The Human 
Being Diet

How ‘The Human Being Diet’ (and the HBD gang) was born

Photo credit Miroslava Mistrikova-Ambala

How it started

After almost twenty years in private practice, where I specialised in weight loss, skin and digestive disorders, I was oversubscribed. I was having to turn people away, and many of the people who wanted to come and see me couldn’t afford the hourly rates, or the fees for bespoke nutrition programmes. I felt a disconnect - it felt unfair.  

I realised that the answer was to democratise the process by writing a book. A book, in which the knowledge and experience I’d gained from working one to one with people, could be shared in an affordable way with all. A way for everyone to be able to transform their lives by embracing a new way of eating, whether plant-based, vegetarian or omnivore.

Photo credit Miroslava Mistrikova-Ambala

How it's going

There was, and still is, so much unhelpful advice and misinformation about health, and weight loss in particular. The proof of that is borne out by the number of diet books on the market, and the supplements that promise effortless weight loss. The advice to eat less and exercise more is both flawed and unfair. Those of us who follow that advice are sadly set to fail. I’ve seen too many folk who’ve over-exercised and under-eaten in desperation to lose weight and only succeeded in becoming deeply demoralised.

To cut a long story short (it’s all in the book) in 2008 my friend, Gloria Parfitt, introduced me to Dr. Wolf Funfack and his Metabolic Balance™ (MB) programme. I worked with it for several years in my practice. What I witnessed, working with so many individuals who were bravely prepared for yet another challenge, was that the changes ran deeper than weight loss. The weight loss was occurring as a side effect of improved overall health. 

‍Eventually I developed my own programme, and to make this information available to anyone who cared about their health, I wrote the book and self-published it in 2018. But lots of books never find an audience. And a huge part of the reason you came across HBD The Human Being Diet, was through another dear friend, Donna Ida. Donna is a truly life-enhancing person. She’s the most positive, brightest and funniest person I’ve ever met. And she designs beautiful clothes too. Clothes that make you feel and look great. 

In the spring of 2020 we were chatting about the pandemic and lockdowns, and Donna asked me ‘So what are you doing with your book, why don’t we talk about it on Instagram?’ And we started doing ‘lives’ together. And more and more people joined in and we talked and answered questions every week. Within a short time, an incredible community of like-minded and generous hearted people had blossomed and grown - the HBD gang was born!

I hope you enjoy the book, which was updated and revised in 2023, and look forward to hearing not only about the weight loss, but also about how vibrantly well and healthy and HAPPY you feel as a result of following the programme.

How it started

After almost twenty years in private practice, where I specialised in weight loss, skin and digestive disorders, I was oversubscribed. I was having to turn people away, and many of the people who wanted to come and see me couldn’t afford the hourly rates, or the fees for bespoke nutrition programmes. I felt a disconnect - it felt unfair.  

I realised that the answer was to democratise the process by writing a book. A book, in which the knowledge and experience I’d gained from working one to one with people, could be shared in an affordable way with all. A way for everyone one to be able to transform their lives by embracing a new way of eating, whether plant-based, vegetarian or omnivore.

Photo credit Miroslava Mistrikova-Ambala

How it started

After almost twenty years in private practice, where I specialised in weight loss, skin and digestive disorders, I was oversubscribed. I was having to turn people away, and many of the people who wanted to come and see me couldn’t afford the hourly rates, or the fees for bespoke nutrition programmes. I felt a disconnect - it felt unfair.  

I realised that the answer was to democratise the process by writing a book. A book, in which the knowledge and experience I’d gained from working one to one with people, could be shared in an affordable way with all. A way for everyone one to be able to transform their lives by embracing a new way of eating, whether plant-based, vegetarian or omnivore.

How it's going

There was, and still is, so much unhelpful advice and misinformation about health, and weight loss in particular. The proof of that is borne out by the number of diet books on the market, and the supplements that promise effortless weight loss. The advice to eat less and exercise more is both flawed and unfair. Those of us who follow that advice are sadly set to fail. I’ve seen too many folk who’ve over-exercised and under-eaten in desperation to lose weight and only succeeded in becoming deeply demoralised.

To cut a long story short (it’s all in the book) in 2008 my friend, Gloria Parfitt, introduced me to Dr. Wolf Funfack and his Metabolic Balance™ (MB) programme. I worked with it for several years in my practice. What I witnessed, working with so many individuals who were bravely prepared for yet another challenge, was that the changes ran deeper than weight loss. The weight loss was occurring as a side effect of improved overall health. 

‍Eventually I developed my own programme, and to make this information available to anyone who cared about their health, I wrote the book and self-published it in 2018. But lots of books never find an audience. And a huge part of the reason you came across HBD The Human Being Diet, was through another dear friend, Donna Ida. Donna is a truly life-enhancing person. She’s the most positive, brightest and funniest person I’ve ever met. And she designs beautiful clothes too. Clothes that make you feel and look great. 

In the spring of 2020 we were chatting about the pandemic and lockdowns, and Donna asked me ‘So what are you doing with your book, why don’t we talk about it on Instagram?’ And we started doing ‘lives’ together. And more and more people joined in and we talked and answered questions every week. Within a short time, an incredible community of like-minded and generous hearted people had blossomed and grown - the HBD gang was born!

I hope you enjoy the book, which was updated and revised in 2023, and look forward to hearing not only about the weight loss, but also about how vibrantly well and healthy and HAPPY you feel as a result of following the programme.

Photo credit Miroslava Mistrikova-Ambala

How it started

After almost twenty years in private practice, where I specialised in weight loss, skin and digestive disorders, I was oversubscribed. I was having to turn people away, and many of the people who wanted to come and see me couldn’t afford the hourly rates, or the fees for bespoke nutrition programmes. I felt a disconnect - it felt unfair.  

I realised that the answer was to democratise the process by writing a book. A book, in which the knowledge and experience I’d gained from working one to one with people, could be shared in an affordable way with all. A way for everyone one to be able to transform their lives by embracing a new way of eating, whether plant-based, vegetarian or omnivore.

How it's going

There was, and still is, so much unhelpful advice and misinformation about health, and weight loss in particular. The proof of that is borne out by the number of diet books on the market, and the supplements that promise effortless weight loss. The advice to eat less and exercise more is both flawed and unfair. Those of us who follow that advice are sadly set to fail. I’ve seen too many folk who’ve over-exercised and under-eaten in desperation to lose weight and only succeeded in becoming deeply demoralised.

To cut a long story short (it’s all in the book) in 2008 my friend, Gloria Parfitt, introduced me to Dr. Wolf Funfack and his Metabolic Balance™ (MB) programme. I worked with it for several years in my practice. What I witnessed, working with so many individuals who were bravely prepared for yet another challenge, was that the changes ran deeper than weight loss. The weight loss was occurring as a side effect of improved overall health. 

‍Eventually I developed my own programme, and to make this information available to anyone who cared about their health, I wrote the book and self-published it in 2018. But lots of books never find an audience. And a huge part of the reason you came across HBD The Human Being Diet, was through another dear friend, Donna Ida. Donna is a truly life-enhancing person. She’s the most positive, brightest and funniest person I’ve ever met. And she designs beautiful clothes too. Clothes that make you feel and look great. 

In the spring of 2020 we were chatting about the pandemic and lockdowns, and Donna asked me ‘So what are you doing with your book, why don’t we talk about it on Instagram?’ And we started doing ‘lives’ together. And more and more people joined in and we talked and answered questions every week. Within a short time, an incredible community of like-minded and generous hearted people had blossomed and grown - the HBD gang was born!

I hope you enjoy the book, which was updated and revised in 2023, and look forward to hearing not only about the weight loss, but also about how vibrantly well and healthy and HAPPY you feel as a result of following the programme.

The Human Being 
Diet

A blueprint for feasting and fasting your way to feeling, looking and being your best: a new way of feasting and fasting for energy, health and longevity

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