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AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSEMARY FERGURSON

Rosemary Ferguson is one interesting lady, with a background as a high flying model, Rosemary is now a trained nutritionist with a passion for healthy living. My kind of woman! Which is why I was so keen to chat to Rosemary and interview her for The Nutritionista. And so here is it, Rosemary sheds some light on her busy schedule, what inspired her to study nutrition, her favourite recipes, some cooking tricks and much much more for The Nutritionista. I hope you enjoy finding out about this inspiring lady as much as I did 🙂

1. How did your journey into health and nutrition evolve?

I have always enjoyed feeling good and I have always been interested in how foods can help you to achieve that feeling of well-being. This lead me through all sorts of different ways of eating from juicing, to raw food and  super powders.

2. What inspired you to study nutrition?

When I decided I wanted to work in this field I thought I had better learn the science and really understand the effect food have on our bodies and that is when I went back to college.

3. How did your time as a model help shape your views towards health and nutrition?

Travel helps, you see so many different places and try all sorts of cuisines. Because you are working with a quite health conscious crowd there is a lot of chat about beauty products, and the latest food fads. It was great for me and I could try out all the new things that were going on, I remember buying my first juicer and being amazed by it…. that was many years ago now! X

4.What’s the best thing about your job?

When you  help someone get back to full health and vitality, I feel grateful to be a part of that, it is so amazing and super satisfying. Also people are really interested in nutrition now, so I love talking to people and hearing their thoughts too.

5.What do you aim to offer through your consultations?

I try to get to the root of the problem, the symptoms that a person come in with may be a sign of a problem that goes a lot deeper. It should be team work, so I try to explain to my clients what is going on, why I think they should increase some foods, or take a certain supplement…. Knowledge is power, and if you can give your client an understanding of the processes in the body, people are more likely to make changes and stick to them!

6. What’s your favourite recipe (s)?

I don’t know, I go through phases, I like mung dahl with coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric. I also love simple avocado and garlic on toast .

7. What’s a typical day in the life of  Rosemary Ferguson?

Oh a right mish mash, of kids, a bit of exercise, probably quite a lot of time in the car, clients, meetings with a bit of social thrown in for good measure .

Every day is pretty busy, I get up at 6.45 do the school run at 7.45, ride at 8 then see clients and do my meetings (either in London or Gloucestershire). The days when I don’t work I love having time to potter in the kitchen and I love I getting cosy with my girls in the evening,or seeing my mates….

8. How would you describe your approach to living a healthy lifestyle?

Not obsessed, balanced, a bit of everything is great. I find if I am too extreme about health foods and too controlling about ‘being good’ I end up going mad, so just keep a good balance, I think you can make little changes and see big effects. I like to feel well so I treat my body with respect most of the time…. and when I don’t I give it a hand to get back in balance!

9. Do you have any cooking tips and tricks?

It’s just little things like be prepared, have healthy snacks with you so that you don’t eat rubbish. Don’t starve yourself, that is a sure fire way to end up eating a burger and chips. Make each food or drink decision the most nutrient dense it can be… add seeds to a salad, have a herbal tea instead of a coffee, have a salad instead of chips, rye bread instead of wheat, brown rice pasta instead of white pasta, snack on fruit and raw veg instead of crisps. By doing these sorts of things you will be amazed at how much it can help.

10. What do you usually eat in a day?

Now there’s a question…. ! I start most days with a metabolic shake which has Metagenics ultra clear, spirulina, maca, a probiotic powder, some milk thistle and some red clover in it. Then I have porridge or a boiled egg or avocado on rye toast, for lunch a substantial salad with pomegranate seeds, hummus, carrot, beetroot, something like that. For dinner a bean or lentil stew or a squash risottos are hitting the spot at the moment. I do eat meat but my husband and 2 out  of 3 of my children don’t so I don’t cook it very much, but I do love a roast at this time of year, with lots of fresh green veg and cooked with coconut oil.

11. What are your favourite healthy eating spots in London?

I am a big fan of the good life eatery and Tanya’s, I also like the Juice Well, or there is a lovely company called Potage that will deliver to you if you order before 11.30in the morning!

12. Do you have an exercise regime?

It changes all the time, I like doing different things to keep it interesting. I ride 3 times a week if I can ( I am a bit fair weather!), I try to run twice a week and I do a metabolic exercise class in the village hall which is hilarious, I usually try to do some yoga, but time seems short at the moment so i haven’t  for a while!

13. Do you have any advice for young career women who want to lead a healthy lifestyle?

Batch cook and freeze in lunch size portions, then you can eat well at work! And it is cheap. Take 5 pieces of fruit to snack on, 5 may sound a lot but of you are a picker you will probably get through that amount in a day!

Check out Rosemarys website here-http://www.rosemaryferguson.co.uk/

**Credits to Storm Artist Management and photo credits to Pietro Birindelli **

AN INTERVIEW WITH GEORGIA CUMMINGS FOUNDER OF POTAGE

A little while ago I tried Potage a fantastic healthy food delivery service who pride themselves on their freshly prepared 100% organic pots of goodness delivered to your door. I fell in love with Potage and the delicious food they serve up in the little pots, read my write up here. So it seems like its not just me who love Potage, Vogue recently listed Potage in Calgary Avansinos favourite new discoveries in healthy eating, read it here. After I experienced the Potage delivery service, I decided to talk to Georgia the girl behind this great company, we chat about the idea for Potage, healthy meals, what makes Potage unique and much more. I hope you enjoy what she has to say 🙂

1. Can you describe how the idea for Potage first came about?

On a walk in Hyde Park with one of my brothers when we stopped for a hot winter stew and chunk of bread. A very simple, nourishing bowl but we both agreed how amazing it would be if you could eat like that everyday. I then spent any spare time over the following year testing recipes, collecting packaging samples, thinking about logistics, learning to build a website and slowly creating a brand.

2. What makes Potage unique?

All our food is served in a pot (as the name potage suggests ‘food from a pot’). Our meals are freshly prepared by hand each morning using organic meat and eggs, and fresh veg from the local market. The menu changes daily with a different choice of pots every week and all our food is delivered chilled for customers to heat in 5 minutes at a time that suits.

3. Did you always know you wanted to work in the food industry?

I’ve always wanted to work with food in some shape or form. Every meal at home was an occasion growing up, whether a quick Monday morning breakfast before school or weekend lunch with lots of people, my parents would always make sure we all sat together around a table and enjoyed homemade food. I love experimenting with ingredients and two fussy brothers often made for an interesting challenge. I trained at Ballymaloe when I was 18 and afterwards went to work on an Italian farm and then in a kitchen.

4. What’s a typical day in the life of Georgia Cummings?

On a typical working day, the radio goes off at 6.30am and I bicycle to work via the market to collect any herbs or veg we need for the day. I’m at my desk by 7am and it’s all go until 2.30pm when Clara and I have lunch together which is usually a recipe we’re testing. In the afternoon I try to leave the office to go for a walk around one of the local parks or meet a friend before the evening deliveries start at 5pm. I finish work around 9.30pm and usually bike to a friend’s house with some pots or grab a quick drink in a local pub.

5. Describe what you typically eat in a day?

Today I woke up before the radio went off so had a strong, milky coffee before leaving home. For breakfast I had an apple & cinnamon compote we’re testing with some natural yoghurt and our nutty granola. We eat lunch as a team around 2pm, taking it in turns to make, today we had a chicken tikka massala with some flatbreads. Our spinach & nutmeg soup is one of my favourite pots; the recipe is based on something my granny always made us as kids and I have it about three nights a week with some nutty bread or cheese.

6. What’s your favourite meal and do you have any healthy eating tips?

I like simple food made with good quality, seasonal ingredients. At this time of year my favourite meal is a slow cooked stew with freshly baked bread. My tips for healthy eating would be to eat in season and pay attention to portion control.

7. Do you have any favourite eating spots in London?

Lots. Books for Cooks on Blenheim Crescent, Tsiakkos & Charcoal just off Harrow Road, the tea house at Petersham Nurseries next to Richmond Park, the Morrocaan lentil soup van on Golborne Road, The Cow on Westbourne Park Road.

8. Do you have a particular exercise routine?

I bicycle and walk everywhere.

9. Do you have any advice for young business women on setting up their own business?

Enjoy yourself, “it’s not how great you start – it’s how great you end up”.

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EATING WELL MADE EASY COURTESY OF POTAGE

I was recently introduced to a fantastic little company called Potage which is a healthy food delivery service who pride themselves on their freshly prepared 100% organic pots of goodness delivered to your door.

Now as a busy working Londoner time is of the essence and eating healthy is a priority so a company like Potage is extremely appealing. I am lucky enough to be able to prepare my lunches most days however there are some days where this just isn’t possible and this is when a company like Potage comes to the rescue with their pots of tasty yet healthy meals and snacks. I love the idea of healthy food deliveries especially for those of us who are time poor, there seems to be an uprise in the amount of companies offering healthy food delivery services either to your door or you workplace which just takes all the hassle out of lunch prep and eating tasty nutritious meals.

Potage has a great daily menu to choose from, I mean its almost too good which makes choosing your food a pretty hard decision but in the end I went for the Roast Aubergine, Sweet Potato & Feta pot, a raw pot, a pesto pot and I will admit it I got the brownie too (everyone’s allowed to treat themselves once in a while!) and it was honestly all delicious, the Roast Aubergine, Sweet Potato & Feta pot was my favourite it tasted amazing. I got a lot of jealous looks in the office when I got my food delivered (hand delivered to me may I add by a lovely friendly young girl) I felt well and truly spoilt.

What’s great about companies like Potage is that it makes healthy eating seem less of a hassle/less daunting for people with extremely busy lives who just don’t have time to prep healthy lunches. Many people just don’t know where to start and just run to the nearest Pret or Tesco for a sandwich at lunch out of habit, but lunch doesn’t need to be boring which is where companies like Potage can help. And the food may I add is delicious and so fresh, so if your struggling to eat well, or just fancy a change from your usual lunches and are tempted by healthy fresh lunches delivered to your desk then give Potage a try 🙂