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Tasty homemade chocolate muffins on wooden table

You may be wondering why my blog is accompanied by a photo of delicious chocolate muffins. Wouldn’t a photo of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole foods be more appropriate? I’m glad you raised the question! I deliberately choose this photo to be provocative. From the beginning I want to break all stereotypes and ideas you may have in your mind about dietitians. I am not the kind of health professional that recommends diets or avoiding certain foods or calorie counting, in fact I will do the exact opposite. I aim to encourage everyone to: eat a wide variety of foods (no foods are off limits – unless of course you have a food allergy); to eat according to their appetite; and to truly enjoy the full physical and emotional experience of eating. In addition to breaking all stereotypes about dietitians, I want to prompt you to think about your definition of normal healthy eating and about your relationship with food.

My philosophy and approach to food goes back to the basic principle of ‘eating all food in moderation’. Nourishing your body is a form of self-care and involves enjoying all kinds of foods and eating for health. I strongly believe that the human body is able to communicate its needs (both physical and emotional) clearly and effectively. Our role is to learn how to recognise these signals and respond to them accurately. Therefore there is no need for food rules or diets, rather true balance comes as we tune into our body and respond to its signals. My aim is to explore what it means to have a healthy relationship with food and your body and in turn challenge the unhealthy and destructive dieting mindsets that are so prominent and easily accepted in our society. Although the main focus of the blog is to encourage, educate and equip people to have a healthy relationship with food and your body. I will also explore some other topics such as recovery from an eating disorder, practical skills and tips around meal planning and cooking, and general inspiration for change.

I hope that my blog will prompt you to think about your relationship with food and your body and to begin questioning any dieting rules and mindsets you have. Furthermore I would love for you to find peace with food, to discover the joy of guilt free mindful eating and to begin accepting your unique body. In saying this, I want to reassure you that I have some understanding that the process of change isn’t linear and isn’t always easy but that it is possible. I understand that it is very difficult to challenge and let go of the dieting mindsets. It can be overwhelming and unsettling to let go of the familiar dieting rules and to try eating in an intuitive manner. In acknowledging this challenge, I want to provide support and wisdom for those of you on the journey towards a healthy relationship with food and your body.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I hope that these articles give you motivation and encouragement to pursue freedom from unhealthy mindsets and eating patterns; and that you bravely take steps towards developing a healthy relationship with food and your body.

 


Inspiration for change

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Recovery, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inspiration for change

Inspiration for change

Regardless of your health and nutritional goals, achieving them and sustaining the changes can be difficult. Setting goals can give us an initial sense of excitement and motivation. But as days go by, the difficulties and barriers to change can become evident, and motivation starts to waver. Tuning into thoughts filled with doubt, can make it hard to continue to stay on track. If health is important to you, then don’t give up. Here are some tips that can help you set realistic health goals and create a healthier lifestyle. Make a plan...

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Ideas for those hot summer nights

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Cooking | Comments Off on Ideas for those hot summer nights

Ideas for those hot summer nights

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” ? Julia Child There are many things to love about summer: warm nights; day light savings; beach days; thunder storms; and the simplicity of cooking salads and barbeques most nights. Some of my favourite meals are: fish and chips with salad; roast vegetable pasta salad with chicken; greek meatballs with a greek salad and chap potatoes; rice and lentil salad with salmon steak; roast vegetable feta, chickpea and couscous salad; pear...

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The Numbers Game

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Health at every size, Healthy relationship with food, Intuitive Eating | Comments Off on The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game

Calories in, calories out, weight, clothing size, waist size, portion size, measurements, BMI, weight watchers points, time spent exercising…..numbers. Do any of these numbers mean something to you? Have they played a significant part in your decisions about food, exercise or health? Have they been beneficial or harmful? Many people choose to manage their health and weight by controlling numbers. In the end this becomes a time consuming and stressful process that doesn’t reap any benefits. Health isn’t determined by a set of numbers, and you...

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The power of permission

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Healthy Weight, Intuitive Eating | Comments Off on The power of permission

The power of permission

Many people don’t know what it’s like to eat without diet rules or judgment looming in their mind. For people who follow diets, even when they allow themselves to eat more freely, there are always conditions they have to fulfil. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the festive food this Christmas without having to compensate, and without having to take on board the guilt and judgement of your inner critic? Let’s talk through a common scenario and take a look at alternative ways of approaching the festive meal. Scenario: Lee has a hectic schedule of...

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No more guilty pleasures – part two

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Healthy relationship with food, Healthy Weight, Intuitive Eating, Mindful Eating, Uncategorized | Comments Off on No more guilty pleasures – part two

No more guilty pleasures – part two

I have lost count of the number of times I have you heard someone say, “I really shouldn’t have eaten that”, or, “Now I’ll have to go work off this chocolate cake at the gym”. These statements of judgment and self-criticism undermine any enjoyment and satisfaction one may have experienced whilst eating delicious food. Instead of feeling satisfied from savouring a rich array of flavours and textures in a particular portion of food, one is left with the unsavoury feeling of guilt. What happens when our food intake is driven and shaped in this...

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No more guilty pleasures – part one

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Healthy relationship with food, Healthy Weight, Intuitive Eating, Mindful Eating | Comments Off on No more guilty pleasures – part one

No more guilty pleasures – part one

One issue most people raise with me is the sense of guilt they feel for eating ‘sometimes food’* or even ‘everyday food’ such as carbohydrates or full fat dairy. Many people see dietitians as the ‘food police’ and are therefore shocked when I question their sense of guilt because of eating, say, a piece of cake or a packet of chips. It’s really disappointing that our dieting culture is robbing people of the joy of eating. It saddens me that we are saturated in a culture that places moral judgements upon food – judgements which are both futile...

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Recovery is freedom

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Recovery | Comments Off on Recovery is freedom

Recovery is freedom

“Recovery is freedom, and freedom is life. Recovering offers you what the eating disorder deprived you of: it gives you the richness of a full life. Recovery is hard, but fuelling an eating disorder is harder, so challenge yourself to get better, challenge yourself to live a fulsome life, challenge yourself to experience life, challenge the eating disorder and you will discover the freedom you have been searching for.” (from a client who has...

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Changing your Perspective…

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Recovery | 0 comments

Changing your Perspective…

Guest author: the author of this piece is a former client who has recovered “When you first get sick, it’s hard to remember how you lived before. There is no way you could ever imagine how much this illness would hurt, or just how much of your life it would completely consume. It’s like being blindfolded. All you see is the pretty speckles that form in your eyes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel all bruises and bumps from the staircases you fall down, the countless stubbed toes, all those walls you crack your...

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Reaching your Goals – a Guest Post by Amanda Valentine, Life Coach

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Reaching your Goals – a Guest Post by Amanda Valentine, Life Coach

Some thoughts on reaching your goals Effective goals need to be realistic as well as challenging. Michelangelo said that “the greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.” To achieve this balance, it is important to ask yourself a few questions. Once you have defined your realistic and challenging goal, it is important to have a plan of attack. A goal without a plan is simply a wish. So, how are you going to accomplish this goal? What small things can you do...

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Story of Hope

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Recovery | 0 comments

Story of Hope

Guest author: the author of this piece is a former client who has recovered When I first started my recovery I found it incredibly difficult to gain even a little bit of weight, I felt guilty for eating more, and guilty for ‘bending the truth’ when talking about my fidelity to my meal plan. But I wanted to get better. I was resolved to get better. Although it took a while to realise the only person who was actually capable of making me better was me. I was firm with myself and gradually was able to eat more, even if I wasn’t hungry or didn’t...

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