Friday, 21 March 2014

EAT HEALTHIER MEALS…...£20 off your first food delivery by Eat Evolve

I recently became acquainted with a new food delivery company called Eat Evolve ( The two founders, Marcus & Niall, are super inspiring and have endless energy. They started Eat Evolve last year because as busy city-workers in London, they struggled to find easily accessible, high quality and delicious food. The food from Evolve all follows the general Paleo framework, so it is all made with the highest quality and locally sourced grass-fed, free range meats. They also steer clear of common allergens/inflammatory foods like wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars. Their grain-free granola and cookies are amazing!

So for those of you struggling to source, prepare and eat healthier (and yummy!) meals – Eat Evolve offers a great solution.
Marcus and Niall have generously offered all of my clients & fans £20 off your first order – a no-brainer to give it a try! Just enter “CHLOE” at check-out.

Smokey Chicken & tomato stew with Kalamata olives

Free range chicken thigh (the best tasting and most nutritious part of the chicken)
marinated in a fresh spice blend and slowly braised in a rich tomato and sweet smoked paprika sauce with Kalamata olives.

Spice mix:
·       10g smoked paprika
·       1g oregano
·       1g garlic powder
·       1g cumin powder
·       1g black pepper
·       2g Sea salt

Chicken prep
·       1.6kg free-range chicken boneless thigh, sliced into 2cm pieces
·       60g Rapeseed oil
·       280g onion
·       60g Garlic
·       30g tomato puree
·       800g chopped tomatoes
·       300g Water
·       80g black olives, finely sliced
·       40g Honey
·       4g Sea Salt

1.      Grind ingredients for the spice mix to a fine powder, mix 1/2 the spice mix (8g) with the chicken & 15g rapeseed oil, marinate for 2 hours.
2.     Soften the onion & Garlic in 30g rapeseed oil for 8 minutes, no colour.
3.     Stir in the remaining 8g spice mix, the tomato puree and fry for 3 minutes, no colour.
4.     Add the remaining ingredients bring to a simmer and transfer to a gastronome, cover the surface with tin foil to create a cartouche and cover with a lid.
5.     Cook in the preheated oven maintaining an internal temperature of 85C for 1 hour until the chicken is tender.
6.     Taste, adjust the seasoning if required.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

GUEST BLOG: Chelsea Nutritionist Detox Programme, 2-5 May Bank Holiday

Our Chelsea Nutritionist Detox Programme is based on liver friendly food, from the pure lemon oil in warm water with cayenne pepper on waking up in the morning to a feast of organic vegetables and fruit sourced locally in the Tuscan surroundings. 

Our aim at Chelsea Nutritionist is to take care of body Detox at multiple levels. One of the highlights of the Programme is the supplementation with the nervous system.  Our mushrooms supplements have been carefully formulated by Martin Powell, Chinese herbalist and author of the book Medicinal Mushrooms – A Clinical Guide (October 2010).

Physical and mind fitness are important in a Detox programme, as the body tends otherwise to revert to negative habits and thought patterns. This is why the Programme also includes daily yoga sessions and visits to nearby thermal baths. And a number of low-GI snacks through the day will help maintain levelled the energy levels to fully enjoy the day.

But the Detox Programme does not end with the stay in Poggio Piglia. Our aim is to make sure everybody who attends the Programme learns how to go back to their daily life and be able to continue, with a minimum effort, to put in practice what they have learnt: to clean the liver regularly without starvation, sacrifice and enjoying food.

We look forward to welcoming you to Poggio Piglia,

Natalia Otero Sancho
Nutritional Therapist and CEO, Chelsea Nutritionist

The Chelsea Nutritionist Programme

Friday 2nd of May
20:00 pm   Dinner
21:00 pm   Weekend briefing

Saturday 3rd of May
8:30 am   Lemon Oil Kick Start
8:50 am   Yoga by the Pool
9:30 am   Breakfast
10:30 am   Yoga by the Pool
11:30 am   Nutritional Therapy Consultation or Free time
12:30 pm   Lunch
14:15 pm   Sensory Spa – Chianciano Terme
18:00 pm   Nutritional Therapy Consultation or Free time
19:00 pm   Sunset Meditation by the Pool
20:00 pm   Dinner

Sunday 4th of May
8:30 am   Lemon Oil Kick Start
8:50 am   Yoga by the Pool
9:30 am   Breakfast
10:30 am   Yoga by the Pool
11:30 am   Nutritional Therapy Consultation or Free time
12:30 pm   Lunch
14:15 pm  Detox Circuit -
Terme San Casciano
18:00 pm   Nutritional Therapy Consultation or Free time
19:00 pm   Sunset Meditation by the Pool
20:00 pm   Dinner

Monday 5th of May
8:30 am   Lemon Oil Kick Start
8:50 am   Yoga by the Pool
9:30 am  Breakfast
10:30 am   Healthy Eating: Chef and Nutritionist Class
12:30 pm   Lunch

Price per person: £1,350 (includes transport to and from Airports)

Sunday, 9 March 2014


I share my studio at Lomax with Tarik Francis, a Personal Trainer & Pilates Specialist.  It is great to be able to work together, discuss our thoughts and ideas, and of course practice different exercises on each other. He is also a great support when it comes to promoting Pilates to men.

The majority of my clients are women.  I spend a lot of my time trying to convince men that Pilates WILL benefit them but I think a lot of men think that Pilates is fairly boring and not that effective.  If you are a weight lifter or a football player, Pilates will improve endurance and performance whilst reducing the risk of injury. 

Ryan Giggs is a perfect example of why men should practice Pilates.  Giggs has been an avid fan of Pilates all through his football career and this is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why he is still playing at the age of 40. England rugby union star Ugo Monye is another sportsman to benefit from Pilates, using it to get over a crippling back injury.

Why should men do Pilates?  Pilates exercises are made up of subtle, concentrated movements that can help with the following:
  • Developing often neglected muscle groups. Some of our muscles, especially ones that dominate our daily activities, are stronger than others.  Pilates focuses on the smaller, deeper muscles that typically don’t get much attention
  • Improving flexibility.  In general, men seem to have tight muscles and stretching is often ignored. Pilates focuses on dynamic stretching which will help prevent injuries and muscle strains and increase range of motion.
  • Building core strength (and help you get that dream six-pack you have always wished for). Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to power movement in your limbs. Pilates also focuses on the transverse abdominals, the deepest abdominal muscle beneath your six-pack.
  • Enhancing concentration.  With lots of specific breathing and challenging coordination to remember, Pilates forces you to pay attention.
  • Boosting your sex life (well it’s a done deal then right?!). Pilates strengthens the core and the pelvic floor which will help you get greater control of this area. You’ll find that this gives you extra control and stamina during sex allowing for a longer, more intimate experience.
A few exercises for the core outlined by Tarik….