Jenny Millichip’s food has that yummy look about it that any instagrammer would drool over. It looks bright, delicious and you know that it’s healthy. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, she helps people develop healthy relationships with food and nutrition and make sensible lifestyle choices. She describes it as what a “personal trainer is to a physiotherapist”, she is to a Nutritionist.
So we’ll let her crack on so we can fulfil her promise of us becoming the best versions of ourselves..!
Hello Jenny, please introduce yourself and the Model Method in your own words
My interest in this area begun nearly a decade ago, with my own personal journey into what healthy meant. A slow process, rather than a seminal moment, I experimented with different styles of cooking, researched benefits of certain foods and practising mindfulness around food. Looking at not just how it made me look, but also feel.
Coupled with a 180 degree change in my approach to exercise, (pilates, powerplate, walking, resistance training- I’ve given it all a whirl!) I was asked to help with The Model Method, a programme devised by Personal Trainer- Hollie Grant, combining HIIT and Pilates.
Alongside the movement part of the programme, I wrote the nutrition piece that accompanies this plan. Exercise without good nutrition hardly ever works, so it was really important we got this part right - re-educating people as to WHY it is so important.
What is the top piece of health advice you would love to shout out to the world?
JUST EAT REAL FOOD.
That may not sound ground breaking, but it is the best thing you can do to start your own personal health revolution. People (rightly so), freak out when the word “diet” is mentioned. Immediately you start thinking of banned foods, limp lettuce and tasteless meals. Well I will never tell you to go on a diet. But I will say, how about introducing some fresh, nutritious wholefoods into your diet.
From brightly coloured fruit and veg, to grass fed meats and complex grains. And here’s the trick, we can make these tasty! Yep - they don’t have to be dry and bland. Hurrah! What we are looking to do, is to step away from anything that was made in factory and has a thousand ingredients.
Get rid of any non-food nasties and chemicals and add in nutrients that are naturally occurring in REAL FOOD – it will make your body thrive!
Which café or restaurant are we most likely to spot you in?
Rabbit on the Kings Road. It is a fabulous little spot that is all about seasonal produce, freshly prepared and absolutely delicious. Even their champagne is locally sourced from the UK!
We have to ask - which of the Lee Renee collections do you most relate to and why?
All of them! But especially the Miami collection. I love the pineapples! I like anything made in miniature. This is such a funky collection. No one takes themselves too seriously with a pineapple round their neck or in their ears!
What's your top health boosting recipe for starting your day right?
Apple, Cinnamon, Strawberry Overnight Oats
I love this breakfast. It doesn’t take too long to make the day/s before, but you can make a few glasses full, and have for the next couple of days, so “make once- eat thrice”! You can change the fruit compote you like or nuts etc… to taste.
- 1 cup of (gluten free) oats
- 1 cup of almond milk (Rude Health is my favourite)
- 2 red apples
- 5 teaspoons of chia seeds (optional, but full of Omega 3’s if you do like them!)
- 1-3 teaspoons of raw maple syrup
- 1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean extract
For the Strawberry compote:
- just one cup of strawberries
- Start by peeling and coring the apples, then cut them into small chunks and boil for 5-10 minutes, until they become nice and soft.
- While the apples soften, place the strawberries (with the green part removed) into the food processor (nutribullet) and blend for one minute until they turn into a smooth strawberry soup! Keep this to one side.
- Place the oats, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon into a bowl and stir together.
- Once the apples are cooked, drain them before mashing them with a fork, until they’re smooth but not liquid (mine are sometimes quite chunky still, like apple sauce). Then mix this into the oats.
- Place a quarter of the oats into a glass, add a layer of strawberry compote, another layer of oats and finally another layer of strawberries. If you want you can then add a few pieces of chopped strawberries and almonds as a topping. I like coconut flakes! Then do the same in the next glass.
- Leave the oats in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them, they’ll take at least 4 hours to soften down but taste best after about 8, so overnight.
Enjoy, this will transform breakfast time!
And finally - to pass on the love to our wonderful readers – ‘She Says to be happy in life…’
You need to sleep. I read once that “the best bridge between hope and despair is a good night’s sleep”, and I totally believe it.
The world is a better, brighter, happier place when you’ve have a good night’s sleep. Never take this for granted - try and get around 8 hours or more whenever you can.
Have a look at Jenny’s pictures on her social media and give her an email if you think you need a guide through the nutrition world!
All photos from Jenny Millichip Health Coaching on Facebook.