Julie Coffey


I’m Dr Julie Coffey. I studied medicine at Sheffield University in 1989. Since 1998 I’ve been a General Practitioner.

I had always kept myself relatively fit, healthy, and trim – so it came as a bit of a shock in my mid-late 30s when my knees started getting sore – I had arthritis. The extra pounds in weight I'd put on were proving more difficult to shift too.

It was about this time I was also getting more upset seeing more and more patients destroy their health with dieting. And all they generally got from their doctor is “eat less, do more”.

I was guilty of dishing this crap advice out back then too.

Because I'd got arthritis so early I started reading all sorts about health. This might sound funny coming from a doctor, but we’re not taught a great deal about health. We learn about illness and disease, and what medicine to ‘fix’ it with.

The more I read and researched about health the more I felt like I was starting my education again, only this time it wasn’t just amazingly interesting – it was exciting too. Every time something made sense I would make a change. There was no dramatic overnight change in my lifestyle, it happened gradually.

It didn’t take long for my knees to stop hurting, and by this time I was sleeping better too and had loads more energy. I was also absolutely delighted to have dropped those extra pounds and get into my favourite jeans that I hadn’t been able to do up for a few years!

All of my new natural health learning built on my background of nearly two decades of being a family doctor, and about 15 years of my own personal development study.

All of this together put me into a great positon of helping other people change, I found this really exciting – so had to do something about it and act on it. Writing a blog was my start.

Writing a blog and talking about natural health and personal change to anyone who would listen got people asking me to write a book – so I did!

Living the Slim Life was the result of that. My medical background made it straight forward to sort the wheat from the chaff when it came to reviewing the masses of information about what is, and what isn’t healthy. I summarised the information and put it into everyday language, making it easy for people to understand. And I don’t teach anything that I don’t do myself.

I absolutely love my weight loss work. The thing that gives me a real buzz is taking someone from their belief of not being able to achieve the health and weight they want, to the point that they know that they can. Once that mind-set is achieved weight loss becomes the natural consequence.

Some people have referred to me as a ‘health guru’, but I don’t identify with this label at all! I’m just a pretty normal person who enjoys food as much as anyone. I do the ‘right things’ about 80-85%% of the time, which is enough to enjoy great health and my ideal weight. That’s why you might sometimes spot me enjoying not so healthy food in a restaurant and washing it down with fine wine. You might catch me with coffee and cake as I natter to a friend.

I’m not on a diet, but I like eating healthily most of the time. This is pretty easy to do once you’ve cultivated a healthy mind-set.

Most of the time I cook real food from scratch, because I love proper food. I don’t have any hard-core exercise regime – my ‘exercise’ are things that I love doing, like walking my dog Lulu and going to yoga as many days as I can fit it in. You won’t find me in a gym, because that’s not my cup of tea at all!

Great health and effortless ideal weight is part of your whole life. It’s part of the bigger picture of a happy and fulfilled life in my opinion, which is why I personally place great emphasis on all important aspects of my life. I encourage my readers to do the same. Life and health is much more fun when approached like this.

Diets really have no room in my headspace or life. They are not natural, normal, or any fun what-so-ever.

If you like the sound of a holistic approach to health and weight loss you may find my books a breath of fresh air amongst the more usual 'diet books'.

Find out more at http://uberhealthblog.com/