Welcome to Lydia’s Good Living
Hi, I’m Lydia!
I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist and my mission is to empower you to take control of your health, by using good food together with evidence-based science as key tools, and help you work towards being the best person that you can be. From my own personal health journey with several autoimmune conditions (Lupus and Myasthenia Gravis), I understand the stress and heavy burden that chronic conditions can bring about. By creating a positive and healing relationship with food which is simple, this can help motivate you to continue on your health journey with more ease.
If you are looking for inspiration in the kitchen, check out the free Good Living Kitchen Recipes which are catered for a variety of dietary needs including vegan, paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free choices. And yes, there are also cakes!
DipCNM, mANP, rGNC
Lydia Ghazali is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and her mission is to empower people to take control of their health, by using good food together with evidence-based science as key tools, and help them work towards being the best person they can be. From her own personal health journey with several autoimmune conditions (Lupus and Myasthenia Gravis), she understands the stress and heavy burden that chronic conditions can bring about. By creating a positive and healing relationship with food which is simple, this can help motivate people to continue on their health journey with more ease.
We are often faced by the non-stop messages on social media on what is considered the right way to eat and rigid diet models as a measure of success to health. Do you then spend all day worrying about whether you have eaten the right foods and how it impacts your body?
The other problem is how the modern world is driving us to buy certain commercial goods or lead a certain lifestyle, which may not be suitable for you. Our focus, however, is to introduce you to a variety of options to nourish the body so that you would never feel restricted.
Ultimately, our aim is to combine evidence-based nutrition together with a way of eating, as well as lifestyle, that suits you so that it becomes a reflection of your personality and background rather than what everyone else is doing. You deserve a relationship with food that brings you peace and joy, rather than additional stress. Forging a better relationship with food also means getting to know your food sources, local providers and how to eat more sustainably – all of this knowledge will naturally lead you to making better choices.
It is also important to encourage self-care and this is very much about being compassionate with yourself and to accept where you currently are in life. With these fundamentals, we can then begin your new journey to find better health.
Butternut squash, carrot, orange and ginger soup
This energising soup is a great one to have in the colder months. Read more on our recipes page.
Autoimmune Hub & the Immune Health Challenge
Lydia has been collaborating with the Autoimmune Hub since March 2018 which is a digital clinic using the latest nutritional science and lifestyle medicine to help those with autoimmune conditions. Having experienced immunological disorders herself, Lydia specialises in helping clients with Lupus and Myasthenia Gravis as well as a plethora of other autoimmune conditions.
The most recent project with the Autoimmune Hub, working alongside three other established nutritional therapists, was the online 10-day Immune Health Challenge in November 2020. This includes the creation of a 45-page recipe e-book for Immune Health. Participants on the Challenge were provided the recipe e-book, nutritional facts and advice, lifestyle tips and supplement recommendations via daily handouts and video content.
Community Work & Tackling Food Poverty
In London, more than 1.5 million adults and children struggle with food poverty and cannot afford to buy good food let alone think about nutrition for their health. These groups of the people have staple diets that contribute to poor health outcomes just because they cannot access better quality foods.
Lydia currently works part-time at her local community centre – Abbey Community Centre – as a coordinator of an award winning scheme ‘Kilburn Good Neighbours’ where they help to reduce isolation and increase independence of older individuals in the community by providing befriending and other support including food aid.
This helps to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals who may have no family or any other means of support. This project collaborates with another project – Tech Buddies – which supports the elderly with technical and digital issues so that the elderly can become more confident and independent in the modern world.
Abbey Community Centre’s ongoing partnership with Felix Project means that Lydia’s work at the centre includes providing surplus fresh and nutritious food to the elderly and most vulnerable in the community. The Felix Project is an organisation which rescues good, surplus food such as high-quality fresh fruit and vegetables, from over 450 suppliers including supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, restaurants and delis. This is then distributed to frontline charities like Abbey Community Centre so that healthy food can reach the most vulnerable.
Lydia's 1-1 nutritional consultations
If you would like more help with your health journey, Lydia offers 1-1 nutritional consultations which are all currently online therefore she can help you wherever you are based in the world. The consultations would start by looking at your overall medical history as well as your current situation, including your lifestyle, everyday routines and your preferences – all without judgment, and provide plans which are tailored to you.
You will be provided ideas on recipes and sample meal plans, as well as tips on how you can manage your time in the kitchen which is especially important if you have a busy lifestyle. Having worked in financial services in the city for over 10 years, Lydia fully understand the challenges of finding the time and right balance between health, work and play.