The model turned nutritionist, who reportedly shaped the pre-wedding diets of Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie, shares her refreshingly realistic approach to healthy eating.
As a glamorous former fashion model, close friend of the Royal Family, and nutritionist to a host of A-list celebrities, it would be easy to assume that Gabriela Peacock extols the kind of quirky dietary practices so beloved of the rich and famous – seven-day juice cleanses, bland broccoli breakfasts, soul-sapping zero-carb regimes. So it's heartening that the 40-year-old mother of three is a fan of big lunches, mid-afternoon snacks, hearty shepherd’s pies, dark chocolate and the occasional Friday night curry.
“In an ideal world everyone would be gluten-free, dairy-free, take so many supplements and eat everything organic – but I don’t do that and nobody else would do it either,” she declares, with disarming honesty, when we meet at her office in Holland Park. “People are so confused about what is good for you or not. 15 years ago there was a lack of information. Today there is too much. We are all trying our best. We all have busy lives. It can be incredibly stressful thinking you are failing yourself, or failing your family, by not preparing fresh meals every evening, or knowing what new superfoods you should eat. Sometimes it is helpful for people to get a more realistic point of view.”
Peacock grew up in the Czech Republic but now lives in Notting Hill with her husband, a hedge-fund manager, and their three children, Maia, eight, and twins Iris and Caspar, aged two. Although she promotes her own brand of supplements “to build people up to optimum levels” and offers weight-loss programmes for those in need of quick results, her core approach to everyday nutrition is defiantly simple. And it has earned some recognisable advocates: Peacock is believed to have helped her friends Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry get in shape for their weddings, and her clients include Jodie Kidd, Katherine Jenkins, James Blunt and Anna Friel.