Hello! I’m Josie, The Mindful Cook. Welcome!
In 2016 I left my corporate career in the hope that I could do something with my love of food & cooking. To be honest, I was burnt out, frustrated, and acutely aware that I should be doing something more purposeful, but not sure what it was!
Only 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 recipes and preparing dinners, and my evenings chatting to women about their health, well-being, weight and relationship with food. So many conversations echoed my own experiences, and I realised that my next life assignment was to bring together my love of healthy food with my in depth understanding of what it is like to struggle with poor body image and the constant pressure in today’s society to fit a certain aesthetic.
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 prioritise our well-being, body and mind. I believe that we all have an innate body wisdom that has been long been ignored in favour of cultural norms and we just need to tap back into it.
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. I am also developing an online course to teach people simple mindset skills that can help them to improve their well-being.
THE MINDFUL COOK PHILOSOPHY:
We live in a world where we are 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 is failing to provide basic nutritional knowledge and mindset skills that are needed to make better lifestyle choices.
My aim is to help you to keep it simple. Learn some mindset techniques to empower you to eat well most of the time (life is for living!) and feel better about yourself, provide you with some inspiration and tips on moving more on your terms, and get you a little bit excited about healthy food….trust me, it ‘aint all boring!
When I put pen to paper last year, I described it like this:
- INSPIRING people to create simple, tasty, healthy food by developing and sharing recipes – 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 and online courses.
- SHARING my knowledge of how to vastly improve your well-being with the power of three: movement, mindfulness and getting good stuff on your plate.
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.