More Whole30 - 14 Days Later

It's been 14 days since I finished my first ever Whole30. I didn't include everything in my last post as that mostly covered the final 10 days of the challenge. Now I'm ready to share with you the results in regards to my goals and what life has been like since. 

Here's a recap of why I chose to complete a Whole30:

1.. For Clearer skin

2.. To wake up feeling energised with no need to hit the snooze button 

3.. Reduce cravings for junk food and empty calories

4.. Increased energy levels, reduce anaemia symptoms 

5.. To supplement my workouts, make the most of the training I do, value the training I do by respecting my body and what I put into it, fuelling well for training, improved performance 

And I guess you wanna know if I achieved my goals, huh?! 

Let's start with clearer skin. I can't say I saw a change at all. This was probably the most disappointing thing for me in a sense but what it does show is that my diet is not what is causing my skin issues. Therefore, I will need to investigate other options maybe after speaking to a professional. 

Waking up feeling energised. This definitely did happen! I began waking up naturally around 6am...before my alarm. At some point, I started going to bed a little later as I had more energy and waking up around 7am. More hours mean more time to get things done! I do need to be more strict with myself about the snooze button though! I may go back to putting my alarm on the other side of the room so I have to get out of bed to turn it off! 

Reduce cravings and eliminate empty calories. This happened for sure! I went to just 3 meals a day rather than what had become normal for me - 3 meals a day plus plenty of snacking. I didn't really crave junk food - I had huge cravings for pineapple which I fed! Closer to the end I did start to crave cookies though. I remedied this when the 30 days were complete. 

Reduce anaemia symptoms. It's hard to tell the results of this one as I have been taking iron tablets since I hit a low earlier this year. I forget to take them some days though and haven't felt this has been detrimental. My body isn't showing signs of excess iron so I am happy I am getting just about enough right now. 

Training. I've survived crossfit sessions and even worked hard in them. I've done all this and not had to sleep for the rest of the day. My midriff is more toned since Whole30 and my abs are more visible! Who wouldn't love that?! It's motivated me to continue to train and keep up the good work. 

One massive benefit which I had forgotten about was my stomach issues. Late last year I ended up in hospital with a bleeding stomach after my doctor prescribed me some pills without giving me the medication that would protect my stomach at the same time. Ever since then, my stomach was never the same - anytime I got hungry I would have pain and it felt like my stomach was eating itself. I'm grateful that now, it seems my stomach has had the time to heal and so far I've had no tummy issues. 

Weight and Measurements 

According to the records, I lost 1.7kgs over the 30 days and 0.6% Body Fat. I also lost 1.5cm from my waist but nothing from anywhere else. These changes show that waist measurement is linked to your diet...considering when I used Zaggora Hot Pants I only saw changes in my thighs and hips! Bear in mind though that these results are by no way scientific I've just sharing out of curiosity! 

80/20 Living 

For me, Whole30 has been an eye opener and a lifestyle change. I'm aware that splurging occasionally is not going to have much of an impact on my health in the long term if I have a great diet, which is why I've chosen the 80/20 rule as a guideline to live by post Whole30.

"Be good 80% of the time with your diet, and the other 20% leaves room for those times when you go to parties, when you don’t have your lunch prepared or when you just feel like some homemade chocolate shortbread"

I'm still enjoying myself experimenting with Whole30 compliant recipes and home cooking has got me fully hooked! I'm happy to save a burrito from Benito's Hat for a treat day...I'm even happier to make my own version of a burrito at home!

FYI, I added white potatoes back into my diet on Day 30 at the wedding I attended. They were boiled and for the meal above they were steamed.

I haven't missed calorie counting. In fact, it's been refreshing not to have to think about calories. I started the 30 days eating some giant portions as that's what my body needed to get over the fact I wouldn't be feeding it every 2-3 hours. Over the 30 days, my portions have been reduced a little. Not actively - just by listening to my body. Post Whole30 I went out for dinner at a rib shack where I took home a doggy bag. This may have been the first time ever I didn't finish the entire meal! What I had leftover served me for lunch the next day to the point that I was stuffed all over again. I was surprised that previously I would have eaten every morsel...

All my meals are home cooked but I think I spend less time in the kitchen. A couple hours can see me prepare enough food for  about 3 days. The accompaniments can literally be thrown together - i.e steaming some broccoli, sautéing some courgettes or chopping up a salad - maybe while I make breakfast or am warming up another meal.

I'm not saying Whole30 is for everyone but I tried it and enjoyed it. I'd go as far as saying I found it pretty easy but that's because I had made so many changes to my diet in the months leading up to starting this. I had the amazing support of good friend and housemate, Alicia who did it with me at the same time. Support from my mum who went all out to ensure my needs were met when I visited, and support from friends and bloggers who have done it before! A special Thanks to Leah for sharing her experiences in the first place and answering all my questions at the start! Thanks too to everyone in the Whole30 community especially on IG where I got a lot of inspiration for recipes and motivation!

If you're out there and are thinking about completing a Whole30 or any other diet / lifestyle change, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Making changes is so much easier when there are people there to support you...

Elle :) x 


Brixton 10km 24th August 2014 #MyMoments

I woke up this Sunday morning, tired with no desire whatsoever to run 10,000m. Nonetheless, I got out of bed, threw some clothes on and cycled just 15 minutes up the road to Brockwell Park. Any enthusiasm I could have mustered was killed by a freezing cold ride to the park, to be greeted with blazing sunshine when I arrived (wearing two long sleeved tops) ...oh and hills for days!

It took a matter of seconds to pick up my race number which I pinned to my top then spent the next twenty minutes wondering if I would look lazy sitting on the ground. I opted for the middle ground and sat on a tree stump until the warm up began - which I just watched.

9.30am on the dot and we set off. The first hill came just 1km into the route. A route which was 3 laps of the outer edges of the park.

I'm not gonna lie, I struggled on the hills, mainly because I have focused so much on cycling that running has taken a backseat in duathlon training. I used this 10km as thinking time though - to get together a list of everything I needed to do before the duathlon...

- order a new cycle helmet 
- set up lock laces in running shoes and have a trial run 
- order in energy supplies for event day 
- trial kit for race day (with various weather options)
- book train tickets to travel on race day 
- practice running without music 
- work out an alternative way to track my distance / speed while running (no phones allowed during the event) 
- practice cycling hills 
- plan my race day breakfast 

picture from runthrough.co.uk

picture from runthrough.co.uk

The good thing is I finished. Not my fastest 10km by far but I was just aiming to finish - as for the London Duathlon, in which I will need to cycle 22km after and then run another 5km.

I ran through the finish line, took a sharp turn, ran to my bike, jumped on and cycled home as fast as I could. This didn't feel too bad...I only cycled 2 miles but I think I could've gone 22km had I needed to! 

Brockwell Park was so beautifully hilly and close that I think I will be back down there with my bike to practice cycling hills. Richmond Park, where the LD is taking place is known for being hilly too! So I want to turn up on race day prepared...and today was a part of that...

What races did you take part in this weekend gone?! Did you come to any realisations while out running?! 

Any kit tips for my duathlon? How do you track your runs without your phone?! 

Elle :) 


Elle About Town, August 2014

Time seems to be going faster than I can keep up with! This month has mostly been about Whole30 and training alongside it for the London Duathlon! All the big events got written up in there own post but here's a little bit extra on what I've been up to over the last month and anything interesting that may be coming up...

Classes: Wednesday Evening Run Club with lululemon Covent Garden  

On July 9th, Jen (of Eclectic Cake blog) and I, headed up the first weeknight run club for the new Covent Garden Store. Since then, Wednesdays have been made awesome because of the people we have been running with! Chats, drills and plenty of good weather!

We're going strong and would love for you to join us if you live in or are visiting London! Put it on your to do list! Here is the {LINK} for the next run club on Facebook! It's at no cost whatsoever and we are a lovely bunch!

Classes: Crossfit Level 2

Well, what can I say. It's a workout, a tough one at that! I've been hitting up the sessions every week and been maxing out on effort. Each session lasts an hour going over skills, strength work and ending with a WOD (workout of the day). Usually a killer WOD.

For Time: 
300 skips
25 knee to elbow
25 push ups
25 L pull ups
150 double unders.

I did have to scale down to knee to chest for the second drill and used a band for the pull ups but I finished in 19:18! I'd only tried double unders once before so I was thrilled to be able to do 150! ...it hurt though...the amount of times I slapped myself with the skipping rope!

Crossfit will definitely be my goto workout when the weather gets colder and I'm not cycling as much. I also plan on trying out the adult gymnastics class to help me over the fear and get me into an unsupported handstand!

Watch this space :)

Classes: Nike Training Club at Nike, Gymbox 

New class alert! I start teaching at Gymbox Bank on Tuesday 26th August. A 45 minute lunchtime Nike Training Club session to keep your day going strong! I'm also at Gymbox Holborn on Fridays at 6pm.

I'm also covering some NTC Run to Train sessions in Covent Garden over the next couple of weeks.

My full schedule can be found on the 'Train with Elle' page here on keep it simpElle.

Coming Up....

Brixton 10km... 
A local race for me next Sunday. The plan is to cycle there and cycle home using it as a BRICK session. The London Duathlon is just 4 weeks away now.

Triyoga on the roof
Rooftop yoga in Central London. The views will be stunning. Hopefully the weather will match.

Clapham Common 10km
Another local 10km to be used as a BRICK session. By then I will have just 2 weeks left before the London Duathlon.

Got anything interesting coming up in the next month you would like to share?! 

Elle :) x


Too busy to exercise? Not with a 10 minute workout!

We are all guilty of feeling like we have no time to exercise and that if we can’t work out for an hour – why even bother trying?  But with exercise boosting the immune system, keeping off unwanted pounds and creating an improved sense of wellbeing, staying in the fitness groove is even more important as we head into the second half of the year 
When it comes to exercise, our bodies respond to exercise on a continuum, not an allotted timeframe so even if you only have 10 minutes to exercise it can make a difference if you keep it up every day. Research has found that short bursts of exercise lasting 10 minutes give you the same health benefits as working out in the gym for hours. Working out for just 10 minutes a day can help strengthen your immune system, burn extra calories, and elevate your mood for the entire day. These short workouts also help to promote healthy blood flow, strengthen the heart, and clean out the system by pushing toxins out of the body through the lungs and lymph nodes. 

How to get those 10 Minutes in no matter what

Scheduling your 10 minutes a day can be easy. We’ve created four workout plans tackling strength and cardio and two of these plans you can do during your work day!   The other two you can do first thing in the morning or before your evening meal at night, this way there are no excuses not to get at least 10 minutes of exercise in! Spreading these quick 10-minute workouts throughout your day can elevate your heart rate, get you breathing hard, and stimulate a toning effect on the muscles without requiring you to slave away for long periods at the gym. 
The key to exercising for a short period of time is consistency and high intensity in order to get significant results. We also suggest doing exercises which target major muscle groups at once through combining lower and upper body exercises.

10 Minute Cardio Training Workout 

BENEFITS: A high intensity exercise routine to get the heart racing, boost metabolism and burn calories. 

10 Minute Strength Training Workout

BENEFITS: These resistance exercises tone the key muscle groups and strengthen the bones and joints. 

10 Minute Lunch Break Workout

BENEFITS: Take your trainers to work with you and do this light routine based on interval training to get the heart pumping and the fat burning.  

10 Minute Desk Workout

BENEFITS: ‘Deskercise’ boosts energy levels, improves posture and relieves back ache. It’s not for the self-conscious and your co-workers may give you a few odd glances but it’s worth it to get your toning in and it reduces your time of sitting at your desk which is dangerous for your health. 

Due to the shortness of these circuits, the intensity of each exercise counts. But this can put stress on your joints. Follow these steps to ensure that while you break a sweat, you won’t be injuring yourself in the process

  • Always warm up before you start to exercise. Start with simple stretches and dynamic moves like neck circles, shoulder rolls and knee bends.
  • Ensure that you are wearing the correct footwear to cushion and support your joints
  • Don’t exercise on a hard surface. Exercise on an exercise mat, grass or even a carpet
  • If you suffer from joint pain, or want to prevent joint pain in later years try taking a Glucosamine supplement to help nourish cartilage and increase the lubrication in your joints and to reduce stiffness. 
  • When doing jumping jacks or skipping, try to land lightly on your feet to absorb the force of impact. Bend your knees as you land which creates a soft landing. 
  • Cool your body down at the end of a workout with stretching. 

Sitting down for long periods each day is extremely damaging to our health, but unfortunately, this is a real concern for many of us due to our lifestyles and work environments. Evidence shows that just 10 minutes of intensive exercise each day can benefit the body in many ways, helping to reduce the negative side effects of sedentary lifestyles. 
This range of exercises is designed to meet different needs and requirements, but all are suited to people with time constraints. Complete just one of the intense 10 minute workouts each day to make the most of the limited time you have available and to stay in the best possible health. 
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Sport'n Style: Moving Comfort from Less Bounce

Having been co-leading run club for quite a few weeks now the topics of conversation while running have been interesting!

One that came up recently, was about the support required from a sports bra when running and how no matter how small your chest is you still do require support!

80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size 

I decided I should probably follow my own advice (as last time I got measured I realised I should have an XS band as opposed to a S) so researched sports bras to see what was available. I wanted one that was supportive, but still looked good and opted for the Moving Comfort Vixen Sports Bra Top, from Less Bounce which comes with options for back size and cup size.

I tested the fit and thought I'd share that with you all! It's important after all that your sports bra fits correctly so that it can do its job!

Cup Size Tests 

1. Squat Jump 

If your breasts bounce significantly in the cups when you jump or land, the cup size is too large. If your breasts are squeezed at the top of the cups, the cup size is too small. 

2. Forward Bend 

You know the cup size is too big if you can see down the bra when you lean over. If your breasts are squeezed at the top of the cups, the cup size is too small. 

Band Size Tests 

1. Side Lunge Rotation 

Test your band size with a simple rotation. If the band moves with you as you twist, it's too big. If your breasts or back spill out near the underarms, the band is too small.

2. Arms Raised

As you lift your arms, the band should stay in place. If the band moves up when you raise your arms, it's too big. If your breasts or back spill out near the underarms, the band is too small.


I road tested this bra on a full day at work, and then out at run club that same evening. I wanted to know if "comfort" did come into it at all. First of all, this wasn't the easiest bra to get on - part my fault as my upper body was sore from Crossfit - part the bras fault as there are no fastenings / adjusters! Once it was on though, it seemed a perfect fit.

I liked the fact that it didn't look toooo much like a sports bra! I got away with wearing it under quite a loose top and didn't feel self conscious.

For run club, it was actually "moving comfort". It had passed all the fit tests above so I was in no doubt it would be great while running. What made it a winner was when I got home, taking it off wasn't the first thing that came to mind!

Check out this bra and what else Less Bounce has to offer! 

Test your fit and let me know how it went! They're perfect for changing rooms in stores...although the the staff in the changing room may wonder what you're up to when they see / hear you jumping up and down! 

Elle :) x

Note: Test Your Fit text taken from Nike leaflet 


Living the simpElle life: Laura

Here we are! Middle of August 2014! ...I never realised I knew so many amazing and inspiring people but I have had a story to share with you every two weeks since the end of 2013! What makes these people so inspiring?! 

No better way to find out the answers than to ask the questions in the form of this mini series - Living the simpElle life - where I talk to someone who has inspired me with their story.

I heard a great phrase last year -

"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"

 - so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all!

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Laura Pirovano 

I met Laura at least a couple of years ago now via teaching Nike Training Club (NTC) at Clapham Common. She always stood out with her amazing energy, enthusiasm and drive to succeed! 

...here's Laura's story...
- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? ...What were your plans / goals?
Laura: I didn’t really have a plan; I used to go to a gym near my office that closed when they started to build the Shard. I am the type of person that likes her routine and if I stop my routine I get lost. I was looking into a few gyms near my office and my house but could not find something that I really liked until one day a friend told me about Nike Training Club on Clapham Common. I still remember being scared about my first session, training outdoors was something that never entered into my mind (it was January and very cold) but I really enjoyed the session and came back week after week. I then decided to have a goal and signed for a couple of 10K runs and a half marathon.

- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite way to workout?
Laura: I love to combine my workouts, I love to get endorphins from different types of training and push my body to the limits. Training with my friends it is always a plus.  

Elle: What's your typical weekly schedule?

Laura: I cycle to work on a daily basis and try to train between 3 – 4 times per week made up of 2/3 HIT sessions in the gym, a NTC session on Clapham Common and yoga.

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?
Laura: I have met quite a few inspiring trainers since I started my fitness journey, they inspire and push me to get better.

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?
Laura: I have been training more outdoors than indoors, both in summer and winter with rain and even snow. I would have never imagined in my whole life to do something like that and I am really proud of myself. I am not getting sick any more and I used to have bad sinusitis in winter which is magically gone. 

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?
Laura: I don’t have a very easy relationship with food as I am an emotional eater. I go through a lot of phases where I can be really good or really bad, there is no in between for me. But let's talk about the really good ones :)
When I am training I try to eat more protein, drink protein shakes, amino acids and fish oil for my joints.
I find that when I am training I am eating healthy which means that I can train better, my skin and hair is nicer and my mood is great.
 - {NOW} - 

Elle: How do you track your progress?
Laura: I don't usually track my progress, as long as I always improve my fitness level I am happy.

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?
Laura: I didn’t really have any goals when I started; I just wanted to keep exercising until I found out my competitive side.
I did a few 10 km and half marathons and a tough mudder competition.

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?
Laura: I try to have a few events to take part in during the year so I keep my training on track. I haven’t planned any event yet in 2014 as I am recovering from an injury so I want to make sure I am 100% recovered before signing up for the next tough mudder or half marathon.

Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?!
Laura: If you are thinking about doing something, then do it. Do not waste time and energy in thinking, follow your gut feelings and enjoy what you are doing.
My other advice would be to buy the right shoes, get a gait analysis and invest some money in a good pair of running or training shoes.
And smile; exercising with a smile on your face makes everything better. 

..so what d'ya think?! 

If you'd like to leave Laura a comment below please do!

If you would like to share your own story please get in touch with me: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 


lululemon Serpentine Summer Sunset

Greetings London Yogis!

As a follow up to The Movement at the Royal Opera House, we are excited to share details of the Serpentine Summer Sunsetan out-of-the-ordinary sunset yoga practice at the Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens.

It’s happening next Wednesday, 20th August, and we would LOVE you to join this lululemon soirée!
What to expect — think 300 yogis flowing through an incredible class, led by our very own lululemon ambassador, Celest Pereira. Then join the fun at the post-practice party to raise a glass, and a canapé, to this incredible summer.

It’s first come, first mat, so no need to RSVP — but we suggest arriving around 18:30 for a prompt 19:30 start. If you have any questions, please just reach out to @lululemonuk on twitter or instragram. 

See you on your mats!

With love,

lululemon athletica - London#thesweatlife@lululemonuk


Chia Pods Review

Imagine my surprise when I walk into FitPro Live last month, during Whole30, and I was offered a sample product I could actually eat!

Banana Chia Pods you say?! Just chia seeds, coconut milk and banana?! Perfect!

What Are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are potent little bundles of energy with generous doses of omega-3, fibre and protein.

Chia seeds are also a good source of several vitamins and minerals, containing vitamin A, B3, iron and 
magnesium (find more inspiration in the simpElle found: Chia Seeds post)

...I remember having a short conversation on Twitter about chia seeds and whether they were Whole30 compliant or not. At that time, I came away thinking YES!

Then when I shared a picture on IG of my 'The Chia co' delivery this month, Leah informed me that they were not technically Whole30 approved! 

She said ""official #whole30 word says "because of the nutrient profile, we believe it (chia) falls more into the flax/hemp category than the buckwheat/quinoa category (pseudo-cereal). Those foods - flax, hemp and chia - are not encouraged because of their particularly fatty acid profile, but they are highly unlikely to be problematic in the same way other grains are during your whole 30. Therefore - they are in - not encouraged, but not banned.""

Hmmm...somewhat too late for me. I was already licking the inside of the Chia Pods pot! 

Chia Pods come in 4 different varieties - Vanilla Bean, Mango, Banana and Blueberry. That's also the order in which I like them most!

This is why I love them more:
Dairy and gluten free, Chia Pods deliver 100% of your daily omega-3 and 25% of your daily fiber requirements. Chia Pods are entirely preservative and additive free. Cold processing has been used to ensure the full nutrition, taste and color of the fruit is retained, and pure coconut milk gives Chia Pods a creamy texture while providing healthy, medium-chain fatty acids.

In the last 30 days, they have been uber useful as part of my daily meals. They've helped to ensure I am full and keep me feeling full for longer in between meals. 

Now I'm officially post Whole30, I also have some chia seeds and shots from The Chia co to experiment with. The shots will come in handy for sure; in hindsight now, I'm thinking a chia shot would've been perfect in an iced tea I had while out today! I'll be sure to remember that for next time! 

What are your thoughts on chia seeds?! ...have any great recipes for me to try out?! Share with me! 

Elle :) 


Whole30 Days 21 - 30

It doesn't quite feel like it, but...

So What's Changed In The Final 10 Days?!

The "groove" I found during days 11 - 20, became life! A good life at that! I even went out for a night out, a road trip to a cycling event and a wedding! YES! I went to a wedding on day 30 of Whole30!! 

At the wedding someone said "so why didn't you just start one day earlier if you knew you had a wedding on this day?" ...and yes, I guess I could have done that but I made a choice to start on a day that I could get everything prepped in time to allow me to get off to a good start. I also didn't go through my diary to check what I had on; there would always be something that could make me postpone the start! 

I don't regret it. I had a great time at the wedding. The main meal was even compliant bar a couple of baby sweet corns and some french beans! I carried my extra meal with me incase there was nothing for me to eat but I struck lucky! 

I tidied up my "favourites" on my online grocery shopping accounts. This made it easier to pick out compliant ingredients when doing food shopping. Also, I was informed that if you type "paleo" into the search box on Ocado, they show you the results (which is mostly the same for Whole30)...this worked and helped! 

My craving these days were for almond butter! On banana. Only I couldn't find almond butter anywhere!  

A typical day for me has looked like this - 

7.30am - alarm
9.30am - 10am - Meal 1
3pm - Meal 2
8.30pm - Meal 3
11.30pm - Bed

I had a few days where I felt unwell though! Totally unrelated to Whole30 but it probably helped that I stuck to it during this time! Leah shared a great quote with me on Instagram which put everything in perspective...

"why would you want to put in food that will make you feel worse when you already feel awful. Keep putting in healthy foods to get healthier quicker" 

What I Have Loved 

My favourite meal these past ten days has to be the coffee rubbed steak! You can find the recipe on my Pinterest Board - Whole30 Approved Recipes - below. 

Follow keep it simpElle 's board Whole 30 Approved Recipes on Pinterest.

My energy has been great - I even completed a run - spin - run session one sunday afternoon! 

What I Have Learned 

More like what has been cemented for me at this stage.

The fact that the food you put into your body plays a major effect on how you look, feel and perform.

I've cemented the fact that I have willpower and I can achieve anything I put my mind to.

That food doesn't need to control my day and my mood. You don't have to be "hangry" either! 

I enjoy cooking and eating good, clean, whole food. 

I don't need cookies, ice cream...sugar. 

There are actually no rules for breakfast. Yup, salmon with olives, egg and avocado went down a treat! 

Eating / Going Out 

or how Nando's killed my appetite. I went to nando's the night before I became unwell. The food was awful. When you strip back all the crap and sauces, I was left with half of a chicken - the smallest chicken I have ever seen, which was so dry I almost choked. Their sweet potato wedges were a sweet potato cut into 4 and thrown on the grill. Without the sauce and nuts that the wedges come with they were tasteless and boring. I paid £13 for this pleasure and have vowed to never eat at nando's again. When you take away all the foods that taste great but aren't so good for you (fries....) there's nothing left thats appetising. 

The Future 

The future will be called 80:20. Where 80% of the time I am Whole30 and 20% of the time I may possibly not be. On my first day post Whole30 the only non compliant things I had were one piece of fudge (from the wedding the day before), 2 whole food tortillas chips and one small speculoos biscuit. None of these things filled me with excitement...in fact, I think the biscuit actually gave me a belly ache! 

I plan on updating you in another couple of weeks with how life has been since completing so keep an eye out! I'll also be sharing all my pre / post measurements and what I have achieved in relation to the goals I set out at the start! 

Have you tried Whole30?! What were your struggles? What were your big wins?! What did life look like afterwards?

Elle :) 


Run Strong: 2014 / 15 Race Calendar (Part 2)

Now Run Hackney Half Marathon is well and truly out of the way, I can focus again on the rest of the year and even start to think about the beginning of 2015!

I've signed up for a few local 10km runs in the hope that I can cycle to them and then run as practice for The London Duathlon in September. All my races are listed on the 'Train with Elle' page too!

Here are the newest races / events I have added / plan to add to my race calendar:

Run or Dye - 27th September 2014

This will be my first non timed fun run..EVER! Just 5km of fun with a festival to finish things off! You can join us too and use code SIMPELLE to receive a discount on your entry to any UK event!

click to see larger image!

If you will be running, please join the event on the keep to simpElle page so we can all catch up before the day...

Garmin Run Kingston Challenge - 12th October 2014

Nneka, Nkeiruka and myself have taken on this relay challenge. 8 miles each to total 24 miles...Cos I know I couldn't do this by myself! Keep an eye out for Nneka's and Nkeiruka's stories of their journeys to where they are now with running and fitness! (You might also remember Nkeiruka from my runcation to Geneva in May! She ran the half marathon that weekend!)

...p.s I didn't get a place in the Royal Parks Half Marathon ballot also on October 12th. You win some, you lose some!

London Winter Run - 1st February 2015

The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run is challenging people to keep running through the winter by taking on a 10km run on February 1st 2015. 15,000 people are expected to fill the streets making their way past London’s most iconic landmarks where they will brave the elements to raise vital funds to help beat cancer sooner.

Brighton Half Marathon - 22nd February 2015 

I'm keen to run a half in the autumn and then one early in 2015. This is the half I have entered for 2015. It's where I went to University - where I never ran. I walked only when forced to in those days so running 13.1 miles in this city will be amazingly nostalgic...with a different view! 

What races have you added to your calendar?! Will you be at any of the ones I have signed up for?! 

Elle :)


Guest Post: Summer Green Salad

Lately I have been too lazy to cook in this heat and often make different versions of this yummy green salad for lunch or dinner. Sometimes it's topped with a piece of fish, or tofu - it's a great light option to go with protein or carbs, or by itself! 

Tahini is one of my favourite things to use in dressings; it's ground up sesame seeds and gives a creamy taste and look. You can use this dressing recipe as a quick go to for most dishes, sometimes I add peanut butter and more tamari for a satay quinoa dish, or more water or lemon for salads - you can really play with the quantities and consistency!

Hope you love it - I always alternate my greens but find the below is a great combo!

Summer greens:

Kale or spinach
Edamame beans
Grilled courgette


2tbsp olive oil
3tsp tahini
3tsp tamari
Juice of one lemon
A little water, if needed


Whisk the dressing ingredients all together in a big bowl then throw in the green veg. Rub the dressing into the greens with your hands to coat evenly then add the avocado at the end. Sprinkle some seeds or even feta if you like! 

Enjoy :)


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If you try the recipe, let us know what you think via the comments section below, Twitter / Facebook and share with your friends! 

Elle :) 


Whole30 Days 11 - 20

Here I am at Day 21. Going strong with 20 successful days behind me on Whole30.

So What's Changed?!

I seem to have found my Whole30 groove. I'm confident putting (throwing) meals together, ordering my food shopping, and purchasing food on the go. 

I'm not so much focused on what day it is anymore! I'm just enjoying it and not focusing on the end. I'm not holding my breath and waiting for this to be over...in fact, I can't imagine Whole30 being over! I've eaten some of the best food of my life in the past 20 days, mostly made by me! 

I feel leaner, my abs seem to be appearing...maybe! I've had people comment on how I am looking too. As I see myself everyday, it's harder for me to notice these small changes. 

A typical day for me has looked like this - 

7.30am - alarm
9.30am - 10am - Meal 1
3pm - Meal 2
8.30pm - Meal 3
11.30pm - Bed

What I Have Loved 

My favourite foods these past ten days have to be the Courgette & Chorizo Shepherds Pie and some amazing pork chops I cooked in the slow cooker. 

I also even included some recipes that I had already been using such as Spanish Omelette with Dill & Sweet Potato

What I Have Learned 

To look out for added sugar. It's in the strangest of places in supermarkets. Smoked salmon. Roast chicken. Spice mixes. 

Buy the best quality meat that I can afford. Cheaper sausages / burgers are cheaper because they are "filled up" with breadcrumbs and other not so great ingredients. 

No more soya for me. I have lived on soya products (esp milk) for years now. Now I'm not sure I have been making the healthiest choice. I will be swapping soya milk for almond or coconut milk which contains no added sugar. 

No more quorn. I eat meat, so theres no real reason for me to eat processed pretend meat. 

No more peanut butter. I mean, peanuts aren't even a nut. I'm more than happy with cashew and almond butter as alternatives. 

Chocolate I consume will be home made. I'm lactose intolerant after all so shouldn't be eating chocolate made with milk. Last month I tried out the Honestly Healthy raw chocolate recipe and absolutely loved it! It tasted better than anything I could buy and I know every single thing that went into it. 

Eating / Going Out 

Apparently when you tell a waitress that you cannot consume sauces with sugar, a reasonable response is "it's only a little bit...it barely even counts!". I mean, would I get this same response if I said there was something I couldn't eat that would cause me an allergic reaction?! 

I had a meal out at Flat Iron in Covent Garden with my friend Sharon. Their specialty is steak. So I had steak served with house salad, with a side of beef tomatoes seasoned in olive oil and herbs. This was a totally delicious meal, however, it just wasn't enough! Had I of known, I would've ordered two steaks and two sides of tomatoes which would have cost me £30 rather than the £15 I paid that evening. Lesson learned. 

One evening after work, I headed out for a a drink with my colleagues. I had no issue not drinking; I've been there many a time. I ordered myself a tonic water with fresh lime. Tasted amazing. Maybe because all I have been drinking is plain water or a herbal tea every now and again. 

Moving Forward 

For my final ten days I will be focusing on balancing out my vegetable intake with my fruit intake. Fruit and nuts have been my "emotional crutch" when I needed it during days 11-20. It could be worse though, right?! 

Meal 1: sausage, bacon, avocado, egg and fruit (breakfast in bed!)

Experimenting with cold brewed iced coffee 

Meal 1: Chorizo scrambled eggs, avocado and fruit 

I'm gonna train like I actually want to in my head. If I can't make it to a class / gym, I can train at home. So far the Nike Training Club app (free to download) has been working a treat. The 30 minute kettlebell workout has had me dripping in sweat! 

I'm certainly looking forward to the final 10 days of Whole 30! I'm positive that things are still on the up! 

Stay tuned to see how my next 10 days go! 

Have you tried Whole30?! What were your struggles? What were your big wins?! 

Elle :) 

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