60 Seconds with Zanna Van Dijk

Blogger, vlogger, sports model and co-founder of the #girlsgains movement, Zanna Van Dijk is one of the fitness industry’s biggest rising stars. When Women’s Fitness magazine cited her as “one to watch in 2016” they weren’t wrong; she currently has almost 100k Instagram followers and her first book The Balanced Body comes out at the end of the year. I caught up with her to talk smoothie recipes, guilty pleasures and favourite London restaurants.

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Urinary incontinence is no laughing matter.

[As featured in Sheer Luxe]

Heard the one about the mother getting caught short after a particularly vociferous sneeze? Course you have. We’ve all been privy to stories of women who change their knickers three times a day, who leak water when they get out the bath or who loiter around the ladies’ aisle, furtively stockpiling incontinence pads. Heck, some of us don’t even try and hide it. My mum’s all-female pub quiz team are called The Tena Ladies. Oh, how we laugh (while furiously crossing our legs of course), but since when did wetting yourself become an accepted part of life after birth?

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5 reasons to try TRX.

[As featured in Sheer Luxe]

We’ve been cranking up our toning regime now that bikini season is in full swing…Our secret weapon? TRX. The suspension training workout is having a moment (A-list fans include Gisele) thanks to its quick results.

Although invented by a Navy SEAL, TRX is less intimidating than it looks, and the benefits for women are huge – from a super-firm core to increased strength and flexibility.

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Stop the carb shaming.

[As featured in Hip and Healthy]

Cutting carbohydrates from meals was once hailed as the answer to fast track weight loss. The Atkins, Dukan and South Beach diets all eschewed bread, potatoes and pasta in favour of loading up on protein sources like bacon and eggs. And so began a widespread misconception that carbs make you fat (and some pretty chronic cases of halitosis).

Now though, it seems carbohydrates are creeping back into our lives, not to mention our social media feeds. The account @girlswithgluten is a carbohydrate-worshipping poke in the eye to the ubiquitous green smoothies and kale salads that dominate Instagram. It features women the world over wolfing down pizzas and burgers; what’s more, they’re doing it with big, juicy, lip-smacking grins. Celebrities are getting in on the action too, with everyone from Millie Mackintosh to the uber trainer Kayla Itsines, championing the importance of a balanced diet that doesn’t omit entire food groups.

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Pregnancy nutrition for the second trimester.

Pregnancy nutrition for the second trimester.

[As featured in Gas and Air blog]

The nausea is waning. You’ve got your capsule maternity wardrobe sussed. Hell, you might even be starting to glow! You’ve only gone and made it to your second trimester. This is allegedly the good ‘middle bit’ before you start dealing with piles, gargantuan nipples and uncontrollable wind (You’ve got that already? Totally normal). It’s also the bit where your baby starts noticeably growing. Nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy pregnancy, but we all know the last thing any mother-to-be wants is more sodding advice. Consider the tips below as suggestions rather than the law:

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