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Complementary Fitness 13 May news + updates

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Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall, Craiglockhart Drive North:



Dreghorn Loan church hall, Colinton



The Dell Room, Colinton Parish Church, Dell Road, Colinton on 23/5


(then from 30/5, back to Dreghorn Loan church hall as usual)

More FITNESS & LIFESTYLE info, news & updates…

Did you know that?

There are NO CLASSES on THIS WEEK as I’ll be doing lots of training, learning new skills, updating techniques etc and look forward to bringing them to you next week when our class start back from Tue 21 May.  All of our classes are ‘as normal’ apart from the change of venue for Thurs 23 May.

You’ll probably know by now that there’s a European Parliamentary Election on Thursday 23 May and Dreghorn Loan hall will be used as a polling station so it’s unavailable for our class.  Instead, as usual, we’ll use The Dell Room, Colinton Parish Church for our 7pm class instead and look forward to seeing you there. 

If you regularly come to any of our classes, you’ll know that our warm ups are dynamic with lots of active movement, with lots of exercises like lunges and squats, side bends, torso rotations etc and stretches in different directions.  Our dynamic warm ups are to prepare us for the rest of the class.

I regularly order from (they’re a family-run business based in Musselburgh, East Lothian) and buy all sorts of things like: 1k bags of chia seeds, organic gf porridge oats, quinoa flakes, 1k tubs of nut butters, bags of freeze dried raspberries/blueberries, 1k bags of almonds etc.  On their website, they also have recipes for all the ingredients that they sell and I decided to try out their raspberry & beetroot smoothie and it was delicious.  In a recent order, I’d also bought a bottle of MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) which is made from coconut fatty acids and saturated fatty acids and if you want to try out the recipe and don’t have MCT oil, just add in a tsp of coconut oil instead. 

So, in a nutribullet blender, I added a handful of fresh raspberries, a whole small raw beetroot, quartered and scrubbed, 1 banana (you can use fresh or frozen), and although the recipe didn’t mention fresh rasps, it did say 2T of their freeze dried raspberry crumble, 1-2tsps MCT oil (or use coconut oil/flesh), 1T lemon juice and 400ml water or milk of choice.

raspberry beetroot MCT oil smoothie

I’d thoroughly recommend Real Food Source and their products, love the fact that they’re local, a lot of their products are organic, gluten free and the prices are reasonable.

Find out about MCT oil, what it is, it’s benefits etc on their blog at

While our classes are off this week, you may be interested in this event:

Museums at Night is back 15-18 May where you can explore art, history and heritage after dark in museums across Edinburgh.  It’s a biannual nationwide festival and you can listen to expert talks and presentations, watch performances, enjoy live music in historic surroundings and engage in a range of free and ticketed night-time activities.

Find out more at

Having an adequate amount of fibre in the diet is thought to lower the risk of heart disease stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer but it’s thought that not enough of us are having a high fibre intake.  Government guidelines recommend 30g per day.  Good sources of fibre among other things are: raspberries, dried figs, avocado, almonds, wholegrains, brown rice, beans, peas and pulses, nuts and seeds.

Last week, I also made an alternative guacamole which was smashed avocado, tahini (toasted ground sesame seeds – full of calcium) and green peas.  It was lovely and delicious on toast.

We recently had our granddaughter Layla to stay overnight and took her to the Meadows to the swings in the morning and then out to lunch and in the afternoon (after a 2 hour nap), took her in the buggy along the canal to see the ducks, pointed out ‘the pretty flowers’ and went to Redhall Park and she enjoyed the swings, roundabout etc – great fun.  It’s great to get outdoors and go for a walk and get some fresh air.  Here’s a photo of some blue flowers (not sure of the name but possibly periwinkle but very pretty all the same).

Talking of getting outdoors; I’m looking forward to our ‘fresh air fitness Pilates classes’ on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in June in Patties Road Recreation Grounds and hope that you’ll join us then/there – along with all of our other classes too.

If you come across any interesting article, pieces of info re fitness, health or lifestyle, please pass them on to me and I’ll share them here in our newsletters – thanks very much.

Similarly, if you have any comments and feedback on our classes and would like to share them with everyone, please let me know. 

I look forward to seeing you next week for more fitness, fun, exercise/stretch options & variations while we’re working towards improving our flexibility, strength, posture and balance too. 

Remember to keep me updated with your health and fitness goals and achievements and any comments, thanks.

See you soon, take care


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