What better place to be away from the high calories and hangover-inducing booze of the post-festive period than at award-winning health facility, Grayshott Spa? Keen to start 2015 with good intentions, I checked myself in for a restorative New Year break. My blissful detox consisted of a series of treatments to help me relax, and to get my New Year off to the best possible start.
Of course, as with any health kick, an important factor is food, but at Grayshott, the emphasis is very firmly on “inspiration,” not “deprivation.” I enjoyed foie gras rocher with nut crumble, cranberry and toast, followed by wild seabass with lobster and salmon ravioloi, caramelised cauliflower, white asparagus and caviar lingolta. Despite the health focus, dessert was definitely not off the menu, and I was able to choose champagne and elderflower sorbet, and almond pancake with vanilla ice-cream and cherries. Delicious!
My commitment to improving my overall health has also been inspired by the launch of a new book, called Gut Gastronomy, by nutritionist Vicki Edgson and Grayshott’s Executive Chef Adam Palmer. During my break at Grayshott, I was treated to a sneak peek of the gastronomic delights within. Full of delicious menus and helpful health advice, I have been inspired by the colourful photos of the food to not just cook healthily, but to eat healthily too. The book is based on a health regime devised by Elaine Williams (Grayshott’s Director of Natural Therapies) and Stephanie Moore (Grayshott’s Clinical Nutritionist), and the delicious recipes mean you don’t even feel like you’re dieting. The first section of the book introduces you to an initial, short-term plan – designed to rest and repair your digestive system. Post-plan information then suggests food to introduce to your diet to maintain a healthy gut. The thinking is that if your digestive system is functioning properly, then so will the rest of your body.
When it came to a post-Christmas detox, I really couldn’t have been in better hands at Grayshott – particularly knowing that I can carry on in the same vein at home with the book. This is a sensible, satisfying approach to food that I hope to follow for the rest of the year. There really never has been a better time to pay attention to what you put into your mouth!
Gut Gastronomy by Vicki Edgson and Adam Palmer is published by Jacqui Small.
Grayshott Spa is located near Hindhead in Surrey. Visit www.grayshottspa.com or call +44 (0)1428 602020.