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Healthy diet advice to live by – from 6 celebrity health gurus

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Always looking for a healthy diet to live by? We asked six of the hottest health gurus on the scene for their best advice…

‘Read the label’

Liz Earle 

Liz Earle has a quarterly lifestyle magazine Liz Earle Wellbeing, full of delicious recipes, expert beauty tips and wellbeing wisdom, and founded Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare in 1995. 

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Liz Earle

I think the piece of health advice I would pass on, is always read the label. Take the time to read it and understand what it says. Never lose sight of the fact we are still largely what we eat. And it’s really down to us if we want to live well, have good skin, good energy, vitality, and a good immune system. We need to put good things in our body to achieve that. And I think you can do that by being a bit more forensic with reading the labels.

What I try and do is always make sure I have good stuff in the cupboards, fridge, and freezer to go to. If I’m really hungry, I always need to make sure I’ve done some batch cooking. I have a stash of my beauty bombs or homemade soups. Or even just ingredients like cacao powder- you can whizz up a hot chocolate in no time. I think that’s the danger, if you come home and there is nothing to eat, that’s when you’re going to grab that takeaway on the way home, or reach for the biscuits or something unhealthy. It’s just a small amount of forward planning which can make a big difference to your life.

‘Diets don’t work’

Madeleine Shaw
Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw, is a holistic nutritional health coach with hundreds of recipes on her website. She built her success on her Get the Glow mantra, with books and an app.

Diets don’t work. It’s really just about nourishing yourself with real foods. I think that was really revolutionary to me. I thought it was all about cutting this and that out. But really, the more you aren’t allowed something the more you want it. So the more you rely yourself to eat everything grown from the ground it feels much more abundant and easy, and not so regimental.

Put in a time to rest every day

Make sure you always keep hydrated. In the morning I have about a pint of water and then continue that throughout the day. Another thing is to always have protein in my breakfast, whether that is eggs or adding some hemp protein powder in my smoothie. That’s the thing that really keeps me going throughout the day.

I prioritise my sleep, even if I have an event early morning and late evening, I will get home and be asleep by ‘this time’ so that I can function the next day. Put in a time to rest every day, otherwise it’s too full on. Even if it’s travelling on the bus somewhere, just take the time to sit still. The day can be so hectic and then you get to bed and you’re still wide awake.

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‘Change the inside to see results on the outside’

Dale Pinnock
Dale Pinnock

Dale Pinnock, ‘The Medicinal Chef’, is an award-winning cookbook writer, with qualifications in Human Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, and Nutritional Medicine.

I’ve been doing this for 25 years now. When I was in my early teens, especially when I was 15, I got to the end of my tether. I had really bad acne at a time you’re becoming conscious of your appearance. I went to different therapists and practitioners and tried all different sorts of medication. Then my friends mum gave me this book, and said ‘unless you change what’s going on in the inside, nothing will change on the outside’. That’s the reason I started living healthily.

The transformation I went through was quite profound. In terms of just the way you see the world. If you think about the nervous system is a physiological system as such, it has specific nutritional requirements. That’s the whole filter system that you use, to make sense of the world around you, and it’s not practical if these requirements aren’t met. If they are functioning optimally, then think about the potential of cognitive function. I went through so many aspects of transformation I thought ‘there is no turning back’.

Don’t be so hard on yourself

The worst thing you can do is to put pressure on yourself. To create unachievable ideas for yourself. Familiarise yourself with what’s around you. If you work in London for example, you’d have to do something really bizarre to not be able to find healthy options. But I think the most important thing is to not have that expectation of yourself, if you cant find something, just try to do the best you can at any given moment.

Don’t be so hard on yourself, because otherwise all of a sudden this commitment to a healthier lifestyle becomes a rigmarole. Then you’re defeating the point and causing problems for yourself. You might have to most perfect diet, but your relationship with that food might become problematic.

The Clear Skin Cookbook on Amazon for £7.99, and The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day on Amazon for £15.33

‘More greens on every plate’

Calgary Avansino is a wellbeing expert and contributor to British Vogue, with 40,000 people following

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Calgary Avansino

her advice on Instagram. Her book Keep It Real came out this year.

I think it’s the whole overall thing of just deciding ‘this is the way I want to live’, so that things become your habits. It’s not trying to follow trends or trying to do new things all the time. It’s just deciding- I’m going to focus on real foods, more plants in my diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, more greens on every plate. Thinking of plants as the main show, and then maybe some sides of lean meat and carbohydrates. But really thinking about things that are live and contain energy, and that’s just how you live.

Change your state of mind and your actions will follow

If you change your mentality, rather than using a diet or temporary fix, and just think of it as how you are, how you cook, and how you eat, then those become your habits that you can fall back on all the time. Change your state of mind and your actions will follow

I think a healthy life is practise and just doing it. I have three kids and cook all the time for the family and friends. Making stuff on Sunday you can use all week, chopping your veg ahead of time, freezing greens that you can use in smoothies, boiling eggs for snacks. It’s just getting into the routine of things. Everything for me has to be super easy. I don’t know if anyone has a lot of time, but I certainly don’t, so I can never use a recipe that’s lengthy or complicated. People have to find the recipes that they like and enjoy, and learn how to cook.

Keep It Real: Create a healthy, balanced and delicious life – for you and your family on Amazon for £12.99

‘Cooking shouldn’t make your life harder’

Tess Ward is a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, food writer, and author of The Naked Diet. The food on her plate is shared every day with 55,000 followers on Instagram.

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Tess Ward

It’s tricky, I’m not going to lie. My principles change a lot. I have a sweet tooth, so I try not to eat too much sugar, because if I eat it I find it really hard to go back to savoury. I prepare ahead as much as I can, and buy ingredients that are easy to cook. If you literally don’t have time for cooking or don’t care for it, and some people don’t and you can’t convert them, buy ingredients that are easy to prepare. Things you can grate, eat raw, or it take minutes to cook.

Cooking shouldn’t make your life harder, unless you have the time and want to learn and experiment. If you want to buy already prepared spiralized vegetables, by all means do. If it makes your life easier and less stressful, that’s the best thing. Sugar snap peas, you can have them raw as a snack, or bake three sweet potatoes all at once, scoop them out and reheat them later. It’s finding things that work for you to make life easier. Sometimes I do just fancy ordering food in, but there are many healthy deliveries.

Being healthy isn’t a way of life, it’s a way to make your life better. If you’re trying so hard to pursue healthy that you’re becoming stressed by it and it’s all-consuming, then you’re on the wrong track. It’s about being a part of your life without dominating it.

The Naked Diet on Amazon for £11.48

‘Party hard occasionally, live healthy constantly’

Matt Roberts is a personal trainer to celebrities such as Amanda Holden and Mel C, and built his fitness and nutrition empire with 4 personal training centres, books, fitness DVDs and a range of supplements. He recently opened fitness retreats

Matt Roberts

Always make sure to get the basics done. When you are really busy it’s not always possible or practical to get every bit of every workout done. So, I always make sure that I’m busy weeks I run long once, short and fast twice. I lift heavy twice and light once. Diet should never be filled with excuses, busy or not, so avoiding the obvious rubbish in the diet is just a given, but if being time poor makes you think you deserves treats, think again!

It’s a healthy mix

The thing that I would say from experience is that you only have one life and one body, which means that it’s important that you live your life to the full and don’t miss out, but at the same time you can make the most out of that life by staying as energised and healthy as possible. It’s a healthy mix. Party hard occasionally, live healthy constantly.

And that’s advice Healthista can live by!

We caught up with the health experts at the launch of Naturya’s new Super 6 range, for which they are the new ambassadors. The range includes superfoods such as goji berries, cacao powder, chia seeds, and hemp protein powder.

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