Hi, my name is Dr. Claudia Gravaghi (Ph.D.). As a nutritionist, one of my desires is to help people to get the right science-based nutritional information and to support them achieve their goals.
As well as a nutritionist, I am a UK registered pharmacist and have also spent many years in academia as a clinical nutrition scientist, specializing in nutrition and cancer.
Today I am also training as a Counselor at I.P.S.O (Instituto di Psicologia Somatorelazionale), Institute of Somatic and Relational Psychology with the aim of deepening my knowledge of how the relationship with the body influences the perception of what is around us.
As a result, I offer a unique approach to nutrition - ensuring that all advice and recommendation are evidence-based, and rooted in science, and helping you to cut through the vast amounts of nutritional information out there to create the right approach for you.
I wish I could say that I have always been a natural foodie, but like most people, my relationship with food and nutrition was a little more complicated.
I went from a skinny child to a curvy teenager literally overnight, which affected my confidence, my mood, and my emotions, and looking back, this time has given me a real understanding of how stubborn our minds can be in resisting positive changes; if we are not in the right place frame of mind to make those changes. I grew up with a sister with an eating disorder. Having seen a sick relationship with her image vented on food has certainly increased my sensitivity to this subject. I guess was the start of my journey with food and nutrition.
I graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Milan and went on to do a Ph.D. in Experimental and Clinical Nutrition, which was later translated and published in the Journal of Nutrition.
After winning a postdoctoral EU fellowship, I moved to New York to work in Nutrition and Cancer at the Strang Cancer Prevention Centre at the Rockefeller University. I went on to work at Weill Cornell Medical College at the New York Presbyterian Hospital after being awarded a grant in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention by the National Institute of Health. Here I investigated the effect of obesity on breast cancer and was exposed to the very latest clinical evidence in nutrition and cancer.
In 2008 I went through a profound personal crisis. I was still in New York, which like me was going through the worst economic crisis in history, and I felt that my academic career was about to end but my passion for nutrition was growing. I wanted to apply my knowledge of clinical nutrition to help people. I moved to London without a plan, joined the UK General Pharmaceutical Council as a certified Pharmacist, and qualified as a Nutritionist with a diploma in Nutrition and Health at the British College of Nutrition and Health.
As a nutritionist, I am finally able to bring all the aspects of my career together - my scientific knowledge, my passion for helping others, and my knowledge and understanding of the psychological aspects related to food problems. I am able to offer evidence-based, accurate ways to help my clients, specifically tailored to meet their individual needs and lifestyles. I consult with individual clients as well as work as Clinical Nutritionist for the Mayfair Doctors clinic in London.
Alongside my passion for nutrition, I am also a skin supplement specialist and have worked with businesses to develop formulations for anti-aging skincare, as well as being part of the team that developed a health and nutrition app. I see myself as a constant innovator in nutrition and science and it is my mission to help people across the world to take better care of their health and diet to start a new journey.
My time is divided between London and Milan.
"The greatest wealth is health"
Publius Vergilius Maro
My approach to nutrition
I believe that by taking care of your diet, you are taking care of your health - to me, diet and health are the same things. Delivering honest and transparent nutrition advice, combined with my scientific and pharmaceutical background mean that I can really help you to understand what information, facts, and advice to focus on in order to achieve the results you are looking for.
The main force behind my mission is a deep desire to help individuals achieve their long-term diet and nutrition goals. Whether you’re seeking help with weight loss, cancer nutrition, or disease prevention, each client is individually evaluated and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive plan they can follow for the rest of their lives.
I also understand that in order to take steps in the right direction and make changes to your diet and lifestyle, you will often need support and guidance outside of your consultation time. This is why I offer 24/7 support to my clients and am on hand via WhatsApp or email to offer advice, tips, and support as you embark on this journey of making changes. Together we can do this.