Today I had attended a juice and raw food masterclass at The Core in Swindon, UK. I’m not going to lie, before I had attended this, I was very…VERY skeptical of the whole “juicing” trend. The reason for this is solely because it has become such a health craze, so quickly, and not a lot of science to back it (by majority of the foodies, at least). Many people follow this trend very blindly, not knowing what they’re getting themselves into, and what they are potentially depriving their bodies of (ironic, right?). They feel that by incorporating any fruit or vegetables throughout the day, they will achieve optimal health. I put any in italics because they do not consider the potential for deprivation of macronutrients such as protein. Following my question to Kris (one of the owners of The Core) about ensuring adequate protein with a vegan and/or raw diet (which he had answered perfectly, and catered it to one who trains heavily, such as myself), there was a lady today in the class that said “it’s almost impossible not to get enough protein on a vegan diet”. I may be biased on my opinion, but seeing some clients and what they supplement for meat in their vegan diets prove to lead them to a very low protein intake. This is generally due to the unhealthy substitution of other carbohydrates such as breads and pastas in place of meats. I say this also because I dealt with this for a solid 2-3 years when I first became vegetarian at the age of 14. I was so focused on the trend, and did not bother to learn anything about it. It lead me to automatically think that just because I was not eating meat, I was healthy. I soon learned how wrong I was, leading me to have many health issues and sparking multiple food “intolerances” as you may call it.
Now that I got off topic, I want to jump back to speaking about the Food Masterclass. Generally I find that these classes are based around product endorsement, trying to gain customers, and leading people towards fad trends without any science base. Kris and Jay did a great job of doing none of that. They appeared to have a high interest in helping every single person achieve a healthy, balanced diet, all while teaching everyone how to do it at home for themselves. This absolutely blew my mind, as we were all able to taste the food of a chef who previously worked at Michelin Star Restaurants (Thank-you Jay), as well as learn his recipes to take home with us. Prior to attending this class, I was not sure what to expect, or what we would learn (if we would even learn anything, for that matter), but Kris spoke about a lot of scientific evidence (even including physiology, which I know at least half of the people in the room had no idea what he was talking about), and Jay spoke about many alternatives for all kinds of foods or baking items. I was astounded when I walked out of this session actually feeling like I have learnt a thing or two, and even better: I was swayed by the idea of juicing. Not just because it seems trendy, or could help with weight-loss (which is not currently my goal), but because I think it’s a great, easy way to get in essential nutrients (and it tastes great– Kris, that Apple Lemonade…..10/10!!!). Looking forward, depending on the client, I may push them to try juicing. Not for every meal (because if they’re anything like me….nothing is better than a fulfilling meal). But, I think substituting breakfast, and midday snack for a juice instead is a brilliant idea, especially for those that don’t know much about nutrition, but know they need to make some changes.
What I learnt:
- How to make a wicked Zucchini Pesto Pasta, Chocolate Flapjack, Apple Lemonade, a Spring Green Wrap and a Green Smoothie
- Brilliant raw food combinations
- A better explanation on why a “raw” diet is suggested, with science (notice how much I love the science part?)
- A better understanding on why juicing is suggested
- How a Michelin Star Chef makes food at the speed of lightning (seriously, you should have seen this guy…incredible)
- Not to buy in to crazes, but learn about them, and get educated by them by someone who actually knows. The guys at The Core were super friendly about stating that they are more than happy to meet with anyone and help them find the right diet plan and solution to their problems.
- The plethora of health benefits from these types of diets, especially for co-morbidities.