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H U N DR E D Picture the infamous Boxing Day ‘horizontal marathon’. No, you naughty thing, not that kind of marathon. On December 26th, we opened our living room sofa bed and watched an array of Disney-related bonanza. As we were browsing and deciding over the next film for our marathon, we came across the latest Pixar movie, Soul, and we decided to give it a go. The protagonist is Joe, a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected. His passion is jazz, and he is still waiting for his big break. Yet, it won’t be until he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, that he discovers the true meaning of purpose. The movie posed as a great reminder of an invaluable lesson in life: don’t spend your days obsessing over the future, or you’ll end up missing what is right in front of you. I could see myself a lot in Joe: constantly working on what is next, saying to myself “once I get to XYZ I will be happy”. Honestly, I thought that’s what people who start

their businesses say all the time, and then one day, after a couple of years, a flip switch and you eventually got it. You can stop obsessing over your purpose and reap the benefits by grasping that elusive happiness we all so desperately look for. Eight years in, I came to the realisation that life is shorter than we all think. As Joe rediscovered the unadulterated happiness coming from connection, family and child-like wonder, it became painstakingly obvious that so many of us live in a world full of targets. Deadlines. End goals. These can be great ways to keep us accountable, motivated and inspired. Yet, when life becomes an endless rat race we lose sight of what we already have that makes life so incredible in the first place. What if we were able to fill our lives with passions, yet left space to be more passionate about the little things that make life magical? As we approach a new year filled with hope, I challenge you to open up to the idea of what things could be if we reframed the way we want to lead our lives going forward.


Fab Giovanetti

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Fell in love with Plant Pioneer's Vegan chorizo sausages, you couldn't guess they aren't the real deal.


To be precise, a Christmas gift of a blanket hoodie (yes it's a thing). It's my new post-work uniform.


I have adapted my schedule so that my Fridays are email-free. Radical? A touch. It's proof that setting to be so hard, once you set your mind to it.





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CONTRIBUTORS Columnist Charlotte Willis; Hannah Wallace Special thanks to Jess Riggs, Lottie Drynan, Le'nise Brothers, Ellie Jade, Claire & Sarah (Healthy Twists), Laura Anne Moore, Kate Rowe-Ham

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NEWS As we are consuming news more than ever, we thought we’d bring you our very own special roundup of happy news.

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Plant-based campaign sets target of 500,000 signatories worldwide. Organisers of Veganuary are gearing up for their biggest ever year since the meat-free pledge was launched seven years ago, thanks to a surge in consumers tucking into more plant-based foods during lockdown and greater concern about health and the environment. Matthew Glover said: “When my wife Jane and I decided to launch a new year’s vegan pledge in 2014 we expected only 1,000 people to take part. More than 3,000 signed up and we were blown away. Now Veganuary is a bigger feature in the retail calendar than Christmas, reflecting the everincreasing number of people choosing plant-based food. One million official Veganuary participants in just seven years is a huge achievement, but the momentum behind the plant-based revolution will see us hit two million in no time.” THE VEGANUARY PLEDGE Take the first step today! Click on the link below to find out more TAKE THE PLEDGE


The Vurger Co Featured in our September issue last year. They are a multi-site restaurant and retail product company, serving up 100% Vegan fast food using environmentally friendly plant-based packaging.


Vegan-friendly business support

Mum asks schools for better vegan-inclusion

April Preston, director of product development for Marks and Spencer food, said the retailer is expanding its vegan range to coincide with Veganuary. “As the proud owners of the UK’s number one vegan own label, Plant Kitchen, we’re getting super excited about Veganuary. This year we’re sharing the sign-up links with all our colleagues, encouraging them to give Veganuary a go.” Marco Settembri, the chief executive of Nestlé said: “A well-planned plant-based diet can meet nutritional needs during all stages of life while there are environmental and health benefits too. This year I am passing the baton and encouraging all employees to participate in Veganuary and sign up to the challenge. I am happy to be part of this movement as it grows across Europe and beyond.” Other businesses taking on Veganuary’s Workplace Challenge include Wagamama, Tesco, O2, e.l.f. Beauty, King's College London, Docusign, Hastings Direct, Givaudan, Ecotricity, Deliveroo and Upfield, owners of Flora Plant and Violife.

One vegan pupils’ mum has launched a campaign to get schools to take vegan-inclusion seriously. Vegan pupils are registering their schools to receive a pack in January explaining what vegan-inclusion is, why it’s important, and easy steps to make things better. 400 schools have been plotted in the 2 weeks since the campaign launched. Ruth Jenkins’ realisation was that for hundreds of vegan pupils across the country they are often the only vegan in a school that doesn’t understand them.



TikTok is taking the pledge SOCIAL | GLOBAL

TikTok sensation Tabitha Brown is the star of a humorous new Veganuary advert. It shows Brown – who has 4.5 million followers on TikTok and was named one of the platform’s top 10 creators of 2020 – encouraging people to take part, even if they are worried they won’t be ‘perfect’. The ad shows Brown doing Veganuary, and ticking off the days on her calendar with smiley faces. Each day, she is shown eating vibrant, interesting vegan food options. A must-watch for sure.

Vegan hall of fame CELEBRITIES | GLOBAL

Veganuary is getting loads of support from a variety of big personalities this year. Rock stars Brian May, from Queen, and Meatloaf were among last year’s participants. This year, celebrities have signed an open letter urging the public to go vegan. The letter has been published by Veganuary, a charity that encourages people worldwide to try a vegan diet for the entirety of January. Comedian Ricky Gervais, Sir Paul McCartney and naturalist Chris Packham have also signed it. This year, the charity believes that the number of people who have taken the Veganuary pledge without actually signing up could be ten times greater. Philip Watson, Quorn’s UK and Europe commercial director, said: “we aim to get closer to our 2030 target of 8bn meat-free servings a year worldwide.”

Wagamama vows to cut meat offerings by 50% BUSINESS | UK

The Japanese restaurant chain has vowed to cut meat from its menus by 50 percent within the year, for it's 150 restaurants despite the COVID-19 restrictions in the UK. The restaurant group unveils its new vegan menu in line with Veganuary, the month-long pledge to adopt a vegan lifestyle. The company hopes by introducing plant-based versions of cult dishes Chili Squid, Firecracker Curry, and Grilled Duck Donburi, they can entice even the most stubborn of meat-eaters. The launch is part of its ‘small choices, big change’ campaign in response to the growing climate crisis.


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January | VEGANUARY If you've somehow missed our Good news special edition. Veganuary is an annual challenge run by a UK nonprofit organisation that promotes and educates about veganism January | DRY JANUARY Dry January� is a month when many people voluntarily stop drinking alcohol after the excesses of December and start the new year on a sober, clearer, more refreshed and healthy not

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CREATIVE IMPACT MEMBERS: Weekly office hours Thur 14th January | 1pm Each week, we're hosting live 1-hour sessions to discuss any questions or struggles you may have. FIND OUT MORE HERE

DIGITAL ROUNDTABLE: New year motivation + confidence Tue 19th January | 11.15am In this roundtable, we talk to psychological life coach Rebecca Kimberley and speaking and confidence coach Amy Leighton about ways to build confidence as well as finding the right motivation to start a brand new year with renewed excitement. FIND OUT MORE HERE

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Mon 18th | BLUE MONDAY Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.

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CREATIVE IMPACT MASTERCLASS: How to plan your content calendar for 2021 Tue 26th January | 1pm In this masterclass, Fab will be looking at ways you can shape your own content calendar ahead of the year. From refining the content streams to creating a sustainable frequency and refreshing categories, we'll be giving our calendar a good look-over. FIND OUT MORE HERE

CREATIVE IMPACT MEMBERS: 3 ways to build resilience during uncertain times Tue 12th January | 2pm In this chat with expert Fiona Moss we discuss how to develop resilience, optimism, and a growth mindset when facing adversity. We'll be discussing practical tips you can implement at any step of your business journey. FIND OUT MORE HERE


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Tue 2nd | GROUNDHOG DAY Groundhog Day is a popular North American tradition. When the groundhog is said to come out of its hole at the end of hibernation. If the animal sees its shadow—i.e. if the weather is sunny—it goes back into its hole, which portends six weeks more of winter weather.

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WORKSHOP: Hosting successful online events with Chelsea Cox Tue 2nd February | 12pm Learn how to navigate the new online event space and get inspired in order to avoid the biggest mistake people make when starting out in this workshop with our founder Fab and Chelsea Cox. FIND OUT MORE HERE

8 LIVE Q&A:HOW TO WORK WITH A VA IN 2021 Tue 9th February | 12pm Are you ready to get started with a VA? Learn how to delegate like a pro and work smarter not harder with expert Grace from Eden Assistants. FIND OUT MORE HERE


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MAKE YOUR IMPACT One-day Business Bootcamp Tue 16th February | All day A one-day business bootcamp experience to help you start off 2021 with clarity, focus and feeling inspired. FIND OUT MORE HERE

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Fri 12th | CHINESE NEW YEAR Year of the Ox (or Metal Ox) This year is going to be lucky and also perfect to focus on relationships, whether we are talking about friendships or love. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is very hardworking and methodical. 2021 is going to be a year when work will get rewarded. Since this is a Metal year, for the second successive year, the color of 2021 is going to be white.


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Tue 16th | SHROVE TUESDAY Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, observed in many Christian countries through participating in confession and absolution, the ritual burning of the previous year's Holy Week palms, finalizing one's Lenten sacrifice, as well as eating pancakes and other sweets.


WHAT’S YOUR MISSION? We asked our collective members what’s their mission and how they are looking to make a positive impact on other people and the planet, and here’s what our founder Kate had to say.

About Kate

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Sussex, England I want to help women find a love of exercise and in doing so, give them the tools they need to adopt a sustainable approach to exercise giving long-lasting results. As a mum of 3, I know how our needs can fall by the wayside and I am passionate about motivating and inspiring women, helping them find ways to time to get fit and stay fit


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I know first hand how hard it can be to regain body confidence after children, and that now as I head into peri-menopause some of the symptoms can leave you feeling very overwhelmed and anxious. I am determined to help women reach and achieve their fitness goals, so they can stay strong mentally and physically. I want to encourage them to see how diet and exercise can make a positive impact on how they feel, and for them to gain an understanding of how mind and body work together, so they truly appreciate what they are capable of regardless of shape, size or age. CREATIVE IMPACT MAG | 11



What can Blue Monday teach us about wellbeing Contemplating Winter psychological wellbeing


ave you heard of Blue Monday? Nope, it’s not another word to describe the start of the working week that comes our way after a sleepy, peaceful Sunday. Blue Monday falls on the third Monday in January every year and is the most challenging of Mondays for our psychological wellbeing. On Blue Monday, the combination of post-festivity comedowns, dark winter nights, and the challenges of financial instability after an expensive December culminate, erupting in a cloud of low mood. We may experience faster burn-out, changes in sleep, mood, low energy, a lack of motivation to carry out regular activities. These changes can be managed effectively using self-care strategies. However, should you experience significantly impaired daily functioning or worsening of symptoms, I encourage you to seek guidance from a mental health professional. Keep to a routine A routine, once established, will enable you to maintain a sleep cycle, and balance your work commitments with self-care, boosting your overall motivation. Get out your planner and break your day into one-hour slots, scheduling your main goals, tasks for the day, as well as regular breaks for movement. As you complete your tasks, cross them off and big yourself up for doing something productive, no matter how small or large. Use light therapy Light therapy is useful for anyone who feels tired or experiences low mood during the winter months. Light


therapy involves sitting in front of a lightbox, which simulates natural sunlight, for 30 mins to an hour every morning and early-evening as needed. Light therapy acts by increasing the amount of serotonin (a hormone that impacts your mood) whilst decreasing melatonin (a hormone that can induce tiredness). Schedule in socializing In winter, we retreat into our rooms, rarely reaching out to one another as we move from desk to bed. Something which helped my friends and me during the winter lockdown was scheduling social time. We’d set a date and time, and either meet for a walk or give each other a call. We'd check in once a week and have a catch up on life, love, and everything in-between. Journal it down “In general, winter months I can’t recommend can put a strain on our journaling enough. mental resilience, erupting Never underestimate the power of putting in a cold of low mood.” pen to paper, exploring your thought patterns, emotions, and daily actions. Start by reflecting upon your day, asking yourself what emotions did you express? Were there any challenges, and if so, how did you overcome them? What can you learn from today, and what could you improve upon? Above all, keep in mind that winter is a trying time for everyone around you. Extend your loving-kindness and compassion to all this winter including yourself. @charlottesophiewrites

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POWERLIST of creatives and experts to watch out for in 2021 Compiled by The Creative Impact team


very year we sit down (in this case virtually) as a team to highlight some of the incredible people whose mission is to make a bigger impact on other people and the planet. We take into account suggestions from our audience, as well as highlights from social media, campaigns and overall online work. Last year has shown us that if we are willing to be heard to make a difference, we can inspire thousands and come together as a community. It has taught us about compassion, resilience, and hope. We all know how much we need it now, more than ever.






Amma Aburam

Lilo Ask-Henriksen

Amma is a London-based sustainabilty lover who uses her platform to share her conscious fashion styles, tips & articles online as well as offering to shop her closet with porceeds going to charity.

Lilo Ask-Henriksen is an expert in health & lifestyle consulting service based in London/Oslo supporting and empowering both women, men and pets (yes, that’s correct) to make positive and most importantly sustainable health & lifestyle changes into their lives through daily practises and building healthier habits that last. She is also a content writer, presenter, photographer, digital marketing strategist and eco influencer and is dedicated to find healthier and kinder ways to live.




Joanna Adjetey @planetbananna_

Joanna creates content for her Instagram account and blog, called Planet Bananna. She shares about her vegan lifestyle, her love for our planet and how she tries to live more in balance with nature, as well as raise awareness about social justice issues and climate change.


The Athlete Method @theathletemethod

The Athlete Method is the Instagram and social media duo run by Kerry Dixon and Ashleigh L Nelson. They are Olympian athletes and Qualified L3 Personal Trainers. In an industry that is filled with unrealistic gimmicks and fads, they are on a mission to share knowledge and experience from training over the years to help you harness the consistency and work ethic to train like an athlete. Their mantra is "we're stronger together".




Emma Amoscato @emma.amoscato

Having two children with multiple allergies, Emma decided to start a blog detailing her experience as a food allergy family. From this came her #1 bestselling book Living With Allergies: Practical Tips For All The Family which is endorsed by Allergy UK and Dr Adam Fox and was published by Pen & Sword in March 2019. Emma shows her audience how to embrace life as an allergy family, while staying safe and sane!!


Anti Diet Riot Club @antidietriotclub

Harri and Becky are the founders of the Anti Diet Riot Club. They have founded the first radical community and platform dismantling ‘diet culture’, body shame and fat phobia whilst also educating people on how to accept and look after their bodies regardless of size or weight.

Q&A Anti Diet Riot Club (ADRC) Where did ADRC begin? Becky – I came up with the idea for ADRC at the end of 2017 after my own life and mindset were changed through the body acceptance movement I had discovered online years before. I was going through a difficult breakup and I wanted to create an IRL community around me, one that was free of diet chat or calorie counting, and with a background in events, I thought setting up a group would be the best way to do this. Our first event in March 2018 was with Megan Crabbe and over 100 people came! Harri and I joined together later that year initially to help take some radical, body-positive workshops to festivals which we both love – but since then we’ve been growing and adapting and hopefully improving ever since. How are your personal stories weaved into the ADRC as it is today? Harri – both Becky and I have similar experiences of growing up not thinking we were thin enough and consequently going on every diet

under the sun. I ended up with binge eating disorder but I didn’t recognise it as an eating disorder. We both felt out of control and miserable. And when we were at our thinnest, we were also the most messed up in the head. We both got to a place where we had completely lost our connection to our bodies and had a very messed up relationship with food. Our journey to healing ended up being pretty similar too. We both hit a ‘dieting wall’, where something in our heads was saying ‘stop!’. Then we were lucky enough to find the body positivity movement (as it was back in the day, not co-opted by diet culture as it is today). Everything we do is influenced by how much we used to hate our bodies and fearing food – and fatness. We know how much diets can steal the joy out of life – and all the life experiences that are easy to miss out on when you don’t feel good enough. We’re living proof that you don’t have to reach a goal weight to be happy.




Chickpea Scramble PREP TIME 20 mins EQUIPMENT Saucepan, blender

Such a brilliant, filling meal with plenty of delicious veggies and made in no time! You can serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner - whatever floats your boat.


Nicky Bamgbade



Nicky Bamgbade is a confidence coach and personal trainer, who having struggled with her own body image and confidence for over a decade, now helps other women to love the bodies they are in by changing the way they look at health. Moving the mindset from simply losing weight to wanting to be in the best form of health they can be. Nicky shares her genuine passion for exercise and wellbeing with her many followers and shows you can be the person you want to be, if you simply change your way of thinking.

Bettina Campolucci Bordi @bettinas_kitchen

Bettina Campolucci Bordi is the Londonbased food lover, chef and cookbook author behind two bestselling vegan and gluten-free books. She is a keen recipe developper, retreaet chef and food consultant and the founder of her own Chef's Academy.


Loui Blake @loui_blake

Loui Blake is a London-based entrepreneur, speaker & angel investor. A switch to a plantbased diet in 2015 sent Loui in a new direction from nightlife & events into hospitality & food, refocusing his attention to businesses that make a positive impact on the world.


BOSH BOSH! by Henry & Ian (pictured left and right) is the popular social media and cookbook brand that shares Tasty Vegan Recipes! They have 4 Bestselling cookbooks and their own TV Show called Living On Veg on ITV. Watch episode 1 here

INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 small or ½ large leek, green and all, chopped • ½ red (bell) pepper, finely diced • 240g (8 ½ oz / 1 cup) drained chickpeas (garbanzos) • 1 tbsp sweet paprika • 1 pinch fpf chilli (hot pepper) flakes • Salt and pepper • 100g (3 ½ oz) spinach leaves • Cherry tomatoes, toast and avocado slices, to serve



Aisha Carrington @aishacarrington_ DIRECTIONS 1 | Put a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the olive oil, leek and pepper and fry for about 5-10 minutes until the leak and pepper are soft and lightly browned. 2 | Put half the chickpeas into a blender and blitz, then add to the pan with the remaining unblended chickpeas, stir well and simmer for

a few minutes until heated through. Sprinkle in the paprika and chilli and season with salt and pepper to taste. 3 | Finally add the spinach and let it wilt into the mixture. Note This is great, served with fresh cherry tomatoes, toast and slices of avocado. (as pictured above)


Le'Nise Brothers @eatlovemove

Le'Nise Brothers is the host of the Period Story Podcast and is on a mission to help women fix their period pain and hormone problems. She is a registered nutritionist, mBANT. She is also a yoga teacher. n 't W e c o u ld s u e an h e lp b u t o to fo r a w a rd p h Le 'N is e ... .

she has also won the Best Podcast of the year award voted by the readers, judges and members of the Creative Impact collective

Aisha is a spiritual G! A highly intuitive new generation wellness and mental health change maker. The founder of the ‘Get lit retreat ‘ for women and the ‘Get lit retreat man’ for men. Her retreats are a open and diverse space for all where "dancing like nobody is watching" is not only encouraged, it's an actual workshop!! Aisha works with brands, businesses and one to one clients from setting up retreats, workshops to meditation and sound baths. Aisha shines her lit vibes of love and light on everyone she comes in to contact with. Leaving them feeling seen, loved held and supported.


You join Le’Nise as she talks honestly with a new guest each week about their own period story. They debunk common myths and misconceptions and offer advice for those struggling with their own menstrual health. Guests include Tamu Thomas, Kat Horrocks and Sarah Greenidge.




Charlie Cooke

@whatcharlierannext NUTRITION & DOCTORS


Talia Cecchele

Katie May Chesworth

Talia is a Registered Dietitian with a BNutDiet, specialising in eating disorders. She offers 1:1 online support through her work at Harley Streets' Rhitrition Clinic and hopes to bring balance back to nutrition.

Katie is a chronic illness warrior and wellbeing coach who is also a passionate micro adventurer. She aims to help others create their map to personal wellness.



Charlie Cooke is a ken runner who shares her adventures and her family on her social media. She admits that "I prefer to run away from my problems."


Nicky Clinch @nicky_clinch

Nicky Clinch is a Maturation Coach & Facilitator, Integrative Counsellor, Hay House Author & Mentor. Her first book “Surrender� is due for publication in June 2021. She is also the founder of the Maturation Coaching Training Academy - The Alchemy of Being. Her mission in life is for you to break free of the confines of your past traumas, self-defeating patterns and suffering, so that you can realise and come home to who you truly are. To live your life from your wholeness, your radiance and your true authentic power.



Em Deacon

@emlivingherbestlife Em is the founder of Deacon Well-Being. After qualifying as a medical doctor in 2013, she spent 2 years working as a medical and surgical doctor, before deciding to specialise in the area of mental health. She loved working as a doctor but she wanted to work to optimise overall health and well-being.


INSTANT UPGRADE Exercise Stand instead of sitting We may not be able to get into gyms at the moment, but it does not mean we cannot be more active. This is the easiest weight-bearing actions that can be added into your daily life. Additional muscles need to be activated to keep the body standing and this can also help with postural issues and back pain. Investing in a standing desk could make all the difference




Fit Doc

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Lottie Drynan

Dr Folusha Oluwajana aka the Fit Doc is a portfolio GP in North London and a qualified fitness instructor with a passion for all things health, nutrition, and fitness. She is committed to providing high-quality, evidence-based advice to her audience by combining conventional medicine and exercise medicine. Working with brands such as Under Armour and FOGA, the Fit Doc shares her passion for health and nutrition with her followers on Instagram.

Kage started as a singer, dancer, actor and model, having performed in musicals such as Saturday Night Fever and Dirty Dancing and also dancing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. He then began leading regular fitness classes for Retroglow Studios, Discobarre, The Refinery, Boxx, Benk + Bo, POPfit and BLOK. He now teaches his own online classes as well as being a Fiit trainer.

Lottie Drynan shares her journey with IBS and raises awareness of the mental side of the illness as well as the physical. She shares the realities of the illness on IG including bloat-friendly outfits, runs a support group for women on Facebook and created an amazing gut-health diary to help others.






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Kimberley Espinel

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An author, recipe columnist and ‘serial dinner party host’ Alexandra is a true entertainer. Her podcast ‘Come for supper’ delves into the lives of chefs, restauranteurs, authors, actors and artists revealing their most memorable dinner parties, kitchen catastrophes and ultimate dinner party invitees, while allowing the audience to learn more about the backgrounds of some of the most celebrated figures in food and entertainment.

Kimberley is a food photographer, prop stylist and food stylist, food photography teacher, instagram growth coach, podcaster and plantbased food blogger. She is also the author of Creative Food Photography: How to take exceptional images of food. This blog was the result of Kimberley stopping and reflecting on who she was and what was important to her and suddenly realising that her dreams and hopes were taking a bit of a backseat. In May 2014 The Little Plantation was born!


Jade Elouise @bodiposipoet

Jade Elouise is a body positivity and self-love creative who shares inspiration content online. She is a piritual Healer, Life Coach, Poet, Artist & Mental Health Advocate.



Clare Every @thelittlelondonvegan Clare Every is the vegan foodie behind The Little London Vegan where she sharees in depth and honest restaurant reviews as well as recipe inspiration. Her posts always have a great food pun and she was voted one of the Evening Standard's Best Foodies! She is also very anti-food waste and is passionate about the planet.

Kimberly Espinel, founder of The Little Plantation and the Eat Capture Share podcast, is a food photographer, stylist and blogger. While the podcast is dedicated to food, photography and social media, she interviews inspirational guests to share expertise and stories from a diverse and varied perspective by documenting the journey of creatives.




Rachel Evans

Q&A Rachel Evans How are you making an impact online? I hope that it’s encouraging people to have a healthier relationship with food, their body and themselves. My content has always been focused on health, but it’s changed focus in the past few years from promoting ‘health’ as something that can be achieved through diet and exercise, to developing a healthy mindset so that you can

make those things an enjoyable, rather than guilt- or anxiety-provoking, part of your day. I also like to run free challenges in my Facebook group to help people apply any eating disorder recovery tips. What are some of the lessons you learned? I could have put myself forward for more opportunities if I believed in myself more and wasn’t

24 | CREATIVE IMPACT MAG scared for someone to say “No”. Now I realise how important it is to be your own cheerleader; even if sometimes it feels a bit cringey sometimes. My biggest achievement was being able to say goodbye to my blog Healthy & Psyched (which I had for almost 5 years) and set up a new website which is more aligned to what I am doing now. Who is one person who lifted you up? My husband who has been with me through the upsand-downs of having an eating disorder and recovering. He encouraged me to start my blog and travelled all over the country with me to lifestyle shows and blog awards. I know that he doesn’t always understand when I am talking to him about my business now or the psychology of eating, but he’s there to support me.

Rachel is a psychologist (PhD) and her mission is to help eating disorder suffers to regain hope and achieve FULL recovery. The content on her social media and blog is designed to help you begin to question if how you’re eating, exercising and/or thinking about your body is making you truly happy, and how to move forwards. She also works closely 1:1 with clients to change their mindset and behaviour through coaching, hypnotherapy, nutritional interventions and holistic support.



Yasmin Evans @yasminevans

Yasmin is the host of Good Vibees Radio, celebrating and sharing Good Vibes. She is passionate about living plant-based and working in your personal energy.


Becky Excell @beckyexcell

Becky loves sharing her passion for gluten free food, travel and lifestyle. Not only is Becky a recipe creator but her content photography leaves people feeling inspired! Becky's recipe book How to Make Anything Gluten-Free: Over 100 recipes for everything from home comforts to fakeaways, cakes to dessert, brunch to bread is due out on 18 February 2021 and is already a #1 Best Seller on Amazon!


Risqat Fabunmi @fabbyfabunmi

Risqat Fabunmi-Alade is an athlete with a Bsc in Sport & Exercise Science. She is a trained PT & Group exercise instructor while being a Red Bull UK contributor.

EVERYDAY MENTAL HEALTH SOS SELF-ACCEPTANCE We often have so many ‘shoulds’ in our heads. How we ‘should’ look, how we ‘should’ be spending our time and how many of our goals we ‘should’ be hitting. Remind yourself that you are worthy exactly as you are right now.

CONNECT With the pandemic, it’s been a lot harder to meet with friends and family in person but it’s so important to connect with others in any way we can. That might be a text, a phone call or maybe a video chat. No matter which it all counts!

SWITCH OFF There’s so much pressure to be productive that often our downtime can become work. It’s important to take time each day to completely relax and unwind. Perhaps reading a book, listening to music or watching a TV programme. No guilt attached!


Emma Green

@emmafitnessphd Emma Green is an anti-diet fitness coach and freelance writer. She holds a PhD in Health Psychology and is a level 3 certified personal trainer. Emma’s mission is to help with people build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and their bodies.



Jazreena Harlow @jazreena_harlow

Jaz is an intuitive, creative soul with a fascination on how the mind works, spirituality and a deep connection to sound and immersive self-healing. She is a certified NLP, Hypnotherapy coach with a wealth of experience, including Crystal sonic therapy and much more. As well as tapping into self-confidence, she hosts a variety of sound baths online. SPIRITUALITY & WELLBEING


Phoebe Greenacre

Chloe Hamard

Phoebe is the Marketing Professional turned Travel Blogger who decided Yoga was her calling. Now a Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur and Holistic Therapist, Phoebe uses her journey to enlightenment to help others restore balance in their life through the practice of Embodied Flow, so they can find the answers that lie within.

Chloe is a French fitness lover who now lives in the UK. She is a qualified PT who is also passionate about travel, sustainability and self-growth. Her blog has evolved into a melting-pot of fitness, travel, mindset, recipes and reviews.




Lazy Boy Oats By Calum Harris PREP TIME 10 mins | EQUIPMENT Bowl, spoon (optional)

This idea is undeniably a great one. Born out of being lazy one morning, I essentially wanted a bowl of overnight oats but didn’t want to wait the whole 8 hours for breakfast. And so, this beautiful LAZY BOY bowl of oats was created, and can be made in 10 minutes.

INGREDIENTS • 40g porridge oats • 150ml plant milk (oat, almond, soy, whatever you want) • 30g protein powder (please use macros from Form Nutrition) • Blueberries • Strawberries • Pecans • Flaxseed, hemp seeds • Biscoff spread


DIRECTIONS 1 | Mix the oats, milk and protein powder together in a bowl. The consistency should be like a bowl of cereal, but ensure the oats aren’t drowning in the milk. Leave to the side for 10 minutes. 2 | Once the oats have soaked up the milk, top with any toppings you like. On this bowl are blueberries, strawberries, pecans, flax & hemp seeds and some Biscoff spread (cheeky I know). 3 | Eat before someone asks if they “can try a bit”.



Emma Hatcher @shecanteatwhat

Emma is a cookbook author and cookery writer who 12 years ago was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). After removing wheat, lactose, gluten, coffee and more from her diet became increasingly frustrated when her symptoms kept returning. Many years later a new dietician suggested following a Low FODMAP Diet & it was a light-bulb moment. Emma now shares her easy and delicious, low FODMAP recipes through her blog She Can't Eat What?


Calum Harris @madebyblitz

Calum a.k.a. Blitz, is a food blogger who is passionate about 'proper' vegan food. Sharing his easy and tasty vegan recipes, Blitz shows vegan doesn't mean boring! His charismatic personally has gained him over 20k followers on Instagram and his easy cooking tutorials make vegan food accessible for the masses showing you don't need to miss out on your favourite foods if you make the switch!


Jasmine Hemsley @jasminehemsley

Jasmine Hemsley is a three-time bestselling author, the Founder of Hemsley + Hemsley and East by West, a TV presenter with a show broadcast in over 25 countries, chef, food and health writer, restaurateur and nutrition & wellness expert. With a passion for eating well to feel happier, healthier and more energised, Jasmine believes in conscious, healthy and joyful living, drawing from the depth of Eastern wisdom and holistic philosophies of health, and marrying that with the latest cutting-edge technology and developments in Western wellbeing. Listed in the top 20 UK chefs, Jasmine uses her platform to promote a 360-degree approach to health and encourage a return to a simpler, more mindful way of life — reminding us we are of nature, rather than separate from it with an understanding that our own health is intrinsically linked to the wellbeing of the planet.







Clara Holmes @rollinfunky


Laura Hoggings @laurabiceps

Clara is based in London and is the founder of Rollin Funky where she shares her experiences and passions and hopes to inspire others in her wheelchair. She has EhlersDanlos Syndrome (EDS) a form of Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) and is a fashion model and speaks at public events. She is passionate about self-love, body positivity and for there to be a more diverse representation of all bodies within the fashion and beauty industry.

Laura (Biceps) Hoggins was awarded one of London’s Top PT’s . Laura aka @ laurabiceps is the founder of Team ‘LIFTED’ - the online coaching & community,. She is a Personal Trainer & Head of Brand at The Foundry London, a Fitness Consultant, a Presenter, an Author of ‘Lift Yourself’, and the Podcast Host of ‘Biceps & Banter’.


Hannah Hoskins

@notyourgrandmasuk Hannah is on a mission to show the world that disability is anything but boring. That starts with making over mobility devices and ditching the medical grey, for colours that show our true personalities. After all I am disabled and fabulous and my mobility aids should be too. But Not Your Grandma’s is so much more than just a mobility aid business.


Bryony Hopkins @bryonyehopkins

Bryony Hopkins is a Journalist & Full Time Foodie, living gluten and dairy free with Crohns Disease. On her platform, she talks about her experiences, offering advice from her journey and providing a space place for those living with IBD and other chronic conditions.

Tai Ibitoye

@taitalksnutrition Tai Ibitoye is a UK Registered Dietician with BSc, PGDip, MSc and RD qualifications. Shee has a PhD in Food & Nutritional Sciences and her social media is a great source of information and inspiration thanks to her nutrition infographics.




Sabi Kerr @sabi.kerr FITNESS & MOVEMENT

Zoe Jarchevska @maia.wellco

Zoe is the founder of MAIA well co, focusing on holistic health, pilates. Her passion lays on health & wellbeing events as well as wellness travel and retreats


Emma Joy @emajoyc

Emma is a L3 personal trainer and England Athletics LIRF coach by trade. She works online and freelances in and around London. Running therapy is a project that she is proud to be working on with her clients. Mental and physical health are very much connected and is incredibly important for every day life.


Sabi Kerr is a self love & transformational life coach and yoga teacher using her platform to guide women to love themselves, feel worthy & manifest the life they've always wanted. Sabi has a genuine passion for movement which stems from a young age and now teaches students to explore what their bodies can do, move in a way that feels good, and have fun along the way. Sabi loves supporting her followers to help them explore their purpose through her daily inspirational posts on her Instagram page.

TOP TIPS Rebecca KNOW YOURSELF You are the most valuable thing/person/tool you have. Keep taking the time to get to know yourself and invest in your self-discovery. You can never know yourself ‘too much’. COMPASSION Compassion is about responding with care and kindness when you’re under stress or suffering. It’s also about choosing to be the best version of yourself that you can be. FIND VALUES Values can tell you a lot about yourself, the life you want to live and your expectations. Clarifying your values can help you review if you’re living authentically in line with them.



Rebecca Kimberly @rebecca_kimberley

Shilpa Kiran

Rebecca is a an Award-Winning Psychological Life Coach & Therapist with a passion for taking Clinical Psychology beyond the therapy room and making mental health part of everyday conversation. She uses a unique blend of Coaching, Therapy, Psychological Theories and her lived experience of suicidal depression, social anxiety and trauma to provide Psychology informed Coaching. She is dedicated to supporting my clients in giving themselves permission to let go of the emotional baggage they’ve been holding onto from their past and helping them to rediscover who her really are, so they can reclaim their lives and start their journey back to themselves.

Shilpa Razniewska, Food Photographer, Food Stylist and Award-Winning Food Blogger. She is the creator, stylist and photographer behind the blog Soulful and healthy. She started her clean eating journey and blogging four years ago after the birth of her little boy, but realized healthy eating does not have to be boring at all.



Camille Knowles @camilleknowles


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Camille Knowles is a qualified Health Coach and Natural Chef. She is also the proud founder of The Beauty of Eczema and is on a mission to share her wisdom and guide others in living a fulfilled life beyond eczema. Author Camille Knowles found that eating well’ was a key principle when deciding to ‘Live a Life Beyond Eczema’ and following a demand for recipes from her 'Warrior Tribe', the book The Beauty of Eating Well was created. She constantly looks for new ways to support her tribe online.


Max La Manna @maxlamanna

Max is a low-waste plant-based foodlover, chef and cookbook author, He is the host of BBC Earth and he shares low-waste recipes on his social media, too, which tend to go viral.


Jonelle Lewis @jonelleyoga

Jonelle is a yoga teacher & practitioner, mentor & teacher trainer. She is obsessed with movement & spiritual studies which makes her an eternal student. She has lived in london for over 20 years but originally from philly. She has been teaching yoga for over 5 years & practicing for over 15 years. She also featured in our August 2020 Issue




Elle Linton @ellelinton

Elle is a Fitness Professional and Blogger based in Greater London. She creates communities and connections through movement and fitness to inspire and motivate others to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Her passion is to share information, through content creation and supporting this by leading activities (running, cycling) and coaching fitness.


Alex Light

@alexlight_ldn Alex Light is an inspiring creative who focuuses on body confidence and anti-diets. She helps women feel GOOD about their bodie, eating Disorder recovery and beauty.

Q&A Elle Linton What content can we expect from you? I’m pretty aware of the jack of all trades, master of none saying so I try to instill this in my content. Over time, as I’ve found the activities that I’m passionate about for my own training and for coaching, those have become the pillars for my content. Currently I focus on ways to move, food and athleisure. However, I have slightly broader

categories on my blog than say, Instagram. How do you make a positive impact online? I would like to think that I’m here as a cheerleader for anyone who wants to become active. In the sport & fitness world, there is a stark lack of diversity both in gender and race. ‘You have to see it to be it’ - there is very little representation especially in sports like cycling, or in the fitness influencer world, I’m prepared to stand up and be the representation younger women need to see. What have you learned along the way? Recognise is that learning is always possible no matter how successful you are.


Some of my biggest achievements are the creation of a community for London based Digital Creators and Influencers, creating content during my two years of MSc study and making it to 8 years of blogging without giving up! Who has helped you in your journey? I think there have been too many people to mention with so much help from creator communities who

are always willing to help others. As a CI member what have you been enjoying the most? I’ve massively enjoyed the various masterclasses that have been available. Some have been great for learning completely new skills whilst others have been a kind of refresher but either way, I always come out of them feeling positive and inspired to take action!



Immy Lucas

@sustainably_vegan Immy Lucas is a selfconfessed imperfect sustainability activist who hosts an online and diverse bookclub championing inclusivity. She shares tips for a sustainable plantbased lifestyle covering subjects from ethical fashion and minimalism to climate change and recipes.


Mikaela Loach @mikaelaloach

Mikaela is a vegan medic from Edbinburgh who uses her platform to promote sustainability with inclusivity. She is passionate about climate justice & antiracism activist and also hosts the Yikes Podcast.

TOP TIPS Lauren COLLABORATE Think about who out there inspires you. If your brands resonate why not join forces and create magic?


Lauren Lovatt @lauren_lovatt

Lauren aims to inspire passion through plants! She is a hard-working and aspirational Food Entrepreneur, creator of the @plantacademylondon & @feedyourmindcandy and the Co-Founder of @wearethefoodstudio . The Plant Acadeemy is oe it's kind, offering workshops, courses and classes in vegan sustainable cooking.

SHARE If you read/ watch something you learn it once if you share something you learn it twice. Whether that’s with a friend, college or on socials its powerful that knowledge nuggets ARE better when shared! EXPLORE If you go out into the world it will come back to you. It can be so easy to be head down when starting a new business. Stay open, and keep exploring.


Oriance Lungu @iamoriance

Oriance is a Hackney-bred female boxer and a proud England Boxing Qualified coach inspiring everyone to move more. She is the current National Champion for England and boasts numerous medals for the Novice Nationals and Haringey Box Cup.



Q&A Emma Mumford Why should we start focusing on our fiancial wellbeing? Now more than ever was the perfect time to share five great ways you can stay positively wealthy this year using the Law of Attraction and practices from my new book Positively Wealthy and the Positively Wealthy journal. Watch your finances during lockdown - also all year round this practice works great, as this is also a great self-love practice. If you’re worried about money and are desperately trying to manifest it – mindlessly


Amaeze Madukah @lifes_recipe

A qualified, experienced nutritionist, Amaeze takes a holistic view to health, so you can feel good in the body you have, no matter your life stage or pace of life. Running an inclusive, accessible practice, with health at any size at the centre of her ethos. With a passion for demystifying nutrition Amaeze helps people be more in tune and feel in control of their body. Through Life’s Recipe, the health consultancy with a difference, Amaeze hopes to help her clients be truly nourished on every level and find their own sense of balance. FITNESS & MOVEMENT VEGAN & PLANT-BASED

Tomi Makanjuola @vegannigerian

Tomi Makanjuola is the London-based food lover behind The Vegan Nigerian. She is a Vegan chef & blogger specialising in Nigerian cuisine offering homemade recipes on Instagram and heer YouTube channl. She is also the author of the Plantain cookbook.


Julie Massiah

@mass_fitness_pt Julie Massiah is a Level 3 Personal Trainer who offers online group and 1-2-1 coaching and training sessions. She has a BWL Coach L1 qualification and is a certified TRX STC Instructor who works to promote the idea of Functional Fitness.

spending what you do have is only going to make the situation worse. There is a lot of BS out there in Law of Attraction books etc that say spending money creates more money. This is only true if it feels good to spend the money if you go and mindlessly spend money you shouldn’t really be on luxuries, is that going to make you feel happy or actually more anxious now that you have even less for the month ahead. How can people be more mindful with their spending? If the answer is no then put it back and wait, see how you feel about it in a week or so or when you next get paid. If it’s a yes and it feels good to buy it then you will naturally attract more money to you through these good feelings with every transaction. The same can be done with a service or online product. Ask yourself these questions and be honest with yourself.



Emma Mumford



A great tip for manifesting money into your life is to keep an abundance log. You write down all the money or abundance that you’ve manifested. Money can come from any avenue, not just your income – did someone gift you money? Did you get a refund or bonus? Did you get a coupon or discount? Each week write down everything that comes to you to keep a log on what you are manifesting so you can physically see the money coming to you and abundance of all forms.

Emma Mumford is an award-winning life coach and mentor, best-selling author, speaker, Law of Attraction YouTuber, and podcast host of the popular podcast ‘Spiritual Queen’s Badass Podcast’. On her YouTube channels, she covers all things Law of Attraction, business, spirituality, and self-help and has gained over 185k followers! Her podcast is the #3 Spirituality Podcast on iTunes with over 400,000 downloads and through which Emma shares weekly advice, tools, and interviews with other like-minded influencers. Emma is also the author of ‘Spiritual Queen’ and ‘Positively Wealthy’ which are both Amazon #1 bestsellers.


Lauren McCrostie @laurenmccrostie

Lauren Paige McCrostie is a sustainability blogger writer, and actress who shares her sustainable fashion and wardbrobe tips online. She also offers sustainable consultancy and is always keen to share knowledge and advice online.


Helen Mebrate @ethiopianfoodie

Helen is a food blogger, exploring Ethiopian and other African-inspired flavours through plant-based cooking and has recently released her first plant-based & gluten free ebook. Helen's colourful and appetizing dishes make her Instagram account the go to place for the best plant based cuisine, Africa has to offer!




Corinne Naomi @corinnenaomi_

Corinne Naomi is a Program Manager and Fitness Trainer at @fiit. She boasts Multidisciplinary Training including Creative Movement and is passionate about Holistic Heath & Fitness. She is also a qualified PTI and hosts online classes.


Temi Tope Nuga @5ringsfitnessuk Temi Tope Nuga is an IPF powerlifter and she shares her journey on her social media @5ringsfitnessuk. She is the British & European deadlift record holder and a qualified personal trainer.


Gina Obeng @just_geen


Donna Noble

@donnanobleyoga Donna Noble is the founder of Curvesome Yoga. She is also a writer, oach. mentor and noble yogi. She inspires her audience by sharing her message of body positivity and is an anti-racism activist.


Gina is a Qualified Personal Trainer, owner of a healthy meal prep service (Just Geens Kitchen) and fitness movement `Train To Slay, with a highly relatable and inspiring story of turning heartbreak to muscle ache. She found fitness to be the best stress relief and the cheapest form of therapy and chose to build herself up and focus on being and becoming better. 'Just Geen', is an inspirational fitness platform that is simply a natural extension of herself.

Alongside this, her Train To Slay movement bridges the gap between working out and looking your best, encouraging women to not only focus on 'slaying' but understanding the process to get there. The aim is to encourage people to live by her ethos of fitness, ‘living for the journey’ and making those initial decisions to change, taking those small steps and reaching those milestones on your own unique and special path.



Emma Kirk Odunubi @emmakirkyo

Emma is a footwear specialist and sports scientist who has been in the running industry for over 10 years. Day to day she has worked with a variety of sports men & women, from the novice runner to the elite athlete. She is a running biomechanics nerd who matches the perfect footwear to the individual runner; whilst also assessing gait movement patterns and she takes pride in being known as the trainer geek.



Lucy Parker

Dr Chintal Patel

What started as a hobby has now led to Lucy becoming a plant-based recipe creator and photographer. Splitting her time between food photography for brands and independents in Nottingham and recipe creation for similar start up companies, Lucy has changed the way people view vegan food.

Having been a fully qualified doctor for over 15 years, Dr. Chintal is passionate about health & nutrition. Using Dr Chintal's Kitchen to inspire and motivate families and children to eat well and cook family friendly meals together every day. Through her cookery classes and workshops, Dr Chintal has helped attendees manage stress and wellbeing through nutrition, parents master children's weaning and made healthy eating, a much less daunting prospect!




Dale Pinnock

@themedicinalchef Dale is known as The Medicinal Chef and he is a famous TV Chef with a BSc & PgDip in Nutrition. He is a Sunday Times Best Selling Author, he is the founder of @culinarymedicinecollege and presents ITV's Eat Shop Save.




Our partnership with Plastic Bank allows us to drive our brand purpose but most importantly, allows our customers the opportunity to make a real trackable plastic impact change through their purchase.


Q&A Emma Ross



Shivani Raja @shivanilf

Shivani Raja is a food blogger with a passion for photographing and sharing her vegan recipes. She started her blog at just 16 years old, and it has since blossomed into a community who enjoy not only her recipes, but the photographs she takes of them!

@mamalinauk Emma Ross is the mother and blogger behind MamalinaUK the parenting, slow living and sustainable platfomr. She is passionate about dungarees, veg, coffee and cloth nappies.

Where did your passion for low waste living for the family start? My passion for low-waste living sprung up when I was at an antenatal class, during a conversation about nappies. They teach you how to put nappies on a child or baby, and the teacher at the end shoehorned in this little bit about reusable nappies. In my head, I thought...that makes loads of sense and that sounds really interesting to me. It was through the environmental impact of nappies that I first became interested in this new kind of parenting. A bit differently I guess, a bit more sustainably. How can new mums change their mindset around 'stuff'? When you have a new baby there’s this expectation that you need to get so many new things. As you fall pregnant, you supposedly have to get new maternity clothes, yet there is so much you already own you can truly use: “I think I bought one or two pairs of trousers and they’ve lasted me through all three pregnancies and everything else I just wore what I had. So much of what you already own is absolutely fine. Most of my kids’ favourite clothes are the ones that my mum kept from when we were younger.



Ruby Rare @rubyrare

Ruby is a queer non-monogamous jelly enthusiast and the author of Sex Ed: A Guide for Adults. She is a proud @brook_sexpositive ambassador and the co-founder of @bodylovesketchclub.


Jess is a 19 year old blogger, instagrammer and podcast host who aims to provide simple and actionable ways for people to be more sustainable. With a focus on ethical fashion, responsible travel and zero-waste living, there’s something we can all learn about sustainability.



Q&A Tiff Shirley what is the driving force behind your social media page? I generally have a real passion for food and the hospitality scene. Growing up, I was often seen as a ‘fussy’ eater, however, I believe my taste buds have developed and matured in a way where I couldn’t be considered ‘fussy’ anymore! I love to try new foods, recipes and restaurants and share my experiences of these on Instagram. Particularly with being vegan, I aim to provide inspiration both for those hoping to incorporate a more plantbased diet and for those who are already vegan but may be wanting new meal ideas. I want to debunk the myth that vegans eat ‘rabbit

food’ and inspire others to try new food combinations and flavours. Where did your journey to veganism first start and were any


Dr Megan Rossi

Rebekah Sarah

@theguthealthdoctor Through The Gut Health Clinic, Dr Megan Rossi is helping hundreds of thousands of people embrace the power of their guts and enjoy good gut health every day, with books, a clinic, gut-loving food products as well as easy-to-digest advice and deliciously diverse recipes in the Inner Community newsletter and on social media. Megan’s book Eat Yourself Healthy has gone international, released in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal, as well as the US and Canada as Love Your Gut! In 2020, Bio&Me landed in Waitrose, Wholefoods, Selfridges and As Nature Intended across the UK. Megan was also awarded the Young Australian of The Year in the UK award from the Australian High Commission for her contribution to science and public education.


@londonveganquest Rebekah-Sarah is the London-based Food Photographer & Stylist, on a quest for all things vegan. Sh shares tasty recipes and graphics online to inspire her followers. FITNESS & MOVEMENT

Kate Rowe-ham @katerh_fitness

Kate Rowe-Ham is a PT and Spin instructor & online trainer and she wants to help woman find a love of exercise and in doing so, give them the tools they need to adopt a sustainable approach to exercise giving long-lasting results.


of your friends or family hesitant about your lifestyle choices? I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle in 2016 when I made the connection of the torture that innocent animals endured for my five minutes of pleasure. My belief is that nonhuman animals have the right to life and so I stand against animal cruelty. My decision did come as a shock to my family, who thought it was a phase and would often try to tempt me with non-vegan foods. However, after over four years of veganism, some of my family members have adopted a more plant-based diet themselves which is great, and I’m happy that they could do so at their own pace.

What does being "vegan" mean to you? Veganism for me, is a way of life. It’s a lifestyle choice. I want to stress the word choice here as it is a decision that is made on an individual level. It’s not that I can’t eat animal products, it’s that I have made a conscious decision not to, based upon my beliefs. And this is a decision that I am happy with! Also, veganism extends further than just diet and filters down into the clothing, cosmetics, and products that I buy and organisations that I support. For me, veganism gives me this feeling of oneness with all, with the animals, our environment, and my health.


Tiff Shirley @vegan_at_tiffs Tiff is a 27-year-old vegan foodie and content creator with a love for dining-out and creating recipes. After turning vegan in 2016, Tiff started her Instagram account, Vegan at Tiffs, and what started off as a food diary grew into sharing her vegan lifestyle with a growing audience. It goes without saying, meal times in Tiffs house are not to be missed!


Derek Sarno @dereksarno

Derek Sarno is cofounder of Wicked Healthy, a healthy plantbased food blog that he co-founded with his brother Chad Sarno. He is also an Executive Chef and Director of Plant Based Innovation at Tesco, where vegetarian and vegan product sales increased 25% from 2016 to 2017, as he helped develop their plant-based food options and new lines.


Toral Shah

@theurbankitchen Toral has a MSc Nutritional Medicine and is a Nutritional Scientist, Food & Health Consultant & Writer. She is the co-founder @whatthehealthevents to help you optimise your health. She also specialises in cancer research and disease prevention.



Lily Silverton @lily_silverton

Lily is a mindset coach, wellbeing teacher, speaker, journalist and the host of “Priorities” podcast. She has over 20 years of meditation and yoga experience, and use the simple tools of breathwork, bodywork, meditation, mindfulness, coaching, and humour to help people and organisations realign their priorities, remedy their minds and transform their lives.


TOP TIPS Dr Tosin PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY Be intentional about focusing on your health and listen to your body. Our bodies and minds are pretty remarkable at giving us warning signs that we should to pay attention to.

Dr Tosin Sotubo

MOVE MORE! Physical activity is so important not just for your physical health but just as much for your mental health too. Exercise comes in so many shapes and forms, find what you enjoy and what works for you.

Dr Tosin Sotubo is a medical doctor working as a NHS and private General Practitioner. Sh has a huge passion for spreading health awareness and education. She created Mind Body Doctor, a friendly and accessible platform to educate and inspire as many people as possible to take care of their health whilst busting fads, myths and talking facts!

MENTAL CHECK-UP Take time to focus on your mind and how you’re feeling. With all the daily non-stop activity, it can be so easy to ignore when we need time to relax and take care of our mental health.




Tashi Skervin-Clarke @tashi_skervinclarke

Tashi is a London-based fitness creative who offers online workouts. She hosts daily live workouts through the TSC Method - which she founded to focus on running and general training.


Pippa Stacey @lifeofpippa

Pippa is a chronically ill writer and blogger, psychology graduate, book-reader and theatregoer, Spoonie Survival Kits founder and a novelty onesie enthusiast.



Ada Toth



Ada is a London-based creative mind and the passionate soul behind Laforance.She shares easy healthy, and delicious recipes and top tips on living a zero waste and plastic-free lifestyle.

Laura Thomas

@laurathomasphd FITNESS & MOVEMENT

Jessica Skye

@iamjessicaskye Jessica is a London based DJ and producer, founder of Fat Buddha Yoga, Apple Fitness Plus trainer, creative and wellness contributor. A good blend of superstar DJ and carefree yogi, Jessica showcases her passion for yoga and her love of travel through her djing to her 19.5k followers on her Instagram page.

Laura is a Registered Nutritionist specialising in Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size & Non-Diet Nutrition. She's based in London, where she’s cutting through the nutrition BS, and telling people what they really need to know to stay on top of their game.


Laura Strange

@myglutenfreeguide Passionate about travel, food and all things gluten free, the 'My Gluten Free Guide' are always on the look out for new coeliac-friendly finds. Run by Laura Strange, a gluten free blogger and instagrammer based in London, My Gluten Free Guide has been named Best Allergy & Free From Blog 2019 by the Health Blog Awards, #1 Gluten Free Instagrammer in London by Metro and one of the Top 100 gluten free blogs worldwide by Feedspot. Laura lives in Shoreditch, East London, with her husband Dave and toddler daughter Alba.


Dr. Tara Swart @drtaraswart


Dr Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, medical doctor, executive advisor, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, and author of best-seller ‘The Source’ which has translations in 36 global territories. Tara is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people live and work. She personally advises a small number of individuals via personal recommendation only, and speaks at major conferences globally.



In The Source, she draws on the latest cognitive science and her coaching experience to reveal the secret to mastering our minds.



Acai, avo and coconut you

Smoothie Bowl PREP TIME 5mins | EQUIPMENT Blender

It’s a super creamy, vibrant and gorgeous smoothie bowl that comes together in no time at all - giving you the best start to the day. INGREDIENTS • 1 small banana • 1/2 avocado • Splash of unsweetened almond milk • 3 tbsps coconut yoghurt • 1/2 cup frozen cherries • 1/3 cup scoopable frozen acai


DIRECTIONS 1 | Blend until smooth and creamy. 2 | Spoon into a bowl and top with some granola, a spoonful of yoghurt, cashew butter, melted dark chocolate, a few cherries and a chunk of dark chocolate.


So Vegan @sovegan

Ben and Roxy are the couple behind the hugely popular social media and cookbook sensation So Vegan. They show off the easy way to eat more plants with simple recipes using minimal ingredients. Their latest book One Pot Vegan is out now.

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Healthy Twists @healthy_twists

Claire and Sarah are two forty-something Mums, great friends and food lovers who decided to take a closer look at how their families eat and in doing so created Healthy Twists. Their mission is to help families increase the number of plant-based meals they eat each week. With recipes that are predominantly wheat, gluten and dairy-free, many of them vegan and veggie, there is something amongst their pages for everyone. Their blog showcases traditional and modern recipes with a healtheir twist, leaving their audience's mouths watering!




Grace Victory @gracefvictory

Simone Venner @msholistic

Simone, aka Ms Holistic, is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher who educates and guides people to take back control of their health. Her own battle with IBS gave her a deeper insight into the power of the gut - both in terms of giving health as well as taking it away from us. Simone now works with clients all over the world to help them develop personalised programmes, and reduce or completely eradicate symptoms of ailments such as Crohn’s disease and depression. Her indepth holistic knowledge and killer-watt smile have earned her a dedicated following on Instagram.

Grace Victory is an award-winning digital-first creator, predominately known for her inspiring words, powerful vulnerability and refusal to diminish her self, values or voice, to suit societal expectations. Alongside being Happiful Magazine’s first guest columnist, a powerful TedX speaker and presenter of BBC 3's "Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets", Grace was the winner of InStyle Magazine’s ‘Most Inspiring Role Model’ award. Through her passion for female advocacy, unflinching honesty and encouraging spirit, Grace talks openly about topics that are perceived taboo; therapy, sex, trauma, relationship dynamics, diet culture, selfawareness and spirituality. Grace’s content focuses on inclusive fashion, challenging how her audience see themselves, healing the mind, body and spirit and the importance of self-development, alongside sharing her personal journey.

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Hannah Wallace

Niki Webster

Hannah is a writer and creative who champions female empowerment and spiritual activism. As someone living with a disability and a wheelchair user, she is passionate about breaking down barriers around the topic and bringing awareness through my content. Her mission is to help others around me find a way to live and thrive within their personal centre and find grace within that space.

A certified health coach and award winning food blogger, Niki is a plant based chef and author, responsible for books 'Rebel Recipes' and 'Be More Vegan'. A food consultant to boot, Niki helps companies and restaurants with content, recipe development, food styling, and much more.





Lauren White

@iamlaurenwhite Lauren is a personal trainer, motivational speaker, addition councillor and life coach. Through her own experiences of going through addiction at a young age, she has spoken in schools and instructions to do talks around mental health etc. She also trains people and currently doing coaching to help people find their


Mariel Witmond @mindfulsonder

Half English, half Mexican (with an American accent), Mariel has practiced ashtanga and vinyasa flow yoga around the world for over a decade. Leaving behind her high powered and high stress corporate job that left her unfulfilled and unhappy, she achieved her longtime dream of becoming a yoga teacher in the hopes of sharing with others the countless ways it has positively impacted her life. Mariel shares a passion for life coaching and nutrition that together with yoga have become the pillars for her business Mindful Sonder a holistic approach to wellbeing.


Stef Williams @stef_fit

Stef Fit, is a well-known name in the fitness arena! With her 1.4m followers on Instagram enjoying weekly workouts, fashion collabs with brands such as Puma and Asos and her hugely successful "We Glow" fitness App, she shows no sign of slowing down. With a passion for sport which stems from childhood, Stef played international hockey securing a place on the Welsh international team before an injury ended her career at an early age. After dabbling in makeup artistry, Stef knew it was fitness she truly wanted a career in. Stef qualified as a PT, set up her Instagram account and as they say, the rest is history.



Kimberley Wilson @foodandpsych

Kimberley Wilson known as Food and Sych onlone, has a CPsychol. She is a Chartered Psychologist with a MSc in Nutrition. She is the author of How to Build A Healthy Brain. Her specialities are Psychology, Brain Health & Nutritional Psycology.




Dr Joshua Wolrich @drjoshuawolrich

Joshua is an NHS Surgical Doctor who promots Health At very Size. He is passionate about fighting weight stigma & #nutribollocks online and via his podcast called Cut Through Nutrition.

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@healthylivingjames James is a fully qualified Health Coach and Professional Food Blogger. His aim is to inspire his audience to cook easy and delicious home cooked food. 10 years ago he fell seriously ill out of the blue which left him bed bound for 2 years and house bound for the next 4 years. He decided to open his blog in 2016 to share his recovery journey and passion for food with the world. James' e-book "HEALTHY FOOD MADE SIMPLE" has had 5 star reviews from customers and his blog is a firm favourite with followers!

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Job title: Money

Laura Ann Moore

& Mindset Coach Expertise: First-hand experiences in how to handle my own money, including saving £15k when I was 19-22, going travelling and then saving £25k when I was 25-27. Studies: A Financial Coaching Training Programme

I am a 27-year-old Money & Mindset Coach living in London on a mission to demystify money and help young people feel empowered by their finances. My platforms cover all elements of personal finance teaching you how to budget, save and invest. I am big on money mindset and how our relationship with money affects every element of our financial wellbeing and work 1:1 with people to help them transform their money mindset and learn how to build wealth. I am passionate about financial education because knowledge gives you confidence to take control and make positive changes in your life. What is your favourite thing about being part of Creative Impact? I love being part of a community of likeminded people who all seem so motivated to live life on their terms. I am obsessed with the regular threads of positivity and sharing the good news. I think it is so important to celebrate the wins – no

WORK ON YOUR MONEY MINDSET Our relationship with money impacts our finances more than we might realize and spending time understanding and transforming your beliefs can be so helpful.


matter how big or small because when you celebrate what you have, you get more of it. What is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to your field? Thinking their finances will ‘sort themselves out’ – unfortunately, we are not taught much

SCHEDULE IN MONEY DATES Take time reviewing your budget, spending habits, financial goals, it will help you gain confidence in handling money. Track your purchases; this helps you spend less than you earn.


ALWAYS PAY YOURSELF FIRST Prioritize your financial goals by creating a budget and including a specific section for your savings and investments. The left-over money is what you can use for monthly spending.

about personal finance in school, so it is important to get motivated and self-educate. When you bury your head in the sand and do not take ownership of your finances, or do not take time to learn how to manage your money effectively, it can lead to poor mental health and difficult financial situations that then seem harder to get out of. How can people feel more confident about improving in your field of expertise? Understanding that everyone has to start somewhere. Learning how to manage your money will come with making mistakes, but that is okay! Do not beat yourself up for past mistakes, whether you have debt or no savings or regret how you have previously spent money; Everything is figure-out-able. The best thing is to be honest with yourself and make a start towards improving your finances and financial wellbeing.

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Leading a Tribe of Skin Warriors


With Camille Knowles

amille Knowles is the best-selling author and founder of The Beauty of Eczema™. The brand was created to provide a positive community and beautiful products for sensitive skin warriors. I believe that those with sensitive skin deserve to live a GLOWING life with BEAUTIFUL products (after feeling it was a negative place online and the products available were very limited and plain looking). Living with a sensitive skin condition isn't easy, and the Beauty of Eczema™ was created to brighten and uplift warriors each day and provide high-quality products to put the fun back into pampering when living with sensitive skin. My eureka moment It was when I came out of the hospital in 2013, unfortunately, due to severe eczema flare-up. I decided at that moment, if I managed to recover, I would write a book to share my experience and give HOPE to millions of people around the world. Which in September 2018 I did! The first seed of the skincare range idea was back in 2009 at age 17 when I realised there weren’t any beautiful products suitable for sensitive skin and compatible with those that are eczema-prone. I always had in mind to follow the launch of my book with products to make life more fun and beautiful for my warrior tribe. That’s why the Journal, Affirmation cards, cookbook, and skincare were developed. The brand idea was always in my mind and when the timing was right, I decided to pursue my journey …and here we are!


Validating the idea After searching online and seeing millions of people ‘suffering’, I wanted to be a voice of positivity and HOPE. The voice I needed! The failure I am glad I experienced I believe in making mistakes every single day, it’s the best way to learn. I can’t define one failure. Fail forward is what I believe is the best approach in business. Saying that I have a fantastic team of experts I am honored to work within creating such a high quality and trustworthy brand.


The Beauty of Eczema™ Founded: 2018 Job title:




One of the hardest parts of a business can be believing in yourself and your idea enough to start.


Biggest advice you’d give to someone I honestly can’t think of anything. I don’t focus too much on what other people are saying. I do my research; I trust myself, my experience, and my team to build a brand with a strong mission to provide tools for life beyond sensitive skin. The role of social media A huge role! All my customers/warriors have come from either Instagram or Facebook. It’s an incredible place to share your authentic story (in my case my skin story), for the warrior tribe to connect, and also

to share the journey of the brand and the new products we’ve launched over the past 2 years. Looking to the future I am most excited about creating awareness and providing more HOPE, positivity, and beautiful products for those with sensitive skin. Thankfully due to the power of the internet, my brand has already reached all corners of the globe. Every day is SO exciting! I am looking forward to continuing to share the brand message and extending the product range.

If you never give up, you can never fail. Of course, there are times when you may need to adjust things, however, if you keep your focus on why you have set up your business, what your customers want, and have provided a solution they love, keep going!


(This is a biggie.) It feels almost impossible to switch off but for the longevity of the business and your health you need to prioritize 'me' time.












The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years as Emperor Julius Caesar declared Jan 1 a national holiday.


Start the year right


How to Create

YOUR OWN WHEEL OF LIFE Interview by Fab Giovanetti


have never been the biggest fan of New Year resolutions, purely due to the short lifespan they seem to hold.

Research by Strava recently found that in 2020, Sunday 19th January is the day when most people will give up on their resolutions. In another research, HelloFresh discovered 40% of New Year’s Resolutions have already failed by this point, despite our best intentions. There are quite a few ways you can go about planning your new year and setting meaningful intentions, and one of them is known as the Wheel of Life® (or Life Wheel). The original concept of The Wheel of Life is attributed to the late Paul J. Meyer who founded the Success Motivation® Institute in 1960 and created an array of programs and tools for leaders worldwide. Commonly used by life coaches, it highlights each area of your life in turn in order to assess which areas need more attention. It’s a great nifty exercise that also helps you outline your core values as well as understanding how you can create a life that can best lead you to meet your ultimate goals - yes, it’s quite powerful stuff. When it comes to the Life Wheel, you can follow the standard areas you should focus on, however, I’m more of the school of thought of choosing the core areas based on your


personal and professional values. How do you go about finding your values? If you have not done this already, it may be time for you to outline what are the values you stand by on both a professional and a personal level. I love to get a piece of paper and draw a line to create two columns. One column should be for your personal values (family, connection, freedom) and one for your professional values (success, space, flexibility). Once you have outlined the top 5 values for each column, I want you to compare your answers. What is overlapping, and what is clashing? How can you make sure these values work together, instead of working against each other? Once you know what values matter most to you, it’s time to fill your wheel. The idea is to helps you to identify areas that need more attention, so getting clear on the values will help you map out only the areas of your life that truly resonate with you. A few approaches have been used in the past, including the “roles” you fulfill in your life (mother, manager, daughter, etc) or the areas that matter to you the most (family, work, creativity). In my case, I love to use the values I would find from the exercise I mentioned earlier




in the piece since they would represent priorities in my personal and professional life. Examples would be personal (relationships, movement, spiritual wellbeing) and professional (freedom, creativity, connections).

aligned with each value (for example freedom and creativity). It’s time to get honest now: I hate to break it to you, but it’s unlikely you’ll be scoring a 10 in every single area any time soon.

By using a wheel, you get a clear representation of the way your life is currently, as opposed to the way you'd ideally like it to be. The concept can be adapted to the way you want to highlight your focus. Some people love to use numbers (from 1-10 to rate each area) others use a traffic light system instead.

Truly, what you are looking for is to be able to have a balanced spread across the board. Some coaches recommend joining all the marks together from each area to see if they are all in balance. Yet, I believe what is truly important is to take the time to ask yourself: Am I happy with the balance I see across the different areas of my life? Which areas need more attention and focus right now?

Map out your wheel and start adding the areas you want to focus on. You can consider each in turn and rate them based on the amount of attention you're devoting to that area of your life, how much you feel

Write down for each area the one step you can take to make improvements for yourself, and work on them for the next 30 days. I personally run this exercise every 90 days for the members of our collective. You may


want to do this every single month, and that is also fine. Being able to look over and assess what works for you it’s key when it comes to creating a more balanced life overall. The real balance is the one that allows you to fill your life with more than one area. First, you have to decide what you want to fill your wheel with. Truth is, many people are looking to have a very “unbalanced” life. Don’t roll your eye just yet. Hear me out. The real goal of “balance” is to experience happiness on a daily basis. Today my slice of happiness was a long run. Tomorrow it may be work. Rethink was a balanced wheel meant and tailor it to you, in order to truly achieve happiness every day.


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE


How to get started with

A “DONE” LIST Interview by Fab Giovanetti


genuinely believe that the idea of productivity is flawed. I call it productivity porn, but you can name it as you wish. The problem is not in the concept itself, but in the idea that to be more productive we should be doing more. What if we focused on doing more of the RIGHT thing, and stop racing against our to-do lists? See, I am a recovering to-do list checker. The more I could get done, the better. I realised I was not the only one, either. In our society, we try to work faster and obsess over speed. Mindset is the true shift we need. What is, instead of obsessing over what we should be doing, we could celebrate what we have done throughout the day? Welcome to the “Done list”. This is not a new concept, yet it’s one that I never tried before. As I was about to tackle my Asana list of to-dos, one day, I looked at my physical planner, and realised I could no constantly go back and forth between the two, so I decided to get creative and use it to write down things I would accomplish and finish out of my to-do list. You see, apps tracking your ‘to-dos’ are slightly flawed, in the way that they do not show you what you have done or accomplished. The finished tasks disappear to make space for the next ones. This way we are constantly chasing our next goal. By this logic, I decided to use my planner to record everything I accomplish throughout the day (especially the ones that I felt I got ‘nothing done’). The results were astonishing.



“write out 10 things you've done in the past 3-4 days. In a world that constantly

asks us to do and be more, being able to look back

each day and see what we have accomplished, as

well as celebrating more

of our everyday victories.” Every morning I write down an affirmation, 3 things I am grateful for and quickly look at my plan for the day. I outline which tasks I should prioritise and make sure my plate is not too full based on my current calendar. I then start writing things I get done in my physical planner, one by one. I also write down workouts, morning walks and moments of freedom I want to celebrate. At first, it felt like I was doubling my work, I won’t lie. After a few days, I would clutch my planner in the different areas of the house (yes, sometimes I like to work on the couch, judge me all you want). At the end of the day, being able to see all the things I accomplished made me feel immensely proud of myself. Another interesting realisation was linked to where I would get distracted during my day. By being able to see the small tasks I may get myself into (respond to this person on LinkedIn etc) I started better understanding where I was spending my time. To get started, all you need really is a notepad where you can write down things you have done throughout the day - even if

you do not end up doing it daily, it can become a great way to start reflecting on your time management skills for a specific period of time. It can also be a great motivator for big projects or deadlines, like writing a book. It truly can be that little extra accountability you need to get things done. We can always add “more”, but what about aiming to get more freedom? In order to achieve “Deep Work”, Carl Newport pointed out how we need the freedom to work without distractions and focus on our tasks. In order to do that, I’d argue we need to be more intentional with our time, and it’s a skill a lot of us lost along the way (in the journey of multiple tabs open on our screens). Becoming better investigators can help us with mastering the art of prioritisation. Productivity should be the art of taking out unnecessary tasks, and learn how to fight overcommitment in order to better prioritise. How can you get started with your “Done” list? Take a moment to forget everything you need to do for the rest of the week. You heard me. Relish in your accomplishments and write out 10 things you've done in the past 3-4 days. It can be things as simple as organising your sock drawer, going to bed 15 minutes earlier, or finishing a proposal. Take your list and post it somewhere where you'll see it - on your fridge, on your phone case, on your nightstand, on your forehead when you look in the mirror. In a world that constantly asks us to do and be more, being able to look back each day and see what we have accomplished, as well as celebrating more of our everyday victories.

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How to prepare



s the year ends, and we’ve been reading loads of ideas, quotes, suggestions on how to make it YOUR year, right? I am guilty of that too, so don’t you worry, it’s just the way it is. It’s really inspiring to get down to planning (I love planning), however, you won’t see me going crazy over a 5-year plan anymore. I believe in big goals, incremental upgrades, and consistent tracking (what gets measured will increase pretty much seamlessly). Enough of my motivational speeches, let’s dive in 3 practical steps to prepare you for this year!

Interview by Fab Giovanetti

Milestone planning

Where would you like to take your brand next year? According to your stats, what were the most successful pages, Instagram posts or podcast episodes this year? What are the emails with the highest click rate? If you haven’t answered these questions, you totally should. Grab an ol’ piece of paper and jot down the most important dates in your calendar (read a new e-book, your first live event, an e-course you are launching). It’s really important to have these dates handy, in order to work your marketing strategy, guest posts and features accordingly. If you haven’t already, answer the aforementioned questions in order to prepare you for next year.

Cleaning up social media

Blogging and social media are king and queen. They’re the perfect combination of beans and toast (love this one) if used properly. In order to prepare your brand, comb through your social media accounts. Be merciless (and I mean that). Use your analytics to determine which accounts are most productive to your brand then downside. Let’s take Facebook for example: being part of many online masterminds and participate in engagement threads can be the reason behind this. If you’re like me, consider the groups that are most beneficial


and productive and eliminate the others (I remember one time, 2014, I was engaging in about 30 groups). One of the biggest barriers to success is distractions. I also tended to neglect Pinterest – quite a lot – it has been a game-changer in the past two weeks thanks to my own course and another workshop I am working on. If Pinterest is a heavy hitter for you, take a look at the popular pins to see what your readers like. Have a good spring clean through your boards and delete pins that no longer represent your brand and interests. Established clear, concise boards for pinning.

Update your accounts and bios

Your branding, Instagram or website are representations of you. When people come to you, they don’t want to use Google Maps to find the information that they’re looking for. They are coming to get the information and/or services that you provide. Make this easy for them, please. When was the last time that you’ve updated your design? Is your bio up to date on social? When’s the last time you updated your links? When it comes to your website, you are most likely to have on average 10 broken links lying around, I recommend using tools like W3C Checker to spot them. I tend to revamp my website once a month,


to be sure all the dates are correct and my bio is not dated 2014.

What’s your word?

Think about the year ahead and ask yourself what one word would best represent your

dreams and direction for 2018. This is a powerful practice because no matter how busy or scattered we may get at various points in our 365-day journey, we’ll always have our word to hold onto and guide us through.

Here are some examples of words to consider (you can also think of them as themes for the year): Freedom, Love, Thrive, Value, Elevate, Fierce, Flow. You’ll find that more and more, of your thoughts, and actions in the new year will flow in harmony with your word.





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LEARNING TO BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN with Lottie from The Tummy Diaries Interview by Amy Lanza


ottie Drynan is a chronic illness and mental health advocate and creative, sharing her journey with and raising awareness about IBS online. She shares the realities of the illness on her Instagram channel @thetummydiaries including bloat-friendly outfits, she runs a support group for women on Facebook and she created an amazing gut-health diary to


help others! It’s not surprising that Lottie won our Creative Impact 2020 Award in the Best Chronic Illness category. We (virtually) sat down to chat to Lottie all about her successes, her lifestyle choices and the highs and lows that come with life as a creative online. She opens up about struggles and how she turned

these into motivation to help others. It may come as a surprise, but The Tummy Diaries actually started off as a recipe blog, but Lottie admits “that kind of disintegrated when I realised that I was missing a key skill of being a food blogger - being able to take photographs of food that actually looked half edible!”



Lottie shares tips to help fellow IBS sufferers so they do not have to suffer in silence.


The importance of understanding your body and how the gut-brain connection plays such a big role.


“It was after years of suffering with stomach issues and finally being diagnosed with IBS that I realised I needed to take ownership of my health and wanted to really start learning more about my body and how I could feel better.” “I’d been prescribed a restrictive diet to try and get my symptoms under control and I

was feeling quite overwhelmed and isolated with it all so one evening I just decided to set-up an Instagram page to try and find others in a similar situation. I started following totally different accounts to those I followed on my personal account; switching from fitness models to people I could relate to, healthcare professionals, chronic illness bloggers and inspiring women who promoted self love and body confidence.” Lottie noticed that the more she read and shared the more she felt like she had found “[here] people” and felt part of a supportive and positive community. “As my confidence grew I started to share more openly about the personal sides of having IBS; the bloating, the anxiety and everything in between and each time I shared, more and more started joining the conversation and I felt an even stronger sense of purpose and belonging. And well, here we are!” That audience on Instagram has grown to over 120,000 followers. Lottie notes that most of her audience are “womxn who either live with a gut health condition and/or are on a journey towards accepting their body.” She uses her platforms to try to empower others to gain a better understanding of their

That a flare-up and bloating is not your fault and does not mean you have failed, you’re not worthy or you’re not beautiful. It’s an illness that we can do our best to manage, but when flare-ups do happen we need to find ways of looking after ourselves and helping our bodies and minds recover.


That you can learn to accept, and even eventually love your body despite your IBS and live a happy life.

bodies - whether that be illness related or not - and feel happy and confident in their own skin. As well as having an online presence, Lottie also has a motivation and useful diary. The ‘My Tummy Diary’ is a three-month undated diary designed to help users gain a 360 degree understanding of their wellness and the lifestyle factors that affect their health. It has prompts to help track diet, stress levels, movement, menstrual cycle, water intake and so much more. Lottie told us that ‘the idea behind it is to move us away from obsessing over one area such as food, and to instead look at the bigger picture and understand the smaller adjustments we can make to positively impact our gut, like going to bed earlier, practicing mindfulness etc rather than the drastic measures that aren’t often



“She uses her platforms to try to empower others to gain a better understanding of their bodies - whether that be illness related or not - and feel happy and confident in their own skin.” necessary such as cutting out entire food groups without an allergy or intolerance. The diary has been designed with the help of, and approved by leading dieticians and healthcare professionals and also features an entire resource section full of information and ideas to help you get more in tune with your body.” “The diary was born after my own experience with years of tracking food using problematic apps and restricting my diet which resulted in a very negative and dangerous relationship with food, before realising that there were so many other areas of my health I was unknowingly neglecting. It’s designed to be a safe and happy place that we look forward to using each day, even on the days where we don’t feel our best.” Living and feeling our best is something that Lottie is passionate about in her own life, too. We wonder if she had always felt so comfortable showing her body in front of the camera?

“Oh gosh, no! Five years ago I wouldn’t have shown my bloated belly to my best friends, never mind strangers on the internet.But even without a chronic illness, bloating can be so normal and is something so many of us are affected by yet still struggle with finding ways to feel more comfortable and confident. My bloated wardrobe isn’t about hiding our body but finding ways to feel as good as we possibly can even during a flare-up.” Feeling confident isn’t always easy and it is something that plagues us all. Lottie notes it is something she has worked on over time and something that has grown and bloomed within her. “I’m so proud of myself to finally be able to say I am now confident in my own body. I don’t love every single part of it every single minute and still have moments or days (usually during a bad flare-up) when I need to work harder on it, but the fact I now go 99% of the day without even thinking about how my body looks means I’m in a good place.” We do have to invest “real time and energy” into being body confident but for Lottie, it “has absolutely been a journey but one of the most worthwhile ones I have been on.” “Body image can be hard enough to deal with but when you throw in a chronic illness that impacts your physical appearance it naturally makes it harder. Practising self kindness and all the other tips I share on my platform and in the diary, I’ve eventually managed to get there and it’s been life changing so I just hope I can help others to get to this place too.”



But how can we actually encourage a better body image day to day? We all have those days that are much harder than others, so how do we pick ourselves up? Lottie comments on a few tools that have helped her in the past that she encourages others to get involved with: • Journaling is magical. Whether that be by using the Tummy Diary or even just a notepad, get those thoughts down onto paper, write some positive affirmations and start processing the emotions and changing any negative habits. • Put aside some time for learning more about your body. Listen to podcasts, read books, book in with a doctor, dietitian or nutritional therapist (who takes a 360 degree approach) and really invest in getting to know what makes your body tick • Get rid of anything that makes you feel rubbish and replace it with something that makes you feel good. Whether that be clothes that don’t fit or feel uncomfortable, social media accounts that trigger native thoughts and toxic relationships. Know your worth and know that positivity really does breed positivity. I think we can all agree that far from being an online space and blog dedicated to the trials and sufferings of IBS, Lottie Drynan draws on her past and present experiences to help and guide others. She hopes to share her story as a beacon of light and hope to encourage better body image, accept and learn how to deal with your own IBS and how to live an abundant life!

About Lottie

You can find out more about Lottie and The Tummy Diaries online




A better way to set New Year intentions Our columnist Hannah reflects on how to set better intentions for an uncertain 2021


ith the year just passed, many people reached the end of 2020 feeling like their goals and intentions that they had set hadn’t been achieved or they certainly turned out differently than they expected. Don’t get me wrong, some people thrived of course. However, because of how unexpected last year was, it changed so much for people, and in some cases, a goal being achieved ended up being further down the list. As we enter into 2021 with uncertainty and still much unknown, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set goals or intentions. We just have to look at doing it differently; being more soulful and mindful, and creating the foundations underneath these intentions being laced with resilience. Good foundations are the key to success with anything because it means when something doesn’t always go to plan we are able to adapt and still be ok. The last year highlighted the importance of this. I want to highlight too if you have big things you want to achieve, it's more than possible too; we should never dull our ambitions. However, making sure fluidity and adaptation is at the core of this will aid future success. Here’s the way to get mindful of your intentions: Firstly, laying the foundations begins with the intention of how you can look after yourself in the year ahead. I believe this is the key to success, make it sustainable and doable for you, this will look different for everyone. This will also keep your mental wellness on top, which means the foundations can be strong



when you may need to adapt or something doesn’t go to plan. Get clear on this.


Get clear on what you really want, not what you think you should be doing, that's one thing this last year taught us. There’s no room for things that aren’t in alignment for us because when it gets tough it's more likely to fall apart when things aren’t in alignment. So ask what's in your soul and what feels truly good?


Make an intentional soulful plan for potential pitfalls, now I’m not telling you to look for trouble here. I’m all for taking leaps sometimes when we don’t always know where it's heading. However, having good foundations and things in place means your “Making sure fluidity and goals and intentions adaptation is at the core have a good place to of [your ambitions] will grow and come alive and be able to adapt. aid future success”


Get a support accountability buddy, one who’s in soulful alignment with you. This will greatly aid you in your process of achieving the things you want to do. One who also is able to call you out if they see you burning out. 2020 taught us how invaluable support is. Remember to get soulful, choose alignment, and feel good. This sets the scene so you know what's most important. Choose this above all and this will serve you greatly - it will aid with greater success in achieving what you want no matter how small. @thehannahwallace



"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot." Michael Altshuler

Author bio

Find out more about Hannah, writer, blogger, and podcaster at @thehannahwallace or head to Hannah’s website to download her free meditation.


THIS IS WELLBEING Photographer Ellie Jade promoted more diversity and inclusion in the health, wellbeing and fitness industries

Interview by Amy Lanza


iving a voice and space to those who don’t always have a voice or the space to shine is something that Ellie Jade, a Psychology graduate, and mental health advocate is passionate about doing. As a talented photographer and a life and wellbeing coach, Ellie put her talents to good use by her recent “This Is Wellbeing” campaign which won her the Creative Impact Award for best Campaign 2020. “I am so pleased the campaign has been recognised in this way and hopefully highlighted some of the problems in the health and wellbeing industry.” The campaign is something that Ellie put together throughout 2019 and launched in


January 2020, and is a ‘photography campaign series’ called ‘This is Wellbeing’. “The campaign combines photographs I took of underrepresented professionals and enthusiasts in the health, fitness and wellbeing sector (doctors, yoga teachers, coaches, athletes, therapists, activists) with some of their thoughts, experiences, and hopes for the industry - both in general and specifically with regards to the major lack of diversity and accessibility.” Ultimately, the aim was to highlight how much of an issue [underrepresentation] is in our industry (specifically to make those of us who are not marginalised more aware and accountable) and to begin changing the

visual messaging around health, fitness, and wellbeing to one that is not exclusively one demographic. It also wanted to show that it shouldn’t only be those who feel underrepresented themselves that discuss these issues and take action to change them (even if that means making mistakes along the way). The name ‘This is Wellbeing’ is intended to have an emphasis on the ‘this’, in an attempt to dismantle what we have been conditioned to believe the image of health and wellbeing to be. It goes without saying that every campaign, virtual or in real life, is not without its own road bumps or obstacles and Ellie took a lot out of the


“U L T IMATELY, THE A IM WA S T O HIG HLI GHT HO W M U C H OF A N IS S UE [UND ERREP R E S E NT A T I O N] IS IN OUR I NDUSTR Y ” process, learning, growing, and honing her skills. “One of the main challenges was ensuring the people I worked with on the campaign could trust me and feel comfortable being photographed by me. I appreciate this could have felt quite vulnerable and it was really important to me to make sure the overall experience was a positive one for those involved.”

Fortunately, Ellie Jade admits that the process of putting the campaign together was actually a lot smoother than originally expected. People were really open-minded about the idea and it all came together pretty quickly. Bringing together so many different people from different parts of the world also saw a few logistical problems of organising times and locations to photograph each person.

The campaign had people from different parts of the UK and two people from America (Dianne Bondy and Wesley Hamilton) in the campaign, so working around everyone’s schedules was tricky. Working on our own internalised biases is something that we can all work towards: “In the health and wellbeing industry there is a very specific stereotype of what it looks like to be ‘healthy and fit’ (white, slim, young, able-bodied, cisgender…), despite none of these necessarily being a marker for health or fitness! I knew from the start I wanted to use my photography in the campaign to change this visual message. That’s actually where the idea stemmed from.”


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Discomfort is necessary if you want to address important and complex topics in your work (especially if you come at them from a position of privilege, because you will likely have less awareness around them).

The power of imagery is something that Ellie has mastered throughout her budding career and she credits being “open to photographing people for free in the beginning if they can offer you something valuable in return.” “When I first started photographing health and wellbeing professionals I reached out to several influential people in the industry and offered to photograph them for free in return for photo crediting and referrals. Despite not paying me financially, they helped me grow my network and show my work to a wider audience of people which is what quickly led to paid work.” “My number one tip is to be compassionate and interested in people. Being photographed can feel quite vulnerable, especially if you’re not a model, so being someone that people feel comfortable around and can relate to is crucial!” However, images alone can only do so much. They can lack meaning and depth in certain circumstances and after speaking with all those who collaborated with Ellie Jade, they decided it would be great to share some of their thoughts and experiences and showcase their work alongside the imagery to give a more personal side to it. This combination of powerful imagery and personal story-telling is partly what makes the This Is Wellbeing campaign such a

About Ellie Jade

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Some people will reject your offer of collaborating on a project and that is ok, but it shouldn’t stop you from asking in the first place. success. Ellie continues to have great aspirations for the campaign to hopes it “will make anyone that is in the health, fitness and wellbeing world (whether a business owner, influencer or consumer) think about the part they play in the diversity and accessibility of the industry and what action they can take to have a positive impact on that.” She hopes to “open a dialogue about the issues in the industry at the moment and how we might begin to tackle them and to enable a “range of people to see themselves represented in an industry they have perhaps always felt excluded from.” But just how can we keep ourselves accountable in making life more accessible to all and keep the dialogue open? Ellie believes that if you are someone that feels welcome and represented in the industry these things could be beneficial: 1. Check-in with yourself regularly and acknowledge your implicit biases when they arise. 2. Notice the diversity and accessibility in the spaces you are regularly in. Does everyone look like you? If so, what could you do to help change this? 3. Discuss these topics with your friends and family and agree to challenge each other if you notice something which could be problematic.


People you might not expect to respond to you or accept your offer of collaborating often do! All you have to do is ask.


Businesses need to really take the time to consider how they can welcome everyone into their community by considering everything, from their employees and products to their imagery and language used.


That [she] still has a lot of her own internalised biases and conditioning to dismantle, but awareness and acknowledgment of them are key.

She also recommends the following accounts on social media to understand more about diversity and accessibility in the wellness industry (along with everyone that was featured in the campaign!): @kallie_rebel_yogatribe @iamweshamilton @diannabondyyogaofficial @thehannahwallace @jonelleyoga @wellspokenmark





hat you eat during each phase of your menstrual cycle can have a powerful effect on how you feel, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I know it’s become a bit of a cliché to say that food is medicinal to the

body, but it really can be! When it comes to menstrual health, food can also help reduce and manage some of the symptoms that you might be feeling during each phase. I’ll break down the best foods for each

phase in this article, but it’s also worth stating that adding that these foods are helpful throughout the menstrual cycle, because everything we eat and do in the 60-90 days before the current menstrual cycle will have an impact.

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PHASE 1 Menstruation Most of us associate our periods with a time of misery, exhaustion, and moodiness, but it doesn’t have to be that way (really!). It’s natural to have a bit less energy and to feel a few aches and twinges at this time. We can use food as a way of boosting our energy levels, improving our moods, and reducing pain and cramps. Iron plays an important role in energy production, oxygen transport, and blood rebuilding, which is important during menstruation as we can lose anywhere between 50-150mL of blood. Eating ironrich foods helps the body generate new blood and replace what has been lost during menstruation.

There are two types of iron that comes from food: heme and non-heme iron. Heme iron, which typically comes from animal products such as grass-fed beef, ox, and lamb, is easier for the body to absorb and then re-use. Non-heme iron, which comes from plant-based sources, can be used by the body, but here’s the thing: you need to eat a lot more of it and pair it with vitamins C to increase absorption. Chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, kidney beans, and kale are lovely plant-based sources of iron, so squeeze lemon over your quinoa salad or add berries into your kale smoothie!

PHASE 2 Follicular During the follicular phase, we might feel as though we’re emerging back into the world, with lots of energy and a more positive frame of mind. Our oestrogen levels begin to increase again and our pituitary gland releases follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to prepare one of the ovaries to start maturing the follicles that will eventually turn into a mature egg. Rising oestrogen thickens the lining of our uterus and in the last few days of the follicular phase, rising testosterone gives you a glowy look, a higher libido, more energy, strength, and motivation.

Fibre is always an important part of a healthy diet, but it becomes even more important during the follicular phase because it helps us poop regularly! Yep, we’re talking about poop! Pooping every day is important because this is how our body gets rid of the hormones that our body has used and our liver has broken down. Constipation means that these hormones can get recycled back into the body and this can contribute to PMS and other period problems. Get your fibre through eating at least 7 portions of vegetables and a few pieces of fruit each day.


PHASE 3 Ovulation During ovulation, we’re at the peak of our menstrual cycle. We are at our brightest, most energetic, feeling sexy and beautiful, with lots of motivation to get things done! In this phase, our oestrogen peaks, with luteinising hormone (LH) triggering ovulation. This means that one of your ovaries releases a mature egg and your progesterone levels start to rise too as your body hopes to fertilise an egg this

cycle. Ovulation tends to happen roughly 2 weeks before we menstruate. If we don’t fertilise an egg this cycle, we move into autumn, otherwise known as the luteal phase. Zinc is important for supporting healthy ovulation and progesterone production. Grass-fed, organic red meat is a great source of zinc but if eating meat isn’t your thing, you can get zinc from pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, egg yolks, ginger, seafood (oysters!), and organic dairy.

PHASE 4 Luteal This part of the menstrual cycle can be split into two parts. During the early l uteal phase, we’re still feeling good. Progesterone is at its peak and oestrogen is also still high, so we’re calm and loving life. In the second half of the luteal phase, if we haven’t fertilised an egg, oestrogen and progesterone levels begin to drop. This is when many of us start to experience PMS symptoms like mood swings, sore breasts, acne, headaches,

bloating, anxiety, and weariness. Vitamin B6 supports healthy progesterone levels, which can help if you suffer from mood swings right before your period. You can get vitamin B6 from a wide variety of foods including organic red meat, carrots, sweet potato, lentils, oats, wild salmon, and walnuts.

Le’Nise Brothers is a registered nutritionist, mBANT, mCHNC, specialising in women’s health, hormones and the menstrual cycle, yoga teacher and host of the Period Story podcast. Le’Nise has helped many women with hormonal issues ranging from PMS, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy, painful, missing & irregular periods, post-natal depletion, perimenopause and menopause.




HOW TO CHAMPION Sustainability and Community on Social Media ss Riggs


ess Rigg is a blogger, podcast host, and environmentalist and she has been passionate about sustainability since the ‘Save the Turtles’ campaign

against plastic straws and bags. “It opened my eyes to the climate crisis and since I’ve learnt about and adopted a lot more sustainable and ethical principles. Mainly in areas such as my diet and wardrobe.”

Her passion has seen her grow her online social media presence and also win the Creative Impact Best Sustainability Creative 2020. We cannot talk about creatives without mentioning social media, something that Jess believes is “an amazing tool, especially with reaching younger people”.

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“It’s helped to strengthen my own beliefs and values and shown me how deeply I care.” care.” The most important thing, at the end of the day with social media, is to “just be honest and authentic and share what you care about!”

“For me, it’s all about creating a community where we can get tips, advice, and lean on each other when eco-anxiety or guilt takes over. I think that Instagram especially is fab for getting the eco-message out there.”

And getting her eco-message out there is something Jess does with ease through her top tips and round-up posts. She admits they take a lot of time, “but every positive comment or message saying that someone has learnt something or made a lifestyle change due to the post makes it worth it!”

“It’s helped to strengthen my own beliefs and values and shown me how deeply I

She hopes to use her space to educate her followers around becoming more


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eco-friendly and making better decisions. To start with 3 things we could all do today to help live more sustainably, Jess recommends “have a couple of meat-free days a week and (if safe to do so) use public transport more often.” But she is also not seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses, she appreciates there are huge roadblocks in society, especially regarding ethical fashion and low-impact living in general. Time, or lack of it, is certainly an issue for a lot of people. “Not a lot of people have the option to research certain areas or brands, and with things like zero-waste shopping it’s not always feasible to go to 3 or 4 different shops to get what you need; people have to work and look after kids, etc.” And when it comes to ethical fashion, cost and size accessibility are often the biggest barriers, which Jess hopes will change soon. Alongside her social media presence to talk about such issues, Jess also has a podcast

START FOR FREE SWITCH TO ECOSIA Ecosia is a browser which you can use on your computer or phone for free. They plant trees for every 45 or so searches, and you can see how many you’ve personally planet. They’re pretty much the same as Google, however this way you’re helping to offset the worlds carbon and fight against deforestation.

called Ethical Conversations Podcast to discuss all things sustainable, eco, and ethical livings. She has already hosted some amazing and inspirational conversations such as her personal favourite with Melissa Watt about greenwashing. “Mel is an amazing sustainable fashion journalist and writer and I love chatting to her about ethical fashion.” When we asked Jess about the future of the podcast, she told us that her dream guest would be Aja Barber, she’s someone who she greatly respects and she loves her Patreon podcast.

About Jess

You can find out more about Jess and her sustainable mission via her social media platforms where she’s @jessrigg_ and see why she won the Best Sustainability Blog 2020!


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FOODIE DID YOU KNOW? In 2019 there were 600,000 vegans (1.16% of the population) compared 276,000 (0.46%) in 2016.

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Each year, Veganuary comes around and it gets bigger and better than the previous year! If you’re new to the food scene, Veganuary is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January (and beyond). It is more than just a pledge and 2020 saw more than 400,000 people giving vegan a go - so here are a few favourites to make your Veganuary 2021 even tastier…

KINDA CO CHEESE Founded by the self-confessed cheese-addict who ditched the dairy, she turned to her kitchen and began experimenting with nut cheeses and developing unique recipes. Kinda Co was born in 2017 and has now grown to make 9 varieties of cheese which often sell out on their online shop and at markets - from spreadable “Faux Lox & Dill” to “Greek Style” and “Mozzarellie” there’s something for everyone. n Tap o uct d o r any p get es to im a g k n li s s a le s


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LOVE OGGS Fuelled by their drive to remove hidden animal products from the shelves, Love Oggs are getting rid of eggs! Their range of cake and no-egg products like boxed Aquafaba (also known as the water from a tin of chickpeas) are fully vegan, delicious and perfect with a cup of tea. Try their celebratory Vanilla Cupcakes, Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes or Zesty Lemon Cupcakes - and soon to come are mini bites like Millionaire Shortbreads.

SQUEAKY BEAN Rightly so, Squeaky Bean has been shortlisted for the best Vegan Meat Alternative and it’s easy to see/taste why. They make craveable plant-based delicious products like Sweet Smokey BBQ Chicken-Style pieces, “Fishless Fingers” “NYC Deli Pastrami Style Slices and so much more. They are relatively new but making a huge impact in the vegan scene.




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Four simple swaps to conquer Veganuary and take some of these swaps ahead in the new year

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DITCHING MILK Try making your own oat milk! simply add 1 cup rolled oats + 4 cups water to a high speed blender and blend on high for 30-45 seconds. Then strain through a very fine mesh strainer / nut milk bag, clean t-shirt or towel for best results.

GET CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN! This is a great time to try out all those amazing recipes that you never quite got round to making! Why not swap your usual scrambled eggs for spicy tofu scramble? It’s packed with flavour, plant based protein, and you can even sneak in some colourful veggies if you’re feeling fancy!

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE! It’s perfectly possible to get all the protein you need from plants... but you need to be tactical about it! Plant sources of protein are more limited in the types of amino acids they contain, so it takes some mixing and matching to get all the essential amino acids from one meal. Try to include at least two different kinds of plant protein in every meal, such as soy, tempeh, tofu, wholegrains, pulses & legumes.

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A day in the life of Healthy Twist Written by by Sarah and Claire


ello, it's Claire and Sarah here, from Healthy Twists. The Creative Impact team has asked us to share what it’s like being us, well not entirely that but more specifically what happens on a Healthy Twists day.

Currently, we can only dream of what used to be a Healthy Twists day – think Miranda meets the Vicar of Dibley in a kitchen – however enough of the moping about what pre-Covid days were like and let us talk about how we’ve adjusted, adopted new routines and realised that we can still create tasty dishes to share with our amazing community. So, on a typical day, we get up to soak porridge - with a scrumptious flavour combination (we are addicts, but if we’re in a hurry or hungry it’s a smoothie or a bowl of granola) and chase the kids around the house until it’s time to get them to school. We then try to meet most days for a dog walk straight after drop-off – call it a morning meeting on the move. This gives us a chance to breathe and hug a few trees. This varies though depending on lockdown rules or whether we have one of the children or us self-isolating. Then if it’s a recipe development day for a client, we’ll have checked the brief, ordered the ingredients, tried it out on the family, and have a rough idea of photography style. We shoot with natural light so that can dictate the mood of the image and location of product packaging. like a lot of us, our client work took a nosedive in April 2020 and is taking its time to rebuild. But it’s not all woe – not at all, we’ve thrown ourselves into a secret project (shhh we shouldn’t have told you that and don’t you hate it when people do that?!), we have taken courses

in SEO and website know-how, photography and styling – we love to learn. We’ve realised that our website Healthy Twists is at our core - the sort of kitchen to our social media shop window, we’ve enjoyed getting stuck back into blogging – remind us why we haven’t done more? Developing recipes just for our community, oh and learning how to make reels for IG. When it comes to recipes I’m (Claire) the creative chaos and Sarah is the practical realist, so I’ll often say (whilst jumping up and down with my hand in the air) "let's do this, let’s make it, create it, write it now!" Sarah would look at me and say "yes that’s great but we need to post this and program in this, and you know, check that list we wrote". It’s what we need as we are a team, and it works for us. Yes, we get frustrated when we’ve not achieved everything in a week that we’d hoped, but 2020 hasn't been the kindest to the best-laid planners. When working apart, Sarah is the recipe hunter, prepper – keeping Claire on track – then Claire makes the final recipe, shooting the images, and keeping social media ticking. Every day between us we must have 78 phone calls, 8 FaceTime conversations with a combination of the following: "does this look right? Has it risen enough? did I put too much bicarb in, does it need bicarb at all? Man I wish you could taste this” usually with a response from Sarah of “that’s not fair – save me some!” This is what a Healthy Twists day truly looks like. All in all, we’ve muddled through, decided on our direction for 2021, and are looking forward to being back together in the Healthy Twists kitchen. Let’s face it: doing stupid dancing in the kitchen is far more fun when there are 2 people joining in. Find out more at here







Chocolate and Peanut Butter Porridge COOK TIME 6-8 mins | EQUIPMENT

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Scrumptious chocolate and peanut butter porridge is a tasty twist on your everyday breakfast porridge - see you can have chocolate for breakfast.

INGREDIENTS For the Porridge • 60g oats • 500ml / 2 cups liquid • 1 heaped tablespoon cacao powder • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter • 2 dates, de-stoned & sliced Toppings • Cacao nibs • Toasted coconut chips • Peanut butter • Melted chocolate • Blueberries

DIRECTIONS 1 | Add the oats to the pan, pour over the liquid, add the dates, cacao powder and peanut butter then stir. 2 | You can cover the pan and leave to soak at this point or cook over a medium heat. Keep stirring regularly so that the porridge doesn’t stick to the pan. 3 | Once the porridge has reached your desired consistency, spoon into a bowl and add as many or as few toppings as you like.






Sweet and Sour Crispy Tofu PREP TIME 20 mins | COOK TIME 25 mins | EQUIPMENT Bowl, frying pans, kitchen paper

Full to bursting with flavour, vegan and gluten-free, our sweet and sour crispy tofu dish is a healthier and far more satisfying alternative to a weekend take away. • • • • • • •

1 tbsp rapeseed oil 500g firm tofu 50g cornflour Salt & pepper 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 sweet red pepper, roughly chopped 425g tin pineapple chunks (or 260g fresh pineapple)

sweet & sour sauce • 8 tablespoons tomato puree • 2 tbsp tamari • 2 tbsp maple syrup • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar • 2 small garlic cloves, grated • 1 tsp grated ginger To serve • Spring onions • Toasted cashew nuts – dry fry a handful of cashew nuts in a frying pan

NOW TRY If you happen to have any leftovers, place in a bowl, cover and store in the fridge for up to 2 days or freeze. Reheat using the hob or microwave.


DIRECTIONS 1 | Drain and slice the tofu into 2cm pieces, lay out 3 sheets of kitchen paper on top of one another, spread the tofu out onto it, then add 3 more sheets on top. Pat dry to remove any excess water and leave to one-side for 20 minutes. Rotate and pat dry again. 2 | In a bowl make the sauce, add the tomato puree, tamari, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, garlic and ginger. Stir to combine and set aside.

coated tofu and cook for 10 minutes rotating occasionally until all sides of the tofu are golden and crispy. 5 | Meanwhile, in a larger frying pan add a teaspoon of oil and add the onions. Cook until they start to soften, then add the peppers and continue to cook until the onions are soft, but the peppers still have a little bite.

3 | In a large shallow bowl add the cornflour, with a good pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Add the tofu cubes and coat evenly in the cornflour.

6 | Now add the sauce and the pineapple to the onions and peppers and stir together. Cook for 3 minutes – if the sauce becomes too thick add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin it a little. Then add the tofu, stir and cook for 5 minutes.

4 | Heat a medium frying pan on a mediumhigh heat with the rapeseed oil. Add the

7 | Serve over rice, with finely sliced spring onions and toasted cashew nuts.


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Parkin Roasted Fruit Cobbler

PREP TIME 25 mins | COOK TIME 45 mins | EQUIPMENT Bowls, food mixer, knife, oven, over dish

A comforting dessert with seasonally spiced dense sponge cobbler over rich roasted fruit. INGREDIENTS The fruit layer • 4 plums, de-stoned and quartered • 2 large apples, chopped into 2cm pieces • 120g blueberries • 45g sugar • 2 tbsp cornflour • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


Cobbles • 150g self-raising flour / gluten-free if needed • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum – use if using gluten-free flour • 50g desiccated coconut • 125g dark soft brown sugar • 80ml unsweetened plantbased milk

• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar • 135g vegan butter and some for greasing the oven dish • 2 tsp ground ginger • 1 tsp mixed spice • ½ tsp ground cinnamon • 3 tbsp black treacle


DIRECTIONS 1 | Grease the oven dish with butter. Preheat the oven to 185°C. In a small bowl mix the apple cider vinegar and unsweetened plantbased milk together, then set to one-side. This should curdle slightly. 2 | Core and chop the apples into roughly 2cm cubes, quarter the plums and remove the stones. 3 | Place all the fruit into a large bowl, sprinkle over the cornflour, sugar and cinnamon and cover all the fruit. Then transfer this into the oven dish along with any loose cornflour/sugar mix and even out the fruit in the dish.

4 | To make the cobbles add the butter, sugar and black treacle into a mixing bowl or food mixer and mix until creamed together. Add the flour, all the spices and lightly stir through before adding the mix of apple cider vinegar and plant-based milk. Stir until completely combined. 5 | Once the cobbler mix is combined, use a medium serving spoon to dollop the mixture in mounds over the fruit, leaving a small amount of space between each dollop of cobble mix. 6 | Place the parkin roasted fruit cobbler in the centre of the oven and bake for 40 to 45

minutes until the fruit is soft and the cobbles are firm on the top. 7 | Remove from the oven and serve with hot custard, cream or ice cream or the parkin roasted fruit cobbler is equally enjoyable cool with a spoonful or 2 of yoghurt.

NOW SERVE Either straight away or eat cool the next day. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 48hrs.


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