I have studied and fallen in love with many wonderful diet philosophies and theories over the years, including, but not limited to:
Macrobiotics, blood-type, alkaline, atkins, the zone, low-carb, low-GI, high-protein, paleolithic, primal, metabolic typing, mediterranean, juice fasting, fit for life, ayurveda, the master cleanse, candida diet, body ecology, liver and gall bladder cleansing, vegetarian, raw vegan, lifefood, specific carbohydrate, GAPS and Western Price..
I’ve also met the experts and long-term proponents of some of these philosophies and thus been able to observe the more gradual effects of some of the more extreme diets on biology. With all this experience and after years of personal experimentation with each of these diets, I have arrived at some fundamental principles which I now share in my programs.
This is what I refer to as ‘post modern and politically incorrect nutrition’. It stems from the idea that the large majority of dietary advice from regulatory bodies and health ‘experts’ regarding what to eat has in fact been the result of fierce lobbying from the agricultural and food industries, rather than what is actually ideal for our health.
It also refers to the recent wave of interest in eating simple, real food – with a balanced mindset – that has sprung up in the wake of the 80s-90s obsession (and subsequent media blitz) with so many fads, diets and crazes.
My workshops focus predominantly on fresh, minimally processed, sexy, sustainable and organic foods, prepared in a traditional way, with the aim of gently and gradually ‘crowding out’ processed foods, poor quality ingredients and conventionally produced animal products.
Above all, perhaps the most important principle I teach is having an 80:20 mindset.. relaxing around food, ditching the dogma, revelling in the joy of eating – and doing it consciously.