Our city has a bad rep for being unhealthy, unfit and lovers of lard but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Glasgow is full to the brim with a variety of healthy option cafes, DOMS lovers and fitness (physical and mental) fanatics and our fair city are most definitely fighting back against the stereotype that has shaped us (literally) worldwide.

All you need to do is hop online, Instagram mainly, and you will find an abundance of inspiring people to follow. Here is our selection of inspiring Scots who are bringing healthy back! Linsey Reith of Chefarella and 1/3 of Three Sisters Bakes describes herself as a “Clean Food Concoctionist” but I think she is nothing short of miracle worker.  Creator of beautiful food that is healthy and tasty, Linsey brings inspiring recipes to a public space giving ideas to all who follow and encouraging a healthier way of life.

Image Credit: Chefarella Facebook

The lean mean feeding machine that is Lean Canteen – not even sorry – has brought a little bit of green goodness to the Southside.  Colourful food, healthy cakes and meal prep to go – Leen Canteen has everything you need to keep your body strong and healthy making absolutely no compromise on quality. Lean Canteen’s Sit-In, Take Away & Meal Prep menu takes great pride in pairing exceptional taste with top quality ingredients, each carefully crafted meal is a perfect balance of nutrition and flavour. Call now to make your order…(Website shop coming soon!)

IMAGE: Lean Canteen


Fast becoming a bit of a Glasgow institution, Marthas on St Vincent Street in the City Centre helps the office workers of the toon eat well, offering a superb variety including something for all dietary needs with no compromise on taste and aesthetics of food.

IMAGE: Kcal Kitchen

With an extensive breakfast, main meal and protein menu, Kcal Kitchen will ensure you are fuelling your body the right way depending on your exercise program.  If you want to gain muscle, lose fat or just maintain, they have a vibrant menu with nutritious and healthy options of all your faves, this has to be your one-stop shop for eating out when you are training hard.

We’re all fond of a food festival these days but we now have our very own Glasgow Vegan Festival happening in the beautiful Trades Hall on the 11th and 12th of November.  With over 50 stalls each day, 8 world food caterers, all day talks and cookery demos: you would be mad to miss this tasty event.  Tickets are £3 payable on the day at the door or £13 to include fast-track entry and a goody bag full of products, samples, discounts and more.

Image: Vegan Fest Facebook Event

Which leads us to here: exercise!

The city is bursting with gyms to suit all budgets, excellent PTs firing out amazing results as well as free classes through Glasgow Life.

If you are looking for something a little different: be it bootcamp in a nightclub, boxing and spin at a quirky West End studio or netball in your local club, there is no doubt you will find something fun to push you to your limits and make you forget you are exercising at all.

As if this wasn’t enough, there are the regular one-off events happening in the city such as the Galeforce Movement and Fitness Pop Up Intensive on the 12th November which is an amazing 4-hour session to kick start your fitness and get to the next level! Train hard and then relax and enjoy some a nutritious meal to keep you going.  There will be weight training, pilates, cardio, yoga and even meditation, you can book your tickets HERE


But what about your mind?  It’s all very well having a strong, well-nourished body if your head is not where it should be.

The Wee Retreat, based in the Southside of Glasgow, is offering city dwellers the opportunity to attend mindfulness classes for an hour, a day or the weekend with additional activities such as yoga, meditation not forgetting healthy snacks and meals.

Founder, Vicky Kakos knows how busy and complicated life can get and she also knows how precious time is and so, The Wee Retreat aims to bring the therapies, ways of life and practitioners they have found along the way to you… so you experience the serenity and calm from your own wee retreat right on your doorstep.