Cristina Perrone

I grew up in Italy and moved to London to study my first degree here and never left. I have been living in north London for over 18 years and I love it! I have always been passionate about food and helping others be their best, healthiest and happiest self.


After finishing my degree and working long hours in the City I started to get sick and unhappy. The pressure of working in sales for many years and the vicious circle of stress > bad sleep > wrong foods > going out > more bad sleep etc got the best of me. Life was “fun” but my body was saying otherwise. My health was suffering, and I didn’t know what to do. I was exhausted all the time, developed allergies, bad skin, I was feeling bloated all the time and emotionally very up and down. I went to the doctor but there was nothing specifically wrong with me.


I started reading about the science of nutrition and how to get the right amount of nutrients, combining foods, and how every day food can really transform one’s life. Then I read everything about every possible health condition and realised how much diet could support the body's healing or at least improve symptoms. My friends saw what a positive effect my new diet had on me and how happy I was living and breathing all things food, health and nutrition. They suggested I turn my passion into a career, so I did.


I signed up to a foundation course first, to brush up on my biomedicine and biology, then I enrolled at the renowned College of Naturopathic Nutrition in London. There I was trained in the principles of functional medicine, a science-based method that assesses the causes of symptoms and underlying nutritional imbalances to understand how these may contribute to an individual’s health concerns and wellbeing. After 3 years of studying full-time, 200 hours of clinical practice, endless number of conferences, talks, and nights spent reading clinical trials, I graduated in 2013. I have been practicing for the past 7 years.


I have the best job in the world and I work hard at improving my skills and knowledge to best serve my clients on a daily basis. It’s not always easy, but it’s the most rewarding job. Seeing my clients change their lives by making the right food choices for them and their families, feeling their real selves and being so excited about their newfound energies, to me, it’s priceless.


I love travelling nearly as much as I love chocolate… and that’s a lot! I’m always up for trying a new class. My latest finds are screen printing and barre. Did I mention I love cooking? I constantly try new recipes so I can pass on the best, tastiest ones to my clients.

Cristina Perrone

Zest4life Associate