The Forum talks with Liz Earle MBE

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Born in Portsmouth, Liz Earle is the best selling author of 35 books, a TV presenter, an entrepreneur and a farmer.

Liz commenced her career as a Health and Beauty Editor for Woman’s Journal magazine, during which time she was encouraged to write the first of her books on wellbeing and nutrition – Vital Oils.

A television debut followed, covering health and beauty for ITV’s This Morning program. This led to her own show, Liz Earle Lifestyle, which ran for three series.

In 2015 Liz returned to This Morning and she now has a regular ‘Inside Out Beauty’ slot. It encapsulates the belief that ‘you are what you eat’ and all the benefits a good diet brings to health and beauty. Towards the end of last year, Liz also filmed a mini-series on living well for This Morning in Sardinia and Greece, which was screened in January 2018.

In 1995 she co–founded Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, now the global brand Liz Earle Beauty Co. Liz was awarded the MBE in 1997 for services to the beauty industry.Although the Liz Earle Beauty Co. is now owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Liz remained a global ambassador for the brand until stepping away completely in 2017. This allowed her to pursue her commitment to her quarterly magazine Liz Earle Wellbeing, which she founded in 2015, her regular podcast series and You Tube channel, and her Fairtrade jewellery range, Liz Earle Fair and Fine.

Liz lives with her family on a farm in the West Country. She is an ambassador for the Sustainable Food Trust, Love British Food and Compassion in World Farming and was instrumental in the development of the food labeling pressure group FLAG (Food Labeling Agenda). Although engrossed in her new life, she still has a soft spot for Hampshire.

Does Liz have a favourite place in Hampshire?
I love visiting Chewton Glen Hotel for its amazing cookery school and restaurant food, incredible treehouses and lovely spa.

Your journey is extraordinary: television presenter, prolific author, developer and co-founder of a global brand, ambassador, and charity founder. How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
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 and social events around them.

I particularly try to book my travel times and work trips during term-time when I’m not missed as much.

With travelling so much is there one thing you really miss and would take with you if you could?
My photo albums. I make a single leather-bound album for each year, filled with the best family pictures. I have over thirty of these now and they are one of most treasured possessions.

How would you describe yourself? Entrepreneur, writer, ecologist, philanthropist, organic farmer or all of the above?
I would describe myself as an author, wellbeing entrepreneur, TV presenter and farmer.

What inspires you?
I find nature and the changing seasons endlessly inspiring, which is why Liz Earle Wellbeing is a quarterly magazine that embraces a new season in every new issue. My love of nature is also reflected in my jewellery collection, Fair and Fine which is inspired by my lifelong love of botanicals.

What fears do you have for the future of people’s health in the UK?
I think that there is a high level of awareness now about the ‘you are what you eat’ message, but the next challenge is to make people aware that it’s actually more than that. It’s ‘what we eat has eaten’ that really matters and that impacts on your health and wellbeing. We need to think much bigger picture.

Are your children following in your footsteps?
I have 5 children ranging in age from 7 to 26 so it’s difficult to say what my youngest one will end up doing at this stage! However, I’m very fortunate to have my eldest child, Lily, working with me as the Digital Editor for Liz Earle Wellbeing – she’s incredibly talented and it’s lovely to get to spend so much time with her. We work really well together.

Three things you can’t live without.
My family: I’m at my happiest when at home on the farm with all five of my children.
A daily dose of probiotics: Since writing my last book, The Good Gut Guide, I’m more aware than ever of the benefits of probiotics and I like to start my day with a glass of kefir, a live super-yoghurt drink packed with powerfully beneficial probiotics that gives me a real boost in the morning.
My smart phone: I love connecting with my Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine readers on social media, especially Instagram, which does seem to foster the nicest online community. I have my own account too @LizEarleMe.

What next for Liz Earle MBE?
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 year. 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, enjoying even more seasonal and locally-grown fruit and veg – especially anything green!

On a professional note, the next step for Liz Earle Wellbeing, my quarterly digital and print magazine, is to go global! There can be no doubt Liz Earle will achieve all she sets
out to do.

Her new book The Good Menopause Guide by Liz Earle is published on 8 March 2018. (Orion Spring, £25).

Lizearlewellbeing.com