Forget extreme fad diets and total treat bans - you’re more likely to stick to healthy eating with a simple, sustainable approach. The authors of The Detox Kitchen Bible talk about their down-to-earth philosophy
Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson are the best advert for their new cookbook, The Detox Kitchen Bible, arriving for our interview fresh-faced and sparkly eyed, while I’m nursing a chocolate hangover from leftover Easter Eggs (yes, in May).
But they’re not meeting me to preach about going wheat, dairy and sugar-free: they’re hoping to share the message that cutting down on those foods just 80 per cent of the time will give you more energy - and help you to live healthily without the need for crash diets.
“Our detox is not as you’d imagine, it’s not a strict regime, it’s a lifestyle change,” says Lily, who’s multitasking as she speaks, breastfeeding her six-month-old son Finley and sipping on a hot chocolate (“half milk, half water”), while her dog Rudy sitting obediently at her feet.
“We’re saying, ‘If you eat really well 80 per cent of the time, then 20 per cent of the time, you can go out and have some drinks, indulge and have whatever you want’. Once you understand that and listen to your body, you don’t need to worry, because you know what to cook that makes you feel good.
“It’s really important that people become connected again with what they’re eating.”
The book is split roughly in two parts, with delicious, healthy recipes from Simpson making up the first half, which all come with a list of the health conditions they can be useful for, and the second part is nutrition advice from Hobson, with suggested detox plans designed to help your heart, bones, digestive system, mind, weight and immunity, among other things.
Nutritionist Hobson says the best approach is to embrace healthy eating as a whole lifestyle, rather than a diet, and go slowly.
“The way that people end up not doing anything is they just try and do it all at once. Take small steps. Take one recipe a night and start with cooking something fresh,” he says. “If you’re eating lots of sugar, don’t give it up straight away, just eat one biscuit instead of two.
“We’re not telling anyone to do anything we don’t do. I like a glass of wine in the evenings, but I know that most of the time, my food is spot on, I exercise, I try and get as much sleep as I can, you’ve got to try and find a balance and it’s different for everybody.”
Simpson is all about the balance, too. “I eat butter on toast for breakfast, I have a really filling lunch and a healthy dinner and then I probably have a glass of wine and a chocolate, so it’s kind of that balance,” she explains.