We have long been talking about how spa experiences both need to, and are getting, much more personalised, because each of us is individual and our well-being should reflect that. As part of that ethos, the value of a much more personalised approach when it comes to healthy eating and nutrition, is set to come under an ever more intense spotlight.
“We are confused about what we eat, where we eat, and when to eat it. We define ourselves by what we’re eating, but, even more so, by what we don’t eat. Food may have moved to the centre of our lives, but we are overwhelmed by our choices.”– A keynote speaker at the 2018 Global Wellness Summit
What we want as consumers is to be supported by increasing research that actually, when it comes to healthy eating and healthy diets, shows we do all have personal needs. That, and a break from the onslaught of information on fad diets and universal ‘shoulds’ when it comes to what we do and don’t consume. The Summit noted that “the emergence of epigenetics has shown that our genes are fluid and are shaped by our behaviour (such as healthy diet, exercise, stress management and other lifestyle and environmental choices). This means what we do is much more important than our genetic map.”
The research on personalisation when it comes to nutrition based on DNA, blood biomarkers and genotypes, is still in its early days, but it seems that we can afford to live a little less by the strict doctrines of fads and prescriptive diets and find practices that work for us. Maybe even enjoy them in the process. The wonderful thing is that there are some beautiful wellbeing spa experiences that help empower us with knowledge when it comes to nutrition, diet and healthy eating ideas.
Lifehouse Spa is not only a beautiful place, but its spa is overseen by naturopath Sue Davis, who in herself is a heartwarming person to spend time around. She designs spa experiences that are simultaneously indulgent and health boosting, and healthy food and nutrition are very much at its heart. They grow much of their own produce on site, and their Your Health, Your Way spa break gives you the opportunity to tailor your spa break to your preferred goals, choosing meals from their Detox and Cleanse, Weight Loss or Standard Wellness menus.
Having experienced the life changing power of a true health retreat herself, naturopath Suzanne Peck has dedicated her life to health and wellness, embodied in Homefield Grange. While exercise includes walks outside as much as it does spa experiences, healthy food is a huge part of the wellness experience and the health kitchen a central focus of any stay. Detox here means a holiday from stimulants, alcohol, wheat, dairy, meat and sugar. Two chefs, each with an international reputation, prepare a plant-based menu including cleansing drinks and using fresh organic produce, much of which is home grown. Purified water and herbal infusions are all part of the daily routine, as well as inspiring food demonstrations to help you continue the feel good factor at home.
A wellness bastion known for their luxurious and knowledgeable approach to health and wellbeing, it was founded by naturopath Stanley Lief in 1925. Much of its ethos centres around showing that health and indulgence do not have to be mutually exclusive, and that healthy eating and nutrition can be rewarding and fun as well. As a result, their healthy eating philosophy is a cornerstone of the experience. Alcohol is limited; instead they offer a bounty of healthy fare that celebrates British heritage as well as an international influence. Everything that’s served is innovative and tantalising, designed to make you feel your best by the time you leave.
It’s impossible to talk about healthy eating and nutrition without giving Grayshott Spa and their superstar clinical nutritionist Stephanie Moore a mention. The wellbeing retreat is a hub of knowledge and expertise in all areas, and food is very much a central focus of that. Stephanie has written extensively about gut health and its links to our wider wellbeing, is passionate about fermented foods, and is a font of information. In terms of the wider spa experience however, that knowledge informs the food served. Meals at Grayshott are the result of a working partnership between the executive chef and Stephanie, resulting in healthy food that doesn’t compromise on taste. The aim is to provide outstanding cuisine, while ensuring that guests wishing to lose weight are able to.
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