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Starbucks UK Teavana Launch

August 12, 2016
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We’ve been blessed with beautiful champagne days recently here in the UK and us Londoners have been lucky enough to see the city shimmer in sunlight. When the sun’s shining it’s impossible not to feel an instant spark of energy and positivity. So imagine how elated I felt when last week, standing 155 metres above the ground at Sky Gardens to celebrate Starbucks’ new Teavana iced tea range,  I saw our capital city shimmering in the early morning sunlight. The morning started with a beautiful gentle yoga practise. With a glass panel roof and floor to ceiling windows sunlight streamed in from every possible angle, making  the session feel incredibly special and spiritual.… Continue reading...
Health

The Supplements For Poppy’s Secret

July 29, 2016
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So it seems everyone wants to know more about what I ate and what supplements I took whilst doing my Victoria’s Secret challenge. I wrote about the diet in my Daily Mail article where I also explained that, coupled with the intense training regime, it made me feel exhausted and ill (I got frequent colds). A few months after the Daily Mail article was published I wrote a following article in The Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine, expressing my concern that many women were still coming to me and asking for my detailed nutritional plans whilst I was on the regime– despite me warning of the negative health implications and making it clear that it was unsustainable.… Continue reading...
Breakfasts, Health

Three Berry Good Breakfast Recipes

July 13, 2016
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When it comes to health berries have a fab rep. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, (called anthocyanins), that may help keep memory sharp and raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties. They’re also a great sources of fiber, which aids a healthy digestive system. Oh and the best bit? They are DEE-LISH. But if you need more reasons to dig into summer’s sun-kissed little fruits, take a look at some of my favourite brekkies brimming with berries. What’s more they have the added bonus of containing some of Bioglan’s Superfoods to add more bang to your buck and more spring to your step.… 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...
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...
Health

Pink Punch 1st of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2015
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To celebrate the 1st of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Estée Lauder teamed up with Heathrow T2 and turned its grey panels pink for a day of fab fitness classes. Fitness gurus and travelers passing through were invited to participate. I was gutted I was unable to attend but wanted to share the awesome pictures with you, because it’s for a great cause and the event looked AWESOME! Russell Bateman, founder of the supermodel-endorsed exercise project, Skinny Bitch Collective (SBC) did his signature strengthening and empowering class, House of Voga offered a dynamic fusion of Yoga and “Vogueing”, stretching and posing to an 80s beat and Zumba Fitness instructors bought a mix of low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.… Continue reading...
Health

My Kind of Mindfullness and It Doesn’t Cost a Penny

October 1, 2015
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How wonderful is it that Autumn is well and truly here in all its spectacular colours of red, green and gold. We’ve been incredibly lucky in London recently with clear bright blue beautiful sunny days making everything look sensational. I know I’m not alone in saying that good weather makes me feel infinitely more cheerful and energetic – let alone allow me the opportunity to harness the beneficial effects of vital vitamin D. But what’s enriched  my last week the most is having a beautiful 6-month old pup to play with and motivate me to make the most of autumn’s delights.… Continue reading...
Health

Vitamin Infusions: Are they worth the hype?

September 14, 2015
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Although vitamin infusions are nothing new, my opinion of them is. I initially thought that the infusions were unnecessary and ineffective – a ploy to persuade people to fork out money for something they could just get from a healthy diet. But then I met the super charming Scotsman and one of London’s leading anti-ageing skincare specialists, Dr David Jack, (I went to see him at his Harley Street clinic for a consultation and ended up getting an infusion and a facial – more on the latter later) who explained the science behind the infusions, and why they work much better than a berocca (for example) for those who are feeling rundown or have conditions like diabetes and chronic fatigue.… Continue reading...
Health

The Sickly Sweet Truth About Sugar

September 8, 2015
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Sugar is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons at the moment. It’s the reason for the rise in type 2 diabetes, obesity and child tooth decay – which all puts a massive strain on the NHS – let alone the fact that it’s ruining far too many lives. Anyone who’s watching Jamie’s Sugar Rush will know that the problem also effects very young children too, which is just barbaric. Even Great British Bake Off introduced a ‘free from sugar’ challenge recently where contestants had to bake a cake using honey as an alternative. But here’s the thing. Honey is still high in fructose and calories.… Continue reading...