Maybe you can relate…
I was first sent to a nutritionist when I was 11 years old. I was given a meal plan (aka a diet) to follow. I was weighed to check my progress.
I spent the next decade going from dietitian to nutritionist - becoming more obsessed with my weight.
The more I tried to 'be good' so I would weigh less, the harder it became. I would lose weight but always regain it - plus more.
I'd 'eat well' during the day but end up eating all the foods I wasn't allowed after dinner - often when no one was looking.
It felt like every Monday I was starting again from scratch.
“I tried every diet, plan and program out there.
They never worked”.
Instead of helping, dieting made me feel crazy around food! I even started binge eating, which made me feel like a failure.
The (inevitable) breaking point came for me in 2011, standing in front of a change room mirror while trying on clothes.
I realised I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life obsessed with trying to weigh less and hating my body. I wanted food to become just food again not something that was ‘good’ or ‘bad.
So instead of listening to all the so-called wellness gurus with their detoxes, activated bits-and-bobs and ‘healthy lifestyle plans’ (that were really just restrictive diets in disguise’), I decided to try an easy, gentler and ultimately - much better - approach.
I stopped counting points, calories. and weighing myself. For the first time in my life, I only did exercise for enjoyment- not as punishment for eating. And my world started to change.
I didn’t change dramatically overnight. The changes were gradual - but long lasting. With the right approach, I ended up completely changing my relationship with food. I learned how to stop binge eating and learned to listen to my body instead of diet noise.
“I finally felt normal around food.
And comfortable in my body.”
I ended up losing 20kg but this turned out to be just an added bonus. Now I have so much more head space to think of things other than food.
There is a much better alternative to dieting - no rules or expensive superfoods needed (thank goodness)!
I’m a dietitian and a nutritionist. And because of my personal experience, I won’t give you some silly one-size-fits-all meal plan.
I don’t want you to struggle with food - or sacrifice 95% of your life to weight 5% less. I want to help you feel good in your body.
I can’t offer you a quick fix. Those don’t work. But what I do is based on evidence, and it works.Want to see how I can help you? Click the video below to start a conversation with me.
The best way to drown out nutrition nonsense is to be louder, right?
I love being a media nutritionist and TV dietitian because it means I get to reach way more people than just my mum.
I’m pretty darn lucky to be a regular nutritionist on Channel 9’s TODAY show and I also provide regular comment for Australia’s biggest publications like news.com.au, body+soul, SMH, Mamamia and more.
Let’s be honest. There’s a lot of misinformation out there.
As an Australian TV dietitian and media nutritionist, I get to help drown out the wellness wankery with common sense and scientific data.