I love Edinburgh, there's something about the city that just makes me smile, so I'm always happy to have a reason to visit, especially when it involves talking about healthy living, and nibbling on some tasty snacks.
The event was held over the weekend in the gorgeous Assembly Rooms, which I had never been in before.
This was Edinburgh’s first health and fitness exhibition and I was excited to see what it had to offer. What I really enjoyed about the festival was that there was a focus on overall health with stallholders ranging from healthy snack providers to chiropractors and massage therapists to gyms and yoga instructors. There was no one pushing 'Do this in 30 days and you'll lose 30 lbs' diets. There was a spotlight on being healthy in all aspects of your life. Something I try and live by.
Wandering around, nibbling on samples of this and trying shots of that, I was really impressed at the number of different companies and businesses showcasing at the Assembly Rooms.
After talking to a few companies, it was lunchtime and I was feeling myself flagging, and although I wasn't super hungry I listened to my body, so J and I grabbed a couple of smoothies made of freshly pressed apple and pineapple juice, mango, banana and strawberries. They were delish and mine pepped me up perfectly.
After sufficiently filling up on smoothie goodness, there was more wandering around the stalls, more talking to people and of course, more nibbling.
We were introduced to lots of new products and one that stood out was some raw chocolate from Decadently Pure. The salted caramel pecan was so decadent and divine it didn't taste healthy at all. Clearly everyone else thought that as well because by the time we'd got to the stall they'd sold all out of the SCP. Cue sad face. But I did make some hints to James about Christmas presents, which I think he took on board. Score!
James wanted to check out a company called Healthy Nibbles, so he could get some ideas for snacks to take to work. Healthy Nibbles, which has only been going for four months, send out boxes of snacks to you in the post. What I really liked about the company is there are no subscription fees, if you want a box you can buy one, if you don't then you don't have to and they can be tailor made to your needs and tastes. They were offering a box half price and with most of the products being wheat and dairy-free, J and I decided to buy a box to share.
There was lots of taste testing at the HN stall and I fell in love with a peanut bar from Meridian, who make my favourite nut butters. Healthy Nibbles only had the almond ones left for sale and as I love Meridian's almond butter I thought I'd give it a whirl. I actually preferred the peanut bar, but both will happily be added to my list of on-the-go snacks for work.
As well as the stalls, there were fitness classes from yoga to zumba and masterclasses, and James and I listened in on a talk by Burn It Fitness about balance and setting goals. We came away with some really good advice, the main one being that you don't always have to centre on the end goal, you can set yourself mini goals along the way. The speaker gave us the task of setting ourselves a few small goals, which could be as simple as drinking more water everyday, that we can strive towards before Christmas.
I have been focusing too much on getting back to where I was before my eczema broke out and before I got ill and ended up in bed for a few weeks. I keep thinking about how my fitness levels were then and how I want to get back there, but I know it going to take some time. So by setting myself small goals that I can achieve will help me work towards long term goal, which is to feel more physically fit and healthy again.
Another thing that the speaker addresses was that to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle it is okay and actually realistic to have a little bit of what you want every now and again. I totally agree with this. If most of the time I'm eating well, drinking smoothies and eating my kale and quinoa, then the rest can be made up of slutty brownies, a glass of wine here and there and a portion of chunky chips/fries.
I really enjoyed The Fit Festival and I hope it becomes an annual event.
After the exhibition, James and I ended the day with a lovely meal in a nice little pub. This was me implementing the balance in my life. I ordered the grilled salmon with salad and sauteed potatoes (in oil not butter as I'm still eating dairy-free). The salmon was tender and the potatoes, oh my gosh they were so good. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfect. The meal was delicious and I didn't feel guilty one bit for eating it.
Did you go to The Fit Festival?
Have you been to a health and fitness festival?
How do you introduce balance into your life?
Do you set yourself goals?