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DROP AND GIVE ME ZEN

Eve Armitage

Fresh Start founder Eve Armitage, Yogi Bare's Kat Pither & Yogability's Alecs Donovan combine forces to bring you DROP & GIVE ME ZEN. 

It was such an incredible afternoon full of food, fitness, and wellness and we are so delighted that you could be a part of it.

We wanted to say the biggest THANK YOU to anyone that joined us for the first event.

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Check out some of our pictures from the day as well as our highlight video below to relive those best bits with us all over again!

We will keep you posted on the next Drop & Give Me Zen which will be coming towards the end of June at another beautiful local location. Each session of the series will be set in a different location, experiencing the magic and wonder of Cardiff's beautiful and surprising outdoor spaces. 

The sessions will include an optional guest speaker talk and Q&A at the end. Each session focusing on a different topic from Nutrition, Sports Rehab, Stress & Anxiety Management and Girl Boss Business Starters.

Drop and Give Me Zen will leave you feeling connected, strong, empowered and in awe of your limitless potential. 

Balance Festival

Eve Armitage

Balance festival is a three-day celebration of food, fitness, music and wellbeing. The happy and healthy way to kickstart the festival season…There’s no better way to welcome the summer than with an event that celebrates the good stuff in life. There was everything from delicious food to fun fitness and accessible wellbeing (and that’s not forgetting the pleasure of a glass or two of prosecco).   

Although not exhibiting ourselves we joined fellow girlboss Kat from Yogibare to experience the weekend and lend a helping hand. The weekend was full of fun-loving foodies, fantastic fitness trainers, awe-inspiring yogis, and most importantly, real people with a quest to enjoy life. We have had an amazing weekend and feel so motivated and inspired. 

Here's a glimpse into what was on offer over the weekend.  

 Eat:

Mouth-watering menus designed by some of the UK’s best chefs and healthy restaurants. We discovered the medicinal properties of wholefoods with Dale Pinnock ‘The Medicinal Chef’ and healthy food-to-go with Stephanie Johnson’s Pollen + Grace. For the particularly ravenous, you can’t beat a good burger – healthy and hearty vegan burgers from Vurger. Each day we sampled a different main meal that was on sale as well as nibbling on all of the delicious samples. 

Drink:

Protein brand Neat Nutrition  provided post workout replenishment in their Refuel Café. Ozone Coffee Roasters shared their insights on the best nut milk pairings for your coffee. The cherry infused almond milk cold brew latte was to die for!  Fancy something harder? We did after a long day on our feet. Balance Festival had us covered, with bars dedicated to some of the finer things in life. Clean cocktails from Twisted Halo really helped us unwind after the long days. They were absolutely delicious, cocktails made from coconut water and vodka...yes please! 

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Learn: 

The Live Cooking Theatre had lots of exciting demos scheduled. Plant-based workshops from Bettina Campolucci of Bettina’s Kitchen, we learnt all there is to know about fermented foods with Irena Macri of Eat Drink Paleo, and found out how to use turmeric three different ways with The Flexi Foodie, Julie Montagu. We were front row for the ultimate Fitness Feast hosted by Zanna Van Dijk, and also featuring Healthy Chef Steph, The Food Medic, and Clean Eating Alice. Trying not to fan girl to hard was difficult. The workshop we felt most inspired by was the Kombucha demo with Gina from Wildfizz Kombucha. It's been a while since we last made a batch, I think it's time to grab a SCOBY and get brewing again. 

 Sweat: 

We were introduced to a whole host of London’s best fitness offerings, from Another Space, Equinox and Barry’s Bootcamp to Boom Cycle, F45, UN1T, Xtend Barre and Triyoga. We got to try out new workouts with taster sessions, or go all out with a Balance signature collision-style workout, paring two different instructors from completely different disciplines to create a workout perfectly choreographed to a live DJ's. As we were helping out with Yogi Bare we didn't get a chance to try out every session and also didn't fancy being a sweaty mess all day. We had heard a lot about Barre around, it seems to be the new on trend workout. We gave it a go, I must admit you need to have some rhythm and coordination. We're definitely more suited to a spin or boxing class but it was good to try out a new style of workout, the ache was reeeal!  

And thats not it! I could continue listing all of the great activities and exhibitors from the weekend. Balance had everything covered. The latest sportswear, indie athleisure brands and tech weareables. Incisive talks and the in-depth debate has really been inspiring. From the industry-focused Health & Wellness Summit, to the discussions taking place in the LAB and the Welltodo Carreer Clinic, we got to access all the latest knowledge shaping up the world of wellness.

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Easter Cleanse

Eve Armitage

Happy Easter

Spring is known all around the world as the time of year when new beginnings are abound. In many places, winter fosters a more stagnant lifestyle fueled by heavy foods, excessive intake of alcohol and a lack of fresh air. Spring is also the mark of a new growing season, which creates an abundance of local produce for most regions. It’s the best time to up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and there is no better way to renew your body’s internal balance than to juice.


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Understanding seasonal changes can do a lot for health and well-being. Our internal clocks influence the way the body functions. Spring is a time for renewal and regen­eration, but that’s not just a metaphor. Winter weather stresses adrenal and thyroid glands, acidifies the blood, generates inflammation, and hinders circulation — add in our holiday indul­gences and inactivity during winter and you can see why spring becomes an ideal season for detoxification.

With the abundance of fresh green produce this time of year, spring and summer are the

best seasons to clean out stagnancy,reduce inflammation, and prepare for more activity. If we don’t take the right steps to support these transitions, chronic inflammation will increase with warm weather, stifling our vital energy, spiking allergies, and hindering long-term health.

We associates summer with the heart, joy, and happiness, and we couldn’t agree more. But to take advantage of these warm months, we need to get rid of anything that’s holding us back. In other words, we need to detoxify.


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Spring Time Detox

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Have you booked your spring detox?

Birds fly south, whales migrate, leaves turn red and fall off trees. Humans simply put on or take off a sweater. But our survival, just like the birds', depends on being connected to nature's cycles — and that includes detoxification cycles.

In the winter as the weather gets cold and dry, nature provides a harvest of nuts, grains, and ingredients for soups and stews. This is a nature-compatible higher protein, higher fat diet. This is why squirrels eat nuts — the nuts act as warming insulators for the long cold winter. This high-protein, high-fat time of year is when we store minerals, vitamins and nutrients as preparation for nature’s new year starting in the spring.

Spring's first line of duty is to detox all of the excess fats and proteins (including holiday food) we stored all winter. It is nature’s weight loss season.

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Understanding seasonal changes can do a lot for health and well-being. Our internal clocks influence the way the body functions. Spring is a time for renewal and regen­eration, but that’s not just a metaphor. Winter weather stresses adrenal and thyroid glands, acidifies the blood, generates inflammation, and hinders circulation — add in our holiday indul­gences and inactivity during winter and you can see why spring becomes an ideal season for detoxification.

With the abundance of fresh green produce this time of year, spring and summer are the

best seasons to clean out stagnancy, reduce inflammation, and prepare for more activity. If we don’t take the right steps to support these transitions, chronic inflammation will increase with warm weather, stifling our vital energy, spiking allergies, and hindering long-term health.

We associates summer with the heart, joy, and happiness, and we couldn’t agree more. But to take advantage of these warm months, we need to get rid of anything that’s holding us back. In other words, we need to detoxify.

 

How to prepare for and survive a detox

Eve Armitage

There are many health reasons to start juicing, it's a great way to stay healthy and to get all those vitamins and nutrients you need from vegetables and fruits! Raw juice has the natural flavours and all the nutrients from the vegetables and fruits and this alone should be one of your top reasons to start juicing!

THE METHOD

Set aside one day on the weekend in which you intend to juice. Replace each meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a raw cold pressed juice. And remember to drink lots of water or fruit teas to keep yourself hydrated in between juices.

IT’S A DETOX

Remember that you are supposed to be juicing to detox. To rid your body of waste and negative properties, you need to fully stick to the detox all day, so no caffeine, no dairy (milk) and no snacking in-between juices unless you snack on fruit. It’s only a few days of your life so really focus on healing your body and only putting good things into it.


THE BENEFITS

After a few days of detoxing You will feel AMAZING! With so much energy and giddy with happiness – hard to believe, right? But it’s true, you will feel fantastic inside and out. Your body will feel leaner, skin will feel clearer and you will have abundance of energy, all without a drop of coffee.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Juicing makes you reconsider your notions about health and energy. It's easy to get into the bad habits of turning to caffeine and junk food when you needed an instant pick me up. With juicing you realise that if you simply ate more fruit and vegetables every day, you would already be up – energised and ready to face the day.

SO NOW WHAT?

Once you discover juicing we would be surprised if you didn't stick with healthy eating. We would recommend increasing the number of fruit and vegetable portions into your daily diet and then every few months, if you feel yourself sinking into an unhealthy slump, rejuvenating yourself by having another detox day to replenish your body of missing nutrients. Try to incorporate juicing into your life and weekly routines.


Juicing is simple, and once you try it you will instantly feel the benefits. Don’t get carried away and juice all day every day – it is important to eat normally the rest of the time and find a healthy balance between eating carbohydrates, proteins and yes, even fats. However, every now and then you might want to return to juicing as a way to replenish your body and soul of missing nutrients. Juicing is simply an easy to way to eat more fruits and vegetables and increase your intake of vitamins, whilst taking a break from bad habits and junk food. It just so happens to have the same effect as drinking yourself skinny. So there you have it, the 7 secrets to detox juicing. When will you give juicing a try?

Calming Turmeric Latte

Eve Armitage

You may have seen these around and wondered what the fuss is all about. They make us feel soothed, relaxed and nourished, as you may be aware turmeric has heaps of health benefits the main being its an excellent anti inflammatory so that’s an added bonus. We wasnt convinced we would like these but they are super tasty especially with the addition of some ginger and cinnamon. They really help to unwind and we would definitely recommend for a little late night soother. Give this recipe a whirl and let us know what you think!

Check out our iInstagram story below to find out to make your own.

Mixed berry chia jam recipe.

Eve Armitage

Put away your canning equipment and bags of sugar my friends. There's a new jam in town this summer, and its name is chia. Yes, using the gelling power of these tiny little seeds we can transform a few cups of ripe fruit into a low-sugar, spreadable, spoonable jam in about 20 minutes. Here is what to do!

When making fruit jam with chia seeds, the seeds do all the work. Instead of cooking fruit down, relying on pectin, and adding sugar to help it set, like traditional jam, all we need to do is mash up some fruit and stir in a few tablespoons of chia seeds. Within a few minutes, the chia seeds will absorb the fruit juices and thicken it to a jammy consistency.

Mixed berry chia jam recipe.
 

Ingredients

200g of berries
4 tsb chia seeds
1 tsp agave (add more if you like it sweet)
1tsb Vanilla extract

Chia jam is a bit looser and more sauce-like than the kind of traditional, fully-cooked jam you buy at the store or make yourself when canning. It gets a bit thicker after some time in the fridge, but will never thicken to quite the same sturdy, sticky consistency of regular jam. But you can still spread it on toast, spoon it over yogurt, or stir it into porridge, just like usual!

Chia jam is, or at least can be, much less sweet than regular jam. Since we're not relying on sugar to help set the jam, we can add as much or as little sweetener as we want. Honey, agave, maple syrup can also all be used.

New YouTube video/ Turmeric immunity shot recipe

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There is a lot of exciting scientific research being done on the benefits of turmeric, there is no denying the healing properties of this wonderful spice! 

We also have our turmeric shots available to buy as a months supply via our website.

Whenever I feel cold symptoms creeping up on me, or when I am experiencing workout discomfort I turn to shots!  No, not the alcoholic ones at the bar.  I’m talking about wellness shots.

Shots are quick hits of concentrated nutrition.  One of my go to shots is Ginger, Lemon, and Turmeric. Although the quantity of liquid is small, it’s potent, gives you a burst of energy almost immediately, and boosts the immune system. You can make these shots in many different combinations to address different ailments. 

So, why lemon, ginger, and turmeric you may ask? 

Lemon is an immune system booster and provides a concentrated dose of vitamin C to the body.  They are natural detoxifiers and have a diuretic effect.  Lemons are extremely alkaline which makes them great for balancing the pH of the body. 
 

Ginger root is anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-histamine, it’s powerful! Ginger relieves body aches and pains, and settles the stomach.
 

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory root that can help to decrease muscle soreness after an intense workout. It also helps detox the liver and neutralizes free radicals which can lead to wrinkles, cellulite, and fatigue.
Here’s how to make the shot:

¾-1 whole lemon

1 thumb sized chunk of ginger

1-2 Teaspoons of fresh turmeric

BENEFITS OF TURMERIC:

Prevents cardiovascular disease at a magnitude comparable to that of 30-60 minutes of exercise per day

A safe and effective remedy for rheumatoid arthritis

May work as well or better than leading anti-inflammatory drugs for osteoarthritis. 

A powerful antioxidant

Decreases the damaging effects of lupus on the kidneys

May reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

You can increase the bioavailability of turmeric by combining it with black pepper, which contains piperine, a potent inhibitor of drug metabolism, meaning it slows the liver’s ability to eliminate the curcumin. Even just a pinch of pepper increases bioavailability by 2000%! Also eating it with fat helps it travel through the lymphatic system, bypassing the liver and increasing absorption.

Motivation tips to beat the February blues

Eve Armitage

You started off the New Year with lofty goals and boundless enthusiasm, but come February you may find your inspiration lacking. February blues are a result of the lull that occurs around this time of year after the festivities of the New Year. From November to January 1st we have a lot to look forward to and abruptly it seems to end. The winter blues not only affect your mood and can hinder your social life, but can impact your productivity at work.

Read below for some tips to beat the seasonal blahs, plus a little discount to help you get back on track:

 

STAY HYDRATED

Hydration is key for numerous bodily processes, and it also helps to make our skin and digestion better. This year, treat yourself to a pretty water bottle, or one that indicates how much water you need to drink by certain times of the day. Stay hydrated to decrease hunger and fluid retention, as well as stave off that hangover if you've really overindulged. Coconut water and good old room temperature water sipped on every 15 minutes is a great way to counteract dehydration and therefore decrease hunger cravings. Drink 1-2 glasses of room temperature water before each meal to decrease hunger and increase hydration, which is often mistaken for hunger.

GROW YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK

This is someone, or people, who you trust and feel comfortable calling on for help and motivation when you feel it is lacking. These people will also help you stand accountable for your actions, which helps with your progress. Make a point to connect with three friends or colleagues you haven’t spoken to in a while.

"Surround yourself with a positive network of friends and colleagues. A positive environment will help lift you and strive to be the best version of yourself"

MAXIMIZE YOUR EXPOSURE TO NATURAL LIGHT

Sure, it’s cold outside, but don’t let below-freezing temperatures cause your productivity and mood to plummet. Even a 10-minute outdoor walk can help raise your mood. Light enters the brain through the eyes and impacts serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that play a role in boosting mood. In the office, position your desk closer to a window to maximize your exposure to natural light. If you don’t have the option of repositioning your furniture, consider a light therapy box. These devices create artificial light that mimics natural light.

 

START WITH A HEALTHY BREAKFAST

You've probably noticed that if you have an unhealthy breakfast (looking at you, Egg McMuffin), you're more likely to eat unhealthy food for the rest of the day. Starting your day with a healthy brekkie, however, will make you feel more inclined to keep the day going well.

Start every day with a healthy, nutrient packed breakfast. Add in veg such as spinach and celery, and take a quality multi-vitamin and probiotic. Starting your day with a health kick will not only give you a good dose of nutrients for the day, but may also help curb your appetite and naughty habits later on in the day by reducing cravings.

Make breakfast time easier by ordering one of our juice boxes! Speed up your busy morning knowing you have a healthy option in reach.

Guilt-free Valentines Raw Caramel Chocolates

Eve Armitage

Raw Dark Chocolate ...with a smooth caramel filling!

Devilishly decadent, these raw chocolate need no introduction. Gluten-free, diary-free and refined sugar-free, they’re simple to make and oh-so-tasty (with none of the nasties)! This recipe for sugar-free chocolate caramels comes from Angelique Panagos. You will find the ingredients at your supermarket or local health store. 


Chocolate
1 cup Cacao Butter, chopped
2tbs Raw Cacao Powder
2tbs Rice Malt Syrup or Coconut blossom Nectar (to taste)
1 tbs Lacuma Powder
2tbs Coconut Milk
Pinch Sea Salt (optional)


Caramel filling

1 cup pitted Dates
2tbs Almond Butter
2tbs Rice Malt Syrup or Coconut Blossom Nectar
1tsp Honey
1tsp Coconut Oil
5tbs Cocao Butter

 

METHOD
 

  • Soak dates in hot water for 15mins.

 

  • Prepare a bain marie using a medium sized bowl. (To prepare a bain marie simply Place a bowl into a shallow bowl or saucepan of hot water to surround the inner bowl with a gentle heat.) 

 

  • Start preparing your filling by melting the 5tbs of cacao butter in the bain marie, stirring gently to aid the melting process. 

 

  • Add the melted cacao butter and all of the other ingredients for the filling to a blender and blend until you have a smooth, caramel cream paste.

 

  • Place the filling in a bowl and pop in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate.)

 

  • Prepare a new bain marie and melt the cup of diced cacao butter for the chocolate. Stir gently to aid the melting.

 

  • Add the melted cacao butter and all of the other ingredients for the chocolate to a blender and blend until you have a smooth but runny chocolate liquid.

 

  • In a silicone mould of your choice pour enough chocolate into each mould to create a base, this base should be 1/3 of the thickness of the finished chocolate and of the mould it is being set in. 

 

  • Set the remaining chocolate mixture aside.

 

  • Place the mould in the freezer for 5-10mins.

 

  • Spoon a small ball of caramel filling into each mould and press down lightly onto it a cold spoon.

 

  • Pour the remaining chocolate over the top of each mould. Do this with a spoon or piping bag.

 

  • Set in the freezer for 30-45mins.