Registered Dietitian & personal trainer
Hello, I’m Christine, I'm a mum to 3 humans and 2 dogs. I like to help people; I like to help people be happy and find solutions to their problems.
I enjoy chatting with friends, being with my family, laughing and gossiping, walking and I love weight training. I love cooking especially for other people and I love food especially vegetables and chocolate but not together.
I suppose all of the things I love brought me to what I do.
I'm a Dietitian, it wasn't my first job I had a variety of different jobs to begin with, but I've always been interested in food, taste, flavours, textures, combinations, how ingredients can be transformed into something wonderful to eat.
I remember my Grandma had a little book on cider vinegar and although I now know that to be bad science. It really got me thinking about the effects the food we eat, and drink can have on our body.
So gradually over time my interest in food and love of cooking grew into a interest and fascination with the science of nutrition.
It wasn't until after I had my children that I decided to go back to university and retrain. That was tough! I knew I wanted to go into private practice, but I also knew that I had to gain NHS experience. As part of the Nutrition and Dietetics degree, we undertake 3 hospital or clinical community placements. I had a great A and B placement, but my C placement was awful. I hated everything about it and my confidence was at an all-time low.
I wasn't going to quit though as I'm quite determined, and I'd worked really hard and juggled a lot with 3 small children.
I graduated that year with a 2:1 and luckily ended up starting at The Christie private care.
That was amazing, I had the most amazing mentor and I learnt so much.
It was an emotional and very rewarding experience.
It gave me the courage and the confidence to start my private practice up.
I began Christine Kenny Nutrition. This was very much a part-time affair.
I initially wanted to make meals for home delivery. I had a great idea to provide nourishing, homemade yummy meals for people in need of extra nourishment. This came from working with people struggling with appetite but in need of optimum nutrition. There were a few other companies doing this at the time but to be fair the food didn't taste great.
Anyway, at the time the food part didn’t take off very well, I was getting private nutrition consultations. I stayed at the Christie and also took other locum jobs to build my Dietetic experience.
One of those positions was working as Lead Dietitian for a healthy lifestyle course. This is when the next chapter began. I decided to do a personal training course. I did this because, well guess what, people who are overweight do not always like to go to the gym or even like exercise. Not because they are lazy or don't know what to do but because they feel uncomfortable, find it challenging to begin a long and scary journey, or because they have had a bad experience previously, well many reasons really.
I thought if I could offer my clients a way to exercise or increase activity in a private environment, not only would it improve their health, it would also give them the self-confidence when and if they decided to go into a gym environment.
After gaining experience with personal training. My business transitioned into Christine Kenny Nutrition and Fitness and from that point rapidly expanded. I think being able to offer expertise with both nutrition and exercise to clients seemed to be desirable.
Or maybe my business has grown because, I am a perfectionist probably to my downfall as it leads to several sleepless nights, consultation reports and client plans take longer than they should, and several discarded business plans litter my recycle bin. I really want my clients to succeed, I provide a personalised service, I work with each person to help them on their journey. A lot of thought goes into each plan, each program, I very much take a holistic approach, taking into account many aspects of their lifestyle, behaviours, responsibilities and time.
Recently I have been able to expand my food business, the part of the business I wanted to do initially! I'm sure this is absolutely down to word of mouth and people getting to know about me and how I can help.
It's funny how things flow, from doing occasional private consultations to now offer 3 different avenues for clients, but at the heart of it all is a love of nutrition, and helping people improve health and wellbeing.