Did I mention that I used to work at Coca-Cola?
It always raises eyebrows when I tell people I was a senior marketing manager at Coca-Cola for many years. They just don’t expect it from a certified nutrition coach. I totally get that the concept of Glorious Wellness and my previous job at Coke don’t sit naturally together. And I can say that studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition on my commute and at weekends whilst working full time at Coke was a total head f*ck.
Working at Coke was friggin’ awesome. I’ve worked in advertising and marketing for 20 years and a job at Coke is seen as THE top of the marketing tree. It was an amazing place to work, alongside the brightest, brainiest, bravest people EVER.
I got interested in nutrition whilst I was at Coke. After 2 decades of adult acne, I was referred to a nutritional therapist who helped me work out that cow’s milk and gluten were causing my skin flare-ups. I’ll be forever grateful to her for helping me get to the root of the problem, where previously I’d only been dealing with the symptoms. Thank gawd I’m finally spot-free in my 40s.
After that, I got interested in how nutrition heals our skin and bodies. Then I decided to study it. Then I had a dream to help other people to get well and out of the cycle of feeling borderline crappy. It’s why I decided to leave a hotshot job at Coke to set up Glorious Wellness.
After my radical career change, some people might expect me to Coke-bash.
Sugar-tax hoo-ha and all that. I won’t do it. Classic Coke’s been around for almost 130 years and was developed by Dr John Pemberton to help fortify himself after he came back from war. He designed it with sugar and caffeine as a pick-me-up and it was served in small glasses in pharmacies. His intent was honourable. He didn’t set out to make people fat or contribute to the global obesity crisis.
What’s changed all these years later is how we interact with it: how often we drink it and in what quantity. As with many things, we've taken something that’s meant to be enjoyed now and again in moderation and applied the ‘bigger is better’ rule to it.
We don’t have to buy into that thinking.
Next time you’re buying a coffee or a glass of wine or a pizza or a Coke – try ordering the SMALLEST size on offer.
You might be surprised that it’s enough. Ask yourself ‘have I had enough?’. If not, tell yourself you can always have more later. We’re not living in times of scarcity. Tune into what your body is telling you, not your brain. They often give us very different messages and when it comes to nutrition, it’s best to trust your gut.
A client who is slowly combatting her over-eating said to me:
“I’ve realised that it’s MY food on the table. I bought it. I don’t have to pile a massive portion onto my plate. No one’s going to steal it. I can always go back for more. It’s MY food and MY fridge”
And one other thing. A Coke is a treat. To be savoured once in while. Not all the time. Like pizza or chocolate or ice-cream. It's for high days and holidays only.
If you’re fed up of feeling out of control around food and want my help to get gloriously well, sign up for for a complimentary 30-minute Wellness Review