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Why It’s Never Too Late To Make A Career Change

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Following 13 years in fashion PR, Eve Kalinik left the world of designer brands to pursue a passion for nutrition. With work stress affecting her health, she discovered the healing powers of eating well and enrolled at the prestigious College of Naturopathic Medicine. Three years later, she launched her own agency, Garden PR, trading clients like Céline and Rochas for Plenish and SP&Co. Although her switch sounds seamless (as a now qualified nutritional therapist she is regularly quoted in Vogue and remains on the speed dial of many a beauty editor), her journey hasn’t always been plain sailing. Ahead of the launch of her new book, Be Good To Your Gut, we sat down with the wellness guru to talk career advice and food philosophy…

Tell us your journey...

I worked at PR agency Karla Otto for almost 13 years – I loved it but it clearly wasn’t the right role for me. Nutrition is something I’ve grown up, with so when I began to suffer burn-out from the pace of my career – and having struggled to find answers from standard medical practice – I sought the help of a naturopathic doctor. He put me on the road to health and inspired me to learn more about naturopathic alternatives to health. I remember waiting at a bus stop on my way to work one day and googling nutrition courses when, low and behold, there was an open evening that very same day. I signed up and the rest is history.

When did you start thinking about making the transition?

It was a rather impetuous decision to go and study, but I’d been interested in the area for a long time, mostly down to personal research. However, my initial degree (prior to PR), was actually in psychology so it felt really natural to move back into this field; we have such an emotional connection with food and I feel this psychological aspect is so integral to what I do now.

What qualifications did you have to do?

My qualification is a diploma in Nutritional Therapy and it took me three years to complete. However, it was a real challenge – I did it part-time alongside a very full-time PR job that had me travelling regularly and with a lot of pressure.

Are you still learning?

Of course, every day and every client I meet teaches me something new. I’m constantly learning and it’s vitally important to be up-to-date with recent research and studies. My practise and ethos towards nutrition is built upon a more functional approach, which means I run tests like stool, saliva and blood panels to get a more thorough picture of my client. I’m also currently in the process of completing my training for an IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine) certification, which essentially combines medicine, lifestyle protocols and treatment. I think that’s the most sensible and forward-thinking way to look at our health.

What does your job involve on a day-to-day basis?

It’s very varied but on a typical week I spend three days practising in my studio with one-to-one consultations. The other two days are focused on my editorial work – I have a monthly column in Psychologies magazine and MATCHESFASHION.COM, as well as commission features. I also have ambassadorial roles with Symprove and Plenish too, so it might involve writing copy for their blogs or doing small projects. Up until recently there was the mammoth task of writing and creating my new book, too.

What are the risks of changing career path?

Financially it was a bit of a shift as I had come from a very handsomely paid job, but I really feel that I am rewarded in so many other areas now. While I was studying, I also undertook some external projects and consultancy work that helped me along the way.

What do you enjoy most about working in nutrition?

Helping people to feel healthier and more empowered through nutrition continues to inspire me every day.

And what’s the most challenging aspect?

Getting clients to implement the advice I give them can be frustrating. By and large, I have very dedicated clients but it can be really challenging when people struggle to progress.

Did you take any skills with you from your PR career?

Absolutely. PR is all about communication and that’s what any good therapist needs to be able to support clients to make the necessary changes. Having had a career before this also means I can truly resonate with many of the challenges my clients face.

Best advice you’ve been given?

Learn from the word ‘no’. When building your own business, it’s hard not to take it to heart, but actually some of the nos I’ve had have been the best thing for me in the long run.

On a Similar Note

Do you have a food philosophy?

It’s a tad clichéd, but a little bit of what you fancy does you good. I’m not into being overly restrictive and believe that symptoms are often the cause of multiple factors and imbalances in the body and not one specific cause, food or food group. Try to eat mindfully and be present with your plate, too.

Do you take any supplements?

Yes – I take Symprove (a liquid-based probiotic) regularly but try to get everything I need through my diet. If I do feel like I need a boost, I might add in some additional omega-3 or magnesium.

What makes you feel healthy?

Having regular pockets of recovery in my day and life overall. Mealtimes can act as these, but often we rush through them – dedicating time and appreciation to your food not only enhances the flavour (genuinely) but gives that crucial ‘time out’ feeling too. Laughter is also essential for the mind, body and soul.

Favourite London wellness spots?

Pfeffer Sal does some of the best facials I’ve ever had and a Pilates class at Ten Pilates always leaves me feeling strong.

What are the five things you can’t live without in your kitchen?

Butter, organic eggs, mineral salt, cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil and coffee. If I had to choose the one, it would be organic butter. Everything tastes better with butter and its nutritional benefits are great.

Finally – what mantra do you live by?

Live every moment – my grandma taught me that and she was the most brilliant, positive, charismatic and fun person I knew. Nothing is ever wasted, make the most of every opportunity and live life to the full.

Be Good To Your Gut by Eve Kalinik is available now on Amazon, priced £20


Inspiration Credits: Instagram.com/EveKalinik
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