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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...
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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...
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Summer Activewear Wish List

August 24, 2016
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“What you think you become, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you create.” For most things in life, when you look the part you’re more likely act the part. That’s good news when it comes to working out as the cooler your kit – the more motivated you’ll feel to pack power to that punch, speed to that sprint, pounds to those weights, balance to that bridge, zen to that meditation, etc. Happily, we’re spoilt for choice with so many bright and beautiful activewear brands around – how we transform into ‘beast mode’ is up to us! I wanted to share some of my current favourites from pinterest (please follow me if you don’t already) to help get you that extra bit motivated too.… 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...
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Optimal Fitness Week at Luxury Fitness and Spa Destination Thirty Eight Degrees North, Ibiza

October 30, 2015
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Even though Thirty Eight Degrees North (38DN), a luxury spa and fitness destination situated within the 5 star eco hotel Aguas de Ibiza in Santa Eulalia is just three years old, it’s already created a lot of hype. Guests can “reset their co-ordinates” utilising the spa, gym and the beautiful beach surroundings for outdoor training. I’d read glowing reviews from celebs such as Amanda Byram, who described it as “6 days of intense yet brilliant and enjoyable exercise in a fantastic group environment..Two (much fitter and lighter) thumbs up!!” Kelly Hoppen said “the results were fantastic” and Mel Blatt calls 38DN her “go-to for getting into shape”.… Continue reading...
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Luxury RnR at Hotel Du Cap Post VS challenge…

July 14, 2015
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As you can imagine, I was pretty pooped after my VS training so when an invitation to go to the otherworldy Hotel Du Cap in Antibes arrived, I couldn’t believe my luck. It was this sight (above) that first made my hair stand on end, catapulting me straight into the French riviera fairy tale. One cannot describe how special this historic hotel is – (it was the setting for F Scott Fitzgerald’s book, Tender is the Night and has played host to A-listers and Hollywood stars throughout time) all painted in pale ivory, hints of gilt and marble, with carpets dressed in corals and exotic plant-patterns (captured brilliantly below by my belle, Tatianna Hambro).… Continue reading...
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SpeedFlex Review

April 30, 2015
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Something that gets Alan Shearer training to his “maximum every time” must surely be worth a shot, right? Having heard this report of Speedflex from the former England football Captain, I prepared to be put through my paces. I arrived at Speedflex HQ in Bank and immediately felt a little “on edge” since the interior is a tad clinical and reminded me of the apprehensive wait to be called into the doctor’s room. YIKES. Think minimal decorating, utilitarian furnishings and so quiet you could hear a pin drop, or in this case, more aptly a sweat droplet drop.. Yummy.  It’s no boutique flowery fitness scene such as Psycle where gals and guys hang out and chitchat over chia seeds and coconut water pre-class.… Continue reading...
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Quest Sundaes

April 7, 2015
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Beetroot Chocolate Brownie Sundae Ingredients: 1 Chocolate Brownie Quest bar 250 g coconut/Fage natural 0% Greek yogurt 1 beetroot, 3cm x 2cm piece of ginger, half a lime, 250g plains oya yogurt. 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. 1 kiwi slice. Method: 1. Place the beetroot, lime juice, ginger and soya yogurt into a blender and blend until runny. 2. Unwrap one Chocolate Brownie Quest bar and place it in the microwave for 10  seconds. This turns the bar gooey. Then place the bar into a small bowl and add two teaspoons of coconut oil and a little piping hot water and stir so it becomes a paste.… Continue reading...
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Sun-day, Birthday Weekend (Part III)

April 2, 2015
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After a gloomy Sunday, we were ready to soak up some rays. We hopped into bed hoping for sunlight to wake us up in the morning. Did our wishes come true? Gleefully, they did (as you’d sensibly assume from the title of this post!) and as we’d hoped, we awoke on Monday morning – feeling very smug to have the day off – to a bright blue sky bursting with sunlight. The whole place came alive – the gardens glistened, the guests giggled and even the birds twittered merrily in celebration of the sun. I always feel at least 50 per cent more alive when the sun’s on my skin.… Continue reading...
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My Birthday

March 30, 2015
Last weekend my main man surprised me by whisking me away to ??? (read the next post to find out where) for a long weekend to celebrate my (21st?!) birthday. We arrived on Saturday late afternoon on my birthday, (21st March if you’d like to jot it down for future reference..!) having spent the morning opening presents with family over croissants, coconut smoothie bowls, fruit salads, protein pancakes and of course – coffee! My wake-up call was a beautiful colourful fragrant bouquet of flowers and black coffee from Charlie followed by an onslaught of presents, parcels, cards, cakes and MORE! The PRESENTS the BALLOONS the BOUQUETS the CAKES and the CARDS – transported in a laundry basket of course!… Continue reading...