Karina Antram, CNM Nutritional Therapy Graduate

Burnt out and stressed, Karina Antram, now a CNM Nutritional Therapy Graduate, used last year’s lockdowns to pursue her dream of running her own business…

I was head of HR for a fintech company, when I decided to change my career path. I felt unfulfilled, stressed and tired all the time – I was burnt out. When lockdown hit, it was a chance to leave my job and pursue my dream of having my own business.

Battling health issues

I’ve always suffered from gastrointestinal issues and I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 2014 and Lyme disease in 2018. On some occasions, the gastrointestinal pain was so bad that I ended up in hospital.

I was fed up with going to the doctors and being shipped out after five minutes, with a diagnosis I felt was incorrect or given to me too quickly without any testing to find the root cause.

My best friend was also diagnosed with terminal cancer, so I signed up to the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) because I never want anyone to have to go through what she has. If I can educate anyone to reduce the risk of that outcome in some small way, at least something positive will come out of this.

Investing in myself with CMN

The CNM nutrition course appealed to me due to its functional medicine approach, with an emphasis on treating the root cause and not just the symptoms, which I think is an exciting and game-changing field of nutritional science.

The quality of teaching, course content and amount of clinic hours at CNM is excellent. I’ve also made some wonderful friends.

I’ve never really felt my body operated optimally and while I think a large part of this was due to working in stressful industries, I also think it’s because I didn’t have the knowledge that I now have to really change my health at a cellular level. Everything I’ve learned so far has been life changing and I’m now feeling the best I’ve felt in years.

I now run NOCO Health, a nutrition clinic specialising in energy, stress, digestion and pre/postnatal support. I really enjoy working with clients to fully understand their health issues. Genuinely, I believe I can help reduce or eradicate their symptoms by following an evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle protocol.

Starting my own business has enabled me to work flexibly and create a better lifestyle. I can already see the benefits to my health and happiness. Enrolling onto CNM’s Naturopathic Nutrition diploma is the best investment you can make for yourself. It is truly life changing.

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