Maev Creaven (BE, Dip NT, mNTOI, mIFM)
Owner Maev Creaven Nutrition.
Director Functional Medicine Conference, Ireland,
Galway Senior Football Nutritionist
What is Functional Nutrition? Nutrition related to the field of Functional Medicine
I unravel the complexity so you don’t have to: I’ll help you find the root cause of your main health concern and create simple, realistic strategies you can use right away. I can review existing lab results, order others and help tie up loose ends in your current plan.
Dual-trained in nutrition and electronic engineering, Maev is a fully qualified clinical nutritional therapist since 2006, and a tech advocate. To continue her educational journey Maev attends Continuing Medical Educational events in the USA and UK held by various training providers and organisations, learning from the best researchers and experts in the field. Maev has completed 4 of the 6 Advanced Practise Modules [APMs] and is on her way to earning the board certification in Functional Medicine via The Institute for Functional Medicine in the USA.
“My holistic approach to health and wellness is unique. I blend my years of working as a clinical nutritionist, engineering with my yoga trainings/practice. My private consultancy and health programmes offer many disciplines that help clients establish improved balance, not only in their body but their minds.”
For years I was confused (and later frustrated) with the contradictory diets and theories on health and nutrition and cringe when reading well known health magazines on what is being taught as “healthy” to the public.
Marketing is a powerful tool and it is far too easy for anyone to get carried away with a hype around the latest news / papers published. It is always important to ask key questions to weed out drama from real results. The big question is whether a study shows causation or just correlation or could anything else explain the results? There are so many angles!
Therefore, I have developed this website as an information point where, you and my clients can come to learn the facts about science based nutrition. I am deeply passionate about education, research and promoting healthier lifestyles. Working as a Nutritional Therapist is extremely rewarding, and especially when working with clients whom are open and willing to make small changes, and create new healthy ( and enjoyable) habits.
I have many interests when it comes to health and nutrition, from detox [biotransformation!] to energy production, inflammatory disorders to digestive health, body fat loss to female hormones.
How Did I Get into Nutrition
How did I get into nutrition? There are a few answers! One of the reason for my departure from a Software Engineering (I did like the engineering, really!), was after experiencing one of those ‘A-Ha’ moments whilst travelling through magical Central America, I always knew deep down that there was more to my career than programming, which lead me to extend my sabbatical and live in Guatemala and Mexico City for 3 years. This enabled me to explore other cultures and passions from yoga and the art to health! Definitely one of my top ten experiences to date!
The real pivotal moment was when I got sick (in Guatemala), not just once but many times. But along this journey I seeked out advice whilst abroad, from local doctors , naturopaths, shamans, healers and nutritionists – anyone that would listen, and had the most inspiring conversations and some interesting experiences! I became very conscious on how food affected my body and mind. Upon my return to Ireland I searched for an appropriate training in UK and Ireland where I could learn more about nutrition, I was hungry for learning yet wanted to choose a course that was more therapeutic and science based, not just looking at foods, but reviewing lifestyle and environment. I love studying, researching and thinking outside the box. I did not realise how ‘unhealthy’ I was until I started to reach peak health and fitness through eating well, supporting my digestion/immune balance, and looking after myself via yoga and movement.
it takes time and self discovery to adapt to a healthier lifestyle
What I always highlight with each client is that it takes time and self discovery to adapt to a healthier lifestyle, hence the main reason why I offer three and six month plans. (How can one session sort out chronic symptoms?) But in the end it is creating a healthier relationship between you, your food, your body and your way of life. I am passionate about living life to the fullest and enjoying its fruits – we all work hard enough! It is a prerequisite with each client that she/he enjoys the process and to work in a partnership. The key is to find out what works for you, focus on your strengths, add in some science and it will all come together.
Maev with the Taoiseach / Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at a CPL event, Galway.
I am also an corporate consultant for multi-nationals a catering companies, an experienced lecturer, public health speaker, have appeared on national television, and enjoy writing articles and working with local charities [Cancer Care West Galway] and schools.
My other passions are reading, travelling, yogaing, road biking [good weather!], good wine and chilling with friends and family in my favourite foodie haunts.
The Institute for Functional Medicine & Nutritional Therapists of Ireland
Registered with The NTOI (Nutritional Therapy of Ireland), and a member of The Institute of Functional Medicine.
My Favorite Medical Journals
Journal of the American Medical Association
British Medical Journal–All articles of BMJ are available for free online–a tremendous resource.