TEN QUESTIONS WITH NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST, LIVE BETTER LUCY
Mental wellbeing is there to asses one’s happiness, stability and purpose. With more and more people understanding that a key factor in health is what you put into your body, people are now seeking help from trained nutritional therapists such as Lucy, founder of Live Better Lucy. As soon as I met Lucy, her passion for self-care shone through, not only is she on a mission to better assist people with nutritional therapy, she is also dedicated to helping her clients change their mindset and perceptions of themselves in hope that they will feel empowered to make sustainable changes to their health and ditch diets forever.
Lucy is a self-confessed foodie; whose parents influenced her love of food and ethical stance on reducing food waste. After growing up on an idyllic farm in the heart of the Sussex countryside, with a family life centred around eating seasonal homegrown or locally sourced food, it is hardly surprising that Lucy chose her current profession.
Here I find out more about what it takes to become a modern-day self-care therapist.
1. Tell me a little more about your background?
It was idyllic; I have a large family and we live on a picturesque farm in Kirdford; a village in the heart of the South Downs. From an early age my parents instilled a love of food and cooking with an interest in home grown. From there I went to an all-girls school in Ascot and then on to Newcastle University where I studied Sociology. After a year however, I dropped out because my heart just wasn’t in it. I then moved to London and went on to work in the music industry for a year before I decided to study nutrition.
2. What was your inspiration for Live better Lucy?
My own personal journey with food and body image was my main inspiration! Low self-worth mixed with emotional eating lead me down a very self-destructive path and having come out the other side I soon realised that in order to make sustainable changes to our health we need to have the right mindset and feel empowered to do so. I knew that I wanted to help young women who were going through the same thing I did because at the end of the day life is so much more fun when you accept yourself for who you are!
3. What setbacks have you faced?
I think my biggest challenge is working alone. When you work for someone else there are always other people around to bounce ideas off. When you work for yourself, fundamentally it is all down to you, from social media, writing content, invoicing and advertising to learning on the job. The buck stops with you. That said, I have also found that I am able to do things that I had always thought were out of my comfort zone, so it has been an enjoyable learning curve.
4. What do you think has attributed to your success?
Finding my niche has been a revelation, as it is quite a specialist area - I predominantly specialise in disordered eating, body image and helping women feel empowered to make sustainable changes to their health. I also feel that my can-do approach has assisted me in getting this far. When you have your own business, you have to jump out of your comfort zone and have a willingness to do things, there is no one else to hold your hand and for me that has meant addressing public speaking, which I used to dread.
5. If you could go back, would you do anything differently?
Try not to be perfect from the start! At the start I spent a lot of time comparing my business model to others, now I realise that every business is different and that making mistakes is an invaluable part of developing a business.
6. Do you have any exciting plans for the brand?
There is so much going on, it is going to be an exciting year. I will be running some nutritional workshops, carrying on my consultancy work and I am currently developing a 5-week programme on body image, mindset and self-empowerment to take to schools which is very exciting!
7. What sets you apart from your competitors?
I think the fact that I have been through a traumatic relationship with food means that I am relatable. I always try to be myself and put my own stamp on things, the key is to always take time to get to know your clients fully. The aim is to go above and beyond, it is more than just nutrition, it is the whole package - a completely dedicated lifestyle and mindset change
8. What is your favourite part of the job?
Meeting clients and seeing the change in them is incredibly rewarding. For me, it makes the whole process worthwhile - I have a special bond with all my clients.
9. Where do you see the business in ten years?
I am happy continuing down my current route, but I might want to help treat eating disorders which will require lot’s more studying!
10. Describe your business in one sentence?
Letting go and living better