In this 60 second interview meet Ali Prentice, SuperWellness associate – and find out why she is so keen on helping corporate clients find engaging ways to improve their employees’ physical health and mental wellbeing, as well as her favourite smells and books!
Could you tell us a little bit about your background before becoming a nutrition professional?
I’ve always been interested in people and what really makes us all tick. Using a psychology degree as my springboard, I enjoyed working for many years in employee communications and the people side of business transformation for a range of global, blue chip corporates. In every case my role always came down to connecting with employees and empowering them to embrace change – whether I was working in the IT, Retail, Financial Services, Pharma or Consultancy sector.
How did you come to be interested in nutrition and go on to study for your qualification?
I’ve always been drawn to food, cooking and human science. And coming from a family with allergies I was intrigued by the obvious connection between symptoms and diet. After having my children, my curiosity about diet and wellbeing grew even stronger – and ten years ago I took a deep dive into the science of nutrition and completed a degree with the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition. With young children and a demanding day job, fitting in all my studies was really tough but it only deepened my conviction and passion for nutritional therapy.
What do you love most about your job now?
It feels like so many different strands from my life experience have now come together – psychology, nutrition, communications, behavior change and employee benefit programmes. Since joining SuperWellness it’s been really satisfying to work directly with my clients and their employees, share my nutrition know-how and motivate them to improve their own health and vitality.
What is your favourite film (or films)?
Pulp Fiction – for its innovative storytelling. Although perhaps not when Jules says, “Hamburgers: the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast”! I’m happy to discuss this!!
What dish would you serve at a dinner party?
That’s a hard choice as I’ve collated a huge repertoire of delicious and healthy recipes… Anything from the Yotam Ottolenghi style is always a crowd pleaser!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Near my family – with a healthy helping of Vitamin D boosting Mediterranean sun. A recent trip to Umbria was idyllic!
What’s your most frequently used phrase or expression?
“Wow!” The world is just such an amazing and surprising place.
How would your loved ones and friends sum you up in 3 words?
Caring, committed, innovative.
Are you reading a book at the moment? If so which?
‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ by Ruby Wax and ‘Mindful Eating’ – both are giving me plenty of food for thought.
What’s your favourite smell?
Lavender – it reminds me of my grandmother, increases alpha brainwaves and calms me. Relaxing rose perfume comes a close second.
What’s your favourite animal?
It has to be the dog. They’re always so pleased to see you, force you to go out for healthy walks – plus stroking them increases feel good chemicals in our brains.
What is most important to you in life?
The health and happiness of family and friends.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate – the darker the better!
Storms – cool or scary?
Cool! I love the exhilaration of an electric storm and how it usually clears the air.
Want to provide nutrition-centred wellbeing for your organisation?
Ali’s mission is to coach people so they can make positive diet and lifestyle changes which really stick. Ali is particularly focused on helping employees use the latest nutritional insights to manage their stress, mood, sleep, immunity and general get up and go. To work with Ali or find out more about the employee wellbeing options offered by the SuperWellness team, please get in touch!