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 **