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Nicky Duffell


Nicky Duffell is a nutritional therapist and health coach based just outside London in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. After over 17 years in the corporate world, Nicky set up Nicky for Life to help clients transform their health and wellbeing.

Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…

I’d always been curious about food, health and happiness and I always wondered what else there was outside of the corporate world. I also love to learn so, in 2005, I invested in myself and took myself off to the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London to qualify as a nutritional therapist. I studied for 4 years while working full-time. During that time my life took a number of twists and turns, the hardest by far was losing my Mum in 2007. However, it made me more determined than ever to finish my course and follow my dreams. 

What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?

Know who you are and what makes you unique. We all have something unique to offer and you can best support your clients by being yourself.

How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?

I have two small children as well as running my own business so I have to be very disciplined at finding time to relax. Monday night is bath night and on Thursdays I have a yoga session with my wonderful yoga teacher. I also try and read most nights before bed, usually something that either inspires me or helps me grow. My latest favourite is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – I loved it!

What’s the hardest thing about your job?

Switching off. I’m constantly thinking about my clients, my next blog post or newsletter. 

In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…

Open-minded, determined, passionate, curious and compassionate.

What do you enjoy most about working in your field?

Seeing people transform how they feel, not only physically but how they feel about themselves as well. It’s truly amazing.

What’s next on your horizon?

I’m going to continue to build my practice and this year I’m looking to speak at a number of events. My dream is to appear on This Morning in the UK and write a book, so watch this space!

If you weren’t a nutritional therapist, you would have been a…

I’d have probably stayed in Human Resources forever!

Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?

I have to admit I’d always been a lover of sugar and when I started studying nutrition it was a big wake-up call, learning how it impacts your body and your health. Now I have two small children and well-meaning friends and relatives can’t wait to give them chocolate or ice-cream. I want everyone to know about sugar, how it affects the body and that you can enjoy food (and puddings!) without the sweet stuff.

The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?

I’m a big lover of Italian food so it would have to be a big bowl of spelt pasta with kale, pine nuts and a delicious home-made tomato sauce. I’d serve on the side a big fresh salad of rocket, fennel, avocado, blood orange and pomegranate, drizzled in olive oil. Oh, and it would be accompanied by a nice bottle of red, of course!

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