Caggie Dunlop on Food, Health & Happiness
Caggie Dunlop, one of the founding members of the hit series Made In Chelsea has recently completed one of our Fridge Fill alkaline food delivery plans. She absolutely loved it and got the boost she needed for a busy summer ahead and support for the long hours spent working on her website ISWAI. She is a completely natural beauty so we sat down with her to talk food, health, exercise, accidents in the kitchen and how she gets that glow.
Q. Describe your perfect menu from breakfast until dinner. A. Granola or Bircher muesli with fresh fruit and yogurt, and a cup of earl grey with almond milk and a bit of Manuka honey. Sushi for lunch, brown rice with tuna and prawn tempura rolls, and a miso and edamame beans. Apple to snack and then a big salad with halloumi, pine nuts and avocado. A perfect healthy day! HH Tip: This is a lovely veg filled day and having seaweed on any menu is absolutely fantastic. Though sushi is a really healthy option in moderation, try not to have it too much as the fish is often farmed and can contain harmful levels of mercury and other toxins. Wild fish sushi can make up part of your 30% if following the Honestly Healthy alkaline 70/30 rule.
Q.You seem to be an active person. Do you have a specific workout routine & what does this involve? A. Not really, its quite sporadic – sometimes I will exercise every day for five days and then wont for two weeks. But I think its about working out what works for you and moderating and maintaining. I try and cycle everywhere which keeps me relatively active but I definitely benefit from intense work outs, mentally and physically. HH Tip: This is such a great attitude to have – integrating exercise into your everyday life, like biking to work, means exercise is not a chore but a necessity. Try getting off the tube one stop early or choosing to walk to work. There is no doubt that exercise has huge benefits to our clarity of mind.
Q. What beauty essentials could you not live without? A. Coconut oil, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and argan oil. HH Tip: Try Lucy Bee coconut oil for a fantastic, organic and fair trade brand that is delicious for cooking with. It is also an amazing moisturiser and amazing melted into a hot bath. Argan oil is packed with health benefits – you can cook with it too while Moroccan Oil do a gorgeous oil for massaging into your hair.
Q. What is the worst and best healthy dish you have ever made? A. Worst…is a quinoa dish I made, the quinoa hadn’t cooked. It was rank! The healthiest is a veggie pad Thai, I substituted noodles with cabbage. It was quite experimental but great! HH Tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment with your cooking – sometimes its when you make the best things.
Q. You run your own clothing brand ISWAI so must be super busy. How do you boost yourself up if you are feeling exhausted or under the weather?
A. I take vitamin C and try and cut down on carbs which always has a very strong affect on my energy. I try to eat clean food and avoid alcohol too. HH Tip: We all know how important it is to get enough vitamin C into our diets – mulberries, red and green peppers, cabbage, watermelon, berries, cauliflower and spinach are fantastic sources of vitamin C. Having enough vitamin C in our diets plays a key role in prevention before cure for a number of diseases including cancer.
Q. What is your food related guilty pleasure?
A. Copious amounts of pesto pasta. Or pop corn! HH Tip: Here is a delicious Spinach & Walnut Pesto with Gluten Free Pasta dish to try – a pretty insane Crunchy Toffee Popcorn recipe in our second cookbook Honestly Healthy For Life too.
Q. Do you take any supplements to boost your health?
A. Echinacea, vitamin C and B and 5HTP. HH Tip: Vitamin B is vital for those who do not eat much animal protein. It pays to pay more for good supplements – Planet Organic, Wholefoods and Holland & Barret have great selections.
Q. What is your favourite clothing brand at the moment? A. Aside from my own.. : ) I love Zimmerman.