I am super thrilled to have you here…
I know you have probably already guessed it but I kind of love food. Like I think about it all the time. What new recipes I can create. What I am eating next. Spending my Saturday afternoons going food shopping and taking my time because I actually enjoy it (weird story huh).
Any chance I can get I am getting creative in the kitchen (my partner John says trashing but I call it being being inventive)
When you meet or chat to me you might be puzzled as to where that odd or slightly funny accent is from, it’s Irish (or as some might norn irish).
Before studying nutrition at university, moving to The Netherlands and becoming a Registered Associate Nutritionist my life was pretty different. I struggled too.
I was just like you…
Seeking every diet under the sun. I was the queen of the yoyo diets. I would diet for about a week but then hopelessly give up when my willpower just couldn’t stick living on miserable food that left me tired and grumpy. Sad salads and nibbling on endless carrot sticks was really not for me.
I had gained quite some weight at this point in my life. I had a strange and complicated relationship around food. In front of people I felt very conscious about eating in front of people. Thinking that they would be looking at how much I was eating. It was a constant battle every single day! It was mentally exhausting..
At the same point, food was my comfort, it made me feel great, well only for a few minutes and then I felt disgusted, guilty and the self sabotage would kick in.
I was desperately seeking a new way of eating so that I could lose weight but maintain this weight-loss and just live a healthy lifestyle with no rules. I had to heal myself the right way this time. Face another miserable diet that excluded basically all the food I enjoyed was not an option anymore. I knew that this approach was never going to work for me.
Combinations of quitting the restricted dieting focusing more on a healthy lifestyle, mindfulness, habit changing, focusing a lot on the 80-20 perspective (which meant 80% of the time I ate wholefoods and 20% of the time there was room for the not so healthy stuff), self belief, confidence in myself, doing the bloody work and not making excuses as to why I can’t is what got me to where I am today.
I lost all the weight I gained…
and have stayed there ever since. This isn’t the results of a magic diet that excluded all the foods I enjoyed, this was a lifestyle change, one that taught me how to become mindful and not to use food as the enemy anymore. I was able to fall in love with food again but in a way that it was nourishing me.
Because of my own journey, I knew that I was destined to help other women break free from this cycle and to actually see that your body will be able to return to it’s natural weight when you embark on a new healthy lifestyle. Weight loss doesn’t have to be the focus but it happens when we focus on making healthier choices.
My goal with Anna’s Nutrition and my online program The Mindfulness Movement is to show you how to nourish yourself with real food that tastes amazing. So that all those diets you have done before, well you can bin them where they belong.
Are you ready to do something that lasts a lifetime?