Lift, learn, live – the weekly round-up #2

Clockwise from top left: Ten Pilates studio (1-3); creamy post workout porridge with Pip & Nut peanut butter (4); Free Range photography show (5-6); The Flavour Thesaurus (7); Carsten Holler: Decision (8-9); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea (10-11); even the changing rooms at Ten Pilates are beautiful (12)!

Clockwise from top left: Ten Pilates studio (1-3); creamy post workout porridge topped with a Beltsander Brownie and Pip & Nut peanut butter (4); Free Range photography show (5-6); The Flavour Thesaurus (7); Carsten Holler: Decision (8-9); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea (10-11); even the changing rooms at Ten Pilates are beautiful (12)!

LIFT

Boxing, burpees, giant sets and mindfulness… just a little taste of what my So Much More card has introduced me to in the past week! After gaining confidence to stop relying on HIIT & weights sessions (I’ve shared my fitness story FitFoodEmma my fitness story if you’re interested!), I am absolutely loving having access to some of London’s most exciting studios. I’ve written a full review of So Much More with a fantastic discount code for you here.

All those new activities mean that I’ve been upping my carbs and taking the opportunity to enjoy breakfast in a proper bowl, not a tupperware pot, at home!

LEARN

After starting to read Wheat Belly on holiday recently, I finished the book and did some further research into GI values this week. I’d known that white, processed wheat was a high GI food but I had no idea that wholewheat bread has a higher GI than table sugar! You can reduce the GI value of a meal by adding in fibre, healthy fats and protein sources, which will result in the carbohydrates being reduced into your bloodstream in a slower

I definitely don’t agree with everything that William Davis writes and don’t advocate/promote gluten free diets (unless you’re a coeliac in which case it is absolutely essential), but do believe that keeping stable, balanced blood sugar levels is essential and personally follow a low GI, low sugar ‘diet’ (plus a few treats such as that fabulous afternoon tea!).

I’ve also picked up The Flavour Thesaurus again. I was given this for Christmas but haven’t opened it too much until now – what a mistake! It’s a fantastic guide to food pairings, from the more obvious (lamb & rosemary) to the surprisingly delicious (avocado & coffee; cherry & goat’s cheese).

LIVE

I’m always looking for things to do in London which don’t revolve around food & drink. I absolutely love trying new restaurants and pop-ups, but it’s so easy to opt for after-work drinks or a meal out every time you see friends and family that it can quickly begin to affect your waistline!

This week I explored two galleries, firstly visiting the Free Range graduate photography show in Brick Lane before heading to Central London to see the Carsten Holler: Decision exhibition at the Southbank Centre and treating myself to a very indulgent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea at One Aldwych, London. The interactive exhibition is a fantastically fun and unique day out – you enter the gallery through a pitch black, silent maze and leave through a three-storey high metal slide (screaming your heart out if you’re anything like me!). The adrenalin from the slide alone raised my heart rate enough to count as a pre-afternoon tea workout!

If you love afternoon tea and want to try some exquisitely designed food then I really recommend the chocolate tea – it’s £37.50 so much more expensive than an average lunch/dinner but the service is sublime, each item is surprising (I’ll remember cheesecake-filled golden chocolate eggs for a very long time) and you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day as you’re offered refills of each course. Personally I find afternoon tea is usually much better value than an evening meal in top restaurants and I love going out for meals that I could never recreate at home.

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