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Check out my blog for insights on the journey of intuitive eating, how to rid yourself of the diet mentality for good and tips for how to improve your relationship with food!


What are the benefits of mindful eating?


Mindful eating, intuitive eating, conscious eating... there's so many different terms to describe different approaches to food and eating. Goddamn it can be confusing! I've written extensively on intuitive eating but mindful eating plays a role too. This blog will take a deeper dive into what mindful eating is and how it differs from intuitive eating.


How does what we eat affect our skin?


I recently recorded an online Q&A with my lovely sister Zoe, founder of an aesthetic skin clinic in England. We had a great discussion about several common skin conditions and how what we eat influences the health of our skin. It was a great discussion and I thought I’d lend some extra insight into the relationship between our skin health and diet, of course through the lens of the non-diet approach.


Can you be an intuitive eater AND follow a plant-based diet?


Someone asked me recently if it’s possible to follow a plant-based diet and also be an intuitive eater. The answer though isn’t exactly straightforward. So this blog takes a closer look at plant-based diets and will hopefully shed some light for all you intuitive eating plant-based hopefuls!


How does nutrition affect the immune system?


The immune system is getting a lot of attention right now, with articles, guides and ‘how tos’ preaching how we can ‘boost’ ours to give us extra protection in the coronavirus outbreak we currently find ourselves in. There’s a lot of misinformation out there which I’m hoping to put straight in this blog.


How to not be scared of hunger


Hunger is not something to be afraid of or to ignore. So often though people deny that they’re hungry or eat a tiny amount just to take the edge of their hunger but then it comes back with a vengeance half an hour later! Hunger is normal and is extremely useful. In this blog I’ll hopefully be able to persuade you that hunger is our friend and not the enemy!


Processed foods - what is with the beef?!


It seems to now be widely accepted and appropriate to use the sentence “avoid processed foods” in health recommendations. I subscribe to a publication for nutrition professionals and in nearly every article I read there's some mention of the ‘danger’ of consuming processed foods. So what’s the deal? I'll be exploring just that in this blog and then talk a bit about the controversial side of things, i.e. no you don’t need to avoid processed foods!


4 reasons to chuck out your scales this January


What better time to rid yourself of the most terrifying of all diet tools than January, the ‘International Month of Dieting’. Read on for why you should consider smashing up your scales and stepping away from using your weight to measure health and worth. If you can do without it this month, you can do without it for good.


How to have an intuitive Christmas


It’s that time of year again and the Christmas season can mean a lot of fun, festive cheer and love. BUT, it can also mean a whole lot of stress and worry about what food you’ll eat and then inevitable guilt when you eat fun foods at parties or in the office. So how can you start to break the cycle of overeating>guilt>restriction>overeating? Read on for some concrete tips you can start to implement now!


Can you lose weight with intuitive eating?


Spend a bit of time reading about intuitive eating online and you might get a bit confused. Some people claim you can lose huge amounts of weight and keep it off using intuitive eating, whereas others protest that there can be no promises of weight loss... But what's the truth? Keep reading to find out!


Being a nutritionist in sunny Scotland!


What does a nutritionist do? Well, the study of nutrition incorporates food (duh), physiology, psychology, microbiology, public health and SO much more. With nutrition the possibilities really are kinda endless. For me? My career path so far has been kinda weird so I thought I'd share a bit more about the world of nutrition professionals and how I've ended up doing what I do here in gorgeous Scotland!


How to stop emotional eating - but wait, do you need to?!


If you look online you’ll find literally thousands of articles helping you to ‘look for warning signs of emotional eating and STOP IT’. But, you wouldn’t stop a mum from feeding her kid something comforting when they’re sick or down? So why do we feel as adults we can’t do the same? This blog will look at why we eat for emotional reasons and whether it’s such a bad thing or not.


The 10 guiding principles of intuitive eating #2


This is part #2 of my blog series on the guiding principles of intuitive eating. In this blog are the final 5 steps you can take as you become an intuitive eater. Read on to see what awaits on this enlightening journey!


The 10 guiding principles of intuitive eating #1


Intuitive eating is a process, it’s not something that you can just decide to do and then 'ta-da!' you're an intuitive eater. It takes determination, hard work, practice and a whole lot of patience. To guide the process the creators of intuitive eating (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch) devised a series of principles (n.b. these are not rules) which help you take baby steps towards ditching diet culture and re-learning how to eat in accordance with your body’s internal signals.


Intuitive Movement vs Exercise


What images does the word exercise conjure up for you? Sweat? Pain? Dread? For some these might be what’s stirred up, after years of associating exercise with hard work, boredom or loathing. But, does it have to be this way? Intuitive movement might just be the alternative that can help kick some consistency into your active-life. Read on for the lowdown…


Obesity and cancer - shall we get this straight?


You might have been led to believe by recent Cancer Research UK (CRUK) campaigns and from other equally reputable (and some probably less so) sources that we now have concrete evidence that being obese is a cause of cancer; the way that we’re sure smoking is. This though, is not a fact. Cancer is such an emotive topic and the causes, treatment and life-changing effects it can have are vastly complicated. But to link obesity and smoking together as equal causes of cancer is just wrong. Read more for why and what CRUK could have done better.


Set-point weight #2: how will I know when I am at my set-point weight?!


In part #2 on set-point weight I'll be getting into a common question I have from my clients... how on earth will I know when I'm at my set-point weight?! It's a great question with no easy answer. I don't have a magic answer for you but in this post I'll explore some things you can work towards so that you'll be reassured you're at the weight that's right for you, right now.


Set-point weight #1: what even is set-point weight?!


Set-point weight. It's not a sexy thing and it's really not talked about much (especially not by the diet industry, you'll see why when you get into the blog). BUT, it's super important to realise what it means on your journey to body acceptance and a healthier relationship with food. So get stuck into post #1 all about what the f*** set-point weight is!


Is food addiction actually a thing? (Spoiler alert: IT IS NOT)


"I can't open that chocolate, I'm addicted!" is something you hear quite a lot. I used to brush it off as just 'something we say' to describe liking a food a lot. BUT is describing love for certain foods in the same way we describe life-destroying addictions to say alcohol or drugs damaging? Read on for more on what the evidence says about food addiction.


Intuitive eating - the basics


Intuitive eating can be a confusing concept... is it a diet? Will it help me lose weight? Is it easy? The answer to all three is NO, but intuitive eating can help you to achieve so much. Learn what intuitive eating is and is not in this blog.


External eating - why do we use the outside world to guide our eating?


Why do you eat? Simple question with a not so simple answer… there are SO many reasons why we eat and these can vary day to day and will change throughout our lives. When we were babies we mostly ate purely when we were hungry – babies tend to be very good at letting it be known they’re hungry. But as we grow older we move away from using our hunger to guide our eating and rely on a whole host of triggers to tell us when and what to eat. This is where external eating comes in.


Body size and shape don't matter as much as you think... go figure


Ever heard someone describe themselves as a pear, apple, spoon or diamond? These terms are commonly thrown about to describe our body shape and are often done so with a roll of our eyes at the inevitable misfortune that we don’t have the longed for female hourglass shape or male inverted pyramid. There's a lot of talk about how diet and exercise can help to sculpt our body into the perfect shape which many of us fall for as we wage perpetual war on our bodies. We don’t try to fight our shoe size, our height, or our eye colour. So why do we fight so hard against our body shape and weight?


Diets don't work. Deal with it.


If you look up the word ‘diet’ in the Oxford English dictionary you get different definitions: Noun: “the kinds of food that a person, or animal, habitually eat” Verb: “to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food, in order to lose weight.”


To be perfect, or not to be..?


Perfect hair. Perfect body. Perfect grades. Perfect job. Perfect partner. Perfect life. These are all things we’ve probably heard and most likely used at some point when discussing our aspirations and desires or maybe when moaning about the people in our life who seem to over-achieve at just about everything. But have you ever stopped to think about what the word perfect actually means, what it does to our outlook on life and our emotional state?