Amanda founded the Mind-backed Food and Mood Project in 1998, based on her discovery of the importance of food in her recovery from ill health, and her professional experience as a registered nutritional therapist. Amanda provided ‘Food and Mood’ workshops, talks and short courses. She also edited ‘Food and Mood’, the Project’s quarterly newsletter. The Mind Meal was devised by Amanda, and endorsed by celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. Amanda led the Food and Mood Survey, an in-depth survey of dietary self-help strategies used by Food and Mood Project customers, and co-hosted a national Food and Mood conference with Pavilion in London.
Amanda is now writer and co-designer for the Food and Mood Community Interest Company’s growing range of dietary self-help resources for mental and emotional health. Amanda is currently a member of the Nutrition Guidelines Development Group to develop national guidelines on complementary approaches to mental health, due for publication at the end of 2007 by the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health.
Amanda Geary, BSc(Hons), PGCE, MSc, is author of the Mind Guide to Food and Mood, The Food and Mood Handbook and the Food and Mood Self-help Survey Report. Amanda received the MSc in Complementary Therapy Studies from the University of Westminster in 2003. Amanda has ten years experience of one-to-one consulting in private nutritional therapy practices in Brighton and Lewes, East Sussex. She has also worked for a children’s charity providing low-cost consultations for children at the Dolphin House Clinic and in conjunction with the Sure Start programme in Brighton. Amanda is an experienced mental health self-help practitioner. The foundation of Amanda’s approach to living well is mindfulness, and her daily practice includes eating well, meditation, journal-writing, yoga and walking.