Abbie is a Naturopath and Product Developer. Abbie is a passionate wellness advocate and has a special interest in food as medicine – specifically eating for health to achieve weight loss, radiant energy and to prevent and improve health conditions. Abbie’s other passion is high quality, evidence-based natural products.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
Unlike most of my Naturopath colleagues, as a child I had a terrible diet – laden with sugar and processed foods. I grew up close to a beach and national park so spent a lot of time running around the neighbourhood with dirt and sand between my toes. A healthy lifestyle and youth on my side meant I didn’t start to see the ill health effects of a poor diet until my late teens. Once I did, I started experimenting with diet and lifestyle changes. I totally transformed my mind, body and outlook. Since that time, I’ve known that health is a choice and making that choice provides a happier, healthier and enriched life.
Since graduating as a Bachelor of Health Science and Naturopath, the majority of my career has been spent developing and commercialising natural products for leading Australian brands.
I love this work, but also find reward in sharing my knowledge and passion with people who want to improve their health. Today, I have my own business consulting in clinical practice and providing product development services. I find the two complement one another beautifully.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
There are a few mantras I have learnt through my professional life and remind myself of daily:
- Develop a close and supportive network – they will guide you and be a sounding board when you need it most.
- Commit to every challenge and you will find your way.
- Follow your passion and trust your instincts.
- Practice what you preach and if you slip up, don’t beat yourself up – use it as a motivator.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
Cooking, music, fresh air, exercise, and a glass of red wine. My no-fail way to relax though is getting close to nature – it soothes the soul, re-centres my mind and re-connects me to what is important.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Helping people commit to changes when they’re in a low place. Although change enables health goals (and more) to be achieved, change can be difficult for all of us. It’s easy to feel despondent if you’re in a dark place or are overwhelmed by conflicting information. It’s difficult to start a wellness journey alone. Everyone has different goals and motivations for their health journey. Remembering what these are, simplifying the changes and being guided and supported on the journey makes it easier to commit to and get results.
In product development work, I am constantly presented with hurdles and challenges and at times it can feel as though we will never turn a concept into a finished product. There is always a solution though, and finding it is the most rewarding part.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Committed, knowledgeable, approachable, articulate, insightful.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
I love being surrounded with like-minded people who value good health. They inspire me to develop my wellness journey. Being involved in the process of people changing their health is extremely rewarding.
The health and wellness industry is a booming and dynamic industry. There is significant research and interest in the effects of diet, lifestyle behaviours and herbs and nutrients on our health. Seeing traditional knowledge translate into modern science is both fascinating and exciting.
What’s next on your horizon?
The future is exciting and full of change as I grow and diversify my business. I will be spending more time guiding people through weight loss and wellness journeys whilst continuing to work with health care companies to develop and launch exciting new products. My husband and I always incorporate exercise, cooking and travel into our life, and we will be looking for new experiences on all of those fronts.
If you weren’t a naturopath and product developer, you would have been a…
International welfare professional. I started a double degree in International studies and social welfare. I have always wanted to ease people’s struggles. Health and wellness allows me to positively impact lives whilst feeding my passion.
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
There are countless similarities between the IQS philosophy and the health values I live by and recommend – Eating real food, minimising refined sugar and eliminating processed food are fundamental for optimal health and optimal weight. Let’s face it – refined sugar is not real food and is destructive to health.
I fully advocate batching, community support on a wellness journey, eating local and seasonal, and a sustainable dietary approach that allows for a glass of wine or dessert and embraces delicious, easy-to-prepare nourishing wholefoods.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
I love share plates or family style when entertaining – there is something so casual and social about it. I would serve up a selection of Aussie / Asian infusion dishes with a nice glass of red (my current fav is Pig in the House Shiraz – an organic local wine).
- Aussie Style San Choy Bow served with homemade hoisin. I use kangaroo mince for an Australian twist – it’s high protein, lean, sustainable, local, inexpensive and tasty – what’s not to love!
- Chicken and prawn zoodle Pad Thai
- Seasoned and oven-roasted shiitake mushrooms
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