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Exploring Life & Business with Lucy Eyears of Eats By Lulu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucy Eyears.

Hi Lucy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I am a health and wellness personal chef located in Santa Monica. I started Eats By Lulu when the pandemic hit. I was let go from my corporate job and my boyfriend and I went to stay at my mom’s house in Santa Ynez to get out of LA for a bit. We initially planned to stay for a long weekend which ended up turning into three months! During this time, my mom and I were cooking so much. We have always had a huge love for cooking and because I am plant-based, we were playing with recipes constantly. As time moved on, I started to really get into cooking and started looking for cooking jobs in LA. That was when everything started to evolve. I came up with Eats By Lulu, I started making Crate Mates for the holidays and just started putting the word out there. I wanted to share my love for healthy cooking and how plant-based dishes can be so delicious. In the new year, I took a culinary course at Rouxbe Plant-based culinary school. It was a perfect time to get a bit more education and dive deeper into plant-based cooking. From there, I started picking up clients that were interested in plant-based meals. A few months later, I enrolled in IIN which is Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I learned a great deal about nutrition and health coaching which I felt would be a great backbone to what I was offering my clients.

So here I am today cooking away and loving what I am doing! It’s busy, messy, creative, and I couldn’t be happier with the job I am doing now.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
At times it has been smooth and at others it hasn’t. I know this happens with all businesses when they first start. A particular struggle I had along the way was when I first started. My first few gigs I booked, I was really nervous but those are times where you have to be your own advocate and tell yourself you’ve got this and to believe in yourself. Another challenge I came across was learning to work on my own. I have been used to working in a corporate setting with work friends and coworkers. Working by myself has been really fun and challenging but also it makes you reach out to people within your industry.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Eats By Lulu?
Eats By Lulu is a plant-based meal prep and personal chef service. I am a huge advocate for making healthy food taste good and to shop locally. I specialize in plant-based foods and want to share my absolute obsession in healthy home-cooked meals. My way of cooking is very clean, nutritious, creative, and has a lot of love go into it! While I am making food, I have a huge smile on my face and I swear it shows in the food!

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love the deliciously Ella podcast and app. I think she has done an amazing job in building her career around plant-based recipes and lifestyles. Plant over Processed by Earthy Andy is another great book – it’s a beautiful book in general and has great smoothie bowl recipes! There is an abundance of plant-based vegan inspiration out there!

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