Welcome to Meet the People, today we met Dr Victoria Baxter and this is what she had to say!
I’m Dr Victoria Baxter and I am excited to be launching my new “Love Food, Live Well” 6-week Programme across the Fylde Coast.
I have over 10years experience as Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and many (many) years’ experience as a chronic dieter! HOWEVER, something changed for me after having my daughter in 2017 and I’m no longer prepared to spend hours thinking about food, eating separately to my family or feeling angry at the injustice of not being “allowed” to eat certain things.
Upon realising that I don’t HAVE to live like this I decided to adopt a new attitude towards food, one which is based upon educating myself about healthy eating and giving myself permission and freedom to eat what I want, but with a realisation that what I want to eat is now changing.
It wasn’t long before I realised that this approach is just what I support my clients with every day in my day job! Giving people freedom to let-go of old “rules” and instead behave in ways that is important to them, learning to relate differently to your mind/emotions when faced with challenging situations is at the core of the work I do in the area of mental health and I realised is what I needed to apply to myself to change my relationship with food.
6 months on and I am loving my new approach to eating and have increased my activity levels to great effect. My family tell me I’m more relaxed around food and I feel more confident and generally happier in myself as a result.
This is WHY I have now collaborated with a Healthy Family Specialist nutritionist to take evidenced-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to the world of nutrition and healthy lifestyle in the form of our “Love Food, Live Well” 6-week programme.
My passion is to help people break out of the diet trap and find a new way forward with food and health that feels instinctively “right” for them.
This course aims to help people:
- Learn to listen to the gut and enjoy food in a new way.
- Identify what is most important to families in all areas of health and enjoy making changes together.
- Find effective ways of dealing with the mind and emotions to help make changes for life (including letting go of “the food police” and the post-cake guilt!)
- Learn how to navigate the minefield of information available about nutrition and apply this to a family’s personal circumstances.
We do this over 6 group-based sessions by providing tools to help you figure out what really matters to YOU about your health and change the way you respond to challenging food situations to make these changes, including “hands-on” guidance through the process by myself. There is also the opportunity to ask questions to our qualified Healthy Family Specialist nutritionist.
Everyone is welcome at the Love Food, Live Well programme, whether you are thinking about your own personal relationship with food or wanting to take a family approach this will be applicable to you [2 of the 6 sessions are designed around whole families with children welcome to bring this to life].
To find out more about our introductory rate for the March 2020 course or ask any questions please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our facebook page at “love food, live well” or Instagram @lovefoodlytham.