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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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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...
Fitness, Travel

Third and Final day at Thirty Eight Degrees North, Ibiza

November 11, 2015
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I got to know the breakfast staff at Aguas de Ibiza very well. With so much exercise I developed a routine of having two breakfasts because I definitely needed the extra fuel. And it would have been rude not to right? But this wasn’t an excuse to go crazy at the buffet. I kept my meals balanced and nutritious. Round (I) (eaten in a flash so no time for a snap) was berries and cereal and round two was eggs/smoked salmon and veggies with a smooth almond milk cappuccino. After breakfast round (I) of berries and cereal (eaten in a flash so no time for a snap) it was off to yoga, which eased my muscles back into moving gently which I was particularly grateful for given how stiff I was from the previous days here!… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Day Two at Thirty Eight Degrees North, Ibiza

November 4, 2015
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Day Two of Optimal Fitness Week. I woke up feeling ready to work it. That is – ready to give the morning circuits, the kickboxing, the TRX, the  boxing aaaaaand the yoga – my all. Happily, the sun made an appearance so we did the circuits outside with the awesome Faye Lovell. This girl rocks! She somehow managed to make each session super engaging, effective and dynamic. The circuits (pictured below) started with an energetic warm-up before the burpees, sprints, lunges, mountain climbers and the like ensued… Doing these exercises outside in the dappled sunlight and shade of the tall pine trees felt so invigorating.… 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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My Victoria’s Secret Fitness E-book – Coming Soon!

June 25, 2015
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So I’ve received a phenomenal response to My Victoria’s Secret article. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments – I really appreciate the kind words! Many of you are asking the exact details of my fitness regime and I am happy to tell you that I will be releasing an e-book – covering every single exercise I performed for the programme. Here’s a sneak peak… Coming SOON!… Continue reading...
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Protein plus fat-only plates for No-Carb eaters

May 29, 2015
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I wanted to post some recipes for all those who may be on a strict protein and fat only diet. While I would never recommend this diet to be sustained for the long-term, being a journalist, I’ve experienced several fitness institutions and nutritionists who prescribe the no-carb diet for a short-term weight loss solution. This is perfectly fine to maintain for a short while – but do get advice from a health professional before you embark on it. This will ensure you’re still giving your body everything it needs to maintain good health. I’ve been on this diet for the past several weeks (for a special article out soon in The Mail on Sunday) and I have to admit, having to munch solely on meat, eggs, cheese, oil, nuts and green veg does get slightly tedious.… 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...