FULLsome was founded by a desire to help people who struggle with food and want to create healthier relationships with their bodies and food, people who want to be more mindful of what and how they eat, and those who want to get more vegetables and whole plant based foods into their routine eating patterns.
Based on the above, FULLsome offers two types of food retreats, Mindful Eating and Plant-Based Basics.
Mindful Eating is defined as paying attention to our food, on purpose, moment by moment, without judgment.
It's the 'without judgement' part that tends to baffle most people, having been brought up with a focus on how our bodies look 24/7. Mindful Eating makes sense in theory, but how do we practice it? Why is it helpful? What does it really mean underneath all the self-help quotes and Instagram posts? By taking a deep dive into our relationship with food, participants can leave the retreat feeling more in tune with their bodies, their habits and with their own mindful eating tricks up their sleeves.
Plant Based Basics
Plant Based Basics is an intro to replacing animal products (meat, dairy & eggs) with plant options - but in a simple, easy to understand way with practical ingredients that don't come from Mars! We take participants through all the plant based staples like nutritional yeast, tofu, tempeh, different grains, seeds and nuts - so when faced with a shopping aisle full of choices it's far less intimidating.
Central to Plant Based Basics is teaching the 'balanced plate' theory which helps balance meals in terms of calorie intake as well as the main macro nutrients. We do this because many people tend to swing heavily to carbohydrate foods when they try and eat more plant based, and that can result in frustrating weight gain as well as micro nutrient imbalances. We don't get heavy on the science, we stick to practical examples and focus on zero restriction and maximum satiety!
Participants take home a recipe book covering all the meals made and eaten on the course.