Hi! I’m Josie, The Mindful Cook.
In 2016 my life-long passion for food was the driving force behind a radical career change. I left my corporate job and decided to pursue my love of food & cooking by taking on a role as a cook at a wellbeing retreat for women in Norfolk. Numerous conversations with women there about their health, weight and relationship with food led me to realise that there is a real need for people to learn that you can be healthy without sacrificing the enjoyment of great food.
Many people are making more conscious/conscientious food decisions these days for many reasons; prompted by illness, a wish to be healthier, concerns about ethics, or all of those reasons. I have learned from my work, and from my own life experience, that decisions about food, particularly for women, are not always that simple. There can often be many emotional, historical and experiential factors that affect the way in which we eat, or indeed, don’t eat.
We live in a very busy world where we are bombarded with different, often conflicting, messages about what we should be eating. The advancement of thinking on the subject of nutrition and food, the variety of ingredients available, along with the myriad of new diets, exercise regimens and lifestyle fads is completely confusing! Now we are having to consider ‘paleo’, ‘clean’, ‘atkins’, ‘alkaline’, the list goes on and on. There have always been food fads and diets, but these days they are very much the mainstream.
While it may play a role in raising our awareness of our weight, this mainstream diet culture isn’t helping people to develop healthier relationships with their bodies and food in the long term. This is why I decided to complement my love of cooking with a study of eating psychology so I can really help people in that that area.
THE MINDFUL COOK PHILOSOPHY
- INSPIRING people to create healthy food that is both interesting and delicious by creating healthy recipes that take the best ingredients and knowledge that is available to us – cellular level nutrition over dieting!
- SUPPORTING people who want to positively influence their relationship with food and improve their eating mindset through one to one coaching.
- SHARING my knowledge of how to vastly improve your wellbeing with simple food and lifestyle changes.
I work with many people with very varied dietary requirements, specifically those have made a decision to cut out wheat, dairy or animal products. It has therefore been my job to create many gluten free, dairy free and vegan dishes that are balanced and nutritious. I personally eat fish and you will find what I consider to be healthy meat and fish dishes in among many vegetarian options.
Everyone should be able to enjoy making and eating at least one recipe of mine!
You can read more about my career change in an article I wrote for LinkedIn.
I have a diploma in Eating Psychology, accredited by the CMA, am a Silver member of the International Alliance of Holistic Practitioners and am studying applied nutrition with the Sano School of Culinary Medicine.