Ilona Madden, Nutritional Therapist

Ilona Madden, Nutritional Therapist


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subscribe hope you enjoy it good morning Ilona how are you good morning Fiona how
are you fine thank you would you like to introduce yourself to
my audience yes hi I’m Ilona Madden I am a nutritional therapist yep and your
business is Right food for you my business is Right food for you and I’m
based in Bray so would you my tell you a little bit
about your career today’s yeah so I started really in that area in 2014 I
studied first helped a nutrition coach and then I I mean I really was so
fascinated by the whole idea of the power of it you know the transformation
I’ve seen and I just decided I have to go on so I studied for another three
years nutritional therapy and while I was studying I was also working in a
weight loss clinic where I helped loads of people who had issues you know who
wanted to lose weight but also people with diabetes and I’m really gained
great experience there great and and where was educated in
Dublin and and why did you choose to set up right food for you okay that’s like
many people it’s usually a personal story so I let’s say my early forties I
started the weight creeping up on me you know the typical things yeah I tried to
eat less and exercise more but it wasn’t working well I wasn’t actually pushed
like that it wasn’t working anymore and I just by chance came across some
friend of a friend who was studying nutritional therapy and she was looking
for case studies basically so I said actually you know I mean I didn’t think
I actually brought my food my diet was okay you know I wasn’t living on
takeaways I wasn’t eating major rubbish product you know out of curiosity the
theme she found was that my production was were all over the place it totally
made sense to me really made sense so I I was the person constantly hungry you
know that hangry person so err if I didn’t get food I would explode I was
very stressed I was very anxious you know it just wasn’t in a good place and
I realized oh yeah I had low no energy you know sometimes I would have to like
lie down in the afternoon really really meant so the thing I noticed straight
away once I implemented some of the things she suggested that my energy
levels came up that led me to you know it’s just more energy I managed to
exercise more I managed to cook more from scratch at home because I have the
energy I wasn’t floor to the ground when I came home in the evening so it’s just
one thing led to the other under more I was exercising the more I
felt I needed to eat better and you know so that change was so profound that I in
said I have to share it I you know I can’t keep that to myself it was just so
it’s way too important to not share it I want to help
although women you know especially at that time early 40s you know where where
things aren’t just domestic and what offerings do you have a right food for
you yeah yeah so basically it’s it’s a couple of thing so I have online
programs where you are you know you’re supportive pretty supportive in a closed
Facebook group so you get all appease the shopping list and then Daily
Post literally they feed were you how are you doing today maybe try out this
did you try that recipe so that’s over four weeks it’s really supportive group
of people are sharing their experiences and so on so that’s the only I think so
that’s something anyone can do from anywhere anytime you know so you access
the tips basically whenever the other thing I do is small groups i you know do
– in the spring time you know now end of January and then again even before the
summer and then after summer holidays so small groups where again where this is
supported and thinking where people are sharing their experiences and stuff and
really to get people you help especially with the sugar cravings you know kind of
learning about foods what foods do in your body and all stuff again it’s you
know so that’s it with people with three people not online yeah that’s what I
didn’t pray and then the third thing is really the one to once where I see a
client I’ve set my programs over at the space of eight weeks because that’s how
long it takes to create new habits and I see them first session it’s really
really long you know where it asked but as loads of questions where I tried to
find out about the person you know the background health history and all that
and then we meet again either once weekly or fortnightly depending on the
schedule where we go over the week what works
what didn’t work why even more exploring so the the programs are there’s no set
program as such and it’s led by the other clients so for some people they
already have a very good understanding of food or good diet but need more
fine-tuning I can do tests for example where I find out you know what is really
causing it but with some people it’s just kind of really simple to cook you
know so it’s really led by the client there’s a huge coaching element you know
where give the encouragement where I you help people find out for themselves as
well you know what’s going on why do I find it so hard to to get myself cooking
or eating healthy foods so it’s yes they’re very successful could you give
me an example remaining my audience who might be so familiar with nutritional
therapy an example of it a typical client would work yeah so so one time
she just finished a program with me very typical she I know her well so I know
when she said she’s eating hardly anything you know I see her food diary
she’s in the gym in same gym as I was and she was eating barely anything
anymore and she was exercising hard so the common thing is yeah you just have
to eat less people create a calorie deficit and you have to work harder so
it was kind of put back on her but she was very frustrated because she didn’t
didn’t see any results and so she sat down with me um from what she was
telling me she just wasn’t absorbing of nutrients properly you know I could see
that so we worked out a way of helping her absorb the food better so by
digestive aids with foods have help with digestion better and you know kind of
really targeted nutrition so why she was eating well and that was the big
frustration and she wasn’t getting the right nutrients she wasn’t getting them
even so now by helping them her actually you know getting the food getting the
protein properly absorbed and digested within a short space of time she noticed
that she was feeling better thinking while she you know started
losing weight she’s started enjoying her exercise again and she I think the
nicest thing was also when she said she just feels she’s in a much better place
herself you know yeah that’s really what’s driving me you know when you see
the success stories yeah and it’s not all about you know Orion you have to
need to solve it’s only and you know it’s the right and that’s why I call the
company right food for you it’s finally what is right for the person for the
individual you know what nutrients are you missing maybe or do you need more of
what you need less okay wait and I know one of the areas that you are
really passionate about is the whole sugar and sugar addiction yeah would you
like to talk to us a little bit about that it’s just that’s where I started
myself you know balancing the blood sugar you know because I was constantly
eating on constantly hungry and then an hour later I was only again it’s it was
eating a lot of fast I have to admit and chocolate you know I can’t couldn’t stop
myself eating the chocolate and I find that something that I hear from a lot of
clients where they come down fall down and that’s kind of I need to have
something sweet after dinner oh I just can’t say no to dessert I you know when
I start with a bar of chocolate I can’t say no and yeah that’s you know you’ve
just had a good big meal and you still feel you need to eat something sweet
after I ate just feel once we managed to you know instead of that kind of sugar
spike and then going up and down all day which causes stress as well if we can
only get that balance by yet by eating slow-releasing carbs avoiding the highly
processed sugar yeah getting you know people then say to
me they yeah but your life has to be balanced and you have to have some cake
sometimes and that’s what I want to get to get rid of the craving stead of this
all have to have it and get a healthy relationship with sugar so if you have
an occasion would you know birthday or family occasion you have that cake but
you know have the freedom to decide yeah I want it or I don’t want that yeah yeah
yeah so that’s kind of where I think you just but you have to be strict in the
and we and how do i this how do you suggest people do that yeah exactly by
by cutting it out you have to put it out for a certain while you know to start
with I think a good example is most people when they if they take me sugar
in the teeth you know that’s about it you’ve been taking and then you
challenge yourself or in two weeks four weeks not to put sugar in the tea and
then you try it again with sugar in with the tea with the sugar it just tastes
horrible so I think most people would agree that or half might have tried it
and it’s the same with with the sugar addiction so if you’ve gone for a
certain time away you know not eating sugar at all and eating slow relays and
carbohydrates and you know you know not just the white toast for example you
your taste buds change and you don’t crave the sugar as much and everything
just tastes too sweet so you don’t actually like the really sweet things
anymore so it’s not depreciation yet you know so
so you look at this this cave that you would have improvements that no two
before you look at it you try it on I know it’s just too sweet
that’s kind of home yes I know for me when when I was doing the renovation on
the house five years ago I used to chocolate biscuit cake and Diet Coke
used to be my weakness I know I know I couldn’t I wouldn’t eat the you know
that tiny piece but it’s just I don’t enjoy it exactly
to size exactly and that’s it so I think you need a certain period where you’re
very strict do you know get the support that’s that’s important as well you know
half the support be very straight then it’ll get easier and then you can
develop a healthy relationship again okay and so can you tell me I always ask
my people in the interviews three tips that you would give to help improve the
health of the nation so from from your angle as a nutritional therapist who’s
actually write the whole sugar addiction was and what three tips which would you
girls yeah so obviously yeah it is that the number one is get your blood sugar
under control so you can do that by completely cutting out all the refined
sugar eating slow-releasing carbs and combining protein a little bit of
protein with every meal you know that helps break down the sugar won’t be
released as quickly but the one thing we’re really found a big breakthrough
was fasting so intermittent fasting of not eating 12 hours at least 12 hours so
after your dinner you have your dinner at 7:00 you don’t have your breakfast
till 7:00 in the morning so it does a couple of things it actually helps your
body teaches your body to use the fat reserves again it gives a time to heal
apart from the practical side of people you know if you suggest that to anyone
they don’t snack after dinner anymore so that is a very practical thing but if
you can extend that up to 14 hours or 16 hours you you just don’t feel the hunger
anymore don’t feel the cravings like a few years ago I could there was
no way I could have gone without breakfast absolutely not now I have no
problem I wake up in the morning do my exercise whatever I eat at some stage
I’m not this kind of or half to have a breakfast so and I think that’s what
intermittent fasting is teaching yeah so your body so that would be number one
blood sugar balance intermittent fasting so that’s already – sorry and the second
one was I read because I’m so passionate I’m also really digging – all right and
you know paint myself it’s the colors you know I’m not talking skittles
it will say Oh Smarties the colors in your food I mean just if you look at it
you know I always say eat the rainbow or try to have at least three colors you
know you mean it just looks visually so much nicer that gets you to eat more
vegetables more you know fruit but really focus more on the vegetables get
the variety in you know try a new vegetables I think we’re so always the
same thing so we eat the rainbow at all the colors
in then number three is you say and it’s absolutely it’s the key I find because
you have control over water to eat it’s so much food has no really bad parts you
know the kind of causing a lot of issues everything is you know whether in the
jars yeah you just have when you cook from scratch control you have a better
relationship to your food on you know you don’t have to I mean it doesn’t have
to be complicated recipes and I find a lot of people have this fear of in
trying out new things like oh no how hard time to try out a new recipe
yeah try it and you see it only takes ten
I mean but I say it doesn’t have to be able just put some meat or fish or
something under the grill put you know roasted vegetables of steam some measure
a little bit of water a little bit of salt
it’s not complicated yeah yeah but the thing is and on enough to say that you
know you know for your credit as well by trying out the recipes by seeing them
done it’s so much easier gain the confidence to do it yeah but you also
gain the confidence that when you have nothing more you think you have nothing
in your fridge and you go through the things and oh I remember
Fiona how did the brand Cimino for example that’s a staple for me now you
know just oh yeah if you have that anything things I have a bit of you know
whatever bacon some beige you know and it’s the because we’ve tried the recipes
then you have better ideas of you know you don’t look in the fridge where
there’s nothing there I have to go to the freezer immediately I think that’s
really so yeah look sugar balance eat the rainbow uncle Francois fantastic yep
therapist I didn’t intermittent fasting all the time as well and I I find I
really liked it so I try but I try and do is eat my dinner at about six seven
o’clock and then it doesn’t mean you don’t event then after dinner but I’ve
never one really to sit in front of the TV and lunch but it does help em and
then I’ll usually have breakfast Asia nine o’clock tea resumes are exciting
and it’s so I mean so vital and I think even if you if I could get more people
to doing that I think that alone for many people myself so many health and
energy efficiency and also it doesn’t have to be one effort to let one effort
work for several meals and fries they are super than the fridge are having for
lunch serves you know you’re not spending too much time in the kitchen
really yeah so a lot of what’s next for right food for you I have saved myself a
maybe go aboard I like because and so for
20 20 and set myself the goal I want to help 100 people get rid of the sugar
great fantastic and I do that by offering a free call so free 30-minute
session with me on the phone we go through a few bits and pieces I’ll ask a
few questions but then I’ll give you tips three tips that you can implement
straightaway and get started so that is my goal so yeah people can get in touch
with me through my website so you can book the call straight away but Isis
like you know so there’s a few times the dates open please help me that’s their
wonder people so if you want to somebody who really struggles with yeah not every
day but yeah not be it’s super addiction that’s actually yeah yeah who’s not
being able to say no to the desert or cakes or whatever give me a call
wait and and I always like to ask people what would their last meal be so what
would their desperate about it okay okay it has to be in South Africa because
I’ve been going there on holidays so I don’t know if I’ll be imprisoned so
whatever but and that’s where I got the really good food and South Africa they
were really big into their low-carb so you know the way like we have vegan or
whatever gluten free they have low carb or banting they call it diet but local
arts are so but my is one restaurant owners have to order it in from the
restaurant they do oysters baked oysters with a garlic blue cheese sauce and it’s
why I know it’s right taste the oyster yeah probably sacrilege to oyster eaters
know they are just divine they’re in nice oysters and then I don’t
mind what kind of fish but in South Africa they have really nice exotic fish
you know they prepare them whatever the spices they use and beautiful they just
I and then for dessert there is this restaurant and they do the most divine
macadamia nut brownies dreaming of it and would you have anything to drink
with us who the South African red wine or yeah yeah yeah great for the tourism
in South Africa yeah and would you mind telling my audience how they can get in
touch with me they’d like to know we will put all the links in the
description below but I’m far away yes so my website is called right food for
you so it’s the number 4 and U www.rightfood4u.ie that’s my email
is on that so it’s [email protected] and I’m also on Facebook
with the same name rightfood4u okay well thank you very much
well thank you then I hope you enjoyed that video today with Ilona Madden from
right food for you please like and comment below and don’t forget to
subscribe why not check out my other videos like
the labneh cheesecake I know it’s Ilona’s favorite dessert or
one of my quick meals like the prawn and aubergine curry so it’s easy to cook
from scratch thanks a million we’ll see you soon

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