Autumn Nutrition and Yoga Retreat 2012

Last weekend I held the first of my weekend yoga and nutrition retreats at Symondsbury Manor in Dorset.

Spread over three days – Friday to Sunday, the retreat provided the perfect getaway from hectic London life (for both me and my guests!). I visit Dorset often and have absolutely fallen in love so the location was a no-brainer for me. Symondsbury Manor is a gorgeous tudor manor house owned by an artist, resulting an a mix of old English elegance and quirky paintings and decor.

We kicked off the retreat with a Yin Yoga session, the perfect wind-down after the drive to the retreat followed by a delicious meal of stuffed peppers and salads provided by my lovely caterers – completely vegan, gluten and oil free! The evening ended with Yoga Nidra – or “yogi sleep” which ensured we all slept peacefully and woke up refreshed for our 90 minute power yoga session the next morning.

After an amazing quinoa porridge breakfast we congregated around the fire with mugs of peppermint tea and began our first nutrition workshop, detailing the benefits of eating a plant-based diet and information on my favourite superfoods – chia, goji berries, bee pollen, spirulina and raw cacao to name just a few! This was followed by relaxation time in which my guests chose to take a walk, drive to the local beach or have a one-on-one nutrition session with me.

We met back again for a delicious lunch and our next nutrition session in which we focused on healthy grains and natural alternatives to refined sugar. Our evening comprised of lots of tea drinking, another yoga session followed by a delicious and nutritious meal of butternut squash risotto, black bean patties with mango salsa, potato, tofu and spinach bake and a variety of delicious salads, followed by a cinnamon chia pudding – we were stuffed! We ended the evening once again with Yoga Nidra to calm the body and mind for a deep and relaxing sleep.

The final morning began with our final power yoga session followed a pumpkin oatmeal breakfast. This was followed by a relaxation session in which we soaked up the sunshine and picturesque surroundings before our final nutrition workshop in which we discussed different metabolic rates, personality types and why to stay away from sugar and caffeine! This was followed by a delicious farewell lunch of a vegetable quinoa salad and warming soup.

A huge thank you to everyone that came to the retreat and made it such a special weekend!

I am pleased to announce that I will be holding a second retreat from the 22nd – 24th of  February 2013, the perfect post-christmas escape – Book now!

I will leave you with one of the (many) amazing dishes that was served up at the retreat:

Autumn Simmered Butternut Squash with Lentils and Savory Fruit 

1 large butternut squash

1/2 medium yellow onion (thin slices)

1/2 tsp ground cumin

2 1/2 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth or water

1/2 cup red lentils rinsed

handful fresh thyme (chopped)

1 medium apple (chopped)

Peel squash and cut into 1 inch chunks. Spray one heavy bottomed pay with cooking spray and heat on high. When hot add squash, onion and half of the cumin. When squash starts sticking add 1/2 cup of broth and simmer for 5 minutes with lid on. Add lentils, thyme, apple and remaining broth. Replace lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Enjoy! Delicious served with brown rice.

12 Days of (before & after) Christmas Green Smoothie Challenge!

Delicious green smoothie
Delicious green smoothie

Approximately 85% of all people who lose weight during ‘dieting’ – not only gain it all back but they gain more! What’s more….experts say that they 5-7 pounds people gain over the holidays is not the problem, it’s that they never take them off again once the new year comes!

12 Days of (before & after) Christmas Green Smoothie Challenge – How to keep the extra weight off!

Hi guys,

Well, IT’s nearly here…. that’s right, Christmas and THE Holiday Season is literally right around the corner!  With the endless holiday dinners, offices parties and parties in general – the weight gain and lethargy slowly start to creep in.  Ugh.  Medical journals say it’s not the fact that people gain 5-7 pounds over the holidays that’s the problem, it’s that they never take the weight back off again once the New Year comes!

But what if this year could be different?  What if you could make this your healthiest holiday season EVER?

Starting on the 13th of December and ending the 5th of January – for the 12 days( before & after Christmas), I am kicking off a 24-Day “Green Smoothie Challenge” that takes you up to Christmas (while all the parties are going on) and after Christmas (when we usually seem to over indulge even more!)  AND, you can still eat some of your favourite Chistimas puddings!  It’s been proven that when you start your day off with a healthy meal, you’re more likely to eat well throughout the rest of the day.  So, if you start the day off with a green smoothie, you’ll be much less likely to overindulge, pig out, and get totally stuffed when the office parties and holiday dinners start happening.

Julie Montagu’s 12 Days of (before & after) Christmas

While everyone else is having seconds and thirds of the mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing and gravy, you’ll be dropping the weight and feeling great!

During the 12 Days leading up to Christmas and after Christmas, I will send you a bit of healthy inspiration, recipes, yoga poses, and healthy eating and living tips!

Julie Montagu’s 12 Days of (before & after) Christmas

But we’ll kick it off with an awesome teleseminar on the 13th of December – that will explain why green smoothies work, how they work , and all the good stuff in them!

Eating your kale, spinach, swiss chard and romaine lettuce – to name a few- on a regular basis can provide anti-aging benefits, prevention of disease – especially cancers – and help with weight loss.  And it’s so easy to get these greens if you just use a bit of creativity and hide them in a delicious smoothie, so come and join in!

You’ll have lovely rosy cheeks this holiday season, not from your warm fire, but because you’re looking and feeling healthy and energised!

Registrations will be closing in just a few days! And I’ve kept this 12 Days of Christmas Green Smoothie program VERY affordable especially since the holidays are already a time of serious spending.   And if you’re already a Green Smoothie Addict and see and feel the benefits already, why not give this as a Holiday GIFT to someone you love!

For just a pound a day you can make this Holiday Season your best one yet! Investing a pound a day in your health and energy, developing some healthy eating habits will set yourself up for the New Year and a New You!

Julie Montagu’s 12 Days of (before & after) Christmas

Prove to yourself that this year will be different and choose to make your health the most important thing this holiday season.  Choose your health over the most chocolate-coated, sugar laden season of the year….. and I bet you’ll be able to do it all year long!

Here’s to a Healthy Holiday Season!

Julie x