Holistic nutrition and a mindset for eating - interview with Hannah Jones

Holistic nutrition and mindset for eating - interview with Hannah Jones

Images: from Unsplash by Priscilla Du Preez, and Nutritionist Hannah Jones

Last week we spoke with Nutritionist Hannah Jones about her personal journey to treat her anxiety with nutrition and the connection between how we feel and nutrition.

This week we ask her about what sort of mindset we should take with eating!

You're a great advocate of holistic nutrition, can you tell us what this means and how we should be thinking about what and when we feed ourselves?

Hannah: Holistic nutrition for me means looking at yourself as a whole, not just what you eat but also what you drink, do, think, feel and move. Ultimately it’s making conscious decisions about the things we do and placing health into all aspects of life, not just diet.

I’m a firm believer in balance and living life to your fullest. If that means having chocolate cake and a glass of wine then you should be able to do it as part of a holistic approach, because being overly restrictive can lead to falling off the wagon.

I’m an advocate of intuitive eating: eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you feel full. Instead of just eating everything on your plate, which some of us have been conditioned to do as kids, you don’t have to and instead need to listen to your body and how you’re feeling and thinking.

For me, holistic eating is a well balanced wholefoods diet that’s predominantly plant-based. Try eating an array of different fruits and vegetables, and all the different colours because every colour is a different nutrient. I aim for more fish over meat as it has more of the good fats than the bad trans-fats. When I do eat meat I have turkey or chicken, which are leaner and have less trans fats. Also, eating wholegrains like brown rice or quinoa which provide complex carbohydrates and resistant starches is important to feed your good gut bacteria. 

In a study that came out of Africa, children who lived in tribal villages and ate a diet rich in starchy vegetables and wholegrains had a completely different gut profile to those of children who lived in the city that ate a modern western-style diet that was low in these good gut foods.

As a Nutritionist I often create diet plans for people looking to lose weight and I see popular diets like the keto diet that can help you lose weight but then also reduce your good gut bacteria. So I really believe it’s important to take a holistic approach.

Next week we talk to Hannah about gut-health and some interesting stats she's seen on this between gut-health in men and women.

Hannah is a professional Nutritionist who specialises in holistic gut health, nutritional therapy, dietary education and diet plans. She is committed to forming relationships with patients looking to lose or manage their weight, create individualised diet plans, and much more. Hannah is here to improve her clients' quality of life - you can reach her at nutritionwithhannah.com or follow her on Instagram @nutrition_with_hannah.