We are two nutritional therapists who have come to nutrition through our own health struggles. Whilst we both love the fact that eating healthy foods is a fantastic way to improve well-being, we also understand that healthy eating needs to be in balance, and that extreme diets aren't usually the answer to long-term change. Making small but consistent changes to your diet, and steering away from health food fanaticism is more in keeping with a positive mental and physical outlook! Here are our stories.
From as far back as I can remember I was always self-conscious about my weight, and in my teens I developed bulimia, which lasted throughout my 20's. I tend to picture nutritionists as people who have never had an emotional battle with a packet of biscuits in their lives! Well it's safe to say, I've had plenty of those.
In fact, it was for this reason that I became interested in nutrition in the first place. For so many years I'd focused on food as something that would either help or hinder weight loss, and that was pretty much it. Part of getting over my issues around food involved educating myself on how food effects health, both positively and negatively.
I love the academic side of nutrition but I understand that what we do and don't eat is often closely linked to how we feel about ourselves. Maybe eating a completely "clean" diet is good for the body (and for people with certain conditions it is a really useful way to support health), but from my experience it's not something that should be applied to everyone, just because it's "healthy". In fact, I'd say that in many cases it's completely unhelpful and can lead to feelings of guilt and shame.
So how to put the two together? The understanding of the power of nutrition, along with the awareness of the close link food has to our emotional and psychological health. My aim is to educate people on nutrition so they can make healthy changes, but ultimately it comes down to balance and keeping food in it's rightful place, as one of life's great pleasures, there to be enjoyed not endured.
Having acne, that started in my teens, led me to look at alternative ways to become healthy. Years of pharmaceutical drugs and an unhealthy diet clearly weren't a good combination, and I realised that something was missing in my approach and decided to investigate further.
Taking a good look at my lifestyle, which contained food with little or no nutritional value, cigarette smoking and a little too much alcohol, I came to the realization that something had to change if I wanted to feel and look better. Additionally, having children was a huge wake-up call for me because I didn't want them to follow my poor lifestyle patterns.
Nutrition was my answer and I was so surprised that something as simple as real food could have such an impact on my life. I feel so much healthier now and have so much more energy. I don't believe in being extreme with my views on health and keeping it real is what matters to me. I'm still not perfect and am definitely on a journey that I'd like to share.
I've found it surprising the effect a few changes can have. I'd like to add the following two quotes which I think sum up what I have found through my journey to natural health:
"If you eat dead food, you are going to feel dead. If you eat live food, you are going to feel alive." Jason Vale
"You can't keep one disease and heal two others - when the body heals, it heals everything." Charlotte Gerson