If you’ve wandered along your supermarket’s ‘Tea aisle’ over the past 3 years, you’ll have noticed a massive multiplication in the breadth and depth of choice in ‘herbal’ options. I love the concept of spicing up hydration, but where there was once just ‘mint’, there are now 20 varieties of mint and dozens of brands. If you search ‘Tea’ on Tesco.com, it retrieves 879 products (!!!). As a consumer that’s pretty overwhelming, and the flavour innovations can be incomprehensible;’Maharaja Chai Oolong, Rooibos and Acai‘ could taste of absolutely anything – perhaps chicken, for all I know!?! One brand that cuts through the lingo and has always offered me straightforward names, with ingredients of which I can taste the freshness & quality, is Pukka. This herbal tea brand was started a full 12 years ago, long before the ‘tea revolution’ began, so I tracked down one of the co-founders, Sebastian Pole, and blasted a few questions his way about what they do, and why they do it… read MORE to find out what he said 😀 x
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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…
I was recently interviewed by the fabulous London lifestyle magazine, Indigo Memoirs about a wide range of fitness-related matters, from my key workouts to my favourite gyms in and around London. It’s a focussed little interview, but I thought it might be a bit of help for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the sprawling choice of fitness systems, and for Londoners who may be looking for new and exciting fitness spots in London! (Fear not, non-Londoners, more Italian tales coming soon…). Click MORE to get my top insights into London’s fitness landscape 🙂 Faya x
Just a quick little post to share a recent dessert epiphany. Like most people, I always seem to be time-poor in the evenings, and whilst I’ll invest some of that precious time into cooking a nutritious main course, I’m often after a quick-and-healthy dessert option that doesn’t keep me from my sleep! I stumbled across Urban Fruit on an amble through Waitrose looking for inspiration, and their packaging piqued my interest: ‘Just fruit, gently baked’ they claim. No preservatives, gluten free, with no added sugar… they just bake it to make it ‘easier to munch on the go’. Interesting… (more…)
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve partnered with O2 Travel for a really exciting project which is currently taking me to the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal (Europe’s #1 city break destination!). I’ll be taking part in all things ‘health and fitness’ whilst I’m out there, with a full schedule of active tasks and fitness-based exploration laid out for me! I’ll be sharing my cycle tours, runs, walks and swims of the city, along with the fabled delicious (& healthy) restaurants too! Keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram to see the mini-updates, and I promise a proper post rounding up the experience here too, soon 😀 As a little preview, I thought I’d put up my ‘Holiday Travel Essentials’ insight into what I usually like to pack for these little weekend blog trips – click MORE to see it… (more…)
Last week, I was offered the opportunity to interview Elle Macpherson for 10 minutes, to coincide with the launch of her new wellness supplement called the Super Elixir at Selfridges – needless to say, I happily accepted that opportunity! Now you see, 10 minutes isn’t much time for little old me, but is a pretty big deal for an epic global supermodel who’s career is into its 4th decade! I had to make the most of my mini-window into Elle’s world, so I crafted a barrage of quick-fire questions (and a couple of longer ones towards the end) to try and gain a bit of an insight into how this glamorous, statuesque and effortlessly elegant woman keeps herself looking 30, even though she’s actually 50 (!). Read Elle’s answers BELOW, and see our Google Hangout from later in the day ( I’m on at 4:20 in case you get impatient 😀 ) compèred by the fabulous Calgary Avansino… (more…)
Last week I interviewed the stunning Kimberly Wyatt (‘Pussycat Doll’ and Monster Products ambassador) at the London Marathon Expo in the Excel Centre. My aim for our chat was to get an appreciation of what’s required for your body to operate at the top of such a pressurised profession. This post documents her fascinating thoughts & experience on diet, training, motivation and how she has sought body confidence…
This post documents my own little ‘Moon Salutation’ sequence beside the Kasbah Tamadot’s pool on my trip to Morocco; a cooling and quieting session of nocturnal Yoga. I’ve always loved Yoga as a form of exercise for mind & body, but having not practiced for far too long, I felt like a true novice once again. On this silent, misty mountain night, I remembered why I love it so much. To my mind, Yoga is an ethos unto itself, and a way of life – the goal is to achieve total health rather than just an aesthetic result. Below is a collection of my 10 fave, basic yoga poses alongside some photos and notes to explain each movement briefly. In the past, I’ve found it a fabulous beginner’s routine to practise on a daily basis. For my session, I’m wearing some favourites from the Sweaty Betty’s spring/summer ‘yoga retreat’. Click here for more….
With spring well-and-truly upon us, my mind inexorably jumps ahead to the Summer’s escape, to a gorgeous warm destination, passing lazy long days on the beach, jumping listlessly into the sea, savouring romantic dinners in floaty chiffon dresses… But far too often the lead up to summer can feel stressful and daunting, due to the fear of feeling uncomfortable or unhappy in your own skin (which is totally normal!). The number one ethos of Fitness On Toast is to aspire to a healthy mind and body, and effect a long term lifestyle change which is realistic and enjoyable; to be the healthiest, best version of yourself that you can be. In a heavily retouched world where the superficial is constantly scrutinised, it’s sometimes nice to get a little reminder of that!
I don’t endorse panic diets or frantically unreasonable ‘last minute workout’ routines; for me, it’s about consistency, balance and lifestyle adaptation. Rather than leaving ‘the fitness thing’ to the very last minute (1-2 weeks before), why not get into a healthy, realistic, structured routine a good 3 months early?! Click MORE for my top ten tips on how to get going and stay on track!
This post rounds up what I think are the “6 key health benefits of walking”. Boring? No, actually quite topical; I’ve received a few emails asking what to do if you a) hardly have any time to workout and b) haven’t trained for a very long time (or in fact, ever). For this scenario, I think it’s wise to ease in gently; ‘going for a walk’ might not feel like a workout per se, but if you do it regularly and properly, it comes with several wondrous health benefits, which I discuss later. Above all, you don’t need membership, and it can be squeezed in whenever there’s a bit of extra time; walking to or from work; on lunch breaks; on holiday as an eager tourist etc!
Depending on your current fitness level, a brisk strut may very well get you sweating and raise the heart rate too. As you progress you can increase the distance and/or speed, switch between high and moderate intensity, decrease the ‘recovery periods’, and find hills/steps to climb. If you’re unsure how many steps you take in a day how about trying out a pedometer; Britain’s NHS suggests we should aim to take >10,000 steps a day to see health benefits, which sounds VAST, but our lazy-day average is supposedly c. 4,000, so it’s definitely achievable! Here are my top 6 health benefits you’ll enjoy by going for a little walk: