I don’t know about you, but the more I read about Nutrition, the seemingly more complicated it gets! With so many headlines, articles, blogs and social media posts, as well as every Tom, Dick and Harry putting in their two cents it really has become a minefield of information.
It can be overwhelming to say the least, and therefore I believe the biggest impact this has had is on our relationships with food. Many suffer great anguish and guilt over ordering and eating a Burger over a salad that I believe the stress alone can have a greater impact on mental and physical health than enjoying the burger itself.
Therefore, I aim to help my clients and you guys, my community, navigate this sea of information. I am not a Nutrition professional and I am very aware of staying in my lane as a PT as it is not within my qualifications to give nutritional information or plans. Instead, I team up with AFN registered Nutritionists or Dieticians to refer my clients to those who can best serve their needs. And try and point you in the direction of experts and resources in this field with blogs such as this one.
I had never thought twice about food until I was 19 and began my Musical Theatre training. It was then that I started to learn more about nutrition, and became acutely aware of the link between food and my body. Soon food, diets and the weighing scales became a hot topic of conversation between my classmates and I.
Towards the latter half of my 5 years of training, I began to suffer with digestion issues. This led me to self diagnose that I should cut out gluten, eat clean and only eat foods with 5 ingredients or less. I was adamant that this was a food issue and couldn’t possibly be to do with my highly stressful lifestyle?! In the pursuit of ‘health’ and to be the best performer I could be I discovered the world of Macros and My Fitness Pal thanks to Instagram, and needless to say I was hooked. Micro managing food became second nature, and I was trusting this app to tell my body what it did or didn’t need. Soon enough I became all consumed.
Over the past 5 years I have worked hard to overcome the rules and restrictions I naively put in place and heal my relationship with food. I have learned to tune back in with body; feeding it when hungry, stopping when full and learning to practice a lot of kindness and self compassion on the way. I now eat freely, enjoying ALL foods in moderation and that has made me thrive.
PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE
My own experience along with the stories of many of my clients and community has strongly influenced me to be an advocate for positive relationships with food and our bodies, so we can cut out the noise and focus on doing what is best for our physical and mental health.
As a PT with a presence online, these are the core beliefs and values that influence how I work.
- Everybody deserves to have a positive relationship with food and their body.
- Encourage people to step away from diets, rules and restrictions and explore the principles of Intuitive Eating as written in the book ‘Intuitive Eating’ by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.
- To give a platform to experts in the field of Nutrition and recognise when outside my realm of qualification.
- To show how having heathy habits as part of a positive lifestyle doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and can be taken one step at a time.
- To remind that we can enjoy all things in moderation; you do not need to deprive yourself of the foods you most enjoy.
- To embolden you to nourish your body and feed your soul as it is a form of self care that can help you thrive.
- To share some of my favourite recipes to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen.
- To remember that life is too short not to get dessert!
I will definitely be diving deeper into some of these topics in the future and cannot wait to share that with you.