It’s the first week of January and that can only mean one thing; diet talk is in the air. Millions of people throughout the UK have pledged to get fit and eat healthier for 2017. But, if you don’t fancy going on a faddy diet or taking up extreme workouts to burn off those mince pies, roast potatoes and glasses of red; there is another way.
The College of Naturopathic Medicine (who are the leading training provider of natural therapies in the UK and offer diploma courses in nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture)’s Brighton centre are hosting a very special event with 42 Juice on Thursday 12th January. The Juice, Health and Vitality evening with CNM graduate and nutritionist Daniela Exley will show us how to adopt healthy long-term habits, rather than subjecting ourselves to yet another fashionable diet.
“We, CNM and 42 Juice, wanted to come together and put on a health event that would inspire people to kick off 2017 with a healthy bang – not just by following faddy diets or extreme detoxes, as is often the case in January, but by focusing on how they can adopt healthy habits long-term to revitalize and refuel their bodies – beyond the New Year craze,” Veronica Czajkowska Marketing Consultant for CNM Brighton says.
“We’ll have Daniela Exley, a nutritionist and CNM graduate, sharing her knowledge and tips with us. Tickets are limited and are just £10.”
Daniela will be giving nutritional advice for boosting energy and vitality, naturopathic detoxification strategies (ie how to cleanse your body gently and safely), how incorporating green juices into your diet can help with digestive issues and immunity and how we can combat the ‘environmental toxicity’ around us.
The nutritionist has first-hand experience in how what we eat and drink affects our bodies, as in 2013 Daniela was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and some days was unable to walk. Instead of taking prescribed drugs to supress her pain; Daniela opted to change her diet.
“Overnight I decided to change the way I eat and took out gluten, meat, dairy, alcohol and caffeine and introduced lots of fresh juices, smoothies and salads,” she explains.
“Information I found on the internet was OK to a certain point but what I really wanted to understand was the inner workings of the human body truly and deeply.”
“I enrolled at the College of Naturopathic Medicine to study Naturopathic Nutrition in October 2013, studied for 3 years and am now a fully qualified and registered Nutritional Therapist enjoying helping others take their health into their own hands.”
“Now, my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are under control and I live a pain free life. I don’t take any drugs, and I feel healthier and happier than ever before.”
Of course, whilst we were chatting, we had to ask Daniela for some top tips for detoxing our bodies after Christmas over-indulgence.
“I personally don’t recommend ‘serious’ detoxes unless someone has been working on cleaning their elimination pathways for at least 3 months,” she tells us. “The reason for this is that by increasing liver and kidney detoxification we can actually cause more toxins to be released into the body which can ultimately cause more harm than good. Intense detoxes should be carried out under professional supervision. However, I do believe in a gentle cleanse which addresses the digestive tract. Giving your body a break especially after the festive season is extremely beneficial to health and vitality.”
“Juices (particularly vegetable juices) are a fantastic addition during a cleanse, as they provide the body with easily absorbable nutrients, minerals and vitamins which are absorbed quickly. This is a powerful way to rid the body of harmful bacteria as well as toxins and re-align our bodies for optimal health.”
“If I could recommend one thing to consume daily, it’s fermented foods and drinks. Our gut microbiome is compromised by many lifestyle and food choices so keeping the friendly bacteria topped up is hugely beneficial to overall health. I love fermented drinks like kombucha and water kefir.”
Hear more from Daniela at the Juice, Health and Vitality event at SIX Restaurant, 102-106 Western Road on Thursday 12th January 2017 between 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
Interested in learning more about nutrition? The College of Naturopathic Medicine are running a weekend nutrition course on January 21st-22nd. Food for Health is an introduction to nutrition for anyone interested in natural health and healthy eating. They’re also holding a free open evening on Wednesday 18th January for those interested in studying nutrition.