Hi, I’m Veronica Lim, Founder of Behind The Food Nutrition
If you’re a woman over 40 who’s suffering from hormonal challenges or digestive issues and you’re ready to make a change, you’re in the right place. I work virtually via Zoom which means that you can work with me from the comfort of your own home and even if you’re as far away as some of my clients in Australia and New Zealand.
Welcome! I’m so glad that you are here.
I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist, with a First Class Honours degree and a Distinction in my Clinical Diploma in Nutritional Therapy. I’m personally very proud of that achievement, can you tell? 🙂
I’m also the UK’s first Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, with over 20 years’ coaching experience. I want to show you how to use the right food, nutrition and lifestyle changes to be vibrant, full of energy, and feeling good in your body again, so you can confidently show up as the best version of yourself every day.
Before embarking on over 5 years of training in Functional Nutrition, I worked within investment banking for well over a decade and then as an Executive Coach, so I understand the challenges of a stressful corporate environment and the importance of being your best – not just at work but also at home. I also know what it’s like to not feel like yourself. You know that something’s not right, and that things are not working as they should be, but you don’t know what or if anything can be done about it.
Why I Got Into Nutrition
As a child, one of my favourite books was, “Tell Me Why”. When I was nine, I read my aunt’s midwifery book, because I found it fascinating. Every year, when I was asked by my teachers what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same. “A doctor.”
But life took me down a different path, and I ended up qualifying as a chartered accountant and then worked in finance. Fast forward to many years later, I made a career change to executive and personal coaching, but something felt missing.
I went back into investment banking, and one day, while having a discussion with a small group, about a regulatory issue, someone asked a question. That’s when it hit me; I knew that I knew the answer, but the answer seemed stuck in my head, while my much younger colleague just came out with the words. My words!
I realise now that I was suffering from symptoms common during the menopausal years. I had brain fog, unclear thinking, lack of energy, poor sleep, and night sweats. Truth be told, I didn’t even want to hear anything about “menopause”. I felt unattractive, and down in the dumps, and I wondered whether life was downhill from there on out. It was then that I stumbled across a couple of books that talked about the biochemistry of food.
This was the “tell me why” or the “behind the food” that I needed, and was my first deeper glimpse into the world of hormones and how it impacts us, especially us women.
I changed my diet, and within a short space of time,
- I had more energy than I could remember
- The afternoon slumps and cravings disappeared
- My thinking became clear and quick once again
- The night sweats went away
- I started to sleep well again
- My body actually also began to want to move!
I had previously also had many years of yo-yo dieting, and for the first time, I realised how I’d had it “backwards” all along. I had had no idea of how food could so profoundly impact on quality of life and the ability to perform both at work and at home.
I learnt how to eat for my body, and I learnt that eating healthily could also be delicious and didn’t mean deprivation. I ate well and never went hungry.
Specialising in Women’s Hormonal and Digestive Health
The doors to a deep passion were thrown open, and this is how I came to spend over five years completing my clinical Diploma and BSc (Hons) degree, which I started when I was 51. It has been one of the hardest things that I have done, more so than even my professional accountancy exams and my MBA.
You see, after extensive research, I specifically chose my college (BCNH College of Nutrition and Health) because of their incredibly high academic standards and thorough clinical training. Because my work is evidence-based, every case involved detailed research of the science to understand the detail of the biochemistry behind the presenting health concerns. These are called “mechanisms”.
Then, by making the links and joining the dots to identify the root causes or stressors behind the symptoms, it allows me to help my clients to rebalance their body systems, thus addressing their symptoms from the inside out.
Now I get to work with clients like you, helping them to take back control of their health, so they can feel good in their body again and live life more fully.
Are you ready for personalised help to get back to feeling good in your body again? Apply to work with me here.
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Some words from happy women I’ve worked with
Some words from happy women I’ve worked with
“I have exceeded all expectations.”
“Couldn’t have done it without your help and encouragement. In spite of some blips and struggles initially, I have to admit that I have enjoyed taking care of what I was eating and totally see the benefits in that. The results of the reduction in my insulin dosage, my waistline and increased in energy levels are incredible. I cannot ignore the good it has done and have made an informed choice of continuing to the best of my ability. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for re-educating me and for giving me the opportunity to better my wellbeing.” – Kelly
“My self esteem is improved and I’m walking my talk at work.”
“I was really surprised by what I learnt (I slightly thought I knew it all). Yes it took commitment but it didn’t take will power. When I started eating properly my food urges subsided and I found I was able to be much more balanced in my choices. I have lost 16lbs so far, I have ‘relapsed’ a couple of times, and been able to easily get back on track without the usual beating myself up and half a loaf of bread to go with it.
“My self esteem is improved and I’m walking my talk at work. The biggest change is I don’t wake up in the morning thinking ‘today I’ll be good, today I’ll make a start’ because I am already doing it and it is working.” – Ginny
“I have a lot more energy, and am feeling healthier and more alive than I have been in years.”
“I feel a lot more relaxed generally, and specifically around food: I know what to eat in order to truly nourish myself, I don’t go hungry and – most importantly – I have a lot more energy, and am feeling healthier and more alive than I have been in years. Even a holiday with my family of hungry boys didn’t dent the peace of mind I had.
To my husband’s surprise and my own delight (because I always worry about this), I didn’t put on a single ounce in 2 weeks, despite doing little more than some very gentle exercise and a lot of relaxing! I am feeling more confident, my approach to work has changed for the better (and calmer), and I am committed to making time for myself, because I now know how much it benefits me as well as my whole family. It has been an absolutely amazing journey of transformation.” – Veronique
Veronica is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and a member of both The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). She has been a tutor at her previous nutrition college (BCNH) for second year diploma students in Nutritional Therapy and is a current volunteer for BANT.
Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professional’s how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™.
I attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2018.