Food, Mood and Attitude (FMA) is a combination of my two main passions – food and psychology. Many years of my life have been spent trying one diet after another trying to reach my ‘ideal’ weight. I finally became fed up with this constant pursuit of achieving a certain shape and size and searching for the right diet to ‘fix’ the problem. I realized that my obsession with obtaining a certain number on a scale just resulted in a sense of failure and frustration, reduced self-confidence and poor body image.
I have also had food-related health problems for a number of years. Food allergies have at times rendered me feeling fatigued, sick and being ‘mentally fogged up’ (that’s just a term I use to describe poor concentration and memory!). My experiences have taught me that foods can harm as well as heal and that there is more to life than being obsessed with attaining a certain size and shape!
Embracing a life that supports and encourages a healthy relationship with food, mind and body is a core focus of my philosophy. I advocate for slow, supportive and sustainable approaches to food, health and wellbeing. I believe food is essential for good health in mind and body. Food is also necessary to heal, enjoy life and connect with others.
Some of my passions:
- Eating, talking about and connecting with food
- Understanding how food affects physical and mental health
- Discovering new foods
- Understanding how and why we eat the way we do
- Understanding emotional eating
- Mindful eating
- Self-care and managing stress
- Respecting and showing compassion towards food, ourselves and our bodies
- Sharing resources and helpful information about food and eating with others
- Creating new recipes and tasting the results
- Learning how to write about food
What concerns me:
- The way constant dieting to lose weight screws up the way you think about, connect with and relate to food
- Diets and weight loss methods that don’t work but are enthusiastically advertised and promoted
- Lies and false promises made by the weight loss industry
- The obsession with ‘looking good’ at the expense of health that it perpetuated by the media and weight loss, fashion and beauty industries
- The lack of recognition that food can improve health and wellness
- The lack of emphasis in using nutrition to treat physical and mental illness
- The constant wrong and confusing messages the public receives about what to eat
- The lack of emphasis on the food crisis affecting most westernized countries
- Inadequate solutions to reducing obesity (i.e., go on a diet that doesn’t work)
Why I started this blog
I started this blog as I wanted to add to the voice of those who promote a life without diets. A life filled with real, healthy food is much more fulfilling! I am concerned why there are so many problems with food and eating and I’m keen to change the way people may think and relate to food. I also want to share my love of food with others.
- I’ve worked in counselling and psychology for 20 years – in private practice, government departments and community agencies
- I have counselled many people struggling with issues around food, body image and disordered eating habits
- I have co-authored two book chapters on resilience and burnout
- Registered Psychologist
- Master of Counselling Psychology
- Honours Psychology
- Bachelor of Science (Majors in Psychology and Physiology)
- Life experience
Robertson, S. & Gow, K., 2011, Resourcefulness and Recovery in Rundown and Burned Out Health Professionals, in M.J. Celinski & K. Gow (eds), Continuity versus Creative Response to Challenge: The Primacy of Resilience and Resourcefulness in Life and Therapy; Nova Publishers, New York.
Robertson, S. & Gow, K., 2011, How Burned Out Employees Perceive Work Stress and Organisational Burnout; in K. Gow & M.J. Celinski (eds), Wayfinding through Life’s Challenges: Coping and Survival; Nova Publishers, New York.
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