What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional nutrition is never one-size-fits-all, instead it is a highly customized holistic health perspective that takes an individual's unique specifications into account. Functional nutrition follows a systems approach that takes into consideration how interrelated every part of the body is, looking at the big picture of health by restoring optimal physiological functioning. While standard healthcare will try to suppress symptoms with medication, functional nutrition instead sees them as clues for understanding the underlying issues within the body. 


Five Foundational Factors


MANY ROOT CAUSES: Dr. Dale Bredesen coined the term "36 holes in the roof" to describe chronic illness. There are many factors contributing to your suffering, and we need to address all of them. There is no single pill or protocol that will help you get well. We need to find all the holes in your particular roof, and plug as many of them as we're able to.


WE ARE ALL UNIQUE: Your physiology and associated dysfunctions are the way they are because of myriad factors that are unique to you. You do not fit into a pre-determined formula. You are an individual with a particular history, experience, body, and lifestyle. You also have goals and aspirations that are special to you. Kate works with all of these factors to create a custom-made plan for you.


EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED: By considering the impacts of seemingly unrelated factors on health, each client is carefully evaluated and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive holistic plan that takes all five pillars of wellness into consideration. Kate takes a systems-based approach, considering the interrelatedness of all parts of the body and looking at the big picture of health by bringing balance and restoring proper functioning.


ALL THINGS MATTER: It is not simply about changing your diet - literally everything matters. Kate takes a detailed history and asks important questions in order to begin work on clearing the muddy waters and working towards finding your root causes. You will identify the triggers that likely contributed to your current state of dis-ease, and start to reframe what has and hasn't worked in the past as clues to more effectively determine "what's going on in there?"


TEAMWORK: Kate is with you every step of the way! That means partnering with you and any other providers on your healthcare team that understand the need for a collaborative approach. Today’s health challenges are best served by practitioners and patients working closely together, with the patient's input being just as important as the practitioner's. 

The General Process


The Five C's - Create, Care, Calm, Clear and Cultivate

Step 1. Create an anti-inflammatory diet & lifestyle plan - reduce inflammation, increase energy, improve digestion, resolve brain fog, and lose weight, in a sustainable and joyful way. This is about eliminating foods and habits that cause inflammation in your specific body, while also diversifying and adding colour/flavour wherever possible.

Step 2. Care for the gut - reduce inflammation, improve digestion and increase energy by healing the gut lining and balancing the microbiome. Regain your health from mouth to tail. Potential therapies include stomach acid support, digestive enzyme support, leaky gut protocols, microbiome support, antimicrobial therapy.

Step 3. Calm the nervous system - reduce anxiety, manage stress, improve sleep and retrain the cyclical thought patterns that are preventing you from achieving optimal health. Potential therapies include meditation, EFT, deep breathing, yoga, STOP process, brain retraining protocols, vagus nerve exercises.

Step 4. Clear toxins - reduce inflammation, increase energy, improve sleep, resolve brain fog, and lose weight by opening up the detox pathways and removing toxic substances like mould, pesticides and heavy metals. Potential therapies include liver & GI support, natural binders and detox protocols (eg Epsom salt baths, dry brushing, castor oil packs).

Step 5. Cultivate body awareness and intuition - become more in tune with your body and what it needs at any given moment, giving you the freedom to make the best lifestyle choices for you and to be your own health coach. Strategies include journaling, meditation, tracking docs/apps.


Note: The steps are not mutually exclusive, nor do they have to be completed in numerical order. For example, if you have many food sensitivities, then step 3 may be the most pertinent for you to start with, closely followed by step 2. If you’re dealing with a specific toxin overload like CIRS/Mould Illness, then step 4 will be more involved and take longer to complete. Step 5 is interwoven into all steps throughout the program.




What happens next.....


Free Strategy Session 30 MINUTES

During this free consultation you will discuss your current challenges and goals, hear about Kate's general practice and receive some basic recommendations around your specific circumstances, decide if it is a good fit and what program works best for you. Book now!

Program options.....



Enlist Kate as a true partner on your wellness journey and sign up as a VIP client! You’re ready to do what it takes and are fully committed to making changes and reclaiming your vitality. You are struggling to manage chronic symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues, joint pain, headaches, skin conditions, insomnia, and/or resistant weight loss and are ready to dive deep to get to the root causes. Using the principles of functional nutrition, you’ll work together with Kate over the course of 6 months to identify the subtle blocks and lifestyle habits that are compromising your body’s optimal function and prematurely ageing you. You’ll then create a personalized plan of simple, small steps to restore optimal function and revitalize your life. You’ll deep dive into both your health challenges and lifestyle goals, desires and dreams, work through what’s holding you back and get on the path to balance, resiliency and vitality. You will feel empowered with frameworks, tools, recipes and recommendations to take charge of your health and make confident decisions going forward. 

Wellness Warrior 3 MONTH PROGRAM

A 3-month program for clients wanting some basic guidance with diet and lifestyle modification, including extensive recommendations, education and support from Kate. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and continue to implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health into the future. This program does not suit those with significant health concerns.

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