The Scottish Mail on Sunday

HONEY,* I THE CELEBS!

The Charles aide who be­came a ‘green goo’ guru... and now has an army of slim­line stars ad­dicted to her recipes

- By Nancy New­man

TO SOME she’s the queen of ‘green goo’, the sort of mod­ish food ex­pert whose spi­ralised squash, ve­gan shakes and co­conut nec­tar crys­tals give cook­ery a bad name. Yet Amelia Freer, a for­mer per­sonal as­sis­tant to Prince Charles, has won the hearts (and stom­achs) of a host of celebri­ties with re­mark­able re­sults. James Cor­den, Kirstie All­sop, Boy Ge­orge and singer Sam Smith are among those who say the 42-year-old has helped them achieve dra­matic weight loss. Freer has even won fans among those who seem to need lit­tle help with their waist­line, in­clud­ing TV sports pre­sen­ter Gabby Lo­gan and model Lisa Snow­don. Her regime is based on cut­ting out com­fort foods such as cheap starch, sug­ary snacks and pro­cessed foods in favour of whole­some, freshly cooked meals – but it also im­poses a rather harsh calo­rie count.

She has pro­voked some con­tro­versy by rec­om­mend­ing ex­otic co­conut nec­tar crys­tals col­lected from the flower of the co­conut plant and ob­scure palmyra jag­gery (crys­talised nec­tar col­lected from the flow­ers of the Sri Lankan palmyra palm) as al­ter­na­tives to sugar – al­though she says that plain old honey will also do.

Freer, who aims to help her clients ‘nour­ish and glow’, puts her suc­cess down to the ex­per­tise she gained af­ter leav­ing Prince Charles’s of­fice at Clarence House at the age of 28 to em­bark on a four-year course in nu­tri­tion.

The move was in­spired by over­haul­ing her own diet to im­prove her health. She now works along­side a psy­chother­a­pist to help clients who have an un­healthy re­la­tion­ship with food, and says her recipes are nu­tri­tion­ally sound, in con­trast with fad di­ets.

Thanks to her starry client base and best-sell­ing diet books, there is noth­ing slen­der about Amelia’s com­pany, Freer Food Ltd, which has a bank bal­ance of nearly £500,000, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est ac­counts – up from £31,000 the pre­vi­ous year – and looks cer­tain to ex­pand still fur­ther.

But does her diet work? Judge for your­self. Here are be­fore-and-af­ter pic­tures of some of her most fer­vent fans, the celebri­ties whose tum­mies have gone from fat to flat un­der her guid­ance.

But don’t hold your breath for a per­sonal ap­point­ment with this new food guru. She took to spread­ing the word through her books and blog be­cause her wait­ing list had be­come so long, she was forced to close it.

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 ??  ?? FRESH AP­PROACH: Amelia Freer
FRESH AP­PROACH: Amelia Freer
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Amelia rec­om­mends honey as one of the best sugar al­ter­na­tives for those with a sweet tooth
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