Health

Klaudia BaloghKlaudia BaloghOctober 24, 2017
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Klaudia Balogh reviews the luxurious Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty Salon in Chelsea

A hairdryer for most women is an inevitable item in their bathroom. Me? Not so much. Although my hair is long, it’s quite curly, so it doesn’t behave too well under the blow of a hairdryer. Or at least not when I operate it. It gets frizzy, unorganized, and overall a disaster.

Even hair stylists struggle sometimes. Not once had I gone home and washed my hair only after having it done by a professional.

So, when I set foot at Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty salon in Chelsea just off Kings Road, I was rather worried. “Is this experience going to be disappointing or a pleasant surprise?” I was wondering.

There have only been three stylists in my 27 years who’ve got it right. One of them has been managing my hair for nearly two decades.

Luckily to me — and to my hair — Limoz Logli, the creative director of the salon, is now one of them.

I asked for a beach wavy style, which turned out to be his signature blow dry — loose soft waves with a slight volume on top.

I loved it. Besides the blow dry, my nails were getting some attention as well. While Limoz was drying my hair, Kristina Sablauskaite, the in-house manicurist, was filing my nails, tidying up the cuticles and finishing up with a classy dark red Shellac.

The salon’s ambiance is what makes it glamorous. It’s not one of those places where stylists rush through the wash and the blow dry, so they can be onto the next client. Here, they take time and don’t settle for less than perfect.

It’s a lovely atmosphere, very intimate and friendly where clients know they receive an exclusive treatment.

Limoz began his hair styling career in big salons then moved on to taking private appointments and lots of weddings. Although, he still does weddings, he’s been more focused on the daily appointments since opening the salon in December 2014.

He told me most of his clients are locals and regulars, too — I can see why.

Although it was a Friday afternoon and I had no evening plans, it felt refreshing to be pampered and to find a salon where I can trust to return to.

And I did. So soon as hardly a week later I was back for another blow dry to look the part for an event I was attending.

Because Limoz was all booked up, I sat under the hands of a senior stylist, Tatjana, and she did an equally great job.

Whether it’s the hair products they use or their expertise and experience, it’s reassuring to know there’s a salon in London where I can walk in with an idea of how I want my hair to look like and walk out with exactly that.

Blow dry with Limoz, £45

Signature manicure, £25

Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty Salon in Chelsea. For more info visit their website by clicking here


Alberto ArnaudAlberto ArnaudJuly 31, 2017
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Nosh Garden Kitchen is tucked away in the leafy corner of Bayswater, located perfectly at La Suite West. This oasis is the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy a range of delicious, nutrient dense food, where a very special vegan menu is served.

Nosh are already well established in the health industry. They have pioneered home weight loss and detox programmes in the UK with raw juices, while collecting many awards along the way. They provide nutrient dense, intelligent food while not compromising on flavour.

La Suite West has perfect chilled summer vibe and it felt like being on holiday.

 

 

Nosh Garden Kitchen Menu

I had the pleasure of trying their new vegan menu available at the Nosh Garden Kitchen. All of the foods we had were additive, dairy, gluten, egg and preservative free and naturally high in nutrients being primarily raw. Funnily enough nosh means to eat food enthusiastically – here’s some of the treats we noshed:

 

Starters: courgette rolls with pesto and tapenede, beetroot carpaccio with activated cashew cheese and capers

Mains: Vegan Caesar Salad with Tofu

Dessert: Chocolate brownie with banana and vanilla iScream

Drinks: virgin apple martinis, strawberry mojitos, fresh mint tea

Nosh now offers a number of niche diet programmes including low carb, low sugar, paleo, vegan, pegan (paleo + vegan), alkalising and cleansing.

Post-dining, guests can happily relax in the peaceful terrace with Italian coffee or a pot of loose hibiscus, mint or green tea.

La Suite West – Hyde Park will also continue to serve their award-winning raw vegan alternative to the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.

With excellent customer service offered by La Suite West staff, we felt very well attended to.


Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 28, 2017
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We have asked our experts for other ways that we, ourselves, can support our health in the workplace…

1. Does the shoe fit?
You could spend less time sitting in traffic, or being cramped on a tube, by swapping public transport for your feet (or at least for part of the way), which can also help to up your step count. However, make sure your footwear fits properly to avoid discomfort. “Sore feet after even a short walk? This is a common occurrence for those of us who do not have correct fitting shoes, and this can put us off walking altogether. Be sure your foot has enough room in the toe box. There should be a thumbnails width (or about a half inch) between your toes and the end of the shoe. The shoe should be wide enough in the toe that your toes can move freely. Your heel should not slip, and the shoe should not pinch or bind, especially across the arch or ball of your foot,” explains Carnation Footcare Podiatrist Dave Wain (www.carnationfootcare.co.uk).

2. Opt for a packed lunch
Are you a regular at the local lunch hot spots near your work? Skip the lunch queues and start by making your own lunches; not only can this be much cheaper but you also know exactly what is going into your meals, rather than thinking the salad you purchased is healthy, before learning how calorific the dressing is.
“Making your own lunch gives you full control over what you eat and how much of each food group you consume, which can help especially when looking for lower calorie options. You can prepare sandwiches or salad bases over the weekend if you struggle to find time in the mornings,” suggests Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.
If you’re not sure what to add to your lunchbox to make a nutritious and filling meal, try the general rule of having the size of your clenched fist as your carbs and the size of the palm of your hand as your protein.

3. Curb your sugar cravings
If you’ve had a stressful meeting, have had to deal with a difficult customer or are struggling to get through your emails try to avoid the feeling that you ‘deserve’ a high calorie treat each time. Identifying your emotions and finding alternative ways to deal with them, as opposed to powering your way through the likes of endless crisp packets, can help you take back control of your eating habits. “This may take effort and time, as we often hang on to what is familiar, but if you stick to it, you will soon be reaping the rewards for a little thoughtful decision-making, retraining and application of willpower – with a little help from your Slissie friend,” explains Psychologist, Corinne Sweet.

Slissie (from £24.99, www.slissie.co.uk) is the first of its kind as it delivers curb-craving flavourings that instantly help you resist the temptation of sugary, calorific snacks. Once the flavours that contain aromas are detected by your tastebuds and olfactory receptors, messages are sent to the appetite control centres of the brain leaving users feeling their appetite has been satisfied. At the press of a button you can taste flavours such as, chocolate, vanilla and mint, making your brain think you’ve had that sweet treat without any nasty sugars being involved!

4. Don’t become a desk potato
Feeling snowed under at work? Make sure you still take a break and stretch your legs to help combat against stress. “Exercise is a great stress reliever. Take a brisk walk to stimulate anti-anxiety effects, this helps to clear your thoughts and feel more relaxed upon returning to the office,” suggests Cassandra.

5. Set an alarm
“If you’re a bit of a desk jockey, set a reminder to make sure you have a brief walk around the office to get yourself moving,” advises Dave.

6. Replace your Americano for a green tea
Green tea is an excellent healthy mood booster. “It contains some caffeine, which gives you a bit of a lift, but also contains the amino acid theanine. Theanine which can have a relaxing effect and may help to relieve anxiety and mental stress, potentially by increasing your levels of serotonin, dopamine (responsible for reward and pleasure), and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA, which has a relaxant effect),” explains Cassandra.

7. Learn to say no
“If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much. Being assertive is invigorating and empowering. It also helps to make lists of what is, or is not a priority, and to tackle the priority tasks first. This will help give you a sense of control over your life,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s (www.marilynglenville.com).

8. Get your veggies
Does your lunch lack vegetables? This can be a significant way of you adding calories to your diet, by filling your plate with other food groups, such as carbs. “Soups are a fantastic way of boosting your veg intake and using any odds and ends of vegetables in the fridge, especially those that are starting to look a bit limp and sad! Gently steam all vegetables, add lots of garlic, onions and herbs such as rosemary, caraway and thyme. Then blend in a food mixer or liquidiser. Serve hot or cold!” says Cassandra.

9. Make time for breakfast
“The old saying says that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and when you have breakfast you are literally ‘breaking the fast’, this supports the idea that you shouldn’t skip breakfast. Sleeping causes your metabolism (fat burning capability) to slow right down and nothing gets it going faster than breakfast,” explains Marilyn.
“But always remember that just as important as having breakfast itself, it’s also vital to choose healthy breakfast options such as wholegrain cereals like porridge, organic ‘live’ natural dairy products like yogurt, organic eggs and fruit. Sugar-laden cereals will cause your blood sugar to rise sharply and drop quite quickly, making you feel more hungry quickly – you need something that will sustain you and keep you feeling fuller for longer,” adds Marilyn.

10. Spring clean your desk
It may not come as a shock to you that the technology you use every day is often swarming with germs. Your computer keyboard is 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat and your mouse is 45,670 times dirtier than a toilet handle.


Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 12, 2017
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Now, that we finally have a bit of sunshine in the UK, it is important to curate our diet accordingly…
First tip – fresh fruits and vegetables. Why? Well, not only do fruits have amazing healthy components but the vitamins are much more activated for better results during the summer.

Find our little list of the primordial summer healthy food options:

WATERMELON

With its vitamins, the watermelon is one of the best healthy fruit. In fact, citrus fruits have been known to participate to the cancer prevention according to many medical journals. The watermelon has also the capacity to reduce the cholesterol level.

SHRIMP 

If you love your summer barbecues, then you can never go wrong with some shrimps. The perfect healthy food, also great for anyone who is weight conscious. In fact, the shrimp is rich in protein and poor in fat. It has an excellent nutritional value.

CORN 

Corn is not just a tasty summer addition to any menu but is also very rich in vitamins and minerals, and has the property to reduce the risk of cancer or heart disease, like the most of our recommended food on this list.

CELERY 

One of the low-calorie food, the celery is full of essential nutrients. It can also help you to loose some weight, facilitate your digestion, protect you from many diseases, strengthen the brain… There are so many advantages associated with Celery…You’ve just got to love it!

MUSHROOMS 

Many compounds have been identified in mushrooms that show potential for boosting immunity. The mushroom is the only vegetable which produces Vitamin D thanks to the sun. This is why it is not just perfect but an important addition to your summer healthy diet.

APRICOT 

The apricot is recognized for its benefits on the skin. I recommend it for those into sports and pregnant women. 100 grams of fresh apricots gives you 12% of vitamin C, 12% of vitamin A, and 6% of potassium required for the body.


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 19, 2017
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Are you eating your lunch at your desk, yet again, whilst planning your next meeting and at the same time trying to stay on top of emails? You’re not alone with 3 out of 5 workers admitting to being chained to their desk and not escaping the workplace for lunch. Sitting at your desk all day, staring at the screen, can severely impact your health.

Our experts share their top tips to give your wellbeing a boost, especially when you don’t have the chance to take a full lunch break.

 

1. Make a packed lunch

To save time in your working day skip buying lunch from the high street and bring something pre-made from home. “Not only will you be saving big bucks, but you also have the chance to wave good-bye to salt and sugar ladened high street lunches. Packed lunches give you full control over the quantities of each food group that you add to your plate as well as the calorie content, which is a massive plus point. 

“High street lunches rarely provide you with enough veg, fibre and good quality protein to keep hunger at bay and blood sugar levels stable throughout the afternoon. A great blood-sugar balancing lunch is essential for preventing that post-afternoon energy slump as well as keeping hunger at bay,” explains Lily Soutter, Nutritionist at Lilysoutternutrition.com. 

 

2. Avoid the ‘cake culture’

If you’re yet to head out for a break from the delicious wafting smells reaching your desk, perhaps chocolate cookies from the office’s ‘weekend baker’ or ‘congratulation’ doughnuts from the boss, then you may be more likely to cave into eating calorific snacks. A table of sugary treats is commonplace in many offices and research from the Royal College of Surgeons suggests that this cake culture is fuelling obesity and dental problems. 

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To help you resist joining your peers delving into naughty snacks reach for your Slissie. Slissie (from £39.99, www.slissie.co.uk), is the first of its kind as it helps to curb cravings with flavourings that instantly help you resist snack temptation. Slissie releases tasty, appetite-suppressing flavours, from vanilla to chocolate, which can help you resist eating things you know you really shouldn’t.

“Temptation will always present itself. You have to be prepared, and be aware, ahead of time, that when you go somewhere, visit someone, go out for a meal, that temptation will be right there, in front of you. You have to plan a course of action to curb your vulnerability to being seduced by something you know will trigger your need to snack. This may take effort and time, as we often hang on to what is familiar, but if you stick to it, you will soon be reaping the rewards for a little thoughtful decision-making, retraining and application of willpower – with a little help from your Slissie friend,” explains Psychologist, Corinne Sweet.

 

http://sentpressrelease.com/pressrelease/image/61979/19886/VmVnYS5wbmc=3. Top up your vitamin D levels

Spending short periods of time in the sunshine is a great way to top up your vitamin D levels, but for those who are unable to venture outside on their lunch break it is important to look at other ways of getting the sunshine vitamin. “You can
get some vitamin D from foods such as butter and oily fish, but it’s not really enough. The best way to get vitamin D is from spending lots of time in the sun, but if this is not an try taking a supplement, such as Vega Vitamins Everyday-D 10g (from £5.95 www.vegavitamins.co.uk), which is available in a tasty orange spray, or as blackcurrant chewable tablets (100s and 500s),” says Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.

 

 

 

 4. Stay hydrated

Even if you’re swamped with work, remember to drink plenty of water. “Focusing on our water intake is absolutely essential for health.  We should be aiming for 2 litres of water per day. Herbal teas count towards this however caffeinated drinks, fruit juice and fizzy drinks do not. Keeping hydrated is important for many processes in the body, including brain function.  When we are dehydrated we often get headaches and feel tired. Severe dehydration can lead to becoming confused and even having hallucinations.  Another sign that you are dehydrated is dark urine.  Keeping an eye on this throughout the day, and making sure it’s a light straw colour is a good way to check if your water intake is adequate,” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing.

5. Up your daily steps

When possible, take a walk out at lunch to stretch those legs and up your steps, but if you’re struggling to fit this in the odd day Podiatrist Dave Wain, at Carnation Footcare has some suggestions; “Change your route to work. Even by adding an extra 5 minutes, you’ll up your step count. I’d also suggest if you’re a bit of a desk jockey, set a reminder to make sure you have a brief walk around the office to get yourself moving and always opt to take the stairs.”

 

6. Take your eyes off the screen when eating 

“It is important for our digestive systems to sit up straight whilst eating and eat slowly. If you want to enjoy your food make sure you look at it whilst you are eating and take the time to savour the flavours. Eating slowly will also give your body time to release something called cholecystokinin (CCG). This is also known as the “full up” signal. Once your body receives this signal, you should realise that you are full up and stop eating. It is thought to take at least 20 minutes to be released though so eating slowly is important,” says Shona. 

 

7. De-stress by writing a to-do list

Don’t have the time to clear your head on your lunch break? Help yourself feel more calm and collected by writing a to-do list. “If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much. Being assertive is invigorating and empowering. It also helps to make lists of what is, or is not a priority, and to tackle the priority tasks first. This will help give you a sense of control over your life,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist (www.marilynglenville.com) and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar. 

 

8. Don’t eat when you’re stressed 

Had a stressful meeting? Avoid heading for the biscuit tin, or speeding your way through your lunch straight away. “Never eat when you are stressed, feeling emotional or in a rush. Take time to sit down at the table and eat slowly and calmly. Try to avoid being over-talkative at lunch. By focusing on conversation rather than the eating, this may interfere with the digestive process. It’s also important to chew properly, at least 30 times each mouthful,” says Shona.

 

9. Have a spring clean

Desks have been known to harbor 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, which is stomach churning – especially for those who eat at their desks! Try to spare five minutes a day to give your deshttp://sentpressrelease.com/pressrelease/image/61979/19886/SW1tdW5lIEJpb3RpeC5wbmc=k a tidy and a clean. For the hours many spend at their desk it deserves some TLC. “To give your immunity an extra boost in fighting off any office lurgies try Quest’s Immune Biotix (from £13.45, qnutrapharma.com)”, Cassandra recommends. 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Embrace fidgeting

Are you naturally someone who feels like they constantly have to move, whether that’s simply tapping your foot, or swinging on your chair? This could actually help you burn calories, according to research, so even with a busy schedule you could be exercising without even realising! 

 



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