All posts filed under: Health

Winter Wellness

Winter has a bad reputation when it comes to health & wellness. There’s less daylight each day so we spend less time outside, and more time snuggled up on the couch with Netflix and a jar of Nutella. (maybe that’s just me!) The lack of sunshine not only affects how active we are but also has huge effect on our mood too. Most of us over indulge at Christmas time on festive foods, Prosecco and endless amounts of chocolate. Then the New Year starts and we’re hibernate in chunky knitwear, searching online for flights to the sun, and it seems even colder at home without the Christmas tree lights. Okay, so it might not seem like the most inspiring time of the year but as an eternal optimist, here is my guide to feeling great this winter. Resolutions – It’s February, time to revisit those resolutions. Be positive! Instead of making a list of things that you’re going to give up, instead create a list of things that you ARE going to do. Read more, …

Get Happy

Listening to my happy playlist, always makes me smile & boosts my mood. Here are a few of my favourite tracks to brighten up a grey winer day. Hey Baby – No Doubt Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana All Right Now – The Free Where We Came From – Still Having Fun My Sharona – The Knack The Way You Make Me Feel – MJ You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates Fidelity – Regina Spektor Fix My Eyes – for Kings & Country Lovely Day – Bill Withers You can download my playlist on Spotify

Are You Obsessed with the Internet ?

How much time do you spend each day ‘online’ ? Reading emails, tweets, instagram etc ? Are you online obsessed ? I’m guessing that most of us would probably say no, who would admit to being enslaved to the internet to such an extent, that it is titled an ‘obsession’! Well, apparently we are. I recently read an article about an app that monitors how often people use their phones, and for how long each day. It stated that the average person checks their phone 9 times per hour and over 100 times per day. We are obsessed! Personally, I know I am guilty of scrolling through instagram at all hours of the day. In the car, in the bath and even though I know it’s terrible, in bed! I read blogs, I create Pinterest boards and I scroll idly through tweets. Why are we so addicted to being online? Are we using social media for work, for self promotion or just to validate ourselves with a number of likes or retweets? Maybe we’re a bit …

Breakfast at 26 Grains

Last week I met up with the lovely Natalie Goodchild for breakfast at 26 Grains. A tiny porridge restaurant that specialises in delicious wholesome grain based dishes. We had trouble deciding what to order from their mouth watering menu, as everything looked so delicious. In the end, I ordered a bowl of Banana & Cocao porridge, whilst Natalie went for the Blackberry Bay. We could have sat in there all day, chatting & eating bowls of porridge. It’s wonderful to find cool places to eat, that offer a huge variety of free-from options. If you’re meeting a friend in town for an early breakfast or maybe a late brunch, I recommend heading over to Neal’s Yard, (just off Seven Dials). I’ll definitely be heading back there again soon. Where is your favourite healthy hang out in London? Pop a comment below & I’ll add them to my list. Let’s spread the love like Nutella on toast!

Yellow Juice Boost

Today, I felt tired & I needed a bit of a boost. I resisted the temptation to grab a spoon and dive head first into the Nutella jar! Instead I made this delicious smoothie . . . Coconut water is packed full of goodness, it’s great for rehydrating after exercise. (Also a good hangover cure) I added a little bit of coconut cream too. Ingredients Coconut Water Mango Pineapple Lime Juice Mint Coconut Cream (optional) This smoothie is quite sweet, just what I needed to wake me up, after a late 10k last night with the midnight runners. Sunshine in a glass on a grey day, enjoy!

Lorna Jane – Inspired Book Launch

Earlier this week I was invited to the book launch of Lorna Jane Clarkson’s latest book, INSPIRED. This hardback book has 208 pages of delicious recipes, beautiful photography exercise guides and inspiring messages. This book is designed to inspire us all to live a healthy, active & happy life. The book launch was held at London’s beautiful Laboratory Spa, the sun was shinning as we sat in the garden and  listened to some wonderful talks by nutritionist Ruth Tongue, fitness girls ‘Twice the Health’ and SportsStylists.coms Lucy Denver. After a high intensity workout with Carley Newson, we were all ready for some of Ruth’s delicious snacks and smoothies from The Juice Well. [Carley’s 30 minute workout focused on core strength & body weight exercises, her super toned bod was motivation indeed!] Lorna Jane are an activewear brand that empowers women to live a healthy and active life. The clothes are designed to make you look and feel great whilst you workout. Click here to view their activewear collection online at House of Fraser . Thanks for having …

Yoga Breakfast with Steffy White & Mind Body Bowl

Earlier this week I went along to an awesome yoga class with my favourite yogi in town, Steffy White. Everyone knows that I am a huge fan of Steffy’s kick ass classes, it’s a great workout for the whole body and the energy was super uplifting. Steffy challenges you to push yourself and to be brave. I’m working on my wheel! After working up an appetite on the mat, we had a delicious breakfast created by Annie [Mind Body Bowl] Annie’s food was even more tasty than it looks on instagram! I even brought some banana cake home for Jude. Thank you girls for a lovely start to the week.