Monthly Archives: May 2015

Supplements Debunking The Myths








Supplements Debunking The Myths

We all know that taking supplements of vitamins and minerals can provide us with some real health benefits.  However, it is true that we can also eat this ‘goodness’ in the form of leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale), some fruits (berries, pomegranates) and cruciferous offerings from the family Brassicaceae (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts).  It is also fair to point out that we could never eat enough of these foods to manage to gain all the nutrients needed!

Hence the requirement for supplements, the basic broad lines here are to partake of iron (energy and bloodstream), B6 (skin hair and nails), evening primrose oil (good sleep), collagen (youthful elasticity = plumpness in the skin) and hyaluronic acid (skin tone and anti-age), Vitamin D spray (bones) and Ginseng (heart, immune system and concentration)

The real test for me has been not using these for over a week and I have definitely noticed a decline.  My moods have been affected even though I have sat in the sun (very carefully I may add), taken exercise, eaten healthily.  My radiance and lustre has not been as obvious (I refer of course to my skin’s glow, shiny hair and strong nails! just in case any of you are worrying that I am hankering after fetching a stick!!)

My hydration levels have been at drowning point and that still has not counteracted the lack of supplements.  Thus it is so that for me the supplements are not a myth and are of very real benefit.


Holland and Barrett



Red Sky At Night






Red Sky At Night

Michael Fish has spent decades talking weather to the nation, and now he’s willing to debunk some of the most popular myths about the British forecasts.


Red sky at night – shepherds’ delight?

Now, in his new role as Mountain Warehouse consultant meteorologist, Michael has examined lots of weather lore and now reveals if there is, in fact, any truth to some of our most established beliefs.

Do cows lie down when it’s about to rain?

According to the retailer’s commissioned research, almost of a third of Brits surveyed believe this to be true. Michael says, “Cows lying down simply means they’re tired! I have however noticed seagulls often fly inland ahead of stormy weather. Perhaps they can detect the rapidly falling pressure.”

Can trees and bees be used to predict the weather?

93% of us don’t know this, but Michael reveals, “Trees can be used to make a forecast in many ways. When trees show the underside of their leaves, giving a much lighter appearance than usual, it is a sure sign of rain. The phenomenon is caused by the humidity increasing and softening the stalks of the leaves, causing them to turn over.”


Michael Fish thinks it prudent to pack an umbrella for most occasions

Wind in the east, ’tis neither good for man nor beast – True or false?

90% of the UK don’t believe in this age-old saying but, according to Michael, this myth is actually fact. “Our coldest weather in the winter comes from the East, even as far away as Siberia. Temperatures often remain below freezing day and night.”

If bees stay at home rain will soon come: if they fly away, fine will be the day – True or false?

94% of those surveyed believe this to be false, but Michael confirms this ancient fable to be accurate. Bees sense the humidity in the air and will stay in their hive if they predict rain coming.

Lightning never strikes the same place twice – True or false?

88% of Brits correctly believe this to be a false belief. And Michael confirms, “Oh yes it does, I’ve seen it.”

Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning – True or false?

More than half of Brits trust this one to be true, but Michael Fish says it’s all a bit more complicated than that.

“This is based on a passage of weather fronts around a cyclone. The high cloud on the advancing warm front catches the rays of the rising sun and looks red due to the scattering of the sun’s rays. The rain follows.

“Similarly, if the timing is right, as the rain clears the following cold front, cloud could be caught by the setting sun and turn red.”

So not every red sky at night guarantees a sunny day after. If you’re in the UK, best play safe and pack your brollie for all events.













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Killer Abs No Crunches









Killer Abs No Crunches

Watch this tutorial for amazing results, OK you actually have to perform the moves but no crunches…You may wish for crunches after attempting these yoga-ist moves though.

You have been warned!!

The JJ Dancer Technique is an energetic, high-intensity workout that focuses on building long, lean muscles and torching away the fat. This powerhouse workout is the next level of fitness training. It brings intense body conditioning, calisthenics, and kickboxing together with a fun, hot and sweaty dance party, and the result is a recognizable “dancer’s body” – lean frame, sculpted arms, flat abs, elongated thighs, and a lifted booty. The workout is designed with innovative full body movements that strengthen smaller, supportive muscles and lengthen primary muscles, improving form, function and overall quality of movement.

JJ’s electrifying dance cardio consists of easy to follow, high-energy dance routines derived from styles like Hip-Hop, Jazz-Funk, Salsa, Ballet, Belly Dance and booty shaking – JJ’s personal fave – with the incorporation of resistance bands, light weights, core and barre work, mat work, calisthenics, kick boxing, step aerobics, and circuit training. It’s hard work, sweat, fun, great music, and all you’ve got to give! The JJ Dancer Technique is designed to constantly challenge your body and mind, and will leave you feeling empowered and motivated!

I am off to LA who is joining me!!!  JJ save a space for us please!



Sexy Toned Shoulders









Sexy Toned Shoulders

I remember quite clearly going to a gym one day to attend a class there, whatever the latest craze would have been at the time, and I happened across a trainer to whom I put the question of how one can lose weight on the upper arms to achieve the toned sexy shoulder look, the answer was quite cutting to the effect of ‘Just Lose Weight’…fortunately I had the tenacity and spirit to endure yet another class for an hour instead of just giving up.  Having spent years exercising (followed by poor diet choices and over eating) it would have been easy to quit.  I am glad I did not!

Herewith a short set of tips to hone your arms to gain that gorgeous sexy shoulder profile:

  • Trekking Poles
    Walking and trekking poles are great for burning extra calories, taking the strain off your ankles and knees and, of course, giving your upper body a great workout. Use them while walking, hiking, trekking, and climbing.
  • Medicine Ball Training
    Medicine balls may remind you of P.E. trauma back in the day, but they’ve made a comeback. Incorporate medicine ball training into your workout and burn more calories while working your upper body.
  • Yoga
    Yoga poses build endurance and strength for your upper body. The bonus is that you build strength everywhere else as well, while working on important things like balance, stability and flexibility.
  • Boxing/Kickboxing
    Hitting big heavy bags can help build a strong upper body. Find clubs in your area where you can learn to box, or try videos you can do at home. Kickboxing is an option as well. Adding light weighted gloves can help build endurance in your upper body and burn tons of calories.
  • Swimming
    In swimming, the upper body is primarily responsible to propelling you through the water. Add a flotation device to keep your lower body stationary, and you’ve got a powerful arm workout.
  • Upper Body Ergometer You may have seen this machine in your gym and wondered what it does. An Upper Body Erogmeter gives you a cardio workout using only your upper body. A great addition to a workout or for someone with a lower body injury.






About Health



Cryolipolysis Procedure CoolSculpting System









Cryolipolysis Procedure CoolSculpting System

Cryolipolysis® is the non-invasive cooling of adipose tissue to induce lipolysis – the breaking down of fat cells – to reduce body fat without damage to other tissues.

  • Exposure to cooling via energy extraction causes fat cell apoptosis – a natural, controlled cell death, which leads to the release of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators that gradually eliminate the affected cells.
  • Inflammatory cells gradually digest the affected fat cells in the months after the procedure, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.
  • Lipids from the fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system to be processed and eliminated, much like that of fat from food.

Based on their research findings, the investigators concluded “prolonged, controlled local tissue cooling can induce selective fat cell reduction and subsequent loss of subcutaneous fat, without damaging the overlying skin.” This discovery, called “selective Cryolipolysis®,” led to the development of the patented technology behind the non-invasive CoolSculpting procedure.

The procedure works effectively and although you can see a difference immediately in many cases, it does take up to 3 months to see the final result.  In the interim there is no downtime so you can immediately resume your gym and keep a healthy diet.  The fat cannot be accrued on the cells that have been destroyed and subsequently flushed out by your body system, however, if you over eat or gain weight beware that fat will appear in other areas that have not been treated.

It is imperative that this removal is used after you have embarked on a healthy lifestyle with the correct eating habits etc.

The cold gel sheets that are placed on the areas to be treated feel freezing, but it is not uncomfortable for long, and it numbs the feeling so that the machine can do its work. After one hour each area is then released from the vacuum and massaged; the sensation of zero gravity in the skin remains until the fat cells have been removed by the body!  It is tender to the touch instantly but really worth it.  In particular, the way the skin shrinks back with the elimination of the fat cells is fantastic.

The results are absolutely incredible and it has transformed my life!  Do your research and meet your Doctor.  You need someone experienced in fat removal as the cells grow and form in different directions thus to capture them takes a medical expert.  Check the credentials of the coolsculpt surgeon by an authoriative body (GMC).


Dr Mario Lusso




Immediate Weight Loss Results

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Immediate Weight Loss Results

We have all been there, we want to see immediate results because we gain motivation from it. The all important planning has taken place our fridges are neatly stocked as are our larders with all the ‘in’ foods and we have diarised the gym sessions, our minds are already in weight loss mode and according to our visions we have dropped a dress size…

However, it is only 24 hours into our new ‘body’ and whilst it is imperative that we see our goal as a current status it can be dispiriting to realise that we still have a mountain to climb so here are some boosts to keep us going in the interim.

1. Drink water all day

It does sound boring, but it actually works, and it speeds up the results.  Black coffee and unsweetened tea to satisfy your caffeine desire, as they are very low in calories (and coffee drinking has been shown to have health benefits).  Water has no calories. Zero.  Simply cutting out liquid sugar drinks (juices, fizzy, special coffees) can see a massive weight loss before even healthy eating is factored in.  The health benefits have been found that drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before you have a meal can make you feel fuller and thus more likely to eat less, thereby reducing calorie intake.  Keeping hydrated throughout the day will make you more alert, helping you to think more clearly and efficiently.  All of that can lead to making better dietary choices as well.  As an added bonus, drinking enough water throughout the day can help in the prevention of recurrent kidney stones.  For those who say they do not like the taste of water alone, try squirting a bit of lemon or lime juice in your water. Does wonders for the palate!  And finally, by keeping water levels high it re-educates our sense of taste so we no longer crave sugar!!

2. Bye Bye White Bread

Research has found that reducing white bread intake is associated with a higher likelihood of losing weight and keeping it off. When it comes to bread, white bread in particular is problematic, because it is highly processed and full of refined carbohydrates that the human body quickly turns into sugar (high glycemic index). Unlike whole-wheat bread, white bread has very little, if any, fibre, and thus is almost devoid of nutritional value.  Hence you are consuming empty calories that do not nourish the body nor provide any goodness.  When you consider the sources of white bread in your diet—sandwich bread and buns, pizza crusts, croutons (which, on top of everything else, are soaked in oil!), biscuits, dinner rolls, and more it is easy to understand why you need to stop eating them entirely. Switch to a 100% whole wheat source of bread or even go bread-less. The fast weight loss in itself will be worth it.

3. Add 15 Minutes of Aerobic Exercise to Your Day

This means that if you currently have no exercise routine or do no real exercise at all on a daily basis, you should find a way to get at least 15 minutes a day. The easiest way to do this is by walking.  Go during your lunch break, or morning or evening hours before or after work, and see how much better you feel. In addition to the benefits of stress relief, you will be giving yourself the opportunity to see improvements in your weight, in your mental clarity, in your cardiovascular fitness, and even in your bone density.  If you already walk or otherwise engage in aerobic exercise daily, and are still looking to lose some weight, add 15 minutes to your existing routine. Do this every single day, and you will see and feel the difference.

Remember this too; losing just 5% to 10% of excess weight is all it takes to see significant reductions in your risk for diabetes, cholesterol disorders (dyslipidemia), blood pressure, heart disease, to name just a few.

So what are you waiting for?





About Health

If You Have Got It, Flaunt It Amanda Holden

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If You Have Got It, Flaunt It Amanda Holden

This woman has style, grace, beauty and an ease in front of audiences.  Her body is phenomenal, toned and honed and she can literally wear anything, why then, should she not do so.

To my horror, shock and amazement I have read that there has been a backlash against her for wearing this stunning dress featured because it had sheer panels on the legs.  Has the world gone mad?  These TV personalities are as much fashionistas as they are show hosts/judges etc.

Personally, I think La Holden’s sense of style and grace is the epitome of glamour, and if it is sometimes risque then that too.

The whole point as I am led to believe (I don’t watch this show) is that it is a style-off for the panel and a chance for them to parade beautifully in stunning designs of clothing, accessories and make up so that they can grace the pages of magazines and newspaper columns counting the inches they have covered and yet covet.

This woman is gorgeous, let us leave her alone.  We seem to be suffering from ‘tall poppy syndrome’ here in the UK, it is an ugly business wanting to chop down and size down those that undeniably stand out from the crowd.  There will always be enough sun for every person, success doesn’t increase the more you starve it away from others.










Amanda Holden Twitter image

A Day At The Races








A Day At The Races

Are you a Mad Hatter, during Ascot week, it is perfectly sensible to go head wear potty! after all barring events such as Weddings and Christenings when else do you get the chance?

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive in an open carriage on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


Royal Ascot is renowned for fashion, food, celebrity and just having a great time.  The outfit is just as important but should play second fiddle to the millinery, accessorising with the finishing touches.


Remember to choose the fit and style that most accentuates your bodyshape, then pair with a classy clutch and heels.  You will always look your best when you feel comfortable and exude elegance.  Head over to Reiss for the epitome of glamour and style.  Their collections are always spot on trend and manage to capture the essence of a British woman, looking cool, calm and collected.  Avoid anything too fussy, or difficult to wear as you will be sporting this outfit all day and want to appear as well turned out at the end of the full on event as you began it!



Lending a stately feel to the proceedings, no day would be complete without the dining experience.  There are a number of restaurant and catering options including michelin and fine dining.

Enjoy your day whether you are getting dressed up to experience the feel of it, or the full on proceedings.





Royal Ascot


Rare Tea Company







Perfecting The Art Of Selfies

couple of dog taking a selfie together with a smartphone







Perfecting The Art Of Selfies

However experienced you are with the art of the perfect selfie, new problems run interference such as direct sunlight…To pose in the shade or face that sun head on!  How will our make up fare in these conditions?  Taking selfies can be a breeze with patience follow hot on the heels of your mentors on instagram, be it at a musical festival or a lazy day with your pet pooch…

1. Be natural and yourself, who cares what expressions you pull? who knows it may just be one of the best photos you take that really capture the moment and your true emotion.

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2. Work In The Light? Or use the merits of the dark, whatever pose you are after will work best if reflecting around you.  Here we can see the glow that accents he true beauty and enigma of this shot.

demi lovato

3.  Remember your SPF or use makeup with adequate protection.  Let the sun catch your features at interesting and gentle angles.

attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

4. If at first you don’t succeed! Actually just keep trying with different angles playing with the direction of the shot and take from as great a distance as you can manage.  Usually from the head down which causes us to lift up our faces and tilt our chins to produce a slimmer and complimentary image.


5. If you have a selfie stick and you are allowed to use it, then do so!!


You know that practice makes perfect, so work hard for your art!




Marie Claire











Remodel Your Butt With Buzz In 20 Minutes







Remodel Your Butt With Buzz In 20 Minutes

An Insanely Effective Butt and Leg Workout from BuzzFeed Life who approached Albert Matheny C.S.C.S co founder of Soho Strength Lab for this 20 minute HIIT to target the lower-body.  Go on…You know you want to!

If like me, you go to the gym because you feel you have to but when you are there you get quickly bored of the same old routine, here is something to change it up a bit with wonderful results promised.  Thanks to Shannon (and if we end up looking like her all will be well plus she eats pizza!!)

Ok so here it is:

Each circuit is two moves followed by a one minute wall sit.

1. Start with Circuit 1 which is 10 side lunges (10 on each leg), 10 squats. Do as many rounds of that circuit as you can in four minutes. Interval with a one-minute wall sit.

2. Move on to Circuit 2 which is 10 reverse lunges (10 on each leg), 30 mountain climbers (15 on each leg) and do the same thing: as many rounds as you can in four minutes and interval with a one-minute wall sit.

3. Continue for Circuit 3 which is 10 single deadlifts (10 on each leg), 10 glute bridges for four minutes and interval with a one-minute wall sit.

4. Finally go to Circuit 4 which is 10 squat jumps and 10 spider lunges (5 on each leg) for four minutes and finish with a two-minute cool down.

Don’t forget to warm up (take five minutes to get your heart rate up and your muscles warm and limber) and cool down with stretches.

I don’t know about you, but I feel better already!






Shannon Rosenberg