Healthy Weekend Break: The Gallivant Hotel, Camber Sands.

One of the things that makes Camber Sands such a bright jewel in the South Coast’s crown is its sense of seclusion. Just two hours from London by car or one and a half hours by train, one would expect it’s white sandy beaches and rolling sand dunes to be as busy as the Tube on a Monday morning and about as enjoyable as a replacement bus service. But if you decide to make the most of the brief British summer with a visit to Camber you will be pleasantly surprised, away from the tourist traps of Brighton and Bournemouth is arguably the most beautiful and under used stretch of beach the country has to offer, and nestled in behind the sand dunes is the Gallivant Hotel.

Under the protection of the dunes this beach chic hotel is very sheltered from the elements, in fact it’s so sheltered you won’t even realise you’ve arrived at the coast. It wasn’t until we climbed the first dune that we caught a glimpse of the calm blue sea and deserted beach. The hotel itself combines contemporary design with a beach shack feel, it’s 18 rooms all have furnishings made from locally sourced reclaimed driftwood and little details that give them a unique feel. From the super soft bath robes and rubber ducks in the bathroom to the homemade biscuits waiting for us on arrival there is an attention to detail throughout that makes the guests feel welcome.

A walk on the beach is a great way to work up an appetite, ready to sample the delights of the Gallivant Bistro. The food is an absolute triumph; quality local produce cooked to perfection. The kitchen is run on an ethos of sourcing everything from within 30 miles of the restaurant, but it seemed that nearly everything we tried had come from within 5 or 6 miles. The scallops that had been so beautifully seared were caught by the very same fishermen we had watched sailing in and out of Rye’s quaint harbour just a few hours earlier. The lamb’s sublime taste and texture was quite unlike anything we had tasted before and had been brought up on the salt flats just down the road. But the real treat for us was the restaurant’s championing of, the often under-championed, English wine and beer industry. Most of the wine we sampled came from the local Chapel Down Vineyard in Kent, delicious wines that were dry without being too harsh, or sweet without being too over powering were the perfect compliment to a meal that combined the chef’s artistic flair and technical skill with excellent ingredients.

If you want to head out and about in the evening there’s plenty of pubs in the town of Rye serving local drinks and food. But be warned; if you do decide to head for the evening make sure you book a taxi home, during the week the local taxi drivers head to bed after 11pm unless they have a job on. If you’re not careful you may have to walk the 4 miles back to the hotel, which in 3 inch heels is no mean feat! During the day there’s a number of boutique shops and a few sites to see. The tower of St. Mary’s Church provides the best views in the area. For a small fee you can climb the narrow steps and steep ladders to the top, the views waiting there show off the best of Rye and Camber. Watching the fishing boats going up and down the river and seeing the throngs of shoppers walking round the cobbled streets is so peaceful it feels a million miles away from home, work, and the Monday morning commute.

The more adventurous traveller can take advantage of Chamber’s rather unique micro-climate, a consistent offshore breeze makes it one of the best locations in the country to learn to kite surf. Other activities on offer in the area include wind surfing, sailing, power boating and even an annual triathlon. But quite frankly when you are sleeping in the most comfy bed in existence it becomes very difficult to motivate yourself to do anything other than relax and enjoy the luxurious surroundings.

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On the whole we felt that the Gallivant is the perfect place to go to get out of the hustle and bustle of London, or anywhere else for that matter. The staff are incredibly friendly and are willing to go to any lengths to make sure you enjoy your stay. If you want to feel like you’re a million miles from the pressures of work and home and want a bit of affordable luxury this summer I can’t think of anything better than a walk along Camber’s golden sands and a stay in the in this delightful hotel.

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words by Fena Boyle

Gem of a Treatment: Jade Facial at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

It’s no secret that the beautiful gemstone, Jade, has become a must have item in any woman’s jewellery collection. Associated with the classic oriental look, Chinese women have worn Jade for centuries – superstitious in its ability to heal and bring great fortunes of luck. So when I heard that renowned beauty brand, ESPA, had created a radiance facial treatment using Jade, I jumped at the chance to try it. My thinking? If this stone can transform a woman’s appearance just by wearing it, what could it do for my skin… and after a 90 minute, luxurious treatment, I can honestly say I was glowing.

The spa at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong boasts a hi-rise swimming pool, steam room, sauna and fitness centre. The changing rooms are beautifully equipped – and my own locker, robe and pair of slippers greeted me. I headed straight for the relaxation room, where the view was nothing short of breathtaking. Situated on the 116th floor of Hong Kong’s famous ICC building, I felt as though I was in Google Earth. Overlooking the whole of Hong Kong Island, I had the perfect view of Victoria Harbour stretching all the way from Causeway Bay to Kennedy Town.

My trance was broken when my beauty therapist came to collect me for my treatment. Bubbly, but soothing, she was everything I look for in a professional. Walking through the mahogany maze of corridors, I was surprised at how big the Ritz Spa actually was. Comprising of 11 treatment rooms, the spa covers the entire south side of the 116th floor.

Lying on the massage bed, which was cleverly fitted to my posture, I was at complete ease. Before the facial began my therapist really listened to my skin concerns and closely examined my complexion – taking the time to go through the products I’m currently using and explaining why they may not be benefitting my skin. Having told her I suffer regular breakouts, she detoured, wanting to fully analyse my skin using an analysis machine. I was given a mirror to hold and whilst the lights were switched off, my face turned into a rainbow of colours. “The pink dots reveal where your skin is gathering oil and the purple beneath your eyes, shows just how tired you are”. I failed to mention my newfound love of sipping champagne over looking Victoria Harbour in some of Hong Kong’s beautiful bars…

One of the most interesting parts of the facial was the extraction of blackheads across my nose, which left my skin blemish free and much more radiant than anticipated. Taking a short metal pointed rod, my therapist inserted it into every pore on my nose to relieve any build up of grease. Painful? Yes, (you should know that I do have a ridiculously low pain tolerance), but it was more than worth it.  To further open my pores, I benefitted from a facial steam whilst my skin was thoroughly cleansed with a cream cleanser for greater product absorption. My therapist proceeded with a gentle massage using ESPA products to not only stimulate blood circulation, but to carefully work the ingredients into the skin. Containing the key components of avocado oil, evening primrose oil, carrot and sesame seed oil – it was like a smoothie for my skin.

Then came the jade rollers. Having been warm and completely relaxed, the icy temperate of the rollers were a shock to the system. Designed to close pores whilst rejuvenating the eye contours and dull complexions, the rollers were moved across my face following a carefully planned route. For ten minutes, they never once left my skin.

After 90 minutes, my treatment was complete. The difference? My skin had a 100% increase in luminosity, but more importantly, it felt clean and soft and thoroughly hydrated. Unlike so many facials, which are more concerned with the act of putting ingredients into your skin, this facial takes the time to first extract the skin’s toxins, making way for the product’s beneficial ingredients.

The spa at The Ritz Hong Kong is a must visit for any of you planning to visit Hong Kong. At HK$1,900 (approximately £157.00) for the Jade Radiance Facial, yes, it’s on the more expensive side – but totally worth the investment. The attention and care from the therapists, combined with the plush surroundings and views of Hong Kong Island make you feel like you’ve had your money’s worth as soon as you’ve entered. It certainly makes my top 10 spa list.

words by Samantha Organ

A day in the life of Editor, Sadie: The Sure Test

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A day in the life of Editor, Sadie: The Sure Test – A Smoothie Shoot


So it’s the day of the Smoothie Shoot, the day I have chosen to test out Sure’s brand new deodorant, Maximum Protection. My scent of choice? Their new Everyday Fresh. I am told that this is the deodorant for the modern woman. Someone who doesn’t really stop from the moment she wakes up until long into the evening. So, here’s a breakdown of my day illustrating just how well the new deodorant held out. 24 hrs later and I still feel like I only just had my shower!

6am I wake up, quickly apply the deodorant and pop on my running gear. By 6.15 I am out that door and running a cool 8k before the working day ahead. So far so good – no sweat is pretty remarkable especially as it is already quite warm and muggy.

7am I get home shower, reapply the deodorant and get dressed.

8am I then spend the rest of the morning unpacking the Ocado delivery that has arrived for our shoot which is down in the country – loading everything into the car. It feels like a gym workout in itself!

8.15am We realise that the coconut milk we ordered has not been delivered! I hop on my bike and pedal as fast as I can to the nearest Waitrose. Still not breaking a sweat – this is impressive!

9.45am After an hour’s journey we arrive at the shoot location in the middle of the countryside. It’s all hands on deck as we start unloading the ingredients for the shoot.

10.30am The kitchen is frantic: Two assistants are wizzing up the carefully created recipes, I am helping style the shoot and checking that all of our props have arrived and the photographer is outside setting up trying to find the best area for light. We only have one day to shoot 14 smoothie creations and a few lifestyle shots so we need to make sure we all work hard, work together and remain calm. Plus its about 26 degrees!

1pm We break for lunch, where we all sip on smoothies and chat about how the second half of the day is going to pan out. I realise that although today has been super busy, fun, but manic, I am still yet to actually break a sweat! This is very unlike me!

3pm Half way through the second half of the shoot and everything is really well, but then disaster strikes… you guessed a smoothie spillage! Luckily, we had some extra ingredients (first rule of every food shoot – over-buy on ingredients). So, after a quick clean up we are back on track.

6pm That’s a wrap! We have our shots thanks to the hardworking team and wonderful photographer. On our way back to London, I notice that despite the traffic sending my blood pressure sky high, my t-shirt is still dry as a bone. I am slowly being won over by this new deodorant. How lovely not to have to worry about things like sweat patches when you have a busy day ahead of you.

8pm Arrived home. But the working day doesn’t end there. I instantly fire up the laptop and start checking emails. I can feel my stress levels increasing again as I watch the emails fly in from the day. I make a cup of tea and get to it.

9pm It’s time to eat and relax. My husband comes in from work and gives me a hug – I feel confident hugging him that I still look and feel as fresh as when he left me this morning – no mean feat for the day’s activities.

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One-Pot Vegetable Pulse Soup with a Tangy Tomato-Lime Broth

recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams

Serves 4


1 cup passata

2 stock cubes

3 cups boiling water

3 tbsp nutritional yeast (can omit)

juice 1/2 a lime

1 cup lentils

1 courgette, chopped

1 bunch asparagus, chopped

1/2 cup sweetcorn

1 handful (100g) green beans, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

2 cups kale

Method: In a large pan start by cooking the lentils. Make sure the water covers the lentils and has an excess of about three inches more. Boil for 20 mins or until cooked. When cooked add the ingredients for the broth and the asparagus, green beans and red pepper. Boil for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften, then add the sweet corn and kale, boil for another minute.

Serve with another good squeeze of lime juice and a crusty piece of spelt bread.




The Health Benefits of Chyawanprash

The Health Benefits of Chyawanprash


Chyawanprash, an ancient Indian elixir, is an anti-aging supplement, which is purely herbal in nature. It lists Amla as one of its’ main ingredients, a powerful antioxidant which contains 30 times more vitamin C than an orange! It is most well known for its rejuvenating and restorative purposes but we’ve outlined some of this wonder-jam’s other super-powers below:

Chyawanprash has been known to activate the immune system, increasing human body resistance to diseases (primarily respiratory in the winter). It is particularly good for the lungs because it nourishes the mucous membranes and helps to keep the respiratory passages clean and clear.

It can help the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, helping people who suffer with poor digestion. Also, it aids in promoting healthy movement of gases through the digestive system, great for people suffering from IBS.

Another appealing factor is its ability to help promote hair growth and helps the absorption of calcium resulting in strong bones and teeth. It improves the skin’s complexion and fights dermal bacteria infections.

The liver really benefits from the intake of this jam-like substance as it can help purify blood and invigorate the liver to help eliminate toxins from the body without overworking the urinary system.

Finally, Chyawanprash has be shown to enhance fertility and keeps menstruation regular and helps to overcome difficulties in conception.

Eat me…
Chyawanprash has a tangy sweet-sour taste and has the consistency of a thick jam. It can be taken alone, stirred into milk or water, or it can be spread on toast/crackers like regular jam. The normal dosage is 1-2 teaspoons a day.

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Forrest Yoga – Yoga for the Modern World

After a string of teachers telling her she wasn’t good enough for yoga, Natalie Edwards learned to listen to her body, who turned out to be the best teacher of all…

When I first started practicing yoga a few years ago, I was always left feeling out of my depth. I was told I wasn’t flexible enough and was advised not to go into certain poses due to my scoliosis. Whilst students around me were doing the perfect Wheel backbend or launching up into handstand, I was told to ‘sit this one out’. After several teachers telling me this, not surprisingly I stopped practicing and decided I’d be better off sticking to swimming or other regular exercise I already knew how to do.

That was until I met Charlie Speller, my first Forrest yoga teacher, who completely changed my outlook on yoga, and exercise for that matter. Charlie focused on what I could do rather than what I couldn’t and worked with me to show me that by learning to listen to what was going on in my body I could actually deepen my yoga practice to a degree that other teachers told me I would never be able to (I am now doing wheels and handstands no problem). This is the foundation of Forrest yoga, learning to connect with feeling deeper inside, listening to what your body is telling you, and focusing on building on what you can do rather than what you can’t, making it an incredibly empowering and accessible practice for everyone.

Ana Forrest developed Forrest Yoga over 40 years ago after practicing different types of yoga herself but finding that a lot of them were prone to injuries. She took her first yoga class at the age of 14 as a dare and was a qualified instructor by age 18. She wanted to create a yoga practice for the modern world, one to cope with people’s stresses and challenges and one to help people embody their true spirit, enabling them to work through their life’s challenges and heal themselves from within.

Forrest yoga has a huge emphasis on breath and core work, and students are challenged to learn to move energy through their bodies using the breath to do this. It’s a grounding, healing practice, but is also very physically challenging and motivating, so there’ll be no hanging in downward dog or relaxing in child’s pose in a Forrest class! Ana likes to keep her students moving, and therefore it’s a great workout! You’ll leave a Forrest class feeling refreshed, reenergised and inspired!

Forrest yoga is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as people look for more from their yoga practice. Expect a Forrest class to be different each week, you’ll never be bored and it’s always a mental as well as physical workout, sometimes even an emotional roller coaster on the mat as you deepen your practice with Forrest and are able to shift emotions which are ‘stuck’ as Ana refers to them as being.

Before I went away on my training, my teacher Charlie told me to get ready for some tears and some amazing emotional breakthroughs. ‘Tears?’ I said, very confused. I didn’t really understand what she meant until I’d got deeper into the Forrest teachings, but once there I finally understood and fully embraced the practice. During our intensive classes in the mornings with Ana, which were also open to the public to attend, it wasn’t unusual for each of us to often have a breakdown or a little cry in the middle of a yoga pose. That sounds insane to most, but during a Forrest yoga class the poses are held for much longer than usual, allowing students to really connect to what’s going on inside their bodies, unwinding years of stress and tension, and working through it on the mat. Ana encourages her students to ‘stalk their fear’. So when a pose becomes intense, rather than running away from it, you face it head on and breathe through it, working out what’s really making you afraid of the feeling the pose is giving you. It’s the most liberating feeling once you’re through with the class, and it’s this focus and intensity that’s made me a fan of the Forrest practice. Not only is my body stronger than it’s ever been, but Forrest has also taught me so many lessons that I use both on and off my mat, and whilst not all of them are easy things to do – being true to yourself and learning to face your fears head on for instance – they are certainly helping me become a better person and go deeper within myself to find out what it is I really want and need in life.

Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not all intense and certainly not always serious! Forrest classes are as playful as they are challenging and there are now several very experienced Forrest teachers within the UK with many studios now offering Forrest as part of their weekly program, including the new Life studio in Shoreditch, London. So go and give one of the classes a try and I’d love to hear your feedback, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Natalie is a Forrest Yoga teacher living in London, she completed her 200 hours of training with Ana at the beginning of this year.





If you only do one thing this week… Try These Flat Tummy Foods

 words by Molly Jennings

I once heard a quote that really stuck with me, “abs are made in the kitchen”. Don’t get me wrong, exercise plays a huge role in achieving a flat tummy… but a thousand crunches a day is not going to solve your tummy troubles if you are filling your trunk full of junk. Changing the foods you put in your body is what really makes the most noticeable difference. So Hip & Healthy have compiled 5 awesome foods to help you achieve the gorgeously sleek tummy that you’ve always wanted.

This coral coloured fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. What has that got to do with getting a sexy midriff you might be thinking? Well, these super healthy fatty acids have been shown to help promote fat burning by making your metabolism more efficient. Eat up!

Another reason that we might not be able to achieve a lovely flat tummy is because our gut is inflamed. Kale, and its long list of health benefits, has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Try adding kale to  your salads for an anti-inflammatory kick or to your smoothies to create the perfect flat tummy breakfast or that much needed 4pm pick-me-up. We promise you won’t even notice it’s in there!

These delicious nuts are packed full of protein, healthy fats and fibre, which keep you feeling fuller for longer, helping ward off sugar cravings. Fibre is particularly important for a flat tummy as it keeps our digestive system in check making sure we don’t get that nasty sensation of felling “clogged up”, which is usually accompanied by a bloated and distended tummy. Almonds are such a convenient, tasty snack and perfect when on the go. And let’s face it – who isn’t these days!

The name gives it away. Watermelon is – yes, you guessed it – full of water (around 92% to be precise). This tropical fruit is great for flushing out toxins and extra water from your system, which in turn, reduces puffiness and water retention.

These poor little guys have been given a bad rep in the past for being bad for you (due to their cholesterol content) but really, you’d be hard pushed to find a more brilliant all-round protein source. Eggs are flat-tummy friendly because the protein in them keeps you feeling full for absolutely ages and they really help banish any sweet cravings. So before your reach in to the cookie jar, boil an egg and have it as a snack or scramble them and add some smoked salmon for the ultimate flat tummy combo! Sound like a good breakfast option? We think so!

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Acai Berry Bowl

 Healthy Breakfast Treat:

 recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams

I have talked enough about my smoothie addiction by now; I love them for breakfast, snacks, lunch… you name it.  I love my smoothies thick, full of nutrients, poured into a bowl and eaten by the spoonful (this is actually better for you).

When I was younger, and lived in the US, I loved acai bowls, sweet, thick and full of delicious fruit. Although I devoured them, I  didn’t actually understand how good they are for you. Acai berry, nicknamed the “beauty berry” is full of antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids which boost the immune and metabolic function. It packs more grams of protein than an egg and with all those omegas and fatty acids it has been shown to improve your hair, skin and nails and help remove free-radicals from our body. Sounds pretty good, no? This powder is a brilliant investment as it tastes delicious, packs a punch in the nutrition stakes, and is incredibly easy to use! This bowl is the perfect snack or meal replacement, its full of vitamins and minerals and will propel you into the best possible day.

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Makes 1-2 servings

Acai bowl

1 frozen banana

1/2 avocado

1 tsp lucuma

1 cup mixed frozen berries

juice 1/2 orange

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 acai sachet/ Serving

Simply blend!


Unravelling The Myth: Are Carbs Bad For You?

words by Zoe Louise Cronk

I am as guilty as anyone. When I have an important or high profile event coming up that I need to look good for, the first thing to go is the carbs. So many of us view this food group as the enemy (cue image of a potato with devil horns and a pitchfork) when it comes to slimming down, but is there actually any truth in this?

It was the popular Atkins diet of the seventies that brought low-carb diets to heightened fame, taking the concept of carb-counting to the extreme by providing dieters with charts that listed the net carb value of every food they could lay their hands on. Yet despite often being shunned as unhealthy or unrealistic in the long-term, low-carb diets and Atkins in particular have stuck around in the dieting arena and are still often advocated for weight loss today.

The basis for Atkins was to encourage the body to use stored fat as energy, rather than the glucose found in carbohydrates. In its place are increased protein and fibre, as these take longer to be absorbed by the body, which prolongs satiety.

The theory? Correct. The reality? Unsustainable.

As explained by Clinical Dietitian Lorraine McCreary (BSc RD MBDA MRSPH), “Faddy fast fixes (such as Atkins) may well see a reduction in overall body size but will usually, in the absence of exercise, result in a reduction of lean tissue (muscle) and bone density.” She continues, “Weight is eventually regained and in the absence of exercise, it tends to be more fat than lean tissue, therefore changing your overall body composition detrimentally.”

Instead, modern nutritional practitioners promote the importance of a wholly balanced diet that includes a sensible portion of carbohydrates. Registered Dietitian Sue Baic advocates that, “approximately half of our daily calories should come from carbs,” but it is important to note that, unfortunately, all carbs are not created equal. “I would advise reducing processed carbs,“ Sue suggests, “especially foods high in sugar, but keeping a good intake of other starchy carbs including whole-grains.

Dietitian Lorraine elaborates, “The less processed foods in your diet, the greater control you have over your energy intake. Processed foods have added calories, fats, sugars etc. and processed carbohydrates can be very detrimental in terms of glycaemic control (blood sugars).”

Referring to the sharp increase in insulin production that is brought on by the sugars in processed carbs, dieters or slimmers should also bear in mind that these demonic foods enable the body to more readily convert the sugars into storeable fat, which, as we all know, is frustratingly hard to shift. Furthermore, because this insulin spike dissipates quickly and is followed by a sugar low, it often results in cravings and unhealthy bingeing.

So, when tackling the carb, it all comes down to good versus bad. The basic notion to remember is that if it’s natural, enjoy (in moderation). If supplemented with admittedly tasty but ultimately waistline-ruining additives, best move onto the next aisle in the supermarket, my friends.

Good carbs (aka. complex carbs)…Natural carbs are present in everything from fruits, legumes and vegetables to whole-grains such as oats, quinoa, brown rice and whole-wheat bread.

Why? High fibre content means they take longer to be broken down by the body. This aids digestion and keeps you fuller for longer, meaning you’re less likely to reach for the cookies when hunger pangs strike. Natural carbs are also rich in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as boosting immunity to fight disease.

Stock up on…bananas, potatoes and carrots, as well as kidney beans and garbanzo beans, as they’re also a great source of protein.

Bad carbs (aka. simple carbs)…White bread, white rice, pasta, noodles, sugary cereals, cakes, biscuits, etc.

Why? These refined foods have been stripped of beneficial fibre, meaning that all you’re actually consuming is unhealthy sugar and empty calories. While the quick burst of energy they create might be helpful in terms of athletic activity, the average individual does not require such rapid boosts, and will often end up consuming even more harmful calories as a result of the sugar low that follows.

Chuck out the…muffins, pastries, crisps, etc. and if possible, try to completely avoid corn syrup (a sweetener found in processed foods and fizzy drinks) as its high fructose content is quickly converted into fat.

For many of us, the reason we view carbs as the dietary antichrist is down to the dreaded bloat. By embracing as many of the carb-swaps that we’ve listed below and including foods known for their de-bloating properties (e.g. peppermint, ginger, pineapple and probiotic yoghurts) in your diet, you’ll soon see results not just on the scales, but in your glowing skin and flat tum too!

– Exchange morning bagels for a slice of whole-wheat toast

– Drink water or peppermint tea instead of fizzy soda

– Trade white rice for brown rice

– Opt for oatmeal with raisins/nuts over mid-afternoon cereal bars

– Forgo calorific cake desserts in place of a hearty fruit salad with belly-flattening probiotic yoghurt

These small changes will not just help you lose weight and slim down in time for that all-important event, but will help you achieve a healthy body inside and out. Good luck!


Easy Healthy Pasta Recipe: Zucchini Alfredo Pasta

recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams

Like my obsession with thick salad dressings, I am all for a creamy pasta sauce – which is why cheesy alfredo pasta was always one of my favourite Italian dishes growing up. I loved the creamy texture, and the comforting way it melts in your mouth. When I make any pasta dish this is always the most important aspect for me. This recipe for zuchinni pasta with an avocado alfredo sauce is a perfect raw, vegan alternative that knocks the socks of any dairy and wheat laden alfredo. It is outrageously creamy and delicious, unbelievably satisfying but leaves you feeling far lighter, fresher and filled with nutritious energy!

Zuchinni noodles are really filling, low in calories, high in nutrients and fairly bland in flavour, completely taking on the taste of the sauce, which makes them the best pasta alternative! I make them into noodles with a spiralizer (link below) or shred them into zucchini ‘fettucini’ with a peeler.

The avocado alfredo sauce is skin loving perfection, alkalising, bursting with omegas and full of fibre this sauce is nutritionally awesome!

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2 zuchinnis

1/4 cup pomegranate

Healthy Alfredo sauce: 

1 avocado

1/4 cup coconut milk

juice 1 lemon

Italian side salad:

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

two handfuls of rocket

drizzle of balsamic vinegar

Method: With a spiraliser (link below) spiral your zucchini into noodles. If you do not have a spiralizer and are desperate to make these, then peal the zuchinni into fettucini.

To make the sauce blend all ingredients together until smooth. Mix with the zuchinni and pomegranate.

Compile the salad, and plate.

Spiralizer link:


Looking for adult skin tips? We chat to skin expert Debbie Thomas about spot squeezing, fake tan and much more!

 Everything you ever wanted to know about skincare but were too afraid to ask…

We talk to skin specialist, Debbie Thomas, about the woes of adult skin maintenance

Do you squeeze spots when you know you should’t? Are you sceptical that water really does help our skin? Do you find you ask yourself is fake tan doing me more harm then good? Then read on, as we quiz skincare expert, Debbie Thomas, on everything you ever wanted to know about looking after your skin but are too afraid to ask.

Is sunscreen really the best weapon for fighting ageing skin?
Yes, absolutely. Up to 80% of skin ageing is caused by UVA rays, so if you protect it from these harmful rays, you will be doing the best thing for your skin to keep it youthful looking. It’s also the easiest thing to do.

Does fake tan clog our pores?
If used occasionally they tend not to be a problem, but with constant use and incorrect cleansing & exfoliating, sometimes people can get more black heads and bumpy skin. I advise my clients who use fake tan regularly to double cleanse and exfoliate regularly or use a cleanser with acids to properly remove dead skin that can lead to clogged pores.

Are fake tans actually bad for you because of the chemicals in them?
As with all things the newer tans are better formulated so much kinder to our skins, but I personally wouldn’t continuously layer tan on top of tan without some break time. To allow the skin time to regenerate and breath between applications. The main concerns of fake tans centre around spray tans when you do potentially inhale the tan. On the skin the tan can not penetrate in to the blood stream but if breathed in it can line the lungs and enter the blood stream.

Are natural treatments any good at harnessing results?
Yes, nature actually has some very powerful ingredients. However, sometimes very natural products can irritate the skin because of how they are formulated. People think natural equals kind-to-skin, but this isn’t always the case. I personally think for treatments you want the products used within them to strengthen and desensitise the skin and these products need to contain targeted and active ingredients, whether they are ‘natural’ or not.

Do chemical peals have a lasting effect on the skin?
It does depend on the strength of the peel but for the more common mild AHA or BHA peels, a one off treatment would only give a 2-5 week boost before the next skin cycle produces more dead skin cells on the skin which need sloughing off

Is it ok to squeeze spots? 
Only if done correctly which many people don’t do. Most of the time not all the infection is removed causing the spot to keep flaring up, or more commonly spots are over squeezed then picked leaving scabs and ultimately long lasting marks or even scars. I would advise leaving it to your skin care professional.

Does skin scar more easily as you get older?
Our skin definitely doesn’t heal as well, due to the regeneration of the skin slowing down.

What should you do after you squeeze a spot to minimise scarring?  
Use tissue covered fingers to gently push down under the spot and wiggle to encourage any infection to come out, don’t push too hard, if not all out leave for 2-3 mins then try again. Once the pore is empty you must let it heal, do not pick, if there is a scab, picking it disrupts the natural healing process.

Does drinking lots of water really help our skin?
Yes. It helps to keep it hydrated and it will help flush out toxins and eliminate the dirt that clogs the pores of your skin

Which supplements will actually make our skin clearer? Do they even make a difference? 
The healthier we are on the inside the better the skin will look. The best supplements for skin are vitamin C, zinc and omega oils.

Vitamin C – boosts collagen production to keep skin looking youthful

Zinc – controls the production of oil in the skin

Omega oils – these fatty acids can help reduce inflammatory skin conditions and there has been some recent studies claiming that fish oils can boost the skins immunity to sunlight, therefore guarding against sun-light induced suppression of the immune system.

How do celebrities have such glowing skin? 
Some are naturally this way because of genetics but many do have access to some of the best skin treatments, nutritionists, personal trainers, products and make-up artists in the world. Keeping them and their skin healthy and looking its best. So they are very lucky!

What are your five must have skin products?
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF serum, SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel, La Roche Posay Tinted Anthelios XL cream SPF 50, Valmonts Renewing Pack and Valmonts AWF factor 1 eye gel.

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New Yummy Mummy Heaven: Mermaid Maternity Retreat

 New Yummy Mummy Heaven: Mermaid Maternity Retreat

We check out a world built for new mummies; the Mermaid Maternity Retreat on London’s King’s Road has left no stone unturned




Expectant-Yummy Mummies all over London rejoiced when Mermaid Maternity Retreat opened its doors this month on Chelsea’s King’s Road. The first of it’s kind in London, Mermaid is a non-medical maternity retreat designed to support new mothers and pregnant women throughout their pregnancies and once the baby has been born. With everything from luxury accommodation to complimentary therapy, exercise to mummy/baby workshops – Mermaid is a one-stop-uber-luxe-shop for all things maternity.

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Six years in the making, the founder and CEO, Nick Balfour is certainly no stranger to babies. Having had four gorgeous girls of his own, he got the idea for the retreat whilst in the delivery room of his third realising that there needed to be a space where new mothers can feel completely safe and supported throughout their pregnancy and the moments after the birth of their child. “We aim to bridge the gap between hospital and home, by giving [new mothers] the skills and nurturing to help you embrace your new responsibility with confidence” says Nick.

Their biggest USP? Apart from being the only place like this of it’s kind, they have managed to gather together the creme de la creme in holistic, maternity-focussed, experts. Everyone from nutrition queen, Vicki Edgson and well-known midwife Vicky Scott to fertility expert acupuncturist Emma Cannon and trainer to the stars Jonny Sayle are on hand to help expectant and new mothers throughout this major transition, both mentally and physically. With everything from pregnancy yoga and Pilates to baby massage and dynamic workout class activeMUM, Mermaid is a Hip & Healthy mummy and baby dream come true.

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