SimpElle Top 3 Healthy Habits

It's almost the end of the year - the time when we get wrapped up in congratulating ourselves on what we achieved over the past twelve months whilst planning what we can do for the twelve to come. So no better time than now to share with you some of my favourite fitness "hacks". The little things that become habits and add up...

As Simply Health have pointed out "healthy habits aren't just for January".

Here are my Top 3:

1. Add 'superfoods' to your meals

Chia seeds, nut butters, cinnamon and cocoa powder are great options for your porridge / smoothie at breakfast packing it with protein, antioxidants as well as keeping you fuller for longer! Half an avocado with your meals or cooking with coconut oil also provide you with healthy fats too!

2. Turn your commute into a workout

No matter your fitness level, there is an option for you! I currently cycle 2-3 days of each week which gives me 60 minutes of activity on each day. If you get the bus you could get off 1 or 2 stops early or even run commute part of or your whole journey?! The options are unlimited!

3. Keep hydrated 

When it gets colder we are less inclined to drink water. But you can trade it in for herbal teas...skipping milk and sugar results in less (if any calories!). When your'e adequately hydrated you'll feel more energised and alert throughout the day. It'll also prevent you from eating when you "think" you are hungry! I keep a bottle of water with me at all times - in my bag, at the gym, at work!

"Being healthy should be a way of life, not a New Year's resolution. Incorporating just a few simple changes can lead to higher energy levels and all round better health. So don't wait for January to kick-start your new outlook; get going immediately. Anybody fancy a walk?" Simply Health 

What are your healthy hacks and habits?! Or any you plan on implementing?! 

Elle :)  


Elle About Town, November & December 2014

As ever, it's been a busy couple of months especially with everyone and everywhere gearing up for the Holidays! This is what's been going on in and around my simpElle bubble...

Events: lululemon Pub Run 

With the new store opening soon in Chelsea, they arranged for an extra special Run Club. We started from the Covent Garden Store as usual but ran to Chelsea with our final destination being the Pub where drinks, nibbles and christmas spirit were provided. It was a short 4-5km run on a chilly evening but worth it to be warmed up with spiced cider at the other end. I couldn't stay long at the pub as I was off to the Pure Taste Launch.

Events: Sweaty Betty #SS15 Press Day

A morning for us bloggers / media types to get a sneak peek of whats to come. Everything from running, yoga, gym and their exclusive collections were available for our perusal. I fell in love with quite a few pieces including a swimsuit and some cycling specific kit! Here are a few snaps I took...

Social: Swingers Crazy Golf 

Then, it was time for some play! Can't be all work! I went along (again) to Swingers to review for the GymBox blog. Check out my guest post <here>.

Lifestyle: Meeting my life coach  

I signed up for the Windsor Triathlon in June 2015 as my BHAG. Organised by Human Race, they've organised me a whole heap of support. First up on the list was Jeff from www.the-tonic.com. His job is to support me in keeping a work life balance with my training. This was when sh*t got real. Saying everything out loud both got me a little scared as well as excited! He put a few stakes ini the ground of where he expects me to be and when which will help me to break down my bigger goal into smaller steps. He's also someone else I have to be accountable to! I mean, I could blog about all the prep for this triathlon then not mention it again after March...not now though eh?!

Classes: End of Nike Training Club Teaching 

The end of an era! Check out the blog post I wrote <here> with some of my favourite memories from the classes I have taught over the years!

Coming Up....

Physiotherapy Appointment 
As part of my Windsor Tri support, I have a physio appointment booked in for the first week of January. I've never really been to a physio before so I'm intrigued to see what I learn. I believe we'll be doing gait analysis and all that jazz so keep an eye out on the blog to see what I get from the experience...

London Winter Run 
Final chance to get a few quid off your entry and join us at the start line of this 10km on 1st February 2015! Motivation for those training for events in the spring and summer!

Join our Facebook event page too to be kept up to date with all that is going on!

What's coming up for you in the next month?! 

Elle :) x


#OfficeSpaceRace Results

Just under a couple of months ago, I took up a challenge set by Flexioffices - the UK's leading office space providers...

The Challenge -  Run a designated route (past several Flexioffice's offices on the way as fast as I can)

There was a prize up for grabs for this challenge but I just went out to enjoy some fresh air in my downtime between my activities for the day. So when I found out that I WON after competing with four other amazing bloggers, you can imagine how ecstatic I was, right?! 

The Prize?! A Nike GPS watch worth £149!!! 

It couldn't have come at a more perfect time - I've officially started my Half Marathon training this week for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on 22nd February 2015. My first training session was a SPEED session - 4x400m. My next session is outdoors with the lululemon Run Club, so I'll be taking the watch for it's first test run then! No doubt I'll have lots to share with you about my training and the watch so stayed tuned! 

For this challenge, I ran a route around Shoreditch on one of the most beautiful days in October! Flexioffices have spaces all across London <<check them out here>> from which you can create your own route! 

What's your favourite run route?! What gadget(s) can't you run without?! 

Elle :)


Review: Ozeri Rev Digital Bath Scale with Electro-Mechanical Dial

You'll know by now that I'm not a huge advocate of weighing myself. Once every two or three months on average is how much I do and usually it's half dressed as I run through the changing rooms of the gym when I teach.

When I was offered the chance to review these scales, I thought why not? They could live in the bathroom where I could weigh myself more accurately pre/post shower every now and again.

I had a quick flick through the instruction book - I like things to be simple to use. It takes 3 aaa batteries (supplied) which I slipped into the unit at the back of the scales. It calibrates by standing on it, letting it do its thing, then stepping off. The next measurement you then take will be the accurate one. The display flashes up the result and when it holds still thats the final weight.

The display is huge. Can't miss it. Huge and bright. It displays your weight in both a digital format and using the old school dial (which is actually "electric") and you can choose between kg and lbs (via a little button on the bottom you press).

It also has a 24hr alarm to remind you to weigh yourself at the same time each day. This is one setting I won't be using but for those on a weight loss journey this may come in useful.

Currently on Amazon for £19.99 you can't really go wrong!  <<Check it out here>>

Elle :) 


Guest Post: Virtuous Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

These aren't whole30 but they are refined sugar-free, paleo, vegetarian (can be vegan), and very, very tasty. 


  • 1/2 cup raw cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cashew nut butter (check out MyProtein for good quality, huge tubs!
  • 2-3 tbsp raw honey/maple syrup (watch out for those weird fructose-and-maple-syrup blends big supermarkets stock, get raw stuff if possible) / brown rice syrup
  • More almond or cashew nut butter, for the filling

1. Melt the coconut oil over a gentle heat in a small saucepan. Add the tbsp of cashew butter and blend it in (this gives the chocolate a softer) 

2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add the honey when the mixture is a little cooler (the heat kills off all the good stuff in the honey), or for a vegan option, use maple/rice malt syrup.

3. Fill the bottoms of 6-8 cupcake cases with a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture and place them in the freezer for 5 minutes.

4. Check the bases are set, then dollop a teaspoon of almond or cashew butter into the centre of each one. 

5. Use the rest of the chocolate mixture to cover the nut-butter centre and refreeze for 5-10 mins, until set. 

That's it. Dangerously easy!

Kate :) 

As a singer, yoga teacher and lover of all things tasty, I'm constantly reviewing my connection with my body - and, by extension, the food I eat. I got into cooking in my early teens, when creating the perfect brownie was the biggest life problem I faced. Now, after digestive problems, sugar crashes and migraines have led me to a largely sugar-,grain-, and dairy-free existence, my love of cooking is driven by the search for food that is satisfying and nourishing. And just so you know, I consider eating almond butter from the jar (daily) both satisfying and nourishing..."

Follow Kate on Instagram: @misskatelister or check out her band at www.thefoobirds.co.uk 
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