Nutritional lessons from ‘The Beauty Chef’

I tend to put aside weekends for my family and loved ones, but on occasion I do allow myself a brief escape to do something for myself, so I can come back home reinvigorated and ready to nurture. Having[...] read more

Bodyism supplements event at Space.NK

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Last week I got a message about an event that Space.NK was hosting together with the Bodyism team and I duly noted it in my diary. I have tried a couple of their supplements already-Ultimate Clean Fibre and Protein Excellence Vanilla but was curious to talk to Bodyism trainers about combining training and nutrition. And somehow just thinking about this event made me feel invigorated even before I set foot on the Space.NK floor.

The store was heaving with activity but I saw Lee Mullins, Bodyism director of training and made a dash for him. Lee is one of the long-standing Bodyism trainers-he met James Duigan (founder of Bodyism ) around 2008, during a fitness course they did together and where they clicked professionally. Since then Lee has been training the clients and overseeing other aspects of the Bodyism enterprise as well.

Lee is very easy to talk to and he clearly takes pride in what he does. When I asked him where are the ingredients for Bodyism supplements are sourced from he told me that originally they mostly came from Australia, which tends to have ‘cleaner farming’ but now they also found a great new supplier who might seem ‘new age’ at first impression but is meticulous about farming, treating his livestock with love and respect ( cows are known to be massaged so the milk they produce is more flavoursome ) and producing might powerful ingredients for the supplements.

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I told Lee about my fitness and nutrition woes, going from being very active and sensible about eating to not doing active fitness and eating on the run, so Lee talked me through Bodyism supplements that might help me to be more balanced in my attitude. I tried Berry Burn, which is a pre-exercise blend of Acai Berry ( a very popular super-berry that boosts your  body’s anti-oxidant protection ), Green Tea, Amino Acids and Inositol. When mixed with water it tastes predominantly of Acai berry and is really refreshing. It will help you body workout more efficiently and burn fat plus you will start your workout well hydrated, which is always a big plus.

Another supplement that I eyed and Lee mixed for me is called Body Brilliance. It is a protein and fibre chocolate shake that you can have in the morning, instead of breakfast and it will provide you with the necessary nutrition to start the day on a good note. Personally I never skip breakfast-you don’t want to meet a grumpy me-but this shake tasted really nice and it contains lots of things that I know are truly beneficial for our bodies. You have green tea and guarana-natural energy-lifters without the sudden dive, like sugar or coffee, as well as herbs and spices like cinnamon ( helps to stabilise your sugar cravings, if you are prone to it ) and tumeric, blueberries and goji berries, as well as whey protein that helps your body repair and build leaner muscles.

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When I asked Lee what Bodyism supplement he favours for himself, he admitted that because of jet-lag ( the team is due to open a gym in LA, among other projects that they are working on ) and sleep fluctuations, he finds Serenity very helpful and I made a mental note to remember that. It is actually one of brand’s best-sellers.

While we were chatting and I was eating little berries that team Bodyism laid out for the customers-strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, I was also watching the trainers talking to women coming in, with ease and self-assurance of someone who is on to a secret. Truth be told, I think I have now a double incentive to go on a consistent body improvement spurt. Thank you Lee, now I know why James Duigan speaks so highly of you via Twitter .)


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A meeting and a mini facial with Tata Harper at Content store

I have been hearing about Tata Harper and her skincare products for over a year now and was lucky to try a few of them ( my favourite until recently have been Tata’s Strengthening body lotion and her Restorative eye cream, which, truth be told, is a bit pricey but the effect that it has is very much worth it-it plumps, smooths, lifts and helps with dark shadows and signs of fatigue, restoring your under eye area to youth-well, almost ! ) but the thing that peaked my attention the most was her skin. Last year, when Tata Harper products were snapped up to be stocked at larger SpaceNK stores ( as well as online via my favorite organic emporium Content Well-being), she came to London to do the products launch, which unfortunately I didn’t get to attend. When I popped into the SpaceNK branch the following day, all the sales girls could talk about was Tata’s ‘perfect, luminous skin’ the like of which they have never seen in real life, they said-a pretty powerful compliment I would say!

Fast forward a year, and I got a chance to attend an intimate event that Content was hosting with Tata. On a cool autumn evening, as dawn was starting to envelop[...] read more