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Talking health with Hemsley and Hemsley (part 1)

posted on Monday, 21st July 2014 | find under Tamara, Fitness
They've been featured in Vogue, have been the focus of countless articles at home and abroad, and have been cooking up a healthy storm on Saturday Kitchen; it's safe to say that Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley have well and truly taken the world by storm. And that's before the mention of their new must-have cookbook, The Art of Eating Well.

Renowned for their organic and nutrient-rich recipes that promote overall wellbeing, Sweaty Betty sat down with the healthiest of trendsetting duos to find out all on their favourite snacks, workout routines and number one tip for healthy living.

What inspired you to launch the Hemsley & Hemsley brand?
We started as private cooks for people and our mission was simple - to help people feel better (more energised, happier and healthier) through delicious and nourishing food, made with real ingredients.
Have you always had a healthy lifestyle?
Jasmine: We grew up with a Filipino mother and a father in the army, living in army barracks in the UK and Germany. We were used to eating frugally and adventurously, and although our mum was efficient, everything was made with love and care. She cooked intuitively, based on what was in the fridge and cupboards. She didn’t actively teach us but we picked it all up along the way.
Melissa:  I’m the youngest so I lucked out as mum and Jasmine used to do all the cooking, and all I had to do was lay the table. I was only when I moved out that I realised if I wanted to eat the same good food, I’d have to start putting into practise what I had absorbed over the years.
Jasmine: We’ve always been very active and involved in sports since we were young.  Even now, we both love tennis, yoga and long walks. I haven’t been for ages but snowboarding is always a great holiday and if I see the sea, I HAVE to swim in it!  
Melissa: My best friend and I love to dance, so we’re fans of any type of dance classes – from Latin and rock’n’roll to ballet or hip-hop. Classes are great fun because once you’re in the door you have to commit. You switch off from your own life and just listen to the teacher.
Jasmine: We both got into meditation about five years ago too. We began to experience just how important sleep and active relaxation are for health. Keeping the mind on an even keel is as important as the food you put into your body and the exercise you do.

What was the motivation behind releasing your own cookbook, The Art Of Eating Well?
We wanted to talk about why eating well is almost a lost art. Many people have lost the art or never been taught. Wellness begins from within, so we need to get creative in the kitchen rather than relying on convenience and packaged health foods. Food has become so complicated in recent years. With so many different ideas of what’s healthy and what’s not, it’s become easy to lose your way on what eating well really means. We help navigate through all the confusion and take it back to basics by focusing on real, whole foods, enabling you to tune into your body and find what works for you. Simply put; The Art of Eating Well is mindful eating and enjoying the foods that make you feel good from the inside out. Our book guides you with delicious recipes to eat well and feel better. It’s not complicated and once you start, you’ll want to eat and feel like this for life.
Eating well should be part of your lifestyle. We don’t believe in short fixes, fads or depriving ourselves. We do not do low-fat - in fact we champion saturated fat, such as coconut oil, butter and egg yolks, as a vital nutrient - and we are all about eating quality meat and two veg! Every bite should be delicious AND have maximum nutrition per mouthful, so our recipes avoid gluten, grains and refined sugars. We have a completely holistic approach to eating so it’s about how we eat as well as what we eat.
What are your favourite snacks for pre/post-workout?
Anything with coconut, like our Coconut Tahini Bliss Balls. Or some leftover smoothie from breakfast or a mug of hot bone broth with an egg yolk whisked in for easy-to-digest nourishment.

Click here to read part 2 of the Hemsley + Hemsley interview, and stay tuned for an exclusive recipe - coming soon!
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