Wellness

3 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy

Neil Martin | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Parents
Neil Martin

My family were my motivation for getting my health back, I make no secret about it. They are also the reason I know I need to maintain my health... Here are some of the key practices I believe that as parents we can have to keep our families fit and healthy.

The News Is In: Money Can't Buy Happiness

Rosi Prescott | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Rosi Prescott

Last week, the Boston Consulting Group published its Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) report, which measures the wellbeing of citize...

Spa and the City: Hotel Arts, Barcelona

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Awash with architectural treasures, galleries and captivating backdrops, Barcelona is the epitome of European urbanity. Elegant Art Nouveau eateries, Basque-style tapas bars and Michelin-starred restaurants enchant narrow streets and shadowy lanes. Prestigious landmark Hotel Arts Barcelona provides a perfect base to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the city.

Can We Stop Condemning 'Clean Eating'?

Olivia Petter | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Petter

One can only hope that the British public won't be deterred from making a nutritious green smoothie once in a while due to bad editing and lazy research.

Five Healthy Habits to Start Now

Lucie Powell | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucie Powell

Sometimes the thought of trying to lead a healthier lifestyle just seems too daunting. We spend every week promising ourselves that we will start on Monday and then when we do, it just takes one little hiccup and we've 'ruined' the week and wait until the following Monday to start again...

Feel Calm and Focused, the Natural Way

Fotini Markopoulou | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fotini Markopoulou

We've all wanted to change how we feel at some point. Perhaps you drink coffee to feel more alert before arriving at work. Or maybe you've considered taking up yoga to help wind down at the end of the day. Personally, I like the idea of meditation, but with a busy job and family life I have no idea when I'd find the time.

Vana, North India: A New Breed of Life-Changing Retreats

The Spa Spy | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Well, I'll be, says Juliet Kinsman. I went to north India for a week's holiday, ate to my heart's content and spent most of my time supine. And you know what - it was the most life-changing holiday I've had. That's because Vana Retreats is a new breed of destination spa with extraordinary wellbeing cuisine, ideal for anyone who fears abstinence or bootcamps. This salubrious road to wellness is smooth and only gently sloped.

Why You Need to Know About Adaptogens

Jodie Brandman | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Brandman

Let it be known that adaptogens are coming to the UK big time. Their popularity is going to be bigger than spirulina... bigger than kale even, because ancient herbal wisdom is back in business baby!

Bavarian Retreats: Schloss Elmau, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Schloss Elmau, located in the lesser-trodden parts of south east Germany (45 minutes from Innsbruck airport) is one of the swishest family-friendly ho...

When Mental Health Is a Laughing Matter

David Granirer | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Comedy
David Granirer

All too often we see the process of achieving mental wellness as a serious and arduous task. But it doesn't have to be. As a matter of fact it shouldn't be! And having a great sense of humor will help you make sure that it isn't!

Smoke and Mirrors - Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?

Lisa Regan | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Remember in this life there is only one of you, so comparisons are pointless. You are you. Full Stop. And remembering when looking at anything on line, on TV or in magazines, just remind yourself this is not reality unless of course they say #nofilter......

Poise, Not Posture - Don't Try To Stand Up Straight!

Adrian Farrell | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Farrell

After millions of years of evolution you can rest assured that your postural reflexes work well enough if you don't interfere with them. You could say good posture is simply a lack of bad posture. Although good and bad are such judgemental words. You either have poise or you don't.

Summer Ready - Four Luxe Treatments We Love

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Often, when I'm heading to the sun, I'll give my nails a break and leave them clean to soak up the vitamin E. If I do opt for a manicure I always go for a Shellac over a Gel - I find it kinder to the nails, and it usually stays chip free for around a week.

The Apple Watch's Best New Feature Helps You Stay Calm

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Tech

The Apple Watch can do a great many things, and one of those things is being a tool for keeping you active and generally less stressed. Well the Apple...

Californian Retreats: Golden Door, Escondido

The Spa Spy | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Golden Door comes with a starry spa pedigree that other destination spas can only dream of. Opened in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, writer and early pioneer of the So-Cal wellness movement, this groundbreaking spa was soon attracting Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Burt Lancaster, in preparation for film roles.

Is Turmeric Just Another Stupid Wellness Trend?

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

Anyone who has ever made a curry will know that turmeric is that annoying yellow powder that stains your fingers and clothes. What you might not know is that it grows as root and is related to ginger - in fact, it looks like bright yellow ginger. Like I said, it's big in India.

Swing Like You're Winning

Lisa Regan | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

10,000 swings of a kettle bell- sure why would anyone want to do that? So obviously when the challenge of doing this over 20 workouts with a 16kg bell and 500 swings per session was put to me, I thought ok I'll do it. I don't really have any fear of trying things; like I have fear but not being able to do something wouldn't hold me back from even attempting.

Protein Bars, Whey and Acne

Dr Anjali Mahto | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Anjali Mahto

Female adult acne is common and consultations for this have been increasing over the past decade. I am certainly seeing more adult women with acne now in my clinics than ever before. We all know that acne makes you feel bad and the emotional and psychological effects such as low self-esteem are well-recognised.

Easy Life Hacks to Think Your Way Slim

Victoria Wills | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Wills

So, we've officially dived-in to the bikini and flip-flops season. And like many of us, you might be trying to convince yourself that a punishing new gym regime is the way forward if you're going to squeeze into your swimsuit or beach shorts.

Clean Eating: The Truth Behind It

Jodie Brandman | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Brandman

Current terminology in the healthy eating world could definitely stand to be tweaked, including phrases such as 'good' and 'bad' foods, but it's unfair to criticize the chefs and nutritionists who want to get an important message out.

Opulent and Ethical Skincare - Ila's Gold Cellular Age-Restore Facial at Urban Retreat, Harrods

The Spa Spy | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Style
The Spa Spy

Praise be for ila's new range of products. After feeling the effects of a long haul flight, I was more than happy to offer up my face in order to road-test the Brit brand's Gold Cellular Age-Restore Collection. The range of anti-ageing skincare has recently launched at Harrods and this is where I headed to give it a try.

Elite Scottish Retreats: Gleneagles Hotel and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Built in the 1920s, the charming chateau-esque building set in 850 acres of stunning Perthshire countryside is a quintessential Scottish escape. Most famous for its championship golf course, the vast estate also boasts super-luxe suites, a posh shopping arcade, an equestrian and shooting school, a falconry centre, Michelin starred restaurant and of course a state of the art spa.

Five Ways to Change Your Relationship With Food for Good

Rachael Phillips | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Phillips

Our society has an obsession over how we look and that obsession can be linked directly to what's on our plate. Our desire to be thin outweighs our desire to just be healthy. It takes away our perspective and sense of balance and as such food is seen as an emotional crutch instead of simply a source of fuel.

Coconut Oil Is Over, RIP Coconut Oil

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

If it's your thing, use coconut oil to take off your makeup but leave it the f*ck out of your smoothies. Have you heard that coconut oil has a higher smoke point than other oils and therefore generates less free radicals when heated up? Yeah, that's BS too. If you must use it in cooking, use the least amount possible. Capisce?

In Defence of wellness, Not Wellness

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

The main difference to my mind between wellness and Wellness is that the former is actually accessible to everyone. Before I clarified this distinction in my mind, I wrote a blog post dripping with sarcasm and rage, in which I vented.