Health, Mindfullness

Why you should feel grateful every day

November 29, 2018
When life’s knocked you around a bit, when you’ve seen a few things and time has happened and you’ve got some years under your belt, you start to think more highly of modest things like flowers and a pretty sky or just a morning when nothing’s gone wrong and everyone’s been pretty nice to everyone else and things are pretty nice and it’s coming up to eleven or twelve o’clock and things are going well and you think – that’s nice. No one’s died, everyone’s ok. It makes you a little bit more modest.                                                                                                       –Alain de Botton in conversation with Tim Ferris on the Tim Ferris Show Podcast Hands up if you can relate to these wise words spoken by one of modern day’s most esteemed philosophers?… Continue reading...
Food

Get one of your five a day with yes! snack bars

November 27, 2018
*Disclaimer: This post was kindly sponsored by Nestlé YES! The snack bar market has come a long, long way since my childhood days when the Tracker bar ruled the roost. Its ingredients? Sugar, palm fat, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, glucose syrup, palm kernel fat, emulsifiers – you get the pretty unappealing picture. Back then little attention was paid to the ingredients of such bars and pre-made meals et- cetera. Taste was what mattered most and consumers weren’t so nutrition-savvy as to question what ingredients they were ingesting. Thankfully, nutritional awareness has been and continues to grow which can be seen in the expanded range of healthier snack bars, supplements and healthier food alternatives that  are now on the market.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Cold Weather Running Kit Essentials

November 20, 2018
Bbbrrrrr! Baby it’s COLD outside! After the glorious sunny autumn weather we’ve been treated to recently these frosty temperatures are tough to take! Today, I so nearly didn’t go on my run. It was 4 degrees outside, raining and I’d only slept 5 hours due to hormone-induced insomnia. I felt tired and I couldn’t warm up even with the heating on. But I had my week’s running schedule already set and I was sticking to it. So I put my (one too many) layers and waterproofs on not forgetting my gloves and off I went. About 5 minutes in my cheeks were rosy and my energy was returning.… Continue reading...
Travel

The country Spa which charmed me

November 16, 2018
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Park House Hotel and Spa nestled in the heart of the Sussex countryside surrounded by the spectacular rolling hills of the South Downs. I made the decision to visit because I felt pretty burnt  after burning the candle at both ends. I had a stinking cold and craved the clean air of the countryside and some creature comforts. Being under two hours from London I couldn’t think of anywhere better to rest up and reboot. As I drove deeper into the Sussex countryside I felt instantly charmed and grateful for its breathtaking natural beauty.… Continue reading...
Mindfullness

Waking Up: Guided Meditations and Lessons with Sam Harris

November 14, 2018
Until six months ago I had no idea who Sam Harris was. Little did I know then how much this neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author would enrich my life with his philosophical wisdom and meditation techniques, (the former available for free by subscribing to his podcast and the latter as well as some of the former available by subscribing to his Waking Up meditation app). I owe an Aussie for telling me about Sam Harris earlier this year when I visited Sydney and ever since discovering him I’ve listened to his podcasts, read one of his books (Waking Up) and more recently, followed his lessons and meditations via his app.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Peloton: The hottest new home and studio workout

November 12, 2018
In the last six months I’d heard a lot about Peloton. One of my favourite podcasts – The Tim Ferris show – is sponsored by peloton and that alone was enough to make me eager to try it since I trust Tim’s high reviews to be legit – sponsored or not. But at this point, Peloton was only available in the USA. I forgot about it for a while until my friend and runner extraordinare Becs Gentry, moved from London across the pond to NYC to instruct the studio run classes.  I’ve been captivated by her IG stories where Becs shares snip-bits of the Peloton classes she teaches.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Audio-technica ATH-SPORT 70BT: The Wireless headphones that don’t cost the earth

October 23, 2018
I recently ran the Berlin marathon with some wireless headphones with a pretty pricey cost attached. They were worth the investment for me but since then I’ve trialled the Audio-technica wireless headphones which are cheaper yet still high quality. So, since many of you have been asking about a cheaper alternative I really don’t know a better suggestion than these. The ATH-SPORT 70BT wireless in-ear headphones feature 9 mm performance-enhanced, carbon-coated drivers which basically means they deliver clear and powerful audio. When I’m hitting the track especially for my speed workouts this is important to me! The powerful beats really do help to push me to keep faster pace.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Why you need a run coach when attempting your first marathon

October 11, 2018
Before Berlin I was impatient to run my first marathon. Having learnt my lesson that the transition from casual runner to marathoner was not a quick, mind-over matter affair I enlisted the expert help of run coach and tier three trainer at Equinox Kensington, Jane Vongvorachoti. I want to share five top ways my coaching with Jane proved invaluable for completing my first marathon because I hope it will inspire you to also get one-to-one expert guidance with your marathon training and therefore avoid injury and run your strongest marathon. Online marathon programs are flawed and leave so many people like me (pre London) every year injured.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Recovery Tactics Post Berlin Marathon

October 1, 2018
The day after Berlin marathon my body felt like it had been beaten up! Getting in and out of the bath was a struggle and getting in and out of cabs proved tricky too. I felt like an old lady! My left knee had taken most of my early fall in the race and both my knees were pretty swollen, sore, bruised and bloody. I had to limp around because my left knee was too painful to bend and I couldn’t stand for long periods of time due to my sore fatigued abs, which surprised me. After I stepped over the finish line My coach Jane Vongvorachoti had stressed the importance of walking back from the marathon to ensure my blood didn’t pool in my legs and slow my recovery.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Mindfullness, Travel

Berlin Marathon: Race Day

September 30, 2018
Wake-up I woke up at 6AM after a very sound solid night’s sleep. Funnily enough I didn’t feel nervous. Perhaps it was the hormones casting me into a daze or perhaps it was blissful ignorance of what was to come. Having had ten days off I think I’d forgotten some of the challenges of training and running long distances! But either way I felt good and ready to run. The forecast for the race was 23°C which I knew was on the warm side but I was prepared with a cap and sunscreen and just counted my lucky stars it wasn’t extreme conditions like the freezing rain that hit Boston Marathon earlier this year or the 28°C that was forecasted a day later.… Continue reading...