This time last year I was just beginning my journey to a new smile with Invisalign, and whilst I had seen the 3D generated images of how my new smile would look by 2021 on the screen, I really had no idea of quite how… Read More »2021…. The Year I smile more – thanks to Invisalign! #ad
There are a couple of things in life that are hugely important to me – keeping my body operating in tip top condition to support my extremely active lifestyle, and trying to put things that are as natural as possible into my body. So when I was offered the chance to try herbal joint supplement Flexiqule I was curious to give it a go and see if it really did help support my joint mobility and flexibility – something that is pretty much key in my line of work as a trainer and instructor.
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?
Firstly – please let me wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR – and here’s hoping 2018 brings you health and happiness. I hope this brand new year has started well for you so far – mine is starting in a very different way this time as I’m waking up on New Years Day as a vegan. I’ve taken the Veganuary pledge, and for the next 31 days I will be eating an entirely plant-based diet. I haven’t eaten meat for over 10 years (for ethical reasons), but I have been eating fish, eggs and dairy, and so spending the next 5 weeks consuming no animal-based products whatsoever is most definitely going to be a challenge, but one that as an animal lover I am more than willing to take. But why take on something so huge in one of the most difficult months of the year? Read on to find out.
There are a few staple items that make up your average fitness bloggers’ food cupboard – chia seeds, protein powder, avocados, and of course oats. I am no exception and porridge in the Winter and overnight oats in the Summer are my breakfasts of choice, so when White’s Oats (who have been milling oats in Co. Armagh, N. Ireland since 1841) asked me to create a recipe using their Organic Jumbo Porridge Oats, which are 100% natural and high in fibre, I thought this will be a piece of cake (or bowl of zoats should I say!) But when I thought about it more, I decided I wanted to create a savoury oat recipe because I truly believe they have so much potential beyond our breakfast bowls. So here is my recipe for Italian Vegetable Oat Crumble, using White’s Organic Jumbo Porridge Oats.
As you will have seen me boldly state on the Wildcat Fitness Personal Training website – fitness IS my number one passion in life. But do you know what comes a close second? Make up and beauty products, as my overflowing bathroom cupboards and bedroom shelves will testify. You might think make up and the gym are not a match made in heaven, and for many people they aren’t, but personally I still like to look good even when I sweat, and I certainly like to appear groomed when I train my clients or go to meetings, so it’s very rare that you’ll see me bare faced. However, I also like to look after my skin and hair and also not feel like I am caked in products and my skin can’t breathe – so over the years I’ve honed down the contents of my make up and toiletry bag and have a handful of products I now swear by. And I’m about to share them with you!
And whilst I love to pretend that this is my routine every day before working out, sadly this is a flash back to a photoshoot with Tom Miles and my amazing make up artist Lauren Ross!