I’m a Registered Dietitian, but when people hear the word Dietitian they think of the food police! It’s a common misconception that Dietitians only eat ‘healthy’ food and expect you to as well, but it’s simply not true; that’s actually a food belief. You will hear me talk a lot about food beliefs and food rules.
More specifically, I’m an Anti-Diet Dietitian. I don’t believe in strict diets, food avoidance and food rules. What I do believe is that all food can be included in a healthful diet and that our health is not just about the food we eat and the exercise we do. Food has the potential to keep us healthy but it’s also so much more.
I’ve always been interested in food, in the tastes, flavours, textures, combinations, in how ingredients can be transformed into something wonderful to eat. I remember my Grandma had a little book on cider vinegar and although I now know that to be bad science it really got me thinking about the effects of the food we eat and drink can have on our body. Gradually over time my interest in food and love of cooking developed into my study of the science of nutrition.
Food fascinates me, and for more than just taste and nutrition. Food brings people together, food is at the core of our life; yes we must eat to survive, but food also binds us together as family, friends, and communities. Whether the occasion marks a birth, remembers a life or celebrates a marriage, food is part of every cultural celebration. Life revolves around food, food evokes emotion, food makes you feel satisfied and loved.
Yes, food is amazing BUT it causes so many problems, which I believe all stem from the misinformation from diet and wellness culture with its food rules and misconceptions about health and body size.
I started my Dietetic career in oncology, I quickly moved up to a specialist consultant Dietitian and I went on to gain experience in a variety of settings: gastroenterology nutrition, community nutrition, weight management, complex obesity and sports fitness nutrition.
I soon discovered that at the heart of all the nutrition problems were underlying food rules. Through my career I have seen the negative effects that these food rules on people’s lives, from the severely ill and malnourished through to the outwardly-looking physically fit. I have seen people who were severely malnourished, unwilling to eat sugar and fat because they believed it was bad for them. I have seen people avoiding fruit and becoming vitamin deficient, people not eating carbs and overexercising. Fixation on food rules not only creates physical problems but also causes so much mental anxiety and can potentially lead to life-threatening eating disorders and (a relatively new term) disordered eating.
Seven years ago I started to specialise in weight loss and fitness. I noticed that these food rules and the associated pursuit of weight loss was extremely damaging. Dieting has a negative effect on mental well-being, on the body’s metabolism and on an individual’s self- esteem.
I have seen first-hand how destructive dieting is to the body and how the diet mindset controls and takes away an individual’s ability to make food choices and feel confident in their bodies. And so I started on my mission to stop promoting weight loss and instead help women like you build a better relationship with food and your bodies.
I can tell you that following a particular food rules and beliefs are what trap you in the diet cycle and affect your relationship with your body, self-esteem, self-belief and cause you to binge or overeat. Food rules and beliefs come to affect all of your food decisions and while you may want to lose some weight, eating purely for weight loss will keep you locked in the diet cycle.
I have drawn on all my experience and knowledge to create my revolutionary method, which you can read more about here (link to Ditch the Diet & Get Your Life back ™). My method allows you to listen to your body, to eat for nourishment and to enjoy your food without guilt or anxiety about gaining weight. My method frees you from restricting and bingeing. It enables you to take back control.
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Clinical Nutrition – Christine Kenny Registered Dietitian (christinekennynutrition.com)
I have a wide range of experience within the NHS and private practice. I use my knowledge and expertise to help you optimise your nutrition.
Changes to your diet can be difficult and you may feel overwhelmed especially following a recent diagnosis or if you are in recovery. I work with you to find a solution that is manageable and achievable for you.