Eat Yourself Young, Book Launch

Monday, March 26

On Thursday evening, my friend Beany and I had the opportunity to attend Elizabeth Peyton-Jones' book launch for her new book, Eat Yourself Young.  Well as you can imagine, I was elated at the prospect of this event.  The hotel itself was a treat to attend, and I would highly recommend that you visit the 5 star Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall if you have the opportunity to!

Elizabeth's book has lots of ideas in it for snacks and meals and the Hotel's Chefs, had created some of these to sample at the event.  We enjoyed these whilst sipping on glasses of wine that appeared bottomless thanks to the very attentive waitering staff.  The snacks were great, and as you would guess, very healthy.  We were treated to watercress, beetroot and carrot zinger juices in shot glasses, and peppy virgin marys.  We also had asparagus with a guacamole type dip and carrot and celery batons, and roasted vegetables on skewers amongst delicious and nutritious nibbles.

 Thandie Newton, the actress, is a firm follower of Elizabeth's and was also at the launch with her gorgeous daughter.

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We made two new friends at the evening, and after talking to them about this blog they have given me a few pointers.  They recommended that I join twitter, and so today (with assistance from Pete of course) I have signed up and created the Berry Diaries account (@BerryDiaries).  Watch this space and lets see how the tweeting goes!

Anyway, back to her book.  Bean and I left the event with one tucked firmly under each of our arms after Elizabeth had signed them for us.

She has put together a stunning, colourful and very easy to read book with advice, a detox plan and of course recipes to reduce the ageing affects of the foods that so much of our modern diet contributes to. All this advice, goes without saying, towards making you at less risk of disease and in better general health and is not only anti ageing.

She includes quotes throughout the book:

" Stressed, spelt backwards is Desserts. Coincidence? I think not." Anon.

"It's not the food in your life, it's the life in your food." Anon.

"Just because you're not sick, it doesn't mean you're healthy."  Anon.

"Dieting is not a piece of Cake." Anon.

The information in her book is interesting, to the point and easy to read.

The Five Most Ageing Foods according to Elizabeth:

The refined or processed kind.
Cow's Dairy
In excess quantities. 
"Bad Fats"
Any fats that are trans fats/hydrogenated fats, these are commonly found in margarine's, deep-fat cooking oils and fats in processed foods.  

Elizabeth also includes a quote from a nutritionist in the ongoing butter versus margarine debate...

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than Chemists."  Joan Gussow.


Elizabeth recommends that each day is begun by drinking a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon in it, and this is something that I have been doing this year instead of my previous standard cup of milky breakfast tea.

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The benefits of Lemon as described in her book are:

-High Vit C, which helps skin repair and slows down ageing.
-Improves digestion.
-Can help with weight loss.
-Can lessen sugar cravings.
-Prevents broken veins.
-Good for bones and joints.
-Lowers levels of bad cholesterol.
-Excellent detoxer.
-Reduces water retention.

Always try to buy organic lemons and preferably unwaxed ones too.  Always wash lemons before using them, especially if you are using lemon slices or the zest if the lemon.

I have only just started her book and I am thoroughly enjoying it! I look forward to trying some of her recipes and will let you know how I get along:)

Happy Healthy Hot Water and Lemon Juice in the morning drinking!

Lulu x x x

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