radical
ˈradɪk(ə)l/
adjective
1. (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
2. characterized by departure from tradition; innovative or progressive.
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About Me and Well Now

Imagine a world where no-one is starved of food, company or dignity. Where no-one wakes up ashamed of wellnow1their body, dreading their next binge or being insulted for what they look like. In this imagined world, it is taken-for-granted that everyone should have access to food as a right and the opportunity to exercise safely. At the same time, we are clear that eating and activity are only one part of the picture of health. We work from the assumption that personal and population wellbeing means we need to teach compassion, address climate change and build a fairer world.

I am a radical dietitian because I believe we need to make fundamental changes in how we talk about lifestyle, health and justice in order to make this fairer, kinder world a reality.

Change is possible. It starts with us deciding not to accept the ways things are as inevitable and then figuring out what to do differently. This figuring out process led me to develop a new approach called Well Now.

In short, the Well Now approach teaches body respect and health-gain for all. It integrates social factors, pays attention to trauma, and supports people to improve their overall wellbeing. It bridges both self-care and social justice which marks it as different from other approaches. It’s effective, ethical, evidence-based and life changing for clients and practitioners alike.

Well Now is suitable for people of all shapes and sizes who want to feel more relaxed about food and confident they are doing the best they can to take care of themselves. It is relevant for people managing diet-related conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, IBS, gut problems and PCOS. I am pleased to offer support for people with a range of issues: such as weight concerns, yo-yo dieting, cravings, eating disorders, body shame, IBS, constipation, digestive problems, coeliac disease, depression, PTSD.

At a personal level Well Now works by helping people find ways to be kind and understanding when looking after themselves. As part of this it supports people to listen and respond to body signals like hunger, taste, energy levels and emotions. It helps people keep food in perspective by remembering other factors that impact our health and wellbeing. Those who have spent a lifetime battling ‘unhealthy eating’ habits find this gentle, holistic approach effective when swallowing nutrition facts has failed them time and again.

In terms of population health Well Now works because it reorientates the public health conversation to integrate the body politic. In other words, it expands the narrow focus on lifestyle change by paying attention to how power shapes our bodies, our life opportunity and our sense of self. To this end it is compassion-centred, trauma-informed and justice enhancing.

I also have relevant professional and life experience for working with particular groups of people. This includes people from the LGBTQ community, (see Diva article pp68-69), Quakers and athletes and dietitians with eating issues. I also work with family members who are supporting children and teenagers with issues related to eating, wellbeing and body confidence.