David and Nicola McCarthy have a powerful combined knowledge of healing through food and therapies following deep personal experience and many years of dedicated study and teaching. Together, they are a force of nature whose mission is to empower as many people as possible to gain control of their health through making informed, healthy choices.

Nicola McCarthy grew up on the south coast of England and has had an interest in complementary therapies and healing for as long as she can remember. She has juggled motherhood with the study of numerous therapies including Reflexology, Reiki, Crystal healing and Kinesiology and most recently qualified as a Practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Matrix Reimprinting. At the beginning of her exploration of these therapies over twenty years ago, Nicola was living with severe allergies, food cravings and intolerances, joint pain and depression. She was also overweight. In 2001, while searching for answers to her health problems, Nicola met David McCarthy, a Pharmacist with a deep interest in holistic healing.

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When David’s ten year old son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and given just a few weeks to live. David’s standing as a Pharmacist was challenged in a big way. There was nothing modern medicine could offer to cure his cancer and so David immediately turned to diet and a holistic approach for answers. Jonathan defied the odds and lived a full and happy life for almost another two years before suddenly passing away from an unrelated infection. The gift Jonathan left his father was a thirst for knowledge of diet and natural healing methods and a quest to educate himself and others.

For more than twenty years David has studied natural approaches to healing and the healing power of food, from Ayurveda to veganism.

Eventually his path lead him to macrobiotics and it was actually while on honeymoon with Nicola that David read a book on macrobiotics that would change both their lives permanently.

Within a short space of time, Nicola shed all her food allergies, medication and pain along with a considerable amount of weight. For the first time, she experienced life without depression and her renewed energy and enthusiasm for life, lead her and David to pursue further studies in the macrobiotic lifestyle.

Both David and Nicola studied macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute of Europe in Amsterdam, experiencing invaluable teaching from Adelbert & Wieke Nelissen as well as Michio Kushi himself and other leading teachers in the USA.

Together, Nicola and David have owned and managed a macrobiotic cafe, two natural health food shops and an online macrobiotic store; sourcing and supplying top quality specialist lines from around the world.

In 2016, the McCarthy’s realised a dream of opening a Kushi Macrobiotic School in the UK. Between them, they have taught thousands of students, supplied macrobiotic food to Hollywood A listers, and been featured in magazines. You can also hear Nicola’s podcast on Global British Airways flights and there is also a long awaited macrobiotic cookery book in the pipeline.

2019 has seen more change for David and Nicola as they have moved their school and their lives to Ibiza. Their new venture, ‘The Ki to Life’, encompasses macrobiotic holidays on which visitors to their idyllic villa in the rural calm of Santa Gertrudis can relax, eat the healthiest food they will ever taste and can even learn to cook it for themselves.

Other offerings from The Ki to Life include Macrobiotic health consultations, healing, Emotional Freedom Technique and psychic readings. Anyone who has had the good fortune to cross paths with David and Nicola has come away refreshed by their enthusiasm, vim and zest for life and it is their wish to inspire and empower as many people as possible to achieve their dream in a natural way.

Their mantra is: ‘to heal the world, one mouthful at a time.’

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