UP FOR A ‘UK BLOG AWARD’ !!!

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Just a quick update from me today; I’m super-excited to have been nominated for the UK Blog Awards in their Lifestyle category!!!

If you’ve enjoyed reading my blog over the past year, I’d really appreciate it if you’d HOP OVER HERE to cast a 15 second vote. It’s super easy; just your name, email address, and hit ‘OK’ – no spam!

It would make the world of difference to me, and every vote really does count! Thank you :) Faya xx

MORE FLAVOUR, FEWER CALORIES ?!?

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8 REASONS TO GET A ‘SPORTS MASSAGE’ !!!

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For me, there’s not much better than the feeling of contentment after an intense ‘sports massage’! Elite athletes consider it an unmissable and totally crucial part of their ‘physical conditioning regime’, to improve performance and boost recovery. But whether you’re off to compete at the Olympics, are a regular gym bunny or a sedentary office worker, everyone’s likely to experience discomfort or tight muscular pain at some point. To clarify, a sports massage is not a ‘cosmetic’ or superficial ‘chill out’ treatment you’d find at a spa; it’s an intensive dose of focused, physical therapy schooled in the medically demonstrable study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, administered by qualified professionals. If you’ve not had one, I would strongly recommend you to try! It can materially help you to prevent injury, relieve muscle pain and increase mobility… and there are so many other benefits. That’s what this post is all about! I have long considered it a great skill to help clients prevent or relieve injury/pain, so I got to work on a sports massage course with Discovery Learning! Read my top 8 reasons to go for Sports Massage here

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MY AVOCADO, BROCCOLI + CHICKEN VELOUTE !!!

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To combat the frosty chill of winter, some of my favourite warming recipes are unquestionably soups. But beware, not all soups are created equally. You might think they’re healthy because of all that cuddly ‘hearty’ and ‘homely’ PR that goes into them, but take a little look at the label first: a lot of those you’ll find on the supermarket shelves are super-high in sugars and fats, so that they taste impossibly supreme, and because they’re in liquid form, they get metabolised very quickly. These soups are calorie ‘wolves’ dressed in sheep’s clothing! One way to be sure about what you’re nourishing yourself with is to make it from scratch, which helps to ensure added freshness and keep costs down. That’s always my procedure with soups, and is exactly what I did for this healthy and warming ‘Avocado, Broccoli and Chicken Velouté’, bursting with healthy fats, high quality lean proteins, and a metabolic boost to kick! Click ‘MORE’ to find out why it’s healthy, to get the ‘how to’ and see the recipe! Continue reading

#MISSTACHE FOR #MOVEMBER !!!

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Just a super-quick post to draw attention to a fabulous cause. My friends over at Aussie are supporting not only Movember, but also the lesser-known, yet equally awesome concept of the Misstache – a solidarity cause, for fellow ‘Mo Sistas’. The aim is the same: to improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems, and to date, the community has raised £346m. Girls – why not get involved for this super-important cause and show your #Misstache for #Movember – just post & share a cheeky little selfie with an intricate and/or gorgeous locket of hair as your ‘tache & share on Facebook! You could even get a couple of friends misstached up, to help spread the awareness & get Mo Sistas everywhere involved! I went for a bit of a Bjorn Borg 70’s look for mine :D Click MORE to see the other pics from my fun misstate shoot, & to see Aussie’s super-cute video on the efforts…

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GET INTO THE ZONE !!!

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Energy – it’s a topic that’s often utterly misunderstood by clients, but I feel is a crucial one to grasp if you’re going to get the most out of your training. It’s our ability to do work. Every cell in our body needs it, and without it we wouldn’t be able to produce hormones, repair tissues, digest food etc. It’s stored in macronutrients (which are those three categories, ‘Fats’, ‘Proteins’ and ‘Carbohydrates’), and is accessible for our muscles to zupp up, via the two states of energy consumption; a) Anaerobic (without oxygen) and b) Aerobic (with). People often assume that one or the other is ‘bad’, but they’re just different, and both helpful! This post will dig into the benefits of each state! Also it was such a beautifully sombre day in London for this Remembrance Sunday, that I decided to visit the Tower of London to catch a final glimpse of the 890k ceramic poppies (called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red), installed to commemorate those soldiers who bravely fought & died to keep Britain free. Whether you read it for the content, or just look at the pictures, it’s all HERE:
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HEALTHY WINTER CHOCOLATE TREATS !!!

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