MY HYPERFOOD SALAD RECIPE !!!

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Right now, superfoods seem to be more ‘in vogue’ than Anna Wintour (not sure that’s technically correct, but you get the picture). To catch onto that theme, this post is about a salad I whipped up which packs plenty of the superfoods together, and is rich in essential fats, plant proteins, dietary fibre and scrumptious flavour. If Top Gear coined the term Hypercar to refer to an extremely exaggerated high-performing Supercar, then this dish is most definitely a Hyperfood salad. Read MORE to see why each one of the 10 fabulous ingredients will help nourish your body…

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MY 5 REASONS TO PRESS UP !!!

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I recently visited The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire for a friend’s wedding, and after the festivities were over, quickly found myself wandering the vast countryside grounds which are home to a perfectly manicured, internationally renowned championship golf course. Given that it was a perfect, dewy English autumnal morning, I thought a few photos were in order – which gave me the perfect excuse to dive into one of my favorite exercises in a little more detail. The humble ‘Press Up’ is probably the most common exercise that comes to mind when you ‘word associate’ about ‘fitness’. Perhaps there isn’t even a person alive who hasn’t done one at some point. It is a totally core staple of the fitness diet and this post digs into the top 5 benefits we can all get from this wonderfully versatile exercise… [MORE]

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COSMOPOLITAN ‘BEST LIFESTYLE BLOGGER’ AWARD !!!

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Last week, an incredible, exciting thing happened. You may remember that Fitness On Toast had been nominated for ‘Best Lifestyle Blog’ in the 2014 Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, and for the past few months, I’ve eagerly awaited the verdict. The venue for the sophisticated blogging soiree was at London’s iconic OXO tower; an awards ceremony with the chance to chat to hundreds of like-minded bloggers over a Cosmopolitan or two! This year there were over 46,000 entries, 37,000 votes, and the standard of competition was hyper-rarefied! Just having been short-listed amidst an exceptional group of Lifestyle bloggers was immeasurably flattering…

…but I’m utterly ecstatic to report that Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in- Chief, Louise Court and Digital Editor Kate Lucy called out Fitness On Toast as the ‘Best Lifestyle Blog’ at the awards. Mild shock followed light disbelief, but was immediately overcome by a tidal wave of sheer joy! Having won has this award completely exceeded my wildest hopes for the blog, and I feel very grateful to every single one of my readers who took the time to cast a vote; even to those who didn’t vote, but continue to read my musings! Huge thanks to the Cosmo team for this recognition and for staging this wonderful event! In 18 months, Fitness On Toast has become more than just a platform to share fitness thoughts with clients; It’s a genuine reflection of me, and sharing it with you all makes me happier than you can imagine.

Thank you with all my heart :)
Faya x

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LUCAS HUGH IN LAKE COMO !!!

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The eagle-eyed reader may have noticed a little dusting of LUCAS HUGH appearing on FitnessOnToast recently… For those who’ve not encountered the brand, I tend to think of it as the original luxury athletic-wear maison, founded way back in 2010 by creative director Anjhe Mules. She had the visionary aspiration of fusing hyper-technical fabrics with fashion-forward designs, and packaging it all up with expert ‘luxe’ execution. 4 years on, this concept no longer seems revolutionary to us, and is emulated by so many, but this trailblazer must be recognised! I adore the sleekness of the lines, the politely daring aesthetic, the functionality of the fabrics (both from the visually ‘shaping’ function and the ‘technical’ properties), the snug feel of the fit, and even the sophisticated majesty of that iconic logo. I took a LUCAS HUGH ‘look’ to the gardens of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como for this photoshoot; click MORE to see the results & to read my interview with Anjhe!

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MY KIND OF NIKETOWN !!!

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I recently went on an active island escape/adventure hosted by Nike - perhaps the most iconic and enduring of sports brands which, for me at least, conjures unforgettably powerful adverts of inspirational athletes deep from my childhood memories. Their eponymous slogan Just Do It was to become for me (and a wide collection of other bloggers) the ethos for the duration of our trip. This post is a brief visual recap of that escape, which also served to highlight the natural beauty of a (hitherto) completely undiscovered gem of an island – Sark, in the Channel Islands. Click MORE to see it all…

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MY ‘CHILLI CON QUORN-E’ RECIPE !!!

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Last week I hosted a gritty and gruelling training session for my friends at Under Armour HQ to help launch their new A/W collection; ‘mission accomplished’ called for some celebrations! Now, since I hadn’t had the chance to eat my regular meals all day, and since I found myself next to a table that was generously overflowing with irresistible crisps, chips and dips, I sampled some (for essential electrolyte replenishment only, you understand… ahem). What really fascinated me though, was that the very next day, I had an overwhelming craving for more of the same, right out of the blue! Which got me thinking about a healthy alternative that could tick that crucial ‘craving’ box! The solution? My ‘dipping Chilli con Quorn-e’ dish can be eaten totally remotely from any guilt or reservations – it’s super healthy, all natural, quick and easy and I think it’s pretty yummy too! This post is all about the how-to and why

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WALK THE PLANK !!!

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The modern day human spends an disproportionate amount of time seated; at a desk, in a car, by the computer or watching TV at home. Often, this means slumped shoulders, a curved neck, and generally ‘weak posture’… and then eventually, the scourge of ageing Britain, back pain. Whilst some muscles will naturally grow tighter and others weaker, there are exercises and stretches you can perform to encourage a stronger core. The word ‘core’ mainly describes the central band of the torso, and the purpose of training it, is to encourage better support and protection for the load-bearing joints in and around the back. Almost every move the body makes relies on the core – balance, running, reaching, lifting, kicking. Therefore it’s crucial to build and maintain well-conditioned core strength. This post is about doing exactly that! Read MORE to see 4 flavours of plank…

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