We’ve interviewed SuperWellness associate Sandrine Olmi to find out about her journey from marketing to Corporate Nutrition.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background before becoming a nutrition professional?
I grew up in France and I moved to the UK at the age of 20 where I had a very interesting career in marketing. After a few years in the cosmetic and perfume industries, I worked for a couple of dairy companies. Being French, developing and selling cheeses to UK retailers was a great job. My parents also worked in the dairy industry. My family has always been into good food. My parents grew produce in their garden. Eating local food was very important and still is.
How did you come to be interested in nutrition and go on to study for your qualification?
Following unresolved digestive issues, I decided to study nutrition for 3 years. After the 1st year, I became so interested in the topic and particularly in the power of food on the body that I decided to change career. I now get to use all my skills: I still work as a marketing consultant but for the natural and healthy food industry and I practice as a Nutritional Therapist.
What do you love most about your job now?
I love seeing people improve their health by making small changes in their diet and lifestyle. I like to provide guidance to anyone who is struggling to get better the conventional way. I am also very passionate about seasonality and getting people to learn how to prepare fresh ingredients and turn them into nutritious meals for their family.
What is your favourite film (or films)?
A French film called Amelie: quirky, entertaining and très Français.
What dish would you serve at a dinner party?
I am a huge fan of chocolate so there will no doubt be a healthy chocolate dessert at one of my dinner parties.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
My perfect place in the world would have pleasant temperatures in Spring and Summer but not too hot (below 30ºC), plenty of snow in the winter, excellent local cuisine and surrounded by mountains. I’m not sure it actually exists.
What’s your most frequently used phrase or expression?
“Well done!” I love encouraging people, particularly my patients. I like celebrating little wins which make a big difference in the long run.
How would your loved ones and friends sum you up in 3 words?
Caring, warm and passionate
Are you reading a book at the moment? If so which?
“French kids eat everything” by Karen Le Billon. This is the story of a Canadian lady who moves to France with her French husband and her two children. In the book, she describes French eating habits, how they differ from eating habits in North America and how she tries to incorporate them into her family life.
What’s your favourite smell?
Lilac – it reminders me of my time in my grand-mother’s garden in France
What’s your favourite animal?
Cat – I have 2 (Diesel and Fifi). My house would not be the same without them.
What is most important to you in life?
To be happy and to do something I love. Life is short. Let’s make the most of it.
Wine or beer (or vodka?)?
Red Wine in moderation of course
Skiing or beach holiday?
Thinking about nutrition-centred wellbeing for your organisation?
Sandrine specialises in catering consultancy and corporate nutrition programmes for the hospitality and industries. To work with Sandrine or find out more about the employee wellbeing programmes run by the SuperWellness team, please get in touch and we will be very happy to speak with you and see how we can help you with your corporate wellbeing programmes.