Eat well.

Train smart.

Be kind.

be kind

Food philosophy

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need” – Ayurvedic proverb

Food has the power to nourish, heal and energise our bodies, as the famous Greek doctor, Hippocrates, stated – “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. Over the last century, this innate wisdom has been lost amongst the advancements in food science, medicine, technology and an ever-growing “I’m too busy mentality”. As a society, we are no longer truly nourishing ourselves with food, instead opting for pre-packaged and processed “fake foods”, which cause us more harm than we could have ever imagined. To truly heal ourselves, we need to reconnect with real, whole, nutrient-dense foods and eat the way nature intended. Four simple food rules:

  1. If you can grow it, pick it, hunt it; if it will rot; if it was once alive (plants included) – eat it. If it is packaged and processed, don’t eat it
  2. Food should always be enjoyed – “healthy” does not have to mean “tasteless”
  3. Create an awareness and appreciation of how you eat and where the food you eat comes from
  4. Choose quality over quantity

Exercise Philosophy

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The conventional “calories in, calories out” recommendations for weight management have created a society of sick, over-trained, injured, tired and bored individuals. Seeing exercise as a way to burn off that extra slice of cake, or beer we had on the weekend is not going to create the healthy body you want. In fact, it’s incredibly unhealthy and damaging to your overall wellness. Exercise is a form of stress on the body, which means a little can be of huge benefit to your wellbeing, but too much is just as detrimental as none at all. My key exercise principles:

  1. Train smarter, not longer, doing a variety of exercises and movements that you enjoy
  2. Never view exercise as “punishment” for something else
  3. Always allow adequate time for rest, recovery and regeneration

Lifestyle philosophy

Stress, negativity, lack of sleep and lack of play can undo all of the benefits we obtain from eating well and training smart. It’s true. So start being kind to yourself (and others) NOW by:

  1. Try to get 7-8hrs of sleep each night to allow your body to adequately rejuvenate
  2. Incorporate stress management into each and every day, such as meditation, deep breathing or simply going for a 10 minute walk (or sit) outside
  3. Play! Do something fun with friends or family on a regular basis that is unrelated to work or exercise

Remember –

  • 
Optimal wellness is so much more than simply eating good food, but food is an excellent starting point
  • You can’t out-train a bad diet
  • Even if something is common (e.g. fatigue, lack of menstruation, joint pain, sugar cravings, 3pm energy slump), that does not mean it is NORMAL
  • Just because your parents had it, doesn’t mean you will – we can manipulate our genes through diet and lifestyle choices


You deserve more – stop simply surviving and start thriving!

3 Comments on PHILOSOPHY

  1. Meaghan
    September 5, 2014 at 3:46 am (3 years ago)

    Your philosophy aligns with my own, and it is one that took me many years to define (and still struggle to maintain). I suffered from the low-fat, intense exercise mindset all through college and was without my period for almost five years. I moved home, ate more, exercised less, and voila! I gained weight and have been menstruating ever since. My gut issues are so much better with a grain-free, locally-sourced diet as well. I love the work that you’re doing by educating women how to be their best selves. Keep it up!

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  2. Hannah Kerr
    March 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm (12 months ago)

    Hi, I am a college student who is in the process of fighting secondary amenorrhea and I have been searching for blogs to help me and when I came across yours I go inspired by what you had to say and the story you went on as well. I am searching for that place where I can be happy with eating more and working out less so I can start menstruating again. How can I gain weight in a healthy way?

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    • Kate Callaghan
      March 28, 2016 at 6:15 am (12 months ago)

      Hi Hannah,

      I would love to help you get things back on track, if you are interested in working with me on a one-on-one basis? Otherwise have you checked out the strategies in my ebook – http://www.theholisticnutritionist.com/ebook ?

      Kate x

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