Who Am I?
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Wal Herring the creator of this website. You will notice this site is a miss mash of lots of things, simply because I am a miss mash of lost of things. I am a mother of three, I am the youngest of three sisters who grew up rural on a small northland (New Zealand) dairy farm. I have travelled all over the world, having my first child in England, second in Japan and third at home, unassisted in Piha, new Zealand.
I love the outdoors – especially mountain biking, I have a love hate relationship with yoga (I often hate it while I am there, but love it when I am done!). I am a Nutritionist and I love food, most importantly I love how food can be a catalyst for our own personal growth. I am learning to love gardening (because I feel a pull to do so) and I most of all I love people. I love their quirks, their differences, I love trying to figure out how their brains work.
You intrigue me.
Diet is about feeling awesome
Its time to start THRIVING. No more excuses.
Start by cultivating a healthy relationship with your self or a healthy relationship with food – free yourself from the energy drainers in your life – weather it be your thoughts, the labels you have of food/movement or the labels and judgements of others. Just start.
Beliefs – About yourself, your body your health and also what you believe food will do or not do, for you. Emotional eating is the by-product of your beliefs.
Awareness – about how food affects you. Becoming inquisitive in your reactions (physically and emotionally) to food or if your health complaint(s) are affected by the food you eat.
Acceptance – of yourself – your body and your beliefs where they are today. We can always work on things and that will never change, but the first step is being ok with who you are, what you look like and what thoughts you have TODAY. It also is about seeing health and life as a journey.
Accountability – once you are committed to changing a habit or a belief, learning more in knowledge or just how to accept yourself you need accountability. Accountability will set the intention to be a clear focus. You will out grow your current situation when you make yourself accountable.
Healthy eating does not have to be boring or made into a sacrifice. I see healthy eating as a way to nourish yourself both physically and mentally, above all it should be something you want to do (as opposed to ‘should do’).
Why the name Wal?
Short for Wally. This has been my nick name ever since I was about 7 years old, for two reasons
1) I love to have a laugh and have been known to have an uncontrollable cackle now and again
2) when I was little I would find holes only a great contortionist could get into. I would fall asleep. Only to wake because a chorus of people were singing my name. My whole family had been looking for me. At the same time ‘Where’s Wally’ picture books were popular. As I was as hard to find as he was, the name Wally fitted rather well.