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Wednesday, 19 October 2016



Fitness expert Patrick Toplis is a celebrity trainer to the stars. Here he tells us how to travel and still eat healthily. 

A QUESTION I am often asked when training clients is “How do I maintain good nutrition whilst travelling?”

Many of us use travelling as an excuse to skip training or stuff ourselves with the sort of junk food we’d never normally eat. I'm not talking about your annual holiday; that’s only once a year – or twice if you’re lucky – and I say let your hair down and enjoy yourself!

No, it’s the business trips and weekends away that can take their toll if you let yourself go. It can all add up if you stray too far from your normal regime, preventing you from achieving your fitness goals. With a little forward planning, it’s perfectly possible to stick to a healthy eating plan no matter where you jet off to.

Even when you relax the rules on holiday, remember that if you have been maintaining a healthy diet for the rest of the year, an infusion of pizzas and pints cam come as a bit of a shock to the system. So ease yourself in to those holiday treats.

Here are my top tips for healthy eating while travelling.

1. Take snacks with you, the smaller the better. For example, quality protein bars, nuts, single serving meal replacement shakes, quality air dried beef or biltong. These are great for the plane or whenever you feel the urge to eat. Being prepared makes it less likely you will succumb to a burger or bag of crisps.

2. When dinning out, opt for a fillet steak, chicken breast (no skin) or fresh steamed fish with a side of veg/salad. There’s not a restaurant in the world that doesn’t have these on their menu, so it’s not that hard. Make sure that there is no sauce or salad dressing, as they can be packed with sugar and fat and can be very high in calories. Lemon and olive oil is a great healthy dressing for a salad.  

Patrick pre work out

3. For breakfast, order eggs. They can be served any way – apart from fried. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in a great hotel, an egg white omelette (no cheese) served with vegetables can really set you up for the day. Have a piece of fruit to follow or save to have on the move later. Try to avoid constant cappuccinos unless they are made with unsweetened almond milk, and even then keep it to two a day. Have a much green tea as you like, it’s really refreshing and full of antioxidants.

The more frequently you travel, the better organised you will become. If you are a frequent traveller and you want to keep a healthy diet/maintain your physique you will have to adopt this protocol. 

4. Travelling by air the food is routinely of a poor standard in economy and not that healthy in business class. From 2017, short haul economy passengers on British Airways will be offered food from Marks & Spencer, but with sandwiches, crisps and Percy Pig sweets on the menu, it’s hardly a healthy option.

So take your own protein bars on board or prepare your own salads or favourite cold meal. Do make sure it doesn’tcontain too much liquid or security may not allow it through. My favourite is to drop in at Pret a Manger; most airports have a branch. Buy a great tuna or chicken salad and boiled eggs protein pot. If you buy a small cool bag the meal will stay chilled for several hours until you are ready to eat.

The most important thing of all when travelling is to drink water, as your body dehydrates on flights and while travelling in general. Make sure you consume at least two litres a day.  healthy food for on the go,


Tuesday, 11 October 2016


I KISSED AN APPRENTICE  AND I LIKED IT. Gorgeous Selina Waterman Smith with Doctor Shirin Lakhani

LOVE HER OR HATE HER, there can be no other contestant in the history of The Apprentice who has sparked more controversy than the stunning 32-year-old Selina Waterman-Smith.
The petite, curvy blonde refused to do the spin-off show, You’re fired! after leaving The Apprentice, accusing the producers of the hit BBC series of portraying her unfairly.  
Adopting the attitude “Don’t get mad, get even,” she instead opted to give her own version of events in an online video for her growing social media fanbase. 
 Since then, the Dubai-based businesswoman has become a tabloid darling, with The Mail n Online scrambling to snap her curves on exotic beaches around the world. With regular appearances on shows such as Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, her outspoken views are in big demand – there’s even a rumour of an appearance in the Jungle later this year.

Selina on last years The  Apprentice 

When I meet the five foot one inch reality star on a sunny day in London, she’s about to undergo two cosmetic procedures at the hands of celebrity doctor Shirin Lakhani. Rather than the podium dancing hell-raiser portrayed in the media, she has a gentle charm and seems a little nervous.
Is this her first aesthetic procedure, I ask. “No, though my breasts are my own,” she says, clasping her ample chest. But she’s nervous because the one time she did have work done – her lips – it ended in disaster. “I should always go with my gut feeling. If I did, I wouldn’t get into so much trouble,” she laughs.
She decided to have her lips enhanced in Dubai two years ago. "They weren’t bad but I just wanted to add a little more to them and even them out.”

Selina Gives the thumbs down to her old lips.

Right away she felt the doctor was not on the same page her. After several painful injections with what looked like overly-large needles, her lips were left swollen and bruised. They turned purple in colour but the doctor assured her it was all fine and the swelling would go down.
But after two weeks of healing, her lips looked awful. Far from being evened out, they looked far worse and were lumpy to touch.
“What do you do?” she shrugs. They are still not right but, as she’s fond of saying, “Don’t get mad, get even.”
Understandably, Selina is nervous of letting anyone near her lips again, fearing further complications. But a friend recommended DrShirin and Selina is hoping the problem can finally be sorted.
Dr Lakhani took one look and knew immediately what had gone wrong - the filler had been distributed unevenly, causing the lumps and uneven look. 
To rectify the problem, she could dissolve the old filler and then inject new filler, distributing it evenly this time. But Selina would have to wait two weeks for the new filler. Or she could fill the lips to even them out, as Selina was by now used to the few lumps inside her mouth.
Doctor Lakhani   

Selina opted for the top-up filler but, recalling her last experience, was worried about the pain. Dr Lakhani assured her that the filler she would use, TEOSYAL PEN, would give a much more comfortable experience. "I am a huge fan of the pen," Dr Lakhani tells me. “It’s much less painful for my clients.”

The filler, RHA2, is also by Teosayl, which is based in Switzerland. It’s a soft filler that leaves the lips hydrated and natural looking. Selina could not get over how quickly her lips were done. 
During the treatment she was aware of the pen, and found it somewhat uncomfortable in places. But she found the procedure   reasonably pain free. “I almost hit the roof last time,” she tells me.
But the best ting of all was how amazing her lips looked – and without any recovery time! “They’re soft and moist-looking, you’d think I’ve got a gorgeous lip gloss on.”

Dr Lakhani is equally pleased with the result. “Much as the previous work on Selina’s lips had not been good, she does naturally have a slight unevenness to her mouth. But using the filler I was able to correct that and certainly by the second visit it should be perfect. Depending on lifestyle, it should last six months to a year.”
Red Carpet Selina Waterman Smith

Selina also had a Botulinum Toxin, Azzalure, injected into her forehead. Dr Lakhani tells me that as Selina has very few lines, she was just freshening up her forehead area with a few injections. “The Azzalure seems to give quicker results in my clients. It spreads more evenly and lasts longer than most botox treatments.”
Later, as she models for a photo assignment, Selina looks wonderfully refreshed and ready to take on anyone in the boardroom. “I couldn’t be happier,” she says. “I’ll definitely be flying over to see Dr Lakhani again,” she tells me.

Stunning Selina Waterman Smith

 Doctor Lackhani   
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