Prepare to embark on an inspiring journey with Katherine E. Blake, the visionary founder and CEO of Beautifully Nourished. At House of Coco, we believe that true beauty emanates from within, and that's exactly what Katherine's mission embodies. Her profound insights into nutrition and wellness have the power to transform lives, nourishing both the body and soul.
In this exclusive interview, Katherine shares her remarkable journey and the driving force behind her pursuit of a career in nutrition and wellness. Her unwavering belief in the profound connection between what we consume and how we think, act, and feel will leave you inspired and eager to explore the limitless potential of holistic health.
As you immerse yourself in this interview, envision the future of Beautifully Nourished and the profound impact it is set to make in the world of nutrition and wellness. Allow Katherine's passion and vision to spark your own journey of self-discovery and nourishment.
Get ready to be captivated by the wisdom and inspiration that awaits you. Let the radiant energy of Beautifully Nourished infuse your life and unlock your true potential...
Can you tell us about your journey and what inspired you to pursue a career in nutrition and wellness?
The concept of nutrition has always fascinated me. I love discovering the ways in which what we put into our bodies can affect the way we think, act, and feel. For me, nutrition goes far beyond food alone; it extends to everything that we put inside our beautiful bodies.
For me, nutrition is far-reaching – from the foods we eat to the thoughts we tell ourselves, the people we interact with, and the environments that surround us.
And the great thing is – we get to choose! We get to choose what we consume and what we do not. We can eat nutritious foods, think nutritious thoughts, and surround ourselves with people and places that make us feel good. Choose the nutritious option 80% of the time and watch your life unfold!
Things that nourish us serve our soul and our very being. Opt for joy, every time – let joy be your compass.
When we are at our best, when we look and feel blissful, joyful, content, okay, nourished, supported, well-rested, encouraged, safe, loved (by self and others), we are best able to show up for life fully and serve others in our own beautifully unique way and play our part in this beautiful whole.
How did your experience at the Nutrigenomics Centre in Kentucky shape your understanding of the connection between nutrition and health?
My experience in Kentucky enabled me to see nutrition in action right down to the cellular and RNA level. The project I worked on focused on the ingredient Selenium and its potential role in the prevention of gastrointestinal cancers and type 2 diabetes.
The project concluded that nutrition can easily change the way our genes express themselves. Nutrients can both upregulate or downregulate gene expression. While I am a huge advocate of holistic health, there is no denying that nutrition affects even the tiniest components within our cells.
What motivated you to start Beautifully Nourished and launch it as an online magazine initially?
I followed what I loved. My love for science and biology led me to nutrition, which led me to work experiences that developed my skills, understanding, and experiences. These shaped my ideas that grew and grew until I was ready to create Beautifully Nourished.
I loved sharing my discoveries in real-time, and the original online magazine was the perfect outlet to deliver that. Today, the online magazine has evolved into Beautifully Nourished's Ezine and online blog – The Fix.
Could you share some insights into the process of building a community of like-minded women who share the BN ethos?
When we live and express our truth, the whole world benefits. We are all so connected in ways that still completely blow my mind. I spoke about what I loved, my beliefs, and what I am passionate about. When we do that, we attract matches for that in the form of community, customers, partners, and opportunities. Speak your truth – always!
How did your time as a product developer at Sainsbury's influence your approach to creating your own product ranges for Beautifully Nourished?
My time at Sainsbury's was invaluable. Among all the contracts I have worked on, Sainsbury's was my favorite. The atmosphere was fantastic, the energy was motivating, and it was challenging in all the right ways.
It honed and fine-tuned all that I had learned from business school and my work experiences to date. It taught me how to take a blue sky concept – an idea – and turn it into a tangible product that serves the consumer and that the consumer will love. I studied the product development process inside and out until I became confident enough to say that product development is one of my strongest abilities. Creation, to me, feels like an expression of the soul, and it is one of my favorite states to be in.
What challenges did you face in the early stages of setting up Beautifully Nourished as a consultant, and how did you overcome them?
Honestly, my last consultancy contract was a disaster.
I don't take saying things like "opt for joy" lightly – I, too, like all of us, have experienced my fair share of life's challenges and the low feelings that come with them.
Difficulty is inevitable – life is full of dualities – when there is up, there is down; when there is left, there is right; where there is love, there is fear, and so on. I have learned not to label emotions as positive or negative. They all have their place, and as humans, we will experience them all.
But those experiences teach, and what I have noticed as a pattern is that when big breakthroughs and bliss states are experienced, the precursor to that is almost always a challenge. A friend of mine recently described that process as "growing pains."
Could you share any success stories or testimonials from customers who have benefited from using Beautifully Nourished products?
Absolutely, and with pleasure.
- 5* "I am on the fourth day of using your magic cream, and my skin is looking amazing. I don't even need to use as much foundation. It's honestly much brighter; it was looking very dull. I also had a little cluster of spots on my cheekbone that has been there for years, and I swear they are fading." - Carol M. – This was the first-ever review (Vitamin ACE Moisturiser) that we received, and I will never forget it. I almost know it word for word! Nothing makes me happier than knowing there are people at home experiencing results that benefit them and put a smile on their faces!!
- "I had really brittle hair since giving birth, and taking this supplement has really helped make my hair and nails feel so much stronger."
- "I won't use anything else. These tablets are magic! My hair has completely been restored post-pregnancy. Thank you, Beautifully Nourished."
How does Beautifully Nourished incorporate sustainability and environmental consciousness into its practices?
Life must work in balance. It is a universal law that many of us, as humanity, have forgotten. When we consume, we must plant. When we take, we must give. Receive in gratitude. It's a sacred dance between our existence and life itself. If we continuously take from the Earth without replenishment, depletion is the only possible outcome. The same goes for our bodies – if we continuously work, effort, strive, and achieve without giving to ourselves in the form of nourishment, rest, time with family and nature, we too will deplete.
At Beautifully Nourished, we live by this ethos, and you will see it reflected in the way we ship, source, and package our products.
All of our outer packaging is made from recycled materials, we ship net carbon neutral, all of our B2C mailing materials are biodegradable, and by 2025, we endeavour for all of our Beautifully Nourished bottles to be biodegradable.
What can readers expect from The Fix, Beautifully Nourished's daily E-Zine, and how does it add value to their lives?
We delve deep into commonly asked questions, often those with a sense of taboo. Write in with any of your questions, and we will provide comprehensive coverage, either personally (if you request it) or in The Fix. If you have a thought that you may be shy to ask, chances are there are a whole group of people feeling the same. Ask away, and our experts are on standby!
In your opinion, what are the biggest misconceptions people have about nutrition and wellness, and how does Beautifully Nourished address them?
I remember in one of my early nutrition lectures back in 2008, the professor was speaking about a client she was working with who said, "What's the point? I could get hit by a bus tomorrow." Her answer was, "Yes, but that doesn't mean that you play in traffic."
Are there any upcoming projects or developments in the pipeline for Beautifully Nourished that you can share with us?
Oh, yes – we are looking to enter new markets. Watch this space.
We know that more awareness surrounding feminine cycles is needed at the societal and individual level. We look forward to stepping into this space with education.
Can you talk about the importance of transparency and ingredient sourcing in the supplements industry?
Of course! On every product, you should find a batch number. This number contains reels of information, stories from every single ingredient contained within the formulation, including the source of origin, times, and dates. Traceability is key, and the standards of supplement manufacturing here in the UK are very good. We love working closely with our manufacturers, whose commitment to quality and precision is as important as our own. Beautifully Nourished products, like all supplements, are made to the highest possible standards and are fully traceable. This is key for product safety and consumer commitment.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to improve their overall well-being but doesn't know where to start?
- Small consistent changes are key! Consistent, repeated action over time is what will get you the results, not one-off grand displays. Take small, simple, and steady steps.
- You're beautiful now! Really work on cultivating a deep sense of self-love, respect, and appreciation. Transformation will happen as a natural side effect of wanting to treat yourself well.
- Supplements are an easy way to anchor your daily wellness program and ensure there are no nutritional gaps within your diet.
Our readers love to travel. What destination is at the top of your bucket list?
Japan!! I cannot believe I have never been. It is high on my bucket list, as is Alaska!
Jamaica – my heritage is Jamaican, English, and Italian. But I have never been to Jamaica. I feel like we all crave depth, our roots; we sense our ancestry, and eventually, it will call us home. I cannot wait for that day.
Looking ahead, what is your vision for the future of Beautifully Nourished and its impact on the world of nutrition and wellness?
I wish for Beautifully Nourished's messaging to reach as many people as possible. As we begin to enter new markets and localize our messages, my wish is to bring as many people home to themselves and their bodies as possible.
Where can people find out more about you and your brand?
We would love to hear from you at www.beautifullynourished.com or @officialbeautifullynourished.