I am really passionate about nutrition. I am endlessly amazed by what food can do for you both physically and mentally. I am also a great believer that life is for living and that with the right nutrition we can help our bodies cope with whatever life throws at us. So if we have tough jobs, busy family lives, or just love going dancing till 3 in the morning – by giving our bodies the right fuel we can keep ourselves feeling well and vibrant.
I don’t think you need to be one extreme or the other, balance is what works in my experience. No-one I know sticks to an extreme plan, so make it do-able for you. Little tweaks and changes here and there make big differences, and as you start to become more mindful and informed you start to make better choices. Juicing is a great way of getting a lot of nutrition into the body. I really enjoy making juices tailored to my needs that day. So if I am feeling tired I add things to my juice or smoothie such as parsley, greens, sprouted seeds or green powders like blue green algae also known as spirulina or chlorella. If I feel I am getting a cold then a bit of rosemary, ginger and garlic can do wonders to stop it in its tracks. I find it a quick and easy way to boost my daily diet.
I love a glass of wine (or two), a bag of crisps now and then, some cheese, chocolate or ice cream. Most of the time, however, I eat a pretty nutrient-dense diet. I enjoy eating fresh food, my energy levels are better and I feel more positive. But I know if I didn’t have the other things I would feel pretty miserable. Your body is a temple and you should take care of it……BUT SO IS YOUR MIND! And if going for a rich delicious dinner with your mates feeds your soul then it is as much a part of wellbeing as fruit and veg.
And here’s my recipe for Rainbow Juice
Handful of spinach
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tsp blue green algae
This is multivitamins in a glass! It contains all the colours of the rainbow, so you are getting a whole spectrum of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – all necessary to heal and repair the body. The live enzymes in the blue green algae, plus the B12, will leave you feeling totally regenerated particularly after exercise!
Pass all the ingredients, except the blue green algae, through the juicer, juicing the lemon through the juicer or by using a citrus press or squeezing by hand. Stir in the blue green algae at the end.
Extracted from Juice by Rosemary Ferguson. (Ebury Press, £15.99)
Photography by Nassima Rothacker