Fitspiration – Calgary Avansino

What motivates you to workout? Exercise makes me feel calm and happy and at the same time makes me feel energised and positive – you can’t get much better than that. It’s fun, it’s good for you and it is a powerful tool for the mind, helping to alleviate stresses and anxiety. After a great spin, yoga or interval class, all my day’s worries have left my body in the form of sweat, leaving me feeling confident and excited about whatever comes next.

Are there any workout trends that you’re particularly loving this season? There are a few that I’ve been really excited about in the past six months. I love the intensity of Russell Bateman’s SBC classes at Baker Street and the new Dance and Interval classes at Barrecore are terrific to burn calories. The new studio for Paolas’ BodyBarre in Fulham is fantastic – wish I lived closer! And I always love a hot yoga class at TriYoga.

Name your top healthy foods you couldn’t live without! I absolutely couldn’t live without avocados and nuts. Since I don’t eat much meat at all, they are positive sources of fat and protein for me. Equally important to my diet are apples, which I eat often with almond butter as a snack, as well as blueberries and basically veggies of every variety. I’m a plant-based girl through and through!

You’re hailed as the “Sugar-Free Queen”! Tell us about why you are so passionate to dish the dirt on sugar? Quite simply, it’s making both adults and children unhealthy, unwell and overweight. According to the NHS, the average person in Britain now consumes roughly 700g of sugar a week, which equates to 140 teaspoons. Experts have said, however, that our bodies are only designed to handle half of that or less per week. The bitter truth is that our health has become severely impacted as a result of this excessive sugar consumption. Expanding waistlines, constant cravings, binge eating, increased blood pressure, heightened risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease – the underlying force behind much of this is sugar. One in four adults are now obese in the UK and there are 3 million reported cases of diabetes. Something needs to be done – and rapidly – about the way we eat and think. Saying goodbye to sugar is a great first step.

What’s your fail-safe sugar-free breakfast that you can’t stop making? I try to mix it up so I am never bored by my breakfast and, more importantly, so my kids aren’t bored. Chia seed pudding made with homemade almond milk, cinnamon and blueberries is a favourite and other regulars are bircher muesli, rolled oat porridge made with almond milk and flaked coconut, wheat-free toast with avocado and my famous green smoothies. I’m always trying new combinations too, so we’ll often have a new rice porridge I am testing or gluten-free muffins made with delicious fruits and grains.

You’re a very busy lady who’s always on the go, how do you fit in exercise and how do you maintain a healthy diet when you’re travelling a lot? In terms of exercise, I always schedule it in my diary as I would a meeting. With a packed work diary and two young children, it would be easy to find reasons not to go if I wasn’t strict with myself about finding time. I’ll sit down on a Sunday evening and work out a plan for the week ahead. Sometimes I will make an hour for myself at lunchtime; other days I wake up an hour earlier than normal, before the children have risen, to fit in an intense morning workout. If I am planning to meet a friend, then rather than suggest a restaurant or bar, I like to head to exercise classes together. It’s a great way of finding that extra time in the day and always fun to do with a plus one. When I am travelling, I religiously plan ahead and bring tons of healthy snacks with me. I’m also always on Google searching, “best healthy restaurants and juice bars in ……” – you’d be surprised what amazing places you can find all over the world.

What are your must-have beauty essentials? Water, sunscreen and sleep! That’s what really helps me feel fabulous – but of course a coat of mascara and a sweep of bronzer can do a world of good too.

What makes you feel confident when you’re just having one of those days?! I always throw on a bright, cheerful dress if I’m really tired or if I’m feeling it might be “one of those days” and I also try to spend an extra five minutes to put on my make-up properly. I know it sounds like a cliché but I make a special effort to smile at people, help someone and compliment people if I’m having a down day – I really believe the good vibes bounce back to you.

Did your healthy habits come from your childhood or was it something you discovered later in life? I was raised on a vegetarian diet by health conscious parents; many of the habits I have now as an adult have been part of my life from a very young age and I thank my parents for that endlessly. However, I’d say in the last ten years or so, I have fine-tuned these to suit my lifestyle and personal tastes. I’m much more flexitarian now, if I fancy steamed salmon or eggs I have them but my diet is primarily plant-based.

Do you have a favourite quote or mantra you like to stick by? Work hard and be nice to people!

You’re having a dinner party, what would you cook? Depends on who is coming! But I always try to serve an assortment of delicious veggie recipes to prove to people how satisfying eating this way can be. Sometimes I serve fish, but never meat. And I always make a mouth-watering dessert that does not contain refined sugar or dairy. I love telling people that, right after they’ve said, “that was the yummiest dessert!”

What’s your favourite go-to “healthy hub” in London? Luckily there are more and more by the day. Roots & Bulbs, Nama, The Good Life, The River Café, Whole Foods, KX Gym, Juice Well, Daylesford Café.

Do you have any top tips for any sugar-free newbies? First of all, learn to look out for hidden sugar in places you would least expect it. Fruit juice, fruit yogurts, pasta sauces, canned salmon, breaded fish and chicken fingers, instant porridges, breakfast cereals, salad dressings, marinades and, of course, all processed foods. If you start there and begin to educate yourself about all of the sneaky hiding places for sugar, you will be well on your way. Then you just have to commit to purging it from your diet. The great thing is that once you quit the white stuff, you don’t crave it!

Can you describe your perfect holiday destination? For beach holidays, I’d say it definitely has to be Maalifushi in the Maldives. It’s unbelievably peaceful there and their focus is all on wellbeing, relaxing and healthy living – they even have a raw, vegan menu, which is one of the best I’ve ever eaten from. It’s my ultimate happy place.

It’s been a busy day, how do you wind down? The first step of winding down for me is taking off my “work” clothes and getting into my comfortable home clothes; I try to symbolically leave whatever stresses the day brought there in a pile with my clothes. I leave my phone downstairs so I’m not tempted to check it while I am with my kids, and then I just try to shut out the rest of the world and BE with my little precious girls. Sometimes we read, sometimes we have a dance party and sometimes we just hang out but it’s always the best part of my day!

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A Hip & Healthy Turkish Delight!

When I was first asked to review a hotel in Bodrum, Turkey, I had flashbacks of the last time I was there 15 years ago. Said flashbacks included seedy nightclubs, traumatic haggling over fake Oakley sunglasses and lots of rather rowdy “lads on-tour”. The Turkish coastal town of Bodrum has previously had a bit of an edgy reputation as a package-holiday mecca. But times have changed and although there are still coach tours and all-inclusives, Bodrum and the surrounding coastline have had a seriously glam make-over and the area is now living up to its name as the Turkish Riviera. With a new, more sophisticated look, there are luxury hotels a-plenty, shops selling gorgeous beachwear and restaurants for serious foodies.

We arrived at the Kempinski Barbaros Bay near Bodrum late at night, tired and peckish (why does traveling always make you so hungry?). My apprehension fuelled by those not-so-nice memories of Bodrum was put to rest immediately on entering this beautiful property (no lads on-tour here). The staff were exceptionally welcoming and realising we were probably ready for bed, ushered us to our rather splendid room where there were bowls of fresh strawberries and apricots lying in wait (yummy!). Our room was spacious, with a ridiculously comfy bed and equipped with everything we needed for a happy holiday (including a dental kit which was particularly useful for someone like me who always forgets their toothbrush). There was also the added bonus of a balcony, perfectly sized for morning yoga and with views across the sea to the other side of the peninsula.

After a long, much-needed sleep we awoke to the sun shining through our windows and a view of the turquoise ocean. Breakfast in the hotel is served between 7am and 11am so there is plenty of time to ease into your holiday. And if you need a little more sleep, breakfast can be served on your balcony at any time during the day. As a breakfast-lover I can be a little critical of hotel breakfasts but I can’t find a bad word to say about this one. The morning feast at the Kempinski Barbaros Bay knocks socks off every other hotel breakfast I have ever had. I won’t go on too long as you may not be as passionate about breakfast as me, but this sumptuous selection of fresh, homemade, (mainly) healthy food has something for everyone – Paleo, raw, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free (they even have lactose-free milk and gluten-free breads) or lovers of a little-bit-of-everything. My mornings kicked off with fresh cherries, cantaloupe melon, strawberries and mint tea followed by a bowl of porridge topped with homemade peanut butter, walnuts, cinnamon and dried strawberries (there is actually a whole area of the buffet devoted to nuts, seeds and dried fruits – heaven!). And men needn’t fear a lack of man-food – there are plenty of eggs, fish and cold meats on offer.

Post-morning feasting, you can make your way down to the enormous pool, the beach or the sun deck. There is no rush to the sun-loungers and sun-lounger booking techniques are seriously frowned upon. Plus there are more than enough sun-loungers to go around and each one has an umbrella, catches a bit of sun and has a sea view. We spent our first morning at lazing around the pool still recovering from “Londoner fatigue syndrome”.

With a little bit more energy in the bank and fuelled by our rather substantial breakfast, we headed to the beach for a sporty afternoon of stand-up paddle boarding. In order to ensure everyone is happy, there are child-friendly and adult-only sections of the beach as well as sun loungers on the sand and sun loungers scattered around the manicured gardens set back from the water’s edge – ideal for those who find getting sand everywhere a little annoying. With its array of watersports (stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, sailing, windsurfing and motorised sports such as wakeboarding), hidden-away hammocks and a bar serving freshly squeezed juices, the Barbaros Bay beach is a perfect hangout for the super active as well as the not-so-active.

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Kempinski Barbarossa Beach


Following our active afternoon, we indulged ourselves with a blissful candle-lit massage at the hotel spa. And without sounding cliché, this isn’t your average spa. There is an indoor pool and jacuzzi, two Turkish hammams (one for the boys and one for the girls), saunas and steam rooms (yes, plural), treatment rooms for pretty much every spa treatment you can think of (they even offer underwater shiatsu massage), a hair and nail salon as well as an impressive gym complete with a brand new Pilates reformer machine. In addition, the outdoor deck hosts complementary group Pilates classes in the morning and candle-lit yoga classes one evening every week. I attended one of the Pilates classes and because it was only me crazy enough to get up early on holiday for Pilates in the Turkish sun, the lovely instructor gave me a private class on the reformer machine followed by a delicious ginger tea. If you are in need of a super-detox, the spa also offers “purification packages” for 3 or 7 days which include treatments, fresh juices and personal training. You can also throw in some Pilates and yoga to ensure you come home well and truly detoxified.

When the sun starts going down, you can take your pick from four equally delicious restaurants, all of which have indoor or al-fresco dining (by 8pm it is cool enough to eat outside). The main restaurant, Olives, is a dinner buffet on the same grand scale as breakfast with an abundance of fresh salads, cold and warm options, Turkish mezzes (so delicious!) and fresh fish cooked in front of you. There is also a dessert bar of note, where you can pick and mix mini-desserts or opt for a healthier handful of dried fruit and nuts or even a little dark choccy with a cup of herbal tea. The supper alternatives are all a la carte and include The Saigon Club which serves Asian-fusion food, La Luce, an Italian serving pasta, fish and meat and the Barbaros Beach Restaurant for grilled sea food and salads on the beach.

Pilates, lots of swimming in the sea, snorkelling, paddle boarding and lounging around (which in itself is quite draining when done at 34 degrees) meant come night time we were pretty tired in a happy, healthy way. At the end of our 4 day trip we didn’t want to leave this little slice of paradise and its breakfast-from-heaven and wished we were staying a little longer. My previous memories of holidays in Turkey have been wiped out and replaced by a magical mini-break at the seriously hip and healthy Kempinski Barbaros Bay.

You can fly direct to Bodrum airport from airports all over the UK on Easyjet, Monarch or Thomas Cook. Return flights cost about £200 per person but mixing and matching airlines can save you a few pennies which you can spend on that extra spa treatment! The best times to visit are between March and November, with July and August being the busiest and hottest months. Temperatures either side of the summer are still in the twenties meaning it is the perfect location for a spring or autumn wellbeing mini-break. Nightly rates at the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay start from around £180 per night, based on a double occupancy with breakfast included. To book contact Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay +90 252 3110303 or visit

words by Kathleen Fleming

The Hip & Healthy Guide To Sunscreens!

Skin care is vital all year round, but especially when the sun starts peeping through! Renowned British dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe who practises in both London and Los Angeles has over thirty years experience advising his patients on the best sun protection and is always my first port of call on anything to do with sun and skin.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB?
“UVA rays are the main cause of ageing while UVB rays burn the skin”, explains Dr Lowe , “But both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancers, so you must choose a suncream with both. The SPF number on the bottle only refers to protection against UVB rays and has nothing to do with UVA protection, which means a product with an SPF 30 may not contain any ingredients that defend against UVA rays. So check your suncream has UVA protection written on the bottle also. ”

Which SPF to choose?
After making sure the cream you are going to use contains both UVA and UVB protection, most dermatologists agree a SPF 30 with good UVA is sufficient. Dr Lowe suggests, “SPF 50 is overkill unless you are a redhead (skin type 1), also a higher SPF may expose the skin to unnecessary chemicals.” Dr Lowe advises re-applying a lower factor SPF (20 or 30) very regularly throughout the day, especially after swimming or towelling off. In strong summer sun, those with skin type II (the most common in the UK) will burn after 10 minutes without any sunscreen! Yikes!

Hip & Healthy’s go-to sunscreens?
The following are all a joy to use. They have perfect consistencies and don’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin yet still offer the best protection.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Lotion for body SPF 30 +UVA, 100 ml, £16.50
I used to stockpile this in France before it was available here. A winner because it is so light you cannot feel it on the skin and is excellent for sensitive skin too. I have never ever burned using this product.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Light and Silky Protection Lotion SPF30 + UVA, 200 ml, £13.50
A well priced suncream with excellent research and technology behind it. You cannot go wrong with any of this range. The light fragrance may not be everybody’s cup of tea though.

Nivea Sun Protect and Refresh Lotion SPF30 + UVA, 200ml £15
This product is lovely to use and also comes in spray form for easy application. Very trustworthy technology again and is a favourite amongst dermatologists.

Clinique SPF 30 Body Cream with UVA, 150 ml, £19.50
This luxurious sun cream literally melts into the skin! As well as being cooling on application, it’s also good for sensitive skin.

The Organic Pharmacy SPF30 +UVA, 100 ml £36.95
Free from artificial preservatives, colourants, fragrances and petrochemicals of any kind; this is a 100% mineral sunscreen infused with nourishing shea butter and soothing aloe.

words by Lucia Ferrari

image: Pinterest

If You Only Do One Thing This Week…Exercise Your Way To A Brazilian Body!


This week, the Hip & Healthy team are feeling in a “Brazilian” mood! No, we’ve not got the world cup on our minds… we’re talking about the coveted and gorgeous Brazilian Bod! Brazilian women seem to have this amazing inner confidence, and they totally embrace all the beautiful, natural curves of the female body. We’re definitely all over that! Because we’re feeling so inspired by the brazilian way of enhancing our curves, we’ve compiled some of our favourite exercise that will lift and accentuate those famous Brazilian body parts! Get ready to workout!

Be Bootylicious!

Booty kick backs are awesome for sculpting and defining the glutes and the top of the hamstring… all you need to perform them is a tennis ball! Start on all fours and place the tennis ball behind the back of your right knee and squeeze to keep it in place. Now life that leg behind you up into a 90 degree angle and start some little pulses up and down slowly and contolled. The aim is to keep that tennis ball behind your knee without letting it fall! You should have a nice, straight back at all times and remember to keep your abs tight. Perform 20 on each leg five times a day for a gorgeously toned behind! 

Itzy Bitzy Teeny Tiny Tummy!

Now that you’ve got the Brazilian booty, its time to recreate the “corset” waist look with super effective side planks dips. This move will target your obliques (the criss cross section of your abs), creating toned and sleek muscles that are totally beach worthy! Simply prop yourself up on your elbow, stack your feet on top of one another and raise your hips up and down. Repeat 12 times on each side five times a day. When your abs are shaking, you know you’re doing it right!

Sexy, Slender Arms!

Bid farewell to the “chicken wings” and welcome sexy, slender arms! It can be a challenge to blast the upper arm area but we think arm circles will do just the trick. Arm circles are perfect for toning and strengthening the shoulders and upper arms, but prepare to feel the burn! All you need to do is hold a can of chopped tomatoes (or whatever you have in your cupboards) in each hand, lift your arms to just below shoulder height and get circling! We recommend 1 minute forwards and backwards twice through for best results. Repeat morning and evening and get ready to flaunt that strapless dress! 

Lean, Long, Lengthy thighs!

Mini Band walking is amazing for defining and sculpting the outer thighs and top of the glutes and you can do this exercise pretty much anywhere, be it on the beach or in your hotel room! Place a resistance band around your ankles and take large steps to the side leading with your heel, keeping your feet facing forwards and legs straight at all times. You do feel a bit like an awkward penguin performing this move but it really targets the abductor muscles that run along the outside of your leg and activates the glute muscles too (a booty bonus!). Take 10-12 steps to the right and repeat to the left and perform as many times as you like! There really are no limitations to this exercise and it’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of time! We love the Perform Better Mini Bands where you can choose the resistance that suits you.

words by Molly Jennings

image: Pinterest

The Best Holiday Books That Will Change Your Life

Whenever I go on holiday I always take two types of books with me. I like to take a really great fictional novel I can get totally lost in and I also take away something that will inspire me to make a change in my life or a book that I can learn something valuable from. Over the years I have collected many fantastic books (all thumbed to pieces, covered in suncream and often missing a few pages due to leaving them by the pool) but there are a few that I really wanted to share. Holidays provide one of the best times to sit back, relax and re-evaluate life – these books are some of my faves and will help us all in our quest to becoming the best versions of ourselves…

What: Thrive

Who: Arianna Huffington (who started the Huffington Post)

What’s it all about? After years of stress, hard-work and little sleep, Arianna fainted through exhaustion, hitting her head badly on her desk on the way down. That was the wake up call she needed to realise that surely there was more to life than this. In her book she redefines the way we measure success, introducing us to a third metric that includes four important pillars: Wellbeing, Wonder, Wisdom and Giving. You’ll learn about how one should really measure their lives, and the lessons that Arianna shares from her own experiences are both witty and brilliant.

Best piece of advice: Sleep your way to the top – quite literally! Arianna is an advocate of turning off all electronic devices and getting into bed early. Nothing will keep you motivated and creative like a good night’s sleep.

Best for: Burnt-out business women.

What: Lean In

Who: Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook)

What’s it all about? This book is for anyone who’s thought twice about taking a promotion because they want to start a family, for those women who have a tendancy to sit at the back of the meeting room struggling to get their voice heard, or for any woman who has doubted her decisions at work, cried in the office or felt that being a woman in the workplace can sometimes feel a bit more difficult than it should. So that’s most working women then… The biggest lesson I learned from this inspiring book is that I am not alone in nearly any of the negative emotions I have felt relating to business. Sheryl’s suggestions are practical, funny, easy to implement and will most definately gain you quick results. She has had an amazing career that spans five years at the Treasury, a stint at Google and is now working at Facebook. She reminds us that we are all capable of amazing things despite what we feel might be holding us back.

Best piece of advice: To accept that promotion / better job / extra-responsibility even if you are thinking about starting a family. It still takes nine months to actually make the baby and by that time to you will be able to leave and come back at a much higher level than if you hadn’t. Let go of the guilt.

Best for: Those trying to juggle family and work-life. Getting the balance is never easy but it is possible.

What: May Cause Miracles

Who: Gabrielle Bernstein

What’s it all about? A positive life change begins with a positive thought. Gabby believes that changing the way we think can have an incredible impact on the results we see in our days. So, for ease, she has put together a 6-week guide to happiness that will help you to think in a way that you’ll start to expect miracles to take place all the time. It’s all about choosing love over fear and pressing the reset button on negative feelings about yourself. I especially love her affirmations.

Best piece of advice: Adopt an attitude of gratitude!

Best for: Happy hunters and wellness warriors.

What: Food, inc.

Who: Based on the film by Robert Kenner and Edited by Karl Weber

What’s it all about? Based on the powerful documentary about the American food industry, this book will make you change the way you eat for good. Did you know that the medical costs imposed by the fast-food industry are much larger than its annual profits (not that the industry pays the bills!). This book will make you question the way you buy your food and make it impossible for you to eat meat again without knowing exactly where it came from. It looks at the hazards of genetically engineering food, the way animals are treated, pesticides, fast-food, kids’ nutrition and how we can all become much more nutrition savvy!

Best piece of advice: Give up meat for more than one day a week… Hello Meet-Free-Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

Best for: Meat eaters that want to make a change.

What: The 4-Hour Work Week

Who: Tim Ferriss

What’s it all about? Tim introduces us to a new way of thinking smart and getting rich. Forget the rat race he says, you can have it all and work less than you ever have before. I found this particularly helpful with practical tips on managing business without feeling like you have to be in the office 24/7 for things to run smoothly. This book shows you that there is no point in working for work’s sake – there is a big difference between being busy and being efficient. It will inspire you to create the life you actually want to live and will make you understand that there is never a ‘right’ time for doing it. It’s all about taking the plunge and giving you the tools to survive once you have. Time management features heavily in this book, which is brilliant for a workaholic like me!

Best piece of advice: Go on a low-information diet. Too much information will clutter our minds and make us less productive in the long run. Pus, consuming all that info takes way to much time.

Best for: Those wanting to escape the 9-5, do things their own way and make a lot of money in the process.

words by Sadie MacLeod

Think Outside the Yoga Box – The new “IT” venues to Find Your Inner Peace

As the yoga phenomenon spreads, this wonderful practice is no longer only taking place in studios and gyms. All over the world, yogis are looking outside of the studio-box and finding their bliss in some seriously interesting places. And we’re not just talking about hand-standing on a tropical beach (which is pretty much out of the question for most of us anyway!). A change of scenery is good for all of us and when combined with some relaxing yoga, you will probably feel doubly refreshed and rejuvenated. So when that studio class gets a little packed or the hectic “boom boom boom” of the Body Pump class next door gets too much why not try practicing somewhere different – it might give you a new perspective on things. Here at Hip and Healthy we have put together a guide to our favourite yoga classes taking place in some slightly less-conventional spaces.

Yoga in The Clouds
Well, almost in the clouds. Sixty-eight floors up (or seventy-two if the sun is shining) with panoramic views of London, yoga at the View from the Shard is quite simply incredible. The classes are run by charismatic duo Leo and Mandy from Yogasphere and take place every Saturday morning before the tourists flood in – yoga and a private viewing in one. Practicing yoga at 80ft above London has a surreal quality as you softly gaze over the city’s skyline while moving through your sun salutations. At the end of the class you will literally float back down to the ground.

Classes are every Saturday from 8:30-9:30am at the View from the Shard and cost £40 per person. You can book via the Yogasphere website.

Yoga in the Park
Now that the sun is finally out yoga classes are popping up in parks and other green spaces. Practicing yoga outdoors in nature has so many added benefits. The fresh air cleanses your lungs allowing more oxygen to flow through your body which has an energising effect – a perfect way to start your day. Also while saluting the sun, you are getting your daily dose of sunlight, an important pre-cursor for the production of vitamin D in your body which is vital for strong bones (click here to read H&H’s guide to strong bones).

Pama Yoga runs classes in Victoria Park and London Fields including a Saturday morning class for pregnant goddesses. If you live further West then, Slice Studios in Parsons Green regularly take their yoga classes on to the green if the sun is shining.

Yoga on the Water
Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga or SUP yoga as it is known by its devotees, has already stormed across the US and Australia. Although not quite tropical turquoise waters, SUP yoga is now offered in London, Brighton and a few other water-side locations across the UK. As well as the great benefits for your core muscles from constantly balancing, SUP yoga is refreshing and invigorating – sunshine and sea air is a cure for anything.

SUP Yoga is offered in London by Pure Yoga Zone and operates out of Kew Bridge and Hammersmith – check the Pure Yoga Zone website for more details. SUP Yoga Brighton also runs regular weekly classes on Hove Lagoon.

Yoga in a Museum
Flow back in time by taking your yoga mat into a museum or art gallery. A few of London’s iconic and beautiful old buildings, such as the Royal Academy and The Royal Opera House, have started to open their doors to yogis. The Secret Yoga Club and Lulu Lemon Athletica have both held pop-up yoga classes in said spaces. And to make it even better, these classes never just involve yoga – orchestras and gong baths lull you into a deep relaxation and sometimes post-savasana vegan feasts are served around candle-lit tables (bliss!).

Keep abreast of the Secret Yoga Club’s fabulous pop-ups by visiting their website.

image: Suzie Jay Photography

Organic Green Vegetable Cleanse – Nosh Detox Packs A Green Punch!

Hey Hip & Healthy friends!

The sun may be shining but do you feel like it is more than just the sky that is blue? Never fear! Whether you’re in need of an energy boost, want to kick-start your digestive system, cleanse your skin or just crave a pick-me-up, Nosh Detox has the solution: their new Organic Green Vegetable Cleanse!

The result? A new, brighter, happier version of you; an ethos that we live and breathe here at Hip & Healthy HQ.

So what’s the secret? Each bottle contains ginger, lemon, spinach, avocado, mango, apple, kale, celery, banana, mandarin, broccoli, parsley, avocado, peach, courgette, pineapple and (BREATHE!) mint. That’s a hell of a lot of nutrients, minerals and vitamins jam packed into one little bottle. But, don’t let its small size dishearten you, as this is a great little powerhouse to replenish, restore, heal and clean.

So how does it work?

With the combination of citrus fruits and super greens, your digestive system gets a kick start with anti-inflammatory goodness to boost your energy. Bursting with vitamin C, digestive enzymes and healing amino acids, the Organic Green Vegetable Cleanse is the perfect supplement to restore your inner (and outer) beauty. Do you dream of luscious locks, flawless skin and strong healthy nails this summer? Then it’s time to detox Nosh style.

But what of the taste we hear you cry? No need to panic! The strategic selection of pineapple and mint ensures a surprisingly delicious, sweet and tart experience. What a great alternative to your usual fruit juice or smoothie!

Don’t just take our word for it, acclaimed by Georgia May Jagger and Rachel Stevens, this little bottle of goodness has achieved celebrity recognition. Winner of the Best Detox in London 2011 (Evening Standard Newspaper) and Best of the Best Secret Diary (Vogue Magazine), the Organic Green Vegetable Cleanse has taken the health and lifestyle market by storm.

Geeta Sidhu-Robb, (founder of Nosh Detox) is committed to restoring her clients to their best potential condition and wellbeing. She claims: “Doing a detox allows your body to catch up and process all of that build up bringing your body into homeostasis or balance.”

To make this even more exciting, the wonderful people at Nosh Detox have decided to give all H&H readers a special discount for the 3 day programme! Yes that’s right, all you lovely people can now juice your way to happiness for just £99 (thats £140 off!). How awesome is that? Simply click here to get started! With summer around the corner, let this year be you at your fittest, strongest and healthiest. So what are you waiting for? Remove those toxins, lose those blues and go green!



words by Olivia Murphy

Cleanse Review – The Source Juice

CompanyThe source juice

Cleanse – The Renvoation Cleanse

How many days? – 3 day cleanse

Tester – Saskia Gregson-Williams

What were you hoping to gleam from the cleanse?

Through juicing you are able to assimilate 95% of the nutrients compare to the mere 15-20% you absorb when you eat the same foods. This is because juice is much more easily absorbed as the process of juicing breaks down the cell walls of fruits and vegetables so that they are pre-digested already. This means that the power-packed nutrients are getting directly into your system. Trying out the The Source Juice’s 3 day cleanse I was excited to see how three days of bespoke Organic, Raw juices would effect my overall well-being and energy levels.

What did the cleanse consist of?

The cleanse, is designed for juicing beginners to detoxify the body, reset eating habits, eliminate cravings, and rest the digestive system. The cleanse consisted of 6 juices including, three green juices, a sweet beetroot juice with a fiery chilli kick, an anti-inflammatory carrot, ginger & turmeric juice, and to finish off the day a creamy almond & coconut milk.

Which Juice was your favourite?

When i first looked at the juices i was positive the green juice or the almond milk would become my favourite, but in actual fact i most adored ‘Red Earth’ a Beetroot, Pear, Clementine, carrot, pineapple, lemon & chilli juice. The chilli is actually bizarrely delicious, and has wonderful effects boosting your metabolism.

How did you feel after three days?

After a very busy couple of weeks, I truly felt re-juvinated, clear, light and energized. I definitely did miss my smoothie bowls, brown rice pasta dishes and raw chocolate desserts, but these juices truly were yummy and very filling too!

Who would you recommend this cleanse too:

Cleanses are great for those wanting to lose weight, give their body a break or to simply re-energise and boost your digestive system. This cleanse is great for beginners as they’re are lots of different flavours to enjoy.

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes!

Chocolate cupcakes

Makes 6 -8 cup cakes




1.5 cups almond meal

1/4 cup cacao

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs (vegan option below)

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

1/4 cup  Oat/almond milk

2 tbsp agave/ honey

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Combine almond meal, cocoa powder and baking powder. Add the eggs, oil, milk and agave and mix well to form a smooth batter. Spoon into 12 small individual cupcake tins. Bake for 25 minutes until puffed and cooked through.

Chocolate frosting:

1 cup medjool dates

1/4 cup cacao

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted ( you can probably omit if you don’t have it)

1/2 cup water

Method: Blend all together and refrigerate until ready to spread.




VEGAN OPTION: Mash half a banana and add in place of the egg. Even if you are not a vegan – try it! We promise it tastes great!

Recipe: “In The Hip & Healthy Kitchen” our E-Recipe Book! Download it here!



5 Star Fitness – A Wellness Escape To Oitavos!

The Oitavos, Portugal is a luxurious 5* hotel offering extensive fitness activities, delicious healthy food and superior spa treatments all in one beautiful, idyllic setting.  Bex Fairbrother investigates.

The Lowdown
If you are looking for a Hip and Healthy getaway then the Oitavos is your go-to destination.  With a flight time of just over 2 hours from London airports to Lisbon and then a mere 30 minute drive to the relaxing oasis that is the stunning Cascais National Park where the Oitavos is nestled, this luxurious hotel is the perfect place for a relaxing mini-break, romantic getaway or a fitness-filled trip.

The Hotel
A magnificent, modern 5* hotel, the Oitavos opened its doors to the public in September 2010.  Owned and run by the Champalimaud family, the Oitavos has 142 spacious rooms, each with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.  There is a real warmth to this family-run hotel.  The staff are attentive without being overbearing, providing a level of service which is second to none.

Meanwhile the design of the hotel is open plan with floor to ceiling glass so every way you turn you are surrounded by the stunning views of the Atlantic and the rugged landscape.

Situated just a stone’s throw from Portugal’s Atlantic coastline, this beachside location makes it one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world whilst the Oitavos Dunes golf course, was ranked 65th in GOLF Magazine’s 2013 Top 100 Courses in the World.

The Food
The Oitavos boasts 3 restaurants which each serves delicious food made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  You can choose from fresh fish, seafood, pasta, salads and an array of tapas at the Ipsylon Restaurant located in the Hotel building – the crab and avocado cappuccino was created, nutritious and utterly delicious!

Alternatively, Verbasco which is located at the Clubhouse of the Oitavos Dunes Golf Course offers simple, authentic dishes made from locally sourced ingredients – I would highly recommend any of the fish dishes on the menu which are all fresh, satisfying and tasty.  The Japanese Bar is the third restaurant at the Oitavos offering exquisite sushi and sashimi in a relaxed and cosmopolitan setting – perfect if you want a light dinner.

The Activities
The Oitavos offer a number of sporting activities including yoga, golf, tennis, squash and biking.  Alternatively you could start your day with a dip in the exterior infinity pool with a view looking out onto the golf course and the perpetual view of the ocean.

The Oitavos also offer the ‘Surf Into Shape’ package which aims to help guests achieve the super-toned and ultra-lean body of a surfer, engaging both body and mind in challenging new ways.  Embraces the oceanic surroundings, the Oitavos’ ‘Surf Into Shape’ package combines surf lessons and tailored workouts with rejuvenating VOYA spa treatments and healthy eating.

Guests are then taken to a nearby beach on the Silver Coast which has become a haven for surf professionals due to the outstanding, year-round conditions, where the world record for the highest wave ever surfed at 100 feet was broken in January 2013.

Post surf, guests are taken back to the hotel where they can enjoy a well-earned swim by the pool and then spend some time at the VOYA spa.  Each spa treatment is designed to leave guests feeling refreshed and regenerated with a body fit for the beach.

The ‘Surf Into Shape’ package includes:

  • A two-night stay at The Oitavos in a Superior Room with private balcony and golf and partial ocean views
  • Automatic upgrade to Premium Room with private balcony  and ocean views
  • subject to availability
  • Complimentary healthy buffet breakfasts at Ipsylon Restaurant to start the day
  • 2 x 1h fitness classes at The Oitavos /person
  • Up to a  2h surf lesson plus wetsuit, surfboard and transportation to and from the hotel to the beach*/ person
  • A Hydrating Facial / person
  • One 50 minute Voya signature massage / person

Outside of the hotel there is a running and cycling path which runs along the coastline – perfect for those who like picturesque morning runs before breakfast, which I must say is a feat at the Oitavos. Choose from freshly sliced fruit, an assortment of breads, eggs, cheeses and hams, the Oitavos breakfast is the perfect way to set you up for a day of activities.

The Spa
If R and R is more your thing and you are in for some pampering, the Oitavos has a full service spa offering a number of indulgent, relaxing and results-driven treatments including full body massages, seaweed wraps and facials.  Their approach to wellbeing at the Oitavos is one that is completely natural, combining the healing benefits of seawater with a host of organic and ocean-inspired beauty and health treatments whilst the spa itself overlooks the dramatic, unspoilt Estoril Atlantic coastline.

The treatments take place in one of the 10 treatment rooms.  Each room is light, private, and spacious with a high ceiling and large, panoramic window which looks out onto the wild terrain outside of palm trees, natural sand dunes, and the ocean beyond.

I opted for a full body massage which left me feeling completely revitalised, relieving tension I had been carrying in my back.  As the room was so large and light this further relaxed me as I am not one for dark treatment rooms with no windows which I find claustrophobic and more stress-inducing than calming.

The spa also features a sauna, turkish bath, jacuzzi and sea-water swimming pool to ensure you feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated upon leaving.

The starting rate at The Oitavos is 163€ (approx £133) for a Superior room, with balcony and sea view. For reservations, please contact +351 21 486 0020 or visit

Flights are available from London Heathrow or Gatwick to Lisbon with TAP Airlines, from 116€ round trip.

A Raw Treat: Hip & Healthy reviews a raw-food and Pilates retreat at Bailiffscourt Hotel.

When invited to attend a raw-food and Pilates retreat in the depths of West Sussex, in an old boutique country hotel, it wasn’t a tough decision to say yes.

Upon arriving at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, the mock-medieval exteriors of its buildings and extensive, lush green grounds had me locked under its country-living spell as my shoulders descended from my ears to their rightful place. It’s amazing what a single breath of fresh air and a bit of historical architecture can do to a girl.

I was immediately greeted by the hotel’s cheerful and charming manager, Chris Alger, and whisked off to one of the estate’s Superior bedrooms. Through winding corridors, beautiful courtyards and secret underground passageways I went, until I turned the key of my own arched wooden door to be greeted by a room of such medieval grandeur that my jaw fell off. A plush four-poster bed covered with squashy cushions, blankets and duvets, a huge, double height, vaulted ceiling with a massive church-style window letting in the light, and lots of smaller leader ones punctured three of the walls. Dark wood furniture and complimentary TeaPigs tea with homemade shortbread (admittedly not raw, but I’ll skim over this minor detail) and a gorgeous bathroom meant that I felt like royalty.

Shortly after my arrival was the raw-food and juice talk, which was anything but dull. The chef, Martin Hadden a Roux scholar and raw-food expert talked through the benefits of eating clean and raw, with help from Shirah Mustardé, the retreat’s incredibly knowledgeable and interesting nutritionist. That evening’s feast was prepared before my eyes and I left believing that I was as capable as this culinary mastermind, and would of course be able to impress friends by making raw scallops with nori at my inevitable upcoming raw-food dinner party…

Shirah had prepared some delicious cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices and explained the benefits of this particular method of juicing. It retains the nutrients from the ingredients in their most natural form, whereas blending or heating juices massively reduces the nutritional gains, much the same as cooking strips food of natural minerals. Watermelon and strawberry, pineapple and ginger and a fantastic green juice tantalised my inner health-freak and my tongue.

Full of healthy nutritional knowledge and inspired to create my own juices and raw-food meals I headed off to my spa treatment. I chose the 25 minute ‘media’ massage (us media types have it incredibly rough, darling) in the hotel’s impressive barn-style spa building. It was wonderful, and just what I needed to loosen up before a quick swim in the outdoor pool and the evening’s inevitable feast.

Martin had pulled out all the stops to impress. Canapé’s of raw vegetables (not just carrots, but parsnips and beetroot as well) with delicious dips and prosecco, wine and/or spirits mixed with Shirah’s juices from earlier (an inspired idea!) lined my stomach for what was to come. I’ve already mentioned the delicious scallops with Japanese nori, which was served as a starter; what followed was an incredible carpaccio of beef with a homemade pesto and vegetable stack. Dessert was juicy strawberries with mascarpone cream by which point I was surprisingly full (I have a huge appetite) and yet didn’t have the heavy, groggy slump that usually washes over me after a large meal. Everything served was absolutely heavenly; I was in my element.

After supper I retreated to my chamber (I can hardly call it a bedroom) and sank into the four-poster with a satisfied stomach and a happy mind. Sleep took over instantly…

Morning time and along came a pre-Pilates raw snack of an açai bowl with granola, fresh blueberries and a banana and strawberry smoothie, delivered promptly to my room at 7 o’clock, an hour before the class was to start.

The Pilates class lasted for roughly 90 minutes, and focussed on gentle stretching and core-work. The instructor, Susie Mermaid (isn’t that a lovely name?), spoke of the benefits of Pilates, its origin and what the class would consist of. She was calm, sweet and informative, keen to help each participant improve alignment and technique. Candles dotted the edges of the studio and a sweet detail was a pebble inscribed with the names of each classmate placed on each mat. We used Pilates circles, bands and bodyweights and the class seemed to be aimed at people getting to know the practice. I would hope that throughout the three-day retreat the classes would progressively become more difficult. But then that’s just me.

Breakfast followed and the buffet that sprawled across the table in the Tapestry Restaurant was laden with salads, local cheeses, vegetables, fruit and juices. Eggs and toast were on offer for those who required something more substantial and I confess I succumbed to scrambled eggs alongside my varied and delicious salads, only because I had a big day back in the capital ahead of me. Despite my weakness for well-done eggs, the raw offerings were simply sublime, and I could have devoured a whole roll of the local Sussex blue cheese that was served with chicory.

The management boast that the beach is a seven-minute walk from the hotel’s front door, via the road or a path in through the grounds. Desperate to breathe some sea-air into my lungs before a two-hour train journey back to London Victoria I swiftly grabbed an umbrella (it was April, after all) and marched my way to the beautiful, blustery, briny coast. Bliss.

Pilates retreats at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa include two nights’ accommodation in a superior room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Three 60-minute pilates classes, a raw food ‘cooking’ demonstration, a nutritional talk with a Q&A session and a 25-minute spa treatment of choice – massage, facial or mini-manicure, are also included. From £399 per person based on two sharing or from £528 based on single occupancy, subject to availability.(, 01903 723511

The next Pilates retreats at Bailiffscourt are Monday- Wednesday 23rd-25th June and 1st-3rd September 2014.

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa room rates start from £229 per room per night, based on two sharing a Classic Double Room, including breakfast, full use of spa facilities and VAT.

words by Lucy Marshall

Pregnant Ladies: It’s time to get your glow on…

We chat to Latham Thomas, author of Mama Glow and founder of the Mama Glow website and whole pregnancy concept who’s worked with a number of yummy mummies such as Alicia Keys, Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington. Here she shares her tips to a healthy and happy pregnancy…


Mama Glow is takes a unique spin on pregnancy. It’s about celebrating and becoming the best iteration of yourself. I breakdown the information into three sections – in the kitchen, on the mat, and in your life. It’s about fostering a powerful connection with your body and feeling radiant from within. I am about empowering women along this journey.


The most common complaint I hear about pregnancy is “How do I minimize excessive weight gain and stretch marks.” It’s quite simple, you need to gain weight to facilitate a healthy pregnancy – however you don’t need to “eat for two”. The body requires an extra 300 calories daily when you hit the later part of the second trimester – that’s a smoothie or piece of toast with some almond butter. I gained 14 pounds – the baby was 7 pounds 11 ounces, my diet was plant based and I believe that all of us could benefit from more plant foods in our diets – that’s why I promote it in the book. To protect against stretch marks we need to eat fats in addition to applying creams, oils, etc in the belly region. We have a great stretch mark oil recipe in the book and on the website too.


I started Mama Glow because as a single mama I work hard every day to provide for my child but also show him that his dreams can and will come true as long as he chases them. I’m also inspired by newborns. In the adult world I would say Arianna Huffington inspires me so much – she is really helping people examine their lives through self-care.


I witness miracles every day. I worked with a client who was in her early stages of menopause and with diet, lifestyle, acupuncture, meditation, energy work, and supplements getting her FSH levels (helps control the menstrual cycle and production of eggs) down from 31 to 5.6 within 100 days – using no drugs. This client is now in a position to get pregnant and sustain a healthy pregnancy. Even the doctors were astounded. But the body is powerful and we have to learn to trust and believe in our bodies.


Before your baby is born set up what I call a sister circle – you need support once the baby is born but you won’t have the time to set up your squad in between feedings so figure out who is in your corner that you can depend upon to help you along this journey. These are friends who help cook a meal, help with housework, teach you the ropes, etc. Also devote some time for you – glowtime – where you indulge in self care- spa, massage, acupuncture, get your hair blown out, etc. Just take time for you.


My top tips for inner and outer beauty during pregnancy are the following…

Speak Highly: An affirmation practice- speaking positively to yourself daily will increase your confidence.

Dress up: When you adorn yourself in garments, colors and silhouettes that make you feel good you stand upright- feel more powerful and capable.

5 minute Face: Even if you feel “huge” or “exhausted” when you put the effort into highlighting your features with just a little color, you will feel so much better. Dedicate at least 5 minutes to a natural beauty routine.


There is no such thing as balance. You must learn the art of juggling and prioritize your needs as a woman, a couple, so that you can effectively meet baby’s needs as well. One thing I do with my couples is: within 10 days of birth I have them schedule a date-night- whether that is going around the block for a movie and meal or checking out a concert, I have them go on a date alone. It’s important to recover the intimacy within the relationship and spend time together without the baby as well.


Just because you are eating animal protein doesn’t mean it’s absorbable and actually working for you. Sure we need protein for fetal development, but we don’t need tons of it. And you can get sufficient amounts of protein from plant foods – walnuts, pumpkin seeds, beans, legumes, even leafy greens have protein. What we need to be concerned about is getting enough high quality fat- which you can find in walnuts, avocado, etc and a range of phyto-nutrients that can only be found in plant foods.


I love yoga and other forms of dynamic movement for pregnant ladies – dance specifically African, and Modern dance techniques are amazing for the prenatal body. I love belly dance – it was actually developed to help facilitate labour. Swimming is great as well as hiking. In the book I talk about squats- they help to open the pelvis by 33%.


Mother yourself first. When you learn to take care of yourself, set healthy boundaries, honour the messages coming through your body, listen to the voice within you, fulfil your needs first- then you feel radiant. If you’re tired- sleep. We have a weird obsession with burn-out. Somehow we equate it to meaning pushing ourselves so hard leads to success.


Buy Mama Glow (Published by Hay House) from the website and follow @GlowMaven