When I moved from my hometown of Sydney, Australia to North America 16 years ago, everything in my life changed. One unwelcome change was weight gain. After a slew of unsuccessful attempts at dieting over the years, I finally decided it was time for a different tactic.
For many of us, the need to fuel our bodies wisely is greater than the will. There’s so much conflicting information available to us – suddenly everyone is an expert about what we put in our mouths. People are getting rich off our love/hate relationship with food. We live in a society where eating fuels guilt. And we’ve developed an unhealthy relationship with food through yo-yo dieting, deprivation and reward.
For over two decades I’ve worked with food in the publishing and TV industries so I knew I could create a more realistic approach to losing weight and getting healthy without the guilt or deprivation. I’m happy to say my new approach is working. Still a work in progress, through my recipes and stories I hope to help and inspire others to have a better relationship with food. Creating this website was a way to share food to feel good about – a fresh approach to eating that would help others aspiring to achieve better health and vitality.
I’m not a doctor, a psychologist or a dietician although I did study nutrition a couple of decades ago (and do you know what…it’s the same crap still being taught today that clearly isn’t working as obesity is on the rise). What I do have though is a solid culinary background spanning 25 years in three different countries. I started writing recipes and food styling for magazines and cookbooks in Sydney. Then I ventured into food styling for television. Over the years I’ve authored six cookbooks and co-written over 60 of them, food styling for many of those. I’ve been a food editor for a food magazine and cookbooks. Eventually publishing my own cookbook that lead to hosting a television cooking show in Canada. Then moving to The The United States where I became the food specialist for a fortune 500 company. Now I’m back steering my own ship again. And although the path has been a bit of a rough, uncertain one at times, I’m now sailing into calmer, clearer waters. Finally.
There is no ‘right time’ to start caring about yourself or teaching your children to eat better. There is no motivation that drops from the sky. No miracle. It’s a change in attitude and the choices you make. If what you’ve been doing over and over all these years hasn’t worked, then why keep doing it? I’m not going to pretend to understand human psyche, I speak from my experiences and observations. But really, I don’t think I’m so different to others who’ve found themselves battling with the diet-demons. YOU are in control of your own health. So it’s up to YOU. It’s all a matter of choice, so choose wisely my friend.