LARA FACTEAU

Better Nutrition - - NATURAL BEAUTY -

“Find some­thing that you’re pas­sion­ate about and com­mit the time to do it.”

A nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist with spe­cial­ized train­ing in homeopa­thy and di­ges­tive health, Lara Facteau not only runs Palo Alto Nutri­tion ( paloal­tonu­tri­tion.com), but is also the mother of two and step­mother of fi ve. How does she make it all work? “It starts with pri­or­i­tiz­ing, proper plan­ning, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and be­ing well or­ga­nized,” she says. “My aim is to bal­ance fam­ily, clients, and time for my­self.” On her jour­ney to suc­cess, Facteau has rein­vented both her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional lives. Af­ter be­ing a tra­di­tional wife and mother, she went through a di­vorce, went back to school, and started a nutri­tion prac­tice. “The tran­si­tion from an in­de­pen­dent, col­lege- ed­u­cated woman who chose to take a pause in life and stay at home to raise chil­dren, and to then re- en­ter the work­force, was in­cred­i­bly diffi cult,” she says. But she found the strength to fol­low her passion and over­come ad­ver­sity.

“Sim­ply put, I en­joy help­ing peo­ple,” she says. Start­ing a new busi­ness was no easy feat but, she says, “The re­wards have been ten­fold.” And, she even found the time to re­marry.

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Per­sonal Fa­vorites

HEALTHY FOOD: Raw cheese, raw nuts, raw dairy, av­o­cado, dark choco­late, red wine PHYS­I­CAL AC­TIV­ITY: Ten­nis WAY TO UN­WIND: Sit­ting on the couch with her hus­band while en­joy­ing a glass of pinot noir and refl ect­ing on their day and many bless­ings

Top Healthy Habits

Prayer Quar­terly cleans­ing Work­ing out at least 3 days a week Cen­ter­ing her rou­tine around her pri­or­i­ties Spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily Find­ing hu­mor in all as­pects of life

Sup­ple­ments

Oc­ca­sional pre­bi­otics, pro­bi­otics, and a blend of omega- 3, - 6, and - 9 fats.

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