Fitness, Health, Travel

Yoga with Sophie Clyde: Ibiza and London

November 13, 2017
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Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world. Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis. Encouragingly however, this year has seen a positive shift in addressing the problem with public figures such as the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry working for the Heads Together campaign, which seeks to combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and invite people to speak more openly about their difficulties. It’s well known that one of the best solutions and preventions to stress and anxiety is yoga and meditation – both of which I speak about frequently on my blog and IG.… Continue reading...
Health

A #GenY eye saver

November 6, 2017
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I was born in 1986 which means I’m a member of the Generation Y clan. We are also known as Millennials. I was born right before the founding of Google and I am unsurprisingly shaped by technology. The phrase Generation Y was first used in a 1993 Ad Age article, while Millennials was coined by sociologists Neil Howe and William Strauss. If you like me are part of #TeamGenY, (then, well, no wonder you’re reading my blog first of all) you too are comfortable sharing snippets or vast segments of your life online via selfies and all kinds of social media uploads.… Continue reading...
Health

An introduction to Transcendental Meditation

October 30, 2017
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Meditation. It’s a buzz word that’s on the lips of populations worldwide. And that’s a great thing. Its been known to lower stress, improve mental clarity and promote overall health to great effect. But what’s not so talked about is transcendental meditation (TM)– and I admit that I’d never heard of it before now. But in the last couple of years especially, I’ve realised the powerful effect that practises like meditation, mindfulness and yoga (check out my Epic Sana Algarve and Quarter Life Health Project posts) can have and so I was fascinated to learn about TM and I hope you will be too!… Continue reading...
Beauty, Health

TePe: Not just a superfoodie’s Saviour

October 18, 2017
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If you’re anything like me then seeds, (chia, sunflower, strawberry, blueberry, kiwi and the like) will be a regular part of your diet. So too will broccoli and kale. And that’s great. Well, it’s great for your health at least. But what do all these foods have in common, which is perhaps not so great? That’s right. They are among the biggest smile offenders and most likely to get stuck in between your pearly whites and totally destroy a social event! I mean, how many times have you been out at a nice social occasion where you feel like you’re the life and soul of the show, commanding everyone’s attention, only for  someone to then tell you (or heaven forbid – fail to – and you, mortified, find the evidence later) that you have a lil something stuck between the gnashes?… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Watergate Bay Hotel with MBFR

October 4, 2017
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If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats and you’ll know why. But there’s also the added allure of exceptional accommodation for each retreat you attend and Watergate Bay Hotel is no exception. The hotel’s USP is it’s situation right on Watergate Bay beach and it takes full advantage of this with its floor to ceiling windows allowing light to flood the pool and living areas. The sense of space and serenity that this creates is mesmerising. I could sit for hours watching the surfers paddle out to sea and ride the (huge) waves back into the beach and the happy families with their rosy-cheeked children and soggy, sandy dogs playing along the shoreline.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Cornish state of mind with MBFR

September 28, 2017
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A  retreat with Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats means the following. You will sweat. A lot. You will be unbelievably out of  breath. You will be pushed beyond your limits. And when you think you can’t possibly move another muscle, somehow you do. You will sleep like a baby and wake up with tired, aching limbs and feel like you need a good rest. But instead you’re once again put to the test. MBFR means sprinting  up hills, hiit circuits, hiking for hours on end, running, swimming, jumping, strengthening muscles, stretching and flexing – all within the most beautiful places on the planet staying in the most luxurious of hotels/chalets.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

ESC. to Cornwall with MBFR

September 27, 2017
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They say a change is as good as a rest and in my experience “they” are right. The feeling of swapping the known for the unknown – be it people, place or situation – always fills me with energy and enthusiasm. I’d been looking forward to a long weekend in Cornwall with Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats for weeks. Cornwall has always held a special place in my heart. It defined my childhood summers with seemingly endless sunny days (OK, yes and a few washouts holed up inside playing board games but even then it still seemed perfect) spent surfing, cycling, playing crazy golf, going for long walks along the golden dunes, crab fishing, barbecues on the beach and of course Cornish cream teas and ice cream.… Continue reading...
breakfast recipes, FitShakes, Health, Juices

5 Nut M*lk recipes for morning, noon and night

September 18, 2017
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If you like me have a little (ok who am I kidding)– big – something for nut mylks then experimenting with nutty concoctions in the kitchen is kinda like letting a kid loose in a sweetshop. But unlike a bag of sweets the nutty concoctions below are full of goodness and no artificial sugar, and yet still yield the same delight! I use Plenish m*lks (available at Sainsbury’s and Ocado) in all things nuts. Plenish m*lks are long life, unsweetened and organic so you know you’re getting nut-ing but the best bang for your nut buck. You will have a blast both blending and devouring these nut-ritious nut recipes.… Continue reading...
Food, Health, Travel

MBFR: The food

September 13, 2017
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Thinking about the super delicious, super nutritious food we were treated to on the MBFR week in Verbier makes my mouth water BIG TIME! We were completely spoiled with a very talented chef who never failed to keep us very happy and fuelled with superfoods so we could maximise our performance when it came to training. Think fresh, hot, crunchy coconut and almond breads for breakfast, eggs, avo, chia seed puddings, porridge, fruit, smoothies – the health foodie DREAM! Lunch was packed for us and contrary to the usual sarnie and chocolate bar lunchbox, ours looked like this… As for dinner… As you can see from this small taster (pun intended) of what we ate, the food was wholesome and we weren’t deprived.… Continue reading...