23 March, 2014
The Food Psychologist
I had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Christy Fergusson aka The Food Psychologist a few days ago. Dr. Christy Fergusson is a psychologist, nutritional therapist and clinical hypnotherapist who uses her personal experiences and training in nutrition to counsel young girls and women through a range of health issues.
Christy’s own health troubles started at the age of 12 and lasted throughout her teenage years with a range of diagnoses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, severe acne, bulimia, endometriosis, poly cystic ovaries, depression and more. Her battles with her own health sparked an interest in pursuing psychology and clinical nutrition at university. However, the turning point for Christy was a consultation with a naturopath following which she realised that the source of all her illnesses was nothing else but a poor diet. Once her diet changed, everything changed.
Christy’s book, ‘Hot, Healthy, Happy’ was published last year. Through the book, she shares her personal journey while breaking down various women’s health issues in a fun and quirky tone. Her goal is to change the way we think about food. Christy says, ‘It’s not just about the calories but learning about what is inside your food.’ Christy also shares her 21-day healthy eating programme that includes green juices, healthy smoothies, salads and desserts.
Christy’s top tip for those looking to kickstart their positive health journey is to take an honest look at what you eat and then, raise your standards. By simply upgrading and substituting the right ingredients, you will eat and feel better than before.
Christy is also a mum and extremely passionate about children’s nutrition. She shared her top tips to get children to eat healthier, while acknowledging that sometimes the real challenge is getting them to eat anything at all.
Here are Dr. Christy Fergusson’s top tips for parents of young children:
- Lead by example. Don’t drink Diet Coke and eat junk while expecting them to do otherwise.
- Don’t keep junk in the house. Always have healthier options that the kids can have access to.
- Sneak veggies in to their favourite dishes as much as possible.
- Get kids involved in cooking their meals. Christy has recently started a weekly show on her website where she cooks with her 5-year-old daughter.
You can view Christy’s weekly health videos and more at www.thefoodpsychologist.com
Meet Dr.Christy Fergusson on Friday 28th March at Be:Fit London at the Old Billingsgate in London. Visit www.befitlondon.com for tickets.