I love food and I want to live healthily to enjoy my family, my friends and new experiences in life. One of the most valuable aspects of adult life is the pleasure we get from sharing delicious food and meals with others who also like to indulge their passion for food and good conversation!
But, in recent years my sugar addiction was threatening my chances of much of that. In fact, my addiction to chocolate and cakes was not simply an issue of needing something sweet after every meal: It was becoming an obsession, and an embarrassing one at that, spiraling out of control. Having finished one bar of chocolate, my concentration levels were shot to pieces and my thoughts kept coming back to where and when I would have the next sweet treat………naturally leading to frustration and huge mood swings, and an increasing feeling of failure at my lack of self control.
Worse, and not aided by low concentration levels, I began to notice that my memory was also beginning to falter. The fear of diabetes, heart disease and a deteriorating brain capacity finally made me take action.
I was lucky to meet a Nutritional Adviser, who helped me to reverse this trend and get control of my eating habits. This was also when I decided to study nutrition.
Since then I have worked with others who, like me, wanted first and foremost to get control of their sugar addictions. But we are all unique and not everyone suffers weight and health concerns because of excess sugar.
For this reason my starting point is first to understand the uniqueness of whoever I work with. I need to understand their challenges because I am passionate about making sure my advice will add real value to people who need lasting solutions. And to do that, I need to understand what works for them and what doesn’t. Whilst nutrition is based on science, there is no ‘one size fits all’ in the area of eating habits.
We are all unique and the product of individual and different habits, likes and dislikes developed over years. These originate in very early childhood, and are often impacted by psychological aspects of our upbringing.
So, whilst children have the opportunity to build healthy habits that they will take with them throughout their entire lives, for adults there is no quick fix to unlearn unhealthy eating habits. The reality is that, as adults, we actually need to replace some of these habits with new and healthier habits in order to improve our ability to manage our weight and avoid serious diseases. This takes time, effort and a big portion of determination.
That is my goal: To help build the new habits that will increase your enjoyment of food, in a healthy way, for the long term.
And this is important: I do not offer quick fix faddy diets, but I do offer to work with you – with the longer term in mind – to support you in building the new healthier habits that will enable you to be in control of your weight and what you eat. And equally importantly; my focus is to analyse and advise you in ways to increase your energy levels, the enjoyment of your own health and ultimately the enjoyment of life.
So let me help you improve the quality and quantity of what you eat and when you eat it, so you control your food, not the other way round, where it controls you, the way sugar controlled me.