About


Hello and welcome! I’m Alexandra, a food scientist, intuitive eater, and functional medicine doctor. On this blog, I combine my healthcare knowledge and personal experience with disordered eating, writing about nutrition and women’s health from a holistic perspective. My goal is to help others break free from the diet mindset so they can fully embrace who they were created to be.


I used to think that health was all about diet and exercise, and I was pretty much convinced that kale would save the world. (Superfoods, anyone?) At that time in my life, I probably ate kale every day, yet I was the sickest I had ever been. Dieting was making me miserable…skipping a workout triggered full-on panic mode, and eating a cookie led to an overwhelming, soul-crushing sense of shame. Can you relate?

Having struggled with anorexia in my teens, I thought I was “healthy” as a young adult because I wasn’t underweight. (I figured I could probably even stand to lose a few pounds!) However, my mindset was anything but. Finally, I realized that my diet obsession wasn’t helping me reach any of my goals, and was actually getting in the way of living a fulfilling life. I took a break from working out, gave myself permission to eat dessert, and committed to learning how to care for the body God gave me–without ever stepping on a scale. This blog is all about the journey from dieting and disordered eating back to a place of health and happiness.

In addition to my blog, I’ve written a book on the topics of faith and intuitive eating, called Fulfilled. It’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com and my publisher’s website. I also invite you to check out some of my other resources–Faith, Food, Freedom (a faith-based devotional), and Foundations (an intuitive eating journaling guide)–both of which are available on Amazon.


On my blog, you’ll find posts about…

Healing your relationship with food, learning to accept your natural shape and size, cultivating a natural approach to wellness, and more! New blog posts are available on Mondays and Fridays. Here are some popular posts in each category:

Intuitive Eating

Body Image

Natural Medicine

Recipes


My work has also appeared on both Christian and Nutrition blogs such as RELEVANT Magazine, (in)courage and Naughty Nutrition, as well as language and scientific journals such as Claritas Journal of Language and Culture and The Purdue Journal of Undergraduate Research.


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Contact:

Alexandra Mackillop

email: AlexandraCMacKillop [at] gmail [dot] com

You can also follow along on facebook, instagram, and pinterest, where I share more about the topics of food, faith, and well-being.

*Note: “Nutra-Intuition” used to be the name of my blog, and you may come across this term on my site.


A note about privacy…

Often on my blog and in my writings (books, articles, etc.) I share stories from clinical practice. Please note that none of these anecdotes describe individual people or patients who I have worked with in my private coaching or in clinical medicine in a personal or identifying way.

I typically “describe” patient/client encounters for one of two reasons: to share a sentiment or attitude towards dieting that I am planning to address in the post, or to share a story of how I personally was feeling during the encounter. If I am describing a patient’s attitude or struggle, the circumstances of the shared story have been changed such that they no longer accurately reflect the individual person’s story but do reflect a common sentiment shared among those recovering from disordered eating. For example, if the story presents a person who struggles with over exercising (running) and binge eats sweets after work, I would phrase the vignette to describe a person who struggles with over exercising (weight lifting) and binge eating at midnight. The idea is the same but the “character” in the story is not.

The privilege and honor of the work that I do is not lost on me, and I am careful to protect the privacy of those I serve in clinical practice. By changing the scenarios I describe in my writing as such, I am striving to convey a human experience while at the same time protecting the actual humans who have entrusted me with their health.