Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - EDITOR’S LETTER - LINDA MA­HER H 1 AU­GUST 2020

I should be sit­ting on a beach in Lan­zarote right now but like so many peo­ple, I had to can­cel the trip. So in­stead, I’ll be spend­ing the week tak­ing a cou­ple of trips around Ire­land. I’ve seen so many posts over the last few weeks on so­cial me­dia of stun­ning views and ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures around the coun­try, with many of them ask­ing: ‘why would you want to go some­where else when we have this on our doorstep?’ And I’ll tell you why. Be­cause when I’m on hol­i­days, I want to do noth­ing. I want to lie by a pool with sev­eral books saved to my Kin­dle and pod­casts down­loaded to my phone, and just while away the hours re­lax­ing, then go for a nice meal, some tasty cock­tails, then bed and re­peat. That’s not so much fun to do when it’s cold and rainy out­side – even the most beau­ti­ful of views can be ren­dered life­less by low cloud and per­sis­tant, misty driz­zle. I love the sun­shine and miss it so much. The two weeks we got back in May made lock­down so much more bear­able. The re­lent­less mis­ery of the weather ever since has re­ally put even more of a, well, dampener on things. You’d think at this stage we’d be well used to it but when I looked at the weather app last week and it pre­dicted rain for ev­ery day of my hol­i­day, my heart sank. We can’t even hide away in a spa for a few hours a day as most of them are still closed! But then I thought, it’s been months since I’ve had a proper hang­out with my friend who I’m go­ing with and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to chats, laughs and gos­sip. And we can do that no mat­ter where we are. So my suit­case is filled with warm clothes, masks, hand sani­tis­ers and um­brel­las, in­stead of biki­nis, shorts, sun­glasses and sun­screen. But all that re­ally mat­ters is that we’ll get a much-needed break from work and a good catch-up. And I’m sure that bar in Kil­dare will mix us up a San­gria...

In to­day’s cover story we speak to Gabriela Pea­cock, who has a very healthy out­look on weight loss. She’s not preachy or judg­men­tal, and her ad­vice is in­formed and her goals achiev­able. There’s noth­ing more dispir­it­ing than a diet that’s so restric­tive you can’t en­joy any­thing. As she says: ‘Stress hor­mones can be far more dam­ag­ing to your body than a cou­ple of glasses of red wine.’ Amen to that!

En­joy the is­sue.

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