Hello Cheltenham friends (and anyone else further afield!)
It is another delight to hand the mic over to another local wellness expert, this time giving us a sneak peak into the world of naturopathy. Reut is a longstanding friend of the bar and Avocado Heartbeet enthusiast and she’s here to share how she approaches her own health and wellbeing, and care of her patients:
“Health is a large word. It embraces not only the body, but also the mind and spirit” (James H. West)
My mother, a vegetarian and a kundalini yoga teacher, exposed our family to healthy eating. The food we ate was mostly what you would call a Mediterranean diet centred around vegetables, whole grains, pulses and fish. Mostly food that made you feel good, without labels or calorie counting. She has been a constant source of inspiration to me and the one who exposed me to naturopathy and the yoga practice.
My introduction to naturopathy came first-hand, when I was ill and the medicines prescribed to me had done little help. I saw immediate results working with my naturopath and it was then I learnt about the healing powers of food and expanded my knowledge on body-mind connection.
Naturopathy has a holistic approach to health care, treating the body and mind using nutritional therapy, herbal medicine and reflexology. I believe we all have the ability and strength to heal ourselves, given the right tools. My ultimate goal is to provide my patients with guidance and tools of nutritional education and lifestyle changes, so that once achieved, they’re empowered to make the best choices for themselves. I encourage my patients (and sometimes need to remind myself) to increase their awareness to how their body is feeling; your body has all the answers. Being mindful of your body’s cues and working WITH your body is, to me, leading a healthy lifestyle. We’re all different and unique and each of us should fine tune their body to its own needs and preferences.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” (Buddha)
So what kind of diet does a naturopath follow? After going through my own health journey, which is constantly evolving and changing, I eat what makes me feel my best. I strive for a balance in my life, both with the food on my plate and emotionally. I’m a vegetarian, though sometimes, if I fancy it, I eat fish, I love avocados on toast, nut butters and Apple Bar smoothies! Having a healthy relationship with food, nurturing your body with nutritious whole foods and listening to your body are some of the most important things you can do to start your wellness journey. There isn’t one right way to lead a healthy life, YOU decide what that means to you. Learn how to make healthy choices that empower you to reach the balance in life that you aspire to. Be your own healthy hero!
Other than food, movement is a big part of my wellness journey and how I take care of myself. My mother took me and my best friend to our first yoga class in Singapore when I was 14 years old and it has been the greatest gift of my life. In December 2016, I received my teaching qualifications and I now teach at Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga. It is the first studio I went to when I first moved to Cheltenham two and a half years ago, and I’ve been extremely lucky and grateful to teach there and be part of such an amazing yoga (and Pilates!) family.
Yoga for me is like having your best friend with you at all times. It’s like coming home. Yoga makes me feel connected, it keeps me aware, mindful, focused and gives me the mental clarity and space to get out of my head and into my body. Yoga taught me how to breathe (yes, most of us don’t actually breathe to our full capacity) and final benefit is gaining strength physically and mentally.
Lastly, food needs to spark joy. Eat what makes you feel happy (and I doubt that eating burgers every day will ultimately make you happy), vital and energised. Food is here to nourish us and keep us alive, you just need to learn to use it wisely and to your own benefit.
You can find out more about my naturopathy treatments at www.reutsapirnaturopath.co.uk or follow my Facebook page (Reut Sapir Naturopath N.D.) and Instagram (rs_naturopathy).
As a special treat to Apple Bar customers, I’m offering a 15% discount on all my treatments at the beautiful Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms in Montepellier, Cheltenham.
Love and health to all of you.