Lucy Francis |
South Coast, UK.
I’m a Nutritional Therapist in training at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London whilst currently working for a wonderful private dermatology/surgical clinic alongside my studies. I can’t wait to be able to combine my growing knowledge and passion for nutrition to help and inspire people in all different stages of health and ages to realise the sheer power and effect of nutrition.
I initially became fascinated with nutrition after struggling with acne when I was younger (and my reluctance to take a strong drug to combat it) which led me to taking a more natural approach to my health. I also have a close family member suffering with a chronic, auto-immune condition which made me eager to support in any way I could or have the ability to.
Independently researching the many healing properties of food, I was exposed to a whole new perspective to health and the power of nutrition across many aspects of the human body; I felt like I just HAD to know more so I enrolled on an induction course in Naturopathic Medicine which blew my mind and sparked my desire to learn further. I subsequently then made the decision to take the plunge and become a certified nutritionist. This involves training for three years incorporating biochemistry foundations, the functional medicine approach to nutrition and two years of supervised clinical experience and observation.
Throughout my later teens I became (and still am!) a keen exerciser after deciding to take action on my health and general well-being; I had a gym-going boyfriend who taught me the ropes of how to get confident in the gym and my mothers career was as a fitness instructor, so ‘healthy lifestyle’ habits I think have naturally been influenced during my upbringing. Understanding how exercise and nutrition work synergistically has helped fuel me with energy, make me stronger and see results!
People sometimes ask ‘what diet do you follow then?’ – Luckily I don’t have any real allergies I’m aware of so I don’t believe any foods should be completely off limits – I like to include a variety of foods for a healthy mind and a healthy body. I think it’s so important to keep a positive relationship with food, especially in this day and age with the various social media platforms and ‘wellness’ companies constantly telling us to eat or avoid certain foods. It seems like a never ending mind game and that shouldn’t be what nutrition and health is about – stress should not surround food.
I don’t believe there is ‘one rule for the perfect diet’. The beauty of nutrition is that it can be personalized and tailored individually to optimize our health status. Everybody is different and all foods behave uniquely in our biochemical make-ups. There are certainly so many amazing foods we can focus including more of in our diets but it doesn’t need to be based around extremities.
Food is our most powerful tool to provide fuel, give us nourishment and help us thrive – those who follow me on social media will know I’m a massive foodie! I absolutely love experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with new recipes which I post here on my website. Check my instagram @lucyhfrancis for meal ideas and for nosing in on what I get up to in my daily life!