Julie Montagu

London

Yoga and a plant-based diet: they’re like Harry and Sally, or Batman and Robin, or Wallace and Gromit.

Together, they’re greater than the sum of their parts. And that’s why I go on about them both so much: it’s all about feeding your body with nutrient-dense food, and strengthening it through stretching, breathing, lifting and opening. If you come to my classes, workshops or retreats – or if you watch any of my DVDs – you’ll see just how much I push the message that you need to get BOTH right if you want to feel unbelievable.

Let’s talk plants (in a fun, delicious way – promise)

I couldn’t give a hoot that everyone thinks the Mediterranean diet of meat, fish, potatoes and cheese is so darn awesome. It isn’t – not with all that saturated fat, cholesterol and salt. My diet consists of fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. And I make some awesome (and easy) recipes out of those ingredients in my blog - The Flexi Foodie. Recipes like:

Sweet Potato Falafel and Cabbage Wrap

Pomegranate, Cucumber and Mint Salsa

Avocado, Chocolate and Lucuma Mousse

I’m not going to insist you stick purely to plants though. If you up your plant-based intake, you’ll automatically crowd out the bad stuff – and that’s good enough for me (especially when you combine it with some yoga in your life).

Please don’t think of me as some sort of commune-raised hippie

I didn’t want to spout stuff about nutrition without being thoroughly educated about it first, so I studied for a Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I’m also a Certified Holistic Health Counsellor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. As for yoga, I’m a certified instructor, having completed my training under Baron Baptiste (one of America’s top yoga instructors). And that's me!

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