CNM gave me the chance to be an entrepreneur

Monika Mateja.

Monika Mateja.

by Monika Mateja, CNM vegan natural chef graduate

What attracted me to CNM was that I could study during weekends while still having my full-time job. I read other student stories, and looked at the curriculum which, aside from the cooking skills, has very good naturopathic content and internship hours.

The course was professional and fun. I loved the practical approach to learning about nutrition and cooking in the CNM Natural Chef kitchens. The knowledgeable teachers showed us what is possible with vegan food. We cooked delicious recipes and what I learned was invaluable.

I used to work in an engineering and construction company. After 14 years in the corporate world I hit burnout and was signed off with mild depression. My type 1 diabetes was out of control, I put on weight, my need for insulin increased, and I was recommended statins for my cholesterol levels. I was inspired to look into natural therapies in 2017 and I switched to a plant-based diet. I can now manage stress much better, I lost over one stone, my skin cleared, I do not have to take that much insulin, and my cholesterol levels have gone down.

Since doing the course I started my own business. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and studying at CNM gave me that chance. I have trained as a health coach and I now run cooking workshops and supper clubs at my house, as well as having private clients who I guide to a plant-based diet.

I have never felt fitter and healthier and I love my healthier version of me.

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