Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Dr. Bec
Now here is a sharp shooting, no bullshit talking nutritionist – and just look at that smile!
A qualified ‘nut’ after my own heart, Dr. Rebecca Reynolds is a balanced nutritionist, lecturer at UNSW Australia and owner of Wholesomely. She counsels sufferers of eating disorders, and like my good self, gets almighty upset with all the bullshit being dished up with regards to food and other aspects of lifestyle, e.g. physical activity. Bullshit because there is so much obsession and information that is not based on evidence out there. Dr. Bec does not agree with elimination and elitist regimes such as strict raw, paleo or other restrictive ways of eating. We can all heave a collective sigh of relief!
Dr. Bec and I share well documented concerns about orthorexia nervosa, the “health food eating disorder”, which gets its name from the Greek word ortho, meaning straight, proper or correct. This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as “raw”, “clean” and “paleo”. I wrote about it here, and you can read Bec’s most recent article Orthorexia nervosa: when righteous eating becomes an obsession here
Dr. Bec hopes to popularise evidence-based, balanced messages and help people chill out about food and enjoy it in a mostly:sometimes way. That is, mostly veggies and other goodies; and only sometimes my chocolate cake.
“Note that this recipe is not gluten-free, because the majority of the population do not need to be following a gluten-free diet.” That’s the kinda gal Bec is! RWW used to be for GF recipes but over the last year it’s been an open race. I am bringing back all food – no exclusions. Because food is a celebration of life and a mirror of society, so rather than portray a fragmented image, it is my intention to reflect a portrait of inclusion, unity and wholefoods.
Meet Dr. Bec
“I have loved food forever! Like most of us. It brings such joy to life – of course it nourishes us so that we can survive, but it also provides social benefits (just think about a lovely family or friend sit-down meal, where you finally get to chat about your busy lives). Since I was little I have loved nuts and chocolate – including combinations of – and I think this is because my Mum also loves these foods and undoubtedly ate them when she was pregnant with me.
Unfortunately, I fell into the pressure cooker (pardon the pun) that is an eating disorder in my teens, which I now (at 35) feel quite grateful for. Because it has led me to where I am today, helping others with eating disorders and paving a way for a wholesome approach to food.
What’s your survival food when you’re on tour, travelling or working late in your business?
Nuts. Easy to carry. Keep me full. Nourish me well. I particularly like eating roasted peanuts and raisins in the same mouthful.
What’s your healthy go-to comfort food – either at home or in a restaurant?
I don’t think that a comfort food needs to be healthy all the time. Most people eat now and then out of reasons other than hunger. So, if I am feeling cold for example, and not full (I find it unpleasant to eat when I am full), I will have a hot chocolate.
Wholesomely’s chocolate cake
220g very dark/dark fair trade chocolate
25g instant fair trade coffee granules
125g self-raising flour
125g plain wheat or buckwheat flour or almond meal
50g fair trade cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
480g caster sugar or brown sugar or low glycemic index (GI) sugar
4 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
7 teaspoons of olive oil (light flavour so you can’t taste the olives)
- Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease about a 20-25cm tin with some light olive oil and line base and sides with baking paper to create a ‘collar’ that extends 2cm above the top of the tin.
- Put butter, chocolate and coffee in saucepan and add 160ml of water and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat.
- Sift the flours, cocoa and bicarbonate into a large bowl. Stir in sugar (and almond meal if you are using this) and make a well in the centre. Add combined egg, oil and buttermilk and the chocolate mixture, stirring with a large spoon until completely combined.
- Pour mixture into the tin and bake for 1 h 40 mins or until skewer comes out clean (enough!) from centre of cake, it’s good if it is still a little sticky! Leave cake to cool. I don’t think it needs icing and like having it with a cup of black coffee.
Get in touch with Dr. Bec
Wholesomely: helping you live more wholesomely. Evidence-based lifestyle medicine addressing four main components of living: EAT DRINK MOVE THINK. Away from disorder, anxiety, nutrition crockery and dieting. Towards self-compassion, realism, mindfulness, enjoyment and a sometimes:mostly balance. From the heart.
Services include 1:1 consults and coming soon an online Living Wholesomely journey/program.
Melbourne Masterclass April 12 11-3pm.
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