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Meet Musclemary : the clean helathy and fun new superfood protein powder

31.8.17

My good friend and superb trainer Francesca Giacomini has just launched her incredible new range of protein powder called Muscle Mary .

After trying it for the first time today, I was super impressed ! So let me give you a little insight in this fantastic new product !

 
Founded by Francesca and Dr David Jack, Muscle Mary is a collection of plant based superfood proteins that have multiple benefits all contained in one single supplement.
 
Their plant based lean sports supplement drink called Not Just Protein is designed to support a healthy, lean body providing the essential building blocks for both before and after exercise in an easily reconstituted powder form .
 
 

 
Muscle Mary is gloriously gluten free, GMO free, dairy free and hormone free. It is lean and clean with no aspartame, no added sugar and absolutely no artificial colours or flavouring- its even vegan, halal and kosher !
 
Their protein comes from pea and white hemp which is a must nowadays as whey protein is really a thig of the past- so beware when buying protein powder always make sure its vegan !

The 4 different flavours it comes in - Vanilla, Chocolate, Berry and Matcha- include an optimum plant protein blend , a carefully curated premium superfood mix, a lean formula of glucomannin, matcha and CLA to optimise body composition and a mix of antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin B Complex.


Francesca and her team are also soon  launching recipe cards, travelling sachets , protein bars and a clothing line so watch this space !

To order or to get additional information please visit
 

Project Zero

10.8.17

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am very proud to announce that Wild Free Innocent is now on the committee of Project Zero : an exciting new kind of movement for ocean conservation.
 
 
I was first introduced to Project Zero by my good friend and one of its founders, Tyrone Wood .I first met Tyrone when we joined forces working together in the art world in London back in 2008 and since then we have always kept each other updated with the projects we were currently working on. From the moment I heard about Project Zero , I was immediately drawn to this fantastic new concept which supports a great cause so let me tell you more about it as I would love for you all to get on board with us !
 
 
Project Zero is a new generation focused on fixing the world's largest and most solvable problem : the ocean . It is a global movement supported by renowned scientists, business leaders, celebrities , campaigners, ocean experts and individuals who are all working together to protect and restore the ocean .
 
 
Project Zero aims to put 30% of the ocean under protection by 2030 ( whereas now only less than  3% is protected ) , rebuild coral reefs and mangrove forests, clean up the ocean, restore fisheries, and fund innovative projects that protect and restore the ocean.
 
 
This dynamic new type of charity is made up of a fantastic board of directors including Tyrone Wood,  James Jagger, Alexandra Richards and Andres Santo Domingo. These directors also managed to assemble an impressive list of ambassadors such as Poppy and Cara Delevingne, Lily Donaldson, Rita Ora, Theodora Richards, Vito Schnabel and many more key influential people across the globe.
 
 
 
Their first project was the so called New York City Wave Walk where 54 wave sculptures created by influential artists and celebrities were spread across NYC in May 2017 and then sold at auction at Sothebys and via Paddle8. The net proceeds from the auction were granted to create a chain of marine protected areas in the Azores, restore mangroves in the east Caribbean and helped fund a sustainability study in the east China Sea. Sponsored by Estee Lauder's La Mer brand this Wave Walked raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and received 3 billion  press and social media impressions.
 
 
 
The next project in line is set to create an art trail in Milan during Fashion week in September 2018 exhibiting Carrara marble fish sculptures done by famous artists and celebrities which will highlight the urgent need for conservation in the Mediterranean. These artworks will also then be sold at auction at Sotheby's and Paddle8.
 
 
 
So ladies and gentleman please stay tuned and become a part of this incredible new movement !
 
For more info visit
 
 

 

 
 
 

Gabriela Peacock Nutrition

3.5.17

 
Today I went to visit the lovely Gabriela Peacock to get some nutritional and health advice.
 
Working from her Grace Belgravia office, Gabi has been running her successful practice since 2011 offering clients tailor made nutritional and health advice by creating bespoke programmes to best suit each clients individual needs. All her programmes, no matter how strict they are , are all suitable for life on the go and if you ask me this is essential as we are not always able to follow certain strict routines due to work, travel or due to life in general !
 
What I like about Gabi is her confident and professional approach which is a must when dealing with anything from health issues to weight loss.
 
I have followed and supported Gabi's career from the very beginning and have always loved her informative newsletters  covering every possible aspect of health and wellness...
 
What we covered in todays consultation was mainly weight loss related as I would like to shed a few of those stubborn pounds before the summer . After a thorough set of questions, I had my blood test taken so that Gabi can tailor make the famous Metabolic Balance diet for me. Metabolic balance  is an innovative all-natural nutrition program that brings balance to your hormones, optimizes your health, and leads to a new invigorating lifestyle resulting in successful long term weight management. It is backed by over 25 years of scientific study and is managed by dedicated physicians and nutritional scientists.
The foundation of the program is metabolic balance's unique capability to develop a truly personalized nutrition plan based upon an in-depth analysis of your unique blood values, medical history and personal likes and dislikes. Your personalized nutrition plan acts as your “road-map”, indicating exactly which natural foods you should eat in order to orchestrate the biochemical changes needed for reaching your desirable weight and health goals.
 
With your personalized nutrition plan you supply your body with all the vital and healthy nutrients it needs. Food is not selected according to calorie content or by percentage of fat, protein or carbohydrates. The criteria for food selection is the effect a specific foods has on your hormonal system.
Through this method a healthy and naturally balanced insulin production is promoted. Insulin is the “internal key” to your body's weight management system, and has a substantial effect on other hormonal and enzyme production. Your personalized nutrition plan allows your blood sugar and insulin to increase at a much slower rate (rather then surging);thereby, allowing you to avoid hunger and food cravings for a longer period of time. Subsequently, more fat can be burned during the space between your three daily meals and specially while you sleep! By following your nutrition plan and a set simple rules, you begin to strengthen and balance your entire hormonal system and to naturally manage your weight. You can experience rapid weight reduction, generally losing from 3 to 6 pounds of fat per week. By participating in your own personalized metabolic balance nutrition program, you are making a choice for increased health, vitality and quality of life - all at the same time.
 
 
 
After discussing in depth the benefits of Metabolic Balance we then moved on to discuss Gabi's new range of supplements which I would like to introduce to you now.
 
The current range comprises 5 different types of supplements :
 
1) BOOST ME
 
- Super food charged vegan protein
- All essential amino acids, phytochemicals and antioxidants
- Balance blood sugar levels
- Muscle support and repair
- Boosts energy and restores vitality
- High Protein Delivery

 
2) CLEAN ME
 
- Supports liver function and aids digestion
- Increases energy
- Combats free radicals
- Stimulates the immune system
 
3) SLIM ME
 
- Boosts metabolism
-Controls appetite
- Regulates blood sugar levels
- Supports digestion
- Curbs cravings
 

 

 
4) ENHANCE ME
 
- Glowing skin
- Nourished hair
- Strong nails
- Improves cognitive function
- Inner radiance
 
5) RESTORE ME
 
- Increases energy
- Encourages deep sleep
- Rebalances
- Restores Vitality
-Boosts immunity

 
 
Her supplements have had a huge success and are now being sold in Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols.
 
I will keep you updated with my results and feedback from following her metabolic balance plan and using her supplements !
 
 
 
For more information and to shop her latest range of supplements please visit https://gpnutrition.co.uk/

Claire Missingham : The Ultimate Yogi

26.4.17



 

 

 




Dear Wild Free Innocent followers, today I wanted to share with you an interview I recently did with a very special person that has made a huge difference in my life !

I first met Claire Missingham at KX Gym during one of her weekly yoga classes and I was immediately drawn to her dynamic and challenging method combined with her calming and spiritual self. Claire opened my eyes to what is the true essence of yoga and has made a huge impact on my practice so much so that I now religiously follow Claire's classes even when I am abroad thanks to a great and easy to use app called Yoga Glo (www.yogaglo.com) where you can find a huge variety of easy to advanced classes taught by Claire and other fantastic yoga teachers.


If you are looking at getting into yoga or are looking to further develop your practice , I highly recommend you to join one of Claire's classes to truly appreciate and understand the benefits of yoga. Her classes are dynamic and flowing providing you therefore with a fantastic detoxifying workout and at the same time also very spiritual as they always incorporate music and yogic philosophy.  Claire really has this incredible ability to create space for her students to engage in a playful and spiritual practice whilst toning and sculpting your body at the same time.

                                       


Here is a little background on Claire and her teaching followed by our Wild Free Innocent interview...enjoy !


For the past 17 years, senior teacher Claire Missingham has lead inspirational yoga classes, talks, trainings, retreats and events worldwide. Her teaching emphasis is on postural alignment, yogic philosophy and the integration of yoga principles into daily life, and she is passionate about promoting health, vitality and wellbeing through yoga. The Claire Missingham Teacher Training school has over 150 200-hour graduates of the highest calibre in Europe. Claire has taught at triyoga in London for the past 13 years.
Claire began yoga with Ruth White, an Iyengar yoga teacher, and still trains in Iyengar alignment with Lisa Walford in Los Angeles. She is also a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher,  having taken her first class at Jivamukti Yoga in NYC in 1997, then certified in 2005.
Claire self-practise includes the Ashtanga Vinyasa method regularly – she studied in Mysore, India in 2001, first to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois (until 2009) and then with Sharath Ramaswamy, her last trip to Mysore was in 2012. Since 2000, Claire has aimed to create her own detailed, inspirational and methodical approach to Vinyasa Flow Yoga – where she builds specific methods of creating krama (sequencing) and alignment, then layering music, yogic philosophy and real-life stories.
For many years, Claire has been the UK’s top Vinyasa teacher, inspiring many well-known teachers – and continues to build on this extensive research into the body, breath and spirit. Spiritually, Claire honours the Ramakrishna lineage and Tantric Philosophy, and worships goddess Ma Kali, as well as an in depth daily puja, chant and kriya practice.

                                         



How did you get into yoga ?

 

Growing up my Dad was a very devout Sufi. My parents were 1960’s hippies and lived in Morocco with their teacher. My Dad used to buy Moroccan rugs and drive them in his VW Beetle van home through Spain then had a stall on Portobello Road selling the rugs and other items. I grew up in a small seaside town in the south of England - my name as a chid was Habiba. I changed it to Claire when I was 10 to fit in with friends. My Dad is a poet - and I remember him doing his spiritual practice about 7 times a day. I guess all this rubbed off on me but it was yoga specifically that sang to me as a spiritual practice. I took my first yoga class in New York in the mid-90’s and loved it immediately. 


What does yoga mean to you ? 

 

Well yoga is a Sanskrit word and means Union (with the Divine). So for me ‘yoga’ is my whole lifestyle - my thoughts, words, and actions. It’s everything. I cannot separate myself from being a yogin and just being. It’s who I am. The thing yoga teaches us is how to act, react or cease impulses, whether they’re positive or negative. A lot of what yoga is teaches us is how to restrain the continual turnings of the mind. It’s like a lifestyle guide for the right now. It teaches us how to be disciplined with ourselves and see things as they really are. To live with non- comparison and not place our self worth on the opinions of others. It helps us find a balance within ourselves, and that’s what I try to get across in all my work.

 


Can you talk us through your vinyasa flow method ?

 

When we establish a conscious intention and teach ourselves how to remain aligned with that intention, no matter how much we are dissuaded or distracted by the external world, the process unfolds as it should. Vinyasa is the element that sews together the various moments in a sequence of changes. It is like the string on which pearls are strung for a necklace. The linking strand may be of two types: conscious or unconscious. Change is always occurring, but usually a sequence of changes is linked by unconsciousness; in other words, the conscious mind fails to perceive it. When one perceives clearly both the instigation and the outcome of moment-to-moment changes, one can choose to undertake a sequence of actions that has a conscious end point and will have a particular effect. When you practice a sequence of asanas, you link them with conscious breathing. The real vinyasa, or link, however, is the intention with which you practice asanas. It is the intention that links the postures with consciousness instead of unconsciousness. The concept of vinyasa can also be applied to our everyday life, whether it is as simple as deciding what to make for dinner or as daunting as deciding on a new career--and then taking the necessary steps toward achieving that goal.



Can you recommend any good reading material for those who wish to learn more about the philosophy behind yoga ?

 

The Gospel of RamaKrishna, Inner Tantric Yoga by David Frawley, The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar, The Yoga Sutras by Swami Satchitananda. The list is endless! I always say money spent on books is never wasted money. I still am researching, reading, planning, learning all the time from my yoga books, and I love my yoga book library at home. I pull out a book every morning and read a verse for inspiration. This is swadyaya: which is the action of self study, one of the limbs of yoga. Self-study really is the place where you realise there’s always something more to be learned in yoga. The beauty is that when you commit to Swadhyaya, you learn how to look after yourself and everything that sustains you on a daily basis. It is a form of self-care and nourishment. You learn about your spiritual life and on a deeper level, you begin to learn what your true beliefs, and what your true ethics are.  I recommend daily reading of the yoga scriptures and books. Also learning about complementary areas of your life, such as what you eat, nutrition, herbs and essential oils. Learning how to cook and nourish yourself is also a form of yoga sadhana. Journalling,writing and prayer also form my meditation practice. Having a sacred space with which to practice is important as well.  Even if you have a very small space in your house, or even one corner of your room, have a puja or just a tiny table with three of things that are very spiritual or meaningful for you. These are areas of wellbeing that enhance our connection with our spiritual self.




                                         





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