Retreat life is all about stepping away from everyday stresses and immersing yourself in the ultimate self care routine from waking up to going to sleep. I might only grab time for a 45 minute Pilates session, a quick smoothie catch up with a friend or a 5 minute cleanse tone and moisturise in the evening during my day to day life but on retreat, well my retreats anyway, we completely soak up every opportunity to take care of ourselves and the schedule is basically like my perfect day from start to finish. From how we move, what we eat and everything in between so I thought I’d give you a little insight into a day in the life of my most recent retreat with Our Retreat and who’s to stop you incorporating some things into your every day life or at least once a week, you can make any day a retreat day…
I’ve always been a huge fan of Neals Yard Remedies so when they asked me to teach Pilates on their luxury retreat in beautiful Portugal it was a dream come true! A real “pinch me” moment! Lagos, is a town in the Algarve that I have actually been to numerous times when I was younger with my family and also with my friends as I got older. I never thought that I’d be coming back to work one day. When I say “work”, I mean teach Pilates overlooking the ocean to inspiring incredible women every day then enjoy delicious healthy meals and breathtaking cliff top walks. Yes, still feel like someone should pinch me!
I love hosting girls night and this weekend made a healthy nutritious one pan mexican quinoa dish. I am one pan dish queen and this meal is so easy and tasty. All my friends loved it. The combo of the black beans, sweetcorn and qunioa makes such a nice texture and my favourite ingredients in the world to have together is avocado and lime
Nutrition is an evolving science and one of the most complicated confusing subjects on the planet. It really surprises me how little we know about it as it’s what makes us who we are and determines our health and future! Without it, we have nothing.
Breakfast has always been my favourite meal, it’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and possibly sometimes the last thing I think about before I go to sleep, sorry Jamie, I clearly love breakfast more than you.
I’m sure you hear all the time that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but why!? See below for 5 reasons why and then make sure you check out my video this week to follow what I had for breakfast Monday to Friday! I like to have something different pretty much every day, I love variety but if you find a breakfast that works for you and makes you feel fabulous then stick with that. The main thing is that you enjoy your healthy nourishing morning meal! It should set you up for a positive healthy day ahead!
Also listen to your body in the morning, sometimes I prepare my breakfast the night before and then in the morning I don’t fancy it at all so I make something else. If a meal plan you’re following is telling you to have salmon and greens for breakfast and it’s 6am, pouring with rain and all you want is a nice warming bowl of porridge then have the warming bowl of porridge…
Every day is different for me but I thought it might be quite fun for you guys to follow me on a typical midweek day as a Pilates Instructor. In this little 2 minute video you’ll see what time I wake up, what I eat, snack on, where I have a cheeky shop, where I walk and what I see! My dinner was in particularly really yummy and I had made it the night before and then packed it for my dinner the next day too as on Wednesday’s I teach right into the evening! It was oven baked salmon, brown rice, cabbage and broccoli. I then drizzled toasted sesame oil, tamari soy sauce, chilli flakes, black sesame seeds and Himalayan crystal salt on top! You have to try it!
I sometimes feel that people think I am this super super healthy person who would never even touch a chip or grain of white sugar -remember on twitter/instagram you only see a perfectly photographed healthy meal that one has prepared- hypothetically speaking who’s to say I haven’t scoffed 50g dark chocolate right before that post haha (never happened…hmmm).
I want to be an inspiration to anyone and everyone- to show people how to live a more balanced healthy life and to feel amazing every single day but that still doesn’t mean I’m perfect! But what is perfect anyway- in my eyes being too healthy isn’t perfect at all. Check out my post on Why For Me Being Too Healthy is Unhealthy
Holidaying for most is time for complete relaxation but people then associate that with their diet – eating unhealthy and as much as they can. Remember being healthy is a lifestyle and I can never understand why people work there butts of at the gym and do juice cleanses/various crazy diets before a holiday to then go and feel sick, unhealthy, lethargic and disgusted by themselves by eating as much as they possibly can for a week.
That being said I am not a nun on holiday, I find a balance. I LOVE and enjoy healthy foods so I’m not going to change that for a week just because I’m on “holiday” but I also like to enjoy the local favourites which might not necessarily be healthy, I love to eat ice-cream and drink wine so a holiday is a nice time to indulge a little.
Last week I was on holiday in Kefalonia for a week- so this is a little run down of what my diet was like followed by a photo diary of some meals…
We are such nosy people. Especially us girls, we love to know what other people are wearing, eating, going. That’s why social media is so fabulous, instagram and twitter, we get a snap shot of other peoples lives and it’s cool. I don’t find this to be a bad trait at all, it’s where we get inspiration from- each other! That’s where I find cool places to eat, new recipes to try, outfit inspiration. That’s why I love doing videos like this one because it’s something that I’d be interested to watch.
I basically just talk through what I got in the weekly shop this week. I don’t get the same things every week and sometimes I already have things like rice noodles or beans so they won’t be included but I thought this would be interesting for some people to watch who find it hard doing the weekly shop. Sometimes I plan my meals and sometimes I just buy ingredients and then go with the flow. There’s no rules when it comes to living a healthy balanced lifestyle except to eat whole unprocessed foods with a variety of colour and nutrients.
Check out the video below or by clicking HERE
I get asked about what I eat a lot. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, when out and about so I thought I’d do another daily meal plan post with the focus on a summer body!
You can check out my other daily meal plan posts here…
I eat dairy, meat, fish, gluten and drink alcohol but all in moderation. That’s the key my lovelies, balance and moderation. You don’t have to starve, you don’t have to cut out food groups unless you are intolerant and you don’t have to just eat lean meat and boring lettuce leaves. I generally have very social weekends, from about Thursday to Sunday there may be dinners out with friends, weddings, parties, roast round my mums. I make healthy choices as much as I can but I still love a good roast chicken, glass of wine and piece of cake!
Monday to Wednesday, I therefore eat a vegetarian plant based diet as much as I can and I love this too! Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t mean I live one way for a few days of the week and then completely gorge on bad food and get pissed at the weekends. That is not a healthy lifestyle. I still eat extremely healthy and clean all week long but I might fancy a good steak at a restaurant or seafood paella and red wine in spain.
I aim for 80/20% ratio of clean plant based diet with some fish,eggs and greek yogurt and 20% wine (joking), the other 20% might be meat, homemade cake, ice cream!
This Monday, I ate this meal plan below which is an example of what I would typically eat when working in the week and also keeping in mind I want to maintain a summer body (feeling confident myself in a bikini), of course this is what we all are after, confidence!
This meal plan is dairy free, sugar free and meat free…