Can you tell us a little bit about how your nutrition journey started?
In my early twenties I had a great job but was tired all the time and suffered with terrible skin and IBS. My flatmate suggested I see a nutritionist and the subsequent changes I made to my diet totally changed my skin, energy levels and life in general. I became fascinated with nutrition and went back to college to study. I ran a private practice from home for 10 years and learnt a great deal along the way, putting all my experience into my first theory-based book ‘Eat. Nourish. Glow’ and my follow-up recipe book ‘Cook. Nourish. Glow.’
What has been your biggest professional achievement?
The publication and success of my two books has been really wonderful, but I still feel that supporting clients from compromised health to optimum health through nutritional therapy are my finest achievements.
What motivates you?
My father died at a young age so I have always been determined to get as much out of life as possible. I’m acutely aware that each day is a gift.
What does ‘strong women’ mean to you?
To me it means healthy (which is free from symptoms and living optimally – good energy, good sleep, consistent mood) and confident, someone who is happy with who they are. I am not at all a supporter of skinny, obsessive or non-stop selfie behaviour!
How does a typical day look for you?
I start the day with a green juice, and then spend an hour walking my dogs. Twice a week when in London I work out with my personal trainer, Steve Mellor who heads up Freedom2Train. My days are divided into times with long-term clients and/or meetings and then writing days when I focus on writing my column for Stella magazine or articles for my blog or various media. I try to always make time for lunch and relish the break that brings. At the end of the work day the dogs need walking again and I usually enjoy cooking a delicious evening meal.
What do you do to unwind?
Cook! I love it. Or spend time in my vegetable garden or walking the dogs. And my boyfriend and I love watching box sets together.
What is your advice for achieving a good work/life balance?
I think I’ve only recently started to achieve this and it has been learning what to say no to and planning ahead, ensuring that I have booked in the things that are important to me such as time with my family, friends and boyfriend and appropriate downtime just for me. I don’t always get it right and unplanned events can throw everything into chaos but I’m achieving it about 70-80% of the time lately.
What are 3 foods you can’t live without?
Well there are many foods that we can all live without, but we can’t live without water! If you mean what are three of my favourite foods, I think they’d have to be avocado, green vegetables and eggs.
What would you like to do more of?
Spend time with my family, they live abroad and so I can’t just pop in for a cup of tea or catch up over supper casually. It’s hard to get quality time with them.
What does wellness mean to you?
Being symptom free, feeling at peace and able to live in the moment.
Can you give us 3 women that you admire?
That’s incredibly hard as there are so many I admire for so many different reasons. I admire any woman who is kind and works hard to achieve their dreams.
Amelia can be found at ameliafreer.com