Caroline Farrell BA(Hons), Dip ION, CNHC, BANT
I am a qualified and registered nutritionist with 8 years extensive clinical experience supporting over 1,000 clients with a range of goals such as weight loss, fertility, gut health and sports nutrition.
I also spent five years as the official Nutritionist for the Premier League Clubs Fulham and Watford FC where I supported players not only to perform well but to have optimised immunity, sleep, body composition and energy.
In addition, I have written for and contributed to magazines and newspapers including the Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Top Santé and Zest.
My Journey into Nutrition
I have always been interested in health and nutrition. For this reason, I was surprised to be told in my early twenties that I had unusually elevated cholesterol levels. I had lost my own father to cardiovascular disease at a young age so was aware of the danger that elevated cholesterol poses. I was advised that I would need to take medication for the rest of my life. However, I was keen to find an alternative.
I decided to allow myself six weeks to see if I could lower my cholesterol through nutrition. I researched extensively and developed my own personalised nutrition programme. After six weeks I was retested and my cholesterol had been dramatically lowered.
This experience taught me two things. Firstly, genetics are only part of the equation. Your health depends on the complex interaction between your genes and your environment, that is to say your diet and lifestyle. Secondly, because we are all genetically unique with different environmental influences, there is no "one size fits all" healthy diet. My passion for nutrition grew from there and led me to study Nutritional Therapy at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition where I graduated with a distinction.
I am a passionate foodie. I believe that healthy eating should be a pleasure. Therefore, I focus more on adding to my clients’ repertoire rather than just taking foods out.
I am also a mum of two so I understand the challenges people face when trying to implement dietary changes into their busy lifestyles. Therefore, my approach as a nutritionist is practical and supportive. I ensure that my programmes fit with my clients' budgets, dietary preferences, and lifestyles. I also provide practical tips such as shopping lists, recipes, and sample meal plans to help my clients incorporate recommendations into their lives.
Since graduating, I regularly attend seminars and lectures to ensure my knowledge is kept up to date, and to meet continuing professional development requirements. This is reflected in my recommendations, which are always based on the most current and respected scientific evidence.
I regularly contribute to the media including radio, press, You Tube and TV. Some of my recent contributions include:
- Consultant nutritionist to Channel 4 in the development of Series 3 Secret Eaters.
- Nutrition expert on BBC Radio 2, BBC Three Counties, Colourful Radio and Russian Radio.
- Written for and contributed to several magazines and newspapers including the Daily Express, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Top Santé and Zest.
- Nutrition expert on Pixiwoo's Body Talk Daily.
Three seasons as the official Nutritionist to the Premier League Football Club, Watford FC.
Two seasons as the official Nutritionist to the Premier League Football Club, Fulham FC.
Lectured at the London Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
Consulted with several brands to support new product development and marketing including the Honestly Healthy Smoothie Company, the Source and Nooro.
Delivered corporate wellbeing workshops to major brands including Santander, Axa and the Financial Ombudsman.
"Caroline is the consummate professional: she is warm, attentive and empathic and yet also very knowledgeable and efficient. She really listened to my concerns and took all aspects of my health into account before tailoring a nutritional programme to suit my needs. I was impressed by her attention to detail and the evident care she took in following up and being available to answer any queries. I would highly recommend her."
— Rachael, 34
For years I've been trying to lose weight. I have succeeded and then failed again. At my worst I was a size 18-20, at my best a size 8 - although not too sure that could have been sustained from a diet perspective. A friend of mine recommended that rather than concentrating so much on exercise or yet another fad diet, I ought to go and see a nutritionist. The one thing that all the exercise experts I've seen over the years agree on is that your diet has a significant impact on your weight, so I went ahead.
Caroline was one of the 3 nutritionists I shortlisted from the internet. After an initial email and a call I knew she was the one I wanted to see. Once I met her I was sooo pleased I had chosen her. So lovely to talk to, gets to understand you and your lifestyle which is what makes her advice such a success! During the session through her questioning, Caroline spotted that things didn't seem quite right with me – once she started delving into what I ate, how I felt etc. it became clear I had a number of symptoms that would indicate adrenal problems including an incredible difficulty to get any sleep at all.
Following some tests and recommended supplements – these were resolved! Through our sessions, I picked up information that will last me forever about eating patterns, what to eat, eating on the run – all tailored specifically to me. I had put on a stone in weight following a month abroad 4 months earlier and the weight just was not shifting. Once the adrenal problems eased up and I had been eating according to my new found knowledge – all about making the right choices rather than going without - the weight started coming off. Now I've lost that stone – so overall a success and the weight is still coming off slowly – but surely! I would thoroughly recommend Caroline!
— Kathy, 43, London
"Having met Caroline and implemented some changes to my diet and the way that I eat, I only wish I had done it sooner. I feel lighter, I have more energy and those deep emotional downs that I was experiencing every month have definitely improved."
— Maria, 43
"Working with Caroline is a real pleasure. Her advice is very thoughtful; simple and enjoyable to adopt. Her passion for nutrition is clearly evident and her knowledge on a wide range of subjects helps her bring suggestions for changes to behaviour and diet. And best of all, the fact that she seems to read more research papers than my GP and my BUPA consultant combined after I mentioned issues I am having, gives me great comfort in her recommendations."
— Tom, 42
"I cannot thank Caroline enough and am so happy I contacted her. She has always been so approachable, professional and helpful. Most of all, I believe my daughter has been offered such a good start in life which is of upmost importance to me and my family. A big thank-you from my daughter and myself!"
— Lucy, 31
"Caroline looked very carefully at my diet and helped me to make some very valuable, easy changes, and to add important nutrients that gave me the strength to get through. I found her approach down to earth, respectful, and professional. I would wholeheartedly recommend her."
— Susan, 56
"I attended Caroline's clinic in January this year. I found Caroline's help and expertise to be very beneficial. She provided me with interesting meal plans and options that I had never considered before. I would definitley recommend Caroline to anybody considering help from a nutritionist."
— Paula, 35
Before visiting Caroline I was feeling helpless. I had had bowel problems for about two years and none of the doctors I saw had been able to help me. I’d tried a number of supplements and excluded most types of food from my diet, what made me feel even weaker and constantly tired. During the first appointment Caroline made me feel very comfortable and well looked after. She asked many questions and narrowed down the number of possible diagnoses. After I had some tests done we found out what the problem was and Caroline prepared a recovery plan for me. Without her help I would still be suffering! I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am. Not only is she extremely professional, with thorough knowledge of the subject but also very warm and welcoming person. Would definitely recommend!
— Jessica, 23, London
I first saw Caroline following 2 sinus operations in 2012. Caroline was able to give me a diet to follow to help get me back to full health. Not only did we cover sinus symptoms but we also touched on stress and fertility and my plan included helpful suggestions to try to combat all 3 things. I'm pleased to say I am now 6 months pregnant so can definitely vouch for Carolines advice!
— Susan, 39, Hertfordshire
Training, qualifications & experience
- As a member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy), I am bound by the BANT Code of Professional Practice. I am also registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).
- A member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) (Membership number FAR0112113).
- Registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) (Membership number 000152-G11).
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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