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Suzanne’s short bio:
Suzanne Robertson is a food loving psychologist who is on a mission to encourage others to have a healthier relationship with food, mind and body. Suzanne was a yoyo dieter and obsessed with reaching a goal weight until she realized that constant quick fix and mainstream dieting was damaging her health and wellbeing. Suzanne now advocates for slow, supportive and sustainable approaches to health rather than being obsessed with being a certain size and shape. Encouraging others to embrace a fruitful life free from dieting is a core focus of Suzanne’s philosophy. She shares the resources that helped her reject a life of chronic dieting and instead choose a life of evolving food, body and self-respect on her blog Food, Mood and Attitude (www.foodmoodandattitude.com).
Suzanne’s long bio:
Food lover and psychologist Suzanne Robertson is on a mission to get the message out there that dieting is harmful and foods can heal. She is passionate about helping others embrace a healthier relationship with food, mind and body through her blog Food, Mood and Attitude.
Suzanne’s vision is to encourage women to ditch dieting and embrace a more wholesome and fruitful life free from dieting. Diets don’t just deprive the dieter of food. Diets deny women the right to feel good about themselves and their bodies. Dieting robs the dieter of being able to consciously connect and appreciate food for the vitality it brings to one’s life.
The weight loss industry promotes the message that people can lose weight quickly and easily, achieving their goal weight and living a life happily ever after. This is despite the fact that diets have proven themselves to be ineffective in keeping weight off long term and dieting being the main predictor of eating disorders. The beauty industry promotes superficial beauty leaving the majority of women feeling unhappy in their own skin. Women’s magazines constantly peddle articles about dieting and weight loss. Pick up a women’s magazine and the likelihood is that on the front cover will be a celebrity who has lost weight and is now looking ‘sexier than ever’. Is it any wonder that the majority of women spend much of their life going on countless diets that don’t work and feeling hateful towards their bodies?
Suzanne has worked in the counselling and psychology field for almost 20 years. Her passion for understanding how the human body and mind worked developed while studying a Bachelor of Science degree, where she majored in psychology and physiology. Suzanne’s studies continued and she successfully completed an Honours in Psychology degree and a Master of Counselling Psychology degree.
Throughout her career in counselling and psychology, Suzanne has spoken with many teenagers and adults struggling with disordered eating habits and body dissatisfaction. Her own struggles with food and body dissatisfaction started during her teenage years. Suzanne spent more than 20 years going from one diet to the next with the hope of achieving a ‘goal’ weight. Suzanne’s story with dieting and body dissatisfaction is very similar to the majority of women. Being conditioned by the weight loss industry, beauty industry and the media that ‘thin is in’ and that dieting is essential for weight loss, Suzanne tried numerous diets, detoxes and weight loss products to lose weight. Countless times were spent getting frustrated with a number on a scale, chastising herself for not losing weight and cheating on a diet, starting and stopping diets, denying her hunger and removing essential food groups from her diet before finally the light bulb went off and Suzanne realized this was not a life she wanted to lead. Suzanne was fed up with diets.
In 2008, Suzanne slowly started creating a life that was free from diets. Her own recognition that dieting was creating more harm than good, prompted Suzanne to search for alternative approaches to dieting. Suzanne finally gave up diets for good in 2011. Yes, it took her some time to break away from the conditioning that diets are good for one’s health! The journey has been worth it. Suzanne discovered valuable resources and tools that helped her move away from a life of diets to a life of self-respect, body love and eating real food to support her mind and body.
The weight loss industry perpetuates the cycle of chronic dieting, disordered eating habits and body dissatisfaction. However, Suzanne believes that it is possible to develop a heightened appreciation for food, our bodies and our lives if we make changes in our food choices, eating habits and the way we think and feel about food, our bodies and our lives. When we start to truly appreciate the power and significance of food, we can then start to value our bodies and our lives.
Suzanne has learnt that in order to improve our relationship with food we need to consider changing various aspects in how we relate to food. We need to consider how food is produced, what’s in food, where we shop for food, how we prepare food, how we consume food and how food affects our physical and mental wellbeing. The impacts and value food has from the paddock to the plate and from the plate to consumption and digestion needs to be considered in order to develop a healthier appreciation for food.
Suzanne does not believe in magical solutions or quick fixes to health and wellbeing. She does not believe in ‘one size fits all’ approaches. Suzanne believes that slow, supportive and sustainable approaches are essential to develop healthy eating habits. Suzanne has witnessed that simple changes can bring profound results.
Suzanne also believes in being a conscious shopper and making food based decisions that support the local community and environment. In 2012, Suzanne made the decision to commit further to this goal by not shopping for food products in supermarkets for a whole year! She also made the decision to stop weighing herself and stop focusing on weight loss to finally break free from the last constraints of being trapped in a dieting mentality.
Food, Mood and Attitude (FMA) is not another website aimed at helping people find a way to lose weight. FMA aims to share valuable resources to help women break free from the misery of a life of dieting. By joining the FMA community, women will find support in learning how to develop a healthier connection with food, mind and body. FMA encourages food education that focuses on nutritional benefits of food rather than calorie, fat or point counting. Diet free alternatives such as self-compassion, mindful eating strategies and body appreciation are promoted on FMA.
Suzanne’s ultimate wish is that women can be free from the burden of dieting and body dissatisfaction and hopes that one day the message will be heard loudly and clearly that there is an alternative path to live that is more joyful, healthful and connected.