I had the good fortune to speak to Le’Nise Brothers recently, a fabulous woman doing great work as a womens’ health and hormone specialist, particularly helping women with hormonal challenges. We connected when I posted about how I’ve dealt with early menopause, we had a lengthy conversation on how we may collaborate in the future around the subject of menopause. But first up Le’Nise agreed to being featured on the blog. You can find Le’Nise striking some yoga poses, as well as nutrition advice that packs a healthy punch, over on her instagram feed @eatlovemove
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
After 15 years in marketing and advertising, I had my son and realised that my current career with lots of late nights and international travel, wouldn’t be compatible with how I wanted to raise my son. After a lot of soul searching, I retrained as a nutritionist and women’s health and wellbeing coach.
I work with women who want to get control of sugar cravings, mood swings and hormonal acne, bloating and headaches and have helped many women who want help with hormonal issues ranging from PMS, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy, painful, missing & irregular periods, post-natal depletion, perimenopause and menopause.
What does Future Female mean to you?
Helping to empower and educate women to make the choices that are right for them.
Future Female promotes everyday gender equality, by raising awareness of daily casual sexism. Action is our mission. What advice would you give for other women for calling it out?
When calling it out in the workplace, know who your advocates are and make sure they are behind you.
Describe your work role?
I’m the founder of Eat Love Move, a nutrition and wellbeing practice. I’m a nutritionist, a women’s health and wellbeing coach and a trainee yoga teacher. Every day is different – one day I could be spending the day with clients, the next day, I could be giving a talk, the next, I could filming yoga videos. Everyday is different and I truly love what I do!
The gender pay gap is real, do you have any experience of this?
Not explicitly, however I am very clear about my rates for my programmes and have spent a lot of time learning and owning my value and how to negotiate for myself.
#meetoo sparked a global challenge against men with sexual predatory behavior. What do you think the next steps are in evolving, so women and men can see this behavior end?
Parents taking a proactive role in educating their sons and daughters about consent. It’s never too early to start to teach children that they have the right to decide what happens to their bodies and that no really does mean no.
What action do you take in the everyday to promote female equality?
One of the core missions of my business is to help empower and educate women to understand their bodies, advocate for better healthcare and heal. I want to help change the narrative about women’s health, periods and pain. Pain, hormonal upheaval and excessive discomfort aren’t normal and I want women to understand that they have better options. Women don’t need to accept and endure pain every month. I also want women to know more about peri-menopause and menopause and understand that this isn’t the end of the world. Through change in nutrition and lifestyle, women can transition to the next phase of their lives with ease.
Can you tell us about a project that you are involved with that’s inspiring you at the moment?
I’m going to be running a webinar on 27th October on Fibroids, Diet, Nutrition and Hormones. I’m hugely passionate about this and want to spark more conversation about fibroids, which occur in approximately 20-50% of women over the age of 30. Fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths within and outside the lining of the uterus, are more prevalent and more severe amongst women of colour, especially women of African origin, yet they aren’t discussed nearly as much as they need to be.
If there was one thing you would change about your life as a woman what would it be?
I would have been educated much earlier about my menstrual cycle, its four phases and everything I should be eating during each phase of my menstrual cycle. It’s incredible that so many women go through life having little to no knowledge of an event that happens to them every month. No wonder so many of us feel so out of control when it comes to our hormones, menstrual cycles and periods, even more so when we get to perimenopause and menopause and have absolutely no idea what’s happening to our bodies.
Are there key messages you are passing on to your children when it comes to gender equality, is it important to change the story around gender?
Yes! Raising a boy as a feminist has been a very interesting journey. We have ongoing conversations about consent, privacy and race & ethnicity that will of course, get more complex as he gets older. Some are the key messages we talk about a lot are:
– no means no
– his body, his choice
– women can do the same things as men
– people have different skin colours, religions and backgrounds and it’s important that we celebrate and acknowledge our differences
What are you reading at the moment?
Slay In Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené
How would you describe your style?
Practical, fun, bright and a little bit funky.
A massive heartfelt thanks to Le’Nise for sharing some insight to her world of women’s health and hormone expertise. I look forward to connecting up with Le’Nise in the future to discuss how we can support women through peri-menopause and menopause, by raising awareness through blogging and events, plus dare I say, a book packed full of a variety of women’s experiences. I can but dream. Happy Friday everyone.