Hello, my name is Dr Katerina Vasilaki.
I am a dietitian and nutritionist since 2002. I have a Masters Degree in medical science in human nutrition with specialisation in clinical nutrition. I have a PhD in vitamins’ assessment in patients with critical illness. I’m also trained by the Kings’ College London in implementing a low-FODMAP diet in functional gastrointestinal disorders, e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
I am a published scientific author, a multiple-congress’ presenter and have taught as a visiting lecturer at University level.
I have scientific publications in international journals, such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and a book chapter in the Encyclopaedia of Cancer. I have taught as a visiting lecturer at the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian University. Over the years, I have presented numerous times at nutritional scientific meetings in the UK and many European cities (travelling is one of the best things about this).
I am registered healthcare professional who always puts your health needs and safety first.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK (they make sure we are at the highest standards within our profession) and I am an international member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (U.S.A.).
I have helped hundreds of people optimise their health through nutrition.
I have worked as a clinical dietitian in the U.K. NHS in weight management, gastroenterology and general medicine. I have also worked as a research dietitian assessing early nutritional support in patients with pancreatic cancer. Plus I have extensive background seeing patients in private care since 2003. I’m based in Glasgow since 2009 where I provide nutrition sessions at the beautiful Glasgow Medical Rooms in the city centre.
I trust and use science, I trust medical nutrition therapy.
…and still, I feel that there is so much more that can be done!
Thank you so much for being here!
My greater vision is to make this world a healthier place to live for everyone.
THIS IS MY STORY
Being a Mediterranean girl who grew up in the farming fields of the Greek island Corfu, with a granny that loved basic ingredients, flavours and cooking amazing food, and also being a registered dietitian, a nutritionist and a researcher, I wish to bring to you all my experience and my scientific knowledge on nutrition and health combined, to help you start changing your eating habits, and even feel great, change your eating, your health and your life forever.
HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE THAT TOO?
I was 11 years old the first time I felt a very strong sense of self and that I wanted to be part of something inspiring in life. It was the last day of primary school on a warm day of June, when the teacher gave to all of us a book as a farewell gift. The book was called “50 simple things kids can do to save the earth”. I took the book in my hands, read the title and it was like nothing I had felt before. I felt inspired to change the world.
With all the nutritional misinformation, extreme claims and snake oils promoted in a lot of wellness books, websites, food and media industry, the last thing you’d need is another “miracle solution” to your problems.
I would personally, like to spare you from such misinformation myself. I could start claiming that I have suffered a long time before I discovered the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, or that the Mediterranean diet cured me, my family and my friends from all the plagues of Pharaoh. However, this could not be further from the truth (and honestly, if I wanted to sell snake oil, I wouldn’t have spent a total of 8 years in scientific studies).
My view isn’t to tell you that the Mediterranean diet is the panacea for all illness, or that if you don’t follow it, all hell will break loose and you may suffer a slow uncomfortable death. All this would be very dramatic and attention-grabbing, indeed.
The Mediterranean diet despite its very much abused “diet” term, is not one of these short-lived fad diets that you “go on” a month before a summer holiday. I would be doing great scientific and ethical injustice to use it as such.
The Mediterranean diet has never been a fad, a quick fix or even a holy grail. It’s a way of life, that has been scientifically shown again and again to have the benefits of better health, longer life. It promotes social engagement and support, tasty food, even a bit of red wine but has nothing to do with superfoods, special ingredients that your granny couldn’t spell, or extreme food restrictions. It carries a positive attitude of embracing nature, social interaction and life rather than social isolation, food restriction and self-punishment that fad diets are related to. In addition, it is has been supported again and again by public health organisations and eating guidelines as one of the healthiest diets one can follow.
I wished to create a space where you can find scientific knowledge on the health benefits that the Mediterranean diet can offer, simple and tasty recipes plus a supportive guide to help you change your habits and embrace a healthier lifestyle for good. It takes planning and good motivation skills to be able to achieve a different norm and I have put these here, to give you a clear head start and prevent you from falling back into unwanted behaviours of the past.
My mission is to:
- Show you how choosing to follow a healthy Mediterranean diet can be a life-changing experience.
- Support you with practical tips on increasing your motivation and keep it going even when times are not as easy.
- Help you build a positive connection with your body.
- Choosing a healthier lifestyle can include food that tastes amazing, food that is as fast to prepare as to heat up a take-away, and still serve your body’s needs and help you achieve a better relationship with yourself.
A GLASGOW DIETITIAN SHARES SOME RANDOM FACTS
♥ I love creative, travel and food photography. Most of the photos on this website are mine! (I also love the portrait photography by my very talented photographer friend Martin Venherm, thank you so much!)
♥ I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Corfu which still remains my personal paradise.
♥ I like cooking with the radio on and yes sometimes I sing and dance around the kitchen!
♥ Paris is my favourite city and I can speak advanced French too.
♥ I always wanted to be an actress and I have been in two amateur theatre productions lately. #nevergiveup
♥ I have recently sung Mozart’s Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Opera and Chorus. #soprano
With the amazing keyboard star of Del Amitri, Andy Alston.
With Mr Craig Brown, CBE and second most successful football manager of all time, and Mr Bill Martin, songwriter and music publisher (what an honour!) at the charity dinner of Alzheimer Scotland.
How can I best help you?
You can follow my social media accounts on Instagram or Facebook for updates and posts around Mediterranean food, recipes and nutrition information or e-mail me at email@example.com if you are looking for more personalised info.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon!