Category Archives: In The Media

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…

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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)

18Jan/16

New Diet Book Review

Angelique at Fit as a Fruitcake enthusiastically requested to review ‘Eat Drink and Be Slim’ when we met at the Mumpreneur UK Awards in November.

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Here’s what Angelique had to say…

Polly Hale was kind enough to write a guest post for my blog a while ago on her business The Fit Mum Formula. Her aim, since having children, has always been to help mums, who find little time to focus on their own fitness, to stay fit and eat well.

She wrote her first book, Eat Drink and be Slim, as a mum with very young children and kindly sent me a copy to review. At the time it was written, she clearly wasn’t quite the same fitness fan in terms of exercising that she is now. She is now a qualified Personal Trainer and nutritionist. But nutrition has always been important to her. She wanted to write a no nonsense guide on how to eat properly, to avoid unhealthy weight gain, to lose unwanted extra weight, and all this without having to turn to fad diets. Polly’s approach is to change the way you eat and make that a lifestyle choice. If you are already fit and eating well but want ideas on eating to sustain advanced fitness levels, full on gym workouts or training for an event for example, this is not necessarily the book for you.

It is, however, certainly a good book for anyone looking to lose weight. Perhaps if you have tried certain diets but they haven’t worked for you. Or you want to still be able to enjoy those meals you crave, then this is definitely worth a read. It is also a good read for anyone just needing to remind themselves not to slip into bad eating habits, and to help make you think about certain food choices when feeding your family.

Obesity is an increasing problem in the UK and if everyone followed some of the tips in this book, we’d be off to a good start in helping address the problem, which is fast becoming a crisis. Also, as a Mum, I know being aware of what you eat and what you feed your family is important because your children learn from you and are likely to follow your lead in that respect.

I did consider, albeit briefly, trying a sugar free month in my home for the whole family after reading an article by Louise Carpenter (read it here) but decided that was going to be impossible with my kids! I have however made some little changes, such as only buying natural yoghurt for the children to eat with fruit and granola if they are still hungry after a meal, rather than sugar filled flavoured yoghurts, swapping biscuits as a snack after school for rice cakes or nuts, and allowing a lot less fruit juice consumption (I was already fairly strict about that but have got more so). My eldest son is very interested in nutrition and fitness, which certainly helps, and he’s been asking to help cook more frequently, so hopefully I’m setting him up on the right path for later life.

Anyway, back to Polly’s book. It focuses very strongly on the calorific content of foods and she offers sensible advice such as watching your portion size. She gives lots of clear examples such as this one:

A 400g baked potato with 300g of baked beans contains 459 calories, compared to a 200g potato with 200g beans and an undressed side salad which contains 326 calories. It’s easy to think you are eating relatively healthily but sometimes we still eat more than our body needs.

Or another example of a tuna mayonnaise and cucumber sandwich which contains 498 calories and 26g of fat. Whilst a tuna and cucumber sandwich, without the mayo, contains 285 calories and only 4.7g of fat. Which is a scary difference! By cutting out little things like the mayo in a sandwich, you can have a huge impact on your health and weight.

Her book contains recipes, calorie charts, loads of useful tips and common sense advice that we just need reminding of sometimes. It’s the type of book you can dip in an out of when you need some inspiration for a healthy but still delicious meal for the family or just to motivate yourself to not go hunting for snacks out of boredom or tiredness. An interesting point Polly makes is about a study which has shown that people who have enough sleep have more of the hormone leptin in their system. Leptin lets you know you are full. Sleep deprived people have more of the hormone ghrelin which stimulates appetite. Which explains why it’s even more important to get a good night’s sleep!

If you would like to read more, visit Polly’s website and get a copy of her book!

http://eatdrinkandbeslim.co.uk

To buy a copy yourself and learn the simple ways to lose weight described in the book click here to go to Amazon.

13Jan/16

Watchfit Interview – meet your expert!

Have you ever wondered just who it is that creates websites like this, writes these blogs, and dishes out the advice that’s supposed to help you transform your body and health?

You should do!

This industry is full of snake oil get rich quick salesmen with no qualifications or experience that merit their gullible following.

Lucky for you I’m not one of them. I’m a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist and you can read more about what I do here in addition to the interview below.

As a valued regular contributing expert for popular fitness app Watchfit I was interviewed as one of their core experts (I get called upon to discuss breaking news, like this discussion about the sugar-tax debate here).

I think you’ll agree they were fantastic questions – you can read my answers here.

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I love getting to know you too – please come and join my free Facebook Group here and introduce yourself!

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. 

04Nov/15

UK Sugar Report & “Sugar Tax” – WatchFit Experts Respond Pt. 2

Following on from Part 1, explore Watchfit Experts thoughts on the role and responsibility of advertising and so-called ‘health’ foods . They also offer practical advice on how to curb the obesity epidemics, and the responsibility we all have to ensure a healthy future for our communities.

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The ‘Healthy’ foods that aren’t

Read the second part of the article here.

04Nov/15

UK Sugar Report & “Sugar Tax” – WatchFit Experts Respond Pt. 1

PHE Report: sugar & an increase in obesity

Sugar. It is definitely not good for you, but a controversial report released by Public Health England suggests that it may be the cause for the excessive and life-threatening rise in obesity witnessed over the past 30 years.

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WatchFit Experts Respond

We’ve reached out to four of our fantastic experts to share their opinions on this PHE report, sugar and obesity from both a local and international viewpoint. Thank you to Carolina Brooks, Polly Hale, Sinead Loughnane and Julie Meek for their invaluable insights in this two part series.

Read the article on Watchfit here.

11Sep/15

Are Mums under pressure to lose the babyweight? LBC Radio Interview

Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy is important for the health of both Mother and baby.

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Getting back to a healthy weight is also important after the baby’s birth.

But how fast should a women lose the baby weight? Are women under too much pressure to lose weight quickly?

The topic was discussed on LBC Radio and I was interviewed on the subject.

Listen to the interview 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.