Louise O'Driscoll

I have had a lifelong interest in health and fitness and also a long and chequered history of numerous diets and poor body image. In the years before I had children I worked as a  forensic accountant at KPMG and following that I had a career in investment banking, both of which involved long hours, stress, travel, and a drinking culture...none of which are particularly conducive to health! Despite my best intentions and repeated diets I gained weight and too often skipped exercise in favour of the bar across the road from wherever I happened to be working.


I have long been fascinated by the connection  - or disconnection - between what people know they 'should' be eating and doing to have a healthy body and what they actually do in practice. I also knew that there had to be something more going on psychologically to result in so many people struggling with issues with food and body, that it must be more complicated than the oft-quoted mantra of 'eat less, move more', relying on the tools of calorie counting and willpower.  I discovered the Institute for the Psychology of Eating which examines exactly this subject - mind-body nutrition - and I qualified as an Certified Eating Psychology Coach. I now work with people who wish to explore and heal in these areas.


Now I eat healthily - most of the time - and exercise regularly. I strongly believe in intuitive eating and exercise. There is no single perfect diet or fitness plan that suits everyone, the key is mindfulness - listening to your body and finding what works for you, then applying that consistently, whilst being alert to changes - just because something works for a while, doesn't mean that can't or won't change. Also we should always remember that food is a pleasure and a joy, an essential aspect of eating that often gets forgotten in our pursuit of health and a smaller pair of jeans!