Introducing SuperWellness associate Lisa Powell! In this 60 second read we find out Lisa’s passions both professionally and personally.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background before becoming a nutrition professional?
I grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to London around 12 years ago with my husband and children. Before moving to London we lived in Hong Kong.
How did you come to be interested in nutrition and go on to study for your qualification?
I have always been interested in health and nutrition but increasingly became interested in the connection between what we eat and how it makes us feel. Raising a family showed me the importance of implementing healthy eating habits and the positive and negative effect our food choices can have on our health.
What do you love most about your job now?
I love meeting people and sharing my nutrition knowledge with them. So many people struggle with various health symptoms and being able to help them modify some of these symptoms by making changes to their diet and lifestyle is incredibly rewarding. I truly believe that food can be our medicine, and that we have the power to optimise our health by making the right food choices.
What is your favourite film (or films)?
One of my favourite movies is The English Patient, a beautiful yet sad and mysterious love story set during WWII. I’m not usually a love story kind of person but this is so beautifully written with its complex storyline and amazing scenery.
What dish would you serve at a dinner party?
I prefer to serve platters of food that people can help themselves rather than serving just one dish. Lots of different plates can also cater better for different dietary requirements which is pretty common these days. So for me it would be a selection of substantial tasty salads – a meal on their own really – with some protein (which in my family needs to cater to meat eaters, someone who eats white meat and fish (no red meat), a pescatarian and a vegetarian) and lots of colourful veggies.
What’s your most frequently used phrase or expression?
‘Leave’! As I try to stop my dog eating food scraps when we’re out in the park
How would your loved ones and friends sum you up in 3 words?
Friendly, caring, loyal
Are you reading a book at the moment? If so which?
‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi. In the posthumously published autobiography, the neurosurgeon writes about his journey after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and the struggles he faces as he shifts from doctor to patient. It is a very sad and moving book.
What’s your favourite smell?
The smell of the sea and the air just after it’s rained. And in winter it’s the ‘White Company’s’ Winter fragrance. I love it and have ‘Winter’ candles and diffusers dotted around the house.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Near a nice (warm) sandy beach!
What’s your favourite animal?
Would have to be our 5-year old labradoodle. Weighing it at over 25 kgs he’s pretty big and never lets me forget when its walkies or dinner time. And his favourite place to sleep … the sofa!
What is most important to you in life?
Family time and friendship, good health, happiness and eating healthy food.
Steak or chickpeas?
Chickpeas (I don’t eat red meat)
Skiing or beach holiday?
Would you like to Lisa to provide nutrition centred wellbeing for your school or organisation?
Lisa is passionate about helping people make healthy diet and lifestyle choices and supporting them to make lasting and achievable changes. She is particularly interested in working with schools and teachers to implement teacher wellbeing programmes as well as nutrition-focused education programmes for students. To work with Lisa or find out about the wellbeing programmes run by SuperWellness please get in touch!