We had the good fortune of connecting with Allie Landry and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Allie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?

Health and fitness have always been priorities in my life. From a young age I enjoyed learning how to fuel my body and become the best version of myself through nutrition and exercise. This led me to the field of dietetics. In college, my love of health quickly turned into an obsession with food and my body. I developed disordered eating habits which unfortunately are normalized in today’s culture. I was under-eating (leading to bingeing on the weekends), over-exercising, and struggled to find any balance.

Learning about intuitive eating and food freedom changed my life. I was able to apply what I learned in school and no longer worry about every calorie consumed. I had less stress, more energy, and was no longer controlled by my body insecurities. My personal transformation from struggling with food and body image to a life of freedom is what motivated me to start my business empowering other women to do the same.

What should our readers know about your business?
I decided to become a dietitian during my sophomore year of college, which was the hardest yet most pivotal time in my life. During this year my mom was diagnosed with cancer and started working with a medical team, including a clinical dietitian. After meeting the dietitian and seeing her impact and passion for my mom’s well being through nutrition, I knew that was the career I wanted to pursue. Shortly thereafter, I applied to change my major and began taking courses focused on nutrition to eventually open my own private practice to help and empower women.

Make Life Peachy was named in honor of my mom. The name is a combination of my mom’s positive attitude (she was known for this) and my personal love for nutrition. Make Life Peachy is a daily reminder of who my mom was, and to be optimistic in every situation. My mom is the reason I am who I am today. She instilled in me that I could accomplish whatever I dreamed of, with hard work and belief.

Since starting my business, the most common questions I’ve received are: how to start, what was the hardest part, and what advice would I give. The biggest lesson I can pass down is that the hardest part is starting. Sometimes the fear of being judged or not feeling ready can hold you back. The reality is people are going to judge you no matter what you do, and there is never a perfect time to start. Start today by taking imperfect action, learn, and improve as you go.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting Houston, Texas… I would first take them straight to get Tex-Mex! Chips, guacamole, and a margarita would be the first pit stop. After that fuel, I would take her to explore Houston’s museum district, and maybe even NASA. We would spend some time outdoors at Hermann Park and of course spend one day bar hopping with our dogs in the Heights! We would have to catch a movie at the River Oaks theater, or an outdoor drive in (My favorite is The Showboat!). Since we have one whole week, I would take a couple days to drive up to the beautiful Texas hill country and enjoy some wine in Fredericksburg and local markets in Gruene, TX.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Emma Smyth, a fellow dietitian and private practice owner. Right after starting my virtual business, I realized I was very lost. After being in business for about a month, I won a scholarship from Emma for a 12-week mentorship to grow my private practice. In these 12-weeks, Emma helped me grow my confidence, launch my product suite, and create a client journey I was proud of.

Website: www.makelifepeachy.com

Instagram: @make_life_peachy

Facebook: Make Life Peachy | Facebook.com/makelifepeachy/

Image Credits
Julia Gutierrez

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