Join Lizzy on Instagram @theconsciouslizzy to follow her inspiring journey towards a more conscious and creative future.
Before we get started, could you share with us how you started your day this morning? (we love hearing about morning routines!)
I don't really have a fixed morning routine! Each day brings something unique. This morning, I was up early, modelling for a Conscious Festival Shoot. On other mornings, I might find myself behind the camera, cleaning the beach, or getting Ru ready for preschool. I truly enjoy the freedom of freelance work, which allows me to embrace this kind of life.
What is your story, what do you do and how did you get into the work you are doing?
After 7 years working in the Advertising world in SG... I quit. I'm now focused on working with women who inspire me & brands who are kind to our planet. I’ve always been the creative type. Before Singapore, I worked in the UK for a range of film and television companies. This started with graphic design, turning into Art Direction. My design background helps with all aspects of creating content.
Photo credit The Straits Times
What are some of the biggest hurdles people face when they try to live sustainably/consciously?
Many people mistakenly believe that sustainable living comes with a higher price tag, but that's not the case! Living sustainably isn't solely about making new purchases; it's about using what you already have, purchasing only what's necessary, and exploring alternative options such as borrowing, renting, or shopping for second-hand items.
Another hurdle is that Singapore is a small island so a lot of produce and products are imported. I try to support local where possible. I’m also learning to grow my own crops with my Aerospring vertical farm!
From your experience, what do you feel are the biggest health challenges people are facing today?
One of the most significant health challenges we face today is the widespread availability of processed foods. These options are often cheap, convenient and quick, making them a go-to choice for many individuals in our fast-paced world. We need to start questioning the content of our food and asking, "What am I actually consuming?"
Can you describe your food philosophy?
My food philosophy revolves around maintaining a healthy and balanced diet as a vegetarian. I believe you can treat yourself, but eat everything in moderation. I also live by the Japanese term Hara Hachi Bu meaning “Eat until you're 80% full.” (I’m British, but a quarter Japanese!) I live by this rule and it’s amazing to not get that ‘stuffed’ feeling.
What is your typical day on a plate?
Breakfast: Either oats, smoothies with added vegan protein or banana & peanut butter on toast. Quick and simple.
Lunch: Usually some sort of salad! Or leftovers. I’m a big advocate for #nofoodwaste
Dinner: My favourite cook books are BOSH! And Joe Wicks Vegetarian. I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful helper, who cooks from these!
Snack: Nuts, dark chocolate, fruit – or Ru’s leftover snacks
Coffee: Oat milk latte every time
What are your top three tips for healthy living?
- Avoid processed food where possible
- Portion control is key
- Look after your mental wellbeing: sleep well, hydrate, move your body, take ‘me time’
For someone wanting to learn more about wellness & healthy living/nutrition, what resources would you recommend?
- Deliciously Ella really inspired me. She’s an amazing plant based cook, business owner and amazing mum. You can follow her Instagram or listen to her podcasts.
- Consult a professional: During my pregnancy I wanted to make sure I was eating enough nutritious foods as a vegetarian. I reached out to Katie – Hello Balance. She was amazing!
- Look out for events. For me, I love IRL events! I often find myself looking on Eventbrite for what’s happening locally. Singapore is great for this, there’s always something going on – whether that's a panel talk, yoga morning, or Wellness Festival.
Do you have any affirmations, quotes, or mantras that you turn to regularly
Buy Less, Buy Better.
In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
How can our readers connect with you further? (any programs/social platforms?)
And finally, just a bit of fun, some sentence starters (just say the first thing that pops into your head!)
Three things I always have stocked in my fridge/pantry are: Peanut butter, oat milk, coffee!
To relax: Yoga, looking after my crops on my aerospring, and my guilty pleasure - trashy TV!
I’m most grateful for: My family. Parents- for being so supportive even though they live so far away. Husband – for putting up with all my creative endeavours!
If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life it would be: Some sort of superfood salad of course!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
My next focus is The Conscious Festival. I will be creating a huge trash art piece, which people are invited to interact with. Come and join me there! 14/15th October. My previous STOP trash art won 2nd place at the Art Of Trash Competition, 2023.
Photo credit Rebecca Berger
I enjoy throwing Ladies events! My next one is with The Whole Kitchen. I think there’s something so powerful about a room full of women #womensupportingwomen.
I’ve organised charity events, paint & wine evenings and pyjama parties! Keep a look out on my Instagram for the next one.