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The Juicery at The Marylebone Hotel

image_9Last week I went over to 108 Marylebone Lane at The Marylebone Hotel to attend the official launch of The Juicery, where I was introduced to the brand, as well as advised on diet, health and wellness.  What I discovered is that there is a lot more to juicing than I originally thought, and it embraces healthy living as a whole.

Hotels are not just places for those in transit, they are also local hubs and the perfect space to relax and socialise.  Being both charming and discreet, The Marylebone Hotel, in collaboration with The Juicery, is hosting its first ever pop-up from now until the end of January 2014.  The Juicery offers over 16 fresh juices, shots and smoothies, including some exclusives designed by nutritionist Amelia Freer – perfect for those who need a dose of sunshine throughout the Winter months, and given London’s weather, that would be everyone!

On top of all the delicious juices, shots and smoothies, The Juicery also offers a breakfast and light bites menu that includes spinach and feta breakfast burritos, chia pudding, Cajun halloumi with crushed avocado and apple wraps, and salads, like Kale Caesar.

Cindy Palusamy, founder of The Juicery, was on hand to explain that one of her key objectives was to create a menu “that tastes as good as it is good for you”.  By teaming up with some of the biggest names in the fields of nutrition and integrative medicine (Dr. Frank Lipman M.D. and Dr. Alejandro Junger M.D.), she is able to offer ‘expert goodness’, which addresses daily healthy food needs.

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(The ginger, lemon and cayenne shot)

Also in attendance was Calgary Avansino, British Vogue‘s Contributing Editor and healthy eating expert.  I was personally very excited to meet her, as I have followed her work for a while.  Calgary talked about what she eats and how she stays healthy.  The original Latin word, dieta, means a way of life, but the way we see dieting today leads to a negative relationship with food.

One of the most popular questions that she gets asked is: ‘What should I give up to be healthy?’.  This, she emphasised is a negative way of approaching good health. If we completely deprive ourselves of something, we generally tend to want it even more.  Therefore, we should approach good health by asking: ‘What should I eat to be healthy?’.  In answer to this, it should be more greens such as kale, spinach, broccoli, celery, fennel, watercress – these densely nutrient vegetables should be eaten daily.  They nourish you from inside out with vitamins, enzymes and minerals, are incredibly versatile and can used in juices, smoothies, salads, omelettes, stir-fries etc.

Calgary-Avansino-1 Calgary talked about the benefits of juicing (her favourite juice from The Juicery is The Vine) and that a juice should ideally be made up of more vegetables over fruit (as fruit is very sugary).  With our ever-increasing busy lifestyles, juices are a quick  solution, whether on the go or supplementing a meal.  They are easy to digest, which means that all the vitamins and nutrients are absorbed into the body straightaway.

You should consider Meatless Mondays, abstaining from meat at least one day a week to give your body a break from the saturated fats contained in meat.  Calgary promotes vegetable box deliveries, which are a great way to eat seasonably, as well as discover new vegetables and flavours.  As for grains, choose good ones such as brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, polenta and buckwheat.  These grains have a low glycemic index, which means they release energy slowly.  When it comes to milk, Calgary advises choosing a non-dairy alternative (almond, soya, rice, coconut etc.) to cow’s milk – many people do not digest cow’s milk easily.

Another point that Calgary discussed was the importance of including good fats in your diet.  These are plant-based fats which can be found in avocados, nuts, coconuts etc.  Avocados are a powerhouse of vital nutrients, nuts are an ideal snack – perfect for sustaining energy and coconut oil is great for cooking with.   Good fats help you to feel satisfied after a meal, balance your sugar levels and are good for your skin, hair and nails.

Trying new foods is always exciting and chia seeds are currently one of Calgary’s favourite foods.  They have recently received a lot of attention in the press for their high Omega 3, 6 and dietary fibre content (The Juicery’s chia pudding is delicious!).

Emphasis was placed on ‘teaching not preaching’.  Taking an 80/20 approach to a healthy diet is realistic; this means aiming to eat healthily 80 per cent of the time, and giving yourself a further 20 per cent to indulge – diet should be about balance, not depriving or forbidding something.  Where possible, try to eat local and organic foods, and if you can’t have both, where your food comes from is probably more important that whether it’s organic or not.

Throughout the duration of The Juicery’s visit, 108 Marylebone Lane will also host a variety of events and talks with leading names in health and nutrition – I plan on attending all of these. image_8

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6 comments on “The Juicery at The Marylebone Hotel

  1. Mary Conley
    October 28, 2013

    Good for you, wish I was there also! I love to drink healthy juice in the morning but I’m not one of those people who are doing dangerous juice cleanses, I juice as part of an otherwise balanced diet and to get the proper amount of fruits and vegetables on my body. I stick mainly to green juices to avoid the high sugar content but sometimes when I’m at home with my sister, we love to make some smoothies to freshen up the day. Overall, a good read, Sarah.

  2. Ben
    October 29, 2013

    Drinking fruit juice is bad for you. It raises your chances of diabeties. It is one of the big health myths. If you want fruit you should eat in its native form (ie not blended into juice). The fact that this place sells itself as a health option is misleading, in the same way that cigarette companies used to sell cigarettes as healthy (before they establised the link with cancers)

    • Sarah Highfield
      October 29, 2013

      Hi Ben, I agree, too much fruit juice is bad for you, especially if you drink a lot of it everyday. However, The Juicery blend most of their juices with vegetables, which balances out sugar content. Consuming fruit does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is actually caused by a high-fat diet, combined with other factors (some possibly genetic) that reduce insulin sensitivity. Therefore, I believe The Juicery does offer a healthy alternative to many of London’s other food and drink venues.

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