Our editor finds her balance by dividing her time between London and the rolling hills of North Devon. Monday to Wednesday it’s all Poké Bowls, “Creativity” smoothies and Body Brilliance shakes, come Thursday – Sunday it’s time for Moule Frites, a cosy pub and lashings of red wine, with some obligatory fitness in between. A true healthy hedonist…
I’ll often wake up at 5.30am and drive with my husband Berti to Bodyism, where I’ll take up my usual spot. Since ditching coffee i’ve swapped my three Oat lattes for chlorophyl water, Eggs & Avocado with a sprinkle of chilli flakes and a Body Brilliance shake. A failsafe for weaning me off my addiction to sugar. I still can’t get my head around how this tasty “chocolate” milkshake is comprised mostly of veg.
If my business partner Shara and I aren’t at her home in North London, post sweaty spin class, devouring a plate of salmon, avocado and eggs, we’ll be at our office space in Soho with a salmon and salty mango ensemble from Honi Poké. Or at Dishoom in Carnaby Street chowing down on a chilli omelette and a naan roll.
When not in Soho you can find me at Yeotown Kitchen in Marylebone with a “Creativity” smoothie and a “Courage Bowl”. My husband works at Yeotown’s retreat in North Devon and i’ve been helping the team pull together a programme for their Meditation Station. We aim to get on the road by rush hour… On the way back i’ll grab a Waitrose wheatberry, kale & feta salad from a service station, while fighting the urge for a grab bag of Doritos and a gin and tonic.
Believe it or not, the seaside town of Braunton, is home to some sophisticated French cuisine. Run by a husband and wife team, Le Bistro Du Coin is a charming, authentic restaurant that makes you feel right at home. I’ll order the Moule Frittes in a célery, muscadet, shallot and garlic sauce. In the past I would have gone for a Rib Eye but make do with a fillet of turbot served with truffle butter and potato galette.
Living this close to not one but TWO award winning fish and chips restaurants is tricky to say the least. While Berti spends hours battling the Atlantic swells, leading outdoor training sessions and hikes to earn his, i’ll make myself run the stretch of Saunton Sands or take a yoga class with Lauren from Happy Soul Yoga. If it’s not fish and chips it’s a wood fired pizza from Stoned…
I try and make it to morning Yoga at Saunton Sands, a beach bootcamp at Croyde followed by a visit to The Stores for scrambled eggs on sourdough, or a pain au chocolate. They also have a rotating seasonal breakfast special that ranges from winter vegan beans, smoked salmon bagels to pistachio porridge.
We sometimes make the drive across Exmoor to Dulverton. Home to The Bridge (best for a frothing pint) and Woods, a charming pub with an open log fire, cosy interior and a passion for fine food and wine. I’ll opt for the Cornish scallops with asparagus followed by the grilled fillet of cod with lashings of wine and a chocolate mousse.