11-13 May 2018.
Old Truman Brewery,
London.

Catching Up With The People Of Balance

There's just a few days to go until Balance Festival and we could not be more excited to open our doors to all you passionate foodies and fitness lovers! We know you're just as eager as we are to get inside and be inspired by all we have in store, so we thought we'd give you a sneak preview of our line-up as a warm-up for the big event.

Here to share their top tips, we caught up with some of the People of Balance to find out how they make the most of London's food and fitness scene, plus where you can find them at Balance Festival.

Alice Liveing - Clean Eating Alice, Personal Trainer, Author and Fitness Blogger


(Photo Credit: Philip Haynes)

"I believed I could make a difference to peoples' lives"

How did you get into health and wellness?

I began blogging around three years ago on Instagram to document my own journey, and used it to keep motivated through my efforts to improve my diet and overall health.

What led you to turn your passion into a career?

I think the fact that I believed I could make a difference to peoples’ lives spurred me to pursue the career I now have. I really felt that, having developed a large following, I wanted to make it my responsibility to use my voice to do good and hopefully help people improve their relationship with exercise, food and their bodies. I’ve never done anything in my career for fame or popularity and I hope that continuing to remain true to my ethos of helping others to achieve what I have will always motivate me.

Can you share your top tip to make the most of London’s food, fitness and wellness scene?

Try everything - keep at the stuff you love and forget about the stuff you don’t. It might be the hottest thing or the latest trend and everyone is speaking about it, but if YOU don’t enjoy it then don’t waste any more time and money on it.

What will you be doing at Balance Festival?

I’ll be cooking up a storm in the Live Cooking Theatre with Zanna Van Dijk, Dr Hazel Wallace (The Food Medic) and Healthy Chef Steph on Saturday May 13 at 15:20. I am so excited!

Michael James Wong – International Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Inspirational Speaker, Author.



"Just get up, get out there, and get involved."

How did you get into health and wellness?

Health and wellness have been a focus for me in life, work & passion for the past 16 years. When I was younger, physical fitness & a conscious diet were very important to me. Over the years of yoga, meditation and modern mindfulness, the need for a balanced way of life in mind & body have become essential to my everyday living. My love for movement started early, playing everything from soccer/football to basketball, roller hockey to volleyball on the beaches of Santa Monica. Over time, it has evolved into a love for slower movements with a steady and long term yoga practice, and in doing so has cultivated a well and meaningful approach to a healthy lifestyle. Some days I move more than others, but my personal mindset and mindful approach to everyday living is something that is non-negotiable for me.

What led you to turn your passion into a business?

When we do the things we love with passion and perspective, we have the ability to find a purpose in our lives. I don’t see my work as business, rather a way to live life continuing to bring my passions to life in a way that connects to a wider global community. I guess I’m lucky to have the opportunities I have to work on my craft and share what inspires me every single day.

Can you share your top tip to make the most of London’s food, fitness and wellness scene?

London has a thriving community of health, fitness and wellness, and my best advice is to try everything. Don’t be limited by one thing, try different classes, each different foods and step into different communities. For me, the experience is everything and having a chance to connect with so many things in a place like London is brilliant. Don’t waste time over thinking about your workouts, classes and meals. Just get up, get out there, and get involved. London is better when we all come together.

What will you be doing at Balance Festival?

At Balance, I’m excited to share my work through yoga during the Urban Tri, conversation in the LAB on Sunday May 14 at 11:30, and meditation during the Just Breathe Session on Sunday morning.

Dr Hazel Wallace – The Food Medic


(Photo Credit: Susan Bell)

"health and wellness is my bread and butter."

How did you get into health and wellness?

I started my own Instagram account 4 years ago, using it as an accountability tool to motivate and inspire me on my own health and fitness journey. From there I extended 'The Food Medic' into a blog and it's grown organically over the years, with my first book just hitting the shelves this week. As a doctor and a personal trainer, health and wellness is my bread and butter, and I hope to inspire as many people as possible to maximise their health through food and movement.

What led you to turn your passion into a career?

I always wanted to be a doctor but I never set out to become a blogger. It sort of just happened! However, it is the perfect platform for me to combine my interests in nutrition and training as a doctor to offer nutritionally sound, evidence-based advice.

Can you share your top tip to make the most of London’s food, fitness and wellness scene?

Sign up to pop-ups and events happening around the city. There are so many, from yoga classes, to wellness festivals, to foodie stalls, and I personally think that’s the best way to meet people and brands in the industry!

What will you be doing at Balance Festival?

Haha, when I'm not eating all the peanut butter samples you mean? I will be cooking a recipe from my new book in the Live Cooking Theatre and signing copies afterwards.

Lauren Armes – Founder of Welltodo


(Photo Credit: Hayley Richardson)

"I'm a firm believer that 'being well' looks different for everyone!​"

How did you get into health and wellness?

It's something I've always been interested in. Growing up in Australia, wellness was an inherent part of my lifestyle from a very young age. When I moved to London 4 years ago, I realised that it was more of a buzzword; bringing together a community of like-minded people.

What led you to turn your passion into a business?

It was moving to the UK that highlighted my passion for wellness, which I wanted to turn into a business somehow. Originally, I launched Welltodo as a lifestyle blog with the intention of using it as a catalyst for meeting thought-leaders in the industry, hoping it would lead me to my big idea! Eventually, I realised that there was an opportunity to combine my experience in business strategy and marketing to turn Welltodo into an industry platform - focusing on the business of wellness, rather than the lifestyle itself. Our business now encompasses industry events, a jobs platform, business coaching, and consultancy – with the primary aim of helping people to build incredible businesses and careers in wellness.

Can you share your top tip to make the most of London’s food, fitness and wellness scene?

Get curious and discover the elements of wellness that you really enjoy, rather than those that feel like a chore or obligation. I'm a firm believe that 'being well' looks different for everyone!

What will you be doing at Balance Festival?

As well as hanging out in our Welltodo Career Clinic helping people find a dream job in the wellness industry (find us in The Market and say hello!), I'll also be hosting some great panel discussions across the weekend. Join me in the LAB on Friday at 10:30 for a Welltodo conversation with Lululemon and Xtend Barre about hiring the dream team; at 14:30 on Friday discussing the Barry's Bootcamp brand with Sandy and Anya, and then again on Sunday at 12:00 talking about transitioning to a new career in wellness!

Lee Forster and Charlie Turner, Founders of Neat Nutrition



"We wanted to create something that was accessible, simple and for any lifestyle.​"

How did you get into health and wellness?

We were both GB swimmers and have been in the pool since we were kids, so we’ve never not been into health and wellness. Even when we finished our swimming careers, having all those years of training and discipline behind us meant that our lifestyles are geared up to be healthy but balanced. 

What led you to turn your passion into a business?

Back when we were swimming even we, as professionals, found it tough to navigate all the protein and supplement products on the market. We knew that, one day, we wanted to create something that was accessible, simple and for any lifestyle. 

Can you share your top tip to make the most of London’s food, fitness and wellness scene?

We’re so lucky in London that the wellness scene has almost reached mainstream. You can get healthy, smart meal choices anywhere across London without compromising on taste or price. In regards to exercise and classes, we have some of the coolest spaces not just in the country but the world! And if you don’t fancy sweating it out with a class, there are lovely parks across London so you can take your workouts outside!

What will you be doing at Balance Festival?

We’re refuelling the festival by bringing our Neat Cafè from Regent Street to Truman Brewery, where we’ll be serving up protein shakes and snacks to keep you moving and help those muscles recover from all your hard work.

Catie Miller – Owner and Founder of Xtend Barre London


(Photo Credit: Gary Handley)

"The joy of movement is ingrained in my soul​!"

How did you get into health and wellness?

I have danced since the age of 3 so the joy of movement is ingrained in my soul! Along my dancing journey, I have been fortunate enough to train with the likes of Gregory Hines and Mia Michaels, a few of my dance inspirations! My love for dance, pilates and fitness has been my catalyst for bringing Xtend Barre to the UK.

What led you to turn your passion into a career?

My biggest 'change of pace' moment took place when I became a mother and I decided that whatever I was going to do in life needed to make me happy and make my son proud. Upon having my son, I decided to elevate my love for fitness and wellbeing and during this time I founded Xtend Barre London. I’ve been inspired ever since!

Can you share your top tip to make the most of London’s food, fitness and wellness scene?

Have fun, try new things and find something that ignites your love for health, wellbeing and fitness.

What will you be doing at Balance Festival?

Teaching Xtend Barre, our world-famous workout which combines dance, ballet and Pilates. You’ll get your heart racing, feel the ballet burn and have a blast. I will also be in the LAB Friday 12 May at 10:30am with Lauren Armes of Welltodo discussing the tips and secrets of how to build a dream team!

Jamie-Ray Hartshorne – Another Space Trainer



"Helping people to reach their goals and pushing them to their full potential is what drives me to be the best trainer I can."

How did you get into health and wellness?

I used to be a professional dancer. In my training, I was introduced to fitness as it played a big part in my dance career, especially during rehearsals, training & performing in shows. Having a martial arts background enabled me to work with a HIIT concept that involves boxing.

What led you to turn your passion into a career?

Helping people to reach their goals and pushing them to their full potential is what drives me to be the best trainer I can. I love being a team leader and working with a diverse group of people every day. My background in martial arts has allowed me to bring a unique edge to the HIIT sessions I lead across London.

Can you share your top tip to make the most of London’s food, fitness and wellness scene?

Working at Another Space in Seven Dials means I'm exposed to amazing food quarters, such as Neil's Yard and St Martin’s Court, along with businesses such as Relax where I go for massages after training. I also make the most of the three disciplines at the A_S studio as cross-training is my favourite way to workout.

What will you be doing at Balance Festival?

I will be hosting Wave 4 of the Urban Tri on Saturday at 8:30am and you can find me teaching In the Another Space HIIT Studio at: Friday 11:00, 12:00, 20:00; Saturday 19:00, 20:00; Sunday 16:00, 17:00, 18:00.

Feeling inspired? Book your Balance Festival ticket and find the People At Balance next weekend at The Old Truman Brewery. See you there!
Balance Festival Catching Up With The People Of Balance