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Susannah Alexander

Nutritional Therapist, UK

Susannah is a Registered, degree-qualified Nutritional Therapist, speaker, teacher, cook and writer who loves to help busy women reclaim their energy.

As a plus-size woman she is passionate about body positivity and safeguarding mental as well as physical health. She is an advocate for women who feel they have missed out on motherhood and would like to change this in their 40s.

She believes that healthy should never be boring, and focuses on the ‘Three F’s’; Food (real food as opposed to excessive ‘green pharmacy’), Feelings (the dignity and sensitivity of every individual is important) and Fun (no explanation needed). Susannah would love to welcome you to her walking and cooking or Pilates and cooking holidays in the Scottish Highlands in August.

 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nutritionsusannah/. From there you can join her free Facebook group, Susannah’s Nutrition Kitchen, and enjoy recipes, articles, offers, chat and more.

Website: www.nutrition-susannah.co.uk.

 EMAIL: info@nutrition-susannah.co.uk to find out more.

 

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Today I'd like to reflect a little on my journey to becoming more fully myself, and the women who inspire me to get there.

You might think,
Today I'd like to reflect a little on my journey to becoming more fully myself, and the women who inspire me to get there. You might think, "It's easy to be yourself; you just show up", but it's not always that straightforward. You see, when you're a plus size you're constantly fed (no pun intended) messages like: "Plus size people can't be athletic". "Plus size people are lazy". "Plus size people can't be taken seriously in business". "Plus size people mustn't wear bright colours". "Plus size people shouldn't draw attention to themselves and should be ashamed". Today I'd like to introduce you to Emily and Julie, who are smashing those stereotypes into oblivion, where they belong and inspiring me in my quest to do the same. Emily and Julie are both athletes. Emily is a personal trainer and Julie runs marathons and has her own plus size fitness community, where she inspires women of every size to discover running. But that's not all. Emily also runs the Perimeno Hub, a group dedicated to supporting women through perimenopause. Thousands of women have found affirmation and guidance there when previously they felt ignored and marginalized. Julie is a business coach committed to inspiring others to build community as she has done. She has built more than one massively successful business from nothing while raising a gorgeous daughter. What's more, Emily and Julie are not only superhuman, but super-human. In other words, they are real. I know when Julie's having a bad day. I know when Emily struggles. Knowing these things makes me feel it's ok for me to be real too, even in business. Both these ladies have shown up for me and put up with me. Every day they make it all right to show up with honour as myself, just as they do. Even when myself is a bit pants. Neither of these ladies is a size 10 nor do they aspire to be. They epitomize the reality that it's possible to have a strong, powerful, athletic, healthy, gorgeous, glam body at many sizes. Even more importantly you can do this without compromising on intellect, spirit or kindness. Who knew? Well, as it happens, they did, and now they are teaching it to me. Thank you, Emily and Julie.
I was thinking today about the values I embody in my business, but I didn't want to get all worthy about it. So, being a lovely sunny day, my thoughts turned to ice cream.
I was thinking today about the values I embody in my business, but I didn't want to get all worthy about it. So, being a lovely sunny day, my thoughts turned to ice cream. "But Susannah, you're not meant to think about ice cream. You're supposed to tell us how bad it is". Well, my first value is authenticity. I'm not going to pretend that ice cream never passes my lips, because that would be untrue. I don't have it often, but when I do, I take time to enjoy it. And another part of that authenticity is to use words as they are meant to be used. There is nothing 'bad' about any food. Food does not have moral value. So, what kind of ice cream would I be, and how does that reflect my brand values? I think I would be a coffee ice cream with a dash of alcohol. Grown-up, distinctive and not to everyone's taste but instantly identifiable, and with a generous serving of fun. It would come with a serving of mango and passion fruit sorbet; bright, fruity, colourful and inviting, and of course reflecting my passion for what I do. There would be a generous sprinkling of nuts, reflecting the solidity of everything I do; I'm not just fluffy indulgence or pleasure-serving. There's plenty of intellectual rigour to get your teeth into. And on the side there would be a little melt-in-the mouth chocolate to remind you that everything I do comes with a side order of love. Not 'tough love', which is really just a euphemism for bullying, but the unconditional kind, which is the only kind worth having. This ice cream will only be made of the best ingredients, excellence is important to me. Not everyone will like my flavour, but if it appeals to you, come and watch some of my cooking videos or join my free Facebook group and we can get to know each other better. What kind of ice cream would you be, and what does this say about you or your business values?