Why I support The Rugeley Mass Breastfeed .

March 13th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on Why I support The Rugeley Mass Breastfeed .)
Two boys breastfed and three contented people

Two boys breastfed and three contented people

Why I support the Rugeley Mass Feed

The best days of a mum’s life …….
Its appalling that there is this sort of ante breastfeeding culture here in the UK. Are we not a nation who loves our children and wants the best for them ?
A lass who was seen breast feeding in public has thankfully stamped her mark on the abuse she received. We so often hear that children are being fed poor diets and some people are failing to see the importance of the RIGHT nutrition for children.
What we feed our children and the habits we create from an early age are the blueprint for their future health.

Apart from breastfeeding my babies myself , the fantastic natural nutritional qualities of breast milk are second to none other for any child. One of my four children were bottle fed and clearly suffered far more digestive issues and appetite regulation issues than the others.

The World Health Organisation recomends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with solids gradually being introduced around this age when signs of readiness are shown.
Supplemented breastfeeding is recommended until at least age two and then for as long as the mother and child wish

Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby are:

Increased Intelligence.
Cold and flu resistance
Decreased risk of obesity n later life
Lower risk of childhood obesity problems
Decreased risk of asthma and eczema
Decreased dental problems
Decreased middle ear infections
Decreased risk of autism
Decreased risk of psychological disorders

Right from the first suck the benefits begin as the initial milk called colostrum is high in immogubulin IgA which coats the gastrointestinal tract. This helps to protect the babe until its own immune system is functioning properly. It also creates a mild laxative effect expelling the passing of meconium , the first stool that a baby produces which contains products of what the infant has ingested during its time in the womb.This helps to prevent the build up of bilirubin ( a contributory factor to jaundice)

This human milk is amazing it feeds and waters the infant, providing all the proteins, sugars,minerals and antibodies that the baby needs.

Human milk contains two types of proteins: whey and casein. Approximately 60% is whey, while 40% is casein. This balance of the proteins allows for quick and easy digestion. Approximately 60-80% of all protein in human milk is whey protein. These proteins have great infection-protection properties.

Mums united!

Mums united!

Below are a list of the proteins in breast milk and their benefits.

Lactoferrin inhibits the growth of iron-dependent bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. This inhibits certain organisms, such as coliforms and yeast, that require iron.
Secretory IgA also works to protect the infant from viruses and bacteria, specifically those that the baby, mom, and family are exposed to. It also helps to protect against E. Coli and possibly allergies. Other immunoglobulins, including IgG and IgM, in breast milk also help protect against bacterial and viral infections. Eating fish can help increase the amount of these proteins in your breast milk.
Lysozyme is an enzyme that protects the infant against E. Coli and Salmonella. It also promotes the growth of healthy intestinal flora and has anti-inflammatory functions.
Bifidus factor supports the growth of lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is a beneficial bacteria that protects the baby against harmful bacteria by creating an acidic environment where it cannot survive

Human milk also contains fats that are essential for the health of your baby. It is necessary for brain development, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and is a primary calorie source. Long chain fatty acids are needed for brain, retina, and nervous system development.

The amount and types of vitamins in breast milk is directly related to the mother’s vitamin intake. This is why it is really important for the mum to get the best nutrition too as hopefully she has through and pre pregnancy in preparation for conception.

. Fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, are all essential for baby’s growth. Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, and panthothenic acid are also essential.


Lactose is the primary carbohydrate found in human milk. It accounts for approximately 40% of the total calories provided by breast milk. Lactose helps to decrease the amount of unhealthy bacteria in the stomach, which improves the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It helps to fight disease and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach.

Breastfeeding and Hormones
There are several hormones released during breastfeeding but my favourites are Prolactin and Oxytocin

Oxytocin is the warm belly feeling that we all feel when we see something we love an offspring, pet, lover etc it is secreted along with Prolactin

Prolactin is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain and is responsible for the alveoli making milk. Prolactin rises when the baby suckles.
Oxytocin that causes tiny muscles around the alveoli to squeeze the milk via small tubes called milk ducts. These milk ducts progressively enlarge to end in the nipple and eject the milk from the nipple.
Oxytocin is AMAZING a woman can actually feel the muscles contracting as the baby suckles and this helps the uterus return to its normal size and health, reducing bleeding post birth.
Both prolactin and oxytocin help the mother form an emotional bond with her baby.
So can you see why this amazing gift of breast milk SHOULD be allowed to be enjoyed by our babies.

I’m afraid if not then its YOU who should be ashamed.

Please see the link if you would like to support the mums .


SoSpa Fitness and Fun Hen Weeks

March 12th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays - (Comments Off on SoSpa Fitness and Fun Hen Weeks)
Bespoke Hen Party Fun Fitness Weeks

Bespoke Hen Party Fun Fitness Weeks

I will be getting ready soon for my June Fitness SoSpa Holidays a small group will be going to Lindos Rhodes to have some fun, relax and return feeling fitter, slimmer and without missing out on the play in Lindos . Suitable for ALL levels of fitness, so don’t be shy there are still some spaces available if you wish to join us.

I LOVE it! Its a fantastic way of shaping up FAST!

Intense, GREAT FOOD lots of FUN!

Brilliant mid year way to FEEL AMAZING!

Brides please take a look at the Fitness and Fun for your hen party weeks, get you in shape BUT still allow you to PARTY until the small hours in the best places in Lindos.

Maybe you are going to be married in Rhodes or wish to wrap everything into the visit of planning and preparing for your big day. Visit, plan and physically prepare for your big day with a SoSpa BESPOKE FITNESS AND FUN HOLIDAY

Take a look at how our ladies got on in October 2013. They have already booked a repeat in 2014!


30 Steps To A Balanced Healthy Lifestyle

March 12th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on 30 Steps To A Balanced Healthy Lifestyle)

Every Day I will post new Vlog steps to help you achieved the ULTIMATE baLance.

) Day 1

) Day 2

) Day 3

) Day 4

12 Challenges in 12 Months

March 11th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 12 Challenges in 12 Months)

Well its been a busy start to the year for myself and challenges. I have decided as I am fit,healthy and able. I am going to do a personal challenge every month. Lined up I have 10k’s , a half marathon and some x country extreme events one of which I and Jo McLardy participated in during February at Catton Hall. 49 Obstacles over under or through consisting of electric fences, a lake to cross, mudslides, and x country horse eventing jumps, not forgetting scramble nets over a 10k distance. It was an absolute hoot ! I howled laughing all the way around. I will definitely be looking for another and considering the Tough Mudder in July. Let me know if you have had a go at that one . tweet me @GailAbbeySoSpa

In March I participated in the Fradley 10k as part of my challenge and I am still considering April . May is the Lichfield Half Marathon and June will be the Sutton Fun Run 12k. The list will go on until next feb and I will be offering some ‘free tuition’ to assist with my training. If you wish to receive a newsletter about my training please add your self to my contacts and I will notify you.

During the 12 Challenges I will be fundraising for Headway in memory of a colleague and friend of mine. Please see the Just Giving link for more info.




Catton Hall 10k Extreme Challenge with Jo

Catton Hall 10k Extreme Challenge with Jo

Fradley 10k March 9th 2014 with my niece Lauren

Fradley 10k March 9th 2014 with my niece Lauren

Fradley 10k Road race

Fradley 10k 9th March 2014

Catton Hall Tunnel Manoeuvre!

Catton Hall Tunnel Manoeuvre!

What does Gail Abbey have to offer in Personal Training and Classes?

February 26th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on What does Gail Abbey have to offer in Personal Training and Classes?)

IMG_0168Hello there Thanks for looking me up! I have created this video to tell you a little bit about me and what I have to offer.
My passions are . getting people to a wicked fitness level and bringing the very best out of them.
Coaching from the head and heart out to assist in lifestyle changes that will help you realise that every single day counts on this planet and how you can achieve your own personal best very single day.
I work in the corporate and private world. Create bespoke fitness events, fitness parties,speaking. Are you feeling a trend ? Basically FUN fitness. Come play with me

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Temperatures dropping ? Time for a tasty filling stew.

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in Recipes | So Lean and Clean Fat Loss Plan - (Comments Off on Temperatures dropping ? Time for a tasty filling stew.)
Tasty Moroccan Stew

Tasty Moroccan Stew

Moroccan Stew

  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coconut  oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1 3/4 cups lentils
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Combine onions, carrots, garlic, oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add broth, water, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well combined.
  2. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 4 to 5 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low.
  3. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach. Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice.


  • Make Ahead Tip: Stir in spinach (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Stir in cilantro and lemon juice just before serving. Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Shave 30,000 extra calories and lose 8LB of fat by making one change to your working day

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Shave 30,000 extra calories and lose 8LB of fat by making one change to your working day)

There are endless fitness tips that I can give you on motivation,new classes, finding great support to assist your health goals etc. Instead I will give you my two top tips for smashing both your health goals and assisting in your work productivity.

In the last four years my work has incorporated a lot more desk based time with the social media marketing and advances in IT we have to keep up with changes. This I noted was affecting my health. Steadily adding a pound or two on more sedentary weeks even though working out with many clients and eating the clean diet and giving me lower back pain . So I made a major change towards the end of 2013 and bought a standing desk, apart from having more strength in my legs, better digestion, increased calorie burn (so a flatter tum). I am energetic and alert for longer. I have regained an upright posture and productivity level has soared. I no longer feel I have to leave my desk for a break, which for some often leads to an unnecessary snack.

Studies have claimed major health benefits for standing for much of the day as opposed to sitting.

How many hours a day you spend sitting? Fewer than eight? More than 10? A recent survey found that many of us spend up to 12 hours a day sitting on our bottoms looking at computers or watching television. If you throw in the seven hours we spend sleeping then that adds up to 19 hours a day being sedentary.

Sitting changes the way our bodies deal with sugar. When you eat, your body breaks down the food into glucose, which is then transported in the blood to other cells.

Glucose is an essential fuel but persistently high levels increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin to help get your glucose levels back down to normal, but how efficiently your body does that is affected by how physically active you are.

Standing while you are working at the desk isn’t something new. Winston Churchill wrote while working at a special standing desk, as did Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Franklin.

Prolonged sitting has not only been linked to problems with blood glucose control, but also a sharp reduction in the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase, which breaks down blood fats and makes them available as a fuel to the muscles. This reduction in enzyme activity leads to raised levels of triglycerides and fats in the blood, increasing the risk of heart disease.

Heart rates on average around 10 beats per minute higher working whilst standing and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute

Now that doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up to about 50 calories an hour. If you stand for three hours a day for five days that’s around 750 calories burnt. Over the course of a year it would add up to about 30,000 extra calories, or around 8lb of fat.

 Put that into activity levels  that is the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work


My other tip is check your water supply

Make sure you have plenty on tap!
Read the benefits below to see why I keep coming back to this simple diet improvement.

We spend much of our lives at work so make these changes for yourself and or your workforce in 2014.

For any information regarding your corporate, personal health, or standing desks. Contact me  gail@sospa.co.uk or visit www.sospacorporate.co.uk

Have a very  Happy and Healthy 2014

Gail x


January 14th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays - (Comments Off on SoSpa JANUARY SALE JUNE FITNESS HOLIDAY TO LINDOS RHODES GREECE)

Join our group for a fun packed fitness break.
June price leaving Wednesday June 11th FOR 7 NIGHTS
PRE SALE £1827.00 NOW £1690.00

All inclusive retreats: every SoSpa retreat is fully inclusive. Once you have paid for your holiday, you don’t need to think about money again*. Here’s what’s included:
Accommodation and Flights
All meals, drinks (except alcohol)
All yoga classes
All hikes
All fitness classes
A personal training session
A personal nutrition consultation
Constant access to our team of experts
Local airport transfers
One on one fitness planning consultation
21 Days access to the Sexy, Lean And Clean prior to the holiday.

*Most of our guests do like to bring some local currency so they can take an afternoon out to go shopping or visit some of the local sights.
Expert teams: We are proud to have such an excellent team of SoSpa experts. We fly them out for each retreat so you can be sure that you are in very capable, highly experienced hands.

Daily Lifestyle Motivation Tips

January 10th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Daily Lifestyle Motivation Tips)

Jan 2014 has arrived and to keep you revved up for your New lifestyle changes I’m going to share with you short daily motivation clips from Gail Abbey TV.

Lets Do this guys, I’m with you all the way

Focus On The Excitement Not On The Plate

Naked Woman or Match Of The Day?

Eyes Wide Shut

7 Day Online Yoga Cleanse Begins Monday 5th January 2015

January 8th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in Yoga - (Comments Off on 7 Day Online Yoga Cleanse Begins Monday 5th January 2015)
7 Day Online Yoga Cleanse


7 Day Online Yoga Cleanse

7 Day Online Yoga Cleanse











Beginning Monday  5th January Online Yoga 7 Day Cleanse  £27.

Learn how to meditate, take a 15 minute yoga class with me daily.

Eat for energy.

Learn techniques to prevent  sleepless nights and find your equilibrium.