ABOUT FOODCUE

Hi!

I’m Emily, virtual dietitian and founder of Foodcue


Food has always been so much more than nutrients to me. We need to eat, every day. But food isn’t just fuel, it’s part of you leading your fullest and best life.

From the nostalgic joy of biting into a juicy first-of-the-summer golden peach to laughing around the kitchen table with friends, mothers, brothers and sisters.

Your relationship with food says so much – it describes your relationship with yourself, your life, the most important relationship of all!

What we all really need is food freedom. Freedom from uncomfortable or painful gut symptoms. Freedom from that guilty food backlash.

Freedom to live the life you want.

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There’s a modern war going on. A food fight.

And the 'opponent'? Your body. The pressure to conform, to make ourselves as women be and feel smaller, to fit societal expectations, to be preoccupied with food and to feel shame over our shape and size.

It’s exhausting, harmful and total BS. I’m done with it.

All women, of all sizes and shapes, deserve to feel empowered around food and their bodies.

There is so much more to your worth and health than a number on a scale.

Part of the reason I’m so passionate about this work is because I’ve been that person who’s obsessed about nutrients, who’s cut out food groups because I thought that dairy gave you cancer (it doesn’t), who got sucked into ‘clean-eating’ without even realising it as such. Everyone else seemed to be doing it so I almost felt I should be too - maybe they knew something I didn't?

And I did this all truly thinking that I was trying to be healthy, fresh-pressed green juice in hand and 'oh don't you just love yoga!' No - I actually, truthfully don't.

Gentle nutrition and gut health

I've long been fascinated by gut health and the power of your gut microbiome - the collection of bacteria, yeast and fungi that live in your lower intestine. In my past life, I was a private chef for five years. My love for all things gut has spanned from hands-on fermenting and chopping up fresh zingy fibre-rich salads to where I am now - writing scientific research on the gut microbiome as part of my PhD at Kings College London.

Part of gentle nutrition means 'adding in' rather than 'taking away'. It's a flexible and joyful way of eating that allows for all foods while improving your health. Looking after our gut health has so many benefits to your general well-being and even your mood. It's the new cutting edge of nutrition research and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

Having a poor relationship with food has become so normalised.

I mean how dare we enjoy what we eat, and eat to full satisfaction?

I’ve rebuilt my relationship with food through Intuitive Eating - an evidence-based approach that reconnects you with your inner body cues.

I focus on whole-body health where emotional and mental wellbeing are equally as important as physical health.

Food and your relationship with food plays a part in your mood and happiness. In fact, there's huge communication between your gut and your brain - helping one can help the other. Having funky gut symptoms can truly get you down!

Letting go of those ‘food rules’ has given me room for more headspace to focus on the things that give me joy. And I hope it can for you too.

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No more food rules

I work from a Non-Diet and Intuitive Eating approach within the Health At Every Size® paradigm, so no calorie counting here. Weight isn’t on my radar, but health is.

When did you last trusted your body to tell you what it needs? what would life look like if you exercised for joy, not as punishment? I help you to drop those ingrained food rules that stand in the way of honest, joyful eating for better health and fuller life.


So, a dietitian – what’s that?

A dietitian is the only protected nutrition profession where you must have completed a minimum of four years full-time university study in nutrition and dietetics and to be registered in the UK with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). So slightly like being a doctor or a lawyer, not any old Mr or Mrs Jones nutritionist can call themselves one. I am proud to be registered with the HCPC and a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

Dietitians work from an evidence-based, straight-as-we-come approach, and are considered the nutrition experts in general wellbeing as well as disease management. I have five years of university training in nutrition with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nutrition and a Master of Science Degree in Dietetics. I thrive on learning and scientific research - I am currently taking a PhD looking at the effect of long and short term food choices on the gut microbiome at King's College London.


Emily Leeming
Dietitian MSc | Nutritionist BSc (Hons) | Health Writer & Founder

Qualifications

(To Be) PhD from King’s College London (Current 2019-2022)
Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nutrition
Wellcoaches School of Health Coaching
Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy Level 1 and 2
Marci Evans Eating Disorder Training
Marci Evans Body Image Training
Marci Evans Digestive Disorders Training

I work with you as a nutrition coach, guiding, supporting and empowering you to reach your health goals.

Are we a match?
I’m the right person for you if you’re looking for:
  • Support from a nutrition expert with university qualifications heavily rooted in evidence-based science

  • Simple, achievable down-to earth strategies to get your health on track using a holistic mind-body-soul and non-diet approach

  • Help with gut health issues including IBS, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, diarrhoea and constipation

  • Enjoying food without feeling guilty or out of control

  • Work towards a healthier and happier you through a 100% virtual service - saving you precious time and effort

  • A personal food and body cheerleader and friendly support

I’m not for you if you’re looking for:
  • A bunch of supplements that you don’t need

  • Expensive tests that haven’t been validated but will tell you there is something wrong with you (spoiler alert: 100% BS)

  • A quick slap-dash fix

  • The food police

  • Calorie counting – It’s not my jam

  • You're not ready to step away from seeking weight-loss (and that's totally ok)

Build the life you want