Hi, I’m Lucie and I started out as a Chiropractic Assistant, but am now becoming the resident Naturopath at Contemporary Healthcare. My interest in health and nutrition has been with me throughout my life. I have grown up in a ‘foodie’ family on the Northern Beaches and have been influential in my family’s food company for the past 20 years. You may have heard of Arlington’s Dips and Tapioca Puddings? My previous career was teaching in the behavioural school system for the past 10 years, where I recognised the need for good nutrition in optimising learning potential in my students.
I recently consolidated this interest by completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy, a four-year degree that specialises in western herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, flower essences, homeopathy, dietary, and lifestyle advice. Naturopathy is an art and a science that is based on the principles of using the healing power of nature to treat the whole person, identifying and treating the cause of a condition (not just the symptoms), and educating to prevent further deterioration in health. These principles are kept in mind when a naturopath takes your case, develops a treatment plan and also offers maintenance for long- term good health, utilising scientific evidence, as well as traditional evidence in their practice.
My own health journey of managing chronic illness after suffering from a tick bite (one I am still travelling on), has shown me the way a natural health approach can help heal the body and has made me more determined to help others on similar journeys.
My favourite way to eat better is to maintain a vegetarian diet that is full of a variety of yummy whole foods, but I understand it is ok to treat yourself every now and then… for me, that is getting in the kitchen and whipping up some kind of delicious baked delight!
I love visiting art galleries, since I used to be an art teacher, as well as going to live music gigs and reading a good book. These are my favourite ways to escape from daily stress and recharge my mind.
I’m not the most co-ordinated person, so count me out on sports that require too much of that! Otherwise, my favourite way to move better is with swimming and yoga or just getting outside for a walk. I also love, love, love to watch the Sydney Swans play and that takes up most of my weekends in the colder months!