Kat Vitou thinks beautifully about her body and she’s spreading that thought to anyone who’ll listen. As a nutritional specialist, she’s advising clients, including Abbey Clancy and Louise Rednapp, to become the healthiest version of themselves. Four years ago, at the age of 39, her life changed as she knew it, and altered her approach to her health forever.
“I was on holiday in Spain with my family, and I started to experience this horrendous pain on the right side of my hip”, she explains, “I had suffered IBS, but found myself crawling on the floor and knew something wasn’t right!”
Kat went on to explain, “My husband took me to the local Spanish hospital and after a pelvic scan, they found a 10cm tumour in my ovary”.
Kat went back to the U.K. to discuss everything with a consultant who, to begin with, played it down and told her it was likely to be a harmless cyst. But within 24 hours of further investigation, she was asked to come back immediately. “That’s when they dropped the bomb”, she said, “I had cancer in both ovaries and needed a full hysterectomy”.
Ovarian cancer is also known as the silent killer, because there are no obvious symptoms and no pain. Ironically, Kat had actually been suffering from a grumbling appendix, which was the pain she’d initially experienced - and this had led to her fortunately having the scan. During her chemotherapy and whilst recovering from her illness, a visit from a friend became the turning point for Kat’s new approach to health. “I was given a Nutribullet and some vegetables by a very kind lady”, Kat tells us, “she explained the importance of having an alkaline body, and I started making smoothies”.
This led Kat to becoming passionate about health and as she experienced first hand her own health improving and eventual full recovery, she decided to train to become a Health Coach. Her website is an abundance of wonderful information including recipes and testimonials. Kat helps people to change their lives around and approach food differently. As an example, she’s helped many who struggle to give up sugar. “Type 2 Diabetes is becoming more prevalent and I’ve seen huge success in clients suffering from this diagnosis” she explains.
Kat is based in Cobham in Surrey, and lives with her husband and two children aged 9 and 7. She grows her own vegetables, eats organic food only and has addressed everything toxic in her life. “Food equals love, and I’ve changed my pots and pans, invested in a water filter, and when my NutriBullet blew up I upgraded to a Vitamix!” She added, “I have cleared relationship s that don’t work for me and I have become more selfish for myself in a positive way!”
If you would like to get in touch with Kat, you can find her at www.katvitou.com and here are her answers to our 5 Beautiful Thinking questions.
1. What’s the best thing about getting older?
For me the best thing about getting older is watching my confidence grow and having the desire to continue to learn new things every day. Age is just a number and as time passes there is so much more to appreciate and become wiser. If I could talk to my younger self I would tell her to start learning and listening sooner than she did.
2. Who is your female inspiration and why?
I have more than 1 female inspiration. My first is Oprah Winfrey. I love her book “What I know for sure”. My 2nd inspiration is Kris Carr. She’s an amazing woman who continues to inspire me about her journey dealing with stage 4 cancer and living life to the full. Her tenacity and self-empowerment is second to none.
3. What’s your top health/spiritual/beauty tip for ageing beautifully?
Green Juice every single day without fail! I make fresh smoothies every day with home grown veg from my garden. It all started when I was diagnosed with cancer and a lady called Sherrie introduced me to the benefits of green smoothies and the importance of having an alkaline body to protect my immune system.
4. What would your younger self say to you now?
If my younger self met me she would not believe my life today!!! She’d be delighted but also extremely surprised.
5. What are your dreams for your future?
My dreams are to help the future generation live a balanced and healthy life by having the tools and the knowledge to do so.