my principles & advice

my principles & advice

5 practical steps that we can all take to ensure the decisions we make as to what we eat are the right ones for ‘us’ (since we are all unique!).

In a world of confliction, confusion and, very often, overwhelming amounts of advice regarding nutrition, I aim instead to share a consistent and calm message.

I believe that a good meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures, while at the same time it is our most powerful tool for supporting true health and vitality. These two benefits of food can, and should, stand hand-in-hand. The beauty is that this is achievable for all.

I never prescribe big, grandiose changes. Instead, I believe in making changes in small, practical steps, as the accumulation of small steps soon become strides and the journey to a happier, healthier life begins.

This is the fundamental belief that guides all that I do.

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01 — be inspired by good food

cook good food, mostly from scratch

Perhaps the quickest way to transform a diet is to master cooking a few simple, nourishing recipes from scratch. Simplicity is key but I do recommend that you buy the best quality food your budget allows, choose foods that are in season (as they pack more nutritional oomph) and really focus on eating the rainbow of foods to maximise your intake of a good range of nutrients. You’ll find great reward in cooking from scratch and it will quickly become the only way you’ll want to cook. I share lots of recipes, both on social media and here on the site, that I hope will inspire you.

View Recipes here.

02 — evidence informed

cut through the nonsense

As a qualified Nutritional Therapist, with over a decade practising, I am experienced in helping to translate the science into practical and achievable actions. While my professional credentials mean that I am interested in the finer details of new and progressive research, I am aware that, for the most part, people simply wish to be guided as to what to eat to achieve their goals – be that weight loss, improved health and well-being or something more specific.
It is important that you seek to make a distinction between fact and fiction. It is so easy to get caught up by the latest fad diets or diet advice, but eating food that is both nourishing and enjoyable is actually very simple and we were doing it long before advertising and the media made it all feel so confusing. Before you embark on a new diet or make changes to the way you eat, do ensure that you seek out authentic advice from the professionals (see FAQs page for additional info).

I have published a host of Articles here on the site, so do have a read. I also post regular advice via social media.

03 — positive nutrition

the principles of positive nutrition

My focus is very much on inclusion rather than exclusion of foods – a principle I call Positive Nutrition (see my article here). I am far more interested in helping people to get a wide variety of nutrients from different foods and food groups into their diet than I am in encouraging avoidance of the less-healthy treats.
Over the years, I’ve observed that the average person considers that if they’ve eaten less in a day, that’s a good day. It’s a mentality that’s been completely drummed into us, with many still focusing on calories as opposed to the quality of the nutrition in the food they eat. Removing food groups without knowing why, feeling afraid of food or feeling anxiety around food is counter to everything I believe in.
Positive Nutrition is about giving people permission to eat again. It supports you in creating the right foundations and habits, and outlines what you should include in your diet each day to maximise the intake of nutrients your body requires. No diet ‘fits all’: Positive Nutrition is about reclaiming what your unique body needs specifically to achieve full wellness.

There is lots more information and a full explanation of this approach in my third book, Nourish & Glow: The 10-day plan. Also, do read my article on Positive Nutrition.

04 — be ethical

seasonal & sustainable

Our money is our vote when it comes to supporting farming and retail practices. I fully support the importance of making responsible shifts in our purchasing habits toward a more globally sustainable way of eating. While we are witnessing a surge in veganism, I always recommend considering such moves carefully and under the guidance of a professional nutritionist. I personally do eat meat but not a great deal and I champion initiatives like Meat Free Mondays to shift our reliance on meat in favour of more plant based meals.
For the most part, great benefits can be sought in electing to ‘buy less but buy better’. There are many ways in which we can improve our wastefulness: buy local, buy seasonal, adopt the mantra ‘cook once, eat twice’ and extend that further with batch-cooking, and grow you own (if you can, even if that’s just a window box full of herbs).

There is lots of info and resource material here on the site to help guide you – please see Articles and my FAQs pages.

05 — it’s not all about food

ultimately, well-being is about balance

It is vital to mention that good health extends far beyond the food we put on our plate. As we know, true well-being is a mix of good mental and physical health: sound nutrition, appropriate exercise (see my Series on Exercise), plentiful rest and sleep, and a sense of connection, purpose and community. Health, pretty much like everything in life, thrives best when in balance.
That said, however, I do believe that the food we elect to eat can help underpin all pillars of good health; a well fuelled, nourished body (and microbiota – see my article on Gut Health) provides us with the energy and impetus to seek change in other areas of our life and this can help kick start a positive cycle of self-care. I also find the act of cooking itself –  the creative input, the seeking out of seasonal foods, the joy in sharing – helps relax and clear my mind. Choosing to dedicate focused time to the way we cook and eat yields such reward. The simplest of pleasures in life really are the most rewarding and that is the essence of my message. ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ perhaps is the simplest mantra of all, but put that into context and you have Positive Nutrition.

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