I’m Annie, founder of The Thinking Kitchen! I’m studying PhD in Nutrition and Behaviour at the University of Bristol, having completed a Masters in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford and my undergraduate degree at in Experimental Psychology at Bristol, researching eating disorders and emotion processing.
Having lived (and eaten) like a typical student over the last 3 years, I have become increasingly aware that an unhealthy diet can have many consequences to both physical and mental health.
As a sufferer of eczema, rhinitis and hypothyroidism, I’ve always thought that I have a naturally low immune system. However, I have found a whole community of researches/nutritionists/chefs/food-bloggers who have good reason to believe that immunodeficiency disorders are associated with poor diet, namely excessive dairy and gluten intake. However, although I have been prescribed many different types of medication that haven’t worked, no doctor has ever mentioned diet or nutrition.
So I am going to investigate how (and what) foods are related to my illnesses by changing my diet and lifestyle. In doing this I am to use psychological understanding to not only change what I eat, but also change the way I think and behave towards food.
I thought it would be interesting to document my progress as both a motivation to continue and to share what I learn about nutrition. Also, I believe that understanding the psychology behind food and eating behaviour is not given enough attention when thinking about wellness and diet. So, I have also started this blog as a place to look at the transition to a healthy lifestyle with a psychological focus.
I want to share with others my passion for cooking and psychological perspective of eating – this has lead us to setting up this pop up with the aim of changing the way people think about food!