There’s so much information out there that actually it gets pretty darn confusing. One minute the World Health Organisation says one thing, the news reports another and let’s face it, what’s on facebook/twitter/instagram has a pretty big impact too. So why should you listen to a word we have to say? Here’s a few reasons why…
1. We’ve spent a good number of years training…
and studying and doing more training! Qualifications DO matter, no matter what that social media guru might say! Spending time understanding this stuff is really important because you get to understand the WHOLE picture. That matters when you’re working with real people, real issues and real mental and physical health. You can read our bios for what we’ve done.
2. We like science and are EVIDENCE BASED:
We think science is pretty darn amazing and love it when we see really rigorous experiments and testing done and are very grateful that people do this stuff day in day out to help change our world for the better. When we talk about being ‘evidence based’, we’re talking about looking at the BREADTH of the data available, not just a single piece of research that fits our bias. It can be uncomfortable – it means we have to shift as the body of evidence does. We’re also fairly clued up on scientific methodology (you don’t get a BSc or Doctorate without it) and have seen some terrible ‘science’ bandied around and some even worse conclusions drawn from it. Science is incredible, but it has to be done rigorously which is why we look at the full body of what’s available right now.
3. We like learning and we read a heck of a lot:
So we’ve got some good, academic learning under our belt but we’re passionate enough about this stuff we actually spend our free time learning about it all too. We like to read, discuss, wrestle with and critically analyse information that comes our way as well as listen to podcasts on the go and scour books and papers/journals for the latest info. There’s so much information that gets tossed around in the news, much of it that comes from science somewhere, but gets twisted and flipped upside down before it reaches the public domain. We like nothing more than to find the original source, look at what was actually found and base our conclusions around that, not what the media would like it to say.
4. We love to help real-life, unique and amazing people:
Science can tell us so much but it goes best when holding the hand of people’s actual experience. “Sugar is doing us no good” says the news. “I feel so much more energetic for eating a varied diet and not demonising any foods” says the client in front of us. Science and experience working together just nicely, thank you very much. And even better when there’s a whole host of people having very similar experiences, just ask us and we’ll point you in their direction. Science can tell us how it’s supposed to work and what will happen if x=y, experience tells us whether it’s true and what it looks like for an individual’s unique body in practice. We’re passionate about moving away from this terrible habit of encouraging everyone to be unique whilst in the same breath telling everyone to do it the same way. Which is why when it comes to food we encourage eating a varied diet…the amounts and particulars of which will look slightly different for everyone, depending on the bajillion factors that makes them unique.
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