“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

My path to happier eating

My personal experience of the ‘weight gain-loss-regain’ process brought me here.

That cycle that started in my teens finally ended more than 25 years ago when I realised I’d lost ‘me’ and my food and coping choices weren’t helping. A chance remark about acceptance or change lead me to look at weight and health differently.

Up until then I relied on commercial products to help me manage my weight: the soups, the shakes, the lemon-based drinks, the fat blockers, the meal replacement bars, and (my favourite) the microwaveable, portion-controlled, ‘ready-in-a-heartbeat’ dishes that simplified eating.

I weighed and measured my food, and myself. I went to Group, found ‘my tribe’ and shared it all: the good, the less good, the  guilt as weigh-in day approached, the chocolate bars after the meetings.

I deprived myself. I lost the weight. And regained it all, and more.

Until I did something different. I learned how to make changes that stuck, even when I returned to ‘normal’ eating.

What may have started with weight management transitioned into a deep interest in health, particularly food choice, and I re-trained in nutritional therapy, qualifying in 2005. My ongoing postgraduate training reflects my passion for health behaviour change management. Training in Intuitive Eating with Evelyn Tribole,  appetite re-training with Dr Helen McCarthy, clinical hypnotherapy, and in the Eating Freely method has built out my toolkit. My professional CPD is added to throughout the year to ensure that I’m equipped to help you create your path to better health.

There’s no escaping it, change can be messy, especially when it comes to something as emotionally charged as food and eating.  Sometimes, change comes readily, usually when there’s a health crisis of some sort; other times, you need a little help.

My approach to health behaviour updating is simple, practical and grounded in science. Together, we switch up your choices and create a plan that works for you – no-one else, just you. This may be a little different, but maybe it’s time for a something new.

You're in safe hands

MSc. (Weight Management) MSc. (Psychology) PGCert. (Exercise & Nutrition Science) 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.