“I passionately believe that understanding the influence your food and life choices have on how you feel, look and behave is a key first step in becoming, and staying, healthier.”

Sabra RalphFounder, Happier Eating

The path to happier eating

I still remember the conversation, more than 25 years ago, that started me on the path that brought me here. Feeling fat, frumpy and miserable in my own skin, a chance remark about acceptance or change lead me to take That First Step. Maybe the one you’re contemplating now.

Like many people dissatisfied with their weight or shape, I joined a commercial weight loss programme. Not surprisingly, I had my ups and downs, but eventually I reached my new goal weight (yay!). What was surprising was that the weight stayed off, especially when, for many people, weight loss is often followed by weight re-gain.

So how did I succeed where so many others didn’t?
I’d love to say I found a magic pill, or the “secret Ingredient” but it’s simpler than that – I didn’t go back to my old food choice habits. I made changes that stuck so that, once I stopped following the diet, I could keep the weight off. Even after 25 years, two children, some health challenges and perimenopause.

I learned a lot on my path to happier eating, becoming a registered nutritional therapist with a special interest in weight management. But experience showed me that changing some habits can be really tricky, no matter how much information we have or how hard we try, and I qualified in Clinical Hypnotherapy to help you dismantle those unconscious barriers to change. Subtly and stealthily. A bit like a ninja.

On my path, personal and professional, I’ve learned that making changes – especially to what, how and when we eat – can be messy. Like a scary rollercoaster, there may be moments of anxiety or uncertainty, especially just before the ride starts. But there can also be a sense of euphoria when the ride is over (and we can’t wait to do it again but bigger and bolder). We reach that tipping point, where change becomes thrilling, we love experiencing the positive results. We might even become Unstoppable.

Changing our approach to food and eating can be just as challenging, especially when taking a leap of faith, stepping away from “diets” and following your own path. But, if what you’ve been doing, or dreading having to do (again), isn’t serving you well, then why keep on doing it?

Yes, change can be scary. But, just like that rollercoaster, it can be thrilling, rewarding and, for some people ever so slightly wonderful as they realise the power of their body and mind to evolve and transform. And, like the rollercoaster, some people don’t want the ride to end – they become Unstoppable.

My approach is simple and practical with no deprivation, guilt, or calorie-counting. And absolutely no scariness. Well, not much. And I’ll hold your hand all the way. Yes, combining nutrition and hypnotherapy may be different but, if the same old tired approach isn’t working, maybe it’s time for something new.

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MSc. DipION D.Clin.Hyp.

Where's your best
fish and chips?

Yes, I know but, although generally considered “unhealthy”, an occasional, planned, indulgence can help you stay connected to healthier, happier, eating for the rest of the time.
By the way, mine are in North Wales, about three times a year, on a Thursday when the oil is fresh; I eat them on the beach, and share them with my family. No, I don’t feel guilty, and yes, they are delicious.