Hey, I'm Oonagh
I love what I do professionally. Although I am a registered Nutritional Therapist, most of my work is helping people to unlearn "Nutritionalism". Within the framework of Intuitive Eating, I help women to regain their inner wisdom and learn to trust their body again. I firmly believe in the Health At Every Size movement and social justice.
I am a lover of tasty food, being socialable, sharing and enjoying my life with others around me, but I also appreciate being alone, in nature and seek solitude at times. I do not believe in diets, healthism or that food can be used as a moral compass.
While food and lifestyle are important for health, hyperfocusing on these areas often lead to guilt, shame and lack of fun and pleasure in our modern lives. What would it be like if you never dieted, never tried to "fix" yourself, shrink yourself or change your appearance.
If you had the headspace to enjoy life and seek pleasure without body image concerns, what would life be like for you?!
Over the years, I have studied with Evelyn Tribole, co-founder and author of Intuitive Eating, Laura Thomas, author of Just-Eat-It and founder of The London Centre for Intuitive Eating.
I completed specialist practitioner training with Eating Freely.
As part of my CPD (continual professional development) I am studying 4 courses during 2023
Reclaiming Body Trust (to enhance my personal journey)
Herbal Medicine for Women with Dr Aviva Romm MD.
Stress & Resilience with IHS
In addition to the above mentioned, I continue to do weekly webinars on a wide variety of topics and attend conferences a few times per year. This year I'm focusing on mental health and the gut-brain-axis.
Healing from within, without dieting!
I work with a non-diet, weight-inclusive approach, combined with functional medicine methods to uncover underlining root causes. In addition, I will support and encourage you to rediscover your own intuitive eating skills, allowing you the space and time to understand how certain foods and eating behaviours can serve your body well, or sabotage your true happiness.
Nobody wants to be on a restrictive diet for the rest of their life or to eliminate foods they enjoy. I've yet to meet anyone who is truly happy following a "diet" forever.
Can you imagine yourself as a 75 year old, and still weighing yourself to assess your "health", counting calories, carbs, points or syns!! Don't go there, it's a depressing thought.
Happiness and true health does not come from a number on weighing scales, or your physical shape or size. Happiness is within you, no matter what you look like on the outside. And believe it or not, you can be healthy in a larger body.
I love supporting people to reach their health goals in a non-judgmental and holistic manner. With the right support and education you will be able to cut through the BS about food you’ve read on the internet, ignore fad diets and just eat the food you enjoy and you know that it serves your whole body and your mind.
- I have a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy which I studied for 3 years at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, in London.
- I am a full member of the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland, and The Association of Naturopathic Practitioners.
- Membership of the above has strict qualification criteria and insists all its members must carry out ongoing Continual Professional Development training throughout each year.
- I strongly believe in evidence based nutritional therapy. As part of my Continuing Professional Development, I regularly participate in webinars, attend conferences and seminars both in Ireland and UK, to gain further insight into specialised health topics.
- I am a registered Eating Freely specialist, allowing me to support clients with Binge Eating Disorder & Emotional Eating.
I am also lucky enough to be a very proud mother to wonderful 3 boys, a wife, sister and daughter. I have a supportive nature and get great satisfaction from helping others. When I’m not working, I enjoy being active and being in nature as much as possible. I love hiking, yoga, dancing (not very well) and horse-riding.