Engagement with professional organisations, NGOs and academic initiatives
in the field of nutrition, institutional feeding and education.
Over the course of my adult life, I enjoy and value meeting and interacting with public sector and civil society organisations, working together to facilitate change. I have extensive experience not only in the field of nutrition, but also in the legal and school system, working with managers, specialists and field level workers. I particularly enjoy embedding insights from my research into every day, real life work.
In particular, the core of my passion focuses on the effort to change the way we, individually and as society, treat and address food and eating. Most of us, and most of the approaches that focus on change, derive from a diet-based approach that has at its core counting and measuring food, limits on quality and quantity, restrictions and prohibitions. My approach is radically different. I offer the prospect of plenitude, an engagement with our body’s physical needs before and during eating; complete permission and compassion towards decisions that are not ideal for us at a given moment; and mainly – joy and ease of mind.
Since we all know (or should know?) that diets are not effective, partly due to the rigid platform on which they are based,
it is time for a true change of values, and to create a new language to engage with our eating habits. Towards this end, I currently engage with civil society organisation, looking for opportunities to employ my scholarly and practical insights in the field of nutritional in a manner that will reach a wide audience, and have broad consequences.
In particular, over the past few years I held the role of student representative within the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), was active in local efforts to advance changes in eating practices/habits undertaken by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP), in activities to tackle food waste under the aegis of FareShare, and in educational sessions in schools in my Sussex locality.
Please feel free to contact me with suggestions for collaboration on projects and initiatives where my approach and background may be helpful.