After having the ever so vibrant and motivating Lorraine Perretta join us for our stockist and press event. We thought it was a great opportunity to learn more about what nutrition means to her and how Advanced Nutrition Programme™ fits into her lifestyle.
Q; Tell us a bit about your journey to Nutrition?
Lorraine; I think I’ve always been interested in nutrition and in 1994 I decided to take a three-year course in nutritional therapy more for my own interest than anything. I was working at Vogue and GQ magazine at the time and as the course was held during the evenings and on weekends, it suited me. By the time I was in year two, I had made up my mind that I wanted to make nutrition a career.
Q; We love to know what other healthy people eat! – What is a typical day’s eating for you?
Lorraine; I currently practice what’s called intermittent fasting. There are various versions of fasting and this one seems to suit me best. I basically limit eating to an eight-hour period of the day and the rest of the 16 hours, I drink water and herbal tea. Of course, I’m sleeping part of that time as well. So, I basically eat lunch and dinner. My food choices center around lots of vegetables, the bigger the variety the better and I add protein in the form of fish, chicken, eggs or lentils and pulses. This is my basic routine, but if I’m meeting friends for brunch on the weekend, I just go with the flow.
Q; What foods are your fridge and pantry staples?
Lorraine; The fridge usually contains various vegetables and salad ingredients including rocket, tomatoes, tender stem (broccoli), and mini lettuces and Chinese leaves. I eat an avocado with a big squeeze of lemon juice almost every day. As I tend to be very busy and work long-ish hours, I keep humus, cooked chicken breasts and smoked salmon in the fridge. And there’s a box of gluten free oat cakes and quinoa in the panty. When I get home from work, I just assemble some of the above. I never eat gluten as I don’t feel well when I do. And I rarely eat potatoes, rice, bread, pasta or pizza. I don’t say never but I eat it as a treat.
Q; Why are supplements important for our nutrition?
Lorraine; Supplements can be an insurance policy to ensure that we get all the nutrients we need on a daily basis. Researchers say that during prehistoric times, our bodies developed eating around 4000 calories a day. There are lots of vitamins, plant antioxidants, minerals and important fats in 4000 calories. In the 21st Century we have central heating, cars, don’t move as much, and don’t need as many calories and tend to eat probably half that amount. But we still need to important nutrients. On top of that, food may not be as nutritious as it was previously. Things like intensive farming, long periods in storage and processing, can reduce the nutritional quality of foods we eat today. Supplements offer our bodies the nutrients that it needs to achieve optimum health.
Q; A question on everyone's lips, what supplements do you take? And has your supplement in take changed over the years? How and why?
Lorraine; I currently take Skincare Ultimate (this includes Skin Vit A+, Skin Antioxidant, Skin Omegas+, Astaxanthin/biotin, plus CoQ10 combined with pine bark extract.)
I add other supplements: multivitamin, vitamin C, bone support, digestive enzymes, vitamin B complex.
I’ve upgraded my supplements as my needs have changed moving from Skin Complete to Skin Ultimate which combines all the key supplements required to keep my skin and body at its optimum health.
Q; Is there a difference in quality and safety when consuming Omega oils?
Lorraine; There are a wide variety of omega supplements on the market and it can often be difficult to choose a good quality product. Firstly, it’s important to consider the level of ingredients and the combinations. Look for a supplement that contains both omega 3 and omega 6. There are various sources of omega 3 and research shows that evening primrose oil, a source of omega 6, has additional benefits for women. There are concerns surrounding the source of fish oils. Smaller fish absorb fewer heavy metal toxins than larger fish. And fish oils should be purified to remove any additional toxins. The GEOD (Global Organisation for EPA and DHA) has strict guidelines regarding toxin levels. A good fish oil supplement will contain oil that is traceable which means the supplier knows the source of the oil. And as an environmental aspect, the oil should be from a sustainable source and a member of Friends of the Seas.
All of which we are pleased to confirm ANP provides in our Skin Omegas, we source our Omegas from smaller fish, providing optimum level of healthy Omega Oils, all our Omegas batches are traceable and sustainable.
Q; Why would you prescribe Skin Omegas+?
Lorraine; Skin Omegas+ contains omega 3 from fish oils, and omega 6 from Evening Primrose oil with additional vitamin A. If a person suffers from dry skin, eczema, or even in cases of psoriasis. Omegas help with hydration.
Q; Why would you prescribe Skin Complete?
Lorraine; Anyone who wants to prevent or reduce wrinkles, improve elasticity, and fight the signs of ageing. It’s also a perfect companion for people using topical vitamin A and topical antioxidants.
Q; Why would you prescribe Skincare Ultimate?
Lorraine; Anyone looking for the gold standard in skin supplements, Skincare Ultimate offers a powerful combination containing 5 daily high-quality skin supplements for the ultimate in beauty from the inside out. Includes Skin Vit A+, Skin Antioxidant, Skin Omegas+, Astaxanthin/Biotin, plus CoQ10 combined with pine bark extract. If you’re after healthy skin, nourished strong hair, nails and a lighter and brighter complexion.
Q; Why would you prescribe Skincare Select?
Lorraine; You’re in your 20s/30s and need a fuss free skin supplement solution, Skincare Select contains 3 supplements for healthy skin including Skin Vit A+, Skin Antioxidant, Skin Omegas+. Conveniently packaged in 28 pods of beauty.
Q; Why would you prescribe Skin Accumax™?
Lorraine; Problematic skin, congested skin, hormonal breakouts/acne including teenage and adult acne, women going through menopause and rosacea.
Q; If we were to take only one supplement what would you recommend and why?
Lorraine; If we’re talking about skin, then the most important vitamin is vitamin A at any age. It provides so many benefits and it’s not that easy to get in the diet. There are two forms of vitamin A. One is the vitamin A that is in a usable form and the best source of this is liver. The other form of vitamin A is beta carotene/ Beta carotene is an antioxidant and found in orange and yellow vegetables such as carrots, melon and squash. This form of vitamin A needs to be converted in the body to a usable form. Research now shows that as many as 45% of people are not very efficient at converting beta carotene to vitamin A. So, I would think that if you’re thinking about healthy skin, vitamin A tops the list.
Q; What is your advice to women in the following age groups, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s plus?
Lorraine; Following are my comments regarding general nutrition for health (as well as skin) at various ages.
20s –Eat consciously. And by that, I mean, understand how foods impact your health. Think about what you’re eating and don’t just eat randomly. Aim to eat a protein food every time you eat. Only have sugary foods as a treat and not a way of life. And eat a wide a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. It’s never too early to start taking supplements. A good multivitamin, with an extra vitamin C and an omega 3 with 6 for a good basic programme
30s - From the age of 26 the body appears to be less efficient at fighting free radicals so by age 30 it’s time to focus on antioxidant rich foods as well as a supplement programme that contains a separate antioxidant. Antioxidants include lycopene (red foods, think tomatoes), lutein (green vegetables), beta carotene (orange and yellow foods like carrots and yellow peppers).
40s - Our digestive systems become less efficient so we’re not as good at breaking down the foods we eat and hence don’t absorb as well. Firstly, chew foods really well. The advice is to chew each mouthful 30 times before swallowing. This gives your stomach the best opportunity to breakdown the food in preparation for absorption. Supplementation is particularly essential at this time. Multivitamin, omegas, vitamin D, antioxidant and vitamin C are key basics. Many women find that at this stage they may be entering the menopause and experiencing menopausal symptoms. Even if you’re not experiencing these symptoms, I recommend you look at your caffeine sugar and alcohol consumption. Reduce these substances to ‘treats’ and make sure they haven’t become a ‘way of life.’ Those women who every day have a couple cups of caffeine (coffee/tea), plus some biscuits and a chocolate, and then have a glass of wine in the evening, find that they suffer more with menopausal symptoms than women who keep these to a minimum.
50s – Bones and cardiovascular health are important. My favourite anti-ageing supplement is Coenzyme Q 10, often written CoQ10. Although our body can make this nutrient we become less efficient as we age and by age 50 most people need a bit of help, CoQ10 is important for energy at the cellular level. So, this means at the very basic level this nutrient is fundamental. Not only does CoQ10 help with energy, it also reduces wrinkles, supports heart health and even helps eyesight. Add a bone supplement to support your bones, it’s not just calcium that’s important, you will also need magnesium, boron, and vitamins D3 and K2. You don’t need to take these individually, a good bone supplement will contain all these.
60s + - No problem. If you’re doing all the above, you should be feeling half your age! But it’s never too late to start. Get started by incorporating all the advice in the above ages.
That wraps up our interview with Lorraine, while we chatted over seafood at SPQR in Ponsonby, it gave us some extra food for thought. Our take on being healthy is eating consciously, living consciously and ensuring that you’ve balanced your daily meals with supplements which will support your overall health and wellbeing.