Eat Yourself Fit’s Story
Catherine was first diagnosed with a gluten intolerance after testing negative for coeliac disease. Eat Yourself Fit was created as a blog to help her cope with the new lifestyle change and as a means of sharing her experiences with other gluten free people. Initially she relied on supermarket gluten free processed foods as the world of gluten free was unknown and she preferred to edge on the side of caution by using gluten free labeled foods, rather than preparing meals herself.
2013This was the year she discovered instagram and clean eating. The concept of clean eating is to use fresh ingredients and cook everything from scratch. But despite eating a lot healthier Catherine still suffered episodes of extreme bloating, stomach pain and fatigue. So she returned to the hospital for more tests.
2014In April Catherine was diagnosed with a lactose intolerance. Once she omitted both gluten and dairy she found there was a marked difference in her energy levels and overall health. But from time to time she still suffered unbearable stomach pain. In August Catherine released her first ebook which contained recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar. In December Catherine released her second ebook which contained festive recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar.
2015In June Catherine was diagnosed with IBS by a dietician, who suggested she went on a low FODMAP diet to help manage her condition initially, but after a while she could reintroduce FODMAPs gradually back into her diet. If the pain came back she would have to repeat it until she worked out her triggers. Some of the high FODMAP foods Catherine was eating included onions, garlic, mushrooms, apples, avocado, mango, fruit juice, seeds, cauliflower, beans and peas. After reintroducing most foods Catherine found onions, garlic and apples to be her biggest triggers so she keeps these to a minimum in her diet. She uses spring onion greens to replace the flavour of onion, has found she can tolerate a small amount of easy garlic in some meals and can tolerate tinned mushrooms but not fresh. In December Catherine released her two newest ebooks Daily Healing & Festive Favourites, which are part of her Happy Tummy Series featuring low FODMAP IBS friendly recipes.
2016In February Catherine decided she wanted to pursue a career as a Nutrition Advisor and as a Pilates Instructor. She enrolled to the School of Nutrition & Pilates at Future Fit Training, to complete a Level 3 Advanced Nutrition & Weight Management Diploma. Catherine studied modules in Nutrition & Weight Management, Behaviour Change Coaching and Childhood Nutrition & Obesity Prevention. Since following a modified FODMAP, gluten and lactose free diet she has experienced a reduction in IBS symptoms and now rarely feels lethargic or suffers painful stomach spasms.
2017Catherine will complete her sport nutrition and pre- and post- natal nutrition module this year and will be fully qualified in her level 3 advanced nutrition diploma by the end of March. In February, Catherine began her partnership with the Exclusive Rehab & Sports Performance Center (ERSP) in Southampton, where she will ultimately be teaching Pilates and providing nutrition advice. In June she will take her final Pilates practical exam and become a qualified Level 3 Pilates Instructor. She will then continue studying to become a Specialist Pilates Instructor gaining knowledge in orthopeadic conditions, antenatal exercise and eventually be able to receive GP exercise referrals. In December, Catherine will begin her Level 4 qualification to become a Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist and become qualified in 2018.
Meet Catherine HumeCatherine is the face behind Eat Yourself Fit. After being diagnosed with a gluten and lactose intolerance and more recently ibs, Catherine realised she needed to change her diet to improve her overall health and wellbeing. Catherine has always enjoyed cooking from a young age and excelled in Food Technology whilst at Secondary School. Cooking and baking is a huge passion of hers, and she loves experimenting with ingredients to create new exciting recipes. Catherine also participated in the sport of rowing from the age of 12 and considered it a huge part of her life, racing most weekends throughout the summer and training 5-6 days a week. However, Catherine is currently on a break from rowing to allow time to focus on her studies and establish her two businesses, Eat Yourself Fit and Flex Yourself Fit (Pilates business).
A quote from Catherine
“I hope my recipes will make you happy and bring you closer to achieving your fitness and health goals. My mission is to help provide support through inspiring recipes and in my profession as a nutrition advisor. I would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my blog, follows me on social media and has purchased my books. Eat Yourself Fit has become bigger than I ever could have imagined so thank you.”
What my customers say…
“Can I just congratulate you Cat on your ebook. As someone who aspires to eat clean it’s so hard thinking about what you can and can’t eat and your ebook is straightfoward and inspiring! I now just want to print it off so I’ve got it handy in the kitchen all the time – an absolute bargain!! Can’t wait for Xmas.” Kay from the UK
“I like the fact that the book was so colourful & the recipes are pretty easy & simple for home cooking. I also like the little footnotes you put under each recipe. I’m gonna try some of the dinner recipes as well. Well done with the ebook, I look forward to your Christmas one, which will make great presents for my friends!! Keep up the good work!” Helen from Hong Kong
“You are a true inspiration! I have been struggling with my fluctuating weight for years always feeling bloated and never understood why, but not anymore. Your ebooks are full of simple and healthy recipes that taste great! My favourite has to be your Jaffa Cake Brownies! My husband loves them. Keep up the amazing job, I follow your instagram and must say look incredible! Thanks for sharing your recipes and inspiring me to change. I look forward to purchasing your next book soon. I can’t believe I have lost a stone and still get to eat chocolate brownies!” Tiffany from the USA.