We found Naturopath Rachel Larsson through a recommendation from another expert and once we got chatting, we knew she’d be a perfect IQS expert, too. Her extensive experience and genuine desire to help others achieve their health goals had us hooked!
Tell us about what you do and why?
I have always had an interest in health and nature and can remember making ‘medicines’ out of leaves and flowers growing up on the farm. It wasn’t until my first degree when I went on university exchange that I recognised my real passion for naturopathy. During this time in Hamburg, Germany I had some of the best and (unfortunately) worst times of my life. Despite years of trying to address some long-standing health issues, my emotional, mental and physical health was at rock bottom. On my return to Australia my healing journey projected me into the complimentary medicine world, along with the decision to pursue naturopathy.
Four years later I finished my studies, fortunately with a refined set of skills for herbal medicine. I graduated feeling a great sense of excitement (and anxiety) as to how I could achieve my passion for helping others. Six months later, I landed an amazing opportunity to work with Dr Fiona Enkelmann at Narayani Wellness Medical. Narayani Wellness’ pillars of health are very much aligned with my approach; gut health, food as medicine, mental and emotional wellbeing and biochemistry.
Why are you such a firm believer in the IQS philosophy?
What I find so refreshing about the philosophy is that it is actually supporting basic healthy eating advice, very similar to what I would recommend in clinic. Remove the junk from your diet, know what you are eating, listen to your body, move to whole food sources of food and fill your diet with quality foods packed full of nutrients. It’s not faddish, it’s sensible – hallelujah!
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking us?
When I think about what makes a good dinner party, it involves sharing, messiness and creativity. To me, that means a smorgasbord of salads in the middle of the table for people to explore. These salads would be paired with good quality protein options like ethically sourced salmon or a delicious organic lamb and something for the vegos.
In addition to a glass of wine (or two), we’d finish the night off with a delicious dessert: something mint and chocolate (IQS approved of course!) and some fresh, seasonal fruit.
Tell us your number one health tip in under 25 words.
Listen to your body because it is constantly communicating to you! It will tell you if it needs rest, movement, nourishment or attention.
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