Mio Skincare – A Hip & Healthy Gift With Purchase!

We are so excited to announce our partnership with Mio Skincare (www.mioskincare.co.uk) – the ultimate beauty products for fitness fans.

For August and September we are giving away three of their must-have products with every Hip & Healthy Activewear purchase (no matter how great or small)!

What you’ll get:

Double Buff Dual Enzyme Exfoliator (50ml) Instantly transform rough, dull skin into skin that’s superbly soft, smooth, radiant and dewy. Exfoliation is key to fit skin and this scrub will help you feel great in the buff! Also a super product to use post-sun as it helps even out skin tone!

Boob Tube+ multi-action bust firmer (30ml) This is one of our fave products from the Mio range! It keeps delicate skin toned, bright and crinkle-free, plus gives super sag protection. Team with a great sports bra for best results!

Mio Fit Band These rubbery bands are super useful for toning arms and legs where-ever you are in the world. Instructions on how to use it are printed on the band itself making life just that little bit easier. Be sure to pop it in your suitcase for instant hotel room exercise equipment!

Enjoy!

 


The Glow Factor – Hip & Healthy’s Favourite Body Oils!

There are three things we love about a good body oil. Firstly, they are really nourishing on the skin. Secondly, they are excellent to use after exercise for soothing tired muscles (and some are anti-inflammatory too). But the best thing about them is that they leave a lovely, sheeny glow on a bare leg or arm. That’s exactly what we need at this time of year isn’t it? Our favourites are:

Aromatherapy Associates De Stress Massage and Body Oil, 100ml, £41

This is the perfect one to use post exercise and is great for helping ease muscular aches and pains. It delivers anti-inflammatory benefits to tired muscles and the blend of arnica, lavender and rosemary works to improve circulation. The perfect post exercise pick up – or if you’re just feeling achy and stressed.

Neom Great Day Wild Mint and Mandarin Body Oil, £100 ml, £32

This brand new oil smells truly wonderful and is seriously rehydrating. Legs and arms are left silky but not greasy. Great to use in the morning as the spearmint, mandarin and lemon is an excellent energy booster after the shower or bath.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose and Jasmine Body Oil, 100 ml, £34.96

Has a beautiful, elegant fragrance which is seriously uplifting and also works brilliantly as a massage oil especially if you need a mood boost or a de-stressing session. Addictive.

This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil, 120 ml, £39.50

Genuinely transforms dry, dull skin into glossy radiance (and can be used all over not just on legs). It’s also brilliant on dry elbows and knees to leave everything looking a bit more glowing.

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil, 100ml, £32

Celebrating ten years, this lighter than light oil blend is a great multi-tasker for body, hair and nails. It also works well as a weekly hair treatment (massage a small amount into the hair, cover with a warm towel and shampoo after fifteen minutes). We also love it just applied to damp skin straight out of the bath.

Diptyque Satin Oil for Body and Hair, 100ml, £36

So obviously this one gets the award for the most coveted glass bottle. Not surprisingly, the fragrance is gorgeous (a little bit of jasmine with a little bit of ylang ylang) and is the perfect lightweight blend of oils. It’s lovely to apply on bare arms and legs before an evening out.

Nars Monoi Body Glow II, 100 ml, £44

Gives a lovely luminous glow to skin whether you massage it straight on or add to your bath. Great to use on tanned skin to prolong your tan too.

words by Lucia Ferrari

image: Zimmerman Swimwear 


IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING THIS WEEK…GET YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN WITH THESE ANTI-AGING  SUPERFOODS!


 


Nurture Three Day Juice Cleanse Reviewed!

The benefits of natural juices – be them organic, cold-pressed, store bought or homemade – are quietly but steadily winning the good fight against chemical laden ‘diet’ sodas we’ve always turned to for that little not so guilt free pick-me-up. Juice cleanses are becoming well established in the health world but even so, the prospect of giving up solid food for a number of days is still a little daunting for even the most nutritionally conscious of people. Especially a food-loving, vegetable munching, peanut butter by the spoon guzzling food-lover like me…

My focus, like many Hip & Healthy readers, is very much a strong and healthy outlook that’s not bound by calories, and far far removed from the ratio of carbs minus Weight Watchers points multiplied by the square root of Atkins that has trapped women and men the world over for decades.

The thinking that has captured a more informed, self-empowered community with ever-growing fervour is that on a very basic level, we are entirely made up of cells, as is the food we eat. The food we eat slowly and literally becomes us. Therefore if our food is full of toxins, chemicals, artificial ingredients and things that sound like they were intended for outer space, we simply cannot function properly, we will not be at our optimum, we will not be focussed or maintain clarity in our day to day lives. For every advocate of this, there is a skeptic, and for many, the moderation is key theory works. But the evidence of the extremes of this is plain for all to see – we as a nation are pretty sick, tired and sad.

So if the collective ‘we’ are all about nourishing ourselves with natural ingredients, why the sudden and popular desire to give up food entirely for a given number of days?

A juice cleanse is not a faddy diet and should not be seen as such, nor undertaken as such. It’s a way to reset the system, give the liver a rest (it’s the liver’s job to detoxify us of all those nasties we inhale/ingest/imbibe in the modern world on a day-to-day basis. Tough job) and remove all the blocked bits that are clogged up by too many nights on the Sauvignon and one too many slices of generic office birthday cake. A (SHORT) cleanse will return your body back to its factory settings, while the very nature of juice means that the fuel it provides is quickly accessed by the body, giving it a little rest from its normal heavy-duty task of endless digestion. I had been curious about it for a while and the daily grind of running around a busy city left me reaching for the bottle. The juice bottle mind. Six a day, to be precise.

Newly launched Nurture juices were kind enough to let me try their 3 Day Cleanse – 18 juices, raspberry protein powder and pre & probiotic sachets. Slightly daunting; yes eating well is one thing, but with eating well you can invariably eat a LOT. Still – clear skin, sparkly eyes, a rested system and detoxed liver was something I was more than ready for.

Day One

I managed to choose the day after I’d cycled 54 miles to Brighton as the day to start the cleanse (clever), so I woke up HUNGRY. I had to be careful not to sink the first of my six juices in one go. Instead I sipped thoughtfully, enjoying the taste of pink grapefruit, coconut water and himilayan rock salt. Nonetheless, I’m very much a breakfast person and I found myself reaching for the second juice 90 minutes later.

The six juices are designed to give you all the nutrients you need in a day – and a whopping 10 portions of fruits and vegetables. Each and every one of them tasted amazing – they were all different, and all delicious – packed with natural yumminess that covered everything from immune boosting to anti-imflammatory to system alkalising. I was fairly surprised to find my favourite was the ‘Replenish’ Juice – a lovely mix of delightfully fresh but really nutrient dense spinach, kale, apple, cucumber, celery, parsnip and orange. That day I won’t lie – I was a hungry lady and sank a fair amount of herbal tea to keep me from reaching for anything more substantial. I busied myself at work, but it was stubborn pride at not falling at the first hurdle that got me through the first day

Day Two

A combination of things made day two much easier – being busy at work, being used to not eating, my body relaxing into the cleanse… I looked forward to each juice but was happy to find that the hunger pangs had fully subsided. Of course I was peckish, but my stomach wasn’t growling. Knowing that I couldn’t eat any food whatsoever made the team biscuits incredibly easy to pass up; there was none of the ‘oh just one then’ moral dilemma that normally ensues at the waft of a chocolate hobnob. I even managed to refrain from ordering in my favourite vegan restaurant when I inadvertently suggested to my hungry vegetarian friends that we give the spot a try. Rather predictably, a cleanse is not conducive to a packed social calendar. Friends and colleagues questioned how on earth I was functioning, but honestly I felt great. I was focused and I had energy and I felt wide awake. The theory behind this is that the very nature of juice means that the nutrients from each one can be absorbed quickly with minimal effort by the body, which speeds up the detoxifying and alkalising process.

Day Three

I was fully expecting some sort of serious energy lag on day three, but I instead cycled into town, did a full gym workout and popped off to work before sinking the first juice. I KNOW. I definitely felt less bloated than normal and there were a lot of ahem… ‘movements’ due to all the fibre in the juice. I bounded my way through a day of apple, mango, kale, lemon, spinach, cucumber, apple, beetroot, carrot, ginger, blueberry and the rest and couldn’t quite believe it when I got to the evening and was having to think about the food I would need for breakfast the next day. My body DID feel rested, and cleansed, content and full of life. I’m sure that another few days and the reduction in calories would have left me more than a little sleepy but I honestly after three days felt revived, not deprived.

Post-cleanse I sussed that it probably wasn’t a good idea to immediately laden my body with a truck load of stodge, so for the first breakfast I griddled some veggies and added a bit of tahini, and did the same for lunch with an egg for protein.

The Nurture cleanse absolutely got me out of a digestive lull – I found myself wanting much smaller portions and I was 100% craving nutrients the whole time; not cakes, bread and biscuits. My blood sugars remained stable and my insulin needs were definitely lower through the week. After my initial reservations I was seriously surprised at how amazing it made me feel, and I would now happily cleanse every 1-2 months from here on in to give my body a rest and reap the benefits.

The three day Nurture Juice Cleanse costs £170.99,

It is advised that you consult your doctor or medical professional before embarking on a drastic change of diet.

words by Jen Grieves


Hip & Healthy’s Latest In Beauty Summer Glow Box!

We’re couldn’t be happier to announce that H&H have once again teamed up with Latest In Beauty to create the most amazing Summer Glow Box filled to the brim with beauty, health and nutritious delights! We wanted to create the perfect box of goodies to make your summer more special and most importantly more glowing!

Worth over £100, this Summer Glow Box can be purchased for just £16.95! Fancy getting your hands on one? Just click here!


Little Gem Tacos With A Spicy Avocado & Pepper Salsa!

 

I love making ‘tacos’ from lettuce leaves as an alternative to a regular bowl of salad and the scoop-shaped leaves of Little Gem and Romaine lettuce are ideal to do this with.

This recipe has an interesting combination of flavours and textures with mild-tasting crisp, crunchy lettuce, soft creamy avocado, sweet and spicy peppers, a fresh tang from the lime, plus a crispy topping of freshly sprouted seeds and a gentle herbal undertone from the mint and parsley etc.

The salsa can be made a day or so before you need to use it (sored in the fridge) and is easily transportable in a screw top jar if you want to take this dish to work for lunch or on a picnic.

INGREDIENTS:

2 heads of little gem lettuce

2 ripe avocado

2 limes

2 spring onions

1 red bell pepper

1 fresh red chilli pepper

Large handful of sprouted seeds (I used mooli/radish sprouts)

Small handful of fresh herbs (parsley, mint, chives, dill)

Rose petals to scatter over, if you fancy!

 

METHOD:

Gently separate the lettuce leaves then wash and dry them in a salad spinner or with kitchen paper. Wash and dry the herbs in the same way.

To make the salsa; juice and zest the lime and pour the lime juice into a bowl. Peel and chop the avocado into small dice and toss in the lime juice to prevent it discolouring. De-seed the bell pepper and chilli pepper and cut both into small dice, cut the chilli pepper finer if you prefer. Finely slice the spring onion and chop the herbs then mix all the ingredients together, seasoning with a little salt and pepper. If your avocado is really ripe then mush it with the other ingredients to make a kind of guacamole, it’ll still taste delicious!

When you are ready to serve fill each lettuce leaf with a spoonful of the salsa and sprinkle over a few sprouted seeds. Arrange on a platter with some extra wedges of lemon to squeeze over and scatter over a few fragrant rose petals as a garnish (if you fancy!) for a Summery look..

Recipe by Amber – Raw Vegan Blonde 

@rawveganblonde


If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Style Out Your Workout Wardrobe With These Loud & Proud Activewear Pieces!

These days, a trip to the gym is more than just breaking a sweat! With stylish Activewear on the rise, what better way to flaunt your new leggings than a lunge or two in your workouts?! Woman are embracing their bodies and stepping out of their comfort zone when it comes to prints and colours…Long gone are plain grey vests and those simple black leggings that you’ve had for years. Brights and bolds are dominating the fitness catwalk, so we’ve highlighted a few of our favourite pieces to get you started!

L’urv Sunshine Seduction Floral Bra – £40
Unleash you Aussie side with Melbourne based brand, L’urv! Their Sunshine Seduction Floral Bra will make the perfect addition to your workout wardrobe whether you doing yoga or hitting the squat rack!

Track & Field Fitness Night Tights – £80
These T&F Fitness Night Tights have the most beautiful, stormy night sky pattern that would make a great first addition for someone not quote confident enough to go for the bright psychedelic neons! This gorgeous midnight blue colour will flatter and lengthen for pins to die for!

Lucas Hugh Axis Tank – £62.50
Famous for their outrageous patterns, Lucas Hugh knows how to be loud and proud in a classy way (if that’s possible?). This Axis Tank is ideal for evening summer runs with its reflective shoulder detailing and lightweight fabric!
Watch This Space: Look out for Lucas Hugh’s new collection on Hip & Healthy very soon!!

Nike Pro Core Compression Loops And Lines Capris £28
We love Nikes bold and modern take on the fashionable tribal print! These capris will allow you to make a statement with the added benefit of their special Dri-FIT fabric!

Sweaty Betty time Trial Shorts – £50
A blurred out city lights feel is what makes these Sweaty Betty Shorts stand-out! Featuring breathable and shower proof fabric, you can be sure come rain or shine, you won’t miss out on a refreshing outdoor workout!

words by Molly Jennings

Track & Field image: Julio Kohl


How To Get Your Man Eating Healthier (Without Him Knowing It!)

For some reason there has always been a double standard when it comes to being fit and trim. Women are expected to maintain a slim, healthy figure by eating salad and exercising, while guys can get away with eating burgers and being a little bit cuddly. Unfortunately in its wake too much man-food (burgers, bacon sandwiches and beer) not only leaves behind a paunch, but it can also lead to a lengthy list of health problems.

For many women, trying to get their boyfriend or husband to change their not-so-healthy ways and join them in living a cleaner lifestyle is difficult. Over time, we have discovered that preaching about the benefits of kale and forcing them to take morning wheatgrass shots just doesn’t work. Here at Hip and Healthy we have put together a few tips to get your man eating better, feeling healthier and looking hotter without him knowing it!

MORNING SMOOTHIES

Start every morning with a nutrient-dense smoothie. Smoothies can be concocted so that they are almost like milkshakes but unbeknown to the man, they are jam-packed with fruit and vegetable goodness. Nut milks make a great base, frozen bananas or half an avocado create a delicious thick texture, throw in some berries and spinach (lots of antioxidants and Vitamin C) and you can also add a scoop of one of our favourite natural protein powders meaning it can pass as a protein shake (very manly!). If you are feeling a little more indulgent you can add in some raw cacao and nut butter. Smoothies might not be man-food but serve it as a “milkshake” and it will be drunk with gusto.

PUB GRUB

Re-create traditional pub-grub with a healthy slant. Sweet potato shepherd’s pie is always a winner (serve with plenty of veg), swap chips/potato wedges for oven baked sweet potato wedges, make your own guacamole or tomato sauce for dipping and experiment with vegetarian curries such as our healthy aubergine and squash curry. The greasy full English is another man-food which can be given a healthy make over. Swap fried eggs for scrambled, send the cheap meat packing and fill the rest of the plate with tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and avocado on toast. After several home-made meals like this, eating at the pub will only ever be a last resort.

HEALTHIER TREATS

Biscuits with tea, pastries, chocolate and other shockingly sugary snacks are only going to make him feel lethargic (equals more sofa time), add to the cuddly tummy and lie around the kitchen tempting you. Start by doing a blitz of the kitchen cupboards and removing all processed, sugar-infused “food” – if it isn’t there, he isn’t going to head out to the shops to buy it. If he moans about the lack of sweet treats, whip up some of our delicious cashew cookies, natural peanut butter cups, bliss balls or our healthy version of sticky toffee pud!

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

Beer is probably something you will never win on (i.e. he won’t ever give it up). But, if you can impress him with buying the occasional good quality craft beer, he will probably nurse his drink a little longer and start opting for quality over quantity (we hope!). Craft beers aren’t produced in factories on a mass-scale and use good quality ingredients (no artificial sweeteners, colours or thickeners). And some micro-breweries are even organic! Once that taste for quality sets in, the cheap (less healthy) stuff will hopefully be second best.

We know from experience that nagging and harping on about the benefits of green juice doesn’t work (in fact it often just pushes them out the door to the pub). However, by implementing our small and subtle changes, after a few weeks the takeaways, pub grub and curries will no longer be able to compete with homemade healthy food and sugar-free treats. As well as probably losing a few pounds, having more energy and looking healthier, your man may well have converted to your hip & healthy lifestyle without even realising.

words by Kathleen Fleming


A Lesson In Chi Running!

There are lots of things in life that we do without thinking and running is certainly one of them. Most of us grab our trainers, plug-in and pound the pavement until we feel we’ve “done our bit” for the day and can slope home feeling satisfied. A natural consequence of our busy lifestyles, if we’re not paying attention to how are bodies are behaving then this approach could be doing more harm than good. London based Chi running instructor, ultra-marathon runner and all round lovely man Gray Caws tells us how, and why, it’s time to go back to the drawing board to re-think our modern running style.

Humans are designed to be naturally efficient runners for survival and yet, many runners – myself included, complain of aches and pains in the feet, ankles, knee joints and lower back. Clearly something isn’t right. Chi running incorporates the movement principles of T’ai Chi for a more efficient and mindful performance. The idea is that we should alter our posture in order to engage the core muscles which in turn relaxes the arms and legs. To kick start my 1-2-1 session, Gray took me to the park to film me running. Everything was captured on camera: posture, cadence, shoulder alignment, arm movement – there was no hiding. Then it was back to the classroom to unpick the footage. It was clear that I had a tendency to swing my arms across my body which, I confess, was news to me. Gray explained that the unnecessary twisting of the spine was probably the cause of soreness at the base of my spine and that the arms should be pointing forward in alignment with the legs and core. Sounds simple- sure, but I have since observed countless runners making the same mistake.

So, what will you gain from this new approach? Well, you’ll limit any unnecessary expenditure of energy or overworking of the legs meaning, quite simply, that you can go for longer – great if you enjoy distance running or want to up your mileage to increase the challenge. Most importantly, making small adjustments to address any bad habits will avoid unnecessary stress on the body which could lead to injury. That said, perhaps the most poignant pieces of wisdom imparted on me by Gray was the importance of enjoying exercise rather than doing it as a temporary measure to drop a dress size or simply because I’d feel guilty otherwise. Whilst modern schools of thought will always have their sceptics, no one can deny that, in a society where we’re faced with an inescapable pressure to look good, we can all benefit from taking the time to rediscover the simple, rejuvenating joy of movement.

Gray offers both group, 1-2-1 sessions and workshops. Head to www.n8pt.com for more information.

words by Alexandra Salisbury

image: Tully Lou from the Hip & Healthy Activewear Store! Shop the look here!


If You Only Do One Thing this Week… Reap The Amazing Benefits Of Coconuts This Summer!

It seems the UK, London especially, has turned into a tropical climate over the last week so it’s not surprising we’ve been a little obsessed with the wonders of coconut! (Hey, it does feel like we’re in the Caribbean!). Apart from coconuts having a wonderful association with dessert islands and glistening blue oceans, we love its ability to nourish the body in so many different ways. If there’s ever a season to get the most out of coconuts, it’s definitely summer! Hip & Healthy shows you why!

Moisturiser
If you’re looking for something that’s going to give you baby-soft skin and a summer glow to die for, you cannot beat coconut oil as a natural moisturiser for the skin. It’s super nourishing, plus you’ll also smell heavenly!

Hair Saviour
Is your hair feeling dry and brittle from too much sun or chlorine? Then grab a tub of coconut oil and bung it in your shower. Coconut oil makes for fantastic hair masks, which will leave your locks feeling silky smooth and luscious. It’s also great to use as a conditioner and even to moisturise dry ends after a long day at the beach!

Makeup Remover
The heat can make your skin quite sensitive so when you feel like you need a break from your regular makeup remover, give coconut oil a go. It gently strips away makeup and dirt without causing aggravation, particularly around the eye area.

Hydrater
I know it’s been said over and over, but coconut water really is one of the best drinks you can have for staying hydrated in hot weather. It’s loaded with electrolytes like sodium and is a great pick-me-up after a workout or long haul flight.

Toner
Speaking of flying…Lets face it, the air con on planes is pretty strong and it can really dry out your skin. Not helpful for achieving that coveted summer glow! Many celebs like to use coconut water as a hydrating facial toner to smooth the skin and give it a surge of moisture while travelling. We’re totally on board with that! (Pun not intended!)

Exfoliater
Forget store bought scrubs…why not make your own? Simply melt some coconut oil and mix in some brown sugar (quantity depending on how gritty you want it to be), and massage away! It’s a super easy and cost effective way to exfoliate, just be careful not to eat it!

After Sun Lotion
Feeling a little bit sore or just want to refresh your skin after a day in the sun? Applying coconut oil can help cool and calm your skin and has been know to significantly reduce the appearance and pain of minor burns. Just when you thought coconut oil couldn’t get any better it becomes a natural alternative to after sun lotion!

words by Molly Jennings

 

 

 

 


Heartcore Opens A New Studio In Fulham!

For all the Pilates loving readers out there, we come bearing good news – the increasingly popular Heartcore, have opened a new studio in Fulham!

Heartcore classes are all about bringing together fun and fitness while making sure that workouts are always the most effective they can be! The founder of Heartcore, Jess Schuring, had a vision of developing a totally holistic workout experience that was exciting and motivating, and kept her clients interested in their own overall wellbeing, as well as delivering the ever important results!

Jess began her health and fitness journey in Santa Monica, California at the National Personal Training Institute. Once highly qualified, she then began personal training, and with her clients’ results selling themselves, it is hardly surprising that she was in high demand! Luckily for us, however, Jess had visions of offering something more, and relocated to London to try her hand at a new type of workout – and so, Heartcore was born!

Full body, dynamic classes for workouts leaving you toned and tightened from head to toe are available in the form of Reformer Pilates (for both beginners and the more experienced), Barre, Cyclecore, Kettlecore and TRX at Heartcore – and this diverse range of workouts means that you are more than likely to find something to truly challenge your mind and body!

With gorgeous studios already in Kensington, Chelsea, Hampstead and Notting Hill, Heartcore have now also ticked the Fulham box so for the South Londoners out there, this really is a must-try!

Book your class here!

words by Olivia Murphy


Chili Salmon Burgers with Courgette Salad

Chili Salmon Burgers with Courgette Salad by The Detox Kitchen

(Serves 4)

For the burgers

4 salmon fillets, skin removed

1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

Zest of 2 limes

1 handful coriander

2 spring onions, roughly chopped

2 red chilies, deseeded and roughly chopped

1 egg

1 tbsp. rapeseed oil

1 tbsp. wheat-free flour

 

For the salad

3 courgette

1 red pepper, finely sliced

2 handfuls edamame

10 runner beans, finely sliced

1 tsp. olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt

Pepper

 

For the dressing 

1 handful spinach

½ red chili

1 thumb sixed piece of ginger, peeled

1 spring onion

1 clove garlic, peeled

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. sesame oil

Juice 2 limes

 

To Make

Preheat your grill to a medium heat.  To make the burgers, finely dice the salmon fillets and place them in a bowl. Place the rest of the ingredients (apart from the flour) in a blender and blitz to a rough paste. Add this to the salmon and mix well. Then add in the flour and mix through. Form into four patties and place on a baking tray. Now place this under the grill for cook them for 12 minutes on each side until golden.  Meanwhile, to prepare the salad, either slice your courgette finely or use a julienne peeler to create the thin strips.  Place the courgette noodles in a large bowl and add in the edamame, peppers and runner beans. Drizzle with a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix through with your hands.To make the dressing. very finely chop all of the ingredients and combine with the oil and lime juice. To serve, simply drizzle this over the salad and serve with the hot salmon burgers.


Hip & Healthy Guide to Paris

We love Paris! But it is certainly not known for being healthy. That said, over the years we have unearthed a few gems plus we ask top Nutritionist Madeleine Shaw (her clients include the glowing Millie Mackintosh and rather gorgeous Caggie Dunlop)  who lived there for her best places to eat, shop and work out!

STAY

Park Hyatt
Perfectly located near the Jardin Tuileries and the River Seine (all-important for that morning run), the Park Hyatt is one of the most perfect places to stay. It’s spa offers an array of decadent face and body treatments using much-loved Creme de la Mer, a brand that has become known for its innovative use of sea kelp (totally hip & healthy) to get fantastic cosmetic results. When you are not being pampered with this pioneering product, why not relax in the Sauna, steam room or work up a sweat in the gym. This five-star luxury hotel also benefits from a sweet courtyard garden – a wonderful place to take tea (they’ll ask if you want milk or soya with that). Plus the breakfast is also worth a mention which is abundant in fruit, gluten-free cereals and gluten-free bread. Ces’t parfait! 5 Rue de la Paix, Paris, France, 75002; Tel: +33 1 5871 1234; www.paris.vendome.hyatt.com Nightly rates at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme start from 600€* for a double room including VAT, excluding breakfast. To make a reservation please call +33 1 5871 1234; email [email protected]

Le Bristol
A stay at the Bristol won’t be forgotten in a hurry (but be warned… your bank balance won’t forget it for a while either). Set on, what can only be described as Paris’s answer to Bond Street this is a haven of calm and tranquility from the bustling city. Have lunch in their beautiful walled garden, where you can order anything from fish to salad, or both. The rather spectacular swimming pool is situated on one of the top floors and affords amazing views over the city beyond. The spa, which comprises of 8 treatment rooms, a hair salon, and a fitness centre, uses La Prairie products and even comes with a kid’s club to keep the little ones occupied when you need your relaxation time! Le Bristol Paris,112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 53 43 43 00, www.lebristolparis.com

MADDY SAYS: Until recently I was living in the wonderful city of Paris. Being a nutritionist, when I first got the job, I was daunted to be living in the land of bread, cheese, and cream. However, I was amazed to discover the incredible emergence of real healthy living in this beautiful city once famed for it’s rich food and fine wine. Here are some of my faves…

EAT

Au Grain de Folie
A vegetarian and vegan hub. This cheery place has a menu that’s pretty much macrobiotic, with lots of different types of veggies cooked and presented in many mouthwatering ways. One of their meals does contain fish (it’s delicious), and they also have amazing juices to compliment your meal. 24, rue de Vieuville, 75018. Tel. 01 42 58 15 57. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00pm -2:30, and 7:30-10:30.

Phyto Bar
This innovative spot hosts delicious organic meat, wild fish, organic veggies, as well as beautiful organic wine and champagne! 47, Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005. Tel: 01 44 07 36 99. Open daily from 12pm – 12am.

La Chandelle Verte
This place has the elegance and scrumptiousness of a typical French Bistro, but is bursting with nourishing, organic goodness. 40 rue d’Enghien, 75010. Tel: 01 47 70 25 44. Open Monday to Friday, for lunch only, from noon until 2pm.

Bob’s Kitchen
This place had the coolest energy! Drop in here for freshly pulped bespoke juices. They have great, comforting vegetarian food too. 74 rue de Gravilliers; 75003. Open Mon-Fri 08-3pm. Sat-Sun 10-4pm.

Ralph’s
American-style restaurant where you can get a great organic piece of steak. All their meat is organic and hormone-free. There’s outdoor seating, and wonderful opulent interiors. Heavenly setting for a hearty meal. 173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Tel. 75006. +33 1 44 77 76 00

SHOP

NaturaliaLa Vie Bio, Bio GénérationBioCoop are scattered all over Paris. They contain the usual things you hope to find at health food stores: fresh produce, healthy snacks, chemical-free toiletries and yummy smoothies.

The mecca for organic shopping can be found just outside of Paris at Les Nouveaux Robinsons; this houses everything organic you could dream up and much, much more. I think it’s what every supermarket should be like! Address: Place de la Republique, 93100 Montreuil-sous-Bois. Open Mon – Sat. 10am-8pm. 

Lole
One of our favourite activewear brands (we sell it here), which actually originated in Canada, has a massive following in Paris. Join one of their White Yoga Tours for an amazing display of group yoga – it often takes place somewhere super cool such as a museum or major art gallery. Plus the store also offers complimentary classes. Atelier Lole, 9 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, 75004. Tel: +33 14 27 81 824, www.lolewomen.com

TO MARKET WE GO

Raspail Market 
This is the most amazing market I have ever experienced; it’s loaded with magnificent fruits, vegetables, organic meat, dairy and nuts from local gardens, and all over the world. Nearly forty vendors are on site, with some of the finest biological products. Boulevard Raspail, Entre la rue du Cherche-Midi et la rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris. Open Sundays: 9am – 2pm.

Marché Biologique Batignolles 
Another organic paradise. This place has more food than the eyes or stomach can handle. Highlights are amazing stalls serving hot healthy crepes, as well as delicious organic goat’s yogurt. Boulevard des Batignolles, 75017 Paris. Open Saturdays: 9am – 2pm.

WORKOUT

Rasa Yoga
The most incredible sanctuary that offers yoga and Pilates classes, running around the clock. Some of the classes are taught in English, however do give a French class a go, as it’s quite an adventure. They also have a wonderful store full of beautiful mats, books, and clothing. Its tranquil energy will leave you ohmming! 21 Rue Saint-Jacques  75005, Tel. 01 43 54 14 59.

Cross Fit Gym This the coolest place to work up a sweat. There are classes running all day. This gym is not for the faint-hearted, however there is always a modified version. Check out my post on Cross Fit  for full details. 51 Rue Etienne Marcel 75001 Tel. +33 6 20 62 77 40.

Walking
The Parisians are a healthy nation as they walk everywhere. It’s the most amazing city to wander around. On every corner, there’s a treat for the eyes, from beautiful churches, to meandering cobbled streets or lovers kissing… Get strolling!

words by Madeleine Shaw


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