Gifts Ideas // The Foodie

/ The Good Pud

I honestly have no idea how they do it, but the guys at Nakd have brought out another incredible flavour – Christmas pud. Xmas pud with no bad stuff, we will be time travelling before we know it! 
Buy here

/ The Bulking Nut butter

If winter is bulking then Pip & Nut got it down to a T. They’ve introduced huge tubs of their nut butters much to every nut butter lovers joy… plenty to go around for Christmas

Buy them here.

/ Lean up

The foodie in your life into a bit of fitness too? Help them lean up in the new year with the help from the famous & loveable Body Coach.

Get it here

/ Guilt Free Indulgent 

Let that healthy foodie enjoy some guilt free gingerbread this Christmas. With only 36kcal per biscuit jokes are defo not on them…

Grab them here

What food do you love at Christmas?
love Chlo xxxx

The Thoughts/ April




Please please bare with me, I apologise for how late this post is, I wanted to make sure I had really decent information for it but also, i’ll admit uni work did get the better of me! BUT… I finish on Tuesday & I couldn’t be happier to then start my internship & go on my holidays. My thoughts this month are sick, though, so check them out below: 


CREP PROTECT FOUND SOMETHING INTERESTING/ 

‘Nearly a third of us (29%) believe it’s acceptable to wear trainers to a funeral according to a new research project into the UK’s love of trainers by footwear protector Crep Protect. The survey found that one in ten of us (12%) has actually turned up to a funeral wearing trainers, and a further 17% would if the occasion arose.’ – so it’s time we all chuck out those dodgy winkle pickers or horrendous ‘dolly’ shoes. You can buy crep protect here.

ADULTS NEED TO GET MOVING…/ 

The guys at weActiv found eye-opening statistics which revealed that almost half (47%) of adults said that if they went running now, the furthest they could manage would be just half a mile or less. And those who claimed to be able to run a mile, almost three in 10 said the last time they did so was more than a decade ago. – Joining a local running group or signing up for a race for life or similar is a great way to get you moving.

ATHLETES SPEND LESS ON FOOD THAN NON-EXERCISERS / 

‘voucherbox.co.uk constructed a study & found that those who live a lifestyle of junk food spend £7000 more on food than UK athletes. Bodybuilder Sebastian David, who once lived off £247 a week on junk food now lives on healthy foods and supplements costing him only £117 a week’
– although the chocolate bar may be cheaper now, maybe it’s time we think about the long run *inserts emoji with hand on his chin’

EXERCISE  – THE ANTIDEPRESSANT /

A study done by Emily E. Bernstein & Richard J. McNally found that participants who had completed 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise reported feeling less sadness by the end of their study, in comparison to individuals who had not exercised. –  I completely agree with this, if I’m having a bad day, a quick session at the gym or a run always sorts me out & helps me focus again.

BEFIT FESTIVAL / 

If you follow me on Social Media you’ll know I went to Befit at the end of April – a women’s fitness festival & a great day out. I was stuffed full of free samples & all shopped out at the end of the day, but for those of you interested in fitness and health & finding new products and classes, BeFit really is for you. I’ll be going again next year, so holla if you are & we can meet up!





Confessions of a Fitness Blogger / #1

OK, maybe not the worst. I’m sure there is worse than me, but I certainly couldn’t be described as good. People often mistake the fact that I cook a lot for that meaning that I’m good at it. I mean, if you like overcooked chicken [this happens more often than not], normally covered in too much chilli sauce with some broccoli, then sure I’m your type of girl. 
I’m not adventurous and when I try to follow recipes I get impatient & then moan that it doesn’t taste how it’s meant too. 
I tend to avoid cooking for people, simply because I eat whatever, it doesn’t really matter what it tastes like, I’ll probably still eat it, so whether I’ve got crispy salmon or dry chicken, I’m too lazy to start again, so just eat it. However, because of my lazy, boring, eat-whatever approach to cooking when I cook for others they are normally repulsed. I once made a ‘healthy flapjack’, my best mate Zoe nearly threw up and it was left in the Tupperware box for a good few weeks until I realised no one was going to eat it…
It’s when I go to my dad’s house which is where I get to try all the amazing, healthy snacks. My Stepmum is a great cook, that must follow the recipes because she makes some of the most incredible snacks from book likes Deliciously Ella & Get the Glow by Madeline shaw.
 [Follow me on Instagram, to see some of the foods I’ve tried when I visit]
Maybe in the words of Take That, I should have a little patience when it comes to my cooking.
Doubt I will though.

The Thoughts / March



It’s finally spring! The weather may not show it but the countdown to summer has begun and it’s time to up our game…


Quitting smoking/

A study found that if you’re trying to quit smoking the it turns out going cold turkey is the best. So chuck ’em out and spend your money on something healthier this spring. Source

Long Working Hours & Heart Disease/

University of Texas Health Science Centre’s study team analysed health records for 1,900 individuals during a long-term study about the work environment and conditions. They found those who worked 55 hours a week had a 16% high risk of Cardiovascular disease than those who worked 45 hours, with 35% higher risk for those working 60 hours a week. So, with the days getting longer, it’s time to relax a little a longer too. source


Crank up the Music/


The Journal of Positive Psychology found that listening to music “can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent,” according to Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education. So, sack off the pre workout and get listening to a decent playlist… My favourite workout playlist at the moment is ‘Rage Radio’ on Spotify. source


Say Bye to Sugar/ 

Single mum of 3, Janey Holiday, set up ‘making things easy.com’ to help ladies live a healthier and happier life, offering motivational podcast’s to keep you on track as well as nutritional facts, this lady keeps you inspired and motivated through out the whole course. You can quit sugar and get fit using my favourite cardio! High-intensity interval training with this SUGAR HIIT programme, is sure to torch fat, increase your fitness and stable your mind. Start your sugar HIIT journey here.

HIIT it with NetWod/ 

Online workout’s are no longer a thing of the past, however, have you ever done a live HIIT class from the comfort of your own home? Now you can, Netwod.com offers professional coaching via a two-way video. You can grab a 7-day free trial which is even better, everyone loves a free trial. Join me & start your Network journey…

Top Picks / London Health Show

London… the centre of all new products coming onto the market & a place I really love.
Back in Jan, I got invited to the London Health show as press, grabbing my trusty camera and notebook, missing one train & spilling porridge down me, I made my way to Olympia stadium & had a great day of networking and trying out new products.

Here were my top picks from my day at the show & what you all definitely need to try:

The Carob tree, or otherwise known to my family as ‘The Sperm Tree’. These poo like fruity pods grow on tree’s in places like Austrailia, Italy and our family friends having one at their home in Spain. Having no idea what the tree was, it was soon declared ‘the sperm tree’ after someone said it apparently ‘smelt like sperm’… hmm. Anyway, on our holiday, we had absolutely no use for them apart from chucking them in a bucket as part of a game.
At the show, they caught my eye and I was so shocked I was like  ‘oh my god the poo bits from the sperm tree!’ Anyway, turns out they are fruit pods which are amazing for energy, with this brand boasting that their carob products are allergy-free. Turns out, the carob powder is often used as a substitute for chocolate in cakes, & it has Gallic acid which apparently works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral AND an antiseptic… so turns out the sperm tree is a supertree after all….

100% pure argan oil – this stuff I was a bit sceptical at first but I went, tried it and honestly it works. My hair is so soft and nowhere near as dry from all my dying. It helps with scars apparently too, that’s what I’ll try it on next! You can buy yours here….

Sorry what! Camel’s milk?! Full of nutrients and flavour, this stuff tastes good too, slightly saltier but really smooth and just like other milk. Not only tasty but also better for the environment, with the ratio of cows to camels 18,000:1, check out ‘Cowspiracy’ if you haven’t already to learn about how damaging cows really are. Read here for even more camel milk benefits… it’s more interesting that you may think.

The lords of the nut butter. I’m honestly obsessed with Pip & Nut with the almond butter and the peanut butter being my faves, I’m also partial to the coconut almond butter I must say. A nut butter with no sugar, no palm oil just pure nuts blended and made it’s a gooey amazing mess. I smother on top of rice cakes or just sit with a spoon in the jar. You can get yours and read more here

 A truly inspirational woman, Dr Barbara Mariposa holds no secret of the stressful life she has led and offers her expertise in mindfulness through courses. At the show, she gave us a small insight into what mindfulness means and where she has come from… a lady of pure mindful knowledge! See here…

Have you seen any interesting things on the market recently?

Why I Waved Bye to Whey

It’s coming up to my 3rd year that I’ve been properly into fitness and it’s fair to say my body has changed a huge amount, I’ve gone from a cardio bunny to a bulking curry (it rhymed, I didn’t literally turn into a Korma) and round and round in circles.

When I first started I jumped on the protein hype, the boys did it so why can’t I. High protein diets had started coming onto the scene and I took it as my diet pill, holding protein shakes responsible for every inch of weight loss and every centimetre of muscle. 
Believing the spots on my face were hormonal and the spots on my back were down to sweat. I tried everything to get rid including a trip to the Doc, yet nothing worked. 
I was bloated and every time I drank my trusty shake I felt heavy and overly full, but that was simply because the protein is meant to fill me up right? Over time, I couldn’t stomach a shake before the gym and if I had one to close to bed my moaning gut would keep me up all night… but that’s just my body adapting surely?
A friend had recommended stopping the protein shakes as it really helped her but it felt like I was addicted to it. 
Convinced that any muscle I had would flake away and I would end up as a blob of unlean fatness laying on the floor crying out for a protein shake. I was convinced that those nourishing foods like spinach, chicken and broccoli would never give me the amount of protein I needed. I decided to switch to soy protein…which only made my spots worse.
It was only when I stopped the gym for a few weeks, that I cut protein competely as I felt my body didn’t need it as much if I wasn’t training.
Surprisingly, I lost weight… but it was muscle mass that I had lost. My skin started clearing up (which I assumed would have been from the week in the sun I had a few weeks before), my bloating gone down and my gut let me sleep at night. 
I moved out and got back in the gym and, of course, added my whey protein back in. 1 hour it took… one whole hour before my stomach and gut was churning, I was left feeling heavy and lethargic. The spots? That took 1 day.. the mountains were back & the blocked pores came for a long holiday. That’s when I knew shakes were a goner.

I’m now the leanest I’ve ever been, no spots at all on my back and my face has really cleared up all without the use of protein shakes. So, it turns out that matey clucking around the garden can give you enough protein after all and my trusty shake isn’t so great for my body.

I’m not saying this is what happens to everyone as there are thousands out there that love whey and it really compliments their diet helping them lose weight, get leaner & help gain muscle. Adding suppliments is always worth a go, but if you have any side effects it’s best to stop and not keep ploughing through like I did… I can’t even touch anything with the slightest bit of whey protein now else my stomach flares up.

You can see other common whey protein side effects here.

Chlo’s new challenge

Oh here we go, yeah it’s me setting myself yet another challenge. But before you all get on your high horse, this one is a genuine challenge, with genuine PTs and all that Jazz.

I introduce you to, Rhea Gayle, a 4x 1m British Diving champion and my new PT. *Smug face*

After lots of thought, joining the new gym and starting my second year, I’m in the best place mentally so thought why don’t I push myself and document it on here… and the world of Vlogs.
I’ve been so scared of vlogs but after working with the film students this year… I’m kind of excited to start, so watch this space.

Anyway, back to the 8 Week Challenge…

– PT sessions with Rhea
– Strict diet
– Hard exercise/ 6 times a week
– Strong discipline
– Lots of blog posts
– 1 cheat meal a week

After my consultation, my measurements and filling in the forms signing my life to Rhea for the next 8 weeks, my first PT is Friday and my challenge started yesterday.

Yesterday consisted of:

30 mins cycle – 15 glute work – 15 min abs – 5 min cooldown. 

Coffee – two eggs – orange – 4 egg white omelette – apple & peanut butter – chicken stir fry.

I’m not too impressed with my diet, I hadn’t prepped which is the biggest school girl error … but today’s a new day.

My aim: To cut fat and tone up while giving myself extra knowledge to keep up the training after.

Here’s to the next 8 weeks.

The Paleo People

Paleo has taken the fitness industry by storm and eating like our ancestors has become more popular than ever before but like many, I spent a lot of the time feeling very vague about what paleo actually entails.
If you follow me on Instagram (@chlohodgkinson) you would have seen Samba in the sun with the Paleo from A to Z book a few weeks ago and over the past few weeks I’ve spent my holiday and quiet times at work being nose first into this book. Written by Darryl Edwards, an international speaker and a definite expect on the paleo lifestyle this little genius has written a dictionary-like book for everything you need to know about the paleo diet.
What is a calorie? What’s the connection with cancer and paleo? How does mindfulness play a role?
You name it this book can answer it, well when it comes to paleo that is, don’t try find out who the first man on the moon was.
Personally, I try to live as paleo as possible especially when I’m training hard. Fruit, nuts, veggies and meat and eggs are what builds the main part of my diet. However, my biggest challenge is how to keep the cravings and binges at weekends under control. I’m still young and love to go out and have a few drinks which my body seems to be able to cope with but what it doesn’t cope well with is excess carbs and processed food which is my biggest battle when I’m hungover on a Sunday morning. But if there is anything that’ll keep you motivated to stay clean on a hangover it’ll be this book.
This week I’ve taken the week off training hard. I’ve had an ear infection so a rest was advised, but my diet has been shocking, not by eating junk food  but in a not eating at all way.
Feeling queasy all week, my stomach has growled at me all day everyday but I just haven’t been able to eat, so I may have lost my holiday weight but not in a good way – bring on Monday when I should be back in full health, back training and embracing Paleo like it’s never been embraced before.

Hope you’ve all had a great week, trained hard so you can party harder on this mega messy bank holiday and if you fancy giving paleo a go you can get this book Amazon and for more on Darryl Edwards you can read his blogs on Fitness Explorer.

Port Elliot Party

Ever been to a middle class, creative festival and got so drunk with your lecturers? I have. Ever seen a different side to the middle class when the sun goes down and the house music starts? I have. Want to experience it? Head to Port Elliot festival next year.
With tonnes of workshops, life talks, hippies and great bands playing, this was a festival I certainly wasn’t used to and you know what? I bloody loved it. 
At first I was slightly concerned with the amount for 6 years old Rupert’s, Harold’s (there was even an Arsenal) running around and the older couples, my first thought was … where the hell has uni brought me?
However, I ate my words and what a great experience, laying in the sun and drinking with your best mates and then dancing the whole night to Andrew Weatherall on the decks was incredible and if you think yourself as middle class you’ll fit right in and if you don’t but into art, music, fashion and literature I would 100% give it a try – especially if you have a family… it’s great for you guys.
Friday was so hot so I kept it cool with a vintage short dungarees and a simple black tee with vans, which although kept me cool gave me dodgy tan lines! You can get similar in most vintage shops and I believe Urban Outfitters are doing similar as well – Just like this one
Saturday was slightly more cloudy so my grey Topshop jersey dress kept me cool and my colourful jumper kept me warm and standing out. Unfortunately the jumper is from a market in Shoreditch that I got back when I was working at Women’s Health Magazine, but if you want to similar you may as well head in that direction as I’m sure you won’t have to look hard to find one similar! 
Keep your eyes out for Thursday’s post – how to cope the week after a festival.

Macro Madness

Move over calories, it’s all about the macros.

It’s time to forget counting the calories and start measuring your macros.
It seems the world has gone a bit nuts for macros, but it still has many like a rabbit in headlights, with the constant calculations and meanings, but turns out it isn’t all that scary.

Macros are your proteins, carbs and fats. Your body works at its best when your macros are on point, this means you’re eating the correct amount of macros. So a day full of honey popcorn probably isn’t best, even if it homemade. Damn.

The exact number of macros you need all depends on your height, weight, amount of physical activity and whether you’re looking to loose, maintain or gain weight.

When it comes to nutrition food prep is key and if that’s not hard enough, trying to weigh out macros appears to just add extra stress and hassle. Working out how many grams of protein and whether this breast of chicken takes me up to that amount I need for that day is definitely something I had to get used to.
HOWEVER, for those you of who fancy working out your macros and fancy joining the macro hype you can do and so easily by purchasing the macro food recipe book.
Daniel Wheeler and co-author Monica Bravo have got this book just perfect, an easy step by step guide to working out your own macros and then incredible recipes for you to follow, with guess, what… their macro count in them, so you can put your scales away as they’ve done the hard work for you.

You can purchase the macro recipe book here:  http://www.danielwheeler.co.uk/the-macro-recipe-book-vol2

Follow me on Instagram – chloehodgkinson, to have a look at some of the recipes I will be creating this week as part of my macro count and food prep.

Happy Monday and Happy Cooking