you?

Feel free to contact me, as I may very well be able to help if you would like to:

  • manage or lose weight
  • improve your digestion
  • have better energy
  • reduce your stress levels
  • feel healthier
  • improve your mood
  • improve skin problems
  • have better menstrual cycles
  • or maintain good vitality, health, wellbeing and cognition throughout your whole life by learning and successfully applying important skills

  • I'm featured in the graduate focus for Institute of Health Sciences for March 2020

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed, overworked and exhausted in your job? Did you ever wonder whether you were going to cope with how much was demanded of you in work? Have you ever felt like you've sacrificed your personal life and even health for your career? Well, I've been there. In 2015, I found myself absolutely wiped out and my experience triggered a massive career pivot and mindset shift. In fact, burning out in work, moral injury, and chronic health problems combined into a conflagration that led to me retraining as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach with the Institute of Health Sciences. This March, I'm featured in their graduate focus, where I talk a bit about these huge challenges. So if you've ever been in the position where you feel undervalued, frustrated, and exhausted and you feel that your career has played at least a bit of a role in that, then you just might find this feature interesting. You can also keep an eye out for my podcast interview with IHS later in the month, where I describe my burnout journey and how it taught me how to approach helping other people suffering from overwork.

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    Parking is available on the street in Belfast, and off-street in Mid Ulster. For those who have work commitments during the day, some evening consultations are available. Skype and FaceTime consults are available for people from all over the world who are unable to come to see me personally. Cross border, NI Rail and Translink run frequent services to the Europa bus and rail centre in Belfast.

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    If you are looking for nutrition advice in Antrim, or a lifestyle coach in Belfast, then why not get in touch for a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your individual requirements and see if I can help you?

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    Check out my latest blog post here

    The mental torture of gadolinium toxicity. In this post, I tell you about the ways that having contrast during an MRI scan can result in profound mental health problems. The side effects of gadolinium contrasts are under-recognised which can create a lot of anxiety.

    For anyone who needs to deal with anxiety naturally, this blog post on all you need to know about how to deal with anxiety could be invaluable.

    Try this delicious recipe for a stock made from trotters

    A foundational recipe for a stock or bone broth made from trotters. In addition, you also end up with some really flavoursome meat.

    You can also find some of my other blog posts and sign up for my newsletter at my blog. That's where I'll be writing most about gadolinium.

    "Catriona is outstanding in her knowledge and understanding on how the human body works and what we need to do to make it work better. She is the only practitioner that I fully trust with my own and my family's health."
    ~Judith McNab
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    Podcast appearances

    I’m delighted to announce that I’m being interviewed on episode 11 of the Untaming Podcast with the fabulous Emily Giles. We discuss so much in this podcast, but the focus is on children’s health, nutrition, how the dietary guidelines are unscientific and how farming practices and food processing techniques can alter the quality of the food we eat.

    Despite living on opposite sides of the world (Emily’s in New Zealand, and I’m in Belfast in Northern Ireland) we connected over our shared passion of good, nutrient-dense food, health, crafting the best health for our kids and ourselves through knowledge and education, and regenerative agriculture.

    Both New Zealand and Northern Ireland are well known for producing and exporting great quality pastured lamb and beef. Certainly where I grew up, in Maghera nestled in the heartland of Mid Ulster, I was surrounded by fields of friendly fresian cows and sheep.

    Now I’m even more confident that pastured red meat is the cornerstone of a good diet and that regenerative agriculture that includes holistic planned grazing is the future of farming, despite all the divisive, pseudoscience pushed by biotech companies, the processed food industry and the government. I hope we build on our tradition of pastured red meat with more farms adopting sustainable regenerative agriculture, permaculture and agroforestry.

    Anyway, I think you’re going to love this podcast. Where else are you going to hear about Jerusalem fartichokes?

    Download my free guide on MRI contrast side effects

    I've written a quick free guide on MRI contrasts to tell you what you need to know about their side effects.

    Did you know that more than 1 in 3 MRI scans are now performed using contrast? The only contrasts currently being used for MRI scans contain a toxic heavy metal called gadolinium. Over the past few years, it's become clear that everyone injected with MRI contrasts retains some of this toxic substance in their tissues, including in their brains, bones, skin, joints, kidneys and liver. But did you know that there are still no high quality studies looking at the long term effects of retaining these contrast agents? I'm sure you're as appalled as I was by this. Thousands of people all over the world are starting to realise that they're suffering from long-term side effects from retaining these drugs along with their heavy metal. Are you one of them? Or have you been told that you must have an MRI contrast soon? Then you need to read this free guide. When I had my first (and only) MRI contrast about 3 years ago I felt quite lost and alone, until I found other gadolinium-injured patients. But it still took quite a long time to get my head around what had happened to me. That's why I wrote this free guide on MRI contrast side effects. I wanted other people in a similar situation to be able to understand what's happened to them and to know that they aren't alone. And I knew that the families, friends, carers and even doctors looking after people suffering from side effects following MRI contrasts can also benefit from a booklet to help explain what's going on. So this free guide is for you, too.

    You can read my most recent blog posts here

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    Let me tell you about why I left paediatric medicine to become a nutritionist in Belfast and Mid Ulster

    Burnout, moral injury, anxiety, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: these were all things that contributed to my decision to change careers. Burnout is one of the commonest and most difficult struggles many professionals have to deal with. Doctors and other health professionals may be more at risk of burnout than some professions but not by that much. And as I was to discover, burnout prevention and management aren't well addressed at present.

    Why I went from being a consultant paediatrician to a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach.

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