Hi, I’m Jess English. I’m a fully qualified, Registered Dietitian. I specialise in helping people to reach their health goals without dieting or focusing on weight, offering one-to-one and online consultations from my clinic rooms in Brighton and Hove.
I love to cook, translating nutrition science into tasty food and so have also developed a series of Nutrition and Cookery Masterclasses for 2018. Check out my Events page to find out more.
THE DIET TO END THEM ALL
We haven’t even had our first April shower yet but already the rallying cries of ‘Beach Body’ and ‘Summer Body’ are ringing through. They’ll be hanging around from now until you have just ‘6 weeks left to make that change’. Yawn.
Do you know why people find themselves on another diet each spring? Because they don’t work. There, I said it – diets don’t work. If a diet plan tells you how you ‘should’ be eating, it’s a big ol’ red flag. That diet plan does not know you, what you like to eat or that Friday is pizza night.
All about you
Put simply, there is no ‘best’ diet – it’s the way of eating that works for you that’s important. One that fits with your morals, beliefs, ethics and finances. Most importantly, one that you enjoy.
If you eat in a way that satisfies you and that fits with your life, you’re much more likely to stick to those patterns. If you’re restricting foods that you love, you’re actually more likely to over-eat them when you get the chance. This can lead to feelings of failure or ‘falling off the diet wagon’ and begin the dieting cycle all over again.
Learning to eat more intuitively can help you to get back in touch with your body’s own hunger and fullness cues, to ditch the diet rules and reach your health goals.
What we do know
Some nutritional nuggets do stand up time after time – like finding a way to get some fruit and veggies in that you enjoy, some essential fats and gut-friendly fibre. If your diet is restricted or you cut out whole food groups (vegans and veggies this is you!) it’s also important to replace what’s missing.
For over 90% of people, diets don’t work in the long term. Why should the kitchen become a battleground between ‘good’ and ‘sinful’ foods, points counting and scales? Food is neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’; it’s not a moral thing ..it’s just food. Most importantly, your health and how you eat is your own business.
The World Health Organisation defines health as: ‘..a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’
Notice something missing from there? There’s also nothing about your weight. Your weight doesn’t represent your health and implementing simple health behaviour changes will likely have positive outcomes – regardless of your weight.
Thinking about that definition, check out these 5 easy things you might want to try today:
1. Social interaction: It can be really important for our mental health. Check out Casserole Club to share a meal and have a natter with a neighbour.
2. Be curious: want to eat more veggies? Why not pick one new thing each week when you go shopping and see if you like it.
3. One mindful meal: we’re easily distracted when we’re eating these days, ever look down to see that your food has disappeared without you even noticing? Why not have one meal per week where you turn off your screens, eat at a table and focus on what you’re eating. How it tastes, the textures, how full you are as you eat.
4. Get enough sleep: Can’t stress this one enough, sleep has a direct effect on our physical and mental health. Check out NHS Choices for info on getting your Zzzs.
5. Find a way to move your body that you enjoy, you’re much more likely to keep it up if you actually like it. Head to the Active For Life website to find out about free or affordable activities in your local area.
Not sure where you’d want these to fit in but here’s a brief about me and a call to action:
Do you want to find a way to become comfortable in your own body, to kick the faddy diets to the side? Let’s work together – email me: email@example.com to book in your free initial 20 minute phone consultation.