Food has always been one of life's great pleasures. It nourishes us. It connects us. But somewhere along the way, things got complicated.
As nutrition science developed, we learnt more and more about how different eating patterns and nutrients affect health. We started to worry about finding the optimal diet. The food industry and the media started to bombard us with stats and facts. "No junk promise", "Refined sugar free", "Eat this. Don't eat that.”
Add parenthood into the mix and the pressure to get it right can be overwhelming, from preventing "childhood obesity" at all costs to getting food into "fussy eaters".
It's become the norm to worry about how and what to eat ourselves and, even more so, how to feed our children, sometimes before they are even born.
I'm on a wee mission to change all that. To help people take a relaxed and positive approach to eating and to feeding children.
It's okay to eat the food you love. It’s okay for your children to eat ice cream. Even full fat, full sugar ice cream*.
There is no need to fear food.
Nutrition does matter but there are positive ways to eat well and to feel good about your bodies, and it doesn't need to be stressful.
And, at the same time, it is complicated, because of the sheer volume of conflicting information that we find online, alongside all the barriers that can get in the way of how we want to eat. Time, money, relationships, health, culture and so on, to name just a few. Knowing that there are dietary changes you can make to improve health can be empowering, but if this leads to stress it’s potentially counterproductive. That’s why I spend a lot of my time outside of nutrition, learning and trying to find ways to make it easier for people to eat well in ways that work for them.
For now, this website is my personal blog. I’m a Registered Nutritionist but I currently work in perinatal mental health, and I want to use this space to maintain my involvement in nutrition alongside that. Expect a mix of content on topics from child feeding to the relationship between food and mental health to skin nutrition (I have eczema, and nutrition misinformation in that area is a personal bugbear). Please do get in touch if you have questions or would like to chat. I have an interview series in the pipeline too and suggestions are always welcome.
(* or a dairy-free alternative. Or whatever they really enjoy eating, if ice cream isn't their thing.)