We meet French expat DR EMILIE CLAIRET, who founded Holistic Nutrition with a view to helping people make positive long term changes to their health through food and lifestyle.
Emilie was originally a medical doctor in France; she stopped working after moving to Hong Kong 12 years ago so she could raise her children (all three were born here).
“I went through some personal challenges as a mother that made me realise how food and lifestyle can have a big impact on our health,” she says. This led to her qualifying first as a fitness instructor, and then studying sport and nutrition at Hong Kong University; she then worked as an instructor and nutritionist for a time.
“In 2018, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” says Emilie. “I turned to complementary medicine to help me deal with the treatment and its side effects; and I studied holistic nutrition.” Since the holistic approach really helped, she decided to dedicate her practice to it.
“My approach considers not only diet but all environmental, psychological and emotional factors, too. It’s about looking at the individual as a whole, to help them make real, healthy changes for the long term – for weight loss or gain, digestive issues, disease prevention, dealing with medical treatment or more. Food can be a wonderful ally to help you feel better!”
Favourite thing about Hong Kong: “Everything! I’m grateful every day to live in such a beautiful place; just wandering around is a real pleasure.”
Favourite hobby: “I’m a qualified Zumba instructor and very involved in the Zumba community. Every year, I organise a major Zumba charity event for an organisation called Angels for Children. The money raised allows us to support children in a Po Leung Kuk orphanage.”
Favourite foods: “Kale, pomegranate and quinoa!”
This article first appeared in the City Guide 2020 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.