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You Should Eat Mince Pies on a Diet

Is it ok to eat mince pies when you’re trying to eat healthily?

What about all the other tasty festive treats we’re surrounded by over Christmas, surely they’re going to ruin your diet?

The ‘problem’ with these foods is that they are usually high in sugar and fat, making them high calorie (which adds up to weight gain), and very tasty, so easy to overeat and not stop at just one.

But here’s the thing – being a healthy weight is not the only thing that matters in life.

Not only is eating tasty treats occasionally not going to hurt in the long run, living a life of restriction and deprivation every day of the year does not make for a happy existence.

Of course there’s a balance to be had, and the reason most people who preach about ‘moderation’ is because their idea of balance and moderation is a little skewed.

But I’ll certainly be enjoying the odd mince pie this Christmas, and when PT Magazine asked me to write about why I was happy to encourage others to relax a little too.

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Click Here to read the Article PDF on why it’s more than ok to eat mince pies this Christmas!

Do you enjoy mince pies, yule log or any other Christmas treat? Do you still eat them when trying to lose weight?


Extra income as a Personal Trainer

Secondary spend brings welcome additional revenue for operators – so what’s the best way to approach this? Katherine Selby spoke to me and a selection of other operators that have come up with a successful formula to monetise health-conscious members

Gymbag gives fitness professionals their own e-commerce store stocked with supplements, fitness equipment and apparel. It soft-launched with personal trainers and is now set to supply bigger leisure operators.

Pollyanna Hale, weight loss and fitness coach at, was one of the first personal trainers to try Gymbag. She explains: “I wanted an online store to help my clients and earn some secondary income, but the logistics were a real barrier. But Gymbag does it all for me – I simply point clients towards the product they need, the order goes through and I get paid.

“I market it via a private Facebook group, where I can give advice and clients can comment and make recommendations too.

“My clients get a discount code to use at Gymbag and I send out gift vouchers and rewards. Occasionally I’ll surprise them with little samples like protein bars or shake sachets, which makes them smile, keeps them motivated and sparks fresh orders.

“It’s a no brainer: the cost is low, the site is set up for you, the range is comprehensive, it adds value to my service and I make 20 per cent profits when I sell the products online. I’d definitely recommend Gymbag and can really see its potential for operators looking for a quick way to generate income from secondary spend.”
“It’s a no brainer: the cost is low, the site is set up for you and the range is comprehensive” – Pollyanna Hale



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 , 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!


Follow Along to Workout Videos Live!

Do you search for workout videos online whenever you need a quick and simple to follow exercise session?


There are hundreds available thanks to video platforms like YouTube.


In fact I have a whole library of exercise demos here <<


The only problem with these are you don’t get the support and ability to ask questions, and of course be motivated to to the workout in the first place, that you get from hiring a coach.

You don’t get any information about diet or nutrition either.

(but you do here < , more info on this below)

in fact this is a big reason many personal trainers fail their clients – the person turns up to their 3 x weekly sessions, but what about the other 165 hours a week?

And what about all the meals that are offsetting any weight loss benefits from a workout?

Diet changes make the biggest difference when losing weight is your goal.

That being said, you’ll have more energy, be stronger, fitter, look more toned and sleep better if you exercise as well.

And now some new videos I’ve created are being streamed live on a new workout platform called Flex!

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The 7 workouts are designed for busy Mums to help burn fat and ramp up your metabolism so that you burn more calories even resting. Check them out on Flex here. 

These are actually workouts that are part of my new 7 Day Weight Loss Plan that includes 7 days of all meals & snacks, shopping list, motivation and full support.


Find out more about the 7-4-7 Weight Loss Challenge here!



Listen To The Body Image Podcast

When you decided to lose weight you won’t necessarily think you have any psychological body image issues.

After all your problem is the being overweight right? And as soon as you’ve lost weight, you’ll be happy.

Well today I’m going to challenge you on that with this candid interview I did with Nicola Feustel on her FeustelFit podcast.


(for anyone in the West London area Nicola also has a show on Hayes FM)

Not everyone has an actual Eating Disorder like I did. In fact serious eating disorders are thankfully rare.

But a distorted relationship with food and a person’t body is something I see far too often, and it’s a problem that appears to be on the rise.

I think social media and the availability of information and images is partly to blame. Once you had to actively seek out information and advice, even if it was just going to the shop to buy a magazine.

Now you can’t turn on your computer with out seeing an over-trained, underfed ‘model’ in skimpy workout clothes in some exotic location, contorting herself to look ‘amazing’.

And the result is that normal, even pretty fit, slim and healthy ‘normal’ people, feel inadequate.

Now I’m not saying that if you have weight to lose you shouldn’t try and lose it, because obviously having a physically healthy body – and yes that does include not carrying too much extra fat – is a good thing, clearly.

But it needs to come from a place of loving and nourishing your body, not punishing and depriving it.

I hope something in this podcast helps you to have a better relationship with your body and remember you can contact me anytime for help and advice, I’m not a trained psychologist but I do know a lot about helping women treat their bodies well!

(just drop me a line at

Find the episode on Itunes here or Overcast here, it’s episode 5.

or Click Here to watch or listen to the show you YouTube

or Click on the image below


Mums Weight Loss Challenges – Baby Bother

Mums weight loss is different to non-Mums, which you’ll have realised as soon as you became a mother and attempted to get back into your pre-baby jeans!

There are certain factors that all personal trainers, nutritionists and weight loss coaches need to be aware of when helping Mums.

Motherhood is a round the clock job; no holidays, no time off for sickness, and many challenges along the way that can really slow progress.

For example:

A Mum is sleep deprived.

Mums are stressed.

Mums have access to leftover kids’ food.

At home we’re near our cupboards.

Kids get sick and stay off school.

Our hormones are all over the place.

I was asked by respected fitness industry magazine PT Magazine to advise on how Mums like you need support from professionals like us.

Are there any important factors you think I’ve missed that I need to consider when helping you?

What are your personal struggles? Comment below so that I can help you better. 

Click on the image below for a full page version.

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Finalists in National Awards!

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


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. 

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Keep getting IBS? It could be STRESS

Think your IBS symptoms could be stress related? You’re probably right. 

According to Alison Cullen speaking in the Daily Mail,

“Our emotions and our digestive functions are inextricably linked, because when we are feeling anxious our body releases adrenaline — the ‘fight or flight’ hormone intended to help us deal with stressful situations.

Unfortunately, this adrenaline diverts the blood supply away from the stomach towards our heart and lungs, effectively switching off a digestive system it doesn’t see as critical in times of crisis.

Nutritional therapist Alison Cullen says: ‘This means you’re not producing enough digestive enzymes to help your food travel through the digestive tract and be broken down effectively. It leads to uncomfortable distension of the abdomen and painful inflammation of the gut wall.’”

I was asked about my personal experiences, which show that even people with nutritional knowledge like me aren’t immune from gut problems:

“Yet even with the best diet and relationships, women can also be stricken by terrible stomach aches. The reason? They don’t get enough sleep, as Pollyanna Hale, a mother-of-two and weight-loss coach, from Bosham, West Sussex, can testify.

Pollyanna, 32, who is married to James, 36, a property developer, started suffering stomach aches after her daughter Bella was born in September 2012.

‘With the constant feeds, I averaged five hours sleep a night. I couldn’t nap during the day because I had Bella’s sister, Aurora, then three, to care for.’

Exhausted, she started to suffer from fluctuating constipation and diarrhoea. ‘The more tired and stressed I got the more stomach aches I had. Eating healthily made no difference. I looked so bloated strangers would ask if I was pregnant.’

Tests last summer revealed that she had a bacterial infection in her stomach — common in those who are constantly stressed.”

Read the full article here:



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.