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Optimal Fitness Week at Luxury Fitness and Spa Destination Thirty Eight Degrees North, Ibiza

October 30, 2015
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...
Travel, Uncategorized

Luxury RnR at Hotel Du Cap Post VS challenge…

July 14, 2015
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...

SpeedFlex Review

April 30, 2015
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...

Quest Sundaes

April 7, 2015
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...
Travel, Uncategorized

Sun-day, Birthday Weekend (Part III)

April 2, 2015
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...

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! And then it was time to depart to a secret destination organised by Charlie… TBC.… Continue reading...

Overnight almond coconut oats with bee pollen and fig

March 27, 2015
I love this breakfast served hot or cold. If time is of the essence in the morning then you can just whip it out of the fridge cold and it still tastes delicious! On colder days, I love heating the oats as this provides a warming, comforting start to my day. Ingredients to serve one: Porridge Oats Granola Flaked Coconut Bee pollen 1 Fig Almond milk (homemade or otherwise I LOVE Rude Health’s Almond Milk). Method 1. Soak one portion of oats in almond milk over night. 2. Either heat the oats the next day in a saucepan or leave them cold.… Continue reading...

Greek yogurt apple chia seed granola pot

March 26, 2015
I love this super simple zingy breakfast pot! It takes no time to prepare and provides a balanced, nutrient rich start to your day which should wave good bye to any mid morning energy slumps. *For those on a low carb diet, use The Paleo Foods Co Granola which is made with nuts and no grains. Ingredients: Serves One 4 tablespoons of Chia Seeds (soaked for 15 mins). 250g Natural 0% Fat Fage Greek Yogurt. Granola (I love Dorset Cereals honey granola and The Paleo Foods Co granola). Apple (Try to avoid pink ladies since they are highest in sugar). 1/2 Lime Cinnamon 1 tablespoon of Flaked Almonds 1 tablespoon of Flaked Coconuts Method 1.Soak… Continue reading...

Just keep kick-boxing

March 19, 2015
On Wednesday this week I awoke feeling a little less wonderful than desired. Usually, I’m full of energy and positive vibes but for a number of reasons hump day this week started a wee bit wobbly and I felt drained and if I’m being honest, hormonal! BUT THEN boxing and kick-boxing with my awesome trainer Dan Roberts happened and it shot my mood, energy and positive vibes right back up there again. I cannot explain how much I love the feeling of getting my heart pumping by pummeling those punches, propelling my high kicks hard at the punch bag, ducking and dodging those right and left hooks, all whilst gasping for air and sweating like crazy!… Continue reading...

Be your best with Beetroot

March 16, 2015
I’m always extremely wary when it comes to “superfoods” that claim to cure all ailments and leave you sparkling with health and improved endurance, and you should be too, since the science supporting them is vague at best. We all know that a healthy diet is made up of a variety of nutrients and vitamins and good diets are ones that are diverse in these, as well as being largely plant based. However, when scientific research proves that a specific nutrient/food group should be consumed more frequently than others or is good for targeting a specific need, we should listen up and take note of the factual findings.… Continue reading...