The Bodhimaya Retreat at The Lanesborough Hotel's Club & Spa
"My consultation with Bodhimaya's Nutritional Therapist Olga kicks off my second morning. She is immaculately put-together and her presentation, to borrow Cornelius' turn of phrase, is excellent! She is extremely nice and extremely knowledgeable; we have a long conversation and she offers plenty of sound advice, as well as explanation about how Bodhimaya can revolutionise lives in terms of what we eat. I'd estimate that the vast majority of us don't eat as well as we could, or should, and Olga just might be the person to kick-start a genuinely life-changing sequence of events, if you do follow her advice. She's very persuasive, and has the stats and facts to explain everything."
By Annabel Harrison | Luxury London
During the retreat, Olga Hamilton meets with participants and decides on not only a meal plan for the week (which can include a voluntary juice fast), but also a meal plan for everyday life. Hamilton is highly reasonable, logical and empathetic, and suggests small changes that are easy to maintain. She promotes a philosophy of adding in more of the good (rather than constantly fixating on cutting out the bad). She also advocates a mindset of eating around your nutritional priorities, where vegetables take center stage (she’s quick to reference the Imperial College London study which suggests ten servings a day); followed by protein being the secondary focus; and essential fat being tertiary.
Depending on the participant’s diet, she doles out custom nuggets of advice that are pure gold—especially for the holiday season. “If you prepare before, there’s less damage to control afterwards,” she advocates.
Nutritional therapist Olga Hamilton says she uses the 16/8 method, which involves 16 hours of fasting followed by 8 hours of feeding.
"For example, I start my feeding window at 1pm with a large lunch and finish eating my dinner by 9pm at the latest".
Does fasting affect your mental health?
Olga says that fasting has been shown to increase rates of neurogenesis in the brain, encouraging the growth and development of new brain cells and nerve tissues. Fasting also boosts production of BDNF protein that has been found to play a significant role in neuroplasticity, which in turn can make your brain more resilient to stress, boost memory and even improve mood".
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