Michelle McKenzie BSc Hons, ANutr
Shine Holistic, 52 Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 0NB, Tel: 020 7241 5033
29 Tackleway, Hastings, East Sussex
BSc Human Nutrition
Michelle McKenzie studied Human Nutrition (BSc) at the London Metropolitan University and graduated with a first-class honours degree. She was also awarded the Dietetics, Food and Nutrition prize by the university in recognition of her academic achievements. Michelle is a registered associate nutritionist accredited with the Association for Nutrition and provides evidence-based consultations for a wide variety of clients.
Michelle’s journey into the world of nutrition began in 2009 when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease. After following the recommended dietary advice for diabetics, it quickly became apparent that the advice given conflicts with what diabetes actually is – carbohydrate intolerance. After 10 years of working in the music industry, she went back to university to learn everything she could about nutrition, metabolism and diabetes. In 2016 an abstract of her research on low carbohydrate diets and diabetes was published by Cambridge Journals and she was invited to present her findings at the Royal Society of Medicine as part of the Nutrition Society’s Annual Winter Conference. Her research has attracted a lot of attention and has played a part in the growing consensus of how the current diabetic guidelines need to be urgently reformed.
Michelle’s specialist interest is metabolic health. Oxidative stress, inflammation and insulin resistance all increase the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions linked to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, lipid abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and some forms of cancer. With nutritional status the main root cause, switching to a real food diet will not only help reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome it can also reverse the conditions associated with it. Her other areas of interest include: low carbohydrate and ketogenic lifestyles, blood glucose and diabetes management (Type 1 & Type 2), weight management, gut health, cancer support, PMS to menopause and general health and wellbeing.
Her love of research means that she keeps up to date with the ever changing world of health and nutrition. “In an age when it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, I’m here to help navigate you through any confusion and show you how to make the right dietary choices. Sharing a meal with friends and family is one of the greatest pleasures in life, it should be an enjoyable experience without the need to count calories. I don’t believe in following the latest fad diet or any diet for that matter. I promote real food, fat and all.”