Hi everyone!

Why is mental health such a passion of mine? Well for me it stems from a history of experiencing my own struggles. We are all human and I thought it would be fitting for my first blog post to confirm that I am a human who understands that food is more than just nutrients. Read on!

Brisbane dietitian and nutritionist Hannah Brereton on Queensland beach

My lived experience with an eating disorder

Growing up in an Italian family good food has always been an important part of my life. I have always valued food as more than just nutrients. It was a way of connecting with others and finding joy in creating meals to be enjoyed and shared.

Unfortunately, I am also highly competitive and driven to be the best. When stimulated by the right environmental factors, these traits lead me to a lifestyle where food became a source of anxiety and fear. I felt like inadequate if I didn’t achieve certain goals or look a particular way.

My perception of my body became distorted and food became something that I feared and felt I had to control. My performance in sport got worse and I felt like I was falling down a hole with no way to get out.

Through this time, I learnt that food can hold extreme amounts of emotional weight and food choices are closely linked to our mindset and feelings.

My Passion