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“I’m delighted to share with you my insights into the world of wellbeing, and have created this space to inspire you to live a balanced life, working in harmony with nature.”
Erica Rodriguez is a Registered Nutritionist (mBANT, CNHC) and author of her debut cookbook, Nourished Kitchen.
In her debut cookbook Nourished Kitchen, Erica Rodriguez invites readers inside her kitchen and shares over 80 nourishing, vegetarian recipes using simple, everyday ingredients.
There is a recipe to suit any occasion, with many vegan and gluten free options, including wholesome breakfasts, hearty main dishes, comforting soups, snacks, flavourful salads and something for a sweet tooth.
With a focus on nutrient-dense foods that offer myriad therapeutic benefits, and captured with beautiful imagery throughout, Nourished Kitchen illustrates how accessible healthy eating is to anyone at any time, and how we can invite more nourishment into our lives.
Skin Health Specialist
I’m a London-based registered nutritionist, with an ever-growing passion for skin health. Having spent much of my adult life with chronic acne and attempting to keep it at bay through conventional methods, I later adopted a more holistic approach and came to recognise the lasting benefits that applied nutritional therapy and lifestyle changes had on the condition of my skin and general wellbeing.
I come from a background in beauty and fashion, having initially trained as a beauty therapist and later working as a model for 15 years. A creative by nature, I then made a natural transition within my industry and worked as a make-up artist for several years, dividing my time between London and Paris. Working in an industry where appearance was often under great scrutiny, I became increasingly aware of the psychological struggles that can accompany acne and how it can impact your day-to-day life.
Over the years, I’ve gained extensive knowledge around the intricate relationship between nutrition and skin health and how we can make significant improvements to our skin by working from the inside out. I’m captivated by science and how nutrients from the food we consume perform at a cellular level. Good nutrition feeds every cell in our body, and essentially, we are what we eat. Skin health is no exception to this and by providing our often-neglected skin cells with the correct nutrients, we will start to see transformative, long-lasting results.
My Food Philosophy
I live by the mantra ‘everything in moderation’ and I apply this to all aspects of my life. As a Libran, I strive for balance and equilibrium and believe too much of anything – whether perceived as good or bad, healthy or unhealthy – can tip the scale and leave you feeling out of whack.
I mostly eat a diet of colourful, vibrant fruit and veg, grains, pulses, eggs and cheese, and will always aim to buy organic when I can. My approach to food is relaxed and non-restrictive, and I choose not to deny myself of the foods I love to eat. I believe that if we continuously deprive ourselves of one of life’s great pleasures it can take a toll on our state of mind. Healthy mind = healthy body. Having said that, I fully appreciate that a number of health conditions do call for the restriction of certain food groups and this is with no doubt an exception.
Food brings so much enjoyment and satisfaction to your life. It’s visually pleasing, it creates close bonds with those you’re feeding and it nourishes your body and mind, contributing at large to your overall state of wellbeing. When I’m not seeing clients, I spend a great deal of my time in my kitchen testing recipes using simple, fresh and seasonal ingredients. I’m at my happiest when I’m creating. With an eye for aesthetics, I use food as a way of expression, celebrating the beauty and joy it brings to the table and the people around me.
Erica is a Registered Nutritionist and a member of the two leading professional bodies for nutrition and complementary health care – British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Continuous training and professional development allow Erica to gain further expertise and keep well informed in the ever evolving field of nutritional science.