We had the great pleasure of catching up with Marion Depré – Nutritional Therapist from London and founder of NutryTherapy – so get ready to pick up practical beauty tips and straightforward hacks to longevity – the natural way.
Q: Marion, having lived and travelled all over Europe, how would you define the modern idea of beauty? Do you agree with it?
It seems that the trend is now moving back towards more natural looks, where ‘less is more’, with understated looks and style. Hence, the focus is shifting in the right direction, with a preference for ‘nature friendly’ products, and where we are not looking for magical, chemically loaded potions that promise you the world, but instead, ethical and honest ingredients that will do no harm.
Q: What made you decide to study nutrition?
I am lucky to have grown up in a house where there was always a strong interest in alternative medicine, healthy nutrition and locally grown produce. When I moved to London it would have been so easy to fall for the low quality convenience food and tempting take away options. Nevertheless, I wanted to preserve my health and not lose focus on what I had been taught. So much so that when I came across this 3 year nutrition course at the College of Naturopathic Medicine it made complete sense to me and I didn’t hesitate to enrol (even though I had a full time job and a degree already…)
But I am so glad I did it, as the knowledge is invaluable! It has also allowed me to meet like-minded people which is not so easy in a big city where people live on the fast lane and are more connected to their smart phones than to the humans around them.
Q: So what foods in particular are beneficial for our skin?
The skin is the immune system’s first line of defence – that is why we ought to give it the best care possible to counteract the daily exposure to environmental toxins and free radicals.
What your skin needs is proper hydration, good fats (avocadoes, oily fish – think SMASH: Sardines, Mackerel, Anchovies, Salmon, Herring), antioxidants (fresh fruits, berries, green tea), Zinc-rich foods (seafood, spinach, pumpkin seeds, cashews, chickpeas, mushrooms), and foods that will promote liver detoxification (cruciferous vegetables and green leafy veg are a must!).
So if you want smooth, glowing skin you’ll need to avoid the ‘bad’ fats (saturated or trans-fats found in processed foods, desserts, meat) and of course refined sugar.
Q: You’re originally from France and there’s an image the world has of French people enjoying their wine, cheese and croissants. Is it really so guilt-free or do French ladies have a beauty secret they’re hiding from the world?
Ah, the French paradox! This was even covered in one of our lectures last year! Imagine that: how can a nation famous for its love of good cheese, pastries and wine can have some of the lowest rates of hypertension and heart disease in Europe?
Of course this is all starting to change now, sadly, with more and more people ‘westernising’ their diet, but I think that the key is in the word ‘good’. So perhaps that is the ‘secret’: good quality ingredients (preferably organic), and all in moderation – as opposed to fad diets and empty calories …
I also believe that guilt plays an important role and that it can put a negative spin on your eating habits. It’s not healthy to stress around what we eat and to enter a game of reward or punishment around food.
Q: Can you spill some of your beauty secrets?
I don’t think that I have any amazing beauty secrets! But there are a few simple beauty principles that I believe in:
- Routine! Today’s women are leading such busy lives, they are putting their families first and as a result have very little time left (or money, in some cases) to look after themselves properly. So don’t take shortcuts and follow the same daily rituals (e.g. remove your make up every night before bed and apply moisturiser! No exceptions or excuses!)
- Treat yourself to quality products – again no shortcuts allowed with cheap or toxic products even if they come from a well-established ‘trusted’ brand with expensive marketing behind it. What we apply on our skin can very easily pass into our blood stream, so don’t apply anything you wouldn’t eat. It’s that simple.
- Quality sleep to restore and repair throughout the night. Apparently the hours before midnight count twice as much compared to post midnight sleep! So if you have to, work on those deadlines first thing in the morning as opposed to late at night!
- And last but not least, a healthy, nutrient dense diet throughout the year – not just after Christmas or before a beach holiday!
Q: How does MYHRU philosophy fit into the framework of conscious healthy living?
I am so pleased to see MYHRU come alive! Women – especially mothers – are very aware of the dangers of the increased chemical load that pollutes our food, water and self-care products today. We all try to do our best to avoid it but sometimes due to a lack of options, lack of time or misleading advertising, we may choose products that go against our principles. This is why the MYHRU philosophy fits in perfectly into the lives of those who expect only the best from what they consume.
Q: You now run your own Facebook blog, called Courgettes not Baguettes. Great title by the way! Can you tell us what we can expect to find there?
Thank you! I started this blog after my second year at the CNM just to share with my friends some of the interesting and surprising facts I learnt throughout the course.
Amongst other things you will find quite a few guilt-free recipes for amazingly tasty desserts and snacks (one of my favourite being the ‘1 of your 5 a day’ chocolate mousse). For the most part, all recipes are grain, dairy and refined sugar free and are very quick and easy to make – I couldn’t have done it any other way whilst working full-time, studying part-time and training a self-willed puppy!
I also like to share links to some talks I have found very inspiring.
Q: Living in London, how do you protect your skin from its daily challenges: environmental aggressors (like pollution), as well as UV rays, extreme temperatures (the underground) and stress?
I try to limit the toxic load on my skin by only using ‘clean’, good quality, organic cosmetics, and look for protein or biotin enriched products to help restore unhealthy looking skin and hair.
It is equally important to look after ourselves ‘from the inside out’ with a good diet that will ensure optimal liver detoxification, and probiotics or probiotic-rich foods to balance the gut flora and boost immunity.
Q: At MYHRU we strive to pick honest, high quality ingredients with maximum benefits. What do YOU look for cosmetics nowadays?
Exactly that. Honest ingredients but without making a compromise on the results. And I wouldn’t buy a product that hasn’t got the 100% animal cruelty free guarantee.
Q: We like to ask: who inspires you?
Let’s start with a woman first since the Myhrulosophy is about applauding us!
During my 3 year course I was fortunate enough to be taught a number of lectures by Dr Xandria Williams, whom I have found to be a true inspiration. Biochemist, naturopath, psychotherapist, lecturer and author (having published around 20 books on nutrition, mental health, disease prevention and alternative treatment) she is an important figure in the CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) world and focus is currently on ‘treating people not cancer’.
The second personality that I find truly inspiring (and quite funny at times!) is Dr Michael Greger – a physician, author, and internationally recognised speaker on a number of important public health issues. I attended his talk on ‘Uprooting the UK’s leading causes of death’ , which brought such a refreshing perspective on things, and demonstrated how a vegan or at least a vegetarian diet low in saturated fats can reverse many of our Western world’s biggest killers (cancer, diabetes, cardio vascular disease…).
Heredity aside (only 2% influence), our genes are like a loaded gun: it is up to us whether we choose to pull the trigger with poor dietary habits and toxic lifestyle.
Q: Share with us a wellness tip for #DidYouKnow from our HIGH!LIGHTS blog…
Eat less meat or even better, eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet and you’ll give yourself the best chances to avoid today’s 10 leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the Western Society.
***For more information about Marion and her practice please visit NUTRYTHERAPY .
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