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Breathing Clean with Dyson Pure Cool

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that one of the biggest fitness and health buzzwords of the past few years has to be “clean” – be it clean eating, clean beauty – the idea of treating our bodies, inside and out, like a temple and cutting down on processed foods, toxic chemicals, fake ingredients, manufactured substances has never been so popular. So many of us place so much focus on training our body to be as healthy as it can be, and nourishing it with the purest foods possible, forgetting that actually something that enters our body in huge amounts every single day is the air we breathe. And for those of who you, like me, live in London, the air we breathe is most definitely not clean and yet we fill our lungs with it daily. But short of moving to the seaside to breathe fresh, pure air, what can we actually do to improve the quality of the air around us? Thankfully much like we can actively clean up our diets, we can now also actively purify the air in our homes thanks to the awesome Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier.

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Is Veganism for life, or just for January?

Rather than a New Years Resolution this year, you’ll remember that instead I took the Veganuary pledge and decided to follow a vegan diet for the whole of January. As an animal lover I’ve been a vegetarian for many years, but never before given up fish, dairy and eggs, and I was truly curious to see how consuming a plant based diet would affect my energy, my weight and my training. And indeed to see just how easy or difficult it might be as a busy freelance PT to stick to veganism on the go. So 6 weeks after Veganuary ended did I dive straight back into salmon and scrambled eggs?

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Social Media vs Reality – round one…

A friend mentioned today that they hadn’t seen me post much on my Instagram this week, and in light of the very recent social media controversy about online life versus reality I thought I would share my current reality with you all to prove that I too am an honest, real person not trying to sugar coat my perfect life, perfect meals and perfect abs (and can I just say for the record I don’t believe I have any of the aforementioned!)

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I have actually been hiding this week as on Monday I was diagnosed with with a bacterial eye infection, which is not only instantly visible as soon as you look at me, but also painful and unpleasant. Until it is clear I can’t wear any make-up, and whilst this sounds like a small thing, my make up really is my mask and I never face the world without it. So to have to see my clients and teach my classes as normal this week has been really hard for me as I feel so self-conscious and so unattractive. This makes me sound so vain I know, and the truth is I know I am – which is why I’ve not been posting selfies or self indulgent status updates this week because I feel unattractive and unsociable and to be honest not “social media worthy”.

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A slice of foodie New York

My husband and I’s original plan for our honeymoon last year was a trip across America – starting in New York and ending up in San Diego, taking in several cities on our way across. Once we actually realised how long we would need to do this properly (and that it would cost several times more than our actual wedding) we settled on a beach honeymoon and that we would spend our first wedding anniversary in New York. So at the end of September this year we hopped on a plane to JFK Airport to begin six days of fun, fitness, fashion and of course plenty of food.

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New York is one of the few places I have visited with a restaurant scene to rival London, and plenty of hidden gems from tiny juice bars to Michelin starred blowouts, and our trip took in both of these and plenty in between, so I wanted to share our New York nibbles with you, as in a city this size with quite so much choice it is almost impossible to know where to start, and as you’ll see, I also managed to hunt out some healthy options (and some not so healthy ones too, it was a holiday after all!)

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