Body Love/Hate Relationship: Even wellness warriors have body hang ups, but they also have parts they love…

Body Love/Hate Relationship

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Think you are the only one that has a love/hate relationship with your body? Think again. Even those working in the health and fitness industry, drinking from the goodness guru cup daily, have things that they are not keen on about themselves. We find out what these wellness warriors both hate and love about their bodies…

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Abigail James, Expert Skincare Specialist,

I love my hair. I am really low maintenance when it comes to hair and I love the just got out of bed look, which my hair seems to do quite well, I get it cut and coloured only 2 -3 times a year, its fine textured but a lot of it with a tiny bit of natural wave and bounce so easy to curl and big it up or go real straight, and I actually quite like its natural colour.

I dislike my Legs – I suffer from varicose veins, which is so unsightly, obviously 3 children will have contributed and also genetics, but I am prone to bad circulation as well so all round the legs generally remain covered up.


Emma Coleman, Founder Inner-Soul – 

I have always been fascinated by my feet (don’t laugh!) because they remain in good condition all by themselves most of the time, taking me wherever I need to go. They also have direct links to other parts of the body via the nervous system and meridian lines, and I used reflexology during each of my labours, which genuinely helped to move things along.

I am not too keen on my under eye baggage, which I have inherited from my mum and her mum; I get dark circles especially in the winter, but have learned that diet can affect how they look so try to eat lots of fruit and veg and not so much caffeine and cheese! I plan one day to develop an organic and natural product just for keeping this area looking its best.

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Natasha Davey owner Raw to Door – 

After years of being a model, my main issue and what I don’t like too much is my boobs! I wish they were tiny like Alexa Chung’s so that I could wear shirts done up to the top and Peter Pan collars. Most fashion styles that I like call for tiny boobs.

I do, however, like my eyes as they are very blue and clear (due to my raw diet) and I would say that it is this that I am complemented mostly on. The eyes are the window to the soul after-all.

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Jane Kersel, International Coach, Therapist and Yoga Teacher,

Pre-yoga I pretty much hated everything about my body. I believed that you had to be beautiful to be loved. I was a gawky teenager and although I was aware I had something, I couldn’t see it and I would always compare myself to other women and wish I had big boobs and long legs.

Post-yoga I am much more loving and accepting of myself. Although I still have a part of me that buys into all of the above, it’s an old part of me. I think for many of us (especially women) this stuff is ingrained into our DNA. I teach supermodels and although they are stunning like thoroughbred horses, they too have doubts and fears of ageing. But I can honestly say that now that I don’t compare and judge myself against other people. I truly love every part of me inside and out now. My body has become my best friend… And what I’ve noticed is the more I unconditionally love it and appreciate it and give thanks for it the more it glows and the healthier it feels.

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Claire Neill, Founder of Radiance Cleanse,

Growing up I didn’t like my legs as they are short and I have chunky thighs, plus my brother would tease me about having fat knees!  I have over the years grown to see that they have their advantages.  My thighs are strong which has given me strength and stability, which has been great for all the tennis matches I play!

However, I count myself as very lucky that I have pretty good skin. I do think it is partly good genes, but I’m also convinced that it’s also due to my diet (including lots of green juices!) and the fact that I’m careful about using organic skincare and make up.

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Alice Mackintosh, Nutritionist, The Food Doctor,  

I hate my height. Being just shy of 6ft is pretty tall for a lady and whilst I do love it sometimes, practically it really can be a total a pain in the arse. This is especially the case when buying clothes… Proportions are generally longer and wider meaning that things just don’t fit in the way that you want them to. The day I find a jumpsuit that doesn’t give me a camel toe whilst swinging around my ankles will be a very happy one!

I love my skin. Whilst I don’t always believe that weight is an outward manifestation of being healthy, I do believe that skin can be. Before I discovered nutrition I had horrid skin – spotty, patchy and dull. One of the first things that changed when I started eating well was that my skin transformed. This happened within the space of months; the better I felt inside, the better my skin was. Glowing, dewey, plump skin is a sign that what is going on inside is as good as it looks from the outside. Nothing superficial about it!


Sweet Pink Smoothie

The Hip & Healthy 14 Day Smoothie Challenge Sponsored by Herbalife

Swap your 4pm snack for a superfood smoothie and get ready to get your glow on…

Day 5: Sweet Pink Smoothie

1 frozen banana

1 nectarine

1/2 cup mixed blueberries and raspberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1/4 – 1/2 cup of oat milk

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Mango Sunshine Smoothie

The Hip & Healthy 14 Day Smoothie Challenge Sponsored by Herbalife

Swap your 4pm snack for a superfood smoothie and get ready to get your glow on…

Day 4: Sunshine Smoothie


1 mango

1 frozen banana

1 tbsp chia seeds

blend with juice of 1 orange


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Simply Berry-Licious Smoothie

The Hip & Healthy 14 Day Smoothie Challenge Sponsored by Herbalife

Swap your 4pm snack for a superfood smoothie and get ready to get your glow on…

Day 3: Simply Berry-Licious


1 banana

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup raspberries

1 handful spinach

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1/4 – 1/2 cup dairy-free milk

Method: blend!


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Beauty Bites: You Are What You Eat

They say you are what you eat – so the new trend of munching your way to a younger looking, healthier you makes perfect sense. Indulge in our top selection of edible treats that will not only boost your beauty routine, but are also guilt free and taste pretty damn good too.

Fountain The Beauty Molecule – £24.99

For the first time ever, Fountain have produced a product containing water-soluble Resveratrol – a potent molecule found in grape skins and Japanese knotweed, which is proven to delay and slow down the ageing process. Mixed with natural pomegranate to sweeten, it also contains antioxidant rich Black Carrot and anti-ageing super star Hyaluronic Acid – making it the perfect ingredient for younger looking skin. Just take one teaspoon daily, directly or in your morning smoothie, and reap the wrinkle-fighting rewards.

Beauty ‘In Beauty Candy – from £2.50

Brazil’s beauty secret, these sweet treats combine vitamins that are important for skin cells (A, C & E), minerals, organic fruit extracts, antioxidants to protect and collagen to help plump skin, boost anti-ageing properties and leave you with hydrated, younger looking skin. Available in raspberry, lemon, orange and strawberry flavours – be warned, they are rather delicious. And being low-calorie, sugar free and fat free – you will polish off a box rather too easily.

FTN Super Berry shots – £1.99 per shot from Amazon

Repair, renew and protect – just three of the things these super shots do for you, your body and your skin. Made from 100% natural ingredients, they’re rich in antioxidants from green tea, wild blueberry extract and organic microalgae to help support the body’s natural stem cell renewal (it even helps increase the production of cells by up to 70%!) This in turn slows down the ageing process, increases vitality and skin health and protects against cell damage – all with a pop of pomegranate for a yummy pick me up.

DEO Perfume Candy – from £2.00

Now you can sweat yourself sweeter with sweets especially formulated to release perfume through your pores. Yes, that’s right – scented sweat. Zero sugar and low GI, they are packed with Geranoil from roses, which not only provide antioxidant properties but also emit a sweet, floral fragrance when you sweat. Just 1 or 2 sweets will provide 6 hours of fresh, rosy smells from your skin – keeping you perfectly perfumed all day long.

Pure Gold Collagen – course from £35.99

Guzzle yourself gorgeous with Pure Gold Collagen – a drink that’s delicious, nutritious and gives you younger looking skin. Containing no artificial preservatives, colours or sugars, each 50ml bottle is packed with hydrolysed collagen that is more readily absorbed by the body than tablets or pills. And, unlike your average wrinkle cream, Pure Gold Collagen works from the inside out – targeting the deeper layer of the dermis to address the ageing process. After just 2 to 3 weeks skin is visibly plumper and hydrated, so sip away for super skin.

words by Frankie Rozwadowska

The Most Popular Colours

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The Most Popular Colours

All of us have those failsafe colours which make up the bulk of our wardrobe. Once we find a colour which suits it’s easy to fall into a bit of a style rut and not experiment with colour as much as we could. For many of us, the thought of injecting some bold and vibrant colour into our wardrobe is a little daunting. However, that’s not to say that we shouldn’t liven up our look. If we know what colours we should be looking for to compliment our skin tone and hair colour, then it makes it easier to be a bit more adventurous!

If you’re lucky enough to still have a summer holiday approaching, this can be a great time to experiment with your style. Knowing that you are in a new and unfamiliar place gives you the freedom to try something a little different. Swimwear is often a good place to start – there’s nowhere better to try a bright, bold colour than on the beach! Opting for a vibrant aqua can really accentuate your tan, or if you are conscious about your figure, a floral wrap-round swimsuit can be very flattering.

For a colourful daytime look why not team a printed maxi dress with some neutral accessories? Pink has been a popular colour this season and is very wearable for most skin tones. Don’t forget to neglect your accessories. If you are opting for a colourful statement number then choose plain accessories but you can also use bright accessories to enhance a neutral outfit.

If you have an olive skin tone or dark hair, then orange is a good colour for you. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but, on the right person, it can look great. You can always tone it down a little by opting for a coral or peach shade if you like.

So, don’t be afraid to try something a little different and inject some colour into your look! Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a splash of colour into our autumnal wardrobe.


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Sunset Dream Smoothie

The Hip & Healthy 14 Day Smoothie Challenge Sponsored by Herbalife

Swap your 4pm snack for a superfood smoothie and get ready to get your glow on…

Day 2: Sunset Dream


1/2 cup of strawberries

1/4 cashews

1/2 banana

2 tbsp goji berries

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 – 1 cup oat milk

Method: blend!


GIVE IT A BOOST: Want to give your smoothie challenge a turbo boost? Why not add a tablespoon of Herbalife’s Formula 1 Free From, vanilla flavour – a great source of protein that is free from soy, gluten and lactose.

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Spiced Apple and Blueberry Smoothie

The Hip & Healthy 14 Day Smoothie Challenge Sponsored by Herbalife

Swap your 4pm snack for a superfood smoothie and get ready to get your glow on…

Day 1: Spiced Apple and Blueberry


1/2 avocado

1 cup of blueberries

1/2 small apple

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp chia seeds

Method: Blend!


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Fall Back In Love With Fitness

words by Lara Hassan

Here we go again – getting kids ready for school and catching up with work after a prolonged summer of indulgence and life in slow motion. It is sometimes tough to get back into your health and fitness routine, so here we bring you a few positive changes you can apply to your day easily to make the transition back into workout mode as smooth as possible…

Maintaining a positive attitude is key. Try not to be harsh on yourself  as you will only make it harder. So, take the view that you have had a wonderfully fun few months and now you are just as excited to adopt your healthy lifestyle once more!

Hot Water & Lemon
Start with a gentle detox in the morning by adding a cup of warm water with lemon as soon as you wake up. The benefits are many, in addition to cleansing, it helps boost the immune system and improves the metabolism.

Swap ‘Bad’ Carbs for Good Carbs
Many people believe that avoiding carbs is the key to achieving successful weight loss, however carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet, they provide our bodies with fuel it needs for physical activity and proper organ function. All carbs are broken down in to sugars and released into the blood stream. When we consume these easily digested, ‘fast-releasing’ carbohydrates, sugar is rapidly released into the blood stream providing a burst of energy. This sudden sugar rush is too much for the body to make use of so any excess is then turned into fat, leaving you with a sudden drop in blood sugar. This will leave you feeling tired, hungry and craving more sugar and you don’t want that to happen. Swap the fast release carbohydrates such as sugar, cakes, muffins, donuts, high sugar cereals and white bread/rice/pasta to slow release or complex carbohydrates. These include foods such as wholegrain cereals, wholemeal bread/pasta, brown rice, fruits and vegetables. These  carbs’ are much more complex in structure than simple sugars and take longer to be digested and absorbed. They provide you with a slow- release and more sustained source of energy. This will help you feel fuller for longer, provide you with consistent energy and help prevent chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. More on carbs here!

Cut Down on Alcohol 
I am afraid it is time to say goodbye to that bottle of Rosé you’ve been keeping nicely chilled for balmy summer evenings. Alcohol is packed with sugar, which can be fattening and ageing (not to mention when hungover, exercise gets pushed even further away). Time to keep alcohol limited to the weekends and even then – drink responsibly.

Find A Good Gym Deal
Many gyms have offers at that time of the year, check out what offers or deals work for you and your schedule and seek advice. Try joining at the end of the month. Each sales rep will be tasked with a getting in a certain amount of new members per month. If they are short on their goal, they will be much more likely to make a deal with you towards the end of the month than at the beginning when time is on their side.

Make the Most of your Induction Session
Ask questions. Set  yourself some goals and use that hour to get as much information as you need to form and exercise plan.

Get a Trainer
This really is one of the best ways to approach exercise. The trainer will always know more than you do! You will achieve results much faster when you know what your body needs.The cost is totally worth it, it could actually save you money and time in the end. I have so many clients who join gyms and never make it. Throwing yourself back into a heavy workout after not doing anything for a month (or two!) you need a bit of guidance on what and how to achieve your fitness goals. This is when having a trainer is a saviour. The trainer gives you an estimate of how long it will take your body to achieve the results you want and will also advice you on what to eat. Make it easier on yourself, let someone guide you.


Summer Roasted Tomatoes and Green Vegetable Salad with Sweet Potato Hummus

recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams

The inspiration behind this dish came from two things: my love of hummus, and tomato season, which means we really have to get using some more tomatoes! I love raw tomatoes, they’re delicious diced in salsas, made in to gazpacho, used in crudités, but slow roasting, like in this recipe, completely takes them to a whole new level. So tantalisingly sweet and caramelised, whilst still being fresh, and much less oily than store bought sun dried tomatoes. They are incredible in salads; the roasted feel and flavour of the oven dried tomato next to the cold and creamy cube of avocado is to die for.

The sweet potato hummus compliments these flavours perfectly. This hummus is a combination of three of my favourite foods: hummus (obviously), almond butter and sweet potato! Can you think of a more heavenly combination? On there own they’re delicious, but together, wow oh wow! Despite the different parts of this dish it is really quick to make, with an alternative for a quicker roasted tomato recipe below!

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as I do, it’s the perfect summer lunch or dinner – so satisfying, nourishing and seasonal. Remember to hashtag #hipandhealthy on Instagram and twitter so me and the team can see all your awesome recreations!

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus:

1 can chickpeas
2 tbsp Almond Butter (can use tahini)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp water
1 large sweet potato

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Peal and cube your sweet potato, and place on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive and cook for25-35 minutes. When crisping on the outside but soft and gooey in the middle they’re done!

Add all other ingredients to the blender, and blend until a paste starts to form. You may have to stop a few times to scrape the blade, as it can be quite sticky! When smooth, mash the sweet potato and add it to the blender. Blend again until combined and as smooth as you like!

The Salad:

Serves 2

1 cup cherry tomatoes*
1 small bunch asparagus
1 avocado, cubed
1/2 large/1 small zuchinni, chopped into small circles then halved
2 handfuls rocket
3 Tbsp pine-nuts

*for the tomatoes, you can make them two ways depending on your time allowance.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Halve the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds and juice, place upside down on a baking rack for 20 minutes to completely drain. Place face up on a baking tray and drizzle with olive and pinches of sea salt and thyme. Roast for 3-5 hours for semi dried or 7-8 for completely dried! If you’re rushed for time, simply halve the tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and roast at 200 degrees celsius for 20 minutes or until caramelised but not burnt!  Remove and let cool. Then toast the pine-nuts on a baking tray in the same oven for roughly 2 minutes. For the asparagus, cut into smaller stalks and steam until cooked. All other vegetables aren’t cooked so you can prepare them as above.

To plate, start with the rocket, zuchinni, asparagus, avocado, tomatoes and rocket and scatter with pinenuts before adding a generous blob of sweet potato hummus to your plate! Enjoy.

Stylish Swimwear For Super Active Bods

Take catwalk-worthy sports-luxe poolside with Hip & Healthy’s guide to stylish sporty swimwear, by Alice Trowsdale

Dive in at the deep end and get hydro fit in the latest style meets performance athletic swimsuits. With exposed scuba zip pulls, flattering high necks and accented reinforced seams, these high fashion suits are made for workouts.

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Make a splash in this coral cutout  swimsuit by Jessika Allen for JETS. The turtle neck  compliments the racer fit while the contrasting overlay creates an eye-catching dash of colour. The back boasts the signature scuba zip pull and the cut out sections cinch in the waist. Not only is this swimsuit super stylish it offers UV protection is chlorine resistant and made from quick drying, breathable ‘Xtra Life Lycra’.

Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty is making waves with their performance enhancing power swimsuit. This suit has built in bust support and contrast colour panels are super flattering and made from premium sensitive fabric that sculpts the figure. The perfect combo in our opinion! It’s high-neck and a wetsuit style zip pull at the back will ensure that you perform your best in the water.

Net a porter

This Italian vintage inspired swimwear is designed by Lisa Marie Fernandez in the US and adds sultry sophistication to sporty swimwear. The epitome of swim sports-chic, it perfectly balances a high-neck scuba zip with a low scoop back. We love.


This Leigh Maillot swimsuit also designed by Lisa Marie Fernandez creates peach perfect colour-block curves. The strapless one-piece ensures support and style as it features a structured bust and super flattering zip detailing.

Adidas – Stella McCartney

Look sleek in this tomboy chic bikini and stand out from a sea of feminine prints and cuts. Designed by Stella McCartney for adidas this mellow yellow combo is perfect for fashion forward sporty swimmers. The chunky adjustable straps and colour-blocked cups offer sports bra support while the bikini bottoms resemble teeny tiny running shorts, the ideal accessory for your toned toosh.

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If you only do one thing this week… Boost your Metabolism with these 5 At-Home Exercises

words by Molly Jennings

I’m so busy, the kids need a bath, I’m too tired to go to the gym…. No more excuses! This week, focus on adopting a “can do” approach to exercise. From experience, I know one can become stuck in a rut… you feel sluggish, and really tired. It makes you feel lousy and grumpy and under confident about yourself. That’s your metabolism doing that. When it’s slow, so are we. But we at Hip & Healthy want you to feel energized and confident about yourself, so we’ve come up with five exercises that you can do in the comfort of your lounge or bedroom that will supercharge your metabolism! Ready?

Mountain Climbers

Start position – On the floor, place your body in to a press up position, arms directly under your shoulders and back in a straight line.

Movement – Bend your right knee in to your chest keeping that foot off the ground, with a little jump, spring off the left leg with a quick movement, bending that knee in to your chest. Try 3 sets of 30 seconds with a 10 second rest between each one. Make sure your bum doesn’t start to creep up in the air. Once you get used to the movement you can increase the speed and time.


Start position – Stand up tall with the handles in each hand and the rope resting behind you.

Movement – Start off by jumping with both legs together and as you get more confident you can even try hopping on one leg or alternating legs! Skip for 40 seconds then rest for 15. Repeat this 3 times. Remember, skipping is all about finding your rhythm. Super simple, super effective!

Press up to Plank

Start position – Same as Mountain Climbers, start in a press up position.

Movement – Keeping your whole body in a straight line, bend your right elbow down to the floor and then bend the left one to join it. This position is called a plank. Then, with the right arm first, push yourself back up to the starting position. Repeat 5 times with the right arm and 5 times with the left arm. As you get stronger, add more reps! This exercise is my favourite because it works your abs as well. Two for the price of one!

Ballerina Squats

Start position – Standing tall, have your feet hip width apart and your arms straight out in front of you.

Movement – Place your right leg behind you, slightly over crossing diagonally, like you are about to do a courtesy. Keeping your hips facing forward and back upright, slowly lower down bending both knees. Go as far as you can without touching the back knee on the floor. Push back up to the starting position without your front heel popping off the ground. Repeat 2 sets of 15 reps on each leg with a 10 second break between each set. Exercising doesn’t get more graceful than that!

Side Lunges

Starting Position – The same as Ballerina Squats, standing tall, have your feet hip width apart and your arms straight out in front of you.

Movement – With your right leg, take a big step out to the side, letting it bend and keeping the left leg straight. Try and stick your bum out like your about to sit on a chair, hinging at your hips with your body almost parallel to the ground. Push off the right leg and return to the starting position. Try and make the transitions as smooth as possible. Do 2 sets of 12 reps on each leg with a 10 second rest between each set. A beautiful bum as well as a speedy metabolism! What more could you want?!