INTERVIEW with FUSED chatting about all things business, work life balance and how to detangle fact from fiction when it comes to health and nutrition.
We’re so intrigued to find out what a day in the life of a Nutritionist looks like, tell us a bit about a typical morning at Lily Soutter Nutrition?
I always start my day with fresh lemon and ginger root tea. Ginger is great for stimulating circulation and lemon is alkalising. I then take a 10-minute stroll to the river, which immediately energises me.
Breakfast would usually be eggs and avocado, porridge with mixed seeds and yoghurt or a homemade low sugar granola. These high protein options are great for keeping me fuller for longer and ensuring my energy levels are stable throughout the day.
Then I see a client for a consultation or immerse myself in my latest project.
What are your top tips for a healthy work-life balance?
Scheduling down time into your diary is vital. If you’ve organised a date night or cinema trip with your friend, you’ll have something to look forward to. This can be an incentive to work productively in between time and to manage your time well.
As someone who runs your own business – how do you find you manage your to-do list best?
I always have a long to do list, which never seems to end. However, I’ve quickly learnt to tackle the most urgent and onerous tasks first otherwise I would never get them done.
We can all find it hard to switch off from work sometimes, what would be your top tips for leaving work at your desk?
1. Set yourself boundaries – turn your work phone off at the end of the day and and don’t check emails over the Weekend. If we give ourselves a chance to let our minds switch off we can hit Monday with a new lease of energy.
2. Mindfulness meditation – this is about being in the present moment and focusing on the here and now. Practicing mindfulness each day is a wonderful way to leave work worries at your desk.
Who is your most inspirational role model?
Amelia Freer – a highly successful Nutritional Therapist publishing several books. I love her down to earth and clear approach to staying healthy. My goal is to emulate her career path.
If you weren’t a Nutritionist what would be your dream job?
To own a health spa, this has been my other dream job since I was little.
Your top career achievement to date?
Helping a client to lose around 5 stone of fat whilst maintaining lean muscle mass. More importantly she has managed to keep the weight off long term and has a totally new relationship with food – she is so much happier in life, which is really rewarding.
Your advice for beating the afternoon slump?
Protein is the key to keeping blood sugar and energy levels stable throughout the day. Breakfast is the most important time of the day to pack in a protein punch.
Eat more eggs, meat, fish, yoghurt, tempeh, nuts, seeds, beans and pulses.
Finally, what advice would you give to someone looking to gain a career in the health, fitness or nutrition industry?
By getting properly qualified you can detangle fact from fiction when it comes to health and nutrition. The right qualifications can open the door for any career path you wish.
Thank you, Lily x
Interviewer Jack Lane @www.fusedrecruitment.com
Lily Soutter Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC
Lily is a Nutritionist and weight loss expert providing one-to-one nutrition consultations for health optimisation. She has obtained a Food and Human Nutrition degree from Newcastle University and a Nutritional Therapy diploma from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily has an extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, which enables her to regularly write for The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Mirror, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.
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