Growing up in Canada, the kitchen was the centre of our family home. My mother taught me how to cook from an early age and I also loved watering the garden and picking the vegetables we grew. Our home-grown carrots might have looked different from their store-bought cousins, but they tasted much better.
As I got older, I noticed how food affected my mood, energy levels, digestion and stress levels.
Healthier Diet, Healthier Life
When several people close to me started developing serious health problems, I felt there could be a connection between these illnesses and their diets. Would a healthier diet create a healthier life?
This interest led me to study nutrition in the UK, where I learned to identify the connections between the systems of the body. I found out how diet, exercise, our environment and genetics affect whether diseases develop or not. Researching the mechanisms of the body and learning about nutrigenetics meant my advice is backed up by science.
Why Mental Health?
With depression running in my family, my interest in preventing the same thing happening to me inspired me to learn how mental health could be influenced by nutrient therapy. Understanding the challenges of adjusting our lifestyles in a consumer society, I am keen to motivate others in making practical changes that enable their bodies to heal themselves.
Ready to answer your questions.
As the owner of EatLiveLovefood, my interest in the effects of food on our (mental) health has become my daily work.
I finished my studies at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) in 2010, after having worked as a project manager in the healthcare industry.
I worked with charities such as Crisis over Christmas and The Food Chain to provide healthy meals to the homeless and deliver nutrition workshops to clients with HIV and AIDS. In the Netherlands, I volunteered with Op Eigen Kracht-training – a foundation originally run by the Dutch Food Bank – where I designed and gave workshops to their clients on healthy eating. See below for interviews and guest blogs we’ve participated in.
“Consultations with Joyce have been nothing short of a revelation. She straight away diagnosed an underlying, previously undetected, condition that had been detrimentally impacting my life. And then, with her extensive and comprehensive knowledge and experience guided me to realistic dietary and lifestyle changes. Working with Joyce has had a huge positive impact on my life 🙂”
“I came to see Joyce about improvements to general nutrition and health as I have a demanding and time-intensive job with very irregular eating habits and little time to exercise, which can be quite draining and stressful. She taught me about the right balance of the certain foods and recommended some good quality supplements. These not only helped significantly increase my energy levels but also improved my sleeping habits using stress reduction techniques. Joyce was very good at finding solutions for me that I could easily fit into my busy lifestyle. When we met the second time to review my progress, I had already integrated most of her recommendations into my daily routine and saw results within the first months without too much of an effort on my part. I was amazed to see how easy it can actually be to feel so much healthier all around. Joyce has given me a great motivational boost and this has given me the push to make other changes in my life.”
“My experience at EatLiveLovefood has been extremely good. I contacted Joyce because I felt my diet wasn't working for me anymore. I didn't have much energy and my anxiety levels were high. After a couple of months following Joyce's instructions, I can tell the difference. Every day is better. I feel much calmer and my energy levels are improving. Joyce is very helpful, approachable and knowledgeable. Without her support I would have never been able to change my bad eating habits. Her approach is clear and consistent. I would recommend her 100% to anybody looking for nutritional therapy or advice!”
Education & Memberships
Interviews & Guest blogs
Marjorie Lumet is a mindfulness trainer, coach and doula and she interviewed Joyce during COVID-19 time on the link between nutrition and mental health and strengthening the immune system.
Blanca Vergara is a coach that helps you dump your kryptonite so your superpower shines. Here she interviews Joyce on her superpower.
Mum’s the Word is a podcast dedicated to mums and in it Joyce talks about normalising the conversation around postpartum depression and tips on prevention and support.
In Shape Mummy – is an Australian company helping mums achieve the healthy figure they want and Joyce created all the delicious recipes for their programme
Iamsterdam – inspiring international expat profiles
Robert W Mason – photographer of the Sunday Sessions
Wilson’s Workouts – Biomechanics for injury-free training, bootcamp for women and strength training
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