SKINSPIRATION, PART 2…

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Girl Healthy Skin Imedeen Pure Collagen Derma One Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat Four Seasons France Travel-10GAPIt’s my firm belief that the best way to nourish the skin is from the inside out – through exercise, keeping hydrated, enjoying a good amount of sleep and eating plenty of organic and fresh produce in a well-balanced diet. You might remember I recently listed some of my favourite tips to get glowing skin HERE. I know myself that when I’ve been out partying for a few days, (a little alcohol, some late nights, limited sleep, perhaps too many sugary foods etc), I’ll be feeling and looking tired with circles under my eyes and the occasional break out! This post is the second and concluding part to my efforts to eat & live healthily, supported by the Scandinavian skincare company Imedeen, in order to improve the quality of my skin. Click MORE to see some of the data from my scans, and these photos we took at the stunning Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat in France during a recent trip…

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QUINOA + NUT GRANOLA !

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Girl Healthy Recipe Granola Quinoa Steens Manuka Honey UMF-4GAPLike most people, I’m constantly trying to master my sweet tooth; in tireless pursuit of healthy-yet-tasty dishes, here’s a fabulous breakfast offering, loaded with nourishing nutritional value and exquisite taste to satisfy the sugar craving! Granola from supermarket shelf tends to be full of simple sugars and transfats, but my home-made version is altogether more friendly! Quinoa, about which I’ve written previously, replaces oats in this batch, and a host of cinnamon-covered nuts-&-seeds make an appearance too, garnished with delicious berries! My personal view is that there’s no substitute for actual, genuine sugars, so I’ve lightly glazed the granola with Raw Manuka Honey (courtesy of Steens, with whom I’ve collaborated to whip up a number of delicious, healthy recipes). I’ve long believed Manuka to be a fabulous natural alternative to refined sugar, and has that beautifully rich floral aroma. The whole recipe is super easy to make, and is great for kids and adults alike! Click MORE to get the ‘why’ and ‘how to’, along with the health benefits of Manuka!

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RACING WITH TEAM SPEEDO !

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Girl Healthy Workout Nutrition Recipe Get Speedo Fit Olympic London Acquatic Centre Race Team Event-2GAPLast weekend, I had the awesome opportunity to meet, interview, train and swim with four elite Team Speedo athletes; Michael Jamieson & James Guy (both pictured above, with me in the blue suit), plus Jazz Carlin and Siobhan O’Connor. It was part of a collaboration with Speedo to promote their #GetSpeedoFit campaign, which is all about inspiring people to swim more in pursuit of their full body workouts and healthy lifestyle; that’s something I fundamentally agree with, and I found the insights from these athletes to be absolutely fascinating. Click MORE to read my interviews along with a brief ‘Benefits of Swimming’, and to see some of our fun/goofy photos from the day at the London Olympic Aquatics Centre!

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SHOE-IN WITH ADIDAS AT THE UN !

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Healthy Girl Workout Exercise Adidas New York Parley for the Oceans UN Building Launch Shoe Recycled Ocean Plastic-10GAPRecently, I joined my friends at Adidas to witness a unique partnering at the United Nations HQ in New York. Parley For The Oceans, an organisation dedicated to the preservation of our beautiful oceans, hosted a moving and informative session in the UN’s main chamber, at which Adidas board-member Eric Liedtke revealed a beautiful and groundbreaking running shoe created from discarded ocean plastic (of which there’s 40m lbs in the North Pacific alone!). It’s a totally unique production concept, and much of the profit will go towards funding the ocean cleanup yet further. I caught up with Eric afterwards to dig a little deeper into the shoe, along with finding out how one of my favourite sporting companies is evolving into an exciting future! Click MORE to read my update interview…

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REALLY WARMING UP!

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I’ve written extensively about post-workout stretching, but not specifically on the importance of pre-workout stretching. Warming up is the key weapon in your anti-injury arsenal, as it maximises joint flexibility and blood flow to the muscles, all of which limits the chance of strain/pain which could put you out of action for some time! It gets you into the groove for the coming workout, massages the heart rate slowly upwards, and even contributes to the process of ‘recovery’ after your session. Click MORE to get one of my favourite warm-up routines, and see these pictures shot at the stunning Jardins Exotiques atop Eze Village…
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ACTIVE ESCAPE: LA CHEVRE D’OR !

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Healthy Girl Workout Trip Active Travel Escape France Eze Chateau De La Chevre Dor review riviera riview luxury travel blogger-55GAPAs part of my ‘Active Escapes’ series, I recently stayed at a destination so heavenly that it completely inspired and enthused me to author this full review. The historic and beautiful Chateau de la Chèvre D’Or, nestled amidst the medieval village of Eze, on France’s exquisite Cote D’Azur, enjoys what must be the most magical, celestial view of the French Riviera, and hosts an armory of active ventures for the healthiest of holiday-goers to enjoy. The hotel itself, Relais & Chateaux affiliated, is relaxed, quirky, charming, classic and respectfully staffed by masterful hoteliers. It was perfect for my 3-day European escape, from which I returned energised, focused and relaxed. Click MORE to see my extensive review of the epic grounds, broad facilities, the sumptuous food and impeccable service :)

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D.I.Y. NATURAL ICE LOLLIES!

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Summer temperatures are upon us, and that brings with it the need for refreshment… these might well be the best ice lollies I’ve ever had! A bold claim, but to my defence, the ingredients are a collection of favourites; fresh fruits and berries – bursting with vitamins and minerals, plus they’re naturally sweet and delicious! The advantage over shop-bought products is that you KNOW they contain no preservatives, colourings, flavour enhancing chemicals or artificial bits – plus they’re totally fresh! These ice lollies are all-natural, super quick-and-easy to make, and are perfect for children and adults alike on a hot summers day! Click MORE to get the recipe, and for the chance to WIN YOUR OWN VITAMIX, the ultra high-performance blender, which I’m giving away to one lucky reader :)

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