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WELLBEING

January Essentials (2017)

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One month of 2017 down and I've loved every minute of it. That is, aside from seeing something very unusual indeed become the presidant of the USA, but I'm trying not to think about that. Although, sometimes you need something a little bit shit (ok, a lot shit) to happen in order to make space for even better things. Sometimes the 'little bit shit' things that happen are the trigger of just the powerful wake up call that needed to surface - to reconnect and realign things perhaps lost of forgotten. The things we manifest evolve from thoughts to things by the amount of energy focussed on the subject at hand. The more energy we focus on something, the more likely we are to see the kind of change we desire. The marches this month have been such a powerful start to the year, and seeing people come together supporting each other and supporting the same cause, has reminded me that, although often humanity is all kinds of weird, there is still a sense of community going strong. I personally feel that in a world where society and humanity is all over the place, this was, although a drastic thing to happen, was something we almost needed to happen, to remind us that there is nothing more powerful than uniting and coming together. The sense of community highlighted at this months marches brings so much hope and inspiration, and spreads so much strong and positive energy.

Other things offering positive energy for me this month include:

STRANGE INVISIBLES PERFUMES OF THE ZODIAC

These are just everything, and if you're Aquarius like me, firstly) happy birthday, and secondly) lucky you - our scent is right on.

FLO MORRISSEY & MATTHEW E. WHITE

A new album of the most heart warming covers, ideal any time of the day and super calming and grounding. Look at what the light did now, Grease, Everybody Loves The Sunshine are good places to start.

LIHA BEAUTY

Working mainly with coconut and shea butter, Liha and Abi, founders of Liha beauty, have developed all natural organic cold pressed beauty products utilising kitchen cupboard ingredients and natural essential oils. I can't get enough of their shea butter and their Idan oil - all made in small batches with passion, purpose and purity.

THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K

This book is just a to-the-point reminder that you really should not give a fuck about some things, and as soon as you decide not to, you will live so much more freely - no longer bound by your fears or whatever other hang ups you might have. It's a quick read and it changed my life in the duration of one bus journey. Sometimes you just need things to be spelled out. Giving a fuck about a lot of things drains your energy, and when you give yourself permission to not give fucks about certain things that modern day society has us giving fucks about, it's l.i.b.e.r.a.t.i.n.g.

STORIES BEHIND THINGS

This just launched and I can already tell it's going to be a beautiful journey. My advice is to be a part of.

STYLELIKEU WITH JEMIMA KIRKE

StyleLikeU is led by mother-daughter duo Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, who are bound by the desire to uncover what’s underneath personal style. Through candid, docu-style interviews with empowered individuals, StyleLikeU is building a world where getting dressed each morning is an act of self-love. This interview with Jemima Kirke from Girls is REAL.

LA-EVA EVERYTHING CARE

LA-EVA creates skincare products inspired by organic beauty, sensory pathways and a love of art. LA-EVA products are units of wellbeing created from fine ingredients - blended to treat the body & mind as one. Their washes and lotions are designed for the entire body, steering away from the unnecesary need to have specific products for specific parts of the body. Whilst the media as mass markets are always promoting certain products for certain areas or issues, the power and purity of LA-EVA's products make them suitable and fully functional for every part of the body.

JAMU KITCHEN

This weekend I finally, after spending years in the same industry without crossing direct paths, met the founder of Jamu Kitchen - a range of wellness tonics made from freshly ground and brewed herbs and spices. Unfortunately, you may not have the oppertunity to meet her, but do make sure you meet her tonics.

MOON CALENDAR

I'm a big believer in the phases of the moon having direct affects on all beings and matter down here on Earth (more on that another time). For that reason, I welcomed a moon calendar into my bedroom, which has helped me to understand things from thoughts, feelings, physical issues (things like indigestion / bloating / lack of appetite) and much more. Monitoring the moonphase has inforced my understanding of how connected we are with the Universe, and how certain phases of the moon correlate with certain daily issues. This one is beautiful, do yourself a favour.

BODYISM LONDON

Bodyism is so much more than just a place to workout. I've been trying a few of their classes in the past month and each one has been restorative, challenging and grounding all at once. Instead of loud music, buzzy lights and shouting instructors, expect foam rolling, functional fitness sequences and deeply relaxing stretching and shavasana (not just for yoga classes). Bodyism is the most holistic, grounding gym I've ever been to and I'd highly recommend the boxing, blueprint and warrior classes in particular, as well as stocking up on some of their supplements.

TONY ROBBINS

An exclusive insight into one of Tony Robbins' life changing Date With Destiny workshops. It's deep guys.

DRIFT MATTRESS

An all-natural wool-topped mattress. Read more about it here, along with a few other thoughts I felt like sharing about sleep.

WELLTH BY JASON WACHOB

This read helped me through November, but I didn't do a proper list of loved things back then, so here it is now. It makes all the sense.

 

MAGNESIUM WRAP AT THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel has been open for a few months, and is the only YLT hotel in the country. Tucked down one of Bath’s traditionally tiny cobbled streets, you wouldn’t expect to find an award winning restaurant, the best afternoon tea of your life (which they can offer gluten and dairy free) and a roman inspired spa village behind its modern exterior.

Bath is famous for the Roman Bath’s, and the Gainsborough’s Spa Village uses the nutrient rich, pure water from the original springs. I took an afternoon out to explore the experience, which started with a probiotic fruit shot made from kombucha crystals and mixed with natural grapefruit and olive oil extract. Then I was talked through a selection of essential oils, and based around what I wanted to achieve from the experience, I selected those that held the healing, cleansing and calming properties I was in the mood for. I dropped a few drops of each (bergamot, ylang ylang, frankincense) into a drawstring muslin pouch of epsom salts, to take with me into the spa village and to inhale each time I transitioned between the steam room, sauna and heatology pools.

I took half an hour to blow off some steam in their small but private gym before heading into their first heated pool. After 6 minutes in there I took to the second heated pool, set a little cooler in order to stimulate my circulation. Following this I started my … journey with ten minutes in the infrared room. I rubbed… ice all over my body before moving swiftly on into the steam room. There was lavender salt water to keep hydrated with as well as shots of pure hot chocolate for an instant energy kick. Sweating and intermittent temperatures makes the body work so much harder than most people are aware of, so these provisions were essential in keeping the body and mind working optimally, as well as energizing on a cellular level, to give power to the body’s processes of cleansing and detoxifying. I ended in the dry heat of the sauna, chucked some more ice over me and then floated into a treatment room for a 90 minute Magnesium Wrap. It sounds like lunch, but it wasn’t. I lay on the most comfortable table I’ve ever laid upon, had my whole body scrubbed with vigor and natural salt scrubs, was oiled all over, massaged with a magnesium gel and then wrapped up in warm towels to encourage the magnesium to soak into my body. There was no escaping for that magnesium gel. No chance. Whilst it soaked in, my hands, knees, feet and head were massaged with inexplicably perfect pressure, and that’s when I fell asleep. But not from boredom, from sheer pleasure and being in the most intense state of relaxation since my last Savasana.

 

7 WAYS TO EMBRACE THE HOLIDAYS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN NEVER SWITCH OFF

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The holiday season – a joyous time, but one that has become potentially more stressful than I’m sure it was ever intended to be. If you’re not stressing about presents, sending cards, food shopping, prepping, cooking or where everyone is going to sit and oh god they need somewhere to sleep too, the chances are you’ll be one uncontrollable step ahead of yourself stressing about the aftermath. The tiredness, the mess, how many ways you can disguise the leftovers and how long its acceptable to keep eating them for, and on top of all that, the way you’re going to feel after days and days and days of eating. 

Christmastime should be centred around spending time with friends and family, spending time laughing and letting go, and spending whatever time you have left after that recuperating, resetting and reflecting. This time of year shouldn't stress you out or make you feel anxious, it's here for you to enjoy and it's an excuse to have as much fun as possible before the New Year begins and things start to get serious again. If you could remove yourself from the world and look down on everyone running around in an uncontrollable muddle, you’d find it uncomfortable to watch and highly unnecessary, when what people should actually be doing is having the time of their lives. Below, a few ways to embrace the holiday season, a few ways to switch off and a few ways to stay healthy:

Masticate Mindfully
If you stick to quite specific dietary requirements / choices and are worried about keeping in practice during the holidays, do your best to create a nourishing balance that isn't too structured and that you can enjoy, rather than completely depriving yourself of the foods on the table that you wouldn't usually eat. As soon as you make any rules and decide that you're not under any circumstances allowed even a taste of something you know you want, you turn into a maniac. And when everyone else around you is enjoying the things you want, you tend to become a hot mess of hostility and frustration, unable to focus on anything other than the smell, taste and texture of the very thing you're trying to avoid. So you have that little taste you disallowed yourself and since you tasted it you now have to finish it, and since you've finished one then the damage is done and you may as well have a few more, right? When you make rules, you end up eating a lot more of what you don't really want than if you'd focussed your attention elsewhere. Think about it this way: if you drop your phone and it smashes a little, you don't continue to smash it more and more just because the damage is already done. During the holidays, if you do indulge in something you'd usually steer clear of, enjoy it but don't let it turn into some kind of binge. One way to create a balance is to ensure healthier options are in sight too. Although it is hard to interfere with traditional recipes during the holidays, be bold with offering a healthier take on some conventional dishes and get involved. You'll be able to control a few contributions, meaning, if you want to, you can bulk your plate up with these, or you can simply enjoy a bit of everything. This, my friends, is balance. When we indulge, many of us treat it as a 'now or never' kind of opportunity. But instead of eating to the point of discomfort, enjoy what you want, when you want it, and rest assured that the opportunity to indulge isn't 'now or never', but is actually 'now, or tomorrow, or the next day'. There will always be leftovers, so focus on enjoying the meal, and more importantly the company, without getting hung up on how to construct your plate.
Try to make one meal a day - preferably breakfast or an evening snack - centred completely around fresh, natural ingredients. This way you can ensure your nutrient levels are high and there are plenty of healthy enzymes present to detoxify your body, meaning you can still enjoy the standard holiday fare knowing you won't feel too terrible afterwards. Having something light like a salad or a juice between indulging should help to counter any discomfort you may experience from eating foods you're body is no longer familiar with.

Humans not handsets
During the holidays, your phone stops being a vital part of your existence, and starts being some kind of technological Grinch. Unless you’re spreading Christmas cheer via whats app, looking up recipes or digitally capturing the best moments of the celebrations, use the time you’d usually spend ‘online’ having real conversations with real people and doing things you don’t always have the chance to see or do. 

Get Moving
Growing up, although constantly active, I dreaded Boxing Day walks as soon as Christmas Eve arrived. Now, perhaps since relocating to a bigger city, I cannot wait to get out into the fresh air and wonder aimlessly across the vast and chilly fields. During the holidays I don’t go to the gym but instead make time to do some gentle body weight workouts or yoga routines in my bedroom, if I feel restless. To aid digestion, circulation and to keep your body feeling fit, take a little time each day to stretch, walk or run – for meditative purposes as much as for fitness. It also helps to get family or friends involved so you don't miss out on the real fun. Try suggesting a new tradition like a pre christmas dinner walk or a gentle evening stretch down in front of a favourite christmas movie. This way you'll work up a healthy appetite and keep your body from shutting down completely as you begin to relax. Exercise also release endorphins and helps calm and settle the mind, so if there's a stressed host/ess in the family, it will do them (and everyone around them) the world of good.

But also slow down
It’s okay to take it easy. 

Fill your cupboards
If your main concern is not having enough healthy options at Christmas, my best advice is to stock your kitchen so that there will always be something nourishing for you to snack on. Whether you want raw chocolate on hand so you don’t end up eating the more processed alternatives, or whether you want superfoods on hand to ensure you have an easy, instant route to vital vitamins and minerals, making room for your favourite pantry staples in the kitchen, or in your luggage if you are travelling, is a simple step for a balanced holiday.

Discover
The holidays tend to free up a lot of time if and when you’re not working so much. Take up a new or temporary hobby that requires you to utilize a different part of your brain or exercise a different skill. Spending time on something new can open you up to things you may never have known you enjoyed had you stuck to your usual routine. It doesn’t have to be educational or especially enriching. Maybe learn a language, lose yourself in some terrible television, read a new book, do some art or discover some new music. 

Evaluate, congratulate, appreciate and formulate
As we near the end of another year, take time to reflect on all of the days you had in 2015, and learn to acknowledge and appreciate your achievements. I personally find it hard to naturally praise myself if and when I achieve something, as there is always something else on my to-do list and I never schedule in time to celebrate. I often end up realizing what an achievement something is when one of my friends or family bring it up and I’m like, “oh yeah, that, yeah I guess that is a pretty big deal”. Once you’ve concentrated on what you’ve accomplished in days gone by, you’ll find it easier to formulate new ideas and set intentions for the days to come. General winter wellness tips.
 

TRAVEL WELL | EDIBLES

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Whenever I go abroad, one thing on my mind is how I'm going to keep healthy whilst I'm away from home. No vitamix, no guarantee of a health food store (or even a local store at all, for that matter) and potentially no gluten, dairy or sugar free options - depending on my destination. If I'm away for work, the chances are I will be staying in a big city, meaning nourishing, natural necessities won't be too hard to come by. I have previously worked in New York and LA - both of which are like magnets for up and coming juice bars/raw food cafes/organic eateries, etc. However, if i'm going away for some peace and quiet, or if I'm going to be travelling non stop and constantly on the go, it's much harder to judge what sort of shops I'm likely to have access to. For that reason, I keep a few vital ingredients in my luggage to ensure that if natural food is scarce, I can either make myself an instant snack or shot of something nutrient-rich instead, or rebalance my body if I have had to settle for something I wouldn't usually eat. Above are a few of my favourite foodie travel companions. and below are some explanations. Easy to carry, compact, leak-proof and  concentrated forms of essential goodness.

.  C L O C K W I S E    F R O M    T O P    L E F T  . 

. 1 . On-The-Move Qnola Pot, Cacao & Cashew, 60g | Protein-rich, gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar free. Can be eaten dry, with yoghurt or milk and with fresh fruit.
. 2 . The Chia Co Instant Chia Oats, 45g | Not grain free, but gluten free. Whilst I rarely eat grains, I find this is always handy to slip into my carry on for long haul flights. Flavoured naturally with dried berries and sweetened only with coconut palm sugar - ideal for breakfast in the airport before a flight, or even on the go - just ask an air hostess, train cafe manager or petrol station cafe to fill the pouch up with some hot water. I like to add local fresh fruit too, and additional superfood powders like maca and acai.
. 3 . Sister & Co Coconut Oil, 60ml | fits into your 100ml limit plastic bags. Take in your carry on bag to add to meals (like porridge or soup), and to use throughout your stay away from home, to cook with. Also, ideal to use on your skin during a long haul flight if you don't mind looking a little greasy. It will help balance the moisture levels in your skin, keeping it hydrated and penetrated with minerals.
. 4 .  Four Sigma Foods Instant Cordyceps - 1 serving | instant medicinal mushroom tea in the form of tiny dissolvable granules. Just add hot water or mylk. Perfect for car journeys or long walks (especially if the weather is cold). This particular blend is good for increasing energy and promoting recovery, as the cordycep mushroom is an adaptogen, meaning it helps maintain constant energy levels, rather than just stimulating them drastically yet temporarily.
. 5 . Charcoal Powder - to keep your water purified and to remove toxins. Although in some destinations you may not be advised to drink the tap water, adding charcoal to bottled water still has incredible benefits. Charcoal is high in minerals and has the ability to bind and trap foreign materials in the body (things that shouldn't be there). It helps to detoxify the body, making it ideal if you fall ill whilst abroad.
. 6 . Inner Me Supplements - perfect for travelling as you don't have to pack glass jars that take up valuable space and could potentially break. These also come in day-allocated strips, so you'll keep organised whilst abroad, and will even know what day it is (something I fail at, whenever I'm on holiday).
. 7 . Steenbergs Turmeric - an ideal ingredient to add to smoothies, juices, salads, salad dressings, soups and hot and cold water. Deeply cleansing and detoxifying, and great for boosting the immune system.
. 8 . Loose Tea Strainer - not essential, but if I am abroad for a long time, I like to rotate a few loose herbs and spices to make cleansing tea combinations. The flavours and healing benefits are more vibrant and accessible when each ingredient is in its whole, dried form.
. 9 . Aduna Moringa Powder - a great size to take travelling. I love all superfood powders, especially maca, acai, ginseng, spirulina, baobab, reishi, chaga, shilajit and many more, but not all of them come in these handy compact sizes. Easy to add to smoothies, juices or just water for a morning boost, or an calming evening system cleanse.
. 10 . Green Juice (strictly for the journey) - don't put this in your hold luggage or you'll end up smelling of wheatgrass for your entire trip. I always take a green juice before my flight, to cleanse my body, encourage my system to get to work, and to aid digestion. Depending on the ingredients, a juice can also have calming benefits, which is great for an evening flight. This is the last chance you'll get to provide your body with a hit of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals before boarding a flight or another mode of transport, so make it a good one! Pictured above is one from my friend Madeleine Shaw's collaboration with Savse Smoothies and it is the first shop bought juice in which I've found seaweed. In a deliciously unusual way, it is much more interesting than so many other green juices out there. 
. 11 . Buckwheat Flake and Chia Superfood Mix - these are super easy to throw together. I always mix some dry buckwheat flakes, quinoa flakes, chia seeds and maca powder in an airtight sachet or container, to have on hand incase of delays. Previously, I've poured a little of the mixture into a coffee cup and asked a barista in a cafe to fill it with hot water. It's not the most delicious treat, but its something!
. 12 . Clearspring Matcha - as well as herbal or green tea bags and loose tea ingredients, I sometimes like to pack matcha powder, as it travels well and is much purer, stronger and more concentrated than the contents of a teabag.
. 13 . Purition Protein Powder - I used to add protein powder to smoothies everyday when I worked out a lot, but recently I have been less active, and I try to avoid any form of dairy unless I am exercising, and even then, it will only be in the form of whey - unfortunately not cheese. I recently discovered purition powders and love their flavour combinations. They are also the perfect size for travelling.
. 14 . Bikini Blend Protein Powder - another protein powder I recently discovered. The madagascan vanilla blend is the most delicious protein powder i've ever tried. Probably because the ingredients are all 100% natural and each product contains no sugar or artificial additives. 

+ A few other ways to prepare for long journeys or long trips away from home is to pack essentials from your pantry. Things like quinoa (some places still have no idea what you're talking about when you ask for this in a store), buckwheat pasta, dried nuts and seeds, chia seeds and gluten free oats make for quick simple meals, and things like meat, fish, fruit and veg with definitely be available at your destination, and more delicious the more locally your source them.

BE CONTENT

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I'm not much of a facial person. I mean, I'm facial in the sense that I have a face, but I'm not a 'go for a facial' kind of girl. My beauty regime has always been pretty minimal to be honest. I am grateful for being blessed with a pretty easy, cooperative complexion. My skin, although sensitive and dry at times, has never been especially oily, greasy, spotty or problematic. 

I had my first facial when I was 21, and since then, I've had only 1 other. Between the two, there are very few similarities. I'm almost trying to forget the first one, to make more space in my mind to hold on to the memory of my second one, which took place at Content Beauty, London. Calling it a facial actually seems like an unjust way to describe it. It was so so so much more. So much more.
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I enjoyed a casual stroll down Marylebone high street - a calm, very traditional street in London dotted with independent cafes, restaurants and shops - before ending up outside the shop. A small, characteristic store with a picturesque shopfront, Content Beauty is a real one off. A tiny shop with fully stocked shelves, it is more like an apothecary, or something out of a Harry Potter film - with interesting jars, products, ingredients and other contraptions on shelves and bookcases that reach the ceiling, grabbing and keeping hold of your attention. You could easily spend days in there, browsing the products, reading the labels of each one, or talking to the specialists who stand calmly on the shop floor to offer advice to anyone who needs it, but at the same time not imposing on your journey around the shop or following you around offering unwanted advice. It is like a library of beauty products, and everything in there is organic, natural and lovingly made. There is so much to discover.

"THE BRANDS WE STOCK, SHARE OUR PASSION FOR NATURAL SKINCARE AND ORGANIC INGREDIENTS. EACH HAS BEEN CHOSEN FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AND HOLISTIC SKIN HEALTH."

I was so mesmerised by the products that I almost forgot I was there for a facial. A beautiful specialist, with a really calming, gentle air about her, approached me by the Dr Alkaitis products, and guided me down a tight staircase to a treatment room under the shop. Beneath the shop was even more tranquil, with an impossibly chilled atmosphere and mesmerising aromas. I already felt better about life in general.

I removed my top and climbed onto a cloud-like bed, resting my head in the soft, trusty hands of this stranger who was about to change my life. I'd opted for the Dr Alkaitis Skin Food Facial Treatment - which combines organic, enzyme-rich, natural ingredients with gentle techniques, as well as a facial massage, to reduce inflammation, calm skin conditions, revitalise the complexion, remove impurities, enhance the skins natural state, and encourage the skins natural functions.

"WINNER OF THE WALLPAPER MAGAZINE DESIGN AWARD FOR BEST FACIAL IN 2010, THE DR ALKAITIS TREATMENT CONTAINS CERTIFIED ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC AND ETHICALLY WILD-CRAFTER INGREDIENTS IN THEIR RAW STATE, FOR GREATEST EFFECTIVENESS. DUE TO THE 'LIVING' COMPLEXITY OF THE FORMULATIONS, DR ALKALIS PRODUCTS WORK WITH YOUR SKINS NATURAL FUNCTIONS - NOT AGAINST THEM".

The treatment deeply cleanses and clarifies congested skin, at the same time as nourishing and calming any sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin.

There are several phases to the treatment:
. Remove make up, using Dr Alkalis Make-Up remover.
. Cleanse skin with Purifying Cleanser / removed with organic muslin cloth.
. Exfoliate / with a natural, gentle peel (consisting of organic oat buds, blueberry, bilberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, barley grass, turmeric, cats claw, and enzymes lipase, lactase, protease, amylase and bromelian), to encourage impurities and blemishes to become more visible. 
. Pre-extraction prep / this includes a layer of active raw manuka honey applied to the skin before a suction technique is used to gently loosen dirt or open pores. Manuka honey has may benefits for the body both internally and externally. In this instance, it works as an antiseptic and anti-bacterial layer to ensure the skin is clean before the extraction phase.
. Gentle manual extractions - optional / basically a gentle yet accurate and determined process in which any blackheads are removed, eliminating toxins and rebalancing the skins natural processes.
. Soothing gell applied with organic cotton pads / to calm down any areas that were affected during the extraction phase.
. Facial massage / using organic treatment oil (containing turmeric to reduce inflammation as a result of the prior stages of the treatment). This also includes an impossibly relaxing upper body massage of the head, neck, arms and shoulders - which I never wanted to end.
. Finishing mask / using the Universal Mask by Dr Alkaitis. This is literally like putting food on your skin, and if you learn about how certain ingredients can compliment and care for your skin, you can pretty much make your own face masks and scrubs using the contents of your fridge, and a few superfood powders. This one includes oat buds, organic grass juice complex (incl. kamut, alfalfa and wheatgrass), sea vegetable complex (incl. chlorella, dulse, spirulina, ainu-wakame and sea palm), Goats milk protein, vegetable complex (incl. carrots, cabbage, kale, sweet potato, broccoli, cucumber, ginger and parsley - amongst others) and a seed complex (incl. amaranth, flax, soy, buckwheat and millet - amongst others).
. Final massage phase, followed by the application of a replenishing serum, eye cream and organic day cream

After the treatment, I stayed in the shop, learning a little more about the products, and about the dangers of many conventional beauty products. I learnt about how our skin is the largest organ, and is a reflection of what is going on internally. It also acts as the transport route for all kinds of material - both good and bad - to be absorbed into the body. One of the greatest (and easiest) things you can do for your skin is to use 'food-state' beauty products, or simply just food. You shouldn't really put anything on your skin that you can't eat, as harmful chemicals in cosmetic products will still end up inside your body, regardless of whether you eat them or absorb them. Think about it next time you're shopping for new moisturisers or make up, and treat the ingredients label just as you would your food items.

If you want to learn more about what not to feed your skin, what ingredients to avoid and what products to invest in for your own personal beauty goals, visit the shop or make an appointment for a treatment with one of the teams specialists. Things were fine before my facial. My skin wasn't especially difficult, my beauty regime was pretty basic, and I luckily had never been especially troubled by blemishes or acne. But things were definitely better afterwards (sometimes you are so comfortable with what you are used to that you don't even know there is room for improvement). I left with a glow, and I might have taken some exciting new products with me too, and with the introduction of just a few simple ingredients to my beauty routine, my skin is now not just healthy, but content.

JUICE BABY

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Despite the name, Juice Baby is by no means infantile. This place is more like the daddy of raw food, and with a menu I thought I would never find this side of the pond, it is so ahead of the game. Their Raw Pad Thai is like no other, their millionaire shortbreads are so nourishing it's like biting into a slice of happiness, and the chia seed pudding, with an abundance of homemade toppings, is Spot. On. And what I love about it most is how silently it has crept onto London's health food scene.

The atmosphere is wonderful, and something I find really important in any kind of eatery, especially a healthy one. People can easily feel intimidated entering a health food store, feeling under educated or out of place if they aren't a regular juicer with a sturdy E3 shot schedule. But Juice Baby is calm, laid back and has beautiful interiors that don't make you feel on edge about spilling a little kale juice. This place could very easily be your best friends living room.

Their menu is what sets this place apart from other health food jaunts across the UK. They've gone one step further than a few bliss balls and a box of courgetti, offering amazing sea kelp noodles and salads with vibrant, tasteful dressings, delicious chocolate treats, homemade nut milks, juices, smoothies and shots, and other snacks that fit perfectly into a busy lifestyle with little time to dedicate to cooking. They make salads instantly more delicious with simple dressings and dips, and their lunch boxes are full of a combination of ingredients, making them exciting and interesting, as opposed to plain, dry and limp-looking. They take traditional favourites like thai noodles and mexican chilli and rework them with natural, raw ingredients, brimming with life as well as flavour.

The staff are lovely, the vibe is admirable, the owner is passionate and, although it feels like the other side of the world from where I live, it is definitely worth the journey. No noisy coffee machines, no loud chart shows, just calming interiors, chilled music and a lovely energy. Sit and enjoy their salads or order from their breakfast menu, or if you're in a rush, empty their fridges and fill your bags. 


W H A T   T O   G E T

Sea Kelp Pad Thai
Taco Bowl
Caramel Slice
Raw Brownie with Cacao Frosting
Chia Seed Pudding

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THE DETOX KITCHEN

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It didn’t take me long to decide how I felt about The Detox Kitchen – the newest addition to london’s community of healthy eateries. To see a large bowl of fresh guacamole on the counter as I walked in was enough to get me interested. A menu the size of an entire wall boasting revitalising juices as well as a huge variety of food had me quite literally transfixed. And noticing anthropologie paraphernalia in every corner - as if at home in my own kitchen - made me want to sit down and never leave. Which was lucky, as it’s obvious upon entry that grab-and-go is hardly their ethos. With a sense of calmness and a chilled atmosphere (just what I like), natural light coming in through a huge window overlooking the cobbles of kingly street and amazing service, it couldn’t be more inviting.
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I arrived at The Detox Kitchen late on their second day of business. Only one lonely bowl of salad remained and the fridge was looking smugly empty. I took this as a good sign and quickly grabbed a pot of Quinoa with Cashew Pesto before anyone else did. I also bought some mind-blowing Wild Garlic and Spinach soup to take home with me. As a quinoa addict this is a strong statement but the quinoa pot was one of the best quinoa combinations I had ever tried. The flavours were amazing and the ingredients were ‘so fresh and so clean’ – in the words of Outcast. My only regret was not having arrived earlier, as I spent most of my time gazing at the menu and thinking about their egg rolls. Luckily for me there remained some baked goods on the counter so I tucked in to a Banana Muffin, which of course was delicious and light, and left me feeling clean – not a effect many muffins can have on people.

I love anywhere with salads on display because you know what you’re getting and your decisions are visually educated. The prices here too are very affordable, unlike many specialist health joints that the general public view as only places the rich and famous visit. You can take away handpicked salad boxes for lunch, choose from a selection of small pots or trail-mixes to take on-the-go with you if you are time-poor, busy or travelling a lot, or stock up on healthy staples to take home, like their large pots of soup or bags of cereal. And if you have more time, sit inside and watch the world go by over a fresh pot of tea and a wholesome plate of food. The drinks menu is also phenomenal with a large selection of smoothies and juices. On my second visit I had a Lemon & Ginger tea, and half expecting a soggy Twining’s tea bag I was excited to see vibrant, brightly coloured ginger slices and the juiciest chunks of fresh lemon floating atop my hot water. This attention to detail was enough to confirm that anything you find at The Detox Kitchen will be as fresh, pure and wholesome as it possible can be.

The Detox Kitchen is definitely one of my favourite new eateries in London and I can’t wait to go back for a proper wholesome lunch. I love their philosophy and what they stand for, I love the location and the interior of the eatery, the people are incredibly friendly and the food is spot on. The menu features pretty much all of my favourite meals and snacks, meaning I can finally eat out and not have to redesign the entire menu or mix and match a selection of sides in order to have something half healthy. They have mastered the balance between eating healthily and still being able to enjoy your food. There are no skimpy salads and nothing is disallowed - just lovingly made food created by people passionate about real, nourishing, feel-good ingredients. The salads are interestingly dressed vegetable dishes - as opposed to bland, wilting salad leaves commonly associated with ‘healthy eating’ - and the brownies by the till – which I hear they are already gaining a reputation for – are a sure sign that The Detox Kitchen lifestyle is not a boring, monotonous, tasteless one. Founder, Lily Simpson points out “Healthy food can be brilliantly tasty. It can fill you up, and yes, you can have pudding”. That pretty much sums it up.

Visit their website for information on the delivery side of the business. They offer fresh food plans delivered to your door whilst you sleep, so all you have to do to keep healthy and feel great is plate up. You can choose from a selection of packages all of which consist of fresh, wholesome ingredients developed by their team of nutritionists and top chefs. Expect to start your day with a vibrant shot of wheatgrass or a greens juice, enjoy a wholesome protein or vegetarian evening meal and allow yourself a satisfying, guilt-free dessert.

WELCOME TO THE GOOD LIFE

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You leave this place thinking exactly that; life. is. good. Because there is finally somewhere in london to buy fresh cold pressed juices? Because everything you’ve just consumed has provided you with essential vitamins and nutrients and revitalised your entire body? Because you have just tried the greatest chia seed pudding you ever have and ever will? Likely all of the above will contribute to your improved mood on exiting this chilled little gem, just off Sloane Avenue.

Somehow, despite a surge of interest and research in nutrition and fitness in the last year or so, London has little to show for it. “Healthies” may be the new “Selfies” and gyms may have developed into exclusive, members-only clubs but there is still so much confusion over eating the right thing in order to obtain optimum health and weight maintenance. People may be going to the gym but they’ll still follow some kind of unrealistic fad diet, or opt for the newest low-fat breakfast bar laden with empty promises of help. Wholefoods, Planet Organic and Cruush are all London has to offer and are our best attempts at ‘real food’. They may boast a range of superfoods and fresh fruit and vegetable juices, but trust me; they’re no Juice Press. We just haven’t quite got it yet.

Unlike New York, LA and Australia, London has been slow on the uptake of valuable information and education regarding real foods in the catering world. Things like why cold-pressed is better than centrifugal juicing or why Maca and Baobab provide more vitamin C than an orange are yet to make the headlines as celebrity diets are strutting around stealing the show. The dieting industry makes billions of pounds every year by victimising poorly educated and vulnerable people into falling for their moneymaking fads. But thankfully The Good Life Eatery has arrived bringing with it real knowledge, real food and real skill which until now only existed in places like The Juice Press, NY and Pressed Juicery, LA. Thank you Shirin. Thank you Yasmine.

The Good Life Eatery is what London has been lacking. Until now we’ve had to settle for murky, discoloured juices from Wholefoods knowing full well what we are missing across the globe. Along with the freshest of cold-pressed juices The Good Life also offers a sensational range of smoothies and snacks as well as an exceptional brunch and lunch menu. The menu isn’t vast but personally this makes decision making a lot easier, and each dish is full to the brim with ingredients so you practically get a few meals in one. The juices come in inspiring combinations and even a shot from the taster selection got me worked up, feeling great and excited for more. Made with a Hydraulic Juicer they ensure that all vital nutrients and enzymes are not lost during the process, making you feel better than ever and nothing like how you would after shop bought, sugar laden fruit juices.

The window is filled with gluten free, wholesome cakes and treats again with impressive concoctions like green tea cupcakes. The selection is varied with loaves, protein nibbles and biscuits, large slices and muffins, all of which are free from refined sugar and gluten, adding to the feel-good vibe. The lunch was amazing, consisting of ingredients that so many restaurants in London haven’t even heard of. I had a Kale salad with sweet potato topped with nuts and nutritional yeast. The menu board screams brilliance so much that you are dubious that what you order will actually be as good as it sounds. But it is. Pure satisfaction is what you will experience. Maybe it’s the way the kale was ‘massaged’ that made it taste so good. The attention to detail is evident in every mouthful, almost as evident as the abundance of nutrients. They use only the most wholesome, nutrient-rich, locally sourced produce keeping it ethical and really good quality as well as incredibly delicious - trust me, you can taste the difference. This is the first cafe i’ve been to in London which has a gluten free or spelt bread sandwich option, and you hardly notice the bread at all because its so packed with ingredients you can barely take a bite. Not a bite size socially acceptable anyway.

It’s not just the food and energising drinks that instantly improve your life, mood and body composition, even when you didn’t know they needed improving, but also the entire vibe and energy of the place. A sense of pure health and a slow, stress-free lifestyle is potent as soon as you walk in off the street. It’s not huge inside so the place is a small babble of chilled, interested and excited new comers. The atmosphere is low key and intimate and the perfect place for food lovers and health freaks to spend time. I love the decor, featuring huge jars filled with super foods and large blackboards which compliment the rustic exposed brickwork. It possesses both a convenient fast-food approach as well as a slow, welcoming, easy-like-sunday-morning kind of vibe. Grab a juice from the fully stocked fridge quicker than you can say KFC for an instant, on-the-go pick me up, or sit down for lunch and you wont be rushed away even if you’re making your way through your second gluten free club, waiting for a smoothie and intending to finish it all off with an Organic Nude Espresso (which - i might add - is like no other).

THESBCOLLECTIVE, UK

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I was introduced to Russell Bateman, founder of the SBC, just after a Christmas full of roast dinner, leftover roast dinner, puddings, leftover puddings and chocolate, in a desperate quest to lose 5 pounds before fashion week. I was told he was the best in the industry, with a diverse client base of actresses, pro fighters, mothers and models. Having been somewhat inactive since skiving PE at school, I thought it was about time to see what I could do, and was convinced that with a clientele like his, it would be worth it. What I wasn’t so convinced about was that I would see results after just 2 sessions; how wrong I was.

Russell has been training men and women for over ten years and The SBC was the result of him spontaneously Instgramming one of his beautiful clients working out. How he got her to agree to that I wasn’t so sure, until I attended one of his workshops. This 50 minute session was a family-like community of girls working out - slim, but not at all bitchy despite the name- and wanting the world to see what they were capable of. Photographs of girls on all fours, sweating over kettle bells, pressing weights in high heels; girls training like girls have never trained before. That certainly got people interested, and The Skinny Bitch Collective was born. Russell developed a unique approach to helping women achieve the body they’ve always wanted, lifting heavier weights than your boyfriend could.

NUTRITION
Training with the SBC isn’t just about working out, but your nutrition and lifestyle too. After reviewing my main goals we discussed my sleep patterns, my stress levels and my diet. Before our first meeting I provided him with a two-week food diary, which consisted primarily of fruit, muesli, salad and lots of snacking. The feedback I got was a little surprising, apparently a common outcome among most of his female clients. I’d thought, like so many other women, that my breakfast (if I didn’t skip it) of muesli and fruit was as healthy as it could get. However, after branding me the ‘fruit queen’ Russ explained that fruit was high in fructose sugar, and although a natural sugar, it is sugar all the same; and sugar was to be treated as an encouraging ally to body fat.

He sent me SBC Nutritional Guidelines and explained to me what my diet would be from now on. He lost me at “Chicken for breakfast” but re-discovered me at “Sweet potato and Quinoa”. The SBC daily guidelines consist of an entirely organic diet, high in protein, high in good fats and low in sugar with no refined carbs. One of the first things Russ will warn you of are the misconceptions of a low-fat diet which is one of the most negative weight loss strategies, fooling the majority of women – and men - into buying overpriced, pseudo products which will only do the opposite of what they promise to. He points out that “the less fat in the food, the less fat you lose” because any fat taken out must be replaced with something else; most commonly sugary carbohydrates. So a low fat diet ultimately means one high in sugar, and sugar is the enemy. Don’t believe the hype.

A standard breakfast “SBC style” is high in protein and preferably consists of a fillet of salmon or a chicken breast with almonds or macadamia nuts. This shocks every one of Russell’s clients. It may at first seem an unbelievable alternative to your yogurt and fruit, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back. “Breakfast is integral to metabolic potential throughout the day, increasing neural drive and focus”. Knowing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I instantly wanted to make it the most nutritious and beneficial, too. As weird as it may seem to cook a lunch-like meal at 7am, you’re body will thank you, and you will get so much more out of your day.

Alongside working out - especially as intensively as his clients do - protein is essential, for energy as well as muscle repair, and contributes toward a leaner body. Meat is to be organically sourced and Quinoa (an SBC staple) is key for high protein levels and nutrient content. He recommends grass fed beef consumed with macadamia nuts, which are full of healthy fats. On top of protein, he emphasises the importance of fibrous green vegetables in your diet, and as he clearly knows women so well, he has even included a snack section, recommending green tea (to assist digestion) and berries or nuts for a midday lift.

Included in the food plan, Russell explains the importance of supplements in helping to lose bodyfat, aid digestion and general health. Check out his recent interview on Get The Gloss to find out his favourites. http://www.getthegloss.com/article/body-centric-supplements

FIRST SESSION:
My first session with Russ should probably have been a bigger deal for me than it was, because I had no idea how different he was from other trainers or how hard he was going to work me. I had no idea how lucky I was to be training one on one with such an in demand trainer. I had no idea how influential he was on the fitness scene, I wasn’t on twitter and all I knew was that he trained a few other models from my agency. I had zero knowledge and to be honest zero interest in fitness and I portrayed this in our first session through my attire alone. It was clear I hadn’t seen his Instagram because if I had I would have gone to a lot more effort than turning up in some awful black-soled trainers I’d borrowed from my sister. That alone reflected how fitness-backward I was.

Thankfully, we avoided running in them too much, and focussed on things I’d never heard of before. Spider crawls, disco lunges and mountain climbers came to the fore of the session and I knew straight away that, however out of the loop I may have been, this wasn’t any old standard way of training. He had me lifting weights I didn’t know I could lift, dragging bags down the corridor heavier than myself and then squatting whilst my legs trembled in shock beneath me. I had never seen anyone train like this. He explained why his unique and unconventional primal moves could work so well, compared to a long distance run or a cross trainer stint. Russ believes long haul cardio can negate your shape and have a negative impact on your composition. Research suggests long workouts can increase your stress hormone, Cortisol, and that some people can’t lose weight because of it. The right balance of exercise, sleep and nutrition is key, as they can all affect its increase and decrease.

During the session I thought, on several occasions, that I wasn’t going to make it to see my family again, let alone see the last set of burpees through to the end. However, as soon as we finished, I wanted to do it all again straight away. I felt amazing, even more energised than before we’d started, and aching with a pain similar to when you burn your tongue on your favourite meal but It’s so worth it that you just keep going. So, despite the hard work, shocking amounts of sweat and being very close to tears, when he invited me to one of his workshops the following Saturday, I couldn’t think of anywhere I’d rather be. Admittedly, I did consider truanting at the thought of a room full of SBC experienced “bitches”, cringing at my trainers, watching me drop my weights and wining after press up number 1, but again, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Yes, they were lean and experienced, but in an inspiring way rather than humiliating, and they were further from being bitches than your own Dad.

WORKSHOPS:
An SBC workshop includes a group of enthusiastic girls, an epic playlist, a harsh yet humorous trainer working you to your upmost potential and, of course, some pain. Before we began, each girl consumed an exclusive shot of SBC’s Pre-workout Potion. This contained a combination of fresh coconut water and an amino acid which helps to turn fat into energy. This set us up to really get the most out of our workout, aiding fat loss and hydration, and was further proof that SBC’s style of training was unique. You wouldn’t get that from a conventional gym class or from working out alone.

We started the hour in the same way as our one-to-one session with a mix of dynamic warm up movements. The music got louder and before I knew it I was clapping like a deranged sea lion behind my legs and working my abs harder than ever. There was considerably less resting than in our first session, with constant and dramatic changes in movements like overhead squats followed by press-ups and then some quick weight lifts before lunging down the corridor. The benefit of a group class meant that you simply couldn’t be the girl lying on her face whilst the others persevered and proved that it could be done. There was no time to think about how sick you felt or how difficult such normally effortless movements like getting up off the floor had become.

The entire workshop is high intensity and tackles every part of your body, even when it thinks it can’t work any harder. By working your whole body in the SBC class you are developing your structural balance and strength as well as losing body fat and getting leaner. With encouraging profanity from Russ to spur you on in order not to fail, you end up pushing yourself way beyond your limit without even noticing it go by. The class left me feeling even more inspired than our first session. Seeing so many girls training and eating in such a refreshing way made me want to run (or hobble) home and fill the cupboard with organic essentials that were going to change my life, alongside the training.

SBC has been unstoppable since the day it began. It is going big places and I am honoured to be working alongside Russell as he continues to change the way women all over the world train, eat and live.

We recently met up in New York, where Russ was visiting agencies and gyms to discuss SBC’s potential in the US. In between appointments and castings we discovered several incredible health food joints and amazing restaurants. The Wholefood’s alone were overwhelming, and, with 24hour opening times, provided hours of fun. We discovered several mind blowing Juicery’s, a gourmet coffee shop, (M&M World) and the best pre-workout breakfast I think either of us had ever had. All this and we even managed to fit in a bespoke training session in Central Park. (NY post coming soon).

Since then, I have also accompanied Russ to Aynhoe Park in the Cotswolds, for a private weekend workshop with the owners of the house, with the incentive of setting up SBC retreats there in the future. I also joined him for an SBC retreat-style weekend in Ibiza, where he spends every summer training overseas clients and doing workshops in breathtakingly serene locations with beautiful backdrops. We relaxed in the sun, swam in the sea, ate amazing SBC food and worked out everyday on a cliff overlooking the ocean. (More on these trips to follow).

As for the future, exciting plans include LA workshops, taking SBC to Tokyo and innovative collaborations with top health food companies and detox delivery services. There have even been requests for a private SBC Supper Club. This is next level training and nutrition – don’t miss out.