| LOLA BERRY |
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lola a couple of times, and I have to say she is one of the most genuine people I’ve met and that’s what I love about her! I admire her passion and love for what she does, and she actually was one of the first people who inspired me to start studying Naturopathy a few years ago. She expresses herself authentically, is true to herself, and just has this realness about her, which is so empowering.
Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. There’s little Lola won’t to do to get her message across: eating and living well is easy and fun! Lola’s enthusiasm is contagious and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia’s most popular nutritionists. She is constantly finding creative ways to help people make small achievable changes in their lives in order to better their health. She’s released seven books in Australia and NZ with and eighth on the way, and has just released The Happy Cookbook, which was an Australian best seller in the USA and doesn’t plan on slowing down. Lola is has just opened “Happy Place” smoothie bar and health café in Melbourne in June, 2016 and is looking forward to seeing this grow into more spaces globally.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Lola grew up in a family where health and fitness were celebrated, but by no means a focal point. It wasn’t until experiencing her first ‘summertime detox’ as a teenager that Lola recognised what a huge impact food had on health and wellbeing. That detox opened the door to a lifelong passion, and within a few years Lola had completed her Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Armed with enthusiasm and tones of ideas, Lola made it her mission to help as many people as possible live a healthy, fulfilled life.
In Australia Lola is a regular guest on TV shows such as ‘Today’, ‘Weekend Today’, ‘Mornings’, ‘The Project’, ‘A Current Affair’, MIX’s national ‘Body and Soul’ radio show, and contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines. She currently lives in Sydney but calls herself a gypsy because she loves to travel!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JUST GO FOR IT, AND START LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE? WAS THERE A TURNING POINT OR AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU REALISED YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE CHANGE?
I believe in living from your heart and doing what feels like your truth and purpose. So for me it was just about tuning into what felt right for me. I used to be a Dj and I loved it but I knew it just wasn’t my passion and I don’t believe in taking the place of someone who is more passionate than me. So I kept searching and being a foodie health nerd felt right. My dream was to be the wellness version of Steve Irwin!
HOW IS YOUR LIFE DIFFERENT NOW AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
I think life is always changing so it’s not like it’s different now to when I was younger, it’s always evolving and I’m always learning, and I love that. The person I was even a year ago is different to the person I am today, and the person I am next week will probably be different again. I feel like I’m in a part of my life where I’m growing and learning loads, so I’m just trying to soak up every single second.
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST FEAR OR BLOCK (EMOTIONAL, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE, AND HOW DID YOU BREAK THROUGH IT?
I think believing in yourself is key, for yonks I cared way too much about what people thought of me. And you know what, I wasn’t happy so I figure – do things for you so you can drop being tied to what you think others are thinking about you!
HOW DID OPENING UP AND ‘BEING AUTHENTICALLY YOU’ AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU OR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM?
I’d like to think I’ve always been pretty real, sure I’ve got caught up in hype before but anytime that happens the universe will knock you straight the ground, so I really try to live bullshit free and that means just being myself.
DID YOU FACE ANY JUDGEMENTS OR CRITICISMS, WHETHER FROM YOURSELF OR OTHERS?
Haha! Yeah, loads! From both others and myself, but at the end of the day they’re just great ways to better yourself and learn. They end up being the coolest gifts!
WHAT IS YOUR TRUE ESSENCE? THE NATURAL PART OF YOUR BEING THAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL.
I live with an open heart and I let that guide every aspect of my life, I tune into what I feel in my heart and this gives me the courage to take risks and chase dreams.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
That I’ll always do what I love and live what’s true for me!
WHERE DO YOU FIND BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION?
I am inspired by Steve Irwin, my dad and anyone who’s living their passion unapologetically. Beauty is in people living fro the heart, it’s rare but awesome when you see it.
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO DO?
Make people laugh and I wanted to be a girl version of Mr.Bean (and a zoologist)! Haha!
WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND WHY?
Nature, animals, love orca whales, elephants and orangutans.
And people who give and live from the heart.
WHEN LIFE GETS BUSY, OVERWHELMING AND THE NEGATIVITY STARTS TO CREEP IN, HOW DO YOU UNWIND AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO ‘JUST BE’?
Well I think that’s the natural flow of life so I generally try to sit with it rather than fight and combat it – it makes you appreciate the positive times.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE WANTING TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL WAY OF BEING AND FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN THEMSELVES?
Just do what makes you happy and ignore the people who tell you that you can’t.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE YOU?
Some days its awesome and some days there’s a lesson to be learnt but all in all – I feel pretty lucky to be living here doing what I love every day.