Last week the flu epidemic that seems to have been sweeping our office finally caught up with me. From feeling unusually achy and slightly sub-par while doing my yoga on Wednesday morning, I found myself a shivering, sweating, aching, snotty mess by Wednesday evening. While my training dwindled into non-existence and I had to miss [...]
A new vegan cake fuelling system for marathon training?
With Lent now in full swing I debated writing a post about abstinence this week. Whether it's cutting back on a vice such as alcohol or caffeine, laying off the chocolate or avoiding sugar, being abstemious, and knowing that you can do without one thing or another, can be incredibly empowering. Indeed, since the yoga retreat [...]
One of the world’s best yoga retreats is hiding in the North Yorkshire hills
This weekend I went on a detox yoga retreat at The Orange Tree Relaxation Centre in North Yorkshire with my friend and sister-in-law-to-be, Ruth, and two of her lovely pals, Sophie and Laura. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the itinerary promised plenty of time dedicated to yoga and relaxation, delicious ayurvedic, vegan food, [...]
Runaway success: why not escape real life this weekend?
When weekdays and weekends seem to get lost in a sea of work, weddings, exercise and life admin, it's all too easy to forget to set aside some time to relax and enjoy yourself with close friends, indulging in each other's company and allowing yourself to unwind. Last weekend, I took a step off the [...]
Thinking of going vegan? It’s not all quinoa and kale.
Last weekend my mother-in-law gave me an article written by journalist Anna Magee, who decided to challenge herself by going vegan for 60 days. Fighting her perception of vegans as 'anaemic-looking, sandal-wearing hippies', she decided to switch her largely meat-based Paleo diet to a vegan alternative, with some interesting, and largely positive results. Social stigma [...]
Lazy weekends in London
While I love weekends away, there are times when all you need is a lazy weekend in your own home and this past weekend I indulged accordingly. After a long, hectic week at work, the weekend started on Friday evening with a rocket yoga class at Yogarise in the Bussey Building, Peckham. Although I do [...]
After last week's proclamation of a health kick, and with a few good salads under my belt, the healthy eating started in earnest this week. I'm working towards little targets, the first being our holiday in September, which gives me seven weeks (and counting!) of being good to my body. I'm not reviewing improvement in [...]
Vegan sticky toffee pudding
I'm forever ripping out recipes from papers and magazines and then completely failing to ever cook them. This week, however, I actually made one of the recipes I'd torn out and it was super easy and so delicious I wanted to share it with you here. Makes 4 Ingredients For the puddings 200g pitted dates [...]
One of my utter guilty pleasures is buying fitness magazines. At around £4 a time they're not the thriftiest of indulgences, then again, in my defence, they're not the most expensive (at least they're not designer shoes or handbags). I also justify my spending by that fact that these magazines provide motivation for my workouts [...]
Some readers may be familiar with the unmistakable sweet and chalky, but not altogether unpleasant taste that comes from protein powder. Whether it's mixed in with yogurt, shaken up with a smoothie or mixed into soups or oats, there is a distinctive taste that comes from giving your food that extra powdery protein boost. I [...]