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The Juicery at 108 Marylebone (fast becoming one of my favourite local hangouts) recently played host to one of London’s go-to nutritionists, Amelia Freer, who is a master at psyching her clients up to eat right with her practical, empowering, intelligent approach to food. Whilst sipping on a health boosting Graceful Greens smoothie, one of Amelia’s exclusive recipes for The Juicery, comprised of spinach, kale, cucumber, parsley, lime, mint & Jax Coco Water, Amelia discussed her nutrition and wellness secrets.
Amelia, who is a Jax Coco Water ambassador, is a big advocate of eating your way to optimum vitality. She advises that going gluten-free will make a positive impact on health and that anyone who chooses to do so will see results after two to four weeks.
An ideal diet should be plant based with protein, and fruit should be limited to one portion per meal. Essential fats are also an important component of a balanced diet, in fact, many people are deficient in omegas so should be particularly aware of this. On the topic of dairy, if eaten, Amelia believes that it should be eaten full fat and organic, which means that it is eaten in its purest form. She also suggests including Biona organic bread, quinoa and chia seeds in your diet. For juice fans, she advises that juices should be made with a ratio of one portion of fruit to four portions of vegetables.
Above all, we should listen to our bodies and how we feel. Don’t snack if you can help it and if you’re not a fan of vegetables, consume them in juices, where you can mask the flavours with fruit. Furthermore, get tested for allergies because vitamin D and magnesium are common nutritional deficiencies for a lot of people.
Finally, two important questions for Amelia:
Q | Why is it better to try to ‘eat’ a solution to a health problem rather than take a pill?
A | Modern medicine is wonderful but my goal is to avoid it unless there are no other options. I try to look at the underlying cause of ill health and bring the body back into balance rather than merely treating the symptom, which is what a pill does. Preventative health means thinking about today and 30 years down the line, because the way we eat now can kick-start illnesses in the years to come. We don’t develop diseases overnight. They take years and years to develop yet we assume that what we did yesterday is irrelevant if we change it today. Conventional medicine is incredible, but it’s often used unconsciously or overused. I see clients who pop aspirin and ibuprofen day in, day out without really thinking about how it’s affecting them or why they need it in the first place.
Q | What are some fast fixes after you’ve really blown it with sugar, alcohol, dairy or meat?
A | Getting properly hydrated after alcohol, definitely. Proper quality sleep is important too. But there aren’t really fast tricks to undo bad dietary choices, unfortunately. The thing is, we all go off-piste, and it’s completely normal. I even encourage it in a sensible way. There’s no point in beating yourself up while you’re having your favourite treat. Savour it and then get back on track. Sugar has a swift and powerful grip that makes it harder and harder to quit once it’s become a regular habit. I have clients where if they cheat, they say, Oh stuff it, and continue for days on end. But it’s like dropping your phone, and then smashing it to pieces because you’ve dropped it. You don’t need to do that.