Lynda Griparic is a naturopath, nutritionist, yin yoga teacher, wellness blogger and speaker with over 14 years of experience in the health industry. Lynda specialises in constipation, gut health and weight loss. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable bowel care and weight loss programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of gut disturbance, metabolic problems and weight gain.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
Nutrition/Naturopathy – past history of anorexia and depression that led to a true understanding on how food influences mood. I am a huge advocate for food as medicine. I touch more on this story with anorexia and depression in this article.
Constipation – I travelled a lot for work in my previous role and would experience constipation. This led me to exploration of the topic of constipation. The enormity of the problem and how much shame surrounds this. I get into the interest in constipation in this podcast with Rachel from The Healthy Exception.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
Be hungry, curious, experiment.
Embrace failure. In fact welcome it.
Collaborate with people.
Join business networking groups.
Find a mentor.
The biggest growth I have had in business and with the “self” has been through collaborations and simply exposure to community, my tribe and others in general.
See article on the effect people have had in my life here.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
I love yoga (in particular yin yoga), writing and hanging out with my Welshman – in nature, at great wholesome cafes and crazy “self development” life-altering workshops.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Staying relatively unattached to my patients health concerns. I am often in the trenches with them.
Tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Compassion, leadership, an enquiring mind, non-dogmatic, inspirational.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
Being part of the reason someone moves from a state of lack-lustre to one that is more vital. Also, being the fresh set of eyes that can suggest, guide and instigate another, more rewarding way of living.
What’s next on your horizon?
Continue to help people with bowel care and reduce the shame around constipation. I’d also like to see BetterMe tea in more online ethical and natural stores as well as wholefood stores. Nourished Life currently stocks it.
If you weren’t a dietitian, you would have been a…
Writer, or use my voice at some capacity. Such as voice over work, reporting, journalism or just reading out loud to anyone willing to listen. I love words and sound.
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
It’s a non radical, practical approach to diet and lifestyle that is both anti-inflammatory and achievable for most.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
For entree, home-made baba ghanoush with veggie sticks and eggplant chips, plus a side of olives (you can not entertain without olives!). The main course would be grass-fed lamb shanks, slow cooked for six hours with herbs and spices. On the side: buttery cumin pumpkin and parsnip mash and a green salad with roasted pecans, red onion, shaved fennel, tomatoes and avocado, drizzled with an apple cider vinegar dressing. And for dessert, I’d serve my raw strawberry cheesecake – it’s dairy- and gluten-free, made from pecans and cashews. To drink, we’d have a Sardinian red wine (given they apparently have the highest amount of antioxidants), or for the non-drinkers, BetterMe tea, sparking water with lime.
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