A Gut Feeling: ION Gut Supplement

The Only Cocktail You Need

I have a confession to make. For quite some time I have both neglected and abused my gut opting for the odd quick fix with only a cursory thought of probiotics and the like. Invariably, overlooking gut health catches up with you and your complexion! A well-maintained gut is the foundation of overall good health. Foolishly, I have ignored the body’s instinctive drive to maintain and repair at a cellular level but, no more mes amies!

The brainchild of Dr. Zach Bush, ION* Gut + Microbiome aims to support the body’s microbiome by “going beyond probiotics to empower your gut microbiome’s natural ability to defend against environmental toxins and drive health”. Our wonderful bodies possess an innate drive to heal and thrive and as such, the function of ION is to support not supplement.

A single shot taken before meals and you’re good to go. I have it on good authority that the Goddess of all things healthful – Elle Macpherson positively bathes in the stuff and if it’s good enough for Elle…

Mostly Lovin’: Megababe Bust Dust

As you may recall, I have been undertaking something of a health overhaul of late. This has included not only adapting to a Ketogenic diet but also increasing both the level and variety of exercise I undertake each day.

This current fitness spurt has led me to make a somewhat uncomfortable discovery shall we say? It is my feeling that in general, we as women do not share those tricky little issues we encounter in our daily lives be it the unavoidable indignities of the smear test, the unforeseen horrors of the menopause, the monthly impulse to permanently abandon one’s partner in the Sainsbury’s freezer aisle! Perhaps this is because as women, we are so often “troopers” – that is to say, we simply get on with it.

Well, I for one have a complaint! As anyone with a certain bust size can attest, the general up-lift and smooching together of the breasts attributed to the wearing of a sports bra often leads to major boob-sweat. (Yes, this is indeed “a thing”)! It’s uncomfortable and quite frankly makes me long for the days of my more modest cup size, that is until I discovered Bust Dust by Megababe. The brain-child of Katie Sturino, Bust Dust was born out of necessity and the distinct lack of options in terms of non-toxic, talc-free sweat absorbing powders on the market which help to prolong freshness.

What I really admire about Sturino’s entrepreneurial stance is her honest approach to the beauty industry. Open any fashion magazine and you will no doubt come across articles discussing the perfect summer scent or the best long wearing-foundations. How to cope with boob sweat in those balmy summer months is rarely discussed let alone how to abate the dreaded thigh chafe! Anyone who is…well…human should not be surprised to learn that sometimes skin meets skin and reactions occur. The only truly surprising issue here is that the beauty industry has yet to cotton on to this most basic of facts…

Megababe Bust Dust … Finally !

Mostly Tryin’: The Keto Diet


Keto Basics

I’m not entirely sure how it happened but somehow I seem to have…gained a hell of a lot of some weight. There is a general softening of angles and where once there were sharp lines now sits the vague memory of a proud jawline. Of course, it is entirely possible that my seasonal hibernation may finally have caught up with me so it is time to take some definitive albeit lumbering action.

On the subject of action, has anyone noticed just how truly awesome Halle Berry is looking these days? With the help of Personal Trainer (and altogether delicious action man) Peter Lee Thomas, Berry has completely overhauled her fitness levels and in the process inspired women a fraction of her years.
Spurred on by Berry’s athletic form I decided to look into her diet secrets but as it turns out it’s really not that secret after all. As a type 1 diabetic, Berry has practised a Ketogenic diet for many years. The keto diet is a very low-carb high fat regime which has been proven to help burn the bodies fat stores more effectively and may also slow the ageing process! Essentially, 75 percent of calories should come from healthy fats. The real trick is to eat the right fats in the correct amounts.


Fifty-f**king what you say?!

I must admit, the idea of tucking into a bun-less burger whilst my body gets to work on yesterday’s transgressions has a definite appeal so I elected to read up on the diet purchasing “The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet” written by Keto Nutritionist Maria Emmerich. The book is extremely comprehensive as Emmerich seeks to dispel many Keto myths. The no-cook meal plan is also a bonus. Halfway through the book I have to admit there may well be something to this diet but the real test will be putting it into practice day in day out… As with so many restrictive diets, the key to success is in the planning (or so I’m told). Emmerich recommends cutting out diary and nuts in the first month to maximise weight loss but frankly a month without cheese seems a step too far. Rather, I am slowly cutting out various carbs each week to avoid the dreaded keto-flu substituting with low carb alternatives such a pork rinds instead of crisps, baked Parmesan chips instead of nachos.
The strangest aspect of this diet is suddenly being free to purchase full fat foods. Goodbye low calorie salad dressing, hello full fat mayonnaise, sayonara lean mince beef, bonjour bacon. Let’s be clear, I do not believe in restricting ones diet on a permanent basis but I am willing to give this regime a go, I mean, any diet that champions bacon and eggs can’t be bad in my book! Watch this space… x

Mostly Lovin’: The Thug Kitchen Cookbook

"Totally F**king Brilliant!"

“Totally F**king Brilliant!”

In my present frame of mind this cookbook is right up my avenue so to speak. I know I should eat well but sometimes, just sometimes I really don’t want to start chopping vegetables and ar*ing around with sweet potatoes after a hard days musings… Try to imagine if you will a very angry gentlemen from lets say New Jersey attempting to tell you how to serve grilled eggplant (OK aubergine) with Soba noodles after you’ve just trashed his football team and informed him that his mother resembles a swamp-donkey. Still confused, OK the opening blurb reads, “We are here to inspire mother-f****rs to eat some God-damn vegetables… Capisce?! x

Image courtesy Thug Kitchen.com

Maca Root: The Source of Hormonal Balance

Sale Coconut Palm Sugar, Biona Foods Sale


So as you can see I am continuing to invest in my health and believe me it had better be an investment when you consider the weighty cost of these supplements! I have heard many a good thing about Maca Root Powder not least that it contains high levels of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. To boot, maca has high levels of magnesium and is great for helping to re-balance hormones so if you turn into a swamp-beast once a month this is the supplement for you. Sprinkled over porridge daily, what could be simpler. Comme d’habitude I will check back in a few weeks to let you know how I am getting on. I have also read a lot about Coconut Palm Sugar or Nectar. It’s low GI and has a wonderful (but most importantly) all natural butterscotch flavour which is perfect in baked goods and coffee. I don’t really use refined sugar so this will be a great alternative to the of-so-toxic artificial sweetener. x

My Diet Overhall: One Month Trial

Living A Raw Food Diet, Raw Food Restaurant London

Seeds Anyone?

I have something of a confession to make… I have been increasingly interested in adopting a macrobiotic diet. Hell yes, I know c’est ridicule n’est-il pas? It’s exactly the ridiculousness of it all which makes me want to take on this challenge. In my early twenties I was a happy resigned vegan for many a year so how much of a leap could this be? (A big one you say…hmm let me think).
In my attempts to get fit last year, I realised that eating well consists largely of thinking and planning ahead thus avoiding any (or potato based) temptation. This requires not only a well proportioned refrigerator but a sizable bank balance to match but my friends…it can be done.
I have a friend who has tasked herself with solely eating a raw food diet. As a direct result, she has the type of complexion normally bestowed upon a small child’s bottom, that is to say, flawless and decidedly peachy. The downside of such a clean diet is that a large portion of her day is taken up with thinking about, planning and assembling her next meal as very few restaurants in London cater to the “raw food brigade”. Many a lunch has been spent watching the rest of us chow down whilst she sips serenely on a green tea (so noble!). I feel the macrobiotic diet offers a happy medium as one can indulge in pulses, whole grains, cereals, and cooked vegetables. This I can do but more importantly I don’t think I would feel particularly under-nourished. Alors, I have elected to follow a macrobiotic diet during the week whilst allowing myself treats at the weekend. Frankly, life is far too short for a diet consisting largely of abstinence…

Sun Chlorella & Other Good Things…


As you may remember, I have been trying to make certain changes to my sartorial approach this year. I decided recently that to be truly comfortable (both inside and out), such sweeping changes should also include a healthier lifestyle. The first step in said lifestyle overhaul is to increase my intake of “super foods”. I mean why settle for health foods when you can have uber foods? So this weekend I skipped along to my local health store and got me some Sun Chlorella, hardcore Vit’ C and some other goodies. I am undertaking a skin spring clean…one pill at a time.


Sun Chlorella is credited with having contributed to the celestial glow currently sported by models such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr. Chlorella is a completely natural algae which is found in fresh water. It possesses an abundance of amino acids, nutrients and protein: twice as much protein than spinach!
I have started with the recommended 5 tablets a day and will build up to the standard 15 budget allowing, in due course. In two months I fully expect my complexion to be a source of evangelical pilgrimage! So, check back soon and I will reveal all…so to speak. Bisous.


Weekend Quick Eats: Pork Chop & Spiced Broad Bean Mash

This is such a simple yet tasty and healthy supper. This also makes for a great lunch as it will keep you going all day. Firstly, season and grill or griddle a medium sized pork chop. Whilst that’s doing it’s thing, blanch some fresh broad beans for 2 -3 minutes then plunge into ice water. Remove the vexatious skins and crush into a mash adding half a minced clove of garlic, chilli flakes, fresh lemon juice, good extra virgin olive oil (or Rapseed), salt and pepper to taste. Some people like to add cream cheese but I don’t believe it is necessary. Lastly mix through some fresh mint. Et là vous l’avez!

Sneaky Turkey Burger

Alors, as I am sure you remember I am currently dragging my somewhat lethargic self through the depths of a “get-fit-trip”. This “trip” involves cycling 20 kilometres a day together with pilates and 20 minutes heart fat-busting workout. In short, I wake up, I exercise, sniff some lettuce at dinner time and then I go to bed. However, one of my post workout treats is a homemade turkey burger.  Much like the “stunt mojito” it’s not quite the full monty but a degree of the sum of it’s parts…
I begin with copious amounts of salad, (a highly necessary decoy to help lend the appearance bountiful abundance), I then mould my pattie (be careful not to allow your hunger to dictate the size of your burger… “you’re only cheating yourself” as various smug truth tellers have whined over the years), then grill, adding pickle, light mayo and mustard once cooked. Of course the astute amongst you will notice the distinct lack of “bun action”. This is no accident but a calculated measure on my part to lessen the calorific load but the truth of the matter is it doesn’t really matter how many salad leaves you throw at a meat pattie, a burger is not a burger until it has an accompanying bun. Truth! xx