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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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