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