Why I do what I do
I have always been fascinated about how much, and what, we eat, and don’t eat. And whether women exercise, how much, and why they do it. It struck me from a young age that food, and body size, is in control of so many women, yet what they desire is to be the one in control. This can seem so strangely and frustratingly elusive.
I have had my own struggles with food, eating, and body image. A lot of conflict. For a lot of my life I was a little overweight yet felt SO much bigger. My 1st diet was age 12, I grew up always trying to lose weight yet battling the fact that I love food. I have been an undereater and an overeater, an exercise fanatic and non-mover, a body-hater too.
I have felt the distress that I know so many others feel.
Where I am now
After years of ups and downs, trying to tame sweet cravings, being different sizes with experimental ways of eating, I have reached where I want to be, around food and movement. That is, consciously nutritious with the foods I love AND consciously imperfect when it suits me. And, I move because I want to, because I enjoy it, it makes me feel good.
BUT. I do realise now, as a post menopausal woman, feeling good in myself is about so much more than food. It’s about how well I nourish myself in all ways, eating is one part of the story only. What is important to me now is inner peace, this is what I want, and everyday my journey continues and builds. Peace with my body, my movement, my eating, and a calmer mind.
I know I can help other women on this journey too.
This is where I can help you
Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in my 20s, I have now re-trained in Health Coaching, Culinary Medicine, Stress Management, Weight Loss, Disordered Eating, and as a Personal Trainer.
This has expanded my knowledge and understanding that a true healthy life comes from, well everything really – sleep, a calm mind, movement for pleasure and health, social life, relationships, and even from having a clear purpose. A LOT of self-compassion. And yes, some food too.
The women I see are usually SO busy. Especially those in the middle decades, often the juggling decades. Forgetting or thinking there is no time for self-care, maybe feeling guilty about it. Often a prompt, like a change in lifestyle, early retirement, or sadly often a little scare, is needed to pave the way for change. And sometimes we just need to be listened to. Or perhaps encouraged, motivated, supported. This is where I come in.
Institute of Integrative Nutrition
Integrated Nutrition Health Coach. Qualifi accredited.
The Health Sciences Academy
Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner Diploma
Understanding Your Eating - Julia Buckroyd
Licensed Practitioner for individuals and groups.
The Centre for Mindful Eating
Mindful Eating Practitioner
National Centre for Eating Disorders
Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity
British Psychological Society accredited
Institute of Health Sciences
Certificate in Stress Management
Culinary Medicine College
Diploma in Culinary Medicine
CMA, FNTP, IPHM & FHT accredited
Neurodiversity, Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
Diploma in Neurodiversity, Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
Mental Health First Aider
Professor Julia Buckroyd Training
Advanced Certificate in Eating Disorders
Dr Helen McCarthy
The Psychology of Weight Loss.
Eating Disorders RD PRO
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders
London Centre for Intuitive Eating
Applying Intuitive Eating and Non Diet approaches in Practice.
3rd Age Woman Menopause Transition
Institute of Optimum Nutrition
Overcoming stress and building resilience
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy / Coaching
The Link Centre / Contextual Consulting