WR speaks to Natasha Corrett - Women's Running Magazine

WR speaks to Natasha Corrett

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  December 2, 2015

HONESTLY HEALTHY CLEANSE by Natasha Corrett. Hodder & Stoughton Publishers 2015.

Gourmet vegetarian chef, entrepreneur and best-selling author Natasha Corrett sits within a new generation of healthy foodie celebs. A little look into her celeb-filled family tree and you’d assume her fame was ready-made, with her foodie business a mere string to her Instagram bow. However, a closer look into Natasha’s food website, book series and food delivery service, Honestly Healthly, and you’ll find that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Developed around ground-breaking principles and Natasha’s own health experiences, the alkaline lifestyle promoted by Honestly Healthy couldn’t be more “honest”, setting itself well apart from the fad diets, plastered with the façades #healthy #fitspo and #instafood.

After years of crash dieting leading to fluctuating weight gain and ill-health, Natasha was told by her Ayurvedic doctor that she was “highly acidic” – her body was in a toxic state from stress, and unable to break down toxins as it should do.

After her Ayurvedic doctor explained to her the difference between acid vs alkaline foods, Natasha experimented with a nutrition plan based on alkaline food principles, which eliminates gluten, caffeine, sugar and cow’s dairy. This significantly boosted Natasha’s health, energy levels and wellbeing and, from this, Honestly Healthly was born.

From 4am get ups, cooking up lunches for and personally delivering them to busy city workers, to creating her own pop up in Selfridges, and becoming the author of a series of best-selling cookbooks, Natasha has come along way. She has a huge celebrity following, with the likes of Lily Allen, Robbie Williams, Fearne Cotton and Victoria Beckham huge fans of her recipes. We caught up with Natasha to find out more about Honestly Healthy and the alkaline lifestyle.

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Tell us about your relationship with food/experiences of dieting as a young adult?

I yoyo dieted my whole life which gave me an odd relationship with food. I am a foodie at heart, however, loving food and not eating the right things led me to crash diet continuously. After stumbling on an alkaline cleanse six years ago, it changed my way of looking at food.

In 2010 you were told that you were highly acidic. Could you explain a little bit about what this means and also the key symptoms? 

I was exhausted not sleeping, had bad skin, polycystic overies and was overweight. What was explained to me was in that my situation (and all are different) I became acidic from yoyo dieting, crash dieting and eating junk food.

In light of this, tell us about your unique approach to cooking, following alkaline food principles?

It’s about balance. I could never be told not to have a chocolate cake or a glass of wine ever again, so we created the 70/30 rule, where 70% you follow the alkaline way, which is a plant-based diet with no refined flours or sugars, and 30% you do what you want. That means you are never telling yourself you can’t have it, it becomes a healthy balance.

HONESTLY HEALTHY CLEANSE by Natasha Corrett. Hodder & Stoughton Publishers 2015.

How did Honestly Healthy first begin? What gave you the idea of the food delivery service? And what made you decide to turn your passion for cooking, following your own self-taught principles, into a career? 

I was cooking on yoga retreats and my clients started to ask me for the food in London so, for some extra cash, I started to make and deliver food to offices around London. It grew from word of mouth and turned into a business!

Who would you recommend the alkaline diet to and how would you recommend taking your first steps?

Buy my first book Honestly Healthy Eat with your body in Mind – I wrote it with Nutritionist Vicki Edgson, who put the nutritional information together, and then all the recipes teach you to cook that way.

Would you recommend the alkaline diet to runners? If so, why? 

I would recommend it for everyone; it makes you have more energy and gives you the nutrients you need.

For people looking to lose weight/adopt a healthier way of living, how important would you say it is to change your lifestyle as apposed to dieting?

Because it’s not a diet, it’s a healthy way of life that is flexible to fit into your life. it shows you how to incorporate it into everyday living, without it becoming a diet that takes over.

To find out more visit about Natasha and the alkaline diet visit www.honestlyhealthyfood.com

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