DNAFit Experience

I was contacted and asked if I wanted to try DNAFit. I hadn’t heard of DNAFit previously but they take a sample of your DNA and give you information in relation to fitness and diet based on your genetics. I can imagine some people are thinking ‘why the hell would you do that?’ but your DNA is everywhere – every sip you take from a cup and every hair that falls out of your head.

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Process

I received my DNAFit in the post for my saliva sample. The kit contained a swab for my sample, a consent form and an envelope to return the sample in. I read the instructions several times to ensure that I didn’t do it incorrectly but it was quite simple. You rub the swab on the inside of your mouth for approximately two minutes, put it back in the tub and then post it with the filled in consent form. Unfortunately for me, I received an email after posting informing me that my sample was inadequate which meant that I had to repeat the process. I realise now that the first time I didn’t pressed the swap hard enough when taking the sample.

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Results

DNAFit say that it will taking ten working days for the results to come through once they receive your sample but I think mine were slightly quicker. My results consisted of three reports, a fitness report, a diet report and an infographic of the two combined. This information is based on your DNA results obtained by testing the swab sample ‘for your response to a selection of key genes that are associated with health and fitness’.

 

Fitness Report

Well, well, it was interesting wasn’t it… I actually found the results quite funny as the first part on the fitness report is your power to endurance response – mine was 27.3% power and 72.7% endurance! Am I supposed to be powerlifting or running marathons?!  The fitness report also gave information with regards to my VO2 max response, recovery speed and risk of injury.

 

Diet Report

According to the diet report, a Mediterranean diet would be optimal for me as I apparently have a medium sensitivity to carbs and a low sensitivity to saturated fats. The report also detailed other sensitivities as well as the dosages of certain vitamins which would be optimal for me.

 

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Verdict

I found the DNAFit results so interesting to look at and was actually surprised at my power to endurance ratio based on the key genes they compare the sample to. I think that I will take away the vitamin need information and incorporate it into my diet but I do think that some of this information needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Am I going to give up powerlifting now? No, I enjoy it and I’ve competed at an International level! I think the information could be good for people who are just starting out on their fitness journey as it gives them somewhere to start e.g. perhaps I may have been more likely to try endurance training! Is the DNAFit test accurate? Not a clue as there is still a lot of work being done in genetics.

The tests start at £99 for the diet information , £119 for the fitness information £249 for both. It’s not cheap but it is cutting edge technology and very fascinating. The DNAFit tests can be found on their website here.

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Wellthos Box Review

Wellthos kindly sent me one of their subscription boxes to review. I find these subscription boxes can be very hit and miss. Sometimes you can be left with loads of things that you don’t like but Wellthos carefully tailor the box to help ‘inspire you to lead an active and healthy lifestyle’. I received the box at work and it really made my day. The box was presented so neatly and looking at all the goodies instantly lifted my mood.

 

Pip and Nut Peanut Butter

I was so excited to see my favourite peanut butter in the box.  I have already demolished half of the jar…

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The Protein Ball Co.

I don’t usually enjoy the taste of cherry and almond together as it’s like cherry bakewell but I really enjoyed the protein balls. I found they were quite addictive…

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Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

I hadn’t tried these before and didn’t really know what to expect. Oh my goodness, they are amazing! So much flavour and so satisfying to eat!

 

The Organic Protein Company Organic Whey Protein

I find the sachets of protein are so useful if you’re on the go. I had The Organic Protein Company whey protein in my oats and it had a lovely milky flavour. I would buy this in the future!

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T+ Drinks Smarter Tea

As a green tea lover, I was happy to see this in the box and I’ve taken it to work to enjoy.

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POW Energy Water

I hadn’t heard of POW before but the energy water was quite nice. It was overly strong but like a subtle lemonade.

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Kiki Health Nature’s living Superfood

I would have had no idea how to use this if the Wellthos box didn’t include a recipe card with a superfood powder pesto recipe. For the recipe, you need a food processor which I don’t have so realistically I don’t think I will actually use this – being completely honest! I think the recipe cards are a good idea and it would be good if the box had more of them.

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Doisy and Dam

The chocolate was very rich. It’s a flavour I wouldn’t have personally bought but it was interesting to try and I think I will use it in recipes.

 

Zaramama Pop-a-Cob Midnight Blue

I haven’t had my popcorn yet but my sister bought me one of these as a present one Christmas. They’re delicious and it’s actually quite exciting seeing it all pop off the cob!

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Team Soda Fitness Speed Rope

I like how the box isn’t just food and drink items. I think the speed rope is a cool idea! The box could use another item that isn’t food or drink related to balance it out. I think that this would also help it to stand out from similar products on the market.

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Overall Verdict

I really enjoyed my Wellthos box. I love how it was all presented – very aesthetically pleasing. My favourite products were the Pip and Nut, Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs and the Team Soda Fitness Speed Rope. The box has opened my eyes to products I wouldn’t have bought otherwise, a prime example being the Hippeas! I would be keen to see what products future boxes hold.

Rating 8/10

Health and Fitness Events You Must Attend This Year

One thing I’ve tried to do since moving to London is go to more events and meet new people. I now regularly go to events which are tailored forwards my interest in health and fitness. Sometimes these events can be hard to find out about but sites such as Eventbrite are perfect sources for finding things to go to. I’ve done a list of events which I think sound good and I hope to attend this year…

  1. Fit and Fresh Fest – 28th January at The Hoxton, London, EC2A 3HU
    The Fit and Fresh is a one day fitness festival. Without a ticket you can browse the activewear sample sales, beauty and wellness treatments and the health food market. There are exercise classes, kitchen takeovers and talks which you can attend for £5 each. These include Barry’s Bootcamp, Tally Rye’s HIIT, Girl Gains, The Food Medic and Lululemon.
    https://hoxtown.com/events/fresh-plus-fit-fest-2017
  2. Fare Healthy – 4th and 5th February at The Old Trueman Brewery, London, E1 6QL
    Fare Healthy is marketed as a ‘feel good festival of food, exercise and well-being’. The festival is divide into three main sections – eat, move and think. It has the likes of Pip and Nut, Deliciously Ella, Livia’s Kitchen and Clean Eating Alice within their line-up.
    http://www.farehealthy.com/
  3. HBC Summit – 15th April at The Hoxton, London, EC2A 3HU
    The HBC (Health Bloggers Community) Summit is an event which aims to bring together health anf fitness bloggers. The day contains workshops and Q&As with guest speakers Pixie Turner (Plantbased Pixie) , Alice Liveing (Cleaning Eating Alice) and Amy Hopkinson (online editor at Women’s Health).
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hbc-summit-tickets-30491130793?ref=ebtn
  4. Be:FIT – 28th-30th April at the Business Design Centre, London, N1 0QH
    Be:FIT is a health and fitness festival which is due to return to London for its fourth year. This year, the highlights include the Another_Space cycle studio, the Protein World Functional Studio, the Reebok Fitness Studio and well as an exhibition full of shopping opportunities.
    http://www.befitlondon.com/
  5. BodyPower – 12th-14th May at the NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT
    BodyPower is probably the biggest event of everything bodybuilding, gym and fitness. It is the place to go to sample that protein bar that you could never justify buying due to the price, as well as getting to see the British Weighting athletes in action. You can watch the bodybuilding shows or just take advantage to try the samples on offer!
    https://www.bodypower.com/expo/uk
  6. Balance Festival – 12th-14th May at The Old Trueman Brewery, London, E1 6QL
    The Balance Festival is packed full of fitness classes, live cooking and big brands. The fitness studios include F45, Barry’s and Equinox. The live cooking theatre boasts Clean Eating Alice, Healthy Chef Steph and Zanna Van Dijk.
    http://www.balance-festival.com/