The Benefits Of Eating Anti-Inflammatory Foods

We’re hearing more and more about the importance of following an alkaline and anti-inflammatory diet, but what exactly is it?

The root cause of many ailments and illnesses today is due to inflammation within the body. This can occur on differing levels for example, general aches and pains, through to more serious conditions such as arthritis, auto-immune disorders, colitis and heart disease.

Some inflammation within the body is a positive thing, it helps us to repair and heal for example if you sprain an ankle inflammation is crucial to the healing process but excessive inflammation can lead to ill health and disease. One of the biggest causes of inflammation is chronic stress. When we are continually in the fight or flight response, stress hormones are being pumped through the bloodstream, however the body cannot deal with this level of hormones and will start to fight against itself, causing inflammation.

An anti-inflammatory diet means consuming more foods which are alkaline rather the acidic. Acidic foods promote inflammation, therefore creating health problems. Eating an alkaline, anti-inflammatory diets means you should feel energised and ‘well’ majority of the time.

Following this way of eating means cutting out foods such as:

  • Wheat/gluten
  • Dairy
  • Caffeine
  • Vegetable oils (such as corn, safflower, soybean, peanut and cottonseed oil)
  • All processed foods
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sugar, artificial sweeteners
  • Alcohol

Instead consuming a diet high in antioxidants including foods such as:

  • Fresh leafy greens e.g spinach, kale
  • Seasonal and ideally organic vegetables such as sweet potatoes, artichokes
  • Fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, lemons, limes
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains and legumes such as quinoa and beans.
  • Fresh oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines – all high in Omega 3 fatty acids which have been shown to reduce inflammation
  • Cold pressed nut and seed oils, olive oil and coconut oil.
  • Spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon which have been used in ayurvedic medicine for years due to their healing properties. They contain bioflavonoids and polyphenols that reduce inflammation and limit free radical production.
  • Herbal Teas

One food which I am delighted to include is raw cacao. There is numerous research showing that cacao is high in antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. Therefore, a small piece of ideally raw or high percentage dark chocolate is a necessary part of your daily diet!

In summary, following an anti-inflammatory diet helps to promote balance in your body, helping it to work in the correct way, at its optimum and helping you to stay ‘hip and healthy’ all year round.


 

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Why You Should Be Drinking Birch Water

What is Birch Water?

In winter, birch trees store vital minerals and vitamins in their roots. In spring water is filtered up through the trunk, nourishing the tree. Then, for 3 weeks (for that is their tapping window), the trees get tapped for their water. The water itself is much like coconut water in its make up, but there are some differences (for example coconut water does not contain Saponin – more on that below). It tastes a bit like normal water but Tapped have a couple of new flavor combos that will blow your mind (our fave is the Apple and Root Ginger) and not an added sugar or artificial sweetener in sight – phew.

Why Is Birch Water So Healthy?

Although drinking Birch water may seem like a completely new radical idea here in the UK, it has actually been happening in the colder climes of Finland for centuries. In fact, so dedicated are the Fins to tapping their trees that they even put their strong bones and youthful complexion down to the trees’ elixir. We spoke to the clever people at Tapped (they are the ones with the super cool bottles that look like mini birch trees) about why we should all be drinking nature’s latest nectar!

Why is it Good For Us?

The water that is harvested from the trees in spring contains all the nutrients and minerals to give the tree its new branches and leaves for the summer and so it is full of goodness. Outlined below are just some of the reasons that we think Birch Water should be your new post-workout tipple:

  • A great source of manganese (great for detoxing!)
  • Rumored to help with getting rid of cellulite as it is so cleansing
  • Packed full of electrolytes
  • It contains Saponin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol
  • It’s anti-inflammatory

 What the Experts Say…

Dr Storfer, Founder of The Food Effect, recently said in the Daily Mail that:

‘People of North America have been drinking it as a “health tonic” for years. It’s believed to have amazing healing properties ranging from everything to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, treating infections of the urinary tract and healing cancers. Medically however, we don’t know that much about the birch water’s value as a health drink, as it’s only just entered the market, with its health claims similar to coconut water. I’d say if you enjoy it, there’s definitely no harm in consuming in moderation… it’s definitely good for rehydration, and far better than any sugary fizzy drinks out there!’

Buy yours at Tapped.co.uk, Tapped are also stocked in Planet Organic and Wholefoods.

Words by Sadie Reid 


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The Hip and Healthy Guide to NYC

New Yorkers do not joke around when it comes to being uber hip and healthy. Sporting your hottest new activewear is considered fashion forward and just about every street corner is adorned with a juice and smoothie bar. There are constantly new fitness and food trends that sweep across the city in seconds. We want to ensure you can be your hip and healthiest self on your next trip to NYC so we’ve rounded up our favourite places to eat, sweat and adventure. Read on for all the scoop…

 Fitness

  • Physique57

A 57-minute ballet-barre class that is sure to leave your muscles shaking. As one of NYC’s hippest exercise classes, do not be surprised if your pliéing next to models or celebs. As a first timer, opt for a beginner class and prepare to be sore! Physqiue57 has three locations – Soho, Midtown, and Upper West Side.

  • SoulCycle

If you are looking to really sweat it out, SoulCycle is just your place. This 45-minute heart pumping cycle class will leave you drenched from head to toe. With fourteen studios throughout NYC, you’ll have no excuse not to get your daily exercise in.

  • SLT

Infamous for their hardcore reformer pilates classes, check out SLT if you’re in the mood for a butt kicking class. Hence the name, it promises to Stenthen Lengthen and Tone you – and leave you with wobbly legs from such a great workout! You can make your way to SLT in Soho, Flatiron, or Midtown.

  • Yoga Vida

This is hands down my favourite yoga studio because all the teachers – at both of their two downtown locations – are amazing. The flow classes are great to get your heart rate going, but calm your mind in the midst of what can sometimes be crazy NYC. This is also a great workout for the gal on the go, because it’s not so sweat intensive.

Juice/Smoothie Bars

  • Liquiteria

This NYC based must-visit destination doesn’t only blend up some of the healthiest smoothies, cold pressed juices and yummy bites – they also have the hippest blue interiors. We promise if you make your way to Liquiteria, you’ll find yourself coming back for more. Our favourites include the Mean Green Smoothie – a blend of spinach, kale, mango, banana, and pineapple, the Winter Sunshine Juice – made up of blood orange, tangerine, pomegranate, pear, and ginger and the All Greens juice with lemon and ginger.

  • Juice Generation

You have not lived until you have tried Juice Generation’s Peanut Butter Acai Bowl. We are forewarning you – prepare to be addicted to this frozen blended base of acai, peanut butter, and almond milk, topped with banana slices, strawberries, cacao nibs, hemp granola, and a dollop of peanut butter. They also serve up amazing cold pressed juices, smoothies, vegan baked goods and raw bites for on the go. Your addiction can be easily satisfied thanks to their fifteen locations across NYC.

  • Juice Press

Infamous for their Almond Butter Cup smoothie, Juice Press knows how to do it all. They serve up just about every cold pressed juice combo you could ever dream of and also the loveliest raw foods and desserts. We’re particularly obsessed with their Raw Oatmeal and Matcha Green Tea Latte!

  • The Juice Shop

We love all the cold pressed juice shops in NYC, but The Juice Shop is one of our favourites because besides smoothies and juices, they have quite an extensive food menu including the yummiest kale and grain bowls ever! For the kale bowls, you can choose between quinoa or brown rice and have the option to add proteins like chicken, salmon or tofu. Our favourite is the Veggie Pad Thai made up of tons of veggies with a spicy almond butter dressing. Don’t leave without trying the heavenly Cha Cha Chai smoothie with chai, almond milk, banana, ginger, vanilla, agave, and cinnamon.

 Restaurants

  • Chalkpoint Kitchen

The adorable decorations at this Soho restaurant go perfectly with their amazing farm-to-table food. Chalkpoint Kitchen is amazing for veg-heads and meat eaters alike with options for vegetarian and vegan plates, super tasty fish, and unbelievably rich meat and poultry. Some of our favourites include the cauliflower steak with tahini, raisins, and pickled chillies; the succotash containing a mix of mushrooms, local corn, black dirt carrots and English peas in truffle vinaigrette; and the Icelandic artic char with white miso & ruby red grapefruit.

  • Little Beet Table

You would never know The Little Beet Table serves up a completely gluten free menu because they offer the most creative and deceptively gluten free dishes. With options like fish tacos, mushroom flatbread, and a delicious burger – you will be in foodie heaven! The best part is they don’t use weird chemical gluten free alternatives but rather focus on whole food ingredients. Be sure not to skip out on their infamous roasted sweet potatoes with smoked sea salt!

  • Café Clover

Café Clover has one of the most enticing and deceivingly healthy menus in town. With a focus on locally sourced organic ingredients – you can always be sure to find foods of the highest quality with loads of flavour at this healthy hub favourite. We love their brunch with options like quinoa pancakes with baked apples, beet and mushroom veggie burgers with sweet potato jam, and poached farm eggs with spaghetti squash chia rosti.

Cafes

  • Hu Kitchen

This is seriously the mecca for all healthy NYCers! If you visit New York you must not leave without a bar of Hu Kitchen’s infamous puffed quinoa and almond butter dark chocolate. This paleo eatery prides themselves in home making just about everything – from the almond milk they use in their smoothies to their kombucha on tap, to the most delicious paleo bread and baked goods we have ever tasted!

  • Siggys Good Food

Siggys Good Food serves up 100% organic, sustainable and whole-food ingredients in the form of the yummiest home-style comfort food. With choices like Greek style quinoa and avocado salad, gluten free organic thyme sage chicken with caramelized onions, and loads of freshly made juices and smoothies – what’s not to love.

  • Butchers Daughter

This vegetable slaughter house is every vegetarian and vegans dream. We always opt for brunch here because they serve up a bit of everything we love. With a menu consisting of soaked organic museli made with almond milk; tacos verdes with lettuce tortillas, ground tempeh, and avocado creama; the tastiest spicy kale cesar salad with cashew carrot cheese and adzuki bean bacon; and raw hot cacao – sound heavenly? That’s exactly what it is! They even serve up biodynamic wines if you’re looking to squeeze some extra antioxidants into your diet!

  • Souen

Souen is hands down our favourite place for a super clean, simple meal when you need a detox or healthy reset. This macrobiotic café has three downtown locations with lots of soups, veggie entrees, sushi, noodle dishes, seafood dishes and clean treats on offer. Their gluten free cornbread is to die for, as is their pad thai, but the winner is their macro plate which is just so clean and light – think steamed seasonal greens, squash, brown rice, beans, hijiki seaweed and the hip and healhiest dressing options around.

  • Candle 79

Candle 79 is definitely NYCs premier organic vegan eatery – and eco bar – for a bit of a fancier meal. They’re infamous for their polenta fries and super creative veg dishes.

 Sweet Bites

  • Babycakes

Gluten, dairy, soy, egg, refined sugar and oil free treats might sound impossible – or just tasteless – but we promise you Babycakes somehow manages to make baked goods even more tasty then their unhealthy alternatives. They dish out soft serve, cupcakes, cakes, bagels, donuts, cookies, breads, muffins, and brownies all made in house. Their flavour options are endless so get ready to leave with a box rather than just one treat. They also mastermind daily specials like apple churros, peach cinnamon buns, ice cream sandwiches and more. Check out their one location on the Lower East Side.

  • Cinnamon Snail

Be sure to catch this vegan organic food truck while roaming the streets of NYC.  You would never know their food is vegan especially when you have options like fresh fig pancakes, ancho chili seitan burger, chimichurri tempeh empanada, and thai barbecue seitan ribs. Save room for dessert though, they are most praised for their donuts that rotate daily. Don’t be surprised to find flavours such as vanilla-bourbon crème brulée, raspberry cheesecake, peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and pistachio cake with a rosewater and cardamom glaze.

  • Chalait

The hottest food trend as of late to sweep New York is matcha green tea. Chalait takes this trend to the next level with the most delicious matcha lattes, matcha superfood chocolate, matcha yogurt pots and more. If you fancy something to nibble on while looking like a trendy New Yorker, Chalait has also mastered the tartine game. It is hard to choose between the muesli toast topped with greek yogurt, seasonal fruit, nuts, and honey, or the miso butter toast topped with a soft boiled egg, avocado, sesame and arugula. Their only location is on West 4th so be sure to stop by if you’re on the Lower West Side.

  • Van Leeuwen

Sustainable ice cream shop with dairy free options? Yes we’re fans! Van Leeuwen started out as a gourmet ice cream truck and their popularity quickly helped them open multiple NYC stores. Their ingredients list is short, simple and natural with flavours to die for. Van Leeuwen can be found on the Lower West and East side, in three locations in Brooklyn, and they also have their infamous food truck still roaming around.

 Sites/ Shopping

  • Union Square Farmers Market

If you’re in the area, it won’t hurt to pop in and see a cute local NYC market with some great food stalls and even better flowers. This market is packed with tons of local and seasonal produce which you should definitely take advantage of if you plan on cooking during your stay.

  • LifeThyme Natural Market

The mecca of all health food grocery stores, LifeThyme have just about every healthy food item you could dream of including loads of local produce and an amazing juice bar, bakery, and prepared foods section. LifeThyme is right on 6th Avenue between 8th and 9th street.

  • Highline

The Highline is not just a super beautiful boardwalk above the busy streets of NYC, it’s a total activity hub. This linear park above the West Side Highway is on a converted railroad track that now serves as an aerial greenway. When the hustle and bustle of NYC becomes a bit much, this is the best place to spend a sunny afternoon.

  • Reformation

This LA based store sells clothing made from only sustainable fabrics, recycled hangers and 100% recycled packaging. Reformation makes the cutest designs that flatter all figures – and you wont only feel good about yourself while wearing it, but also about the positive impact you’re making on the environment. They have a Lower East Side and Soho location.


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How To Balance Your Hormones

This week, we caught up with Susie Rogers – Co Author of Your Hormone Doctor and founder of BeautyWorksWest, to find out how we can ensure our hormones are healthy and happy in our 20s, 30s and beyond.

Tell us a bit about yourself! What sparked your interest in the area of hormones?

I am a native New Yorker who founded and taught in one of the first Pilates Studios in the UK. Having entered the world of exercise and after studying nutrition, along with my abiding passion for beauty and wellness, with the encouragement of my clients I opened one of the first medi-spas in the UK in Notting Hill Gate. In 2005 Dr. Daniel Sister a well-known French Doctor who was a marvel with Hormones and the latest ground breaking Aesthetic Treatments joined the team and we soon built up a loyal client following.

As our Hormones influence everything from our mood to our concentration, to how well you sleep, the size of our waistline and even how young you look and feel; through Dr. Sister and the needs of our clients, I learned a lot about the importance of “Hormonal Health”. I realised through my knowledge of exercise and nutrition, how important they both are to maintaining a Healthy approach to Balancing your Hormones as well as the importance of “Happy Hormones”.

How are hormones in our twenties and thirties different from later years?

In our 20’s and 30’s our Hormone levels are usually at their peak. Most woman get regular periods, are fertile and skin elasticity remains constant. If we eat properly, control our stress levels and get a good amount of exercise, and have a positive attitude we should have no serious Hormonal effects. Some woman develop skin breakouts around the time of their periods, but this can be controlled with diet, exercise and a good skin care routine.

How do out of whack hormones affect how we age?

As Hormones affect everything in our bodies and mind, when they are out of whack they can seriously affect our ageing process. They affect your energy and stress levels, which cause depression, high blood pressure, cravings for bad food and thus having a detrimental effect on your skin and libido, so you look older than your years. You skin loses its elasticity and your tendency to put on weight quickly will occur and your hair can start thinning. Your confidence levels start getting worse and your posture and attitude can start to change as well.   So the key is to take control and make sure they don’t get out of whack in the first place.

How important is exercise to regulating hormones and what exercises do you recommend for ideal hormone function?

As we age exercise in non-negotiable. That means, to age well with energy and feeling healthy, you just have to do it. No excuses, ever! Exercise can add an average of seven years to your life expectancy, improves your health, your hormonal profile, reduces stress and even makes you younger right down to your cellular level. It makes you look and feel sexier and it can give thicker, brighter skin and stronger bones. It can even make you smarter. Study after study show that exercising is the most important way to keep your brain sharp and young and your memory working better as you get older. Are you convinced yet?

How does sleep affect our hormones?

As we age we produce less of the vital sleep hormone and antioxidant melatonin, which is secreted by the pineal gland in your brain. Lack of sleep puts us at risk of heart disease and diabetes and stress related illnesses. We all know good sleep makes us feel great and look better. It’s not just called beauty sleep for nothing. Sleep is the magic button that switches off the stress hormone cortisol, turns down the heat on your hunger hormones, boosts your metabolism, fires up your brain and reverses ageing. In short, if you don’t sleep well, you screw up your hormones and get fat, old tired and stupid.

Are certain foods best for regulating our hormones? What sorts of foods are best?

Regulating your Hormones and food is a big topic. We have covered this thoroughly in our book “Your Hormone Doctor”. Essentially a diet rich in vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants is absolutely key to slowing and reversing ageing, and thus regulating your Hormones. Research shows that just eating three portions of fruit and vegetables a day not only makes you look prettier, but helps to keep your Hormones more balanced.

Plant based foods such as fruit and vegetables are full of nutrients that aren’t just minerals and vitamins. They include things that give them their colour and taste.

They are powerful antioxidants, which protect our DNA, turn off inflammation and keep our immune systems firing as though you were years younger. Some scientist believe that if you cut out three servings of refined carbs and replace them with fruit vegetables, nuts and beans, you could cut diet related diseases by half. So add these superfoods to your shopping list.

  1. Spinach and Kale
  2. Red and Yellow Peppers
  3. Olives and Olive Oil
  4. Raspberries, blueberries, pomegranate
  5. Bananas
  6. Brazil nuts, almonds
  7. Watermelon
  8. Green Tea
  9. Oily cold- water fish, such as salmon sardines and mackerel

So of course avoid:-

  1. Sugar
  2. Salt
  3. Refined Carbohydrates
  4. Processed foods, meats and ready meals

What are some measures we can take in our 20s and 30s to ensure our hormones are balanced in later life?

Firstly you need to arm yourselves with the facts about your Hormones and their relation to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to start early getting into good habits of exercise, eating healthy foods and adopting a positive attitude and controlling your stress levels. It is the same at any age really, good healthy habits equal Happy Hormones!


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The Latest Way To Tone Your Core

Move over reformer Pilates, there’s a new kid on the block and it goes by the name of Bodhi.

LA’s latest fitness export has landed and with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosie Huntington-Whitely rumoured to be fans, we knew we had to check it out. Developed in California by Khita Whyatt and Kirsten Sell; it uses TRX-like suspension ropes that take you away from gravity, firing up your core and making your whole body work hard to stay balanced helping you to become more stronger and flexible (FYI –  on first appearances it all looks very 50 Shades of Grey). But do not be deceived, although swinging on a bunch of ropes may not look like much of a workout, it is harder than you think and because you are engaging lot of muscles at once, it challenges the body in many different ways and you’ll discover muscles in places you didn’t even know existed. So thorough is this technique that the day after I tried it, my armpits genuinely ached for days.

We caught up with Dawne from BePilates (the only place you can try this new workout in London) to find out exactly why Bodhi is the new exercise du jour…

Will I get a Six Pack?

Bodhi challenges both your centre of gravity and your base of support as you take yourself out of balance in an unstable environment to effectively challenge the structural muscles of your core. As you work with and against gravity to find balance, postural muscles effectively engage to protect your spine.  This unstable and unpredictable environment offers fantastic opportunities to continually challenge and “awaken” your core muscles.

I have never done Pilates does that matter?

Bodhi is a great option for most clients and provides a full-body workout for the beginner to the super advanced practitioner. It adds a new element to Pilates inspired exercises and helps you to find better, more efficient movement in all of your life’s activities.

What about all the Pilates teachers out there? Can they teach Bodhi too?

Bodhi teacher training is a great continuing education opportunity for Pilates teachers and other fitness or movement professionals.  The successful teacher has attended our training course for 2 days in-person, plus an additional 20 hours of personal practice and 20 hours of student teaching before they pass a final practical examination. Our first teacher-training course will be winter/spring 2016.

You can try Bodhi at BePilates, 78a Chiltern Street, London, W1U5AB

Image: Pinterest

Words by Sadie Reid 


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The Best Workouts To Do At A Music Festival

Whilst exercise and festivals don’t usually go hand in hand, it needn’t be this way. In light of festival season here in the UK, we caught up with FRAME to find out how our festival goers can stay Hip & Healthy this Summer. Over to FRAME

  • Festivals are the perfect place to do yoga! Get control of your breathing the morning after, reset your body and stretch out ready for the next day of party. Start your day with a basic Sun salutation when you wake up; Stand tall, shoulders back hands in front of chest, fold down, let your body hang, jump back to plank, float down to chaturanga, upward dog, downward dog, jump to forward fold – start again.
  • Primal movements are great to get the blood flowing and exercise in a natural, functional way that engages all our main muscle groups. Plus it’s fun to do and even more fun to watch! Just a few sets of a ‘basic crawl’ will do the trick; this is how to do it! Go down to all fours, hands under shoulders, knees under hips. Lift knees off the floor roughly 2 inches and crawl forward for 20 meters keeping this shape as best you can. Keep back flat and bum down. Try it backwards for a challenge!
  • Tabata is perfect for times when you want to fit exercise into a short amount of time! Your heart rate will jump and metabolism will kick into gear immediately, staying active well after your workout too which means your body will continue to burn fat even as you go from stage to stage. Here is a basic circuit to give a go! 20 secs mountain climbers (press up position, engage core, keep back straight and hips aligned with your spine, bring your knee to elbow – to mix it up and bring your obliques into play, take knee to opposite elbow), 10 sec rest, 20 secs burpees, repeat this 4 times.
  • Simple but effective! Another trusty bodyweight circuit that will do the trick and is easy to do quickly and with minimal space. Three exercises, work your way down from 10-1 of each; NO REST. 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 press ups, 9 squats, 9 lunges, 9 press ups….and so on.
  • Dance! I’m sure this will be a given but don’t underestimate the energy you will be pouring into dancing at festivals – this is a fantastic form of exercise and you won’t even know you’re doing it!

Come to our classes at BESTIVAL! – Euphoric Fitness Plus a whole programme of Yoga in the Hideaway Yoga Yurt.

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How To Heal Your Heartbreak & Find ‘The One’

Of all the many addictions and obsessions that leave us feeling trapped – whether it’s partying, shopping or even just Facebook stalking – what could be a more under-estimated affliction than that of love addiction? Allow us to indulge you with a personal testimony to the power of this particular vice.

Both of us girls (the founders of addictivedaughter.com) used to be obsessed with dating Bad Boys. They were typically heavy drinkers, serial philanderers and emotionally unavailable. Inevitably, these relationships never worked out.

Yet, we found ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place, believing that we were destined to only ever fall for men who would eventually break our hearts, claiming that they were just our type. As far as we were concerned, our love lives were essentially out of our control, because we could not help who we fell for.

It never dawned on us that we were actively choosing these toxic relationships as a way of avoiding having to look at what was really going on inside of us underneath all the romantic drama.

Because it is a choice, after all – who we give our hearts to; infatuation and obsession are decisions like any other, but we tend not to perceive them this way. This is because we are regularly bombarded with the Hollywood-ised perception of true love as being all-consuming and immersed with pain, suffering and heartache.

Yet, there came a point for both of us (after experiencing a crushing break-up one too many times), when we decided that this obsessive and addictive form of love was simply too painful and exhausting to fight for any longer.

There had to be a different way.

And – it turned out – there was. It began by taking a very honest look at our own patterns in relationships. It was probably no coincidence that we kept being drawn to the same type of man that, for whatever reason, could never give us the love we so badly craved.

We realised that we had hopped from destructive relationship to destructive relationship, desperately looking for what was missing from within us – namely, a sense of self-worth and self-love.

It became apparent that the only way that we could ever hope to find a healthy loving relationship in the future, was to first develop one with ourselves.

From the murky depths of heartbreak, we began to focus all the energy that we had once used to obsess over relationships that were doomed from the start, into obsessively learning to love and respect ourselves wholeheartedly instead.

After all, we had been more than willing to become fully addicted to our previous love interests – knowing full well it would only end in pain, so why not permit ourselves to become equally addicted to our own healing, safe in the knowledge that it could only be beneficial to our lives? Without that other person to fix on, something needed to fill the empty void – it may as well have been ourselves.

After what we later dubbed our ‘summer of self-love’, whenever new love interests turned up on the scene (as they always do just as things are finally going well), we were not thrown off course by them as we always had been before. Our new-found self-worth was too precious a thing to throw away for what we used to sweepingly (and somewhat naively) refer to as love.

We took our time, assessed whether these potential suitors would benefit or hinder our lives, and only chose to commit when we felt sure these men valued us as much as we now valued ourselves.

The result of our new perspective on love?

Well, one of us recently got married to a wonderful man, and the other is choosing to focus purely on her relationship with herself for the time being, and it feels great.

After seeing the huge benefits of examining and working on our own love lives, we felt called to share what we had learned with others out there struggling in romance.

If you’d like to learn the 3 step process we went through ourselves to turn our heartbreak into the best thing that’s ever happened to us, head over to heart-rehab.com – we’re sure you won’t regret it.

Biggest love,

Persia & Joey

Founders of addictivedaughter.com


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FITSPO: Anjhe Mules, founder of Lucas Hugh

 What does your typical day look like?

Up at 6 am, work out between 6.45-7.45. I Skype my sisters in New Zealand or Australia often as I have breakfast and go to the office. I am usually at LH HQ at 8.30 and responding to emails. By 9am when the team arrives the day gets very busy.

Most of my day is adding input to all departments: marketing, sales, web, distribution, PR and design and production.

I have lunch at my desk or sometimes a lunch meeting at a restaurant. When I am designing often I work from home to get some quiet space. I usually finish at 6.30/ 7 and either my husband or I cook. He is gluten and dairy intolerant and has since become a very good, healthy cook. I don’t enjoy TV and often have a bath to try to switch off, or listen to an audio book. I am usually asleep by 10.

What do you have for breakfast?

Kiwifruit and a very weak latte followed by either gluten-free muesli with almond milk, a shake, or sometimes eggs and avocado.

How do you sweat? 

 I usually work out 4-5 days a week and every day of the week is different. I rotate between these:

-Personal training session with Dalton Wong

-Heartcore Reformer Pilates class

-Free weights or mat work at Equinox or Virgin Active

-Run or a walk in Hyde Park

-Helle Hammonds session at Gym Class

-Barry’s Bootcamp

-BarreCore Class

 Your most treasured fit kit item?

 I love the Lucas Hugh Core Cross Back Tank with built in sports bra. I have them in all colours and they go with my massive variety of Lucas Hugh leggings, perfect for the gym and classes because it’s an all in one with a flattering neck shape.

What does your workspace look like?

The whole office is very minimal: white desks and walls and skylights. We only really moved in to our larger space this year and are yet to add the Lucas Hugh detail. I have my own office. I have a lot of magazines and books stacked and collection plans and yearly planners on the walls. I have a big white desk with healing crystals by my over-sized Apple computer to try and balance the energy. It’s covered in sketchbooks, my diary, Frends headset, iPhone and water bottle.

What inspired you to start Lucas Hugh?

I was designing swimwear for 15 years before launching Lucas Hugh. It felt like a very natural progression to move into activewear – working with similar fabrics and body forming fits. I have always been a very active person and really felt there was something missing from the market when I started working on the brand in 2007.

The idea for LUCAS HUGH came when I was on holiday and I got locked out of my hotel room after working out at the gym. I had to go to the reception to get a new key in my gym clothes and thought; why is there no beautiful, technical activewear you can walk around in and still feel smart?

 Why did you call your brand Lucas Hugh?

LUCAS HUGH is named after my two grandfathers. Lucas – my New Zealand Grandfather was really into fitness, and my British Grandfather was a thinker. To me they represent mind and body.

 Where is your favourite place in London to grab supper?

 Electric House.

 And your go-to juice bar?

 I usually order juice delivery from Radiance or Plenish.

 What is your favourite workout track?

 It changes all the time. Currently I am listening to: Firefly by Mura Masa ft Nao.

 What book are you currently reading?

Syd Mead, Sentury II. I listen to a lot of audio books or podcasts. I am currently listening to HBR IdeaCast.

 Favourite place to escape to?

 New Zealand or Capetown.

 What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

 If you are going to achieve excellence in anything you need to focus on improving your own personal best.

What trend do you see coming next in activewear?

I can’t comment on the market or other brands but for Lucas Hugh’s SS16 Collection it’s full of bright colour blocks. The collection is called Electric Feel, named after the song, but also the print is like a lightening bolt. The colours are Azure, Magento and Orange with contrasting aqua blue details. It’s really fun and energetic. There are also some really good ‘to and from’ pieces like our fleece poncho, which I am sure I will live in.

What’s next for the brand?

We are re-launching our international online store early next year, with online exclusives including accessories: bags, caps and ultimately shoes.


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If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Workout With A buddy!

Here at Hip & Healthy we’re all about finding ways to ensure we’re living our most active lives, and whilst sometimes there’s nothing’s better than a solo yoga session on a Saturday morning or an evening run after work to clear our heads – when it comes to keeping it consistent, there’s no better individual to hold us accountable than a buddy! Here’s why…

Motivation 

When we’re stuck on an important decision or lacking in will power, we find that turning to our friends for guidance is the best way to get our thoughts together and fill us with a newfound sense of determination to pursue what we know deep down is best for us. Whether it’s dealing with a nasty breakup, or in this case getting our sweat on – you should always be able to count on your bestie to motivate you into achieving whatever you set out to do.

Accountability

Whilst it’s easy to cancel a Pilates class or call in sick to a personal training session, one person that isn’t so hard to fool is your bestie – especially if it’s her you were out with the night before! Having a friend to hold you accountable is a surefire way to keep you on the right track, and you’ll also feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that you too have helped your workout partner-in-crime stick to her fitness goals.

Mixing it up

If you’re yet to try one of the many fitness classes that require a partner to participate in – then this should be more than enough to get you buddying up! From obstacle courses to boxing, if your new to fitness or bored of your usual routine, partnered sports is a great way to get excited about moving your body in a new and exciting way.

Make new friends

If you’re friends aren’t as in to fitness as you are – do not fret! By starting out solo and attending group fitness sessions or spending time at the gym, you’ll be sure to make new friends who share your passion for working out. To get started, reach out to people you meet in a fitness class or at yoga and suggest you team up once a week and train together! We think it’s all the more satisfying to share fitness successes and achievements with another person – especially when they can see the progress you’ve made over your time together.

Words by Zsa Zsa Vella


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The Be Fit & Healthy Birthday Bash with Ellidore Lifestyle

Words by Sadie Reid 

I can’t remember the last time I woke up from a birthday weekend not feeling like I needed to go on a serious health kick. This time however, was different. This time I was turning 30 and I vowed to make my birthday bash the health kick instead.

Having just had a baby, pampering isn’t high up on my list these days of things to do and it is amazing how much I miss small things like getting my eyebrows done or going to the gym – it’s those little things that make us all feel so much better in life. I even went through a stage where I found it hard to find the time to just brush my teeth (let’s not go there – my dentist still hasn’t forgiven me). So when my husband asked me what I wanted to do this year I declared – get hip & healthy again. So that’s exactly what I set out to do… Only problem was I had been so out of the loop these past few months that I needed to call in the experts to help with my wellness transformation, and they came in the form of Ellidore Lifestyle. From London’s top trainers, to having the inside track on the best juice cleanse companies, Ellidore has assisted the rich and famous in providing unrivalled access to London’s most exclusive health, beauty and wellbeing products and services. And so they set out to create me the best 30th I could have ever hoped for – swapping champagne for green juices and night club raving for yoga sessions in the sun (ok – you got me – I was never much of a raver but you get my drift…) – I can safely say that I entered my thirties a calmer, cooler version of myself.

First, I was sent their top eyebrow therapist, Auna, who tends to the bushy eyebrows of Chelsea & Kensington royalty in their homes. She was amazingly skilful and lethal too as now I can’t have anyone else do my eyebrows. Then it was on to a pedicure delivered by Perfect 10 – one of my faves in the beauty business. A personalised iPod arrived in the post inspiring me to go on a run.

Ellidore also suggested that I spent a day at Limewood Hotel in their spa, which I readily agreed to. One of my favourite places in the world, Limewood is one of the only hotels I know outside of London that has a completely raw food restaurant (note to reader: the raw chocolate rocky road is out of this world). It also happens to provide some of the best treatments too. First, I indulged in a Pai Facial – as relaxing as it is effective – I emerged glowing, my skin looking already younger, plumper and smoother. After spending some time in their outdoor hot tub it was time for my massage. My therapist was careful to focus on easing out any aches and pains that may have been caused over the past few months – of which I had many. Needless to say I swiftly fell asleep and woke up annoyed with myself that I had missed such a wonderful hour but at the same time I felt instantly rejuvenated for it. I left lighter and literally floated my way back home. Investing in myself for my 30th proved to be the best thing I could have done. Visit www.ellidore-lifestyle.com



Stillness In The City: A Taster Menu Of Free Guided Meditation & Mindfulness Links

When the current zeitgeist for self improvement is getting too much, the Om resonating from the new Bikram studio on the corner making your hackles rise and your signature scrawled proudly on the petition against the raw food café that replaced your local Chicken Cottage; this is a glimpse at what there is on offer in the world of mindfulness and meditation that hopefully will save the eye-roll.

Even if you’re a seasoned city slicker or spend all your time in one nook of it – you’re never far from a siren, a billboard or a disturbing news headline. We need to create space in our lives for stillness, for reflection but a lot of us rarely find the time and the balance between stimuli and inner calm.  How we like to think of it at H&H is that it’s only a few minutes of your time a day, instead of reading about someone else’s life in the Metro or on social media, take a moment to focus on you and yours.

It’s exhausting living near the edge of an outburst, with your emotions just below the boil. Mindfulness, which can be learned through meditation, helps maintain your emotions and reactions at a level where awareness and compassion are powerful enough to act as the antacid to your fiery belly of frustration.

It’s a journey that should last your whole life and the first steps can be quite daunting, spending time with your own thoughts, or indeed trying not to have any at all. Finding this head space just for a few minutes each day has been proven to help ease stress, anxiety, headaches, improve concentration – the list is long and the literature vast. What everyone does agree on is that there is no harm in stillness, in silence.

If you’re a yogi, you will know that the most important part of a yoga session is Savasana. So if you can give me your full attention, silence your Whatsapp whistle and your 67 Facebook notifications because H&H is going to give you some self-help SWAG..

If you’re a beginner we hope you find something that resonates with you and if we’re preaching to the converted maybe a new source will open up to further your experience. Nam’gonna go mediate.

Deepak Chopra is acknowledged as one of the masters of Eastern philosophy in the Western world and founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. He regularly partners up with, the queen of everything (and all the rest) Oprah Winfrey, to create free content for those investigating self-improvement. The website is full of free resources. .

UCLA have a department dedicated to the practice and research of mindfulness. There are videos and audio files that allow you to practice on your own at an introductory level and an option for online classes if you wish to deepen your practice.

The Free Mindfulness Project was set up for the mindfulness community to share their resources, leading to a varied collection of guided mediation links, advice and exercises. We love the 4 minute body scan to get you grounded and observe your inner experience.

TED.com is such a great resource and with so many amazing talks to get inspired you can spend hours trawling through the many fascinating topics and speakers but for now let Pico Iyer and Andy Puddicombe motivate you to do nothing.

Words by Kristina Ducker

@duckerkristina


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Naturally Sassy’s Strawberry & Coconut Ice-Lollies

I know ice-lollies are a very summery treat, but I love these babies all year round. They’re a real saviour when it comes to satisfying those sweet cravings, as I can make lots and keep them in the freezer forever! I love using other fruit in them, but this particular combination is my favourite.

Ingredients

Makes 8 Ice Lollies

  • 300ml (11⁄4 cups) tinned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 100g (1 cup) strawberries, hulled

Method

Place the creamy part of the coconut milk (leaving any watery liquid in the tin) in a blender with the banana and dates and blend until smooth.

Pour half the mixture into a jug, add the strawberries to the mixture left in the blender and blend again until smooth.

Pour the strawberry mixture into the ice-lolly moulds and then the remaining coconut mixture on top. Put in the freezer for a couple hours to set.

Switch it up

Strawberries are my favourite in these ice-lollies, but any sharp-tasting fruit works well: pomegranate seeds, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries – the options are endless! 

Words & Recipe taken from the Naturally Sassy Cookbook by Saskia Gregson-Williams


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