Food

London’s Best Healthy Meal Deliveries

November 22, 2016
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Munch Fit: Overall Winner (Images above and below) Best For: Gym Junkies with a taste for the finer things in life Munch Fit declares itself as “the premium” meal delivery service for “a fit,  healthy, active lifestyle.” The company really stood out for me. Not only was I super impressed by the freshness of the meals but they were also all so nutritious, succulent, innovative, packed full of flavour and simply delicious! I really was overwhelmed and very impressed by the quality. It’s all gluten-free and you can tailor exactly what type of plan you want. (I.e vegan, paleo, low carb, high protein.) Munch Fit also introduced me to protein waffles which I have started to obsess about now!… Continue reading...
Health

My Top Teetotal drinks for a Sparklingly Healthy Christmas

November 17, 2016
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Tis almost the season to be even jollier but that doesn’t mean all those festive good spirits have to be fuelled by booze.  It’s easy to forget that alcohol is in fact a poison and can have negative effects on your health. And whilst I love to enjoy a glass or two of bubbly from time to time, the older I get the more I notice that I’m mostly better off without it. Abstaining from drinking doesn’t have to make you as dull as dishwater however. In fact – quite the opposite. Alcohol is a depressant and if you overdo it chances are the next day will be a right off and you’ll be the bore complaining about your hangover.… Continue reading...
Mindfullness

My Top Audio Picks (And why you need them in your life)

November 10, 2016
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Over the summer I really got into listening to audios and I can’t believe it took me so long! For all those times you may be travelling to work, stuck in traffic, walking, cleaning your house, relaxing in the bath or even getting ready to go out – all that otherwise “empty” time can be enriched with words of wisdom and knowledge which will leave you wiser, very likely happier, more motivated, inspired and more clued up. I’ve benefited so much from the audios listed below. Listening to the soothing sound of someone telling you how to be happier, live better and generally get more from life is incredibly comforting and uplifting – especially during the tough times as I found to be particularly true this summer.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Meditation and Yoga Retreat at Epic Sana Algarve

November 1, 2016
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After a summer of indulgence and WEEK-long celebration for my sister’s wedding in Siena I was ready for some down time. The Quarter Life Health Project (see previous posts) had been my saving grace and much needed peaceful interlude preluding summer’s final hedonistic finale which left me well and truly spent! Morning breaks. View from my room. I arrived at Epic Sana Algarve, located on Praia da Falésia beach just 35 minutes from Faro airport, on October 1st for a week of yoga, meditation, beach walks and general bliss. Oh and the opportunity to bask in October’s sunshine and 28 degree celsius heat suited me just PERFECTLY too!… Continue reading...
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A stress-free afternoon with a cuppa Starbucks Teavana

October 20, 2016
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According to most Brits there’s nothing that a good old cuppa can’t conquer. And we may do well to keep this in mind as survey after survey shows us city slickers are more stressed and depressed then ever. We have vast unbinding workloads and deal with daily over-doses of social media and online engagement. The result? We’re constantly connected and rarely in the natural life-enhancing clean air of the countryside alone with just our thoughts. So what to do? We need to switch off FAR more. We need to make time in our week for wholesome device-free down-time. Now that Autumn’s here the evenings are drawing in and daylight hours are becoming even more important to savour (a vitamin D supplement is also essential as most Brits become deficient in the winter months).… Continue reading...
Travel

The Quarter Life Health Project: The Experience

October 10, 2016
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So you’ve heard about the gang, the grub and how I felt before going to TQLHP retreat at Gran Hotel Benahavis, (see previous three posts) but how did it feel to actually be there and what was the experience like? I’ve been sworn to secrecy on sharing the special events that took place during the retreat so the surprise isn’t ruined for future guests, but I will tell you the general gist and how it affected me. The combination of yoga, meditation, workshops, walks, downtime and sunshine all shared with open-hearted and open-minded women was beautiful. There wasn’t a single soul that left the retreat not feeling more relaxed, energised and positive.… Continue reading...
Health, Travel

The Quarter Life Health Project Retreat: The Food

September 20, 2016
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“Indulgent, delicious, wholesome and nutrient rich food is very much at the heart of our ethos at The Holistic Health Project.” Happily I found this statement to be true although perhaps “indulgent” is a slight stretch. The vegan gluten-free meals are all masterminded by THHP founder Stephanie and I found myself constantly quizzing her on the recipes, excited to recreate them myself at home. We ate each light and wholesome meal altogether and the buffet style format meant there was always more for anyone who wanted it. The emphasis is on nourishment not deprivation via mainly local, sustainable and organic produce.… Continue reading...
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Quarter Life Health Project: The Gang

September 20, 2016
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As the sun set on the first night of the Quarter Life Health Project in Benahavis, ten women in their twenties and thirties gathered with Kundalini yoga teacher Aimee Rai in a circle under the stars to share their stories. Aimee lead the way, sharing how her troubled past riddled with alcoholism, addiction, eating disorders, self harming, depression and severe anxiety had actually turned out to be the blessings which lead her to discover Kundalini yoga, the practise which helped her to gain a life full of balance, health, peace and purpose. Everyone had different motivations for attending the retreat. Some issues were severe and some were just small stumbling blocks which were inhibiting progression in certain areas.… Continue reading...
Health, Travel

Quarter Life Health Project Retreat (Before)

September 13, 2016
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When the invitation came to join The Holistic Health Project for its Quarter Life retreat in Spain I admit I had to think twice about accepting. Despite the alluring descriptions of Kundalini yoga, hiking, meditation and naturopathic (the use of whole and organic foods as medicine – an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies) vegan cuisine that would be on offer in Benahavis, a mountain village between Marbella, Estepona and Ronda 7 km from the coast, there was something about the following phrase that didn’t sit well with me. “The Retreat for 20/30 something females going through a quarter life crisis” it rather uninvitingly dubbed itself.… Continue reading...
Recipes

Meet Your Matcha

August 26, 2016
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I have a bit of a MASSIVE obsession going on with matcha right now. So matcha so that whilst I wrote this post and perved over the pics I had to stop and make a matcha maca cappa (matcha cappuccino with maca powder) to curb my cravings. I had so much fun with this post (not just because of my own indulgences!) but because it was also an education to see the magnificent proliferation of matcha recipes. I learnt a lot. From Cruffins, (croissant and muffin cross-breed) cronuts, (croissant and donut cross-breed) cakes, cappuccinos, affogatos, matchoats (matcha oats), protein balls, waffles, pizza… Matcha knows no limits.… Continue reading...