Supplements: Which Ones?

No matter how well you eat, it’s always likely that there is something you’re not getting from your regular diet that would boost your long term health. Whether it’s iron, Omega-3 or manganese, it’s likely that there is something you could be adding in to boost your long term bone health (especially after the menopause, when osteoporosis can kick in ), your energy or your immunity.

Naturally, the wellness industry has this covered – in abundance – but with so much to choose from, how can you identify what suits you, and what brands are out there that have it nailed?

Adaptogens: What are they, and do you need them?

The latest buzzword in health and wellness has been “adaptogens”. They’ve been around in ayurvedic medicine for centuries, but the concept has just recently begun to take root in the West, and adaptogenic ingredients have been finding their way into various supplements and drinks.

But what exactly are they, and do you need them in your life?

Healthy Snacks To Buy And Make

A healthy diet does not have to exclude snacking, so long as you think about what you eat and make sure that you always have healthy snacks at home or out and about, so that you don’t succumb to an emergency ham and cheese croissant!

Whatever your snack, it should be low is salt and sugar, and have some protein to fill you up, or contribute to your five a day.

Here are our favourites, including some great startups that you should check out.

Melanie’s Week In Food

Melanie has a busy week. Between radio, television and modelling jobs, meetings with brands or her agent, working out alone and with her favourite personal trainers – and looking after her two sons, Roman (14) and Valentino (12) – she is on the go from early morning and often late into the night if there is an event, or just something as simple as seeing friends.

Video: Barre Workout with Natasha, Part 2

Last week we shared the first part of our barre workout series with Natasha with you and today we have part two. This video really works your lower body – you butt, legs and thighs, and although many of the movements are quite small, they are controlled and intense, so don’t underestimate the burn!

To Be Clear – My Journey To and Through Lasik Eye Surgery

I have been wearing glasses since I was about 14 years old. I tended to sit at the back of the class for most of my lessons at school (I know! Don’t judge me!) and was struggling to see the blackboard. A quick trip to the opticians and I was diagnosed with short sighted vision and prescribed my first pair of NHS glasses. I actually liked myself in glasses but changed to lenses when I was 17 mostly because I started modelling.

Interview: Melanie Meets Olivia Wayne

Sky Sports presenter, Olivia Wayne is a familiar face to many, not just from her Sky Sports News slots, but also from her presenting work in the world of fashion and sports, as an ambassador for Marie Curie cancer care. She is passionate about fitness and wellness, and carried her dedication to working out straight through her pregnancy. She had her first baby earlier this year, and Melanie went to visit her to meet baby Ozzie and find out how Olivia was getting on.

Video: Upper Body Barre Workout With Natasha

The lovely Natasha Wood was featured here before, when she shared one of her fantastic workouts with us before Christmas.

This week Melanie has been working out with her at the barre again, and we’re going to be posting a few videos to give you some tips for this straightforward but challenging workout as Melanie and Natasha talk it through and show you some moves.

What’s For Breakfast?

Breakfast fashions rapidly come and go, with fitness Instagrammers regularly posting pictures of their complicated almond milk breakfast smoothies or avocado and egg concoctions on the one hand, and a coffee + croissant grabbed from the cafe by your office on the other. Some of us love something hearty and and filling at 7am, but for the rest of us, nothing could be less appealing.

Here are our top 10 breakfasts – a little bit healthy, a little bit realistic…

Insider Guide: Dublin

Last week, Melanie enjoyed a whirlwind trip to Dublin to catch up with old friends, and visit her favourite hairdresser, Ceira Lambert. Staying at the fabulous Powerscourt Hotel, she got to explore some of the best that Dublin has to offer, from beautiful Enniskerry just outside the city, to the stalwart of the Irish high street Penneys (founded in Dublin in the 60’s, Penneys is known as Primark elsewhere in Europe).

If you are lucky enough to visit Dublin this Spring, make note of these insider tips (from a native Dubliner!) to make sure you get the best out of your visit.

Keeping Fit Online: Streaming

Living in London, an easy hop from her favourite gyms, Melanie works out with plenty of company most days, whether she’s tackling a spin class at Core Collective or working with Sarah Lindsay, her personal trainer.

For lots of us though, that’s just not possible, whether it’s because we’re too far away from a nice gym, have too long a commute or small children (or all three!). DVD’s are one solution (the Tracy Anderson Method offers heaps to choose from), but for the last couple of years streaming has been increasing hugely in popularity.

Get Personal With Melanie’s Personal Trainer

Sarah Lindsay is the founder of Roar fitness, A three-time Olympian and a personal trainer like no other. A European gold medalist, 2x world silver medalist and 10x British speed skating champion, Sarah is an inspiration to anyone looking to reach their full potential.

Insider Guide: Marrakech

Marrakech is a fascinating and accessible city, with a breathtaking range of things to do, see and eat. Bristling with fantastic and affordable places to stay both inside and outside the city, it’s a short flight from the UK and English is widely spoken – where English fails, any French you can scrape together will go a long way.

Melanie visited Marrakech recently when she took part in a bootcamp just outside the city, and had a fantastic time getting away from the winter chill here in England.

She didn’t have time to explore the city properly on her whirlwind visit, so here is her checklist for next time.

Meet Kate Tilston – Practical Life Coach

Kate is a Life Coach who uses very practical methods to help her clients get results. People go to see her because they want to change something in their lives but might not know how to just yet.

Heating Things Up In Marrakech

What a brilliant time I had at the No1 bootcamp in Marrakech. Just what I needed to start 2017 off with a positive powerful start.

The camp runs weekly sessions 51 weeks of the year In Norfolk ,Ibiza and marrakech from Saturday to Saturday, and No 1 Boot Camps aim is to transform their guests on all levels – body, mind and spirit.

Fit in 5

It was really exciting to get a call from Sky TV asking if I’d like to be involved in a new fitness push for 2017. It’s a concept called ‘Fit in 5’ created by Sky’s gym PT Marvin Ambrosius. He has created lots of 5 min workouts that are simple but challenging  using body weight

Gain Grace & Strength: Ballet

Ballet has been increasing in popularity over the last few years, with classes for adults and ballet-inspired workouts springing up all over the country. If you want to get involved, you can go down the “inspired” route or go for traditional ballet study, for which age doesn’t have to stand in your way.

If you want to actually dance with the English National Ballet, you might have left it a bit late to start (I’m assuming that you are over 7 or 8 years of age here), but adults can make astonishing progress, even going en pointe after a couple of years.

A January Detox For Your Thighs

Karen Snyder is a North Londoner with an entrepreneurial streak. After her three children were born, she realised, as so many of us do, that childcare costs made going back to traditional employment challenging, so she launched My Hospital Bag, an ingenious service to provide pregnant women with the ultimate kit for labour and a short hospital stay.

Planning The Perfect January

Whether you are feeing suitably overindulged, cheesed off, bored, cold or still brimming with Christmas cheer, it’s likely that January is going to be the start of some kind of new routine for your well-being.

For some of us this means giving up alcohol, overhauling our diets or starting – and sticking to – a new fitness plan. Or perhaps it means a new wardrobe, beauty routine or style resolution. It could even mean a new hobby – there are a lot of dark evenings ahead of us in the coming months, and there needs to be more to your life than the OA or Westworld.

8 Healthy Store Cupboard Essentials To Seek Out For January

Lots of trendy healthy recipes that you see on Instagram or Pinterest often seem to have ridiculous ingredients that you just don’t normally have, but there are several that crop up over and over again, and are easily available – if not in your weekly shop, then from lots of great suppliers here in the UK.

Lemon & Ginger Chicken with Cannellini Beans

Today we have another hearty recipe from the fabulous Mike Ward – perfect for warming you up on a chilly December evening, and perfect for reheating the next day for a healthy office lunch.

Theta Healing With Deborah Talalay

I am always looking for ways to create some peace and harmony in my life and a lot of that comes from coming to terms with personal history and making peace with my decisions and my actions all of which make me me but they also don’t define me.

Interview with Nutritionist Helene Patounas

Helene Patounas is a nutritionist passionate about inspiring others to make positive change to be the best version of themselves. Her approach to nutrition is science-based, integrating the disciplines of Personalised Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, holds a Masters degree in Personalised Nutrition and a first class degree in Nutritional Therapy.

38ºN Fitness Retreat in Ibiza

As you know, I love to get away out of London, especially at this time of year, but going on holiday is never an excuse for me to not train or take care of what I eat, because for me it is a way of life. So when the opportunity arose to check out 38ºN fitness retreat in Ibiza I was curious as to what it did, what it would do for me and what it was does for others in this otherwise notorious party island.

So why there, of all places?

Have a Smug and Organised Christmas: Part 1

I’m just going to come out and say it.

Christmas.

Whether you like it or not, it’s just around the corner, supermarkets are full of increasingly exotic yumminess (Persian Spiced Christmas Pudding, anyone?) and people are already planning parties and seasonal lunches.

Lemon & Walnut Falafels w Sambal Yoghurt by Chef Mike Ward

Mike Ward hails from Canada, via his birthplace of Australia. A much-loved feature on Canadian television, he has cooked for Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and writes and presents features on food and cooking with a down-to-earth attitude and good humour. We have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of him on this

The Willow Restaurant Review – A Ground Breaking Health Concept

I met Ped Milichamp a few years ago on a photoshoot when he was the creative director of Mens Fitness magazine. So when he contacted me and invited me for lunch to talk about his new role as head of creative & operations at Bluesky connextions, promoting a new concept restaurant ‘The Willow’, in Kingston,

Melanie’s Las Vegas Calendar Trip

Well its that time again when my Charity Calendar goes on sale and this year I shot it in Las Vegas at Red Rock. It was my makeup artist Gary Cockerill’s idea to do a desert shoot. In fact, we’ve wanted to do this shoot every year and for whatever reasons we haven’t quite managed

The Benefits of Matcha & Latte Recipe

Matcha Geen Tea is a potent powdered tea, made from the nutrient-rich young leaves of Camellia sinesis plants, and is essentially a highly potent green tea. Unlike when drinking other green teas, where you are drinking the hot water steeped in tea leaves, with matcha, you are drinking the actual leaves. Matcha’s healthy punch comes

Melanie Loves KOBOX

My friend Sue Seel introduced to me to Kobox, she knew how much boxing training I had enjoyed in the past and knew it would be right up my street. Kobox is a boxing gym in the centre of Chelsea in London and it is completely swanksville compared to the boxing gyms I’ve been to