It was on a Sunday evening much like this one almost a year ago that I came home from a meeting with a dear friend, sat down at my computer, and began designing the logo for my long dreamed-of nutrition consulting company.
The next day I incorporated with the state of Illinois and Food Wonderful was born. My friend Shana, a former patient of mine, had invited me to join her for lunch and we spent the afternoon discussing how we could promote good nutrition within her church community. Shana was one of the most courageous and inspiring women I’ve ever met and anyone who spent time with her will tell you that she made you feel you could accomplish anything. So after a few hours talking nutrition with her it was suddenly obvious that now was the exact right moment to stop dreaming about my own nutrition practice and start working towards making it a reality.
When I launched Food Wonderful I had a clear vision of what I wanted my practice to look like. NO restrictive diets! NO calorie counting! I wanted to be a positive voice in the dietetic community promoting connection to food and a more personalized approach to nutrition counseling. As the year progressed, I made it a point to continue learning at every opportunity. And about six months ago I stumbled my way right into Intuitive Eating. IE is a nutrition philosophy that completely rejects diet culture. It replaces all those old “food rules” with simple principles like honoring hunger and building a more satisfying relationship with food. I knew right away that Intuitive Eating was the philosophy for me. In many ways it’s just a more structured approach to what I was already doing.
BUT. As I learned more about IE and reflected on the company I was building I started to notice some inconsistencies in my messaging. Suddenly some of the lines from my blog posts didn’t seem witty . . . but a bit mean spirited. And I recognized that I was hesitating to post recipes that I didn’t feel were “healthy enough” even though I use them all the time. So while I’ve continued to grow my practice, I’ve taken a few months away from adding content to my site. Until now!
As I head into this first anniversary week I’m excited to announce some changes coming to Food Wonderful:
I’m completely re-vamping my blog.
All my original posts are gone. And while some may be posted again after a little editing, some won’t be returning.
I’ll be removing all calorie and macronutrient information from my recipes.
I recently had a client complete reject what I felt was a nutritious meal after she saw how many grams of fat were in it. So guys, just eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full and don’t stress about calories.
I’m updating my services.
NO MORE MEAL PLANNING. Again, with the not stressing about calories or macronutrients. And I’m excited to be adding personal training to my list of services.
Stay tuned for all the latest!
Guys! I can’t believe it’s been and I can’t wait to see what this next year brings.