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...
Fitness, Health, Travel

MBFR: The workouts

September 13, 2017
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Come wind, rain, sunshine or snow we were always on the go! Verbier did not gift us with sunshine each day despite us visiting in peak summer. But the range of weather actually made the experience richer and certainly more memorable! Verbier was, however, kind enough to welcome us with bright sunshine and vivid blue skies for our first day, which helped to make it one of the happiest days I can remember. And the two days when the temperature dropped and we hiked through rain and snow was refreshing and atmospheric. It was wholesome to experience all weathers and warm up in a mountain restaurant trying with all our might to resist the enticing smell of mulled wine and melted cheese fondant…!… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Magic in the Mountains: A week with MBFR

September 12, 2017
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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” John Muir, The Mountains of California. This was no ordinary fitness retreat. Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats offer a range of breathtakingly (in every sense of the word!) beautiful destinations for their week-long fitness retreats and Verbier, (although I’m obviously biased having been and had an absolute blast) has to be the most sparkling jewel in its crown.… Continue reading...
Beauty

Current Skin Saviours

September 11, 2017
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It’s our biggest and fastest growing organ so it’s only right that we give it some TLC. And if you like me live in London or a city like it, your job is doubly important as pollution will age and damage your skin at a much faster rate than if you lived in the country. Now I’m in my 30’s and fine lines and wrinkles are way more of a threat, I have to look after my skin more than I did before where face wipes and Nivea was about as far as my regime went. I’ve road tested several different product lines  and the below are the ones that made the final cut because they gave the best results.… Continue reading...