Hi there! I’m Josie, Food and Eating Psychology Coach

and founder of The Mindful Cook. It’s great to have you here! I offer online courses and coaching programmes to help women to improve the way they relate to food and their bodies.

Around two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within five years* and yet, the average woman in the UK will try around 130 diets in a lifetime. This needs to change. And that’s where I come in…

As a food and eating psychology coach, I offer safe and supportive advice to women who are ready to change the way they relate to food and their bodies. This is my passion. The online programmes I’ve developed are designed to share my knowledge of eating psychology, nourishing nutrition and cooking with as many of you as possible.

My story:

I have first-hand experience of how damaging diet culture can be. So much so, that I quit my marketing job in 2017 and set out to understand what the solution was for women who wanted to manage their weight and were being let down by the diet industry. I began by working at a well-being retreat for women where my days were spent creating nutritious and delicious food, and evenings were spent chatting to guests about their health, well-being, and relationship with food. So many conversations echoed my own experiences of years spent spinning around the revolving doors of weight-loss clubs, and I realised that I needed to re-train.

I help women to change the way they relate to food and their bodies. To dissociate with diet culture and other influences that have negatively impacted the way they feel about those things and to learn to develop compassionate and assured relationships with themselves.

Much of my work is focused around my own experience. Because of this, I am able to share and teach other women what I have learned about emotional health and how it affects our lifestyle habits and behaviours in a relatable way.

I also love creating food. It’s the place where I bring my creativity together with my deep desire to nourish my cells and honour my health. To me, food is a precious gift that I can use to show myself and others how much I care. The Mindful Cook is here to help other women like myself to develop a better relationship with food, escape diet culture, feel truly well within themselves and to thrive.

Qualifications:

The first time around I gained a degree in 1998 and went to work in Broadcasting. Then, in 2017 I went on to re-train. I gained a distinction in my diploma in Eating Psychology accredited by the CMA and began my study of Applied Nutrition with Sano School of Culinary Medicine. I am a perpetual learner and have completed an introduction to counselling skills, Applying Intuitive Eating and Non-Diet Approaches in Practice with London School of Intuitive Eating, Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition with Deakin University and I’m a Silver member of the International Alliance of Holistic Practitioners,

I look forward to working with you!

*Pathways from dieting to weight regain, to obesity and to the metabolic syndrome: an overview. A G Dulloo 1, J-P Montani