MODEL BEHAVIOUR !!!

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This post features a training session & an interview with the super-charismatic top Model, Max Rendell, revealing how he wholly pursues a fit and healthy lifestyle amidst the chaotic travel demands placed upon a world-class beautiful person! His schedule is relentless, but his discipline around wellness comfortably matches it. What amazes me most is that whilst Max is in his early twenties, his knowledge and understanding of all things ‘healthy’ is incredibly advanced; it’s almost unthinkable that 20 years ago, young adults would have professed such an ethos – I think that’s a super-positive result of ‘health & fitness trends‘ meeting ‘the internet‘, and helping us all to school-up before we tone-up! Click MORE to see pics from our session, and to get the ‘Model Tips & Tricks’ from our interview!

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THAT’S JUST (HAZEL)NUTS !!!

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Like the majority of humans, I have a faithful, loving and super-rewarding relationship with chocolate. We’re perfectly compatible, rarely quarrel, and see each other as often as possible… but not usually at breakfast time, for you see, chocolate isn’t really a morning person. This post is about how I made chocolate wake up and get ready with me in the mornings; the recipe for my home-made, healthy superfood Nutella-esque spread! Click MORE to get the ‘what’ and ‘how to’…

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UK BLOG AWARD !!!

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Last Friday evening, an absolutely awesome thing happened! You might remember that Fitness On Toast was short-listed for ‘Best Lifestyle Blog’ in the 2015 UK Blog Awards, and over the past three months, we’ve eagerly awaited the result. The venue for the ‘bloggers soiree’ (themed in the wacky style of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass‘) was at London’s prestigious Montcalm Hotel; as with the Cosmo event last October, this was an awards ceremony that offered attendees the chance to network with hundreds of other bloggers, both individuals and company-representatives. This year there were over 40,000 entries, and a similar number of votes, with some seriously distinguished bloggers in attendance!

I’m over the moon to report that the representatives from Debenhams (sponsors of the Lifestyle category) announced Fitness On Toast as the ‘Best Lifestyle Blog’ at the awards. I was utterly bowled over, and danced my way up to the stage! GUSH ALERT: I don’t take any of this for granted! This award is the [naturally-sweetened] icing on the [gluten-free, quinoa-flour] cake, and tops off the most amazing twelve months of my blogging life; I want to thank every single one of my readers who took the time to cast a vote for FOT – it fills me with joy, and makes me want to work double-hard on new projects to keep bringing you my best fitness-related content! Thank you again with all my heart  :)

Faya x (Click MORE to see my pics from the event!)

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THE BREAKFAST POT !!!

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Easter has been and gone, and whilst I stayed on the straight and narrow, it was a tough old time! This recipe is inspired by my love of sweet things, and helped me keep control in the mornings, which kept me on track for the rest of the day. It’s naturally sweet (from berries, fruit and a sprinkling of cinnamon), has a low GI, healthy fats, plenty of protein, is filling, and is super-delicious. It takes hardly any time at all to make – 5 minutes tops, depending on how fastidious you want to be with your presentation! It serves as a great breakfast pot, dessert or indeed cheeky snack. My ‘recipe’ is by no means the final word; get creative, bring in colourful fruits to suit your emotions, and make your pot reflect your mood :D Click MORE for the ingredients list, and some more pics of my little compilation :)

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SPRING INTO FITNESS !!!

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Spring has finally sprung in London, and I’m totally throwing myself into it! I don’t know about you, but when the sun is out and the flowers start to bloom, it utterly transforms my mental state. In Spring, I want to be healthier more than ever – drink gallons of water, eat schools of fresh fish, and create beautiful light salads. Going for a run in the park is often my way of marking the arrival of spring, as watching the buds in the trees bursting into bloom is invigorating and gives me a dose of true happiness! Click MORE to see some of the shots from my Regent’s Park Spring shoot along with my 6 top tips for launching back into fitness!

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VENICE FITNESS FESTIVAL

OK so it’s not a fitness festival, but I wanted to showcase some of the beautiful behind-the-scenes encounters from when we shot our collaboration with Urban Outfitters in Venice – including this fun little blog video :) Travelling has always been one of the things I savour most in life. Growing up, I’d plastered maps on my walls, and installed a globe by my bedside, to let my imagination roam as my mind drifted off! Then, as well as now, if I’m ever feeling a bit down, I’ll conjure images of all the exciting places I’m yet to visit; the romantic, sinking city of Venice was always one of them, and this little ‘active escape’ was the perfect opportunity to check it off the list. Jogging around the canals was a great way to get to know the place a little better, and cancelled out a few of those irresistibly delicious Italian lattes! Click MORE to see all the snaps of my Venetian finds…

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‘QUORN FATTOUSH SALAD’ RECIPE !!!

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I recently enjoyed an awesome day of shooting with my friends at Quorn Foods in a super-cool Shoreditch loft, which housed the most gorgeous, bright-and-airy kitchen I’ve ever seen – the dream! It was part of our collaboration to come up with some healthy recipes featuring their meat free products; a sort of ‘Cooking with Faya’ event, where I had the opportunity to whip up my latest healthy green salad recipe, the Quorn Fattoush Salad. As a pescatarian (fish, but no meat) I’ve always used products like Quorn Meat-free Chicken pieces as a high-protein, low-saturated-fat source of nutrition – something I personally consider to be a key part of any healthy diet. This recipe is super quick and easy-to-make, requiring no more than 15-20 mins of your precious time (max!) – depending how quickly you chop and toss the salad! Click MORE to get the ‘how-to’, as well as some of my behind-the-scenes pics!

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