We are excited to launch our Nutrition Series! We’ve teamed up with a number of top UK Nutritionists and Nutritional Therapists who have written articles for us on various health topics. First up is Libby Limon who gives us the low down on detoxing, whether it’s for you and what it entails!
Q. January is always referred to as ‘detox month’ – does everyone need to do it?
Libby: We detoxify all the time, so it is most important to support your detoxification systems such as your digestive tract and liver especially if your toxic load increases. However, having a period of rest, rejuvenation and rebalance can be helpful if you have overdone it. We are biochemically individual due to differences in our DNA, so we need support in different areas. Some people will need support on particular liver pathways while others need to support and rebalance their digestion.
Q. Are there any specific foods you’d recommend to help get the body back on track?
Libby: For digestion I recommend probiotic foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha. These help your digestion and re-inoculate your gut flora. Prebiotics are important too, they are soluble fibres that support the colonisation of the good bacteria. Oats, pears and sweet potatoes are good sources.
For your liver detox pathways, turmeric, matcha green tea, green leafy vegetables and avocado all help up regulate pathways providing antioxidants and supporting the body’s production of glutathione which is our internally made and most abundant antioxidant.
Q. Are there any specific products you love that may help to kick start the diet in the year?
Libby: A daily cold-pressed green vegetable (no fruit) juice which includes a green leafy vegetable, it gives punchy dose of detoxifying nutrients, it hydrates, brings clear, glowing skin and helps you feel vibrant again.
Q. What are your 5 top tips for getting back on track in January?
Take it slow – especially with exercise. This is our most depleted time of the year, so going for zero to hero most often leads to burn out, injury or illness. Build up your activity slowly but surely.
Nourish your body first – spend some time focusing on your diet and energy levels to move towards an optimum state.
Be kind to your body- you and your body are in this together, it shouldn’t be a battle. Take time to listen to what it needs.
If you want to control energy levels, cravings and weight make sure you have adequate protein (at least 20g) with every meal and avoid refined carbs and sugars.
If you are feeling run down look into getting some extra high strength targeted nutritional supplement support. Everyone needs different support, so I have, as head of nutrition at VITL.com come up with a clever app to assess your needs and give you a personalised plan. Its free to do the assessment, so a great way to start tuning into your focus and goals.
Q. How might I expect to feel from making some of these changes?
Libby: Almost immediately you should have more energy, feel less hungry, more satisfied by your food, and in the medium term less prone to illness, better sleep and better skin.
Q. And if there’s just one change that will make a huge difference going into the New Year then what would you recommend?
Libby: Eat more vegetables, having a diet based around veg supports your wellbeing in so many ways including your immune system, detoxification, hormone balance, digestion and lastly, weight management. If you fill up on fibre and nutrient dense veggies that are low in calories, they make you feel fuller for longer and crowd out the less nutritious, highly calorific stuff. Blow 5-a-day out of the water and aim high at 7+ a-day.
Q. And finally….. what would you recommend having from the Squirrel menu to help implement your recommendations?
Libby: Zoe the amazing nutritionist behind Squirrel has made sure that all the dishes at Squirrel are nutritionally balanced to nourish, support and satisfy you so it really is a dream menu to choose from. For breakkie I personally love the Poached Egg Bowl with kale, quinoa, sweet potato and basil cashew cream. Then from the Treehouse Favourites the Guac ‘n’ Roll, a well balanced meal in protein, carbs and good fats. I love Avocado, a wonderful source of vitamin E, an important nutrient for glowing skin and black beans a great source of fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Libby Limon is a degree qualified, London based Nutritional Therapist as well as fully qualified and experienced yoga teacher. As an independent Nutritional Therapist, Nutrition Consultant and Yoga Teacher, she has busy clinics online and Marylebone and teaches studio yoga classes at Frame (www.moveyourframe.com). On the corporate side, she has worked on various projects, workshops, recipe development/collections, wellbeing seminars with a number of brands and corporations, even created the ‘World’s healthiest burger’. She is the Head of Nutrition at ww.VITL.com a company dedicated to bringing supplements into the 21st century using a combination of service design, tech and expert nutrition knowledge.
She regularly writes or provides expert comment in the media inc. Cosmopolitan, Fabulous magazine, elleuk.com, Glamour, Shortlist, Telegraph.co.uk, Huffington Post, The Independent, Sunday Times Style, Evening Standard, Glamour Magazine, Getthegloss.com, Natural Health Magazine, Your Fitness Today magazine, Thelifestyleedit.com, Womens Health Magazine etc.