The nutritional therapist to the stars guides us round her digital world, from her go-to resource for eating seasonally to her love of a veg box.
Amelia herself is, naturally, the picture of health. But it wasn’t always that way. Her voyage of nutritional discovery began when, in her twenties, she found herself beset by health issues. Seeking answers, she enrolled on a course at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in Richmond where she completed a four-year Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, graduating in 2007. It was a gamble that paid off spectacularly, both for herself and for legions of her disciples today.
She is a proponent of both Functional Medicine and Positive Nutrition movement, underpinning everything she does with a scientific and holistic approach, tailored to each client. As she says, ‘Since making changes to my own eating habits, I feel empowered not restricted – I think I enjoy food now more than ever.’
Whilst Amelia, naturally, has a waiting list as long as the list of seasonal foods she recommends eating, the good news is that she has several best-selling books via which we can all connect with and absorb her wisdom. The latest is the beautifully inviting Simply Good For You, a tome packed with wonderful ideas for balanced and vegetable-rich dishes for every meal of the day, to keep us fighting fit throughout the year.
Here, Amelia guides us round her digital world, from her go-to resource for eating seasonally to her love of a veg box; her joy at listening to successful people talk about their human fallibility to why it is her mission to use compassion liberally when it comes to the conversation surrounding how we eat.
Simply Good For You by Amelia Freer is published by Michael Joseph, £22
My favourite website...It’s not necessarily the most jazzy website, but Eat the Seasons is brilliant as a simple reference for what’s good to buy and eat each month of the year. I use it all the time.
My favourite app...WhatsApp - My family is pretty scattered internationally and I love how easy it makes sharing family moments, video calls, and quickly bouncing work questions around my team. Game changing.
My favourite blog...Ben Pentreath’s Inspiration Blog - It’s a beautiful, gentle and thoroughly relaxing blog that really celebrates the changing seasons and the simplest pleasures in life.
My Internet hero...Greta Thurnberg, for using the power of the internet to assimilate whole populations into critical action. She is extraordinary and beyond inspirational.
My favourite podcast...How to Fail with Elizabeth Day - What an inspirational idea, and how refreshing to hear people sharing stories of their utterly human fallibility. She’s also a brilliant interviewer.
My most recent buy online...Our Riverford veg box - I order one every week – without fail. I have never been so committed to a single brand in my whole life.
Last book you downloaded or read...The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert - I want to bring a whole lot more compassion and kindness into the conversations around food and health as a whole.
Favourite tweeter...I am not on Twitter. But when I was, Robert MacFarlane – his Word of the Day tweets are a delightful insight into the language of the natural world.
Favourite Instagrammer...I’ve just discovered an account called @accidentallywesanderson - It’s instagram at its absolute best. From a nutrition point of view, there are too many favourites to mention, from wonderful chefs to professional bodies – people are doing some really wonderful things through social media.
Social media allowed me to meet...An incredible community of inspiring fellow foodies and people interested in optimising their health and wellbeing.
The best digital advice I've been given...Honestly? To spend enough time in the non-digital world. Structuring time away from technology gives us space to reflect, connect in real life and gather more inspiration before starting again!
My screensaver is...My daughter.
My standout online memory...When one of my more high-profile clients spoke openly about working with me, it catapulted my online presence literally overnight. It was both incredible and terrifying in equal measure.
My pet online hate is...When people forget that behind an online presence is usually another human, with feelings, worries, thoughts and their own life challenges. It’s great to debate and have discourse, but it’s unacceptable to personally attack, threaten or use hateful language.
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