Is Your Health Ready For the Drop in Temperature?

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I am happy to share that some of my advice on keeping healthy in the winter months was recently featured in two articles on winter health and wellness in Iceni Magazine and Amor Magazine.

Some of the tips include increasing your Vitamin D intake, arranging your space to encourage feelings of wellness, and many more.

You can find the articles here and here.

New edition of Body Cycles - New Year Wellness inspiration!

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I am delighted to announce the release of the second edition of my book Body Cycles on Kindle and Issue, just in time for Christmas and New Year inspiration! 

If you are interested in an alternative to the yearly diet narrative and want a new way of maintaining your health all year-round take a look here.

Burnout Talk at 12 Hay Hill

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Many thanks to everyone who attended my sold-out talk at 12 Hay Hill on stress and professional burnout! I received great feedback from the audience and truly appreciated the support provided from Hay Hill. It's a lovely club.

It is always a rewarding experience to discuss and provide strategies for those who need to manage stress.

Festival of Inspiration

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On the 10th of November I attended The Stylist Festival of Inspiration at Olympia.

It was a fun and wonderful morning out of the office with Elena Shchukina, and it really helped us to look outwards from our world and imagine other possibilities outside of our creative box.

It really lived up to our expectations!

Sleeping is not a luxury, it's a necessity: tips for better sleep

Sleeping is not a luxury, it's a necessity: tips for better sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential for our physical, mental and emotional health. Yet most of us tend to ignore the circadian rhythm: even when tired, we often end up staying up late watching tv, working, or partying.

This blog post is a short guide on how to improve the quality of our sleep and re-balance our body clocks. I give top tips for better sleep focussing on the five senses, and will show you how small changes to your bed-time routine can bring your daily cycle into line with your natural rhythms, which will enable you to perform at optimum level, prevent burnout and reduce stress.⠀

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Ingredient Spotlight: WALNUTS

Ingredient Spotlight: WALNUTS

Ahead of my talk on How to Recognise Burnout and Reduce Stress, I have been thinking a lot about the role that food plays in protecting our body from external and internal stressors, and reducing (or promoting) inflammation. This is why this week I want to talk about the importance of eating enough FAT, and how you can add more good fat to your diet by eating this week’s featured ingredient: WALNUTS.

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Ingredient Spotlight: WATERCRESS

Ingredient Spotlight: WATERCRESS

Autumn can be a particularly busy season - that’s when we begin to reflect and plan for the challenges ahead that can affect our health over the next six months. This is the season of peak performance, but sometimes we try to take on more than our minds and bodies can handle and succumb to burnout and stress.This is why this week I chose an ingredient that is available almost year round, and a very simple recipe to go with it: watercress, which is the start ingredient of my green soup. 

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Ingredient Spotlight: CUCUMBER

Ingredient Spotlight: CUCUMBER

For my first Ingredient Spotlight post, I celebrate the humble cucumber! I highlight some of its health properties and reveal some of my favourite recipes, giving you new ideas on how to include delicious, healthy and seasonal produce into your diet. 

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Meditation in Green

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Autumn is here and we just had a watery full moon in Pisces on Wednesday. The energy always feels is little intense around this time, especially as we are truly at the end of Summer and transitioning towards the contraction of nature from harvest to the winter season.

I find it helpful to meditate on the colour green to help ground and balance my thoughts and energy - Autumn is the season to plan and prepare and at watery times to blend seamlessly with the Sun in the earth sign of Virgo to gain positive results.

Try to meditate on green for 15 minutes in the morning or before you go to bed, looking at your green items and see how you feel.

Summer Workout Cool Down Tips

Being active the Summer heat, whether working out or having fun outdoors, we need safe and effective ways to cool down properly. Here are my top tips:

  • Unlike athletes - ice baths don't appeal, must reduce inflammation after intense workout in hot weather
  • Cold baths and showers are not for the faint hearted - start with lukewarm water then move to colder temperature
  • If in a bath - this is a good opportunity to add Epsom salts and other nutrients to remineralise your body. Most adults in the West are low on magnesium and this is a good time to add active salt
  • Add essential oils to help you relax, clear emotional energy or energise your spirit. Lavender, geranium, neroli, and rosemary are all great choices
  • Pray or meditate for 15 minutes in the water, I find this extremely helpful to activate a positive visualisation
  • Listen to some relaxation music if bathing at the end of your day
  • Use this protocol after a big night out dancing to aid restful nights sleep
  • If you've been sunbathing - after bath use aloe Vera, calendula or soothing calming gels to aid recovery
  • Once out of the water, allow your body to calm before adding moisturisers or sunscreen! 

Pasta Sauce Magic

Eating good food should be a pleasure, not a burden.

That's why I am always looking for healthy and tasty convenience foods, that make cooking faster, easier and more enjoyable! One of my favourite magic ingredients is pasta sauce, which I love to use on pasta or rice, but also on steamed or baked fish, meat or vegetables.⠀

The problem is that all too often jarred sauces are laden with sugar and additives - even gourmet or organic ones! So I was ecstatic when I found in my local Marks & Spencer this delicious and incredibly well-priced sauce by Italian producer, La Malva Rosa.⠀

It's made with only THREE ingredients: tomatoes, Taggiasca olives (small black olives from the Liguria region) and extra virgin olive oil. And it TASTES AMAZING! You can seriously eat it straight out of the jar… But I suggest that you try to add a few spoonfuls to your roasted vegetables to boost flavour, healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants. ⠀

** Food Fact: Tomatoes are an interesting exception to the rule that cooking food reduces micronutrients: lycopene is better absorbed when it has been heated, so tinned tomatoes are good for you. This powerful antioxidant is fat soluble - it's absorbed by the body in the presence of fats - which makes the olive oil & tomato pairing a perfect match! ** 

2017 UPDATE

An update from Covent Garden, London on what I have been up to in the first months of 2017.

I talk about my travels to Europe and Africa, the changing seasons, and getting ready for Summer. 

Don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel to be the first to watch my upcoming video on Summer Health Tips.