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Complementary Fitness Newsletter 12 Dec

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Newsletter – 12 DECEMBER 2016

Join our Edinburgh Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & Fitness Salsa classes in Colinton and Craiglockhart to help you improve, your fitness, strength, stamina, core, posture and flexibility.

Get results in our all level effective classes for men and women (except pregnancy)
All classes £5 payg & details and times below

A list of our pre-festive COMPLEMENTARY FITNESS PILATES, YOGA + SALSA classes is on the CLASSES Where/When tab. Have a look and join us this week. Classes finish on 16 Dec then re-start from Tue 10 Jan 2017 and we’re in Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall, Craiglockhart Drive North and Dreghorn Loan Church Hall, Dreghorn Loan, Colinton, Edinburgh.


Did you know that…
this is the last week of our classes for 2016 and we finish up on Fri 16 Dec and start back from Tue 10 Jan onwards so please put the dates of your preferred classes in your diary/phone and schedule in your classes and workouts now.

it’s our 2nd week of ‘Pilates by Candlelight’ classes in Craiglockhart and Dreghorn Loan Hall on Tue 13 and Thurs 15 Dec as well we ‘Yoga by Candlelight’ this Thursday at 6.35pm too. Please bring your tea lights and holders with you on those evenings (and a lighter if you have one too – to save time).

our Fitness lunch at Las Iguanas, 141 George Street is today at 1pm. I’m really looking forward to it and catching up with you if you’re coming to lunch too. See you soon.

weekly yoga sessions were found to help reduce depression in a group of 69 older adults by 40% over a 6 month period according to research by scientists from Duke University Medical School, North Carolina – good to know.

Something to think about:
If you’re looking for a vegan dessert recipe that contains chocolate and is healthy, try this chocolate mousse. It’s quick to make, is delicious and you just need a blender to blitz it up in seconds. Oh btw, it’s healthy coz it contains avocados although you’d never know when you’re eating it. It also has cacao in it which is full of flavanoids and the antioxidant properties stabilize and neutralize free radicals. The properties can lower our risk of heart disease and improve cognitive function.
Find out how in this article by the British Pharmacological Society
enough for 4 people: 2 ripe avocados, ¼ cup coconut nectar, ½ cup unsweetened raw cacao powder, 1-2T coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt.
Optional garnish: dessicated coconut.
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until creamy and enjoy.
You can buy coconut nectar at Real Foods or online. It’s a low glycaemic, nutrient-rich syrup and is the sap of coconut blossom stems.
Read about it in this article:

I was in town on Saturday morning and was only round Multrees Walk area briefly (far too busy and hectic for me in Princes St at the weekends now) but we noticed a new “100% vegan café” called Happy Cow at 34 Elder Street. Seemingly, they only just opened the day before and the girl told us that they were still waiting on proper signage for the outside of the café as the old name for the café (Halo) was still up! The café is downstairs and is in between Browns the optician and a B&B business I think. It’s probably best to go from York Place, up Elder St towards the bus station and it’s on the right hand side. It’s definitely worth going to as the staff are really friendly and it’s really nice and clean, very modern, Christmassy in a sort of Scandinavian way so not over-the-top. Anyway, there were quite a few vegan cakes to choose from but we opted to share a big slice of the raw carrot cake with cashew icing in and on it. Wow it was soooo delicious. We went there late morning but we noticed that they also serve soups, burgers and sandwiches etc for lunch. If you go, let me know what you think.
I also found a recipe for raw carrot cake so am going to give it a go.

I read this Watch the Booze article in December’s Your Healthy Living mag that might interest you: ‘Many tend to overindulge on alcohol at this time of year, which increases the body’s toxic load. Try to keep alcohol levels moderate, drink water in between and ideally alongside eating a meal, which will reduce some of the negative effects that alcohol has on our gut flora and digestive tract. Increasing the amount of antioxidants in your diet in the run up to the party season will also be beneficial. Ideally, we should be eating 7 portions of fruit & veg each day from a rainbow of different colours. Leafy greens, onions, garlic and berries are all high in antioxidants’.

If you’re on Facebook, please go on to my Complementary Fitness page and go to the Review Tab and add a review about our classes, thanks.

Work out with me by clicking on short videos on my Complementary Fitness youtube video channel at
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I look forward to seeing you this week for some pre-festive fitness, strength, flexibility & fun