About Me

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Founder of Mother Nature’s Diet, mad about healthy living and disease prevention, I spend most of my time spreading my simple, no b/s message about taking personal responsibility for our own health, and living by the simple, common sense 12 Core Principles of the Mother Nature’s Diet way of life.

I promote Mother Nature’s Diet, I am a capable and engaging public speaker around health and nutrition, I am a qualified Personal Trainer and I lead individuals and small groups on hill walking and mountain trekking activities, with some scrambling and rock climbing.

I am in my 40s, I was born in July 1970, I am married and a father of three wonderful children, two boys and one girl, our youngest. I am an entrepreneur and I have spent many years working in research, print and publishing in one way or another. For 13 years I ran a small B2B publishing company in the mobile telecoms business, called Portio Research Ltd, and now I am busy building Mother Nature’s Diet under my business MND Health Ltd.

My passions are health and fitness, mountains, hiking, nutrition, rock climbing, running, sustainable agriculture, my kids, gardening and all-things-green. My extended interests include cycling, environmental studies and sustainable development, green-tech/clean-tech, understanding people and why we do the things we do, especially around relationships, anthropology, ancient human history and evolution. I love reading, learning, photography (all images on this site are my own), writing, playing squash and personal development. I love the outdoors and feeling that connection with nature, I love my healthy lifestyle, animals and music.

If you wish, please contact me at:

Business email – karl@mndhealth.com

Healthy living the Mother Nature’s Diet way on Twitter – @KarlMNDHealth

Business

Please visit Mother Nature’s Diet at MotherNaturesDiet.com

You can visit my healthy living blog at MotherNaturesDiet.me

Visit Mother Nature’s Diet on Facebook

For speaking enquiries, in the first instance please email karl@mndhealth.com

Bio and my story

These days, I take my health and fitness very seriously, but I have not always been this way. I was a lazy kid, a couch-potato and TV addict, and I would avoid all sports and exercise wherever possible. By my late teens I was obese, and I yo-yo’d up and down with my weight for many years, through into my mid-30s. I smoked for 18 years and was a pretty heavy drinker when I was younger, and although I started running in my 20s to combat the widening waistline, I was never very fit.

But in my mid-30s I changed and I quit smoking and started taking my health much more seriously. Since then, health and fitness and nutrition have become my passion and my obsession. I discovered the world of personal development in my mid-30s and since then I have attended dozens of seminars and read many self-help books and I can honestly say that this has radically changed how I live and work and play. I feel like I have finally found my place in life.

In my late 30s I decided that time was passing and my wish-list of things I always said I would do in life was growing longer but nothing was being ticked off. I took up martial arts, I flew eagles off my arm, I got a tattoo (and then another, and then another), I sky dived, I worked fewer hours, joined a gym, lost a lot of weight (7 stone 3, or 101 pounds, or 46 kilos), went running and did more with every day of my life. At the age of 39 I suddenly decided I must run a marathon before I hit 40. I went on to run 14 marathons and 2 ultramarathons, and in 2011, I cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 9 days, a distance of 963 miles, mostly in poor weather, which was a tough challenge, but an immensely enjoyable experience.

In business too, I have transformed significantly. I left school at 15 and worked as a computer engineer for 3 years, then in a print factory for 8 years. Then I took a year out, and went to live in Arctic Russia, in a city called Murmansk which is one of the most northern cities in the world, 200 kilometers above the arctic circle, where I lived and worked as an English teacher and went running in the snow. I had a fantastic time in Russia, and to some extent I ‘found myself’ out there in the dark and the cold, and I resolved to return home and make more of my self and my life.

I built a good career as a salesman over the next seven years, and then I founded my first company, Portio Research, back in 2003. In the decade from 1996 to 2006, I took control of my career and what used to be my annual salary, became my monthly salary. I closed Portio Research early in 2016 to focus on growing Mother Nature’s Diet. I felt I had served my time in telecoms research and consulting, and it was time to focus on my heart’s true passion, so I became a qualified Personal Trainer, started public speaking and made Mother Nature’s Diet my full time career. What started as a blog about my own personal journey, has become my whole world.

Along the way I became a certified small business coach, property investor, public speaker, author and health coach.

If you have any questions, please ask, feel free to email me at karl@dontstopmenow.me

This picture is a happy, healthy me, rock climbing in the sunshine in South Wales in the summer of 2012.

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6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi I came across this website through your blog on “racism in context”. A friend had posted it on facebook. I Just wanted to say a special thanks for sharing your thoughts, a very inspirational website, I have shared it with my young niece who is an aspiring to her own entrepreneurial spirit. Wish you and family every happiness, Manisha

  2. Hi Karl,
    Your life is inspirational.
    I particularly share a lot of your interests like anthropology and ancient civilizations, a pity children are not taught all this at school. I also like to practice food as preventative medicine but that’s a subject for another day. One of the reasons why I am writing this is to ask your advice on a course I was thinking of doing with the Harbour Club on mergers and acquisitions, please tell me if this is all it claims to be?
    Many Thanks
    Nasa

    • Hi Nasa,
      Thanks, good to hear from you – I got your message too. My friend, happy to talk, but I am literally drowning in work load at the moment, as I am temporarily back in full-time education AND still running my company, blogging, parenting, staying fit and healthy and much more.
      I’ll send you a message tomorrow, then happy to chat after my crazy busy period ends next week.
      Thanks again, all the best,
      Karl

  3. Hi Karl. I ended up here from your blog on mobile messenger interoperability. However, you are one person I am going to continue to follow. Great going. Thanks.

    Manuj

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