We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurence de Crisnay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurence, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I worked for years in leadership positions in Fashion and Beauty corporations in France. Intense work, family life, and personal aspirations were often in a precarious balance as I was juggling to fit all obligations within the 24h of a day. Self-care was rarely making it to my to-do list. Moving the whole family 10000km away to follow my husband in his new position was another challenge, but it allowed me to reconsider my priorities. Combining my experiences, my very french love of food, and my desire to help women, I became certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Coach.
Now I help active women make sense of nutrition info and find what applies to their unique experience. When constantly on the grill, staying connected to your sensations is far from obvious. With years passing, body and mind evolve, and what worked to keep in shape in your 20’s as a student may not be what you need in your career woman 40’s.
That’s why I guide them to take actions strategically, and touch by touch, change their eating behaviors and build a lifestyle where they enjoy renewed energy, reshaped silhouette, and the pleasures of food.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a coach, I help others jump-start their journey to find their balanced Nutrition. I approach Wellness as a whole body and mind experience. I leverage my clients existing knowledge and skills and enrich them with nutrition tips and self-care practices. I support their efforts, celebrate their wins, and elevate their mindset through the process of change. It may not always be an easy ride; I know it first hand! I went through this process multiple times: in my Nutrition, from living in Europe to living in the US, and from corporate woman to entrepreneur. Being curious and compassionate with yourself and with others has been key. Not a leisurely walk, but I’ve been blessed to meet wonderful people along the way. Food is so much about traditions and culture, and culture is about people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would make them watch the murals in the Art District and have breakfast at Zinc Cafe, travel in time back to the 1920s in Union Square train station or Culver city and its 1950’s feel. I would drive to Venice beach to walk along the marina and watch the sunset while strolling the promenade. I’d probably take them diner at The Butcher’s daughter. I would walk with them to Grand Central Market, Angels Flight, visit the Well’s Fargo museum and the Broad, my favorite museum. Take them to lunch in La Brea and drive in the streets of Beverly Hills to see the gigantic mansions and the witch house. Then, we would hit the canyons and stride along Mulholland Dr. eastward to enjoy the views of L.A. and the valley. As my friends would probably come from Europe, I’d take them to the Warner lot to visit the studios, and we would drive to the Observatory to enjoy the stunning view and the Hollywood letters. Because I love spectacular views, we would go dining at the Perch or 71above in DTLA.
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My husband and my daughters have demonstrated extreme support and equally extreme demands in all my endeavors! I’m immensely grateful for the support network of my family and friends. During Covid months, I tightened my friendship bonds with LA friends who have become sort of family, and I was lucky to meet my lovely neighbors who have been so welcoming.
Many books have been crucial on my path, so I will only mention a few. “The Omnivore dilemma” from Michael Pollan revealed to me what food is in this country. I was also very interested in the book of Lisa Feldman Barrett, “How emotions are made.” I admit she got me when she mentioned nutrition! I had fun reading “Nine perfect strangers” from Liane Moriarty; I always enjoy the final twist of her stories.