April seemed to come and go so quickly and May is just as busy so I’m guessing the same speed for this month too. We have a healthy afternoon tea party at the studio this weekend for members, Tough Mudder and another bank holiday. Planning, preparation and being extra organised is the key to success this month
What To Eat In May
Rhubarb and Asparagus are in season this month. Rhubarb is great for puddings and sweet treats, combined with stem ginger or cinnamon, while asparagus is nice griddled with salt, pepper and sprinkles of parmesan cheese or dunked in eggs instead of bread. I’ve pinned a few recipes on my pinterest board if you want some more ideas.
My Favourite Cook Books
Cook books are a good thing to collect and I often get asked which ones I recommend. Below I have listed some of my favourites and would included in the members starter packs. They’re listed in no particular order as I like them all equally.
- Madeline Shaw ~ Get The GlowReady Steady Glow
- Ella Woodward ~ Deliciously Ella/Every Day (vegetarian)
- Lee Holmes ~ Eat Yourself Beautiful Supercharged Food
- Hemsley and Hemsley – The Art Of Eating Well/Good +Simple
- Sarah Wilson ~ I Quit Sugar Simplicious
- Amelia Freer ~ Cook Nourish Grow
- Gizzi Erskine ~ Gizzis Healthy Appetite
- Jamie Oliver ~ Everyday Super Food
And if you’re after a book solely for sweet treats then Livia’s Kitchen: Naturally Sweet and Indulgent Treats will give you inspiration to bake healthier alternatives.
The weather is due to warm up this week and the unveiling my porcelain white skin is imminent. It’s taken its time to arrive but the sunshine should be making an appearance in the UK very soon. Outdoor fitness is still increasingly popular and most of all it’s free! I know will power and commitment plays a huge part but there’s no better motivation to take your training outdoors than the sunshine.
Here’s 5 benefits to step outdoors:
- Vitamin D from natural daylight. It strengthens your bones, immune system and improves your mood.
- Outdoor scenery has more stimulation for your brain. Beats looking at the same four walls.
- Psychological benefits aswell as physiological benefits. Good for lowering stress, reducing anxiety and improves your mood.
- More challenging. To run outside rather than on a treadmill is physically more challenging. You’re muscles are working to project you forward rather than just keeping up with the belt.
- Different terrains will give you a varied workout each time. Change your route, duration, intensity and location each time.
We have lots of outdoor sessions planned for the warmer months. If you would like to try one out, just reply to this email and I’ll book you in.
Thought Of The Week ~ “If I could give one tip for people – it’s not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It’s to walk your talk and believe in yourself, because at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don’t get you in shape. It’s your accountability to your word.” ~ Brett Hoebel