Hi, there! If you’re reading this, then you’re most likely new here… or you like this part so much that you’re reading it again.
Either way, WELCOME to LoveMyKilos!
First of all, I should probably introduce myself. My name is Konstantinos Chardavellas (I know it’s a mouthful) and I’m a Dietitian. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College London, and I am currently in the process of obtaining a Postgraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool.
During my placement in London hospitals, I came across a variety of patients, conditions and specialties. Now, I’m not gonna lie, there’s a certain charm in all that, dealing with complex situations and all… However, my passion was always a smaller member of the Dietetics family, one that usually gets overshadowed by its other, bigger siblings. I’m talking about Psychology. But, more on that later.
Now, the reason I got into Dietetics is because it simply fascinates me. Lots of people think it’s all about food and calories, but it’s so much more than that. In reality, the most interesting parts of Dietetics are the ones that don’t have to do with food and calories.
I absolutely love listening to people’s stories. About their weight change, about their past diets, about how their eating habits affect their lives and how their lives affect their eating habits. It’s what gets me up in the morning! One of the main reasons I created this website is so I can hear your story, and I want all the LoveMyKilos community to hear it as well.
Your story is important to me, not just because it’s interesting, but because I believe it is the most useful tool to have when it comes to improving your relationship with food. Your life, your experiences, they all affect what you eat, how you eat, when you eat. There is however a catch. Feelings and memories are like a foreign language, and the only way to understand their effect on you is to have the right dictionary.
Unfortunately, Google Translate hasn’t made any progress on that field. So, I decided to move to Psychology, the only dictionary I knew to translate human emotions and memories.
Like I said before, I spent most of my adult life in England, and it’s rubbed off on me. The English have a natural ability, and need, to organize things. They can put everything in a neat system and just make it work. As time went on, I started doing the same. So, with Nutrition and Dietetics in one hand and Psychology in the other, all I needed was to put them in a system and make them work together.
I always had a tendency to do things differently, find my own way, and that’s how I came up with LoveMyKilos. It’s a new approach to Dietetics, which combines Nutrition and Psychology and focuses on your own needs, your own story.
At present, LoveMyKilos and I are available through this website. I will be posting soon about different ways that you can contact me.
Well, that’s me! Now, let’s talk a little bit about you.
You might be here out of curiosity. In this case, I hope you stick around and find something that piques your interest.
Of course, there’s a high chance that you’re here because you’re looking for information and support concerning your diet. It could be anything, how to eat more healthily, how to lose weight, how to gain weight, what to eat if you have a health condition, how to combat an eating disorder.
You might be new to the world of Nutrition and Dietetics, just looking for a few tips on what to eat and how to change your lifestyle.
You might be a Diet veteran, who’s gone from one diet to the next but never really found the right one.
Or, you might be looking for place to share your experiences, without worrying about people judging you or pushing unrealistic body image and eating standards.
Whatever the case is, you’re in the right place. I hope that LoveMyKilos will become your new Nutritional Headquarters, as well as a safe place for you to relax and share your stories and concerns with me and the rest of the community.
So, once again, WELCOME to LoveMyKilos.
The boring technical stuff about me…
- Fluent English, French and Greek speaker.
- Level 2 – Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering certificate from City and Guilds
- Bachelor’s degree on Nutrition and Dietetics from King’s College London
- Postgraduate on Psychology from University of Liverpool
- Former Mealtime Volunteer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust
- Placements at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust.
- Experience with: Stroke, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Oncology, HIV/AIDS
- Interned at Prolepsis, Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health