Liz Earle MBE is a writer, tv presenter, business woman and the mother of five children. She has written over thirty books on beauty, nutrition, health and wellbeing. Liz’s latest book The Good Gut Guide claimed the no 1 spot on Amazon’s Popular Medicine list in May 2017. She co-founded the Liz Earle Beauty Co, finally leaving the brand last year, and is the founder of Liz Earle Wellbeing, a quarterly magazine providing an abundance of information on food and living well. Liz is one of our favourite women from the world of wellbeing and she’s given an interview to Detox Health Beauty...
1) Your skin is glowing and radiant Liz. Please can you talk us through your beauty routine and favourite products? Do you ever have any problems with your skin and what are your ultimate skin remedies?
I’m pretty low maintenance so my routine in the morning includes some quick skincare with a cleanser followed by serum, then cream blusher, neutral eye shadow, mascara and a styling spritz of unscented hairspray.
I start my day with a glass of kefir, a live super-yoghurt drink packed with powerfully beneficial probiotics and I find this gives me a real boost in the morning and has made a big difference to my overall health and wellbeing. I also use it as a naturally ‘live’ skin cleanser and leave a layer on my skin at the weekends for smoother, brighter skin.
2) How do you relax and stay calm?
I live on a farm in the glorious West Country so I really enjoy the chance to make the most of family time outdoors at home. I love picnics, farm walks, pushing children on a swing under the oak tree, hedgerow foraging – very simple, yet very special, relaxing family times that make for happy memories.
3) How do you stay fit and healthy?
I’m a recent convert to running and enjoy early-morning (quick!) runs around my West Country farm - or a park if I’m in London. I also love Nordic walking, using poles to stride out across the fields around the farm, as it works the entire body – especially good for releasing tension from shoulders and neck whilst toning upper arms.
4) Do you have a favourite meal or recipe to share with DHB?
Some of my favourite recipes can be found in the recently published Liz Earle Wellbeing Yearbook Volume 2 which contains some of my best loved seasonal recipes. One of my family’s all-time favourites from the book is honeyed salmon love parcels. So simple to make, with salmon, asparagus, garlic, lemons, potatoes and leeks, yet a really delicious and nutritious meal. The extra special ingredient is a tiny heartfelt message of love written on the parchment you wrap each salmon parcel up with!
5) Who inspires you from the world of health and beauty and why?
There’s no one person – I love using Instagram and am always finding and following new people who continually inspire me. I host a weekly podcast show called Wellness with Liz Earle and some of my most recent guests have inspired new ways to think about food and fitness, especially fellow foodie Jasmine Hemsley and Dale Pinnock, The Medicinal Chef.
6) Do you have a favourite healthy cafe or restaurant?
One of my favourite recent discoveries is High Mood Food on Duke Street, London, which specialises in gut friendly food. I have long been fascinated by the increasingly recognised link between the gut and our physical and mental health and my last book, The Good Gut Guide, was all about gut health and how to live well by looking after our digestive system. High Mood Food is a great gut friendly cafe - I always pop in if I’m in the area as they do the best takeaway lunch boxes.
7) Where in the world do you go to relax?
My husband is half Italian and we go to Italy each summer as a family which is such a special time for us all. I also loveKenya and I spend a lot of time there working on projects for my charity LiveTwice. I feel so fortunate and thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and I really want to be able to give something back.
8) Do you have any handbag bag essentials?
Yes I do - a mineral sun block, that I use year-round and which sits on the surface of the skin and reflects the sun’s rays and lanolin, which is an inexpensive, safe and incredibly versatile skin soother that I like to use as a lip balm.
9) How do you balance family life with your successful career?
Family life comes first, so I get the really important dates such as school plays and concerts, holidays, parents’ evenings, etc into the diary at the beginning of the year and then schedule work events around them. I particularly try to book my travel times and work trips during term-time when I’m not missed as much.
10) What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given that I would pass onto my 16 year old self is to never leave too early but to stay and make the most of every opportunity you are given.
11) Do you have plans and goals for 2018?
On a personal note, having recently travelled through Sardinia and Greece for a mini-series for This Morning on Blue Zones and the secrets to living long and well, I’ll be putting some of what I learnt into practice. This includes weaving ‘pockets of still’ into my day, spending more time with my family and making vegetables and legumes the centre of my diet by enjoying even more seasonal and locally grown fruit and veg.
On a professional note, the next step for Liz Earle Wellbeing, my quarterly digital and print magazine is to go global!