“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 was miserable in my own skin. I’d lost ‘me’ and my food and coping choices weren’t helping. A chance remark about acceptance or change lead me to take That First Step. Maybe the one you’re contemplating now.

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 my food, and myself. I 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 punished myself. I lost the weight. And regained it all, and more.

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

That First Step transitioned into a deep interest in health, particularly food, and I re-trained in nutritional therapy, qualifying in 2005. Since then, I’ve focused my ongoing postgraduate training around eating behaviour, food choice, and change management. These include training in Intuitive Eating with Evelyn Tribole; appetite re-training with Dr Helen McCarthy; clinical hypnotherapy and, more recently, in the Eating Freely method.

There’s no escaping it, change can be messy, especially when it comes to something as emotionally charged as food and eating or when you take a leap of faith away from the “one size fits all” messages.  Sometimes, change comes readily, usually when there’s a health crisis of some sort; other times, you need a little help. It’s always easier when you’re ready for it, and it’s more likely to stick if it’s quieter, stealthier, on-target, and more flexible. A bit like a Ninja.

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.


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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.