Happy New Year – 2020 here we come. Congratulations, we have survived the Christmas Season and hopefully we have come out relatively unscathed; apart from perhaps a slightly dented bank balance and a little thicker around the waist. However, we must not be too hard on ourselves, we must learn to forgive & forget, as what is Christmas without a little extra over indulgence?
We start the year only looking forward, we set ourselves a new target, a new goal to work towards and start the year as we mean to go on… This usually consists of an unrealistic list of dos’ and do nots; promises involving extra exercise; vows only to consume green produce (preferably in liquid form) and taking up a new sporting hobby such as boot camp or spinning. We all know how this story goes… 2 weeks in and our step count is back to nearly negative.
Luckily enough we have Gabriela Peacock of GP Nutrition, the acclaimed nutritionist to the royals and stars to help us kick off January 2020 in the right way!
Studied at Naturopathic Medicine at CNM for three years, Gabriela spent another six years furthering her knowledge and deepening her scientific background at the University of Westminster gaining a BSc (Hons) in Health Science – Nutritional Therapy, before she began her work in clinic as a Nutritional Therapist in 2011.
S: WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A NUTRITIONIST?
GP: I was a fashion model for 15 years and had always been told about different diets to stay fresh faced and fit. These suggestions never contained nutritional advice and were often biased or unhealthy suggestions. So, when I decided to begin studies the choice was obvious, nutrition!
S: YOU ALWAYS LOOK FRESH FACED AND FIT, WHAT IS YOUR SECRET?
GP: Healthy balanced diet of fresh and organic produce, active lifestyle with lots of walking and Pilates.
Everyday multi-nutrients to keep me topped up and my immune and liver functioning at their best to keep my skin glowing and my inflammation levels down.
S: AS YOU ARE THE EXPERT AND TYPICALLY, JANUARY IS THE MONTH WHEN EVERYONE WANTS TO GET FIT, LOSE WEIGHT AND DETOX; WHAT IS 5 TOP TIPS TO DROP THE WEIGHT?
GP: This is what I would do;
1. Focus on fresh produce & homemade meals.
2. Get rid of any remaining holiday treats – gift them, donate them, consume them before January 2nd. But do not keep them in your house through January – alcohol, sweets, cakes, chocolates.
3. Get active – it’s unlikely you’re going to keep that cycle to work new years resolution in the depths of dark wet January. Try ‘I won’t use any escalators or lifts for a month’, ‘I’ll walk home when it’s not raining’, ‘I’ll re-join that yoga/spinning/boxing class once a week’, ‘I’ll finally set up my exercise bike in the spare room’.
4. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep (7-9hours), lack of sleep causes disruption to normal hormone regulation and can lead to increased appetite!
5. Take an all-round multivitamin (that contains Vitamin D!) to support and boost your bodies core functions and to keep you healthy through the years toughest month. If you’re sick and held up in bed you’re more likely to eat more and move less!
S: GENERALLY, PEOPLE HAVE A SUGAR WEAKNESS; ARE SUGAR SUBSTITUTES SAFE? WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST? IS THERE A WAY TO LOWER OUR SUGAR CRAVINGS?
GP: Eat a well-balanced diet, with lots of fibre (vegetables, wholegrains), lean protein sources and healthy fats. If you’re consuming enough quality foods your blood sugar balance will be better regulated and you won’t get those sugar cravings as much or as intensely!
Replacing sugar with sweeteners is ok if you do it only occasionally. But you should be trying to pay more attention to your hunger cues and responding with real and nutritionally dense foods rather than low calorie, sweetener filled replacements. Stevia is the sweetener I would recommend if I had to pick, for example if I was making a reduced sugar cake or sweetening a protein shake.
S: HOW CAN ONE MAKE SURE THAT THEY WON’T PILE THE WEIGHT BACK ON?
GP: Follow the above advice, try to stay mindful and conscious of your habits. When you reach for the highly processed grab and go foods, pause. Ask yourself if you’re hungry, and what are you actually hungry for, this will help you to fulfil your bodies needs and stop you from eating habitual easy non-nutritious foods.
S: THERE IS A LOT OF BUZZ AROUND VEGAN DIETS AT THE MOMENT – WHAT IS YOUR VIEW?
GP: A Plant based or vegan diet can be healthy, it can also be unhealthy. It all depends how you approach that way of living.
The same principles apply across most ways of eating – try to focus on fresh and unprocessed produce, get the best quality you can afford, eat when you’re hungry, eat slowly, and stop when you no longer feel hungry.
S: WHAT SORT OF SUPPLEMENTS ARE NECESSARY TO TAKE WHEN YOU ARE ON A DIET?
GP: That depends on the type of diet you have. In the UK (especially over winter) you should be taking a supplement that contains at least Vitamin D and Omega-3’s (and B12 if you’re veggie/vegan).
Fibre supplements can be really helpful if you’re trying to lose weight as they can help to maintain stable blood sugar levels and keep you feeling fuller for longer! [our Slim Me Sicilian lemon drink]
S: YOU STARTED YOUR OWN SUPPLEMENT COMPANY PLEASE CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR SUPPLEMENT RANGE?
GP: I love talking about my range as I have tailored and sophisticated supplement programmes, aptly named, GP Nutrition, adapted to suit the individual needs of clients dealing with physical and mental fatigue, weight management problems and skin concerns. Her products are designed to energise, detox, balance and encourage a healthier lifestyle overall whilst allowing the client to continue to live a busy and full life.
These bio-intense formulations counteract the effects of blood sugar imbalance, environmental stress, alcohol intake, sleep deprivation, hormonal issues, energy depletion and skin-ageing.
S: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SUPPLEMENT IN THE RANGE?
GP: GP Nutrition’s GP4:3 or GOLD Every day. I use both depending on how I’m feeling or what I want to achieve. GOLD is my everyday health supplement that I try my best to take year-round, and I will switch to the GP43 plan after a period of indulgence like summer holidays or Christmas. I also substitute in Clean Me occasionally if I’ve had a particularly late weekend!
S: WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
GP: David commissioned Patrick Mavros to make me silver peacocks as wedding present. They are so beautiful and handmade, and I just adore them.
Storcx has also prepared some mental detox and stimulation for you to focus on this month. After all, if we are exercising our bodies, we need to exercise our minds too.
So rather than champagne and Christmas parties let’s turn our minds to the Ballet & Opera and see what cultural delights we can embark on to beat the January blues.
ONEGIN – January 18th -29th February
The Royal Ballet presents Onegin, choreographed by John Cranko
Displaying all his genius as a narrative choreographer, featuring finely drawn characters who are transformed by the conflicts they face.
LA TRAVIATA – January to 23rd March
Verdi based La traviata on Alexandre Dumas fils‘s novel and play La Dame aux camélias, inspired by the life and death of the real Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis. Verdi offered a more complex and sympathetic portrayal of his heroine than Dumas, highlighting Violetta’s noble nature and her devotion to Alfredo. La traviata had an initially lukewarm reception, but after Verdi revised the work in 1854 it became enormously successful. It is currently the most performed opera in the world, and the role of Violetta a favourite for many star sopranos.
LA BOHEME – 10th January to 27th May
Richard Jones perfectly captures the blend of tragedy and comedy in La bohème, and provides an acute analysis of Puccini’s young would-be artists and their lovers, the soulful Mimì and spirited Musetta. Spectacular designs by Stewart Laing evoke both the poverty of the bohemians’ attic home and the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve
INSIGHTS: AISHA & ABHAYA – January 13th
Rambert prepare for the first performance of Aisha and Abhaya – a modern fairytale that tells, through dance, the heartbreaking story of two refugee sisters. Watch the company rehearse and hear from the creative team about their collaborations with musician GAIKA and BBC film in devising this new work.
INSIGHTS: ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND
– 21st January
The surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is given a special twist in Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. Join the composer and members of the cast and creative team to discover all there is to know ahead of opening night.
BALLET STUDIO LIVE – 24th January
Join Royal Ballet dancers as they take class and rehearse in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, transforming the iconic space into a ballet studio for the day.
JANUARY GIFTING GUIDE
Starting From £99
PERSONAL TRAINING AT BODYISM
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PT session top up £150
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MASTER AND DYNAMICS OVER EAR HEADPHONES
Plastic Free, beautifully crafted in grosgrain leather with noise cancelling technology, this is the perfect gift for any man and accompany any exercise regime for the new year.
Prices From £240
Why not gift someone a weekend getaway to escape the January blues. Our top escape is the magical countryside estate Gleneagles. Gleneagles offers an unrivalled array of attractions, including luxury hotel accommodation, three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and Michelin star Restaurant Andrew Fairlie.
3-Night Escape From £830
SKIN CONSULTATION AT NURISS BY DR AJ STURNHAM
Give someone the best start to 2020 with a facial consult with the incredible Dr AJ Sturnham. Renowned doctor and skin specialist Dr Anita will analyse your skin with the latest photographic technology and put you on the best road to beauty.
PRICES FROM £250
HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON
16th November to 26th January
Travel on a magical adventure through the Warner Brother set of Harry Potter.
LONDON REMIXED FESTIVAL
London Remixed Festival will take place on 31st Jan – 1st Feb 2020 at Richmix. Expect remixed sounds from Latin Grooves, Afrobeats, Tropical Bass, Vintage-Remix, Desert Remix, Balkan Beats, Urban Roots, Acoustic Soundclash, Reggae-Dub, Brass Band Remix and more. London Remixed Festival is a celebration of the best emerging musical talent and genres.
This 2-day festival will offer creativity, fun and madness, complete with buzzing atmosphere & music… but without the mud, rain or hassle of camping!
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Join London’s Chinese New Year celebrations, the largest outside Asia, with colourful parades, performances and displays in and around Chinatown and London’s West End.
WINTER LIGHTS AT CANARY WHARF
18- 26th January
The award-winning Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January for a sixth year! Canary Wharf will be transformed by over 25 spectacular installations, leaving the dark winter evenings aglow. The spectacle will showcase light art and interactive installations by some of the most innovative artists across the globe working in light art today.
Remember Keep Life Simple – #storcxit xx