Take a breath and go slow

Gandhi once said “there is more to life than increasing its speed” but you’d never know by the way many of us eat. We live in a society that has a love affair with speed and it seems we’re far too busy to give food and eating the attention it deserves. We grab something quick…

Listen to your body, it always knows the truth

Last October, I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. Nothing too serious but eating dairy causes an immune system reaction in my body so definitely best avoided. I was surprised at the time (and a little bit devastated) as I had milk in my tea and ate yogurt and cheese most days. Surely this couldn’t…

Why diets don’t work : a mindful eating perspective

Diets don’t work. A controversial statement for this time of year, perhaps, but it’s true that diets don’t work for the vast majority of people. And if you’ve experienced the merry-go-round of hope, deprivation and control that leads to weight loss – only to be followed by struggle, rebellion and the disappointment of regaining the…

The power of mindful eating

When we were children, our intuitive sense of when and how much to eat prevailed. Meals were re-fuelling stops in between the important business of playing, exploring and being a child. However, as we grew older, food began to serve many purposes and the simple relationship between hunger, eating and satisfaction became wrapped in complex…