I have always been fascinated about how much, and what, people eat, and don’t eat.   It always struck me from a young age that food is in control of so many women, yet what they desire is to be in control of food. It used to seem so elusive.

I have had my own struggles with food, eating, and body image.  For most of my life I have been only a little overweight yet felt so much bigger, always trying to lose weight yet battling the fact that I love food.   I have been an undereater, and an overeater, and felt the conflict and distress that I know so many others feel.

Petals Background


After years of ups and downs, taming my sweet tooth, different sizes and different ways of eating, I have reached where I want to be around food – consciously nutritious with the foods I love AND consciously imperfect when it suits me.  I don’t feel the need to be in control of food.  However, I  do realise now, in mid-life,  it is about so much more than food,  it is about how well I nourish myself in all ways.  Eating is one part of the story only. What is important to me now is inner peace, this is what I strive for.  Peace with my body, peace with my eating, peace in my mind.  I know I can help other women on this journey too.


Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in my 20s, I have now re-trained in Health Coaching, Culinary Medicine, Stress Management and  as an Eating Disorder Therapist. All my training and learning has expanded my knowledge and understanding that a naturally healthy life comes from, well everything really –  sleep, a calm mind, movement, social life, relationships, and even from having a clear purpose or intention. AND a lot of self-compassion.

Women in particular are busy caring for families, friends, colleagues, that we forget or think there is no time, to care for ourselves. We often need a prompt, or sadly often a little scare,  to build self care into our lives.  And sometimes we just need to be listened to.   I can help you with this.

Cathy Houghton, Blossom Health Coaching


Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC)

Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Integrated Nutrition Health Coach.  Qualifi accredited.

The Culinary Medicine College

Culinary Medicine College

Diploma in Culinary Medicine 
CMA, FNTP, IPHM & FHT accredited

Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Certification

The Health Sciences Academy

Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner Diploma 

National Centre for Eating Disorders

National Centre for Eating Disorders

Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity
British Psychological Society accredited

Institute of Health Sciences

Institute of Health Sciences

Certificate in Stress Management

Institute of Health Sciences

Understanding Your Eating - Julia Buckroyd

Licensed Practitioner for individual and group therapy


Eating Disorders RD PRO

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Dieticians working with Eating Disorders

Professor Julia Buckroyd Training

Advanced Certificate in Eating Disorders

The Link Centre

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Dr Helen McCarthy

The Psychology of Weight Loss: Help your clients change their eating habits.  British Psychological Society approved.

London Centre for Intuitive Eating

Applying Intuitive Eating and Non Diet approaches in Practice. Association for Nutrition approved

Institute of Optimum Nutrition

Overcoming stress and building resilience

SDS Seminars Ltd

Socratic Questioning Workshop.  BPS Approved. 

The Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners
UK Health Coaches Association
The Complementary Medical Association
Aspire Coaching
Food Hygiene Rating - 5


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Newton Abbot

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