Following my experience with Anorexia and later struggles with food and body image, I’m passionate about speaking openly and candidly about nutrition and health to encourage people to develop a more forgiving relationship with their bodies mentally and physically.


My view on diets and dieting

I am against ‘dieting’ in any way, shape or form. This is partly because one well-known diet company contributed greatly to my development of Anorexia, as well as the general advice from the industry as a whole and plenty of misguided magazine articles. So many people I come into contact with are on a diet of some sort – and deep down, they all feel miserable or lack energy, or pile the weight back on at the end of the diet, forming bad habits and lowering their self-esteem as a consequence. I believe that diet companies have irresponsibly distorted our view of food and nutrition and are largely to blame for widespread unhappiness when it comes to how we look. However at the same time I know we can do something about this, change our perspective and become happier and healthier – because I spent the last few years doing exactly that.

Temporary solutions and dodgy diet advice are not the way forward. I believe in eating healthily for life, incorporating exercise and wholesome, nutritious food into everyday life instead of following misleading advice, skipping meals or miserably counting calories. I wrote my book, Nutrition in a Nutshell, to offer a unique perspective on food and nutrition from my viewpoint. I abused my body for years after recovery from Anorexia, only to ultimately discover that food was one of the most important things in my life for all the right reasons. If you want to learn how to care for and nourish your body and banish the fear of being ‘fat’ or ‘unhealthy’ stick with me!


Better nutrition and better body image

I believe that good nutrition and a healthy mind are intrinsically linked. Developing a better relationship with our bodies involves seeing food and its role in our lives in a fresh light – as something to be enjoyed instead of feared, to nourish our bodies instead of starve and abuse them. I often run my body image and nutrition talks hand-in-hand for this reason.

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