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WellFit Festival; a fab way to spend Saturday

October 6, 2014

It was a wet start to the weekend. I opened my curtains and looked out at a grey, drizzly and rather dismal looking day. Normally, this sight would make me feel a tad dreary but on this occasion I had the exciting prospect of the WellFit Festival, organised by SBC and Frame to look forward to.

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I actually felt smug that, unlike many Londoners who would be wondering what to do on this wet day, I had an awesome action-packed schedule ahead involving eating lots of delicious healthy food, trying fun workouts and listening to inspiring talks form health and fitness experts – all under one dry warm roof. And so I happily got ready and skipped off wearing my Lucas Hugh finest.

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It was a feast for the eyes and stomach outside the Shoreditch Studio’s. The Detox Kitchen and The Good Life Eatery were both serving up a rainbow array of nutritious and mouthwateringly good food to keep us all full of beans (literally) and raring to go.

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 I heard this chicken burger (below) in a lettuce bun with tomato jam from The Good Life Eatery was de-licious! I’ve made it my mission to seek it out ASAP having missed it at the festival.

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It was people like this chap (below) who kept spirits high when we popped outside the studios whilst the rain continued to pour down. Luckily there were canopies and umbrella’s dotted around to shield us from the rain in between making dashes for cover!

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And I couldn’t resist getting a young coconut to sip from him curtesy of Cocoface. So refreshing with a light sweetness.

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The talks took place in a large studio.  Below, Russell Bateman of SBC gets the audience involved.

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Nike representatives were there with an electric array of super snazzy sneakers. Aren’t they dazzling? Definitely a #want, #need, #musthave etc situation!

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 Tables were decked with checked tablecloths and pretty little jars filled with colourful fresh flowers – all sheltered by a canopy.

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Frame put on some fierce classes. I’d never tried one of their workouts before but I loved it. We did a high intensity aerobic dance class which was one of the most engaging and fun I’ve ever done. I can’t wait to do it again!

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Stretching after a phenomenal class by FRAME

It was also my first time trying SBC. My verdict? It’s tough but really fun too and great to project that girl power by working in circles and pressing our hands together for a lot of the movements.

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Getting ready to hold our legs up and get those abs BURNING during a SBC with Russell Bateman. A tough workout but also fun and totally worth the effort.

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More exercises in a SBC class

After both workouts I was SWEATY! So I was relieved to have packed a fresh set of Lucas Hugh clothes to change into for the remainder of the day.

I was so relieved I packed a change of Lucas Hugh clothes to change into after the sweaty workouts!

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 Obviously I worked up quite an appetite too. The Detox Kitchen more than satisfied my hunger, as did a creamy non dairy CoYo for pudding.

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My Detox Kitchen feast. Beetroot falafel, quinoa salad, green beans and butternut squash. Just what the doctor ordered.

My favourite flavour is natural.

I chose a natural one – my favourite flavour. So good on its own it doesn’t need any additional flavouring in my opinion!

I was excited to hear one of my favourite health and wellbeing journalists, Calgary Avansino, give an illuminating and impassioned talk on nutrition and how to look after yourself. She didn’t disappoint.

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Calgary Avansino speaking about nutrition and making time for yourself.

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Another wise slide from Calgary’s talk

Last but by no means least, BFF’s Madeleine Shaw and Millie Mackintosh did a Get the Glow food demo. Courgette spaghetti and kale pesto and raw chocolate mousse were whipped up and greedily devoured by all of us at the end! So simple and incredibly nutritious and delicious. You can get the recipe on Madeleine’s website by clicking here. I’m making both of these dishes this week – stay tuned to see how I get on!

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Madeline Shaw and Millie Mackintosh giving a #Gettheglow food demo.

I left the festival on a real high and to top it all off, the sun finally came out and I enjoyed a beautiful bright blue-sky walk home. I met so many inspiring and enthusiastic health and fitness enthusiasts and it was so fun to share recommendations and advice on what’s hot and what’s not in the industry. A huge thank you to Russell Bateman at SBC and Frame for organising such a fun and unforgettable day. I can’t wait for the next one! Did you got to the festival? Let me know how you got on! x

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