Michelle Harvey

Michelle is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on whole foods, nutrient density and the revival of ancient wisdom to guide people on a path to overall wellness.

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Meet Michelle

My philosophy is to make wellbeing as effortless as possible. I believe bio-individuality is the key to optimal health - if your food and lifestyle choices are well suited to your body's individual needs, it's likely that you'll be able to resolve many health issues and reach the goals you're working towards.

Outside Gyroscope

I love experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen, hiking and improv dance. I'm also passionate about sustainable agriculture and write a column for an agriculture magazine here in Portugal!  

Location

Lisbon, Portugal

What is your favorite kind of workout?

Walking and improv dance. Lisbon is known as the city of seven hills - even a short walk to the grocery store is a workout here! I love improv dance because of how dynamic, playful and intuitive it is. I feel that practicing these skills in the dance practice enables me to embody them further in life outside the dance.

What is your main focus?

As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, my main focus is on digestion, hormones and recommending the best foods to suit your body and your goals. Since I'm also a trained chef, I'm passionate about finding substitutions for the foods you love but feel aren't serving you, as well as healthy ways to make your food delicious!

How did you get interested in health?

I became interested in food at college when I became aware that certain foods were contributing towards my health issues. I decided to fully focus my career on health and wellness by first training as a chef and working in several health food restaurants. I then went on to qualify as a nutritionist to gain deeper insight into how different foods affect the body. I now combine these two skill sets in my practice!

What was one of the biggest health changes you’ve made?

Going paleo almost 10 years ago. Although I no longer follow the paleo diet, it was definitely a great introduction to many of the wellness philosophies I follow now; nutrient density, whole foods, movement diversity and non toxic skincare (as a few examples).

What do you think most people should do differently to be more healthy?

Eat according to your needs as an individual rather than as per diet dogma. Eat local. Eat seasonal. Pay attention to where your food comes from - this gives us a lot of information about how healthful it may or may not be.

What are some books you recommend?

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz