Fitness

Tribe Power! Presenting at Les Mills Live London

May 25, 2016
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Never has the expression “Your vibe attracts your tribe” been more apt than at Les Mills Live which took place at Excel London in partnership with Reebok earlier this year. Take over 4,000 super positive, super fit, super dedicated simply smashing Les Mills fans (known in the inner circle as the #lesmillstribe) and you have one pretty powerful sight to behold. Back in March, Les Mills Live Global Tour kicked off with mega watt power and I was lucky enough to be presenting the event with fellow presenter AJ Odudu. If the name Les Mills doesn’t immediately ring a bell then I’m sure the mention of the Les Mills classes such as Body Attack, Body Pump, Body Combat, RPM (the list goes on) will be instantly familiar.… Continue reading...
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Pre-workout Protein Power Shakes

May 3, 2016
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For all those times when I’m  in a rush and want to hit the gym but need some fuel to give me the energy to have a great workout – shakes are my saving grace. They are super simple to make and absolutely delicious, especially with Bioglan’s Skinny Greens Vanilla protein powder which is made with pea protein meaning it’s suitable for any diet plus it’s easy to digest. Apart from being delicious, quick and easy to make, the beauty of shakes is that you don’t have to wait an hour or more to digest them – you can go and workout almost immediately after consumption and the protein also keeps you fuller for longer than if you just had a shake without the protein.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Feel Good Week at Hillside Beach Club

April 27, 2016
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Last October I was given a chance to extend my summer by a few beautiful hot sunny days at the luxury resort Hillside Beach Club in Fethiye, Turkey. The invitation included a holistic Fitness programme led by founder of That Girl London, Christina Howells and delicious wholesome food by nutritionist Rob Hobson co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible, (which depicts a multitude of healthy delicious dishes to target health needs, whether that’s losing weight, gaining energy or getting clearer skin) in addition to sampling Hillside Beach Club’s own extensive healthy menu. Alongside other journalists and bloggers, I would get to test drive the hotel’s new “Feel Good Week” aimed at adults who want to revitalise their body and mind with fitness, nutrition and yoga instruction, hiking, spa treatments and a healthy menu of Mediterranean-inspired food.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Yoga, Skiing and Veggie Feasting at Chalet Rosière

April 6, 2016
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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. March 8th: It was just under two weeks until my 30th birthday and I had no plans. An exciting new work project had meant that I’d had to hold off arranging any celebrations but then a sudden break in my schedule occurred and I was left with a big gaping space in my diary where my 30th birthday stood blankly. 2016 had so far been magical in many ways but very tough in others. Backtrack to last year however and there was only magic.… Continue reading...
Juices

Making Detoxing Delicious with Bioglan Superfoods

April 4, 2016
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The eponymous Maya Clinic reputed for detoxing its guests with stale bread, broths and general gastronomic blandness/starvation means that many give a ‘detox’ a wide birth for fear of being hangry, tired and deprived. Happily though I’m here to tell you that detoxing does not have to be like this. Detoxing (which is in my book, quite simply just abstaining from the ‘naughty’ rich and sometimes toxic treats like alcohol, sugar and dairy and cashing in on all the good “healthy” stuff) can be delicious, abundant and make you feel fantastic as my recent trip to Chalet Rosiere with my Bioglan Superfoods Supplements in hand proved.… Continue reading...
Beauty

Hair Maintenance

March 13, 2016
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About ten years ago one of my best girlfriends gave me Bergdoff Blondes to read. I loved it. It’s a story about the glitzy lives and loves of New York socialites and its title refers to how one of the main characters (Julie) routinely gets her hair dyed platinum blonde at luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. Even back then I knew the significance of getting that “perfect blonde” socialite or not, and how hard (and expensive) it was to find. The book opens with words which are like the bible for blondes. “Bergdorf Blondes are a thing, you know, a New York [global] craze.… Continue reading...
Health

Chias to the Health Benefits of Flax and Chia seeds

March 2, 2016
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One of the great things about being sponsored by Bioglan UK as one of its ‘Superpowered Heros’ is learning about how its superfoods products can greatly improve your health. However I’m certainly not one for faddy diet myths that claim to miraculously transform your health – I need to understand the science and the facts as to why some foods are so beneficial for our health. If the science does support the positive health claim then only then will I jump on the band wagon. Therefore, before I agreed to work with Bioglan Superfoods I wanted the evidence that its products do what they claim.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Winter Glow Retreat at Poundon House

February 11, 2016
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Before Christmas I pledged to put a decent portion of my time into attempting a yogi metamorphosis. So when January came off I trotted to Poundon House for my first ever yoga retreat. Which was taught by the gorgeous and very flexible Saskia Price. In Saskia’s words her teaching style has an “emphasis on breath and creative movement of vinyassa flow, the sequencing structures of Ashtanga, the heart and classical spirit of Dharma Mittra and the philosophy and playfulness of Jivamukti.”  (And in English) that’s yogi speak for a physical, dynamic and strong practice with an emphasis on breathing and some meditation at the end.… Continue reading...
Health

Cacao To Be Happy

February 3, 2016
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With the most depressing day of the year now behind us, there’s every reason to celebrate. And what better way to do this than with a spoonful of happy magic, aka cacao. Studies show that cacao may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce your blood pressure, but it can also significantly improve your mood. Raw cacao, which you can buy from Bioglan Superfoods is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it’s much less processed, has no added sugar and significantly higher in antioxidants than plain old cocoa powder or shop-bought chocolate bars. In one study, participants were given a dark-chocolate drink to consume for 30 days, which contained 500 milligrams, 250 milligrams, or 0 milligrams of polyphenols (the chemicals in plants that have antioxidant properties).… Continue reading...
Health, Lunch/Dinner, Snacks, Travel

The Smart Guide to Travel Sustenance

January 20, 2016
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We’ve all experienced the perils of plane food. That dreaded moment when the trays of dehydrated bland blobs accompanied by unidentifiable desserts (so bright that they’d certainly be deemed deadly to any species in the jungle) land in our laps masked in tinfoil to momentarily disguise the misery that lies beneath. (Click here if you need a recap.) It’s a debilitating experience, peeling back that silver paper – but worse still is the aftermath of the stodgy, sugary assault on the senses. Your sugar levels suddenly sore only to plummet lower than before soon after leaving you feeling sluggish as your digestion goes into overdrive. … Continue reading...