News Satire People Food Other

Local Chick… Helen Ridge From Bondi

By James Hutton on March 11, 2014 in People

Picture: Grant Brooks

Picture: Grant Brooks

Bondi resident Helen Ridge is the owner of new nutrition and naturopathy business Alive
Natural Health. She’s also married to one of the most handsome strawberry blondes of Danish heritage that the world has ever seen. Helen shares her local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here?
I’ve been in Bondi for about four years – my boy dragged me down here from Surry Hills but I now love it.

What’s your favourite beach?
I love North Bondi on a summer’s evening, and have recently discovered Parsley Bay.

What’s your favourite eatery?
Mamasan, opposite the Beach Road Hotel. They do awesome Japanese tapas.

Where do you like to have a drink?
On my porch, where I can watch the world go by, or at Pocket Bar in Surry Hills, where I can have a watermelon martini.

Do you have a favourite sporting team?
I’m originally from New Zealand, so I have no choice: the All Blacks.

What music are you into at the moment?
The Arctic Monkeys’ latest album ‘AM’ is pretty cool.

Who is your favourite person?
My husband is right up there. We laugh a lot and he is a huge support. I also love seeing women achieve, like Hilary Clinton and Kate Sheppard (a kiwi who helped gain voting rights for women).

What do you get up to on the weekends?
I love to wander aimlessly around markets and I also love to catch up with friends over dinner and wine.

What do you do for work?
I’m a naturopath and nutritionist. I have my own business called Alive Natural Health ( and I practice at Better Health Clinics in Bondi Junction (

What’s your favourite thing about your work?
I love seeing people become healthier and happier in themselves. Life can be pretty hectic and crazy at times, which is why it’s important to take the time to look after and nurture yourself.

Do you have a favourite quote?
I love the Dalai Lama’s quote when he was asked about humanity, which I think we can all relate to: “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Sign up to my 14-day detox program – we can all do with a little cleanse around this time. You can find all the info you need at


  1. Is this the Helen Ridge from Naenae Int Circa late 80’s early 90’s.A great class.
    So great to see former students doing so well.Fantastic Helen.

    Posted by: John Wootton | May 23, 2014, 3:52 PM |

    Reply to this comment >