Nutritional therapist Catherine Arnold had a significant shift in careers after realising the true power of food and nutrition. Catherine is also a yoga instructor, mum of two and one day hopes to combine her love of nutritional therapy and TV production by creating an education TV show.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
I had a successful career as a TV director before a life-changing event led to my new role as a nutritional therapist. In 2007, my partner was diagnosed with leukaemia so I hired a nutritional therapist and radically changed his diet. He went into remission after the first dose of chemotherapy and experienced few side effects during his treatment. We were told he would be infertile and tests on his sperm suggested this may be true. However, after a 3-month nutrition protocol, his sperm was completely normal and we went on to have a baby boy naturally.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
Read books, attend lectures and truly immerse yourself in the world of nutritional science. It needs to be a passion.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
Hanging out with my family, yoga, cooking, reading, walking, watching films and documentaries.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Helping people understand that it’s not a quick fix. It took years for their body to become imbalanced and it can take time to heal.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Empathy, passion, experience, knowledge and communication.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
I love that it can be so easy to have a positive impact on someone’s health and enabling them to enjoy their lives fully, without health worries. I also love it when my fertility clients become pregnant! It makes me so happy to see them reach their goal, which can for so long seem unobtainable.
What’s next on your horizon?
Seeing more clients reach optimal health after coming to my nutrition clinic. I’d also love to do more talks and workshops, especially with schools. I’m a Jamie Oliver Ambassador and so inspired to help make positive change with regards to the nutrition of the nation. Down the track, I’d like to experiment with developing some healthy food products and would love to write a book.
If you weren’t a nutritional therapist, you would have been a…
Probably continued in my TV career, so a TV Producer. I am hoping one day I can return to television and make some programs about nutrition so that I can combine the two careers.
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
Because it mirrors my own philosophy to a tee. Plus it’s a positive and achievable step towards better health.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
Dahl with spiced eggs, roasted cauliflower and a carrot and ginger salad. I’d make my famous healthy cashew chocolate mousse for dessert with some fresh blueberries.
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