Before I did the CNM Naturopathic Nutrition course I had worked in various sales and marketing roles for major food brands. I personally had a keen interest in nutrition, with a strong passion for real food and I was keen to learn more.  When I was looking to study nutrition I compared various courses but found CNM’s to be the most rounded, holistic and up to date available. When I reviewed the syllabus it was evident that the content was based on relevant and recent research instead of old fashioned nutritional mantra. My CNM lecturers were brilliant; always challenging us yet remaining very open.  The clinical practice was also great to watch and then later take part in to get real life experience.

Once qualified, I began to meet clients immediately, and in working with them I saw how a paleo/primal approach to diet and lifestyle significantly helped whatever ailment they were dealing with. As a consequence I became a huge paleo advocate, and my family and I follow a paleo lifestyle at home (including the dog and cats!).

Suzie Bars

My clients got on board with changing their diets, but always struggled with on-the-go snacks.  My toddler daughter also wanted something more substantial than raisins and rice cakes.  I made up some energy balls, which my clients loved. It was then that I decided to look into launching my own range of snacks based on tasty, nutritious and entirely real foods which fully complement a clean eating lifestyle; free of any grains, dairy, refined sugars or vegetable oils, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I finally found a professional kitchen that would make the bars to the exact recipe I was making at home, and organised packaging and website design. I could never have anticipated the response. We sold 20,000 bars in the first two weeks when we launched Primal Pantry’s website in January 2014.  Our products are now stocked by major supermarkets and various independent stores and gyms, as well as in numerous countries abroad.

I currently don’t have time to see individual clients, but I do have the satisfaction of knowing that an awful lot of people enjoy benefiting from Primal Pantry’s commitment to real food; an approach that was emphasised at CNM.