Mindful Eating Workshop with Maple & Fitz – Thursday 10th March 2016

Exciting news! Thursday 10th March will see the first in our series of workshops with Maple & Fitz, Fitzrovia’s best healthy eatery and first cold-pressed juice bar. The workshop will focus on Mindful Eating, an area many of us struggle with, especially when we’re busy, tired or stressed.

During these times, it’s easy to grab something from the nearest location or default to a take away meal without considering what is the healthiest and most nutritious option for you. And then when you’re eating, you guzzle it down without stopping to chew or taking the time to really taste and enjoy your meal.

In this evening session, you will learn how to choose and make meals that nourish you and support your energy levels throughout the day. You will also consider how to enjoy your meal more mindfully, which will benefit you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Food will be provided and the session will include a mini cooking lesson by Le Cordon Bleu Trained Chef and owner of Maple & Fitz, Adria Wu, using wholesome and unprocessed ingredients to ensure you come away with the skills to create healthy meals for yourself.

Come and join us!

Date: Thursday 10th March 2016

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: Maple & Fitz, 36A Berners St, W1T 3LY

Tickets: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/mindful-eating-workshop

Mindful Eating

Why Healthy Eating Is Anything But Boring

I’ve been really surprised recently by the levels of criticism and vitriol being experienced by some of the current wave of healthy food advocates such as Deliciously Ella who have been condemned as ‘boring’ for following a gluten-free, vegan way of eating which is free of refined sugars and processed foods. Now, I’m not saying that this specific way of eating is the best approach for everyone because we are all different and bio-individuality means that what enriches one person can be challenging for another. Ella’s approach works for her and she has experienced personal benefits changing her diet in this way.

However, this reaction is indicative of the issues some people face when they want to make the move towards a healthier way of living. Friends and family can be unsupportive as you start to explore different options. You may start to feel like you’re that annoying, difficult person who is asking way too many questions about the menu when you’re out for dinner. You feel like you’re being judged for what’s on your plate, “Oh, no bread? Are you being healthy?” In some cases, people may actively try and persuade you to come off the path you’re following, “Come on, why don’t you just have another glass of wine, it won’t hurt you.” The pressure can make you feel boring and restrictive and having a more nourishing approach to food seems like it’s a negative thing.Continue Reading..

Re-evaluating Resolutions

So you’ve started 2015. You have a list of resolutions. This is the year it’s going to change. You’re on a mission. You’re going to lose those 8lbs you’ve always wanted to shed. You’re going to tone up, get fit and do loads of exercise. And you’re off the booze, dry January here you come. Yes! 2015 is the year it’s all going to change and you’re going to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

You’ve bought the latest diet / health book and you’re buying salads and sushi for lunch. And you’re there with the rest of the January gym bunnies as you wait your turn for the treadmill. You’re making some nice healthy meals at home rather than drinking in the evening (and it’s actually great because the weather is awful and cozying up on the sofa watching Game of Thrones is really appealing).

Throughout January you’re feeling fantastic, you’re losing some weight, you’ve got a bit of a glow and you’re feeling less lethargic. This carries on for the first couple of weeks in February too. But at some point, as always, life just gets in the way. Work is a bit manic so your 3 day per week gym routine goes down to 1 and then a bit more sporadic as you start to try and squeeze it in amongst your other obligations. And you’ve been avoiding carbs so when it’s your friend’s birthday meal, you literally devour the bread basket. Then after a really stressful day, you’re just craving cake (which you’ve been avoiding for weeks) so you pass by the shops on the way home and eat half a Sara Lee while you’re watching House of Cards on Netflix.Continue Reading..

When Life Gets In The Way Of Your Good Intentions

I remember when I first started my nutrition course and I was telling a couple of my friends about my renewed approach to life, that I was focusing on myself, eating more consciously, exercising more and feeling great. One of them asked me “is everything perfect now? Do bad things not happen anymore?” which at the time I thought was an interesting question.  I replied “no, at the end of the day, life is life and stuff is going to happen but it’s about having better tools to deal with them so the overall impact isn’t so negative on your physical wellbeing”. At the time, I was feeling amazing, I had control over my work, was sleeping enough and had the time to do what I really wanted to do (yoga, my course, cook, see friends). So I dispensed these ‘pearls of wisdom’, poured myself another glass of wine and felt good about myself and what I was doing and the fact that I could share it with people I care about.

Maybe I was being a bit smug… everything was going well, I was loving my life and even though I was saying all this like I was a wise old sage, I didn’t think about what it really meant to be on the other side. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reminded of this conversation and the fact that despite best intentions, sometimes you can’t stop life from getting in the way.Continue Reading..

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