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I joined Nuffield in October 2017 and it was my initial intention only to take Pilates classes to help relieve my aching joints and myalgia caused by an Auto-Immune condition called Sjogrens Syndrome. However, my physiotherapist suggested some Personal Training Sessions to strengthen my weak muscles following a tear to my rotator cuff and introduced me to Murray. I remember being impressed that he’d heard of my autoimmune condition.

Murray talked to me about the benefits of eating a plant based diet to reduce the inflammation in my body and I decided to give it a try.  Initially, I tried a few vegan recipes and stopped eating dairy but as Christmas grew nearer I knew it would be too difficult to continue in a house full of meat-eaters! So… I resumed my usual diet.

After a very sick January I decided that I was going to fully commit to the plant based diet for 6 weeks to see how I got on. To begin with I found the whole experience quite stressful. Lots of new recipes and ingredients which resulted in longer shopping trips and cooking/preparation of meals. But I soon settled in to the new diet combined with my personal training sessions and Pilates classes. During my new journey I’ve had a few disasters with recipes but mostly successes like the Chickpea, Tomato & Spinach Curry which I’m sharing. It is delicious. Sometimes when eating out I’ve opted for vegetarian options and on occasion I’ve even eaten meat.

However, the whole experience has been mind-opening and I’m still following mostly the plant based diet. Furthermore, since my first health MOT I’ve lost 6kg and my cholesterol has reduced from 6.1 to 5.4. But most importantly for me I feel more energised and fitter than I’ve been for years.

Thank-you Murray!

– Lorraine

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