Hello! I’m Josie, The Mindful Cook. Welcome!
At the start of 2016, I left my corporate career in the hope that I could do something with my love of food & cooking. I was burnt out, frustrated, and acutely aware that I should be doing something quite different to what I was doing!
Just months later, I grasped the opportunity to take the role of cook and host at a health and well-being retreat for women in Norfolk. I spent my days planning menus, creating new recipes, and preparing health-giving dinners, and evenings chatting to women about their health, well-being, weight, and relationship with food. Many conversations echoed my own experiences of spinning around the revolving doors of weight loss clubs and it was then I realised that I needed to put my love of healthy food together with my first hand knowledge of struggling with poor body image, to create something that would support other people in feeling happier in themselves and developing a better relationship with food.
According to statistics the average woman in the UK will try 130-189 diets at a cost of £25-£30,000 in a lifetime. How crazy is that?
In 2017 I gained my diploma in Eating Psychology and began to study Applied Nutrition with Sano school of Culinary Medicine. The Mindful Cook was launched in October 2017 and now I run food and well-being retreats, offer food and lifestyle coaching and have an online course, The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Programme. To read some kind words clients have written about me, take a look at the testimonials page 🙂
The Mindful Cook was born out of my belief that there’s a real need for people to see beyond the diet industry for the answers to long-term health and happiness, and to learn how to take a holistic approach to health and well-being: Mind, Body and Food.
We are constantly bombarded with different, often conflicting, messages about what we should be eating, how we should be moving and what we should be thinking. We have to consider ‘paleo’, ‘clean’, ‘atkins’, ‘alkaline’, ‘Slimming World’, the list goes on and on. This isn’t helping people to develop healthier relationships with their bodies and food, and it fails to provide basic nutritional knowledge and mindset skills that are needed to make better lifestyle choices IN THE LONG TERM!
THE MINDFUL COOK PHILOSOPHY:
The Mindful Cook promotes a ‘Mind, Body, Food’ approach to health and well-being. It helps people to improve their relationship with food and their bodies by teaching nutrition, mindset and lifestyle principles that focus on both physical and emotional health.
My aim is to empower you with mindset techniques to improve your emotional well-being and feel better about yourself. Show you how eating well for health can be simple and enjoyable, and provide you with some inspiration and tips on moving more on your terms…..trust me, it’s life-changing stuff!
Everyone should be able to enjoy good health on their own terms!
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.