Sweaty Betty Roadshow comes to LifesCycle

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Sweaty Betty started in London with the aim to encourage more women into fitness by providing workout clothes that were both fashionable AND functional (no more stealing your boyfriend’s track bottoms and running shorts!!).  There’s nothing worse than going to workout and feeling uncomfortable in what you are wearing – too cold, too hot and … Read more…

Putting REAL FOODS to the “Elimination Diet” Challenge

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Real Foods Passes the Elimination Diet shopping test with Flying Colours! My passion for healthy eating and cooking has led me to enrol on a 3 year Nutritional Therapy course.  As much as I love the theory and study of nutrition, it’s all meaningless unless you actually can help people to eat better.  That’s why … Read more…

GUEST BLOG: Spa in the City  – Edinburgh’s Annual Festival of Pampering and Relaxation

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Every year we are treated to a weekend of pampering when the city of Edinburgh hosts ‘Spa in the City’.   Normally this just takes place in St. Andrew’s Square but this year it spread out across 3 sites with the addition of the Grassmarket and in front of House of Fraser on Princes Street.  Spa … Read more…

Earthy Foods – Edinburgh’s coolest place to buy and eat fresh food

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It seems like ages ago since I watched the odd little building sitting on its own just where Canonmills meets the Water of Leith metamorphose and blossom into ‘Earthy Foods’.  Just the name alone gave a BIG hint as to what I would find inside – food from the earth – not from a factory … Read more…

Dig-in Bruntsfield –  Greengrocer at the heart of the community

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Walk down nearly any street in one of Edinburgh’s many neighbourhoods and you’re bound to see at least one shop with carboard boxes of veg out on the pavement.  But have a closer look and the veg may not be so fresh, or local and once you get into the shop – you find it’s … Read more…

Guest Blog: ‘Eat Minus Wheat’ checks out Gluten Free options at Ronde Bicycle Outfitters, by M. Munro

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This month’s Guest Blog is from an Edinburgh blog I’ve just recently come across, ‘Eat Minus Wheat’. Cutting out one of the most widely used ingredients – gluten – from your diet can be frustrating and challenging, but following a gluten-free lifestyle shouldn’t mean you have to give up the things you love. Melissa shares … Read more…

SCIMART – Bread, Bugs, Chocolate …. Oh My!

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As a former engineer, I’m still a bit of a nerd and it’s no secret that I’m a mega foodie so when the Edinburgh International Science Festival included a ‘SCIMART’ (science farmer’s market) in this year’s programme I had no choice but to go!!  In fact, between now and the 20th of April there are … Read more…

Budding Chefs – France and Scotland, the Auld ‘Gastronomic’ Alliance

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On Saturday I dragged my husband to an all day foodie event organised by Budding Chefs.  The inspiration for Budding Chefs, a culinary exchange programme, comes from Fred Berkmiller and the Institut Francais d’Ecosse; Berkmiller is a Frenchman living in Edinburgh running two successful restaurants, l’escargot bleu and l’escargot blanc.  The programme gives French chefs … Read more…