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What Is A Healthy Relationship With Food? – Rhiannon Lambert (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert’s talk titled “What Is A Healthy Relationship With Food?” at TEDxUniversityofEastAnglia 2018 conference.

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The Question of a Healthy Relationship with Food

Do you have a healthy relationship with food? Have a think about it. What does this even really mean? Now, this is the question I am commonly asked by the majority of my clients who walk through my door in clinic.

And I’d like to ask you all some questions, and you don’t need to put your hands up, but do think carefully. Have you ever calculated the calories in your meal before eating it? Or have you followed the latest dietary trend like the juice cleanses, 5-2, Atkins, meal replacement programs? Or perhaps you’re that person that steps on the scales in the morning and then feels really blooming deflated afterwards.

Or you know you should be eating some more green vegetables and a whole varied diet, but you end up ordering a takeaway three nights a week and ordering the same thing to your desk at the office the next day. Because I don’t need to see a show of hands. I’m pretty confident the majority of you have tinkered with your diet in some shape or form to feel differently about ourselves.

We All Have a Relationship with Food

And the fact of the matter is, we all have a relationship with food. We have to eat to live, right? So this relationship has developed throughout our lives, and this is something that I discuss with my clients in clinic.

And I often call it your food world, which is everything you all believe about food, or your food script. And that’s the journey that it took you to get to where you are now with food. I developed an unhealthy relationship with food aged 17.

My Personal Journey with Food and Music

My life quite literally changed overnight. I went from working in my local Subway store as a sandwich artist, because believe it or not, that’s what we were called, to winning Classic FM’s Young Musician of the Year as a soprano without any formal training. I left home very young to London to embark upon a whole new life.

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