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‘Go Green!’ | 7 Eco-Friendly Active Wear Companies.

There is a lot of talk at the moment, and rightly so, about our excessive plastic use, with big companies cutting down on excess plastic and coffee shops encouraging you to take in your fancy new Chilly’s bottle in return for a discount on your soy latte. It is estimated that anywhere between 57,000 and 135,000 whales are being entangled by plastic marine debris every year, not to mention the health risk to the millions of other creatures living in the seas. However, less discussed and something you may not have thought about is the impact clothing has on the environment. As it happens, a lot of active wear companies are helping to tackle this issue and more and more sustainable brands are becoming available on the market and online.

The following 7 brands are just some of the many different companies striving for sustainability meaner they are kinder to the environment and the people involved in the production process. I should mention that these brands can be pretty expensive (I tried my best to find to most affordable but trust me, it was hard)! Active wear is not cheap at the best of times but you tend to pay a little more for sustainable fashion products. Not all of these brands are within my budget by any means but there are plenty of others if you have a look online – plus, hopefully we will begin to see sustainable clothing become more affordable and accessible as the demand increases. (EDIT: I have since seen that H&M do a very affordable ‘conscious’ line and you can get your hands on some cute gym stuff for under £10 – pretty good!)

Lululemon (££)

Instagram raves about this brand and for good reason! Not only are the leggings super flattering (I like the align pant the best) but Lululemon also work with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which means that the company is striving to ensure their products are as environmentally efficient as possible! Lululemon follows some pretty strict regulations to ensure each product in a culture of transparency and through a responsible supply chain.

If you want to find out more about this brands ethos, you can find it here. 

Patagonia (££)

If you enjoy your outdoor workouts, this brand could be for you! Not only does it have a selection of activewear suitable for your yoga class, but Patagonia also have swim wear, hiking bags and climbing equipment. Not exactly what you would see you #fitspo wearing in their latest Instagram photoshoot but this brand is hugely commitment to ethical environmental practises. This company invest millions of dollars each year (that’s right, millions!) into supporting grass root environmental groups. They also work hard to ensure that they keep their consumption of energy and water to a minimum and undergo voluntary checks by the Fair Labour Association – good stuff, right? 

Adidas X Parley (££)

Adidas have recent updated their running shoe as part of their campaign ‘Run For The Oceans’. The running shoe is now made with recycled ocean plastic that is intercepted on the beaches before it has a chance to reach the sea. The shoes will set you back on average about £150 (pretty expensive) but you can also get involved by downloading their app and running to raise money and awareness for the cause.

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Pepper and Mayne (££)

I’ll be honest, after an incident on the ski slopes back in my youth, the ski section of this brand’s website I will be needing to use a lot. However, they do have some really pretty sports bras, shirts and even ombre leggings that I am seriously lusting over. Apart from making my bank account shiver in fear and my Instagram feed rejoice, the ombre, compression leggings are all made from sustainable materials and are manufactured in eco-friendly approved factories in Europe and Nepal.

Mum, if you’re reading this, I’ll have the blue! 

Sports Philosophy (££)

These would definitely be at the top end of my budget but, believe it or not, were some of the most affordable I found. Sport Philosophy look to have some functional and high quality active wear, whilst also striving to combat child labour (something that is very prominent on their site – take a look!). They might be a little expensive but 10% of all of their profits go to its Freedom For Children charity so might be worth the investment if you see something that takes your fancy.

Image from @SP_Active on Twitter

Teeki (££)

Without a doubt some of the brightest active wear companies I have seen, Teeki is a totally eco-friendly brand. They pride themselves on ensuring all of their products are not only fun and functional but sustainable, with their leggings been made from recycled plastic and plastic bottles collected from the beach.

If you are looking to add some colour to your gym wardrobe, I would seriously give these a shot!

Silou London (£££)

The most expensive brand on the list, even the 50% off section of this luxury, London based brand scares me a little bit. The designs are very sleek and minimal and if you are looking to seriously splash the cash then this is for you. Silou London sources non-toxic materials and manufactures them in their production house in Lithuania. Their production house exceeds European standards and ensures fair pay for employees. Might be expensive, but these guys are certainly eco-friendly.

So there you have it, 7 of the many eco-friendly active wear brands. I have to say, I am a little disappointed that I could not find anything more affordable. These are expensive and, let’s be honest, for most of us not without our budgets. However, it is certainly promising that we are seeing more and more eco-friendly brands out there! I will continue my search and fingers crossed find more affordable brands in the future. 

Jamie x 



Favourites Of The Month – June.

Hey guys! It’s that time of the month again. No, not *that* time of the month… time for my monthly favourites. I don’t mean to terrify you all but it is more than half way throughout 2018. Madness, I know. So far this year I have completed my degree, qualified as a personal trainer, done and secured some internships and finally started putting 2018 and not 2017 on forms. Success.

Anyway, as promised now that I have graduated I have got a lot more time on my hands (some might say too much time on my hands) and so you will now be seeing monthly favourites a lot more – I’ll even go as far as saying every month but don’t hold me to it! So, without waffling any longer, let’s get into some of my favourites of June… 


Love them or hate them (although you should love them because they are so cool) the baker boy hat is back and I finally got my hands on one!


Look how cute it is! Okay, so it might not be up your street but I am obsessed with this cord, vintage rose baker boy. I’m not usually a hat person but anything that allows me to channel my inner Kiera Knightly in Love Actually gets a huge yes from me. I got this one from Topshop and it was £15, which I think is a little pricey. I did, however, find a very similar one in Primark for £5 so if you like it then learn from my mistakes, head there first and save yourself some cash. I am not sure how it compares quality wise because I was too hurt that I had unnecessarily spent an extra £10 to make detailed comparisons but it definitely looked very VERY similar. Cry cry. 

Despite me not being the savviest of shoppers with this one I really do love the hat. It goes with everything and makes me feel like a 90’s chick – definitely a fashion favourite.

Make Up 

This month’s favourites are actually from the same brand as last month (well done MUA!) As mentioned in last months favourites, this is a cruelty free and super affordable brand exclusively from superdrug. I went shopping in Birmingham this month and headed to Selfridges with the intention of picking up the nice new nude lipstick from MAC. They didn’t have the colour I wanted (Jubilee) so I decided to pop into superdrug and see if the high street could serve me any better. I ended up looking at the MUA collection and was SHOOK by their £1 (!!) lipsticks. I was a little apprehensive and was not expecting much from lipsticks that cost £1 but I swatched some of the colours and loved them so I thought it was worth a shot. They did not disappoint! I picked up 3 different colours: Bare (a very light, creamy nude), Nectar (a vibrant coral) and Tulip (a pale barbie pink). They have a satin finish, which is my favourite for a lipstick and feel great on the lips.

All three of the colours have pretty decent staying powder comparable with the MAC lustre lipstick collection. My favourite is Nectar. It is this gorgeous, juicy orange/coral – perfect for summer and it lasts for a really long time on the lips. My only slight criticism would be that they don’t smell great. It is not a bad smell and it is definitely not strong but when you first put them on you there is a faint play dough sort of smell. For £1, however, you really cannot go wrong. I would seriously recommend picking some of these up. They have a pretty good colour selection and they are perfect for everyday wear. Plus, it doesn’t matter too much if you lose it on a night out so no more morning after fear – everyone is a winner.



Skin Care 

No prizes for guessing but this month my skin care favourite is hands down LUSH Mask of Magnaminty. I cannot fault this face mask at all! It smells delicious (like minty ice cream), it’s self preserving (if you get the self preserving one of course), vegan and makes my skin look and feel incredible. It cost me £12.50 for a 315g tub and I can already tell I am going to get a lot of uses out of it! I’ve been using this mask twice a week. It recommends you leave it on for 15 minutes but I have been going a little longer (more like 25-30 minutes) and, in just a few uses, my skin is already looking so much fresher. It has been a miracle worker on my spot prone areas and generally my skin is looking a lot brighter and far more even.

I have tried a lot of face masks in my time and never really found one that stood out. I have tended to find them a little but gimmicky. This on the other hand is incredible and I cannot recommend it enough. Without a doubt the best face mask I have ever tried!




Last month Meta-fit stole the show but this month I have fallen in love with another Les Mills class – Body pump. Body pump is an hour long and is based on 11 tracks (one of which being a banger from The Killers) . It’s all about strength and sculpting but, just as with any Les Mills class, it gets your heart rate up and seriously makes you sweat. The newest track (105) is a fab full body workout. It’s tough going (I’m looking at you lunge track) but it can be easily adapted to suit any ability. My aim with these classes was to maintain my current level of strength whilst improving my cardiovascular fitness and body composition. Since doing this class I have seen huge improvements in my muscle definition and have actually increased my strength despite doing heavy weights fewer times a week. I would really recommend giving this a go if you are looking for a serious challenge. It burns like crazy but it does do what it says on the tin and you really will feel pumped afterwards.


Do not put this much weight on, my lord this person must be crazy. Image from Go and check out the workouts, they’re really great.

Entertainment (TV Show) 

This was really, really hard this month. Despite having a lot of free time I haven’t really watched many new TV shows. Last month it was a toss up between FRIENDS and Stranger Things and because I started Stranger Things towards the end of the month I had to give it to FRIENDS. Anyway, I was pretty certain Stranger Things would take it in June but then Safe through a spanner in the works. Both and very good and both are very different. I have decided, however, to go with Safe. This is not because Stranger Things does not deserve a spot but I was very late to join the Stranger Things band wagon and so I am going to assume most of you have already seen it. Safe though is pretty new. It’s a Netflix original, 7 episodes and they’re each about 45-50 minutes (perfect for binge watching). It’s a bit of a murder mystery sort of thing but MY GOD it is good. Loads of twists and turns, face paced and everyone is a little bit dodgy, which only makes it more interesting. I am usually the best at predicting the ending but it kept me on my toes right until the end. It was fantastic and I would highly recommend it.


Image from Digital Spy (although don’t read this until after you have finished – loads of spoilers)

So there you have it, some of my June favourites. What do you think? Getting over excited at the number of lipsticks you can get without blowing the bank? Got a different favourite face mask I need to try out? Let me know your thoughts and what you guys have been loving this month and stayed tuned to see if MUA can make it on the favourites for the 3rd month in a row. 


Jamie x 

15 Nutrition Tips For A Healthier Lifestyle.

Eating well is hard. When I first started making changes to my lifestyle my biggest concern was how I was going to find the motivation to drag myself to the gym. Cutting back on food sounded a hell of a lot easier than an hour of Body Pump. Turns out I could not have been more wrong. I fell in love with training and the gym became an important part of my social life, not to mention was improving my mental as well as physical health. Changing my eating habits, however, now that was difficult. Two years and a personal training qualification later, I still struggle with maintaining healthy and consistent eating habits. It is not easy to have a healthy relationship with food when you have spend the large majority of your life in a toxic one. I have, however, picked up some top tips that I thought I would share with you guys to help you lead a healthier (and happier) lifestyle. 

Nutritious AND delicious.

1. Meal Prep 

All those enviable Instagram accounts might have got the right idea. Meal prep may seem like a pain in the arse, but if you can get the motivation to do it, it is great for controlling what you’re eating and even saving money! It can’t just be me than goes to their kitchen only to realise all you have in is a tin of beans and that family size bag of pasta you bought weeks ago. Not exactly appealing (or very nutritious), which results in me either eating our or whipping together something that can only be compared to my school canteen dinners if you got there too late for the meal of the day. It might seem tough at the time but meal prepping is likely to save you both time and calories in the long run.

2. Always Have a Bottle of Water

Sounds simple enough, right? Having a bottle of water on you is going to make sure you stay hydrated as well as preventing mistaking thirst for hunger or grabbing a sugary drink whilst you’re out. Get yourself a pretty water bottle and it’s good for the environment as well – everyone is a winner.

3. Don’t Skip Breakfast 

I know I probably sound like your mother right now but hey, they are always right! Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and what you consume in the morning plays a part in dictated what (and even how much) you then eat for the rest of the day. Make sure you are getting a decent breakfast that includes some sort of protein source to set yourself up for a good food day.

Looking for some breakfast inspiration? Check out some recipes here.

4. It’s not about Eating Less, it’s about Eating Better 

A common misconception a lot of people have is that if they want to lose weight they have to eat less food. I am pleased to be the one to inform you that this is not the case (I know, you can thank me later!). The truth is, if you cut down what you’re eating to the extreme a lot of diets expect, your body is likely to be forced into starvation mode. This means you’re going to be storing fat rather than losing it. Most of us aren’t eating too much but we are just eating the wrong things!

5. Eat your Protein 

Protein is super important and not only if you’re hitting the gym and looking at gaining muscle. We all need protein, no matter what are goals are and without it we are likely to be left feeling hungry and unsatisfied.

If you’re a vegan there are still plenty of foods you can be eating to ensure you’re getting enough protein. Check out some recommendations here.

6. Don’t ‘Diet’ 

As previously mentioned, a lot of ‘diets’ recommend lowering your calorie intake to the extreme that it is no longer healthy. ‘Dieting’ can also lead to a unhealthy mentality surrounding food. As you will know if you have followed this blog for a while, I used to be a serial dieter. I think I have probably tried every fad diet on the planet and nothing worked for me in the long term. You do not need to ‘diet’ to lose weight and lead a healthy and happier lifestyle.

7. Fat is your Friend

Fat has got a bit of a bad reputation but it is really important! I usually suggest fat making up between 20-30% of your daily calorie intake depending on your goals. Of course there are ‘good’ fats and ‘bad’ fats (we have all seen that avocado meme) but fat in itself is not a bad thing.

Here are some suggestions for ways to get fat into your diet in a health way.

8. Slow it Down 

I am without a doubt the worst at this. I think I am probably the quickest eater ever to exist in the whole entire world, but it is really not a good thing! You want to ensure you’re giving yourself time to eat and digest your food. Eating slower also gives your body time to recognise when it gets full so it is likely to mean you eat less in the long run.

9. Have an Inclusive Diet 

Eating healthy should not be boring and it should definitely not mean that you are restricted from eating foods you love and make you happy. It can be really easier to get into habits when you are trying to eat well, which can result in you eating the same things every single day. Let’s be honest, it’s a whole lot easier! However, in order to maintain a healthy diet (and your sanity) it is important to be inclusive and diverse with the foods you are eating.

10. Make Gradual Changes 

You have got to be realistic with yourself. If your diet has included a bag of crisps every single day for the last 5 years it would be unrealistic to tell yourself you are never going to have crisps again (starting from Monday, obviously). If you are looking at making changes to your diet, it is important that these changes take place gradually. This way you are a lot more likely to stick to the changes rather than binge eating or reseting your new, healthy lifestyle.

11. Fall in Love with Cooking 

Being stuck in a shared University kitchen does not particularly inspire me to go and whip up some delicious and nutritious meals (if you have ever shared a kitchen with 7 other students, you will know exactly what I am on about). However, when I am in the comfort of my own kitchen at home, I actually love cooking. This means I am more likely to spend time in the kitchen whipping up healthy, balanced meals rather than just chucking something in the microwave. Cooking is not for everyone but I promise you that you can learn to love cooking. Have a google and find some delicious recipes that inspire you to get in the kitchen or make it a social thing – host a dinner party, make it a date and cook with your partner or friends – anything to spice up your time in the kitchen.

12. Police Your Portion Size 

I know I said it is not about eating less but rather eating better and for the most part that is true. However, that does not mean that you can scoff 300g of pasta in one sitting because it’s ‘healthy’ (trust me, I speak from experience). Even seemingly healthy foods are not calorie free! Fruit for example has loads of sugar and so should be limited and don’t even get me started on almond butter. It may be a delicious, healthy snack but don’t let yourself be fooled!

13. Eat More Fibre

Might not exactly sound delicious, but fibre is an really important part of your diet. Most of us are only getting about 18g of fibre a day when it is recommended we get 30g. You can get fibre from loads of different foods – berries, avocado, cereals, potato skins! Let’s not beat about the bush, without enough fibre you’re not going to be pooing, which is no good for anyone.

Struggling to get your fibre in? Click here for some top tips.

14. Get Your Beauty Sleep 

Making sure you’re getting enough sleep sounds like a weird nutrition tip, however, research has shown that there is a link between how well you’re sleeping and what you’re fuelling your body with. One study has found that when those looking at losing weight cut back on sleep for a 14 day period, the amount of fat lost dropped by 55% (even though the number of calories being consumed remained equal!). Now, I am not saying hit snooze on your alarms and miss your morning yoga class oh no! Sadly, it is not that if you sleep you’re going to lose weight but it’s more that if you sleep too little your metabolism is going to suffer causing weight gain.

15. Be Kind to Yourself 

These tips are all well and good but that is not to say they are easy. I would be lying if I told you I stuck to these 15 tips all the time. Sometimes we are going to have days that are not too ‘healthy’ (hell, sometimes you’re going to have some weeks where you’re not going to be posting your meal prep on the gram!). 

Be kind to yourself. These things are difficult and they take practise. The most important thing when it comes to leading a healthier lifestyle is being kind to yourself. Trust me, you’re doing great. 

Jamie x 

#WearYellowDay | Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

This week is Yellow Week. What’s Yellow Week I hear you ask? Well, I’ll be honest, I had no idea either. It wasn’t until I was contacted by one of the lovely girls I met at the Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit asking me if I would get involved that I learnt all about this week and what it stood for. #WearYellowDay is a day aimed at raising money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease affecting more than 10,400 people in the UK that has no current known cure. It is a disease you are born with and so it cannot be caught in later life but 1 in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that cause it usually without knowing. The disease causes a thick, sticky mucus to form in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. The mucus clogs the lungs, which eventually results in respiratory failure. 

Before writing this post I did a lot of research into CF. I have been lucky enough to have never had come across it and, perhaps naively, knew very little about the symptoms and the impact that it has on people’s lives. Originally, my intention was to look at exercise and CF. There was loads of information available and I would urge you to take a look. If you are interested there is a great website exploring ways in which you can find and create a fitness programme that is going to work for you and your CF.

However, my plan changed when I came across an incredible project by photographer, Ian Pettigrew in an online Women’s Health article from way back when. He published photos of around 60 women, all of which are living with CF. The women who took part in this project were of all difference shapes, sizes and ethnicities and CF looked different on each one of them. Yet each one of the photographs are beautifully unique and personal and each women tells her story in a different way. The series was called the Salty Girls project, named due to the higher levels of chloride in the skin of those with CF.

The aim of the series was to help put an end to body shaming. These women embraced their bodies and scars whilst inspiring women everywhere to do the same. I was hugely inspired by this. In a world where our rigid conceptions of beauty dominate our daily lives, loving your body has become all the more difficult and yet all the more necessary. If I search #bodypositivity on Instagram I can get over 1,000,000 hits in seconds and yet I wonder how many of us practise what we preach. If you scroll long enough you’ll probably find one of my pictures – I use the hashtag a lot! However, I still look in the mirror and feel disgusted sometimes. I still wish I could have smaller thighs or a bigger butt. Yet seeing this shoot acted as a reminder that I am lucky to have the body that I have. Seeing these incredible women embrace their scars with pride is truly inspirational for us all and reminded me of my interview with the amazing Billie Anderson a few weeks ago.

If you head over to the website you can see the full project. I would seriously recommend taking a look and reading some of the incredible first hand experiences of these women. I cannot possibly do justice to their experiences and the experiences of people everywhere who are suffering with CF. This disease is truly horrendous and yet there are men and women out there fighting it and learning to love their bodies despite and even because of their scars, chest tubes and ileostomy. Body positivity needs to include every body because we never truly appreciate how lucky we are.

I am really grateful to have been asked to get involved with this years campaign and I have learnt so much about a disease I knew very little about. If you are able to donate to the cause please do. Every year the Cystic Fibrosis Trust invest millions into research to help those with CF tackle some of their biggest challenges. Their aim is to allow people to live a life unlimited by the condition. You can head over to their website here. I understand this may not be possible for everyone but I do urge you to take a look at the project and get involved in #WearYellowDay if you can. You can also take part in fundraising events throughout the year so head over to their website and see how you can get involved. 

Until next time. 

Jamie x 












Healthy Headlines.

The public have voted.

No, no, not for Alex and Samira (although good work guys). The public have voted for more blog posts! Therefore I will now be attempting to post twice a week. So long as I can continue providing interesting (I hope) and high quality content, I will definitely give it my best shot.

So here it goes, I am proud to present the first ever Tuesday post – #HealthyHeadlines.  Keeping up with what is going on in the world of health can be tough so I thought I would share with you recent research and headlines to keep you on top of the latest in the fitness world as well as some of my thoughts on them. As always, my sources are down below so take a look to keep up to date with future #HealthyHeadlines and stay tuned as I am hoping to make this into a blog series. So, let’s get started…

Eating Salmon and Eggs can cut Colorectal Cancer by 31%

Nothing too surprising here but the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health has found that high vitamin D levels can lower your risk of colorectal cancer by up to 31%. The truth is most of us Brits are lacking in our Vitamin D – surprise surprise. With British summertime lasting a grand total of 3 days, it is easy to see why. However, you can also get Vitamin D from your foods, for example salmon, egg and cheese, meaning these foods can help to cut back on your risk of colorectal cancer.

If you’re a vegan, not to worry! The Vegan Society have a load of advice of how you can make sure you’re getting you Vitamin D so check that out here.

8 hours sleep might not be enough!

Penn State University researchers have claimed that the recommended 8 hours sleep a night might not be enough for us. In fact, they have suggested that we should all strive for an extra 30 minutes a night, making the new optimum sleep target 8.5 hours. I have written a lot about the important of sleep here on my blog, but the reality is 8.5 hours of decent sleep can be tough. I hate to be the one to break it to you though but this study also shows how you apparently cannot ‘catch up’ on sleep. Meaning that mid afternoon nap doesn’t count – darn it!

If you’re anything like me and this new target seems more than a little unachievable, here are some top tips on how to get a better nights sleep.

Love Island and the #bodyposi movement  

As always, ITV2’s Love Island has been causing a lot of controversy. This year it has faced a lot of criticism for its lack of body diversity, with many arguing that the programme is a huge step back for the #bodyposi movement, which encourages men and women to love their bodies regardless of their size.

With the average size in the UK for a women being a 16 size, the question is, does Love Island have a responsiblity to show different body types rather than solely that which has been deemed as an unrealistic portrayal of male and female bodies? I am interested to hear what you think – let me know in the comments below (or you know, if you just want to chat about the latest Island gossip I am up for that as well…) 

Women’s Health are back with their ‘In Shape My Shape’ campaign

It is not all bad for the #bodyposi movement! My favourite Health and Wellness magazine, Women’s Health are back with their ‘In Shape, My Shape’ campaign, showing us how ‘health’ looks different on everyone. This is the third year the title has ran this campaign and it just keeps on getting bigger and better – you go guys!

You can join loads of celebrities, influencers and avid Instagrammers and get involved with the campaign on social media using #InShapeMyShape and sharing what you love about your body.


Food combining both Fats and Carbohydrates are more beneficial than consuming the macros in isolation.

Journal, Cell Metabolism (not something I have a monthly subscription to, I’ll be honest) has revealed that foods that combine both fats and carbohydrates might be more rewarding for us than foods that contain these macros in isolation. A study of 206 adults supports the idea that foods containing just fat or just carbs hijack our body’s inborn signals governing food consumption. Basically, this means we are more likely to overeat due to underestimating the calorie content of our meals – it’s all psychological.

Hey, it means we get bigger meals so I am alright with it! 

Pip and Nut have announced a new Chocolate Orange flavour

Pip and Nut have got a new nut butter joining the family! If you love Terry’s Chocolate Orange, this is for you! (If you don’t, I have got some serious questions for you). The new spread is made from orange extract, almonds and cacao (sounds delicious – plus it’s not peanuts so it gets a thumbs up from me!) You can get your hands on some now for £3.49 from their website and on Ocado and apparently we will be seeing it in Sainsbury’s from the end of this month.

I’m not drooling, you are!

So there you have it! Some #HealthyHeadlines that have been popping up this week that I think you need to know about. Let me know what #HealthyHeadline caught your eye and if you have any thoughts on any of the ones discussed here. Stay tuned for more #HealthyHeadlines in the future, but for now, happy Tuesday guys and gals. 

Jamie x 


Pip & Nut releases limited-edition chocolate orange almond butter

Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist