It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these so friends allow me to (re)introduce myself.
+ I’m Jacqueline Alwill – best known as Jacq, and I’m an accredited nutritionist also the foodie/gal/creator/director etc etc behind Brown Paper Nutrition.
+ It’s called ‘brown paper’ because I have always cooked and shared food with friends/clients/neighbours/people in need and wrapped it up in a brown paper bag. When I started I didn’t really intend for the name to stick (lesson learned ha!) but well here we are 8 years on and….!!!!!!
+ I have 2 kids which you’ll probably see a bit of on the page – Jet and Elke, a beautiful partner, Al / aka Svenno and a dog – Axel the staffy – famous for his semi trailer on legs like greetings and tail whip – the excitement is REAL.
+ Finding creative ways to educate people in this space of nutrition is my jam… workshops, books, blogs, TV, mags, videos you name it, I bloody love it. I don’t struggle to feel inspired with work because I do love it SO MUCH and my passion is always bubbling away.
+ I actually struggle to sit still, it’s a practice I have to practise. It’s not an anxious thing (although I have had my own battle with anxiety in the past), I just like pottering about. Learning restorative yoga and meditation has helped me immensely with understanding how and when it’s my time to rest and in a society where everyone loves ‘busy’ I know it’s a-ok to rest.
+ In the first few years of my business I was driven by perfectionism and my work was indeed beautiful but one day in conversation with one of my mentors, Jody Vassallo, she reminded me that “perfectionism can be a beast” and frankly those words changed me. I don’t strive for perfection anymore, I strive to do my best and love what I do, whatever that is, and life is so much easier and graceful because of it.
+ Right now I have my hands in my own business, and a few others, I’ll tell you more about those as we go – they’re all in nutrition/health/food and some haven’t quite launched but I cannot FREAKING WAIT for when they do!
+ Time outdoors in nature – mostly at the beach but also doing beautiful hikes (pre bubba) fills my cup. I dream of living on a beautiful sustainable farm growing hundreds of different fruit/vegetable varieties nestled just near the ocean so I could jump in the water everyday and with accomodation to run retreats there too. I’d have my clever sisters design it all with me – family is everything to me.
Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.