photo: Georgia Glynn Smith
Liz Earle MBE is the health and beauty guru responsible for the glowing skins (and digestive systems!) of thousands of women and we were utterly delighted to be able to pin her down for a Q & A session. If you have not already, you will want to subscribe to her digital and print wellbeing magazine, Liz Earle Wellbeing which is full of 'wellness wisdom you can trust' and which for us at Cucumber is one of our beauty and health bibles. It's all about eat well, live well and look well - who can argue with that?
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Spending time in the garden with my father. He’s a gardening aficionado who taught me how to grow seasonal fruit and veg that are good to eat, as well as therapeutic plants that are good for our skin and bodies
What are your most treasured possessions?
My photo albums – I make a single leather-bound album for each year, filled with the best family pictures. I have over thirty of these now and would be devastated to lose them.
Who is your dream podcast guest?
I’d love to have interviewed Marie Curie – the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win twice and the only person to win in two different sciences. That’s impressive.
Why did you start Liz Earle Wellbeing?
I truly believe that health and wellbeing go hand-in hand with eating well and I launched Liz Earle Wellbeing as I believe that there so much good stuff to share about small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to how we look and feel. It’s incredibly rewarding to be thanked on a daily basis – either in person or on social media – for sharing helpful (sometimes life-changing) information.
What are three things all women should know to improve their health?
My main tip would be to look at what you’re eating – how we fuel ourselves impacts on our wellbeing as a whole and it’s important to recognise this. I’m a great believer in feel-good food so I always try to embrace seasonal, local, organic produce wherever possible as the mainstay of my meals. My advice would be, try not to eat too many things that come out of a packet, always aim for lots of fresh veg and wherever possible go local and organic!
What’s your single piece of advice to the next generation of women?
Trust your gut instinct. As I discovered when writing The Good Gut Guide, our gut is linked to our brain via the largest nerve in the body (the vagus nerve) and those inner feelings we get when we instinctively know something to be true is so often proved right.
What are you most proud of career wise?
I’ve been fortunate to have so many proud and memorable moments, not least receiving an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen. That was a phenomenal moment. More recently, I was especially pleased to launch Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine, and also to see my new Fairtrade jewellery brand win three prestigious industry awards, including Best Collection from the Company of Master Jewellers.
Where are you happiest?
At home on my farm in the glorious West Country.
What would your 20 year old self say if she could see you now?
Liz Earle Wellbeing has just gone global (it’s now available in Barnes and Nobel across the States) – next stop the world!