test Food, Homepage, Hot news, Wellness / 10.03.2017

[title maintitle="Stop fearing carbs and start loving them : Why your booty will thank you" subtitle=""] Bulking is a difficult topic, it's very much a love / hate relationship, especially for us ladies who are so temperamental with our goals. We all love being able to eat more food but yet at the same time it's totally disheartening waving goodbye to all traces of abs and summer bodies. We all admire those sexy curvy booties that have clearly been built in the gym but at the same time envy and find ourselves confused about how to attain them for ourselves without all of the extra calories pouring into our stomachs. [title maintitle="" subtitle="Eating to build...

test Food, Hot news, Wellness / 06.03.2017

Vegan Bodybuilding: Deni Kirkova's Speech at Vegfest [caption id="attachment_1249" align="alignnone" width="625"] Deni speaking at Vegfest (Picture: Deni Kirkova)[/caption] Speaking up about my biggest passions at Vegfest London 2016 was one of the most important moments of my life so far. I spoke about Vegan Fitness and the speech was titled How to Craft Your Dream Body and Achieve Optimum Health on a Vegan Diet. This is something I am an expert in. People were spilling out of the room to hear what I had to say, which was a true honour and meant so much. In fact, it means more to me than most things in this life to promote veganism, and plant-based health and fitness. What greatly frustrates me is the notion that we need to torture and kill animals in order for our brains, muscles, and other parts of our physiology to work their best. [caption id="attachment_1250" align="alignnone" width="619"] Deni two days after winning her MGU trophy (Picture:: Deni Kirkova / Bikini Girls Diary)[/caption] We seem to think we're 'supposed' to mess around with other creatures, use and abuse them, ignore their free will and inflict unknown pain and suffering upon them because we may benefit from ingesting parts of their bodies or excretions. Of course, no-one is going to stand up and admit they believe in animal abuse. People work hard, mentally, to create emotional dissonance around this. It is unthinkable. And so we distance ourselves from the true and blatant fact. Drink milk? I'd say you contribute to child murder, the breaking of a new mother's heart and abuse of the miracle of bearing children. Rearing cattle for dairy is the most unfeminist practice I can imagine. There are simply no two ways about it. And I'm not sitting her hating on all non-vegans pointing the finger. I just see it as a fact - and I was one of...

test Food, Homepage, Hot news / 02.02.2017

Macros, activating, sprouting…ever wonder what health bloggers and Instagrammers are on about? Vicky breaks down 15 health buzzwords and shows you how to sound like you know what they mean The wellbeing revolution is taking the UK by storm with new healthy restaurants opening every other day and more of us working fitness into our busy lives. So it’s no surprise that the vocabulary to describe the components of a healthy lifestyle has expanded too. If you already know your probiotics from your prebiotics and your kombucha from your sauerkraut then skip this bit (but how about activating? That was even new to us). For everyone else, here’s how to pronounce them, use them in a sentence and work them into your life. 1. MACROS Short for? Macro-nutrients Pronounced? ‘Mac-row-new-tree-ants’ What are they? Macro-nutrients are nutrients required to give us energy to keep our bodies functioning. The three macro-nutrients are fats, carbohydrates and proteins and by consuming the correct amount of macro-nutrients for your desired results, whether that is muscle gain, fat loss or toning up, you are more likely to achieve your bodily goals. Macro-counting is a fairly simple method to allow you to calculate how to balance your diet. This is worked out via a ratio format, the basic ratio is 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat and 30 percent protein. However, when we work out our individual percentage to fit our bodily goals the ratios will change as we have to take our height, weight and desired goal into perspective. How to use it? ‘I’ve eaten all of my macros today’ 2. PROBIOTIC Pronounced? ‘PRO-BY-OT-ICK’ What are they? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Our bodies are full of bacteria which is both good and bad. However, probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Probiotics are already...

test Food, Hot news / 20.12.2016

[title maintitle="" subtitle="London's BEST 3 Course Detox Brunch - Grace Belgravia"] A perfect Sunday is spent lounging, eating and chilling out with friends. I think nearly all of us can agree on that? Now thanks to Grace Belgravia the eating part can become guilt free down to the launch of their incredible and nutrient dense, Detox Brunch Menu' created by Head Chef Marcin Ksiazka. 'Definitely not your traditional egg and avocado breakfast' Probably the most flavoursome menu I have sampled this year and definitely not your traditional egg and avocado breakfast. This menu is set to detox you via three delicious courses. Josh and I head down to Grace Belgravia on Sunday to try out the three course Detox Menu at Grace Belgravia. Normally a women's only club however men are allowed entry on Weekends so, we make the most of this special exception. [title maintitle="" subtitle="Traffic Light Detox Shots and Tumeric Lattes"] The brunch starts with a trio of detox shots in traffic light colours. A tomato, red chilli and lime shot (probably my least favourite but definitely tastes detoxing) followed by a delicious lemon, ginger and turmeric shot and finishing with my favourite of the bunch a zesty, sweet green apple and Spirulina shot. We were asked to pick our food choices during the shots which were accompanied by a delicous and very on trend, Tumeric Latte; filled with anti-inflammatory properties and a warm, sweet and spicy milk. [title maintitle="" subtitle="Golden Milk Latte"] The main courses are delivered in a two course part. First we were treated to vegan protein pancakes, made with gluten free buckwheat flour stacked upon one another and topped with coconut yoghurt, blueberries and maple syrup. The presentation alone was perfect and would have any instagram food blogger crying with happiness, yet the presentation didn't even come close to being able to compete with the taste. The...

test Food, Homepage, Recent news / 15.11.2016

Being a self-confessed, health nut I will publicly admit it's not that easy for me to get my protein in. I am allergic to dairy so therefore can't have any whey based proteins and lets face it - that's the majority of the market out there. So, when I have the option to try a new vegan protein powder I get VERY excited. Last week I trialled a brand new range called 'Missfits' - a vegan protein brand. A unique blend of pea protein, crammed with all of the essential nutrients we need for our body to function properly. As most of you know I have been under-going a personal training course so with those long hours spent in the gym I've needed an extra protein burst and this Missfits Sachets have been the perfect option. Filled with added vitamins and minerals you have a great combination of micronutrients needed to stay healthy. My favourite flavour was the chocolate sachet which I mix into my morning porridge oats and the unique coffee flavour - as a coffee addict it gave me the energy to get into the gym and push through a hard workout without so much of a sip of pre-workout! The BEST bit: There's no added sugar so you aren't whacking on the calories or drinking any nasty ingredients - it's completely natural! If you fancy trying Missfits you can order them here,...

test Food, Homepage, Recent news / 13.11.2016

Wild Food Cafe is healthy London’s raw, vegan, free-from restaurant hidden in Covent Garden, Vicky reviews. Being a health obsessed vegan, I was excited when Wild Food Café invited me and a friend down to review. Hidden in a quirky part of Covent Garden Wild Food Café boasts a bright blue exterior staircase leading up to their café.  Fairy lights hang from the windows and wooden tables and bars fill the café. An open planned kitchen is positioned at the back of the restaurant showing just how fresh the food is. After being seated at our table we were handed the menu, it was filled with exciting and deliciously unique food options. I was about to ask for the allergy menu when I realised absolutely everything on the menu is vegan, gluten, wheat and refined sugar free. Not one for a burger and fries? Me either, but just glancing at the olive, shiitake and quinoa burger option (£13.20) confirmed I was in my version of heaven. The interior design from Wildfood Cafe The staff were all quirky and friendly and instantly made us feel incredibly welcome and valued. The drinks ranged from organic wines, gluten free beers, smoothies, juices, organic coffees and teas. Kombuca drinks (£3.70) were even on the menu, Kombuca is a probiotic fermented drink that helps aid the good bacteria in the stomach. I may or may not have had one or two drinks the night before, (I did) so I opted for a Kombuca drink, despite never having tried one before. The fermented Kombuca drinks. The Kombuca was pleasantly surprising, it had a lightly fragrant sweet taste that reminded me of a mix between lemonade and soda water mixed with a gentle zingy hint of ginger. It was the freshest and creamiest hummus I have ever tasted To start with we opted for the hummus...