Category Archives: In The Media

10Sep/17

24 Tips to get the most out of your relaxing holiday

Holidays are supposed to be a time for relaxation as well as fun, so how do you enjoy your holiday so that you come back restored and not more frazzled than when you left home?

 

When you’ve been working hard or running around after kids at home the last thing you want is for your well earned break to be equally stressful, so travel consultants Hayes & Javis have come up with some ways to get the most out of your holiday.

 

They’ve gathered tips from 24 well-being professionals to compile a downloadable guide so that you can learn and implement some key tricks to make you really chill out and enjoy your holiday, and come back restored and rejuvenated in the way that you hoped.

 

Up to 65% of people report feeling even more stressed while on holiday according to one survey, so don’t let yourself be one of them!

 

Their essential Four Pillars to Holiday Relaxation are:

 

Physical

Looking after your body means you’ll have more energy to do all the things you want to do on holiday. You know that, so how’s best to get physically prepped for you hols? This pillar covers all that.

 

Mental

Happiness and relaxation starts before you even leave home, as you’ll know if you’ve ever run around at the last minute trying to find a lost passport! Chilling out will help you think clearer and leave all your worries behind back home.

 

Communication

Spending days living closely with others from one small hotel room, apartment or villa with less time alone than back home means talking, communicating, and diffusing tension and disagreements is especially important. Nobody wants a fallout while you’re supposed to be enjoying yourselves.

 

Nutritional

How to use and enjoy food so that you feel good inside and out while still enjoying local culinary specialities.

 

In this final section I give you some tips on which foods and nutrients actually work in your body to reduce stress:

“Cooking is a relaxing and creative way to wind down and fresh food will get you feeling and looking good for your holiday. Some foods actually have stress busting properties themselves. Vitamins B and C get depleted under stress, so top them up with meat, wholegrains, red peppers and citrus fruits. Magnesium helps with relaxation and can be found in nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate. Omega 3 oils are fantastic for all areas of brain health including stress management, so make some tasty salmon or mackerel dishes to top up your stores.”

 

And yes they got a bit muddled when calling me a health & beauty therapist – I actually am a fully qualified beauty & holistic therapist but haven’t worked as one for some years! (but if you ever need help choosing skincare, you know who to call….;) )

You can download if directly here.

31Dec/16
sky tv eating disorder

Live SKY TV – Eating Disorder News Feature

Not many eating disorder news stories appear on your TV unless it’s a celebrity being ‘accused’ of starving themselves for a film role or bikini season.

 

Last May I finally came open about my past Eating Disorder and how I suffered and was very ill with Anorexia for years in my late teens and early twenties, being in and out of hospital several times.

(My ‘coming’ out video can be viewed here)

 

I also did another video about my recovery and how now I’m stronger than ever, both emotionally as well as physically – (watch that video here.)

 

I had kept it quiet for years, not because I felt ashamed or that anyone would judge me,

 

Just that I had moved on, put it all behind me and honestly?

 

There are some very dark memories attached to the years I was ill.

 

But I remember the day I was admitted to hospital for the first time.

 

I vowed that one day, when I was recovered and emotionally strong enough I would help other sufferers break free of their demons too.

 

It might seem ironic that I’m now a personal trainer and nutritionist helping Mums lose weight, but actually it’s all the same really.

 

If you do not love and respect yourself, and your body, enough to look after it, then you will..

 

  • Eat junk (or not eat properly) even when you know it’s not serving you
  • Skip exercise because other things seem more important at the time
  • Berate yourself for having no willpower
  • Have no self confidence or self esteem because you ‘can’t stick to a diet’
  • Feel bad about your body, because it doesn’t have enough energy to do the things you need to do to change, let alone look the way you’d like
  • Give up trying because every time you do, you fail

 

And even from an anorexic’s point of view, all of this I understand.

I knew what I had to do, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I felt mentally weak, and stuck, and miserable, but I couldn’t get out of the cycle.

But I learned to love my body and treat it well, and so can you.

 

Anyway what’s this about SKY News?

 

When ‘Beat’ eating disorder charity opened their helplines for the first time on Christmas Day to support sufferers and their families who might be struggling over Christmas,

SKY wanted to cover the story, came across my videos, and were so inspired they invited me to speak live from their studio during the morning Sunrise slot on Christmas Eve!

The video has been placed on the Sky News website – Click Here or on the link below to see it.

http://news.sky.com/video/expert-food-is-just-the-drug-of-choice-10706868

15Nov/16

Hustle and Juggle With Pollyanna Hale

What is it like juggling a business you love with kids you love more (but in a different way)?

That’s what I was asked by Devenia Besant of deveniabesant.com , a site dedicated to supporting women in business who are juggling family life at the same time.

You can read the interview where is was originally published on her website here. 

How long have you been doing the Hustle and Juggle?

3 1/2 years

What is the Juggle to your Hustle?

I’ve never been able to sit still and do nothing, and even wrote and published a full length diet & weight loss book on my laptop whilst breastfeeding my first born!But it was when my 2nd daughter Bella was 7 months old that my soon-to-be business partner approached me with the idea of partnering up to create an online weight loss solution for busy Mums who can’t get to the gym or classes.

I always wanted to be a stay at home Mum and only put my kids in nursery because it was right for them, I’m lucky in that I have that option. Bella (now 4) does 3 mornings only, so fitting work in happens very early morning, often as early as 4am! Then during nursery hours, in the evening, while they’re having their tea, and of course from my phone at every opportunity! That last bit I feel guilty about – but otherwise those little jobs would eat into better quality time with them playing at home, so I guess it’s the better choice of the two.

Tell me more about your business?

I help tired, overworked and frustrated Mums look and feel like their old selves again. My members get both their body and their body confidence back, with a system that not only really works well but can be done within the confines of even the busiest schedule, because it’s all online, open 24/7.

I’m not into quick fixes or cookie cutter plans. That’s not to say my Mums don’t get quick results, but they’re not at the expense of long term ones. What works for one won’t work for another, so I work with each Mum so they learn how to nourish their body in a way that’s perfect for them.

What is your Hustle and Juggle story?

Well for starters I’m typing this from my bed when I’m supposed to be recovering from a nasty stomach bug! I’ve *almost* finished today’s *essential* tasks ha ha.

I think when you want something bad enough, you find a way. I’ve pulled all nighters to get websites launched, conducted live interviews with National radio stations in the loo, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s answered a call with ‘can we schedule a chat for this afternoon, I’m just in a meeting’ when you’re actually at toddler group!

The hardest was my longest ever trip away to America – 4 days including travelling. The kids weren’t bothered at all, in fact they were just really chuffed that Grandma had decided all meals must involve sweets….!

What’s your message to anyone reading this to inspire them to keep going and remain visible?

Always know your ‘why’. Why are you doing what you do? What’s the passion behind it? When you have a meaning and message that can help people, you just want to get it out there.

Also importantly, are you enjoying it? Because life is short and if you’re not happy, do something else. Usually this is very short term; some nights I’m just like, sod it, those email replies can be done tomorrow, it’s time hubby and I indulged in a bit of trashy Netflix before my brain explodes!

20Sep/16

Finalists in National Awards!

Back in 2014 The Fit Mum Formula were finalists in the Networking Mummies National recognition awards,

networking-mummies

I was interviewed on Sussex’s Spirit FM, and it’s only now I have uploaded the soundbites!

Click Here to listen to the interview about how the awards recognise Mums who build their own businesses around family life to enable them to enjoy the benefits of both worlds. 

Learn more about The Fit Mum Formula and how I help Mums look and feel like their old self here. 

10Jul/16

Who Remembers The Spice Girls?

I was 12 years old when ‘Wannabe’ spent 7 weeks at no.1. of the Official UK Charts during the Summer of 1996.

It was a Summer that impacted my life in a big way.

I went on to study performing arts at the prestigious Italic Conti Theatre Arts School, formed a girl band, and still have that Union Jack dress in my fancy dress collection in my Attic!

Online magazine Refinery 29 asked my to reminisce a few Spice Girl memories.

Click Here to read the article.

21Jun/16

Posing In My Pants for The Sun Newspaper

Posing in a pair of cotton undies and nothing else in a National newspaper (The Sun) is not something everyone would do, granted.

But it was a mark of my body confidence when I was asked by a modelling agency to do just that for a feature about wedding underwear.

Polyanna Hale, 32 Holborn Studios Underwear worn on wedding day - Lynsey Clarke 10/06/16 Olivia West

 

Apparently my choice of Marks and Spencer white cottons make me ‘Happy, Sociable and Confident’ according to style Psychologist Kate Nightingale.

I would agree with that!

Read the article and get more picture here.

28Mar/16

Ring Girl Fame at International Marketing Gig!

It could have one of thousands of women but it was yours truly who was selected to represent the panel of VIP speakers at…

THE BEST MARKETING EVENT EVER TIMES INFINITY +1 FEATURING GARY VAYNERCHUK!

Being held in a boxing ring in London on 20th April 2016, the line up includes the who’s who of successful entrepeneurship including…

Gary V

Dan Meredith

Jamie Alderton

Shaa Wasmind

Ketan Makwana

Sean Whalen

Ryan Lee

Get Your Tickets To This Exclusive Event Here!

How did I win? I pitched with this (and bugged the organiser Dan Meredith so much he respected me purely for persistence)

07Nov/15

Girls in the UK have less Self Esteem than most countries in Europe- a BBC feature

Schoolchildren in England are among the most unhappy in the world according to a new report. The Childrens’ society say English girls between the ages of 10 and 12 were unhappier with their appearance than girls in Nepal, Romania, or Ethiopia. Here in the South, some of us from the Women In Fitness Empowerment movement are trying to address that.

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BBC South covered the story, you can watch the video footage here. 

07Sep/15

The Plus Size Debate, for The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine

Is it time to ditch plus-size labelling?

With almost a third of UK women considered plus-size, many believe the term is now meaningless.

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WHEN Australian fitness brand The Upside launched its new ad campaign earlier this year, it could never have foreseen the furore it would spark.

Designed to celebrate all body types, its promo shot featured five inspiring women – with one, the curvaceous model Laura Wells, representing plus-size.

But Laura is just a size 14 – which sent clicktivists into overdrive.

Within hours, the hashtag #droptheplus was trending worldwide, as the campaign declared: “The fashion industry is one of the world’s most influential industries on women.

“To label a size ‘plus’, when it actually encompasses the majority of women in the world, is not only harmful, it’s absurd!”

Click here to read the rest of the article along with my comments on the Sun Newspaper’s Fabulous Magazine webpage.