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Christina, the Queen of Juicing

Christina was born in Edinburgh and lived there until she was 18. Her aunt, Midi Fairgrieve, was a practising nutritional therapist in Edinburgh and helped to develop Christina's interest in nutrition from a young age. Midi then went on to set up Detox International, pioneering juice cleanse-based holistic residential retreats. This was to lay the foundations for Christina's own professional path.

Christina read law at Oxford University where she was also a keen sportswoman, competing in swimming, running and modern pentathlon (the latter at an international level). She worked at a magic circle City law firm for several years while also gaining a BSc in Nutritional Medicine. After deciding to leave law, in 2009 she set up Radiance, the UK's first nationwide juice cleanse delivery service, with her best friend Clare Neill. Radiance specialises in certified organic, cold-pressed nutritional juice cleanse programmes.

Christina lives near Richmond Park in London with her husband and 2 year-old son. She is expecting her second child in September.

In order to know a bit more about Christina, I have devised a few questions loosely based on the Proust Questionnaire.


Lets begin with food...

What is your favourite breakfast?

If I'm multi tasking and making something that my son will enjoy too then I do a gluten free, oat and chia seed porridge with home made almond milk. We have that with baobab and lucuma powder (which gives a nice sweetness) and some blueberries. For myself, I love having a green smoothie with avocado, banana, green leaves (e.g. spinach or kale), coconut water and chia seeds. I often add a vegan superfood powder like the ones from Amazing Grass - their cacao flavour is better than a coffee in the morning! At the weekend I try to make breakfast a bit special. I'm currently obsessing over the Gluten-free Banana Bread Pancakes from My New Roots and the Paleo Bread from Green Kitchen Stories, two of my favourite foodie websites.

What is your best health tip?

Daily fresh juices. They are the ultimate way to get an easily digestible intake of nutrients. I'm very lucky to own a company that makes certified organic, cold pressed juices so they are never in short supply when I'm at work! But even at home I start each morning with a freshly made juice, and both my son and husband love it. In fact, my son is the only person allowed to operate the juicer these days! We always juice vegetables as well as fruit to keep the sugar content lower and it's a brilliant way to introduce vegetables that are harder to get both adults and children to eat enough of, like kale or broccoli. We order a weekly juicing box from Abel & Cole which ensures we are always full stocked with seasonal, organic ingredients.

What healthy snack do you rely on to keep you going?

My go-to snacks are chopped apple with almond butter, LoveRaw snack bars (especially the Apricot & Camu Camu flavour) and oatcakes with hummous.

Where do you like to eat in London?

My favourite restaurant is Nopi or Ottolenghi and for a quick bite on the go I like 42raw in Burlington Gardens. I'm really looking forward to trying the new Grain Store restaurant in King's Cross.

What three staple foods are always in your fridge or pantry?

Organic blueberries, avocado and free range eggs.

And now a bit about you…

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising my son to be the confident little person he is today, although we still have a long way to go!

What trait do you most value in your friends and most deplore in others?

I really appreciate my friends' thoughtfulness or kindness and I don't like seeing people take that type of behaviour for granted.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Honestly, a lazy Sunday afternoon in Richmond Park with my husband and son leaves me feeling pretty happy!

Which living person do you most admire?

My dad. He got me into the hugely inspiring TED conferences and lots of other things besides.

What is your most treasured possession?

My photo albums. My mum was really dedicated at making them for my brothers and myself when we were younger and I am trying hard to do the same for my children.

What is the natural talent you would like to be gifted with?

Singing. I really, really cannot sing!

Name three indispensable things that you would take with you on a desert island.

Leaving aside people, I'd take sunglasses, coconut water and - sorry to say it - my iPhone.

What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Make time to look after yourself. It's not selfish, it's vital, and it means that you'll be much better equipped to get the most out of your personal and professional life each day.


You can find out more about Christina, juicing and its cleansing benefits on her website:

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