How I came to using foods as medicine
Hi, I am Lydia and I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist. I have a deep passion for using foods as medicine as well as for enriching our lives. After achieving an Msc in Law and Finance and working for over 10 years in financial services in the City of London, I decided to pursue a career in Nutrition after seeing the positive impact this had over my own health. My training was completed at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London and I am registered with the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) and the General Naturopathic Council (GNC).
My Nutritional Therapy clinic experience ranges from young to mature adults. I have a special interest in chronic and autoimmune conditions, alongside a wide variety of health issues, due to my own history with Lupus and Myasthenia Gravis which merged during my first working career. After struggling through debilitating symptoms of ongoing pain, fatigue, severe muscular weakness and finally deterioration of major organs such as the heart, lungs and brain, I realised that conventional medicine wasn’t giving me the support to keep on living a full and good life.
Out of the many different paths I explored in my journey, altering the way I ate as well as forging a positive relationship with my body and mind, had the biggest impact on improving my health. When not seeing clients or working with food, I love travelling, playing tennis and practising yoga – all of which I can now enjoy without being constantly shadowed by chronic symptoms due to progress I have made by prioritising good nutrition. I also have a passion in community work and tackling food poverty, and I put aside 18 hours a week to be involved as a Coordinator at a local community centre to help the elderly and vulnerable. Ongoing learning and professional development are essential and I do this by attending knowledge seminars, industry events and conferences.
My mission is to therefore to empower people
to take control of their own health, by using good food together with evidence-based nutritional science as key tools, to help increase the quality of their life so that they can be the best person they can be, regardless of their health background. I have always been interested in working with foods since a young age, including the anthropology of food and how eating habits and trends have changed over the years.
One of my favourite places to be is in the kitchen but even if you are not an avid cook, I discovered that the relationship with food whether it be at home or eating out, can have an impact on your health. As a foodie at heart, I want to encourage people to make food choices that they enjoy and are excited about. You can access my collection in my Good Living Kitchen recipes section which I hope will inspire you in your own kitchen.
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.
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!
I always enjoyed working with food and I started baking from a young age. When I was first training to be a nutritional therapist, coupled with the pressure of improving my health due to my autoimmunity issues, I felt really conflicted and stressed about the direction I was taking. Over the years I then discovered that improving my health doesn’t mean giving up my passions. For example, I now bake healthy versions of the cakes I used to love and I was introduced to a whole new world of alternative ingredients such as non-refined sugars and different grains which then broadened my knowledge in the kitchen. Now instead of being embarrassed to attend dinner parties because of my dietary requirements, I bring something new and exciting to the table. Possibilities are endless!
Lydia comes from a mixed heritage background, being born and raised in Asia but lived all of her adult life in the Western world, she is therefore passionate about bringing the best of all cultures and ways of eating into her practice. Find out more about Lydia and her LGL Nutrition consultations, or you can book in a free 20 minute phone consultation.
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.