Q What are the commonest bad eating habits Grayshott guests present?
Thinking that certain foods/drinks are healthy when they are not such as, fruit juice, brown bread, most breakfast cereals and foods sweetened with fruit juice, agave syrup or honey. There are also many guests who drink alcohol every night. The liver needs at least 3 days off a week and half a bottle in a night is just too much!
Q What’s the best way you’ve found to help guests rid themselves of these bad habits?
It is always good to explain why something is not healthy rather than just telling people what they should and shouldn’t be doing. If they have an understanding of how certain foods/drinks affect the body internally, it can be very motivating to change bad habits. However, I also try and find healthier versions of the things they love and I do believe that a little of what you fancy does you good.
Q What are the main lessons taught by the Grayshott book ‘Gut Gastronomy’?
The importance of having a healthy digestive system for overall good health. If the digestive tract is not functioning, everything else in the body gets affected. What will surprise people is our emphasis on healthy natural fats, encouraging use of animal fats such as using butter overspreads; avoiding standard cooking oils, although marketed as healthy – they are not and avoiding low-fat foods. We also explain the importance of protein in healing the gut and supporting the body’s renewal processes.