Nama Foods

Interview with Rebecca Gentry

Personal trainer and fitness model, Rebecca Gentry, has trained a host of celebrities, worked with top fitness brands, and worked at Bodyism. However most importantly, she trains hard, she eats well, looks amazing and is so passionate about what she does. I was fortunate to interview the lovely Rebecca and find out all her health & fitness secrets…

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What advice would you give to those who want to get into the fitness industry?

Get your PT3 qualification with your chosen scheme but then never stop learning and expanding your thoughts, opinion and practises as the industry grows. Pick one or two key things which you are very good at and hone those skills to become awesome, the best: don’t be a jack of all trades!

What supplements could you not live without?

Sun Warrior Raw Protein Blend Chocolate flavour, Revolution Foods Superfruit Blend, Maca, Baobab and Moringa powder, Organic Burst Spirulina, Wheatgrass, Chlorella, Udo’s Oil to ensure I’m getting all of my essential omegas, Magnesium Taurate to help my body rejuvenate properly overnight, Vitamin D3 to keep me happy!!! I do like to take a milk thistle before bed if i feel very full or had a glass of wine.

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What is your typical exercise regime?

I run 5km minimum every day, adding in a weights circuit 4 times a week upper and lower body and core, hot yoga at Fierce Grace at least 5 times a week – ideally everyday if I can fit it in. I also cycle everywhere now!!

What is a typical diet for you?

I try to have an 80:20 balance where i eat very well, ensuring my nutrition is awesome and providing my body with what it needs. my wonderful man bought me a great juicer so i make huge juices and have them in the fridge for snacks when I’m working adding in a supplement if i feel i need it. I don’t eat meat, but i do consume eggs and fish and adore experimenting with raw food concoctions. my go to meal would be coconut oil scrambled eggs with avocado and spinach and tomatoes home-marinated in olive oil and fresh basil. LUSH!

People often struggle to stay healthy when eating out, where are your favourite places to eat?

Coya and The River Cafe are my favourite London spots and both are insanely good for accommodating healthy food choices in a luxurious environment. My top brekkie spot when my man is in town is Granger & Co, we cycle there and back as they’re quite generous with portions!! For veggie or raw food Nama and Wild Food Cafe are un-miss able, I guarantee you will leave inspired to mix things up in your own kitchen.

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What exercise clothing do you recommend?

I am a huge Nike girl, especially their running tights and sports bras which I find are reliable and comfortable, Lorna Jane activewear is my pretty kit for those gym and juice date days, and for some fun I am desperate to get some Onzie leggings into my yoga wear collection. The only shoes i wear to run in are Asics Gel 33 trainers but for strength or casual gym days I’ll rock the Nikes!!

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Do you believe in being mind strong, as well as physically strong?

100%!! it is an ever giving circle – the more you work out the more endorphins you release which make you feel happy. With improved health and more than likely a happier vision of your own body people tend to become automatically more mentally strong and confident. The more you give the more you get back – stay strong and you are strong mind body soul and smile!!

Nama Foods

Nama Foods is a raw & Vegan restaurant based in Notting Hill. Nama Foods first came on my radar when Vogue editor and Health ambassador Calagary Avansino tweeted about it… so if it is good enough for Vogue I knew I had to go down and check it out!

Nama Foods is situated on Talbot Road, just behind Westbourne Grove. It is a light & bright shop with a few tables and chairs outside. The minute you walk in you immediately see a big board tempting you with amazing cold pressed juices, smoothies & hot drinks. As it is a vegan restaurant  you have the choice of coconut, almond, rice, hemp or soya milk in your coffee or tea.

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We started off with a ‘Pearfecto’ cold pressed juice, which contains pear, cinnamon, ginger & maple. Pears are an excellent source of water soluble fibre, and contain high amounts of beta carotene and B vitamins. As pears contain high levels of fructose, glucose and levulose (natural sugars) it was a sweet and refreshing juice, with a kick from the cinnamon and ginger. It is a great metabolism booster before you tuck in to the food.

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We also tried Mango Lassi smoothie, which was made up of mango, coconut, hemp, cinnamon, cardamon & fresh almond milk. Mangoes are my favourite fruit! Mangoes are high in beta carotene, vitamin C and are good for boosting the immune system and aiding digestion. This was so creamy and tasty. I would definitely recommend!

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However the overall favourite was the Luscious Lucuma smoothie. Which contained lucuma, banana, chia, sunwarrior, coconut, almond milk. Lucuma is an exotic fruit, and is rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and is said to aid fertility. Lucuma is really sweet tasting, so can be used as a natural alternative  to sugar.

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Now onto the breakfast menu, we went for the pancakes with ice cream (£7) the pancakes are walnut based and are topped with banana ice cream, which is made by blending frozen bananas, which make a creamy sweet tasting ice-cream texture. It was a great healthy twist on Pancakes. The dish was sprinkled with maple syrup coconut almond crumble and blueberries.

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 Next up was the Grawnola (£7.25) which was sprouted buckwheat, seeds, almonds and dried fruits served with fresh fruit and a probiotic cashew yoghurt. The Grawnola was crunchy, chewy and full of flavour. The yoghurt was delicious.

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 The final dish we sampled was the  coconut porridge (£7) which is made up of fresh mature coconut, dates, almonds, apples, vanilla and spices topped with cacao nibs, hemp seeds and blueberries. The milk is served on the side, so you can chose how much you want. This dish was really filling, and the crunch of the cacao nibs was nice against the soft textures.

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The whole thing was finished off with a ginger zingy shot, which was amazing, and great to finish off your meal, to aid digestion.

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I really liked Nama Foods. I am looking forward to coming back and sampling some more delicious juices and I have heard the Thai coconut curry is amazing. The great thing about this place is you can pop by just for a take away juice, or you can sit in and sample the raw and healthy delights from the menu. The staff are so nice and friendly, it is a great addition to the healthy eating scene.