Vanessa @fruitinessa is finishing school!

by Vanessa Abreu in London, England, United Kingdom

Vanessa @fruitinessa is finishing school!
We did it
On 3rd December 2018 we successfully raised £1,875 with 35 supporters in 98 days

Please help me raise a portion of the funds needed for my FINAL YEAR Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition ending Sep 2019 at CNM.

by Vanessa Abreu in London, England, United Kingdom

I desire to influence our world to be an improving place! 

The primary cause of disease is in us, always in us. - Antoine Bechamp

My name is Vanessa, also known as Fruitinessa. I am a 34 year old professional dancer, an artist's model and 18 year type 1 diabetic, currently attending my final year of nutrition studies. A rather challenging journey so far, but certainly one I'm incredibly grateful for. The prospects of bringing health promoting knowledge, support and care, in a variety of contexts to those around me keeps me flowing. 

I have raised an incredible amount of support form three arts organisations as well as near family and friends via a Crowdfunder project in 2016. In addition, over the years working as a professional dancer, I was able put aside savings that have supported me throughout the past two years of this current career move, but I still NEED YOUR HELP!


"What is Naturopathic Nutrition?

Naturopathic Nutrition stresses the use of whole and organic foods as medicine – an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies. Today, we see that a return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective answer to many health complaints and common conditions.

CNM students learn about the physiological and biochemical processes involved in nourishment, and the energetic side of food as well." (CNM)


Below a breakdown of the diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition costs:

Years 1 Biomedicine | 2 Nutrition I | 3 Nutrition II

Course Fees 3yrs £9,710.00

Living Costs 3yrs £15,000.00

Total 3yrs Costs: £26.230.00

Funding Raised

Dancers' Career Development Maude Lloyd & Rudolf Nureyev Bursary £3,000.00 (Yr1)

Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund Subsistence Bursary £1,500.00 (Yr1)

Crowdfunder @frutinessa is going back to school £3,600.00 net (Yr1)

Dance Professionals Fund Subsistence Bursary £1,000.00 (Yr2)

Equity Charitable Trust £1,000.00 (Yr2)

Dance Professionals Fund Subsistence Bursary £1,500.00 (Yr3)

Equity Charitable Trust £1,700.00 (Yr3)

Total Raised £13,300.00

Paid Self

Enrolment Fee £290.00 (Yr1)

Laptop £1,230.00 (Yr1)

Personal Savings £6,000.00 (Yr2)

Total from savings £7,520.00

Total expenditure to date: £20,820.00



About me:

Following twelve years of ballet training and a year at Lisbon’s Superior School of Dance, I arrived to London in September 2003 to complete both the BA Dance Theatre and MA Choreography degrees at Laban (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance). I remained at the conservatoire for a further two years, working as an assistant to the course leaders to the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, whilst developing my own choreographic practice, teaching and working as a dancer. Over the years, professional engagements and collaborators include: Alexis Blake, Candoco Dance Company, Janine Harrington Dance, State of Emergency, Shobana Jeyasingh, Upswing, Fleur Darkin Ensemble, The Generating Company, Luke Thomas Dunne (En-Knap), Haptic Dance, Dane Hurst, Gerrard Martin Dance, Pair Dance and Union Dance.

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Current work/study balance:

I am innately a bit of a workaholic, but since I've started studying it's been difficult to find a healthy work/study balance. Year 2 has proved hard. Deteriorating diabetes health, no exercise, increased stress and very little rest. Early bird me, was big on the snoooooze.... 

Since I've stopped dancing 4.5 years ago, I found myself working six/seven days per week as a life model in order to make ends meet and allow myself some holiday/rest time. My academic progress so far has been excellent, but I find that where I've been great at having good exam and paper results, I haven't had enough time to do additional reading, attend talks and conferences, further research and prepare my portfolio for the current year and the professional world. 

I will continue to work crazy hours this year, but your support would help attenuate my current deficit and allow for those rare times off work to study for exams and write papers. It will also alleviate stress, which will greatly impact my diabetes and overall health. Financially, I will struggle to complete this year on my own.

As time goes on, I both appreciate how much there's still to learn in the realm of nutrition, yet can begin to imagine myself as a practicing nutritional therapist. It will take time to set up a business, but goodness it's such EXCITING TIMES!!!



YEAR 1 - Biomedicine

Cytology, Skeletal and Muscular System 90%

Cardiovascular System 100%

Semester I Exam 67%

Infectious Diseases 90%

Semester II Exam 70.5%

Assignment 69%

YEAR 2 - Nutrition I

Semester I Exam 77%

Fact Sheet 68%

Food Diary 63.5%

Semester II Exam 77.5%

Popular Dietary Models 77%

Case Study Presentation 78%

Practical Assessment Passed

Reflective Practice Passed

Start-up File Passed



I am extremely excited about this new venture and why I am therefore requesting your support at this final vital stage in my life. All donations, of any size are most gratefully welcome! Please give what you can and help share the page xxx

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

"May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all."


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

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| Tip 1 | Keep caffeine away from meals due to its blocking effect on nutrient uptake! x

£20 or more

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| Tip 2 | Keep a saucer over your herbal tea so to trap in essential oils that are the best and most useful part of the herbal tea! x

£50 or more

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| Tip 3 | Whole garlic! It has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and more... Make sure to include some in your daily diet! x

£100 or more

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| Tip 4 | Have an Epsom salts bath or even just a good old feet soak if highly strung. Magnesium relaxes muscles and shall help promote a restful sleep! x

£200 or more

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| Tip 5 | We're used to a particular volume of food rather then a specific amount of calories. Healthy plant foods are fibre, water, vitamin and mineral rich and less calorically dense. You'll feel fuller for longer! x

£300 or more

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| Tip 6 | If you are trying to eat healthier, why not prepare your meals at home? Batch cooking is my new found tactic. It reduces time spent in the kitchen and ensures you are never short of a good quality frozen dinner! x

£500 or more

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| Tip 7 | Is time an issue? Why not try a weekly groceries delivery? You'll have exactly what you need for your weekly cooking and it's generally cheaper then popping into your local supermarket on the way home. Less temptations regarding junk food too! x

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