As a child, Alyce Cimino loved following her father through Sydney’s Flemington Markets with a trolley, helping with the fruit and veg shop.
Little did she realise she was soaking up knowledge for her future career.
Growing up as part of a large, Italian family, Alyce was always around food. She was raised to understand that good food creates good health. Food, she says, is where the love is.
Yet Alyce’s first choice of study was psychology. After a year of feeling it wasn’t quite right, she put her studies on hold and worked in childcare. When she witnessed children eating gingersnap cookies for breakfast, Alyce started to look for a way to help people make healthier choices. One day, she accidentally sat in the wrong room at an Open Day and fell in love with naturopathy – the use of herbal medicine and nutrition for good health. She enrolled that very day.
After completing her first diploma, Alyce continued her education at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. Alyce says it was her time here that gave her the passion to go into clinical practice. She dreamt of being part of a multi-modality clinic.
In January 2018, things fell into place for Alyce. She opened the naturopathic and whole food collective AHARA HEALTH in Newport on the Northern Beaches. ‘Ahara’ comes from the Ayurvedic practice of using food to nourish the body and mind. It was a perfect fit. While Alyce says opening a business is wonderful, scary and overwhelming all in one, she remains passionate about helping people to make small changes that have big benefits.
Business is going well and the team will soon expand their services to health events, talks, cooking classes and retreats as well as clinical practice. Alyce sees a big movement towards natural health. And, she says, if your heart is in the right place, it is an endless gift.
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