We are pleased to introduce another health and wellness loving person to you, Elspeth Haswell- Smith of Food For Life. We’ve had the pleasure of taking part via video conference in Elspeth's community group in Toowoomba. We love the practical approach to health and we look forward to more events in the future. Get to know more about Elspeth and why she loves all things health!
Name: Elspeth Haswell-Smith
Business: Food For Life
Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?
We are a holistic health and wellness hub with a café. My business connects professionals to enable collaboration between modalities in order to heal the whole body.
Why did you start your business?
In my health and wellness journey, I gathered a lot of skills, courses, and credentials to heal myself. I had to share with others that had gone through the same struggle as me, this newfound wisdom. I know what it’s like, I’ve been there, and so I started this to help people like the old me.
What does wellness mean to you?
It means functioning at a high level. It is an ongoing thing, one that takes time to master and maintain. It’s a journey.
What are your three top health tips?
- Eat real food that heals and nourishes our body
- Connect with those around you
What are three pieces of advice you would give to someone looking to make healthy changes in their lifestyle?
- Start with a step that’s achievable
- Build your own food philosophy and get grounded in it
- Connect with like-minded individuals
Throughout my life I struggled with my emotional health and mental health. I experienced depression, anxiety, weight fluctuations, hormonal issues, fatigue, glue ear, and domestic violence. I thought my life was destined to antidepressants and managing my day-to-day living by coping. I completed a degree in Psychology and Anthropology, Graduate Diploma Psychology and completed a Changing Habits Nutrition Course, twenty8 Healthy Lifestyle Educator Course, FasterEFT, GAPS, MINDD practitioner and many more modalities.
I realised how we are the holders of our own destinies and found the path that got me to optimal health and every day excites me. My passion is providing alternate methods of health services and catered to the individual. I am also heavily involved in my community and hold regular Toowoomba Community Health Meetings that provide information and bring people together.
How do you manage a work/life balance?
I love what I do and every day fills me with love, gratitude and energy that flows into everything I do.
The best book to read for better health and wellness?
- Gut and Psychology Syndrome – Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride
- The Secret Language of Your Body – Inna Segal
- Loving What Is – Byron Katie
Your favourite inspiration/ motivation/ lifestyle quote?
Well behaved women rarely make history – Eleanor Roosevelt.
The four words that best describe your business?
Healing, Individualised, Holistic, education.
Huge thanks to Elspeth for sharing with us!