I’m Cat, the face behind Eat Yourself Fit.
I follow a modified FODMAP, gluten-free and lactose-free diet, and created Eat Yourself Fit to help inspire individuals in similar situations who may also have dietary medical conditions.
In my profession as a Nutrition Advisor, I provide sound nutrition advice and counselling to clients wishing to live healthier and manage their weight.
I have experience working with clients on 8-week weight management programs and helping amateur athletes improve their sports performance.
The principles I teach as Eat Yourself Fit are sustainable and effective.
I hope to inspire and motivate everyone to lead a healthier life and help you look and feel your best.
I also blog about health, fitness, free from food products, restaurant reviews and my food experiences travelling.
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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 labelled foods, rather than preparing meals herself.
This 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.
In 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 e-book which contained recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar. In December Catherine released her second e-book which contained festive recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar.
In 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 e-books Daily Healing & Festive Favourites, which are part of her Happy Tummy Series featuring low FODMAP IBS friendly recipes.
In February Catherine decided she wanted to pursue a career as a Nutrition Advisor and as a Pilates Instructor. She enrolled at 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.
Catherine will complete her sports nutrition and pre- and postnatal 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 orthopaedic 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 Hume
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 well-being.
Catherine has always enjoyed cooking from a young age and excelled in Food Technology whilst at Secondary School. Cooking and baking are huge passions 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 e-book. As someone who aspires to eat clean it’s so hard thinking about what you can and can’t eat and your e-book is straightforward 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 e-book, 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.