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About Soul Nutrition

Soul Nutrition was developed to help people step back from life, enjoy some quiet space to think, and explore their unique path to happiness.

We all need space; unless we have it we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently.

- Octavia Hill, 1883

Katie Sheen

KATIE SHEEN

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Katie’s expertise and relaxed, practical teaching style will inspire you with the confidence to enjoy putting into practice the mindfulness techniques in which she specialises. She holds a Masters degree in Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Using a combination of mindfulness, positive psychology and nutritional support techniques to enhance wellness, Katie always ensures that her presentations are packed with relevant ideas for you to take away. She has led bespoke workshops for corporate clients including Deloitte, Adidas, Barclays, Barclaycard and Greater Manchester Police. She runs regular events, meditation classes, courses and retreats for the general public, and has presented at conferences to a wide range of audiences, where she enjoys teaching mindfulness designed to support the specific needs of those attending. She has also contributed to a number of magazines and websites, as well as appearing on local radio and BBC Breakfast News.

 

MINDFULNESS

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Katie has been practicing mindfulness in her own life for over 16 years. Her qualifications and experience have recently resulted in her joining the communications team responsible for the new ‘Be Calm, Be Happy’ six weeks mindfulness course. This was launched in 2016 by The Community of Interbeing, a registered educational charity that offers mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was proposed for a Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King in 1967.

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Katie is a member of The Heart of Manchester and Stockport Sanghas, part of a growing network of Community of Interbeing groups composed of people from a wide range of faith backgrounds, who aspire to develop peace in themselves and in the world through the practice of mindful living. Katie continues to deepen her own practice by regularly attending retreats as well as her local Sanghas, and is therefore able to teach from her personal experience, including using mindfulness during being treated for and subsequently cured of cancer in 2015.

 

MINDFUL EATING

Raised in the hospitality industry, Katie saw from an early age how food is used to bring people together and form the heart of happy memories. She then went on to study the ways in which food can be used above and beyond these social occasions to support both physical and psychological health, and has travelled extensively to teach on nutrition related subjects.

nutrition To inform her nutrition work she has a Foundation Science Degree and Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the University of Bedfordshire and The Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), and is registered with the Department of Health approved Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

She has taught in various academic settings including the Masters Science degree in Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester, the Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition for the College of Naturopathic Medicine, and CPD events for Lamberts Healthcare. She has also written and presented both one-day short courses and online courses for the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

 

BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY WORK

Katie began her career as a researcher for BBC Television, working on the 1990 BAFTA award winning children’s documentary series ‘Ipso Facto’ and going on to direct a number of other successful programmes over subsequent years. When her Sister Emma’s husband (Paul Chamberlain) was struck down with brain cancer in late 2000, she founded the charity 'Astro Brain Tumour Fund', which she still runs on an unpaid basis with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers.

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Highly Recommended in the ‘Best New Initiatives’ category by the Beacon Fellowship in 2007, Astro Brain Tumour Fund has significantly increased the focus on low-grade (slow growing) brain tumours in the UK, running patient & carer information days in partnership with NHS trusts and funding research projects at leading neuro-oncology research centres across the UK.

They are currently working on groundbreaking case studies and the development of clinical trials with a focus on the potential use of ketogenic dietary therapy as an adjunct therapy for brain tumours, in partnership with the UK charities Matthew's Friends and Brain Tumour Research. From 2008-2011 Katie contributed as a Patient Representative to the British Neuro-Oncology Society Advisory Group, working with the Government’s Cancer Action Team on developing new NICE clinical guidelines for rare brain tumours.

 

SOUL NUTRITION

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The inspiration for the interactive elements of the Soul Nutrition website came from her experience in the world of brain tumours, combined with research undertaken initially for Katie’s own interest and ultimately as part of her Masters degree in Education.

The motivation to translate her experience and knowledge into an online format came from the desire to reach out to help more people than she could do in person, whilst also providing practical tools to support the content of her events and workshops.

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Mindfulness and Mindful Eating

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is not about escaping from the world, it is about engaging with life and discovering more happiness in every day.

Mindfulness allows us to bring a gentle, compassionate awareness and curiosity to what is happening in the present moment. It is an opportunity to liberate ourselves from thinking about the past or the future, to pause, then to focus on ourselves and on what is happening around us at any given moment. This practice enables us to build a core of inner strength from which we can respond to life more creatively and constructively, enabling us to live our life to the full and gain the insights we need in order to become calmer and happier.

Mindfulness practices are not limited to the meditation cushion. Any activity can become an opportunity to enjoy being fully present to the joys of being alive, particularly when combined with the practice of gratitude and appreciation.

 

Mindful Eating

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Mindful Eating is an opportunity to bring our attention to the food and drink that we consume, and to our related physical and emotional responses. By connecting more clearly and compassionately with ourselves and with the choices that we make we gain valuable insights that help us to create a more relaxed, enjoyable and supportive relationship with our food.

Whether you want to lose or gain weight, develop a more balanced attitude towards food, or simply make more choices that support your health and happiness, mindful eating can help you to achieve your goals. It can also bring a sense of deep connection to the world around you as you develop the ability to see not just the food that is on your plate, but all that lies behind it: the seed, the soil, the sun, the rain, and the countless people and resources who have worked together to produce the nourishment you need in order to enjoy life to the full.

Bespoke Conference and Corporate Workshops

To discover all of the Soul Nutrition events currently available for booking, please click here.

Have you heard about the benefits of mindfulness?

Would you like a bespoke workshop to deliver simple, realistic and achievable mindfulness strategies that can easily be incorporated into your workplace?

Mindful living brings focus, clarity, insight and happiness to our personal and professional lives. Mindfulness is about engaging wholeheartedly with the world and can be incorporated into every aspect of life, however busy that life may be. The habit of resting calmly in the present moment allows us to look clearly at the future and the past, and to respond constructively from a position of peaceful inner strength.

Companies around the world are now using mindfulness to build and support a healthy, relaxed, open-minded, unified and positive workforce. A wide range of research studies have proven the specific benefits of mindfulness within organisations, including:

  • Reducing stress, anxiety and depression
  • Reducing costs of staff absenteeism and turnover
  • Embracing change and supporting creative thinking
  • Improving concentration, memory and learning ability
  • Improving employee job satisfaction whilst increasing productivity
  • Enhancing communication skills, hence improving employer/employee and client relationships
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Katie Sheen has delivered mindfulness workshops at a wide range of conferences and workplaces, including Deloitte, Adidas, Barclays, Barclaycard and Greater Manchester Police. She always takes time to listen carefully to the challenges that your profession is facing, and then develops a bespoke presentation that includes practical, realistic and easily achievable mindfulness techniques that are specifically designed to help you and your colleagues to flourish.

Thanks to her nutritional qualifications she is particularly well placed to deliver an introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Eating, a popular subject to include as the nutritional component of corporate well-being strategies.

Looking for Luxury?

Katie is delighted to offer you the unique opportunity to host your company mindfulness events at Lucknam Park Hotel, Spa & Estate near Bath. This elegant and distinguished 5-star luxury hotel offers you individually styled rooms and suites, fine dining in the Michelin starred Park Restaurant, or more relaxed meals in The Brasserie. Explore the 500 acres of parkland on foot, horseback or in a hot air balloon. Unwind with a range of spa and well-being treatments, or perfect your skills and master new techniques in their Cookery School.

Katie and the Lucknam Park team design mindfulness retreats around the specific needs of you and your business, and would be delighted to discuss all the available options.

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If you are looking for an inspirational guest speaker, a workshop at your workplace, a conference session, a full day of mindfulness, or a luxury retreat at the Michelin starred Lucknam Park Hotel, Spa & Estate, please contact Katie directly to discuss your exact requirements.

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Supporting Brain Cancer Research & Support

Watch more about the inspiration behind Soul Nutrition in this video from 2014

 

nutrition wellbeing wellbeing health Astro Brain Tumour Fund is collaborating with other charities including Matthew’s Friends, Brain Tumour Research and BTRC to support research into the potential use of ketogenic dietary therapy for brain tumour patients, to be used alongside existing cancer treatments available on the NHS. We are delighted to be actively involved in enabling and financially supporting the first clinical trials in the UK into this metabolic approach to managing brain cancer.

There are over 100 different types of brain tumour, some of which are easily curable. Unfortunately, high-grade brain tumours and low-grade glioma (LGG) brain tumours are not. High-grade brain tumours are fast-growing, malignant tumours and have a relatively short prognosis ranging from a few months to a few years. Depending on the size, type and grade of low-grade glioma that you have, your prognosis is 5, 10, 20 years or more… but nobody can tell you exactly. At first the tumour grows slowly, but at any point it could start to give you symptoms ranging from seizures and physical disabilities to personality changes. One day it may well become malignant, but perhaps not. Either way, the surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy you will be offered is likely to extend your life, but it cannot save it. The diagnosis of a brain tumour therefore brings with it huge challenges: what do you do with your life now? What are your priorities? How will you manage to find happiness, hope and fulfilment under such circumstances?

Soul Nutrition is inspired by the amazing people who have shared their hopes, dreams, fears, inspirations, darkest moments and greatest joys with Astro Brain Tumour Fund. A brain tumour diagnosis makes us question our priorities in life and encourages us to shift things around so that we can spend more time on the things that are really important, not on what society tells us is important. We draw closer to the good people in our lives, welcome wonderful new people in as we meet them, and move away from those who do us harm. It helps us to find inner strengths that we never knew we possessed, and as we are forced through circumstances to use those strengths we can find increased self-esteem if we also learn to be kinder to ourselves, to recognise our limitations but praise ourselves for our ability to change and grow. Often the answer is to find meaning, purpose and happiness in what we initially perceive to be the small things in life.

I dedicate this website to the life of Paul Chamberlain, husband to my sister Emma, father to Ben and Lexy, and uncle to Jack and Freddie. Paul died aged 35 years old, five years after being diagnosed with a low-grade astrocytoma. He hoped that Astro Brain Tumour Fund would be a light in the darkness for the low-grade brain tumour community. I hope that Soul Nutrition helps that light to shine further than he ever imagined possible.

Katie Sheen, Founder of Astro Brain Tumour Fund & Director of Soul Nutrition

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How to get the best from Soul Nutrition

There are no rules! The best way to use Soul Nutrition is to trust your intuition and start with the section that you are most drawn to, without thinking about it too much. You can then explore the rest of the support tools whenever you are ready. Once you start to enter information into the spaces provided, remember to click “Save” when you are prompted to do so, which means that you can stop and then come back at any time to edit or continue. Sometimes it is good to take time out to think away from the screen, and you are never under any obligation to complete a section that you prefer to leave blank or partially completed.

happyThe Happiness Calendar is quick to use, and many people use this section every day to help them focus on the positive aspects of life. Calendar view enables you to look back over time and remind yourself of the happy memories that you are building up.

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nutritionNourish is a mindful eating food diary, enabling you to explore your unique mind-body-food connections. Benefits can be gained from using this in a relaxed way, perhaps for 5 days out of 7, so that it does not get in the way of your enjoyment of food.

It is useful to take a photo of the food and/or drink, upload it, and then put your phone away so that you are not distracted whilst you enjoy eating or drinking it. Afterwards you can go back to complete the reflective elements of the diary.

When using a laptop, you can create a read-only link from the week to a view page of Nourish that can be copied and shared with anyone who may like to see what you are eating. For example, they may be qualified to offer dietary advice. You can then explore which of the suggested foods and eating patterns support you most effectively by reflecting on any changes that occur in how you think or feel.

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Happiness Calendar

The Happiness Calendar is a quick & easy way to record the things that make you happy each day.

All too often we are thinking about what we believe would make us happy if only we had it in our lives… but this focus on what we don’t have can often make us miss the happiness that we already experience. It doesn’t have to be the big things, it can be something as simple as the sun coming out from behind a cloud just as you look up at the sky, or a train being slightly delayed so that you actually manage to catch it, and get a seat!

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The colours that you choose from the Manchester Colour Wheel can be chosen intuitively and vary as much as you like, or you can develop your own private coding system. It’s up to you!

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The Research behind the Happiness Calendar

The design is based on the well researched concept of gratitude diaries, which have been shown to help lift depression4, increase self-esteem5 and even improve people’s levels of satisfaction with their body shape and size, which can help develop a more positive relationship with food amongst those with a history of eating disorders6. The experience of noticing and being watchful for the positive aspects of life helps us stay “in the moment” instead of being distracted by thoughts of the past or future7, thus supporting a mindful approach to life and a greater feeling of connection to the world around us8. To “count our blessings9” sounds like an old-fashioned approach, but a huge body of scientific evidence now shows that this mindset starts a positive cycle of emotion that increases the frequency, intensity, breadth and depth of gratitude and well-being experienced over time.10

By being able to track your mood states through the colour representation of the Manchester Colour Wheel, you may become more comfortable about the inevitable ebb and flow of emotion and see that it is possible to find moments of happiness even on the worst of days; or you can use other elements of the website to shift things around in your life to experience happiness and appreciation more often. This is likely to reduce worry about what the future may hold11 and enable you to enjoy the present more12.

 

References

4 Meyer.B., Berger.T., Caspar.F., Beevers.C.G., Andersson.G., Weiss.M.(2009) Effectiveness of a novel integrative online treatment for depression (Deprexis): randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2009 May 11;11(2):e15.

5 Moritz.S., Kelly.M.T., Xu.T.J., Toews.J., Rickhi.B.(2011) A spirituality teaching program for depression: qualitative findings on cognitive and emotional change. Complement Ther Med. 2011 Aug;19(4):201-7.

6 Geraghty.A.W., Wood.A.M., Hyland.M.E.(2010) Attrition from self-directed interventions: investigating the relationship between psychological predictors, intervention content and dropout from a body dissatisfaction intervention. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jul;71(1):30-7. Epub 2010 Mar 23.

7 Tolle.E. (2005) The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Novato, New World Library and Vancouver: Namaste Publishing

8 Thien-An.T. (1975) Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice Berkeley: Dharma Publishing

9 Emmons R.A., McCullough M.E. (2003) Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2003 Feb;84(2):377-89.

10 McCullough, M.E., Emmons,R.A. & Tsang.J. (2002) The grateful disposition: A conceptual and empirical topography. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 112-117

11 Gilbert.D.T., Pinel.E.C, Wilson.T.D., Blumberg.S.J., Wheatley.T.P. (1998) Immune Neglect: A Source of Durability Bias in Affective Forecasting Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75 (3), 617–38.

12 Froh.J.J., Sefick.W.J., Emmons.R.A. (2008) Counting blessings in early adolescents: an experimental study of gratitude and subjective well-being. J Sch Psychol. 2008 Apr;46(2):213-33. Epub 2007 May 4.

SHIFT

SHIFT is a unique life coaching model, designed to help you find happiness by shifting the balance in life so that you focus on the skills you already possess, and prioritise the things that already make you happy.

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The Research behind SHIFT

So often we are focussed on some distant, vaguely unattainable goal which we believe will bring us happiness; a better job, bigger car, new house, better looks, more perfect relationship…… but despite sometimes being achieved these are all too easily replaced by the next goal, and the next. Caught in the midst of often conflicting beliefs about what “could” and “should” make us happy, it becomes hard to even identify appropriate goals to chase, and so we commit ourselves to a life where happiness is always out of reach13.

The SHIFT section of Soul Nutrition is inspired by the transformative effects of focussing on strengths and talents that you already possess, a technique widely used in the fields of life coaching14 and positive psychology15. By combining this with identifying what already makes you happy, it grounds you in the present and enables you to identify how you can shift things around in your life so that you play to your strengths and experience moments of happiness more often.

This positive emphasis enables you to focus on the times in life when you experience “flow”, those wonderful moments when you become completely engaged and happy in what you are doing and feel totally aligned with your true self. In other words, when you are doing something that uses your strengths and talents and challenges you enough to stop you being bored, but not so much that you are anxious16. This could be times which give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life whilst doing something creative or active, interacting with other people, or performing well at work17. How can you shift things around in your life to experience more moments of “flow”?

 

References

13 Noddings.N. (2003) Happiness and Education Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

14 Thomas.W., Smith.A. (2004) Coaching Solutions: Practical Ways to Improve Performance in Education Stafford: Network Educational Press

15 Seligman.M.E.P. (2011) Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being New York, Free Press: Simon & Schuster Inc

16 Csikszentmihalyi.M. (2002) Flow: The Psychology of Happiness London, Rider: Random House Group

17 Diener.E. & Biswas-Diener.R. (2008) Happiness:Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth Malden: Blackwell Publishing

 

Nourish

Love taking photos of food? Nourish automatically stores them in date order, so you can easily look back over your happiest memories & remind yourself where you were, who you were with & what you ate.

You can also use Nourish to develop a more mindful approach to eating, helping you explore the links between the food that you choose and the way that you feel physically and emotionally, for example to support a healthier digestive system or more effective weight management.

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The Research behind Nourish

Food provides the vital building blocks that enable us to build the hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemical messengers that help us to cope with modern life and make the most of any psychological tools that we use18 – so if we eat well we are better equipped to feel calm, clear headed, happy and ultimately to flourish both physically and emotionally19.

Studies have shown that both children20 and adults21 find photographic food diaries quicker, easier and more accurate to complete than written versions. Regular use has been shown to support effective weight loss22, with five out of seven days of self-monitoring being claimed by some to be the most effective level of use, including over the “high risk holiday season23.”  It seems that simply connecting with our food, switching off the TV, sitting at a table and noticing what we eat helps us to tune in to our bodies, relax enough to enable our digestion to work effectively, and realise when we are starting to feel full so that we automatically eat the right amount for our needs whilst enjoying the food more. 

This conscious connection that we make with ourselves whilst we eat forms the basis of the growing ‘Mindful Eating’ movement, explored in many books which draw on Buddhist24, spiritual25 and secular26 inspiration in turn. The reflective element of Nourish enables you to explore the benefits of mindful eating by providing space for you to record all the elements that may be influencing your food choices, as well as the physical effects of the food itself. What happens if you choose differently?  Do your mood and physical health improve or not?

You may realise that some of your eating patterns are driven by stress or other emotions that need to be considered, and that therefore you need to make some shifts in other areas of your life if you are to break the cycle of poor eating patterns.27 It could also be that making simple changes such as eating breakfast every day instead of grabbing a coffee on the run really does set you up for the day; and that choosing ‘real’ instead of ‘junk’ foods improves your mood and concentration, but if you have never had the opportunity to use foods in a functional way and notice their effects, how would you know?

If you would like some ideas to experiment with you can follow Soul Nutrition on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or browse our photo albums. We all thrive on slightly different food patterns, and I hope that Nourish helps you to discover the one that helps you as an individual to flourish, and hence to feel happier. 

 

Katie Sheen
Founder & Director, Soul Nutrition

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References

18 Gibney.M.J., Macdonald.I.A, Roche.M.A.(2003) Nutrition & Metabolism: The Nutrition Society Textbook Series Oxford: Blackwell Science

19 Bland.J.S., Costarella.L., Levin.B., Liska.D., Lukaczer.D., Schiltz.B., Schmidt.M.A., Lerman.R.H., Quinn.S., Jones.D.S., (2004) Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach Washington, The Institute for Functional Medicine

20 Higgins.J.A., LaSalle.A.L., Zhaoxing.P., Kasten.M.Y., Bing.K.N., Ridzon.S.E., Witten.T.L.(2009) Validation of photographic food records in children: are pictures really worth a thousand words? European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Aug2009, Vol. 63 Issue 8, p1025-1033

21 Heetderks-Cox.M.J., Alford.B.B., Bednar.C.M., Heiss.C.J., Tauai.L.A., Edgren.K.K. (2001). CD-ROM nutrient analysis database assists self-monitoring behavior of active duty Air Force personnel receiving nutrition counseling for weight loss. J.Am.Diet Assoc. 101: 1041–1046

22 Tate.D.F., Wing.R.R., Winett.R.A.(2001) Using Internet technology to deliver a behavioral weight loss program JAMA 285: 1172–1177

23 Boutelle.K.N., Kirschenbaum.D.S., Baker.R.C., Mitchell.M.E. (1999) How can obese weight controllers minimize weight gain during the high risk holiday season? By self monitoring very consistently Health Psychol. 18: 364–368.

24 Kabatzncik.R. (1998) The Zen of Eating New York: Perigee Books

25 Williamson.M. (2010) A Course in Weight Loss Carlsbad CA: Hay House

26 Koenig.K.R. (2005) The Rules of “Normal” Eating  Carlsbad CA: Gurze Books

27 Shen.H., Wyer.R.S.Jr. (2008) The impact of negative affect on responses to affect-regulatory experiences Journal of Consumer Psychology 18 (2008) 39–48

 

Butterfly Moments

It is interesting to note that it is possible to be too happy; we appear to need a slight sense of dissatisfaction with life to inspire us to achieve our full potential, and of course it is unrealistic to expect to be happy all the time. In one large study, students who scored themselves around 8 out of 10 for happiness went on to achieve more over the next 20 years than those who scored themselves higherA1.

Certainly in my own life I know that my greatest personal and spiritual growth has happened as a result of the toughest of experiences, but I also know that it was the moments of happiness that gave me hope for the future and pulled me through those times. Here is a quote that has sustained me for years, and helped me to become much more relaxed about the ebb and flow of life:

Happiness is something very beautiful, just like a butterfly. On warm summer days the butterfly darts back and forth above the green grass and the colourful flowers, looking very beautiful. But one must not try to catch it, for when the butterfly is caught in the hand, it becomes no more than just an insect.....this means that we should let happiness come and go just like the butterfly. When it comes, we should just enjoy it and not try to grasp after it. And when it goes, we should watch it go calmly and peacefully; then it will come back again. If we try to grasp happiness and hold on to it forever, it will die in our hands. We must let its beauty come and go and enjoy it while it lasts. That is the way of life and the meaning of life tooA2.

I purposely perceive each “butterfly moment” to be a sign that life is looking after me, encouraging me to hold on to a sense of belonging to this world even in the midst of the dark times, and to know that there will be days when those butterfly moments become the most dominant pattern that I can see in my life. I hope that by using Soul Nutrition you can start to see the happiness patterns that underpin your life too, and enjoy watching them come into the foreground.

Katie Sheen
Director of Soul Nutrition

 

References

A1 Diener.E., Biswas-Diener.R. (2008) Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth Oxford: Blackwell Publishing

A2 Thich Thien-An (1975) Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice Berkeley: Dharma Publishing

The Soul Nutrition Team

 

Ben Chamberlain, Graphic Designer/Student

Ben Chamberlain is a student and freelance graphic designer. Ben has particular interests in typography, branding, print and product design. He has created the Soul Nutrition social media quotes, handouts to accompany workshops, and is responsible for the original designs for Appreciating Windowsills.

Ben has toured Canada shooting with the U19 Great Britain Rifle Team, has learned mandarin for five years and visited Beijing and Shanghai as part of his studies. He is very much looking forward to developing his career in the creative industries.

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Susan Wood, Registered Dietitian

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Sue Wood has had a passionate interest in the relationship between food, health and disease for as long as she can remember. After graduating from Surrey University in 1982 with a degree in Human Nutrition and a diploma in dietetics, she started her dietetic career in the NHS in Kent and then moved to work as the company nutritionist for Safeway for a number of years before re-joining the NHS in Staffordshire in 1992. In 2008, the referral of one young adult for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy sparked her interest in ketogenic therapy and since then she has been pioneering the development of adult treatment protocols in the UK and raising the awareness of dietitians and adult neurologists to the potential that ketogenic therapy can offer adults. In 2009 she started to work alongside the Matthews Friends Charity, offering support to adults and their neurology teams seeking treatment and in 2011 she joined the newly formed clinical team at the Matthews Friends Centre for Ketogenic Dietary Therapies.

Sue and Katie met as a result of their common interest in nutrition, seizures and brain cancer. They also share a passion for empowering individuals to establish a more positive and beneficial relationship with food.

"In Soul Nutrition, Katie has developed a unique combination of tools; helping to illuminate our moods, thoughts and actions then enabling us to plan our small manageable steps towards lasting change. If food choice is on our target list, Nourish, with its unique photographic diary, can help us to take a fresh look and then provide practical possibilities to support change that is right for us. "

Sue provides support and consultancy services for Soul Nutrition, in particular working alongside Katie to develop both online and paper based resources to complement the interactive elements of the Soul Nutrition website.

 

Natural Aspects Graphic Design

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Nicky Acton of Natural Aspects has contributed creative ideas to Soul Nutrition since the website was first conceived. Having been inspired to paint and draw trees for many years, she was the obvious choice to become the sole graphic designer for the Soul Nutrition logos and all the accompanying design, educational and marketing materials.

With a Diploma in Herbal Medicine and a passion for dance, Nicky has over 20 years of experience in graphic design, print, marketing and business networking.

 

AsOne Design

When Katie took her A3 pad full of design and content ideas for the Soul Nutrition website to her first meeting with Joel Rush, co-founder of AsOne Design, he talked through lots of technical aspects but then paused and summed it all up by saying "I think what you want is a website that smells of meadows". Having completely grasped the concept he obviously got the job!

Joel, Adam, Becky, Tracey, James, Sallie and the rest of the AsOne Team continue to provide the technical skills and knowledge to turn Katie’s visions into reality, always adding their own creative input to enhance ideas and add new aspects to the interactive playfulness of the Soul Nutrition website. They also provide invaluable Business Mentoring, Digital Marketing & Communications consultancy services.

Thanks to their professionalism, the Soul Nutrition website was shortlisted into the top five in the ‘Best Application of Technology’ category of the Big Chip Awards 2013, just losing out to the worthy winner BBC iPlayer Radio App.

Visit AsOne at http://www.asone.co.uk

Research Projects & Partners

The Health Experiment

An innovative way of assessing mood amongst various populations around the world

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Would you like to join us as a Research Partner?

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with researchers around the globe who share our vision of helping to improve health and happiness. Research can utilise some or all sections of the Soul Nutrition website, and can be incorporated into wider well-being initiatives or cross-referenced with other well-being measurement tools.

The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale is already built into the site and can be made visible to your research participants if required; the website is also capable of calculating basic statistical information once participants have completed the online questionnaire at set time points, decided by yourself as part of your research project.

We can also supply you with a six digit 'Partner Code' so that research participants can link themselves to you via their Profile page or during their sign-up process. They can then choose to share the data that they input into some or all sections of the Soul Nutrition site with you; so for example, they could allow you to view entries that they make in their Nourish food diary in order to provide photographic data for dietary related research projects, but keep a private Happiness Calendar. You will be able to view this data via a specially generated ‘Partner Dashboard’ at a separate web address, details of which will be supplied if you wish to explore this option.

Please contact us with your ideas so that we can discuss all the possibilities available. Thank you.

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