Hi, I am Severine!
I’m a nutritional therapist and health coach, and I live in Central London with my partner Marc and my son Theodore.
I love healthy and tasty foods, which comes probably from my French heritage. If my all time favourites remain dark chocolate and tenderstem broccoli, I'm always curious to try new cuisines and specialties when I travel the world, and I was so excited to sample guinea pig in Peru, shark in Australia and bison in the United States.
After decades of ill-health, I am now passionate about living the best life I can, and helping others do the same. Live longer, live healthier, live happier!
My mission is to help other professional women over 40 make the best food and lifestyle decisions that truly work for them, so that they can lose weight, have lots more energy and ultimately look and feel beautiful.
It has not always been easy!
As a child I was often sick and fed antibiotics to get better. My grand-mother was desperate to see me eat, and would bake all sort of delicious cakes.
When I turned 6, the paediatrician recommended adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy, a popular procedure at the time. It was a total success as I rarely got sick afterwards - except I didn't expect to put on weight, a lot of weight!
In my 20s, after graduating with a master’s degree in Finance, I relocated from Paris to London to work for a top tier investment bank. I was overweight, tired and had mood swings, but I was too busy building a career to be concerned about my health.
In my 30s, despite my on-off dieting, I put on more weight. My mood swings turned into depression, my tiredness into exhaustion. I had increased difficulties dealing with stress, and I even started having anxiety attacks. I knew I had to do something, I just didn’t know where to start!
Then one morning of May 2008, I burned out at my desk. This was the ultimate sign I couldn't ignore, so I resigned and made the commitment to make my physical and mental health a priority.
Unfortunately, more bad news came within a few months: I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Although a common condition for women, this made me realise it would never be just about losing weight anymore, but about health and quality of life. I became even more committed to improve my diet and lifestyle.
It took me three years, lots of hit-and-misses, but the result was beyond my expectations: I "beat" hypothyroidism -something that doctors never said could happen, and over 10 years later I am still in remission.
In my early 40s, I fell pregnant naturally and welcomed a beautiful and healthy baby boy Theodore, who is turning 4 this year.
After experiencing how eating certain foods and improving my lifestyle transformed my health, and my life, I decided to consolidate my interest and knowledge to formally learn about food and nutrition: I enrolled in Naturopathic Nutrition at CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) in London and qualified as a Nutritional Therapist three years later.
In 2018 I started the IFM certification program by attending the AFMCP (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice). To keep up-to-date with the latest research I frequently attend seminars at the Royal Society of Medicine and other functional medicine organisations.
I am currently a member of BANT (British Association of Nutritional Therapists), ANP (Association for Naturopathic Practitioners) and registered with CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). I am also a Senior Associate at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Finally, I hold a Diploma in Coaching and NLP recognised by the ICF (International Coach Federation), and a Diploma in Personal Training (level 3).
My vision, my mission
My vision is to reduce mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCD) and promote mental health. Good Health & Wellbeing is one of the 17 United Nations global goals. NCD are the leading cause of death globally, and every year about 2.8 million die from the consequences of being overweight.
They are diseases that are not transmissible directly from one person to another, and would include diabetes, autoimmune diseases, strokes, most heart diseases, most cancers, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, chronic kidney disease, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. They are referred as 'lifestyle diseases' because the majority are preventable illnesses, with causes such as smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diets - high consumption of sugar, salt, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids - and physical activity.
My mission is to make 'healthy eating' something accessible to all, irrespective of budget or time restrictions.
I believe that eating more healthily is not as complicated or time consuming as people think. What stands in the way is the lack of knowledge of what is really working and the inability to put in place a sustainable routine.
We were not born to wake up feeling tired, to count calories, or for the scales to dictate our happiness. Everyone agrees about how they would benefit from losing weight and becoming healthier, the challenge is about developing good, easy and consistent habits. When you are in great health mentally, physically and emotionally, the way you show up both in your own life and the lives of others, is so much bigger, and your impact is so much greater!
If you’re like me, a woman over 40, a mum and a busy professional woman, ready to start living life to the full again, and become healthier (less weight, more energy, fitter), more confident in your food and lifestyle decisions and have a better work life balance, then you are more certainly in the right place.
Simply book your complimentary 60-minute discovery session with me. Let’s take this opportunity to connect, get to know each other and see how we could work together to get you where you really want to be.