Training & Mental Focus! Ideas & How To!

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Training & Mental Focus! Ideas & How To!

Build Resilience to reach your peak mental fitness

Resilience is one of the best qualities you can have – it helps you face and recover well from pressure, difficulties and crises and leads to confidence, enthusiasm and high performance.

Resilient people know that setbacks, even serious ones, are part of life, and can be overcome. They don’t have a victim mindset – instead they know they can take charge of their own situation. Recognising they have good options to choose from when facing difficulties increases their confidence and self-worth, so resilient people thrive under pressure and emerge from difficult times stronger than before, establishing a positive and self-perpetuating cycle and feeling mentally tough.

In contrast, people who are not very resilient think setbacks mean they lack personal qualities and ability. They feel vulnerable, and fearful of pressure. They avoid challenges and restrict opportunities to build confidence and self-esteem. This results in a self-fulfilling negative view – “I can’t manage that very well so I won’t try…I couldn’t even try that so that means I can’t manage…”. Imagine a person wanting to learn to ride a bicycle, but their fear of falling stops them from pedalling – they’ll never learn. It’s essential to try, accepting that it might be difficult at first and an occasional fall is likely, in order to build skills and confidence.

You can build resilience and reach the peak of your mental fitness by learning skills to develop a resilient mindset, so you thrive under pressure, maximise performance and feel confident. Resilience provides you with an effective psychological buffer that helps to protect you from unexpected setbacks, serious life events, ongoing stress, pressure and burnout.

Try out the app ResilientME for free at and build your own resilience to reach your peak mental fitness.

Every activity comes with its own mental challenges, from puzzling over golf to rugby.

But they all have one thing in common: mental focus and emotional fitness. Being able to concentrate, get into flow and excel at whatever you set your mind to – despite setbacks – is crucial for getting ahead in any field. While eliminating distractions and noise is very helpful to be able to centre yourself, there is an additional human aspect that has been making headlines: emotional intelligence, EQ. Research shows that EQ is actually a lot more important to success in the workplace and in relationships than IQ. With well-rounded emotional intelligence, people understand their own emotional reactions and that of others better and are able to respond accordingly. Even more important, they can regulate their own feelings, allowing themselves to reflect on WHY and HOW to act in stressful situations.

Say you are very nervous before a big game. A typical response to fear is anger, which may lead to you attacking an opponant in an aggressive way, resulting in a foul that hurts your team. But if you understand and know why you are acting the way you are, you have several different options that can help you manage the situation:

– You can implement breathing techniques that allow your mind to settle down

– You can get a team member to show support

– You can acknowledge the fear without reacting to it, harnessing excess energy without attacking an opponent, etc, etc

Emotional intelligence is key to being mentally balanced and happy, and there are tools to getting better at it. An award-winning mobile game that launched last week called eQuoo is now available in the iTunes App and Google Play Stores. The game teaches you psychological skills in a fun way, taking you on an interactive adventure where you need the skills to level up in the game. The best part of the game, though, is when you find yourself using those skills in the real world and discover how much smoother life can be.

Paccheri & Zucchini
Large Tube Pasta & Zucchini

Our Italian summer garden is brimming under the warm Mediterranean sun. Eggplant, basil (we have lemon, licorice and cinnamon basil ), capers, cucumbers, lemons, beets, tomatoes and zucchini are just a sampling.

Did you know that zucchini are male or female and one cannot exist without the other. You can tell the blossoms apart because the male flowers have a single, long stamen covered with pollen, while the females have a stigma with multiple stems inside the blossom. As the zucchini plant grows, the female blossoms mature into a squash, while the male flowers (which fertilize the females ) simply remain a flower.

Botanically speaking, zucchinis are a prolific fruit that can be prepared in a variety of ways. In celebration of our summer harvest, we’re cooking-up paccheri & zucchini, our favorite, and sharing it with you!

Happy Cooking!

Paccheri & Zucchini
Large Tube Pasta & Zucchini
Serves 4-6

1 small onion, finely chopped
4 medium size zucchini, cut into coin shapes
Extra virgin olive oil
Heavy cream (approximately 1/3 of a cup), to taste
1 fresh bunch of basil
300 g Paccheri pasta
Grated Parmigiano cheese, to taste
Sea salt and pepper, to taste


In a large frying pan, heat a generous drizzle of olive oil and sauté the onion till golden brown. Add the zucchini and a generous amount of fresh basil, torn by hand. Salt to taste and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes over a very high heat. Add a little water and cook for a further 10 minutes over a medium heat.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt to taste, and cook the pasta until al dente. Save a cup of the pasta water and put to the side. When the pasta is cooked al dente (about 2 minutes before preferred taste), drain and add to the pan with the zucchini. As the pasta blends with the zucchini, add several generous swirls of heavy cream. Sauté and fold it togehter, adding a little of the pasta water if too dry. Turn the heat off, remove the pan from the stove and add the Parmesan cheese. Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

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After 30 years as an accomplished financial advisor with family owned businesses planning their succession, Stacey saw a need for leadership training for companies and teams to succeed. So she created additional companies on her own, Succeed With Stacey and Lead and Succeed Resources. They are designed for customized leadership strategies for corporations, teams and associations. Not all are leaders but people can learn to become them using the right methods.

Stacey will work with her clients to make sure that every facet of their leadership objectives are accomplished. Whether it is one on one coaching, small group recurring monthly masterminds and/o her inspirational team buliding exercises or a combination of all, the importance to her is that people grow themselves. Just as important her audience so they are part of the programs.

She is also a keynote speaker internationally on personal development and leadership and an Executive Director and Coach with The John Maxwell team.

Her newest book was just published in July, Train Your Brain: 5 Ways to Master Your Mindset and Achieve Your Life Goals.

Searching for God in the Garbage documents how to recover from eating addictions joyfully by nourishing the soul.

5.0 out of 5 starsThought provoking read!Bysara jacsynon June 7, 2018Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseVery genuine, extremely well written and so relatable! Easy read and thought provoking. I really enjoyed this peek into the author’s very personal journey. I’m so impressed with the depth of the topics explored here!Bracha Goetz
Author of 37 books to help children’s souls shine: and the new memoir for adults only,

Searching for God in the Garbage

Victory Dance Foods® Wins the Day (and the sofiTM) with

Its All-Natural, Gluten-free, Juiced Garden Granola®

Chicago – Jennifer and Madeline McCarthy, cofounders of Victory Dance Foods®—creator of delicious, superfood-rich, gluten-free granolas and muesli—are preparing a new victory dance.’s because the mother/daughter team’s Garden Granola®–the world’s first juiced granola—has been awarded a 2018 sofi™ Bronze Award in the Granola/Cereal category, which they’ll collect at the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show, held June 30-July 2.

In addition to showcasing their products at the sofi Awards Meet ‘n Greet event, they’ll be exhibiting in Incubator Village, River Pavilion, with fellow members of The Hatchery Chicago.

Launched in 2015, the company’s mission is to create scrumptious, gluten-free breakfasts and snacks that kick off the day on a nutritious, energized note.

In addition to Garden Granola—“the love child of fresh cold press juice and granola”—Victory Dance Foods offers its own take on muesli (featuring ancient grains and superfood nuts and seeds) and Granuesli®, a hybrid of granola and muesli created with athletes in mind.

What makes Victory Dance Foods unique is the purity—and originality—of its ingredients. More than gluten-free, all products are free of dairy, soy and refined sugar. The McCarthy’s are careful to use only minimally-processed, non-GMO, largely-organic ingredients. The Garden Granola and muesli are vegan.

The ingredient lists hold some pleasant surprises. For example, Garden Granola is made with organic beetroot—which lends the product its vibrant pink color—and peeled ginger, which adds a clean, zesty finish.

“We believe that what you eat, especially in the morning, affects how you feel and perform all day,” says Madeline, a certified, holistic health coach. “Eating clean, revitalizing superfoods will keep your mood and energy levels up all day.”

Like many specialty food companies, Victory Dance Foods began with a personal quest. Madeline, a Division 1 water polo player, fell ill during her senior year at Princeton. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

“Completely cutting out gluten proved to be challenging,” says Jennifer, a retired RN, who like her daughter, holds an MBA and certification in plant-based nutrition.

“Maddie was always a big breakfast person, so we started experimenting with different combinations of gluten-free grains, seeds and nuts to create yummy, satisfying cereals.”

Thus, their muesli was born. Now feeling healthy, Madeline started training for an Ironman triathlon. Her need for increased calories and fuel led to the creation of Granuesli, made with honey and bananas to create the perfect balance of protein and complex carbs. Then, Madeline’s passion for fresh pressed juices led them to their most innovative experimentation yet: adding juiced vegetables to granola. The end result: their signature Garden Granola.

The McCarthy’s shared their unique foods with friends and family (which includes five daughters and five grandchildren), who encouraged them to go into business. Today, Victory Dance Foods can be found in select specialty grocers, primarily in the Midwest, and at, where they are sold as following:

8 oz. Pouch

Garden Granola $10.55 (also sold in an 8 oz. bottle for $10.55)

Muesli $8.55 (choose Cranberry Apple Pecan or Cherry Almond Hemp)

Granuesli $9.55 (choose Blueberry Buckwheat Almond or Cherry Almond Chia)

2 oz. Pouch

Garden Granola $3.75

Muesli $3.25 (same flavors)

Granuesli $3.55 (same flavors)

Last year, the McCarthy’s moved production to a dedicated gluten-free kitchen in Chicago, where products consistently test at 5ppm or below. They continue to expand distribution.

“It’s a marathon,” says Madeline. “Our goal is to give people the breakfast fuel they need to not only triumph over daily challenges but celebrate each day.”

Lifestyle Wellness Gadgets from Sunbeam! Perfect for Post Workout/Sports! Heated Back Wrap with Shiatsu Massage & Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap

NEW Sunbeam Heated Back Wrap with Shiatsu Massage ($89.99): provides a combination of heat and massages to relieve all your aches and pains. Targeted heat from the wrap helps to warm and relax the muscles while the kneading action massages tight, injured muscles. With a waist strap to hold it in place, the wrap provides added mobility and convenience while in use, so you can get the relief you need – hands-free.

Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap ($49.99): provides soothing relief for the neck and shoulders by delivering therapeutic, relaxing heat directly to areas of stress for maximum pain and muscle relief. This heating pad contours to the neck and shoulders, delivering hands-free relief.

Some extra images of these devices!


CityDietitians is a group of world leading dietitians offering nutritional expertise from a background of research and clinical excellence.

We offer clinics and seminars in central London and can offer Skype consultations for those living further afield. Our work and research covers sports and exercise nutrition as well as all other nutrition related medical conditions such as bowel problems; diabetes and weight management.
The vital role of nutrition in achieving optimal physical fitness is well documented and accepted but certainly isn’t free from faddy and anecdotal advice. CityDietitians can offer specialist, personalised sports nutrition advice based on the latest research and tailored to your needs.
An area that has been overlooked in the past is the vital role of nutrition in mental health and wellbeing and this in optimising mental performance for focus and concentration in sport.
It has been robustly proven that people with mental health difficulties commonly have vitamin and mineral deficiencies and we are now seeing the benefit of vitamin and mineral supplementation on mental health conditions. This highlights the importance of optimising nutrition to achieve focus and for managing stress in amateur and professional athletes. CityDietitians can ensure that your diet is optimised to achieve the mental and physical focus you need to feel your best and perform at your peak.
CityDietitians is involved in research into the impact of poor nutrition on how our brains respond to and recover from head injuries and concussion. In the future, the diets of those participating in impact sports is likely to be include advice around how nutrition can improving the elasticity of the brain cells to prevent concussion and lessen it’s impact when it does occur.
For more information on how nutrition can optimise your performance please contact or visit our website

Find them:- @CityDietitians on instagram and on twitter!

How to assess if you have tight hips and quads

Running, walking and playing sports such as rugby requires both flexibility as well as strength in the hip and glute area.

Strong glute muscles are required to give you the power to push your body forward and maintain momentum when running . However if your hips and quads are tight, your glutes will not be able to fire as well as they should, in order to give the power required.

A certain amount of hip and quad flexibility and mobility is required for the hip to extend.

Pilates is a great form of exercise to help you stay strong in the glutes and also flexible in the hips. It is a great addition to weight and cardio training as it helps you keep a good balanced muscular system, which in turn prevents pain and also injury.

Other forms of exercise don’t often focus as much on balancing the muscular systems as Pilates. Pilates is used not only for rehabilitation of injuries but also prevention because it focuses a lot on the deep stabilizing muscles of the body (rotator cuff, transverse abdominis, vmo) as well as the big global mobilizing muscles (quads, glutes, biceps). Generally weight training focuses on the global muscles.

Today I will show you how to assess if you have tight quads and hips, which may be preventing you from getting the power you need, to run at your optimal level.

Start by lying face down on your tummy.

You can rest your hands, face down under your forehead for comfort.

Keeping both hips on the floor, see if you can lift one leg off the floor while keeping it straight.

If you struggle to firstly keep the leg straight, and secondly not be able to lift the leg off the floor without lifting your hip, you need to work on improving your flexibility in the hip and quad of that leg.

The goal is to be able to extend the leg past the hip and keep it straight. This demonstrates good range of motion in the hip that is required to give you that running power.

Try this test on both legs.

If you would like more tips on how to assess strength and gain flexibility as well as information about Pilates head on over to my website and check out the blog. Be sure to sign up to have it delivered directly to your inbox. Sign up here;

If you would like to try Pilates from the comfort of your own home you can get 7 days FREE access to online Pilates Studio; The Core Fit Club, here

Knock your socks off
Global sporstwear company enhances infrared compression socks

KYMIRA Sport, globally renowned performance and recovery enhancing sportswear expert, has evolved its collection of KYnergy infrared compression socks, to offer an enhanced level of support and comfort for wearers taking part in running, cycling, winter sports or hiking trips.
Made from KYMIRA Sport’s signature fabric embedded with KYnergy infrared technology, the compression socks are designed with support bands and ribbed cuffs and have been improved to include a thicker knitted material, better cushioning for the toes and a wider heel area to provide a heightened level of support for the calf muscles during exercise.
What’s more, due to the KYnergy infrared technology that captures the energy produced by the human body during exercise and re-emits it back into muscles, the socks will help to increase muscle oxygenation, increase circulation and regulate body temperature – benefits that will aim to improve performance and speed up recovery times.
Tim Brownstone, CEO and Founder of KYMIRA Sport, commented: “We’re delighted to have enhanced our compression socks. These improvements are based on our wearers’ feedback. Designed with our KYnergy infrared technology, the compression socks will assist pro and amateur athletes and we recommend people wear these for 30 minutes prior to exercise, during and for at least one hour after to get the most out of them.”
For more information, please visit

 Rebel Chocolate is so gorgeous but also, the scientists who run the company have made it healthier delicious chocolate! I never thought that was possible, but it is!


Rebel Chocolate are a small chocolate company based in Glasgow. Run by two scientists, they are on a mission to bring healthier chocolate to the people of Britain and beyond.

Did you know that most milk chocolate contains a frightening 50 – 60% sugar and excess sugar consumption is a major contributor to the world obesity epidemic? At Rebel Chocolate we are rebelling against the chocolate norm and believe chocolate does not have to be filled with cheap and unhealthy ingredients. Their milk chocolate contains 1) half the sugar compared to market leaders; 2) 25% protein for nutritional enrichment; 3) 57% cocoa, twice as much as market leaders; and 4) no lactose, making it available to millions of lactose-intolerant people. We use some of the best cocoa in the world so our chocolate tastes amazing but is more nutritionally balanced, making it a far healthier treat.

At the moment they have 4 delicious varieties:

“Belgian – Classic milk chocolate made using cocoa sourced from one of Belgian’s leading chocolate producers.

Single Origin Colombian – To make this wonderful chocolate we use “Fino de Aroma” cocoa from the Huila region of Colombia. “Fino de Aroma” is an International Cocoa Organisation classification which only the best 8% of the world’s cocoa falls under. Our Colombian chocolate is rich, dark and full of flavour.

Single Estate Madagascan – To make our Madagascan milk chocolate we use cocoa from the naturally organic Sambirano valley in Madagascar. The chocolate is light in colour and has a delicious tropical/fruity flavour.

White – Our white chocolate is made with lots of cocoa butter and nearly 50% less sugar than supermarket rivals. It is buttery, creamy and delicious. It is also our highest protein content chocolate with 28% protein.”

Rebel Chocolate – A Brief History

April 2018


We moved from home kitchen into a small workshop in February 2017. We have now successfully tested the market, with quarter on quarter increases in sales. Our sales model is 1) direct through our website and attending events; and 2) trade via retail stockists. Our chocolate is now stocked in 27 retail stores across Scotland, Wales and England; a figure growing each month.


Our vision is to make a significant impact on the fight against obesity by providing healthier chocolate. We are currently exploring funding opportunities and our 12 month goal is to establish a factory allowing increased production from 25kg to 200kg per week. This will allow us to increase sales within the UK and pursue export routes. Within 2 years we plan to sell throughout Europe and North America, and within 5 years worldwide. Importantly, our milk chocolate is lactose free, making it particularly attractive to Asian countries, where lactose-intolerance rates are 80 – 100%. Finally, innovation is at our core and we already have a number of novel “healthier” chocolate products ready for commercial production.

How good is our tap water really?

As conversations continue to build and research evolves surrounding the dangers of microplastics in our drinking water, the consumers attention will begin to shift from the dangers of bottled water, to start questioning how good and ultimately how safe is home tap water to drink? A survey conducted by The Organisation of Responsible Business (ORB) in 2017, found plastic microfibres in 83 percent of the tap water tested. Although much lower than bottled water, the issue of plastic particles entering various supply systems seems to be a problem that is only going to worsen over time. And with such stories emerging of microplastics invading all ‘clean’ water supplies, consumers are ultimately starting to question how good their water supply is, its potential impact on their health in the future and what can be done right now to make water taste great and be the very best quality it can be.

So, is there more to tap water than meet’s the eye?
Just because we cannot see contaminants in our drinking water doesn’t mean they’re not there. The water all of us drink can contain disinfectants, heavy metals, bacteria, cysts, rust and plastics. And this is even after being cleaned and authorised as drinkable at a water treatment plant – based on current testing standards. In the UK, individual water authorities treat our drinking water in different ways (for example some add fluoride, others don’t). However, the water that comes out of the tap has had to travel down many miles of pipes between the water treatment works and the kitchen tap. Chemicals, usually chlorine, must be added to the water to keep it fresh (but this affects the taste and odour) and there is always the possibility that it will pick up other contaminants along the way (possibly lead from pipes, which could still supply older properties).

Great taste without the waste
A quality water filter will remove the bad contaminants being discussed here and ensure that all essential minerals beneficial to health remain. The result is a great tasting, natural flavour, but many of the filtering jugs available on the market and common in the home for example, are not quite as efficient as many might think. Jugs can lose more than 50% of their filtration efficiency within just two weeks, therefore falling short of the expected filtration performance in removing chlorine and no match for the disinfectants, heavy metals, bacteria and plastic the user thought were being removed, but ultimately aren’t.

However, Doulton® water filters (which connect directly to a mains cold water supply), are manufactured with a unique ceramic pore structure as opposed to a plastic unit to give an absolute filtration rating of 99.99%+ to eliminate pathogenic bacteria and sub-micron particles. Great-tasting, clean water from a Doulton® water filter is full of healthy minerals and is proven to consistently remove contaminants on a long-term basis, directly from the tap – in an instant. Other water filter systems often remove naturally occurring minerals at the same time they remove contaminants from drinking water, leaving an empty, tasteless liquid. Doulton® water filters are carefully designed to take out bad contaminants and stay odour-free, whilst protecting the natural, healthy minerals that make water taste great – taking the bad stuff out and leaving the good stuff in. A huge point of difference compared to others brands available when it comes to improving the look, taste and smell of tap water.

Source: Euromonitor.

Ceramic instead of plastic
Located in North Staffordshire, the heart of the UK’s traditional pottery industry, Doulton® water filters harness the power of ceramics – one of the oldest and most effective methods of water filtration. It was back in the 19th Century, that Henry Doulton invented the concept of the ceramic candle water filter. He discovered that filtering water through porous ceramic would prevent people from falling ill due to cholera and other waterborne diseases. Doulton® continues to build on his life’s work today, by using naturally occurring raw materials, allowing them to be easily disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way. The anti-bacterial properties of Doulton® water filters inhibit microbiological growth and prevent any removed bacteria from regenerating on the ceramic element. The manufacturing facility is accredited by BS EN ISO 9001 International quality standards and the brand also holds the coveted NSF® and WRAS certification. Doulton® is proud to be a British pioneer in providing the World with clean drinking water for nearly 200 years.

Healthy water: full of minerals and full of taste. The Doulton difference.
Rolf Jackson, Head of European Sales for Doulton commented, ‘’fundamentally we make tap water better in both taste and quality, by taking the bad stuff out and leaving the good stuff in. Our unique ceramic filters – retain the essential minerals in tap water where they should be, making it the very best it could possibly be, whilst removing any chlorine, heavy metals and bacteria at the same time.’’

Introducing Doulton’s at home filtration system’s direct from the tap

HCS & Ultracarb® – kitchen work top filtration unit
The HCS is a quality Stainless Steel housing, which is extremely easy to install and uninstall to a kitchen mains water supply/tap, making it portable to use at a mix of locations for those living/working across various spaces. It fits to most common threaded kitchen taps via a diverter valve.
Full product spec available upon request. RRP £188.90

Royal Doulton ELITE – complete under-counter system

Including a complete installation kit (suitable for self-installation or via a professional plumber), this under the counter filtration system is convenient to use and delivers Royal Doulton® water straight from the tap (including an indicator light to alert the user when the ceramic filter needs replacing). It’s also super economical to use. One Royal Doulton® ELITE filter = 3,800 litres of drinking water. The filter housing is patented with a quick change design and an auto-water safety shut off feature. The Royal Doulton® filter produces 80% less plastic waste than other filter cartridges available. Replacement ceramic filters can be purchased online direct from the manufacturer.
RRP: £249.95

Taste Bottle – for life on the go

Reusable water bottles are now part of the mainstream, but when it comes to filtering out the bad stuff, Doulton® are a league above their competitors. Why? Because the water treatment within the filtering cartridge is far superior to any other. In fact, other popular bottle ‘filter’ brands do not make any particle filtration claims, whereas the Doulton® Taste Bottle takes out 96% of chlorine to improve taste and odour of water and 99% of heavy metals such as lead.

Capacity: 550ml
PET and BPA plastic free
Carry handle included
Cartridge capacity: 4 months (replacement filters available)
Cartridge cost per litre is 3p compared to 85p of bottled water
RRP: £14.95

Distributed in 140 Countries across the globe, Doulton® has received multiple industry certifications and actively promotes an eco-friendly ethos by making products that are derived from naturally-occurring raw materials.


Introducing Fit Escape – FizzUp’s pocket workout programme for summer

You can take a break, but your fitness routine doesn’t have to

You’ve changed your money, messaged all your friends about how excited you are, and have even sat on your suitcase to squeeze in the last of the suncream, shorts, beach towels and sunglasses. But you no longer have to close the door on your fitness routine!

FizzUp – the innovative personal training app, with meal planners, workout programmes and supportive advice – has created a new programme, Fit Escape, specifically for when people are abroad. Fitness fanatics, beginners, and those who are persevering for a healthier lifestyle, can all enjoy a summer holiday without the gloom of “getting back on it” when they return.

Fit Escape is a series of approximately 20-minute workout routines to keep you active on holiday. The short workouts are all equipment-free and designed to maintain a level of fitness and keep you moving while you are away. Your personal trainer whilst travelling, Valerie – the fit flight attendant, will guide you through the series of light daily exercises that have been professionally created to stretch key muscle groups, increase your heart rate with cardio, and boost metabolism.

Valerie will also suggest summer meal options, that are not only delicious but healthy and complementing of your workout routine. Fit Escape-rs can use these as inspiration while eating out and sampling local cuisines.

Julien Lavault, Founder of FizzUp comments: “There’s a ridiculous pressure on us before we go on holiday – “get that bikini body”, or “bulk up for the beach”. I strongly disagree with anybody saying you need to look a certain way before baring skin. Nobody should feel pressured to improve their body before jetting off, but it’s natural that we want to look our best. The one fitness element I do agree with for the holiday season though, is keeping up a regular routine. Long holidays of two weeks can pose a major setback in any fitness routine, not to mention the excess wine, tapas and late night chips we all enjoy on summer getaways!”

Julien continues: “I’m proud to introduce Fit Escape as an easy solution for Brits to keep their fitness plans on track rather than downing tools. It’ll help them keep their end goals in sight and make it much easier when returning home! And squats and lunges are always easier on the beach with a beautiful coastal view right?!”

Fit Escape is available through the FizzUp app, which is available to download via Google Play and the AppStore.

ElevateYOU the online Success Gym for the Mind.

Everyone works out their body and now it is time to start to work out your mind to achieve the next level of success.

ElevateYOU is the online mind gym and includes:
– 45 minute mindset mastery training,
-a monthly Q&A via Zoom where you can ask me anything
-a daily 10 minute audio brain boost so you can literally plug this into your life
– checklists and templates
– online Facebook community.

Let’s recap:

· You join at £39 a month for as long as you wish to be a member

· There are no fixed terms or contracts, and you can cancel your membership at any time

BioChef Arizona Sol 6 Tray Food Dehydrator on sale for £135

The BioChef Arizona Sol 6 Tray Food Dehydrator is our most compact dehydrator, perfect for small spaces or small batch dehydrating. This makes it a great appliance to take away on holiday in your caravan, or use it in advance to prepare and store healthy dehydrated snacks for on the road!

It’s a perfect dehydrator for beginners wanting to make their own healthy snacks like dried fruit and nuts or even meat jerky.

VibroSlim Radial 3D Vibration Machine for £299

A great product for anyone wanting to work out without stepping foot in the gym!
Utilising the most advanced vibration training technology, the VibroSlim Radial 3D will help you to improve your health and well-being, all in the comfort of your home.

Axis Compact Slow Juicer £135

✓ Compact & Lightweight – Great for Home or Travelling

✓ Entry Level Juicer – Perfect for Beginners with Best Value/ Performance

Our most popular juicer:

Atlas Whole Slow Juicer £249 Sale £214

✓ No need to chop/prepare produce as you can put in whole fruit/veggies!
✓ Largest feeding chute of any cold press juicer on the market – 8cm x 8cm

✓ Make fruit sorbets and nut butters with the included Sorbet Strainer!

Our newly launched AirFree Vacuum Blender £249

Using the AirFree’s revolutionary vacuum technology you can store your food and drinks for far longer than ever before. By removing the oxygen from the container, the AirFree Vacuum Blender reduces spoilage caused by oxidation.
You can now preserve your favourite smoothies, juices, sauces, dips and dressings using the AirFree’s Vacuum tumbler accessory. The 450ml tumbler is perfect for active lifestyles allowing you to keep on the move.
Preparing produce for your smoothies, juices and meals couldn’t be easier. Simply place the items inside the vacuum container and use the AirFree’s vacuum function to extract the air, which extends shelf life.
The included vacuum bags are perfect for storing dehydrated foods, nuts and seeds. You can even preserve leftover wine using the AirFree’s included wine stopper!



We have all experienced sprains and strains at some point in our lives, whether it be at the gym, on the sports field or even doing everyday activities at home or at work. The good news is that there is now a new gel on the market that can provide pain relief when we need it most! Norflex® Gel is a new anti-inflammatory gel which has been launched in South Africa to provide relief for strains and sprains as well as muscle, tendon or ligament injuries1.

Norflex® Gel is the first and only gel that offers everyday triple action2, which means that it provides anti-inflammatory (reduces the inflammation) 1, analgesic (relieves pain)1 and local anaesthetic (numbs the affected area to reduce pain) properties3.

It contains the active ingredient Benzydamine Hydrochloride1, which belongs to a family of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They work to reduce pain and inflammation in the body by reducing the production of hormone-like substances that promote the inflammatory response3.

Norflex® Gel provides easy to apply, on-the-go relief for conditions which include1, 3: Sprains, strains, sports injuries, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle pain (myalgia), bruising due to injury (contusions) and arthritis.

Although it is recommended for use as a short-term treatment for the symptomatic relief of painful inflammatory conditions, it should not be used for longer than 10 days uninterrupted treatment without consulting your doctor1.

Norflex® Gel, from iNova Pharmaceuticals, is currently available at leading pharmacies without the need of a prescription.

Norflex® Gel, brought to you by South Africa’s most prescribed muscle relaxant brand, will be available in both a 30 g and 75 g pack4.

Look out for the new Norflex® Gel or speak to your doctor or pharmacist about rub on relief for sprains, strains and muscle injuries.

This editorial has been commissioned and brought to you by iNova Pharmaceuticals. Content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.


1. Norflex® Gel approved package insert, September 2001

2. South African Medicine Price Registry. Database of Medicine Prices. [Online] 2018 February 12 [cited 2018 February 20]; Available at URL:

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4. Impact Rx. Script Data – Jan 2018.

Platinum is the newest member of the OsteoEze® family.

“Platinum is a lot of things: it’s hair, it’s diamonds and platinum,” says award winning country music artist Miranda Lambert. And, now, it’s OsteoEze®.
OsteoEze® is proud to announce the launch of OsteoEze® Platinum with clinically proven UCII ®
Collagen, a complete joint care solution in a small, once a day capsule.
OsteoEze® Platinum with clinically proven UCII® collagen:
• maintains healthy joints,
• produces and repairs cartilage,
• reduces pain, swelling and discomfort,
• improves mobility, flexibility,
• reduces stiffness,
• helps to reduce joint pain associated with exercise, and
• improves knee extension during exercise.
UCII® collagen, was discovered by Dr Moore, a chemical engineer looking for a solution for his 20 year old daughter’s crippling rheumatoid arthritis. Upon finding out that small quantities of chicken collagen produce a preventative effect, he further researched this theory and after significant research and testing was able to help ease his daughter’s condition with this ingredient.
“After undergoing rigorous third party tests, UCII® collagen, was found to support joint health, before and after exercise,” says Odette Vass, brand manager for OsteoEze®. “Found in everyday food, OsteoEze® Platinum, is both safe and well-tolerated in humans. Also, this new addition to the OsteoEze® family can be used by consumers with exercise causing joint pain from as young as 20 years old.”

Know the facts and get tested this #MensHealthMonth

By 1Life

Over the years, there have been many studies1 done to try prove that “men and women are polar opposites” in their approach to life, primarily due to the differences between the female and male brain. Scientists argue that these differences can be seen in how both genders view the world around them, approach relationships and even how they express themselves emotionally.

Another commonly spoken about area, where the genders are believed to differ slightly, is that despite the risks, men often neglect their health. In fact, according to Gregory Eccles, a psychologist in a private practice in Greenstone, this can be attributed to “the pace of modern living that keeps men from prioritising health above all the other demands on their time”, among other things.

Irrespective of which side of the fence you sit when it comes to gender polarity, when it comes to health –men too are affected and at risk of dread disease.

As we celebrate Men’s Health Month in June, it is just as important that men become educated around the most prevalent dread diseases that they are most prone to, including:

Prostate cancer:
Facts: Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in South African men and that 1 in 23 are likely to get this in their lifetime2 .
Difficulty/inability urinating (either when starting to urinate, or when trying to hold back
Weak flow of urine
Pain during urination or ejaculation
Blood in urine or semen
Frequent pain in your lower back
Lowering your risk: Early diagnosis can help save lives as it provides you with much higher survival rates. In fact, the 5-year survival rate for men with prostate cancer if detected early is – 98%. However, if detected late – this figure drops to 26%3! If you are over the age of 45, prioritise your annual prostate cancer screenings.

Heart attacks:
Facts: Two men die for every woman who dies of a heart attack4
Symptoms: It’s important to note that these symptoms vary according to individuals, however, according to the Heart Foundation5 some of the most common ones include:
An overwhelming sense of anxiety
Shortness of breath
Feeling light headed and dizzy
Abdominal pain, feeling sick, or vomiting
The pain can spread to your shoulders, arms, neck or jaw
Chest pain that could feel like pressure – tightness, discomfort or squeezing
Lowering your risk:
Adopt a healthy diet
Monitor and check your blood glucose levels regularly
Quit smoking
Ask your Doctor or healthcare practitioner to check your blood pressure regularly
Manage your cholesterol levels
Get fit, and maintain a healthy weight
Don’t fret the small things – manage your stress levels
Visit your doctor of healthcare practitioner for an annual ‘heart health’ check up

Facts: In 2016, 9723 men died of diabetes related complications in South Africa6.
Symptoms: According to Diabetes SA7, many people who have type 2 diabetes may not show any symptoms, however, some of the other symptoms to look out for include;
Unusual thirst
Frequent urination
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
Blurred vision
Frequent or recurring infections
o Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, boils and itching skin
Tingling and numbness in the hands or feet

Lowering your risk: Manage your lifestyle to help lower your risk of diabetes. This includes cutting back on sugars, starch, fatty foods as well as regular exercise.

When you consider the risks that these dread diseases pose on men’s health, it’s also just as important to consider the financial aspects associated with an unforeseen diagnosis on you as the patient as well as on your family. This is critical given that there are numerous expenses for treatment that medical aid does not cover including special diets, supplements and any other types of non-medical treatments that you may have to undergo.

So while it certainly is a ‘must’ to prioritise your health, and get better educated around common dread diseases affecting men, invest in dread disease cover to ensure that you have the financial protection you need against medical expenses not covered by your medical aid when you need it most. Get to know the facts and get covered today!










Everyday at Volta, one of the questions we constantly ask ourselves is “what can we do better, today?” It is borne out of our philosophy that if each day we do things incrementally better than we did the previous day, we will make better products, offer better services, have happier staff and ultimately more satisfied customers.

Many times, the answer to that question has come from our customers. This is why every new product or service we launch is better than the rest. We have successfully rolled out the Volta Magnetic Charging Cable, the Limited Edition RED Volta Cable, the Volta Magnetic Adapter and the Volta Right Angle Charging Cable. As a matter of fact, we have sold over 50,000 units in the past couple of months.

So we can assure you that when we set about creating the Volta 2.0, we had the above in mind. The Volta 2.0 is an upgrade, not only on the Volta 1.0 but also on any other charging cable you will find out there. Sporting a newer and sleeker design, we have retained all the features you loved from the Volta 1.0:

Rare Earth N52 Neodymium Magnets for the Magnetic Tip
18k Gold Plated Copper Core Plug
LED Light Indicator
18k Gold Plated Needles
Nickel Plated Interface (Anti-Oxidation & Corrosion Resistant)
Data Transfer

In addition to these, we have got the usual reversible fast charging head, anti-fray and tear protection due to our ultra strong military grade PVC and braided nylon. We have also extended charging support to 87W USB-C power adapter charging for 15-inch Macbook Pro and 60W 13-inch Macbook Pro.

But you want to know what the real icing on the cake is? USB POWER DELIVERY!

What’s the big deal about USB Power Delivery? Well, USB PD or USB Power Delivery will charge your device up to 70% faster than standard 5W charging* and provide more power to charge tablets and laptops quickly. **70% faster than 5W charging when charging a Google Nexus 6P or similar device from 0% battery.

Yes, you read that right! If that’s not an upgrade, we do not know what is.

The Volta 2.0 comes with a Lifetime Warranty and is compatible with all your devices.


YoToGo’s mission is to provide innovative products that enable people to eat healthy on-the-go!

YoToGo is a PATENTED insulated cooler for individual Greek yogurt cups. Each YoToGo comes complete with an ice pack and spoon and keeps yogurt cool for up to 3 hours. Although initially invented for yogurt, fans use YoToGo for hummus cups, applesauce, pudding, fruit, hard boiled eggs and so much more! The possibilities are endless!

With coffee shops and fast food on every corner it’s tempting to grab a high calorie snack when hunger strikes. With YoToGo, you can take a high protein yogurt or snack with you. YoToGo fits perfectly in a purse, briefcase, yoga/sports bag or backpack. Collapsible when finished eating. BPA free and dishwasher/washing machine safe.

The GrommetHere are a handful of innovative products that The Grommet has launched!

Reusable Adhesive Cold Pack

Price: $12.95

Sit back and relax or move around while icing sore muscles and joints—use a reusable, stick-on cold pack. A medical-grade, non-toxic nanogel lets this cold pack comfortably stick to your skin without irritating it or pulling out hair. Place the cover over the gel patch after each use and it can be reused over 100 times.

Massage Tool


Easy-to-use self-massage roller is great for your whole body, from your neck to feet. Helps relieve muscle knots, aches, cramping, spasms, and stiffness.

The FRoller
Ice Massager

Price: $49.95

The FRoller provides handheld, rolling ice compression without the mess associated with traditional ice massage.

Core Collective – renowned for spearheading London’s luxury boutique fitness industry, are introducing their latest class Lift+Row!

Core Collective are one of the few gyms to offer a rowing based class.

Lift+Row consists of 45 minutes of high intensity interval training, based around three main pillars; cardio, strength and endurance. Combining a varying sequence of weights and floor exercises with intense rowing intervals. Unlike treadmill or spin classes, rowing allows for both low-impact and full-body, minimising unnecessary stress or trauma on the body.

Head trainers Paddy Coleman and Carl Van Heerden are the driving forces behind championing rowing as London’s favourite cardio workout. When conceptualising and developing the new class, Core Collective wanted to appeal to a wider audience and make rowing a more approachable form of cardio remove the scepticism or apprehension around the rowing machine.

Lift+Row is designed in a way to build strength, burn fat and test your mental resilience like no other class.

Core Collective are based at 45 Phillimore Walk, South Kensington, London, W8 7RZ

Kettlebell Kings

Kettlebell Kings ( manufacture their own brand of kettlebells. They actually are an official sponsor of Austin Elite Rugby in Major League Rugby and provide them with the training equipment for the their workouts. They use this line:

Kettlebells are one of the single best pieces of equipment for training as there are infinite combinations of movement and can be used to build muscle as well as burn fast in one workout. Specifically for sports like rugby, you can improve acceleration and gain a competitive advantage with improved endurance and speed skills. They can be found on Instagram as @kettlebellkings

Micoachee, The”” for individuals and theirdiet and exercise goals by combining technology with time-tested, proven brain science.

Imagine changing the dietand exercise you’ve struggled with, not the short-termor even long term. At Micoachee they coinedthe name “Life term.” AtMicoachee they believe the best way to help people fully achieve their diet andexercise goals is to customize a personalized, interactivesupport system for their client’s journeybased on their specific goals, personality, andinteractions.

Traditional weight loss and exercise programs have fairly low success rates because they tend to focus what foods to eat and whatexercises to do (i.e., 10,000 steps) and depend on will-power resulting in poorresults or yo-yo cycles. “At Micoachee webelieve addressing underlying causes isthe key to permanent change for anyone regardless of age, weight, or fitnesslevel.” Replied Jaime Reloj, founder of Micoachee.

Usingtheir smartphone, tablet or PC for delivery, they provide a personal assessmentas a baseline for the persons journey to their wellness goals with threecurrent “tracks,” diet, exercise, and a combined program. Using cutting-edge technology, they deliver theappropriate mix of behavioral change methodsfrom their agnostic library of proven professional content. Thisin-house content developed and digitized for streaming includes Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness,Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Therapy, EFT, andothers. They use proprietary adaptive treatmenttechnology to pivot the sessions as necessary ona real-time basis for individualized success.

Micoachee usescutting-edge reinforcement technology accuratelymonitoring progress and provide collaborative coaching and analysisincluding wearable integration to keep clientson track.

This holisticapproach to the mind and body connection concentrates on both theconscious and more reactive subconscious mind which helps people feel motivation,confidence, and laser focus faster thanthey ever thought possible while saving thousands of dollars in in-persontreatments and possibly months of time.

Theinitial results have been outstanding. Arecent study in conjunction with the YMCA resulted in:

• 85%+ ofparticipants achieved increases in tracked activity

• Average step countper day increased up to 36% from all users who did 5+ sessions

• Motivation increasesled up to 300% gains in more frequency to the gym

• Weight lossachievements up to 33 pounds since being in the program

“As the saying goes Your bodycan do it, it’s your mind you need to convince. Our conscious mind uses logic andrationalization to make excuses for us not towork out or eat right but thisdoesn’t have to be your reality. Micoachee get’s you unstuck.”Stated Tom Mann,Co-Founder of Micoachee.

About Micoachee. Micoachee isa start-up wellness technology company that combines Brain Science withreinforcement technology providing life-changingdiet and exercise transformation. Please for more information.

Have You Ever Though About Eating Dandelions?

“Have you ever thought about eating dandelions? This pesky weed is more than just a nuisance in your yard! The dandelion plant is actually a powerful healer that helps to purify the blood, help digestion and prevent piles and gallstones. The plant acts as a mild laxative to relieve bloating and constipation. They also give the body 112% of the daily requirement of vitamin A which is good for the skin, mucus membranes and vision. Still, dandelions haven’t caught on as much as they should have, considering their high nutrition profile. The USDA ranked them as the fourth most nutritious green vegetable. Perhaps it’s hard to stomach eating a leaf that grows everywhere dogs lift their legs. Try boiling dandelions for a minute to cut their slight bitterness!”

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By Teresa Bergen, nutrition expert at Top5 (

Below is a link to three cutting edge spiritual development products: The Demon Slayer’s Handbook Series and The Rainbow Warrior Activation Deck—written especially for wellness minded and whole body balanced people.

“I am a spiritual empath and grief counselor who specializes in helping people address anything from crisis management to day-to-day transition strategy and the importance of cultivating spiritual fitness through a non-religion-based relationship to their higher power.”

10,000 blessings to you,

Tracee Dunblazier
Spiritual empath, GC-C
Author of the Demon Slayer’s Handbook Series
Rainbow Warrior Activation Deck

NOW IN EUROPE ON AMAZON > Chassis For Men “Man Care For Down There” (ON AMAZON) Premium Powder #1 men’s powder on Amazon US!

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Chassis is a high end, premium men’s care brand. Their tag line says it all, Man Care For Down There. This line of premium products are designed to keep guys fresh, smelling good, comfortable, and chafe free down there so they can reach their full potential. Their Premium Powder is the #1 men’s powder on Amazon US. They just launched on Amazon Europe earlier this year and are expanding to Amazon Australia!

The world’s finest body powder fights sweat, odor and chafing with Power Extracts
Highly acclaimed Chassis Premium Powder keeps working all day with Hydro-Shield technology
Soothes and cools irritated skin without talc, aluminum, parabens or menthol
A little goes a long way: Most men experience 4+ months of daily usage per bottle
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Featuring Hydro-Shield technology, Chassis Premium Body Powder provides all-day protection against sweat, chafing and odor. The proprietary Power Extract Blend conditions the skin and provides extra protection against heat and activity. Its unique pinpoint cap dispenses powder with less mess. The powder is fine and ultra-soft, a premium product where a little goes a long way.

Thousands of men wake their senses every morning with Chassis. Unlike medicated powders and baby powders, Chassis features a clean, fresh scent that compliments every man’s lifestyle. The scent isn’t overpowering and won’t interfere with other fragrances. Best of all, it doesn’t smell like a nursery or physical therapy clinic.

Chassis guys also experience a subtle cooling action that lasts longer than anything else available. (Depending on the amount used and the skin’s sensitivity, some users actually report a cooling effect that lasts an hour or longer.)

An Integral Part of Your Man Care Regimen

Most importantly, Chassis men feel dry, friction-free and under control, all-day long. Just like starting your day with a quality deodorant, Chassis will leave you with extra confidence. The confidence that comes from staying dry with Hydro-Shield technology. The confidence that comes from staying odor-free with baking soda. The confidence that comes from staying comfortable with the power extract blend. And the confidence that problematic ingredients like talc and parabens aren’t a part of your routine.

Infused with hops, pumpkin seed and oatmeal extracts, Chassis Premium Powder is revolutionizing men’s body powder.

If you’re ready to become a Chassis guy, also consider our other products, the 5-in-1 Shower Primer and Extreme Cream, both of which complement the Premium Powder.

Pickle Juice – Secret Weapon of Elite Rugby Players

Have you tried Pickle Juice by The Pickle Juice Company? You may have seen our latest Rugby news tied to the World Sevens:The Pickle Juice Company appointed New Zealand’s star player Stephen Donald as Global Ambassador.

If you’re not familiar with Pickle Juice, the secret weapon of Rugby players and endurance athletes, our product is not regular pickle brine from a jar. It’s supplemented with Dual Filtered Water, Organic Vinegar, Salt, Organic Dill Oil, Potassium, Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Not to mention, it targets muscle cramps at the source: neural inhibitors. We have a global presence and are a proud supporter of the Rugby community – think your readers would greatly benefit from Pickle Juice to enhance their game.

About The Pickle Juice Company

Established in 2001, The Pickle Juice Company’s proprietary recipe was developed specifically to help prevent dehydration and muscle cramping caused by heat and muscle exertion. Due to its proven functionality for muscle cramps and its efficiency as a hydration aid, Pickle Juice is becoming more and more commonly used by athletes, the military, people working in strenuous or hot environments and the elderly who suffer from nighttime muscle cramps. The Pickle Juice Company has been recognized at a national level several times for its effective formula. Most recently, the company was named among 2018’s Top 10 Fastest Growing Food & Beverage Companies by The Silicon Review.

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Paccheri & Zucchini
Large Tube Pasta & Zucchini

Our Italian summer garden is brimming under the warm Mediterranean sun. Eggplant, basil (we have lemon, licorice and cinnamon basil ), capers, cucumbers, lemons, beets, tomatoes and zucchini are just a sampling.

Did you know that zucchini are male or female and one cannot exist without the other. You can tell the blossoms apart because the male flowers have a single, long stamen covered with pollen, while the females have a stigma with multiple stems inside the blossom. As the zucchini plant grows, the female blossoms mature into a squash, while the male flowers (which fertilize the females ) simply remain a flower.

Botanically speaking, zucchinis are a prolific fruit that can be prepared in a variety of ways. In celebration of our summer harvest, we’re cooking-up paccheri & zucchini, our favorite, and sharing it with you!

Happy Cooking!

Paccheri & Zucchini
Large Tube Pasta & Zucchini
Serves 4-6

1 small onion, finely chopped
4 medium size zucchini, cut into coin shapes
Extra virgin olive oil
Heavy cream (approximately 1/3 of a cup), to taste
1 fresh bunch of basil
300 g Paccheri pasta
Grated Parmigiano cheese, to taste
Sea salt and pepper, to taste


In a large frying pan, heat a generous drizzle of olive oil and sauté the onion till golden brown. Add the zucchini and a generous amount of fresh basil, torn by hand. Salt to taste and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes over a very high heat. Add a little water and cook for a further 10 minutes over a medium heat.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt to taste, and cook the pasta until al dente. Save a cup of the pasta water and put to the side. When the pasta is cooked al dente (about 2 minutes before preferred taste), drain and add to the pan with the zucchini. As the pasta blends with the zucchini, add several generous swirls of heavy cream. Sauté and fold it togehter, adding a little of the pasta water if too dry. Turn the heat off, remove the pan from the stove and add the Parmesan cheese. Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

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Here’s a solution for women’s health and intimate fitness: b-wom run tests to take lifestyle choices, stage of life and symptoms into consideration and then create personalized care plans for the pelvic floor and core.

This is very important particularly for female runners, cross fitters and there athletes, as their pelvic floor is severely damaged by the high-impact activity if not properly taken care of.

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Take a Brain-check with The Mind Makeover Retreat™

Change your life in ways you may never have thought possible on The Mind Makeover Retreat™, the latest pioneering retreat launched by Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists. Led by international master of mind-improvement and celebrity coach, Steve McKeown, this ground-breaking wellness retreat promotes positive mental well-being and launches this September at the luxurious Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa, in the western Algarve.

A healthy mind lives in a healthy body and mental health is imperative for physical well-being. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 adults in England experience mental health problems in any given year. With longer working hours and increasing pressures, both professionally and personally, mental health issues are more prevalent than ever. This unique psychological programme works by combining state-of-the-art tools to improve your personal and professional performance, and achieve your full potential.

Whether you suffer from anxiety, brain fog, weight or sleep issues, lack of direction, or are simply in need of a recharge, this life-changing retreat will break down the barriers that are keeping you from success, and kick-start your journey to becoming your best self. Unmanaged thoughts adversely affect our energy and physical health and the connection between our brain and immune system is proven; not managing your thinking and beliefs is detrimental to your health and well-being.

Speaking about the motivation behind The Mind Makeover, Steve McKeown says; “I wanted to design a retreat with Health and Fitness Travel that is unique and has never been available before, a retreat that will not only be extremely relaxing and fun but will enable you to regain control of your cognition, challenge your assumptions and rid you of those limitations that have held you back in your life. Being away from the distractions and stresses of normal daily life that can sometimes cause restraints, makes our retreat at Macdonald Monchique the perfect environment for change”.

Macdonald Monchique Resort and Spa is beautifully secluded amid lush green woodlands and towering mountains in the western Algarve. This ever-sunny destination offers breath-taking panoramic coastal and alpine views away from busy built up tourist areas and is near stunning beaches and the beautiful old village of Monchique. The Mountain of Monchique is the region’s favourite mountain for hiking in nature.

Retreat participants will have full access to Macdonald Monchique’s luxury spa facilities, four dynamic restaurants, invigorating group therapy work, a personal spa treatment and group fitness activities. Guests may wish to partake in complimentary daily activities including dance and aqua-fun or enjoy a morning walk surrounded by stunning views of the coast and mountains, or simply unwind in the elegant and tranquil environment.

A seven-night break at Macdonald Monchique on The Mind Makeover Retreat costs £2,385pp based on 2 people sharing, or £2,750pp for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, full board, return flights, private transfers and The Mind Makeover programme.

For advice, guidance and booking visit or call 0203 397 8891

Inflamax Spray is the first of its kind in Australia, and is set to be a staple item in your gym bag.

It’s a highly concentrated topical anti-inflammatory spray that provides effective temporary relief from muscle, tendon and ligament pain by reducing inflammation. Inflamax Spray is the only topical anti-inflammatory with 4% concentration, the highest available in Australia.

It’s also the first in Australia with an innovative spray system, which makes it easy to use and gives exact dosages. It is also quick-drying and has a pleasant peppermint scent.

Getting your kitchen ready to host a cracker of a Christmas in July party

Christmas in July is the time of year when you get to reap the benefits of the festive season without having the classic family stresses or the added pressure of gifts. It’s about friends, fun and importantly, food!

The experts in kitchen and fridge organisation, Mitsubishi Electric Australia, have created a pre-party checklist to help you have the best Christmas in July event to date!

Jean-Marc Adele, Refrigeration Product Expert at Mitsubishi Electric, has this advice:

1. Get everyone involved and prepare them in advance
Although it may seem hospitable to provide for all of your guests, Christmas in July is a time for festive fun – without the stress – so get into relaxation mode and let your guests help out. Set up a group chat on social media and allocate everyone a dish, side or drink to bring. Encourage your guests to use the time of year as an excuse to cook with fresh produce that is generally unavailable or seasonally overpriced in December.

2. Stock up
Even when you’ve divvied out what everyone should bring, dinner parties can still be expensive. To avoid blowing your budget, stock up on items in advance. Smaller, non-perishable items (like stuffing – yum!) are ideal to add to your weekly shop. Keep an eye out for specials on more expensive cuts of meat too, as this is what the freezer was made for. A freezer drawer has the capacity for bulky items (like a whole bird) and features a top tray, which is ideal for storage and organisation of flat pack items such as meat packs.

3. Organise your fridge at least two days in advance
An unorganised fridge can be a major cause of stress when entertaining. Pay attention to the different areas of your fridge and utilize storage features such as adjustable shelves to maximise available space. Allocate sections of your fridge to particular items, ie. cooked meats at the bottom and desserts on top. If entertaining is a priority, consider upgrading to a fridge with French doors, with a wide shelf for storing large platters or leftovers.

4. Get creative with your atmosphere
It may not be the December 25, but that’s no reason to forget the festive sparkle. If you don’t have tinsels, baubles and a Christmas tree then why not get creative?! This should be fun after all and handmade decor always sparks conversation at this type of gathering. Why not create some additional atmosphere and pull out the mulled wine? The unique aroma shall spread throughout the house and add to the festive spirit.

5. Plan games in advance
Whereas most Aussies celebrate Christmas over a game of backyard cricket or other outdoor activities, some classic indoor activities make for a great ending to your Christmas in July party. By having a few games pre-prepared in advance, you’ll avoid the lull that can often appear once your guests have stuffed their face and polished off the mulled wine. Gather around a fire, roast some marshmallows and play some classic games with your guests such as Charades.

6. Save your leftovers!
If you find yourself with an abundance of delicious festive food left over, there’s no need to waste it. Mitsubishi Electric fridges contain VitaLED interior lighting in that slows down the wilting process for produce whilst compartmentalised veg drawers allow for quick visibility, meaning nothing is ‘lost’ at the back of the fridge. Australians throw out roughly a third of the food they buy, so manage your food storage like a chef and enjoy the Christmas in July cheer as long as possible.

Ben Cohen has collagen boosting treatment to tackle his nose and skin head on

Retired rugby player Ben Cohen MBE, who was a member of the England national team which won the 2003 Rugby World Cup in May 2011, and latterly took part in Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 and The Jump on Channel 4, has just had a collagen boosting treatment to his nose at the tail end of his sports career, once he was sure he would not be injured any further.

He explained his reason for treatment:

“The knocks you get in rugby are like controlled car crashes really! It depends whereabouts you take a bump. You try not to get hit in the face, but ultimately you can’t help that sometimes. I think during my career I had 2-3 nose bleeds from bumps a week, because you can’t help sometimes accidental knocks from elbows etc. I depressed my cheekbone quite badly, tackling someone incorrectly, I hit their hip.

I’ve also noticed my skin has been affected a lot by being out in the elements playing, with wind drying out my skin, and giving my sore areas, especially my nose. When my skin has been dry and sore in the past it has affected my confidence. I’m 40 this year, and the weather has taken its toll on my skin for sure.

Like so many people, I’ve had a side I prefer to have photograph taken, and looking back it’s been a self-conscious thing that I think is related to the way my nose hasn’t been quite symmetrical.

The Ellansé treatment with Rhinoplasty London has been great, and it’s fascinating how a professional eye is able to treat you. I was genuinely shocked and really pleased by the results. My nose looks better, the dents in my face filled out, and my skin feels so much smoother and I feel I look healthier. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been a nice experience. It was a quick treatment, less than 30 minutes and produced a noticeable difference I’m overwhelmed.

Male grooming has moved on in the past 6 years. I’d encourage my fellow retired colleagues to consider it, any positive experience I want to pass on. The treatment has given me better skin, helped me look better and sorted out my nose. Past rugby players do often look battered, and I would think I won’t be the last to have a treatment like this. I think it’s a potential trend for fellow sports people, people are taking better care of themselves.”

Helping the body to rebuild itself

Ellansé is the first of a new generation of dermal fillers which helps the body to regenerate itself by kick starting collagen production. It provides both instant and gradual results; increased revolumisation occurs immediately post treatment, however the results achieved improve and are sustained due to collagen production, as ingredients within the filler encourage the body to produce collagen Type 1. This is the type of collagen we have an abundance of when we are young, but we lose much of it as we age from around 30 years old onwards.

The collagen stimulation is brought about by a bio-absorbable medical polymer called polycaprolactone. Micro-spheres made from this polymer triggers a reaction which results in the body generating its own collagen production.

This sophisticated dermal filler can be placed at different depth levels within the sub-dermal layers of the skin so not only can it be used for facial line improvement, to fill and correct wrinkles and folds, but can volumise, contour and sculpt the face. It can also help ameliorate scaring, including acne pits, which can have a strong psycho-social impact. Another discernible benefit is the improvement in skin quality and complexion because of the freshly generated natural collagen produced by the body. The longevity of the treatment is another differentiating factor. Recent studies show that results can last up to four years depending on which product within the Ellansé range is used.

As well as the natural-looking results the filler achieves, and its sustained duration, Ellansé is particularly appropriate for those where sustained correction with Hyaluronic Acid fillers has been disappointing or short lived. In addition, the skin quality and texture is improved through the process of collagen production making Ellansé a more acceptable treatment for men, like Ben Cohen, for whom an ‘obvious’ result is not desirable.

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