Inspiration for a healthy lifestyle


Are you on a New Year pledge to get fit and healthy? Look no further for inspiration than Carol and Andrew West, who not only found a failsafe route to health personally but created a successful business from it.

The couple decided to address their weight eight years ago after Andrew was diagnosed as high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. At the time Carole had fatty liver disease that was linked to her being very overweight. Their busy lifestyles – Andrew was a policeman and Carol a nursery nurse – meant their diet had suffered.

Numerous diets had failed to shift the pounds until Andrew found a book promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet. Their conversion to a vegan lifestyle – with juices at the heart of their eating plan – not only signalled a return to good health but kick-started their business ventures Obsidian Wellness and Obsidian Juices.

Their 5-star retreat, moving this week to the Marriott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa in Denia, Costa Blanca provides guests with a four-point plan to wellness, through a combination of diet, exercise, education and mindset. They have helped over 6,000 people there, and this work has evolved into a juice programme, which anyone can take advantage of at home.

As I assist the couple to develop their business further, I too am benefiting from the Obsidian approach, using their juice programmes to help me through some of the more hectic times of my calendar.

Carol and Andrew’s life-changing health programme has coincided with increasing consumer awareness of health and nutrition.
What I like about the Obsidian approach is that they are helping to make it even easier for the time-poor among us by delivering ready-made fresh frozen juices to save you all the bother at home.

January can be more than healthy, it can be time saving too.

What health/diet plan are you doing this month? Tell me in the box below.

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Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher ,Food, Drink & Hospitality Photographer
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Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher, the food, drink and hospitality photographer


Giles and I met many years ago through his wife and business partner Abi, and since then we have all worked on a lot of jobs together and have spent a lot of time together socially chatting about business and life.


He got some great advice from his Dad about offering to do things nobody else likes to do at work and making himself a valuable team member and sound found he had multiple job offers …


He’s run his own business for over 20 years and we talk about how basic business skills should be part of the curriculum for everyone nowadays


He shares about the prep that goes into shoots and how technology has changed the job so much and how much time photographers now spend in post production too. And about the sheer weight of kit that he takes to ‘location’ shoots too.


Giles loves tech and is always pushing himself to learn new ways of doing things , or master new equipment and he also talks about keeping up with and ahead of that if you can


A really interesting insight into all that food and drink photography involves, and some great tips for podcasts and business blogs to watch out for too.


I’m really pleased we managed to book Giles for a chat in this last episode of series 3…


Let me introduce you to Giles Christopher

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