what is just for today?

About Just for Today…

You know when you want to make changes to your diet and health but life gets busy, or you have a bad day and everything goes out the window. Well, let me just say that unless you live on a retreat, have a private chef and fitness trainer, or are incredibly disciplined, you are completely normal.

At Just for Today Living, we understand the challenges of modern life. The services we provide are aimed at helping  you make the changes that you want, at a pace that suits you, in a way that will last forever. You just need to take things one day at a time.

About my journey with food

I truly believe in the benefits of eating a nutritious and delicious diet. Not because I’ve been trained to do so, or because I read it in a book somewhere but from personal experience and those of the hundreds, possibly thousands by now, of people that have come to my nutrition and cooking classes and whose health and attitudes towards food has been transformed.

My own journey with food has been a rocky one. I became very ill in my late twenties, no doubt from my lifestyle and the terrible diet that I was eating. Croissants, coffee and cigarettes for breakfast, burgers for dinner and most likely nothing for lunch, I think you get the picture.

My emotions were out of control and my body exhausted and in bad shape, I would wake up and throw up every morning, be in bed with migraines every weekend and suffer with repeated infections, exhaustion and a body that was constantly in pain.

With the help of a Naturopath and a very strict diet that I undertook for over a year, I began to turn things around. My skin started to glow, my digestion improved and the headaches became a thing of the past. I would love to say that this was all it took and I have been a picture of health ever since but that would be a lie.

I have had to work at developing a way of eating that suits my particularly sensitive constitution. I’ve tried the macrobiotic approach, the raw food diet, paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian! I’ve been impossibly strict with myself, let it all go to pot and have now found my middle path.

I’m human and I love food, so I enjoy and let things slide from time to time, without any guilt but I now have the tools to get back on track. Eating good food has been the foundation that has helped me through some really tough times in life, enabled me to have a glowing pregnancy and got me through two years of sleepless nights with my son.

I may look in the mirror and see an older version of me but on the inside I feel a lot younger and healthier than I did when I was in my twenties.

Qualifications and Experience

Personal journey aside, I’m a qualified Naturopath who’s been registered with the ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association) since 2005.

I’ve also been in private practise and running nutrition classes and courses in Melbourne and the UK since 2001.

I was a regular feature writer for the Australian Natural Health Magazine for several years, before my son was born and have assisted wholefood chef Tony Chiodo, with cooking classes and the creation of his cookbook “Feel Good Food”.

My toughest audience, so far, have been the apprentice chefs I taught nutrition to for many years. These students were not afraid to let me know I was being a boring, crap teacher and could I please make learning about healthy food simple, interesting and fun! I think they transformed me far more than I them.

How can I contribute to your life and health?

Well, this is of course the million dollar question and an important one to think about, before you invest your time, money and energy with me.

Of course much of the success of any lifestyle or health programme ultimately comes down to you, which is often why it’s so difficult to get started in the first place, as you have to be ready for change.

From my side of the relationship, I guarantee that I will consider all aspects of your life and current circumstances both physically, emotionally and practically, before tailoring a programme for you. There’s simply no point in prescribing a course of action that’s going to feel overwhelming, out of reach financially or is time restrictive.

I can also guarantee that you will have a much better working knowledge of food after we have met, so you can deeply understand the reason why certain foods, or the way you eat them might be causing you hassle. People often comment that they find me easy to talk too, that they never feel intimidated or judged by me. Perhaps that’s because of my own personal struggles with health, diet and recovery.

I really do understand what it’s like to feel awful and not know why and also not know what to do or where to start in order to change that. With this support behind you, I can help if your struggling with food and health and help you to build confidence into your world, so you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

And lastly about my son
Oliver 2

My son Oliver is the person who has solidified my belief in the powerful benefits of good food.

Ollie was born with Down Syndrome, an extra chromosome that creates a lot of additional health challenges. He is nearly seven years old and is bright, alert and glowing with health. I honestly feel that this has much to do with what he eats, what I ate during my pregnancy and more importantly what we don’t eat.

It’s not easy to feed this cheeky chappy, oh no. It’s been a long road with food aversion, sensory feeding issues and unbelievable stubbornness on both our parts! I’ve never spent so much time in the kitchen, adapting and creating snacks and meals that he will eat and at the same time with provide the nutrition he needs.

When I look at how comfortable Oliver is in his healthy body and how much I’m assisting him in building a strong physical foundation for the rest of his life, I know it’s worth the effort.

I look forward to connecting with you and assisting in any way I can towards your food and health goals.

Helen x

If you have a child with Down syndrome, or another disability, then you may be interested to connect with me and other parents on a similar journey on the private Facebook page Three 21 Cookery Club.

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