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My Christmas Present for My Little Cambodian Sister

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Nicola is one of our LOX therapists who sponsors a young Cambodian girl through the Bestow Sisterhood, in partnership with the Cambodia Charitable Trust.  This Christmas, Nicola decided to do something special for her sponsor girl and get her kids involved.

“I’ve always wanted to sponsor a child, and when I heard Denise, founder of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, tell a story about a young girl who was trafficked, I knew I had to act. This story rocked me to the core of my being. I have children and thought if I could save a child from that fate then I would. I also felt if I was a parent in that situation I would be hoping that someone would help.

With Christmas coming up, I wanted to do something special for my little Cambodian sister. We decided to donate a bike. It’s such a small thing for us, but will make her day so much easier, especially getting to and from school. My children have all put money towards her bike because they understand how important it is for her, and how fortunate they are to live in New Zealand. As a LOX therapist, everything I do is centred on women and wellness. This is a way that I can extend wellness to a sister on the other side of the globe, and offer her the hope of a brighter future. It feels good to give.”

Show Some Generositea This Christmas

GENEROSITEA | The Bestow Sisterhood Tea
All profits donated to the Cambodia Charitable Trust

To celebrate the launch of the Bestow Sisterhood we are delighted to introduce ‘Generositea’. This beautiful rose-coloured tea is an organic blend of lemongrass, peppermint, hibiscus, cinnamon and cardamom.  All of our profits from the sale of Generositea will be donated to the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

ONE FOR YOU, ONE FOR A FRIEND

Give the gift of well-being to yourself and a friend this Christmas, and know that together you are supporting the wellbeing of a little Cambodian sister.

1 x Tin of Generositea / 1 x Generositea Refill / 1 x Bestow Tea Infuser
$55 usually $68.50.

  • November 26, 2017

9 Things I Learnt on the LOX Good to Glow Skin Coaching Programme

BY RACHEL HART

The LOX ‘Good to Glow’ 6-week skin coaching programme introduction says it all: we expect too little of our skin.

Until I started my LOX skincare journey, I fitted this description to a tee. My skin wasn’t radiant but I had never suffered from a major skin condition, so I considered myself lucky. My skin didn’t glow, but I wasn’t trying to hide it either.

After six weeks of the Good to Glow skin programme, I realised that I should ask more of my skin and I discovered that adopting a Slow Beauty philosophy was good for my skin and my soul.


Here are my 9 personal take-aways from the Good to Glow programme:

1. Hydration Brings Skin to Life
I didn’t realise that my skin was dehydrated, (apparently this is true of most women) but I certainly struggled with dry patches and flakiness, especially after a run or a swim. The Janesce skin-soaking ritual made it easy to re-hydrate the skin. Dewey, supple skin was one of the first changes I observed and flaky skin is now a thing of the past.

2. Soak, Soak, Soak
If this sounds like a repeat of point 1, it’s because the importance of soaking cannot be underestimated! My Skin Health Coach told me, my beauty therapist told me, my friend told me, Janine Tait told me: soak your skin every day! The morning and evening skin soaking ritual is the foundation upon which the rest of the potent botanical Janesce products build. The soaking drops also make it a beautifully aromatic way to start your day.

3. Skincare is Self-Care
Adopting the Janesce skincare routine gave me some valuable ‘me time’ every morning and evening. It is a beautiful and feminine self-care ritual that I have come to cherish.

4. I Love Facials After All!
Facials scared me: I thought they would be all poking and prodding, pain and redness. Instead, I discovered that LOX Slow Beauty Facials are more like a massage for your face. My love of the deep state of relaxation they induce is matched only by how gorgeous my skin looks and feels afterwards.

5. Your Exercise Patterns Can Affect Your Skin
Exercise is great for my body and my mind, but swimming and running seem to irritate my skin. My Skin Health Coach and beauty therapist helped me find products (Avocado and Sesame oil) and methods (a damp cloth and a botanical mist post-run) to ease the effect of chlorine and sweaty workouts on my skin.

6. The LOX Team is Super Supportive
By taking part in a LOX skin programme you become part of their supportive community. Jenny’s regular check-in texts, phone calls, and catch ups made me feel very taken care of.


7. Botanical is the New Black

I have fallen head over heels for the Janesce botanical skincare range. I love that the products are organic and plant-based; I love how they feel on my skin; and I love their effect. My favourite is the avocado and sesame oil, which works both as a cleanser and as a pre-swim skin protector.

8. I CAN Live Without Peanut Butter
My stomach dropped when Jenny Barrow suggested I cut out peanuts – a known skin disruptor that causes inflammation and congestion. I swapped in B vitamin-rich vegemite and, while I do miss my favourite spread, it’s nice to know that I can live without it.

9. Slow Beauty is Like the Slow Food Movement
I have long been a Slow Food advocate and Slow Beauty is much the same. They both encourage resisting quick fixes, instead opting for slow and sustainable lifestyle changes. Long walks, homemade food and a daily commitment to plant-based skincare all work in unison to foster a healthy, happy life.

Did my skin go from ‘Good to Glow’?

I did! I thought radiant skin was only for the lucky few, but after six weeks on the programme and my first facial my lack lustre skin came alive. Skin tones evened out and brightened – I am now enjoying that ‘Janesce glow’. Glowing skin has given me a fresh dose of confidence as I forge my way into my thirties.

Ready to begin your own GOOD TO GLOW programme?

We know that healthy, beautiful skin that glows from within is possible for everyone if they are willing to make some skincare and diet tweaks. If you are ready to take your skin to the next level, this programme is for you. READ MORE

At LOX, our Skin Health Coach, Jenny Barrow, offers two tailored skin-coaching programmes, using a Slow Beauty approach to support you on your unique skin transformation journey.

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  • November 1, 2017

Falling in Love with my First Ever Facial

When she turned 30, Rachel Hart decided it was high time to start looking after her skin. She embarked on the six-week ‘Good to Glow’ skin coaching programme with Jenny Barrow at LOX Holistic Beauty and discovered that caring for her skin equated to caring for herself. One year after politely declining her first facial – afraid to tempt fate right before her wedding – she booked in for a LOX Signature Facial.
[Spoiler Alert: she loved it!]

Facials for Dummies

A year ago, I was too scared to get a facial. If you’ve been following my Good to Glow skin coaching journey, you already know that before stepping into LOX Holistic Beauty in Greerton, my skincare routine could only be described as…basic.

My Lox Skin Health Coach, Jenny Barrow, has since opened my eyes to the joys of taking care of my skin and, and as part of the Good to Glow programme I am rewarded with, and now ready for, my first ever facial.

Unsure of what a facial actually involves, I headed to YouTube where I viewed a spectrum of videos, from ten-dollar DIY treatments to luxury thousand-dollar truffle-infused experiences complete with limousine transportation to and from the Spa.

I am no fan of truffles but a limo certainly sounded appealing. Instead I hopped into my ageing Toyota and drove myself to Greerton.

First and Foremost a Feel-Good Experience

Stephanie, my LOX beauty therapist, quickly examined my skin, patiently answered my questions and described what was in store for me. I tried to envision the process – cleanse, soak, mist, enzyme peel, steam, massage oil, mask – but no words could depict the deeply relaxing sensory experience that I was about to have.

I was particularly happy to hear that post-facial break outs are not a worry: the combination of Janesce’s organic plant-based products and the high level of expertise of Lox’s beauty therapists ensures that the client’s skin will only end up healthier and more radiant post-treatment. With this assurance, I eagerly changed into a robe and cozied up into the treatment chair where Stephanie wrapped a warm blanket around me, tucked in my feet and reclined my seat.

A Sensory Experience Like No Other

The first sensation that enveloped me was warmth; as someone with perpetually cold feet, I was thrilled to feel utterly warm from head to tucked-in toe. The big blanket, the heated chair and the warm water and lavender-soaked towelette that Stephanie used to cover my face and open my pores allowed warmth to spread over me and send me into a state of relaxation. Stephanie instructed me to enjoy the treatment. “Yes, this will benefit your skin,” she explained, “but the treatment is all about you. This is about having a lovely, relaxing, feel-good experience.”

Scents of lavender, orange, grapefruit and rose came in waves as Stephanie applied creams, mist, steam and warm compresses. It was a fragrant and floral fruit salad for my skin. For what seemed like hours, I surrendered to a deep relaxation brought on by the essential oils, intoxicating aromas and soothing massage of not only my face, but my head, neck, arms and hands.

Despite having gone to a dreamy place of complete calm, I noticed that several of the products Stephanie used were the same as the ones I had lined up in my medicine cabinet – the Janesce soaking drops, hydrating mist, sensitive dehydrated concentrate and skin reviver – yet the application couldn’t have been more distinct. Having an experienced therapist spend an hour and a half applying and massaging these familiar products onto my skin was luxurious – much more luxurious, I would argue, and definitely better smelling, than a truffle-infused facial.

What is in an Enzyme Peel?

Some of the products were new to me, but one in particular piqued my interest: the enzyme peel. The concept of a chemical facial peel came up repeatedly in my YouTube research session and seemed an incredibly harsh product to use on one’s face – certainly not the sort of thing I wanted on my skin. It didn’t seem the sort of thing Janine Tait, the founder of LOX and a respected champion of the Slow Beauty movement, would want on my skin either.

Although I was enjoying Stephanie’s calm and quiet treatment style, I piped up to investigate the enzyme peel. Stephanie explained that it exfoliates the skin, softening and removing dead skin cells.

“What’s in it?” I probed.

Stephanie listed a few of the peel’s many potent, plant-based ingredients – rose water, lavender, peppermint, carrot seed oil – before revealing that the active enzymatic ingredients are pineapple and papaya extract.

Of course, I thought, the main ingredients aren’t only natural, they’re edible! Stephanie went on to explain how she saw great results treating any rogue teenage pimples her children experienced with this natural enzyme peel. I relaxed back into the chair and re-entered the quiet dreamy world I was occupying as the creamy pineapple product went to work on my skin.

The Post-Facial Glow

I had lost any notion of time as Stephanie wound down the treatment and quietly left the room, giving me some time to myself to relax. Afterwards I dreamily made my way back to my little change room where a delicious cup of Eternitea and raw snickers bar were waiting for me. It was a perfectly gentle transition back into the real post-facial world.

Immediately after the facial, my skin was moist and clear, but the best results happened in the days and weeks that followed. My skin reached a new height of hydration and looked even, smooth, bright and youthful. The experience instilled in me a desire to slow down my own evening skincare routine, turning it into a mini-facial instead of just going through the motions, keeping up the self-care and skin-love all the way until next month’s facial appointment and beyond.

At LOX, our Skin Health Coach, Jenny Barrow, offers two tailored skin-coaching programmes, using a Slow Beauty approach to support you on your unique skin transformation journey.

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  • November 1, 2017

A Rose-Tinted Life: My New Daily Skincare Ritual

BY RACHEL HART

After my initial skincare consultation with Jenny, I take a ‘gap day’. I say goodbye to wine and peanut butter with a final indulgence in each and, the next morning, I wake up, open my bathroom cupboard and eye up my pretty little Janesce bottles.

Jenny has written down all my instructions but they aren’t needed. While most meetings these day are fast and furious, hers was quiet and calm which lets me recall her words with ease. I pull bottle number one off the shelf.

Step One: Janesce Rose Soaking Drops

I fill the bathroom sink with warm water and add two-three drops of my delightfully aromatic rose soaking drops. The scent transforms my small bathroom into a mini-spa. I immerse my Janesce soaking cloth, feeling a little like a princess, and press it to my face allowing that fragrant hydration to soak into my skin.

Skin-soaking encourages me to start the day by taking several deep breaths. In contrast to a morning coffee – which, like an alarm clock going off after too many snoozes, makes me feel like I’m already in a hurry – the skin soaking ritual puts me at ease.

As important as slowing down is, the benefits of this gentle step go beyond breathing. The warm water re-hydrates the upper layers of my skin, which will help me reap the rewards out of the skincare products to come. Dry skin is my biggest skin complaint and this topical hydration is invaluable for healing and my skin and bringing out a natural glow.

Step Two: Hydrating Mist

Leaving my skin moist, I spritz my rose petal mist onto my face. At point-blank range the spritz gives me a shock, but I will quickly learn to spray at a distance and walk into the mist; a much more soothing way of getting the most out of this hydrating mist!

Step Three: Nourishing Skin Reviver

The final step locks in the moisture that the drops and mist have created. Applied to my still damp skin, this light and silky lotion glides onto my skin. There is no residue or heaviness; within moments of applying the skin reviver, it feels as if there’s nothing on my skin at all. My skin feels like my own, but softer, which is a great feeling to have as I head into my day.

Apparently most women have dehydrated skin without even realising it. It’s good to know that I’m not alone, but more importantly, that I can do something about it with this simple ritual.

Evening Cleanser:

My evening routine is the same as the morning but is preceded with a cleanser to remove the pollutants (make-up, car exhaust, sweat and the like) that accumulate on the skin over the course of any normal day.

A Rose-Tinted Life

Between the hints of floral scents that stay with me well into the morning and my new practice of slowing down and caring for my skin, using Janesce immediately makes me feel incredibly feminine. From day one, I know that it will become a daily ritual that I cherish. In under a week, my main skin problem of dry skin and rough patches is gone.

From Good to Glow

After about ten days I notice that my skin feels and looks hydrated in a way that it never has before. This, I believe, is what the therapists at Lox refer to as ‘the Janesce glow’. It brings to mind a Dior ad featuring a dewy-faced Jennifer Lawrence. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t actually look like Hollywood’s biggest star, but I feel like I look like her and, well, isn’t that just as good?

At LOX, our Skin Health Coach, Jenny Barrow, offers two tailored skin-coaching programmes, using a Slow Beauty approach to support you on your unique skin transformation journey.

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  • November 1, 2017

Jenny Barrow, our resident Skin Health Coach at LOX, didn’t start out with the glowing skin she has today. Up until recently, Jenny had given up all hope of changing her skin, accepting stubborn acne as her lot in life. Then she walked into Lox Holistic Beauty and her life direction – and skin story – were forever altered.

Jenny’s honest and moving skin story begins in her youth and follows her through times of deep personal loss and transformative growth. In her own words, she describes the personal journey behind her skin transformation and the joy she finds today in helping other women to discover not only beautiful skin, but a beautiful life.

 

MY SKIN STORY

By Jenny Barrow

A Stubborn Case of Teenage Acne

My earliest memory of teenage-hood is marked by pimples. I turned thirteen and overnight, pimples appeared on my face, chest and back.

At first it felt like a rite of passage, visible proof of the monumental changes I was going through. By fifteen though, I had had enough and my typical teenage pimples had evolved into severe acne. The persistent poor state of my skin at this fragile age wore me down and began to interfere with my confidence and happiness.

Eventually I saw a skin specialist who swiftly wrote me a script. Hesitantly, my mother filled the prescription. She was wary of a medical solution but aware that more than my skin was at stake: the acne threatened my wellbeing and the core of who I was. The acne on my chest and back cleared and my face improved dramatically. Though the medication had no physical side effects, I wasn’t happy with how the medication affected my mental and emotional health. After six months I stopped taking the pills and the acne came back.

Living with Acne, Moving On with My Life

By sixteen, acne still plagued my skin but I was finding my feet. Surrounded by supportive family and friends, I had started to love the woman I was becoming and was excited about where my future might lead. Acne was my unwelcome companion, but I learnt to push its existence out of my mind and move on with my life.

Before I knew it I was at university, and my life was beginning to take shape. Deep down, a small part of me was hopeful that reaching my twenties would mean leaving not only my teenage years behind, but my acne as well.

Television Advertising + Supermarket Solutions

In my early twenties I began making purchasing decisions for myself. With television advertising as my only guide, I made my first skincare purchase from the supermarket in the hopes of clearing my still present acne. No result. I didn’t spend much time feeling sorry for myself – I accepted that acne was my lot in an otherwise great life, so I tucked the problem to the back of my mind just as I had done in my teenage years.

Despite a strong resolution to not let it ruin my life, small things still saddened me about my skin. I married a wonderful man yet I wouldn’t let him touch my face. Deep down, I longed for him to stroke it tenderly.

Discovering My Passion For Wellness

In my mid-twenties, my husband and I moved overseas. I spent this exciting new period of time delving deeper into discovering who I was by exploring not only new career possibilities but also my own life and what I wanted it to encompass.

During this time, I developed a passion for wellness. I was fascinated with the links between physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health and wanted to pursue this passion. Our move overseas had prompted my own personal wellbeing journey.

A Dream Threatened

As part of my move towards holistic health, I came off the contraceptive pill. When my period never returned, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS). My husband and I experienced fertility challenges and, unsure if we would be able to start a family, my body, mind and soul were pushed to limits I didn’t know existed.

My skin issues paled in comparison to what my husband and I were going through yet I was pleased to discover that, for the very first time, my skin started to improve ever so slightly. I had drastically changed my diet, moving back to the nourishing foods of my childhood and steering well clear of anything in a packet. I chalked up my skin changes to this new way of eating. This was the beginning of learning to listen to my body and working with – not against – it in order to heal.

Homecoming + Tragedy

Upon our return to New Zealand, I was determined to be kind to myself. That included continuing my healthy diet, but it also meant finding a job that fuelled my passion for wellness. I ended up in a dream role combining administration, with meal planning and cooking. I had cultivated a life centred around wellness and self-love. This new foundation was vital, as my life was about to be shaken to the core.

Then tragedy struck. In 2011, my younger sister died suddenly. I went through a phase of immense grief and began to challenge and question the ways of the world.

I came out the other side of this grief craving a slow and simple life. It wasn’t easy, but I had found deep reserves of strength and positivity within myself and my inner circle of support. I remained positive in the face of challenges and continued to love myself through whatever was thrown my way.

A Miracle Baby

We call her our miracle baby. In 2011, I became pregnant despite still not getting periods. I was over the moon, and it was just the boost I needed to further examine how I was fuelling my body. I intensified our whole-foods journey, making changes slowly and sustainably. With this renewed focus on what nutrients were entering my body, I saw, for the second time, a slight improvement in my skin – but I thought it might have been the pregnancy hormones!

A Life Changing Leg Waxing Session

Strangely, it was a leg waxing session in Auckland that really changed the course of my life and skin health. My beauty therapist and I were both passionate about the emerging Slow Food movement. We discussed wellness and nutrition and compared notes on how it felt to return to a whole-foods diet. I gave her some recipes I had developed that were gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and in return she showed me the next step on my path by introducing me to the Bestow Recipe Books.

I devoured these amazing books and went to work on my kitchen leaving no drawer unturned as I rid my kitchen of all things processed. I began cooking like mad and made vegetables the hero of our meals. My husband and two-year-old daughter were the perfect guinea pigs. I wouldn’t have dared say it aloud, but there was a sliver of hope that this might also help my skin.

With Bestow as my guide, I became incredibly passionate about slow food. My husband and I moved from Auckland to Tauranga in the hopes for a slower, simpler life. I didn’t look for work straight away in Tauranga, so I had plenty of time to throw myself into studying nutrition.

Straight To The Source

My admiration for the Bestow philosophy led me to LOX Holistic Beauty, the home of Bestow and Janesce Skincare. New to Tauranga, I was looking for a new clinic for beauty treatments and, as a fan of Bestow, LOX felt like the best fit.

One day my therapist, Jan, gently asked me about my skin. I was fascinated that the conversation didn’t solely centre around topical products but also involved a discussion about the food I ate.

My Journey Towards Glowing Skin Begins

Encouraged by Janesce skincare holistic approach, I agreed to give their plant-based organic skincare range a shot, coupled with Bestow skin nutrition blends and further skin-specific changes to my diet. Even though I was eating a really healthy diet, I was deficient in certain skin nutrients and there were foods in my diet which, unbeknownst to be, had been aggravating my acne.

I see things in black and white, so when my therapist said to do something, I did it. When she said to avoid a particular food, I followed that advice too. For me, there was no grey area, no ‘just this once’. I followed my programme to the tee and was rewarded with change straight away.

Within a week my skin began to look more subtle, wrinkles plumped out and started to disappear. The Janesce Skin Soaking ritual made a huge difference and it all seemed too easy. The time I spent on myself during my skincare routine was not only improving my wellbeing, it was actually changing my skin! The acne was still there but the surrounding skin became healthier.

With the addition of internal changes and supplementation, my skin’s redness disappeared after a few weeks and the acne began to clear. My skin was still congested, but I no longer had the angry-looking pimples that had plagued my skin for years.

Persistence and Dedication

Most skin clears up after four months of the Janesce + Bestow programme, but my skin, which had been deeply congested for 15 years, took eight months to clear. But when it cleared, it really cleared! I still get the odd pimple, but this is a far cry from the woman who, upon waking, would immediately feel her face, searching for pimples and wishing them away.

My skin is now soft, clear and has the trademark ‘Janesce’ glow. It’s the skin I always secretly dreamed of having, but didn’t think was possible. I am grateful everyday for the wisdom and support I received on this skin transformation journey.

From Client to Coach

Through my personal experience at Lox Holistic Beauty, I ended up meeting founder, Janine Tait, an influential figure in the beauty industry, Janesce educator, Bestow founder and champion of the Slow Beauty movement. I was inspired by who she was and what she stood for and secretly hoped to be part of her team. As our relationship grew, I expressed that I had recently moved to Tauranga and was looking for work in a wellness-related field.

I started working for Janine in 2014, filling a variety of needs in her multi-faceted business, and my Skin Coaching role evolved as I have sat, literally, side by side with Janine. She has taught me so much about holistic skincare and my nutrition and teaching background have played an important part in my role as Janesce educator, and Skin Health Coach.

Helping Others as a Skin Health Coach

It is natural for me to share my skin story in my role as Skin Health Coach at LOX. It is encouraging for others – beauty therapists and clients alike – to hear that change is possible, that beautiful skin can be achieved – even against great odds. I love merging my organisational skills with my love of food and nutrition alongside my passion for skin health and wellbeing. I count it a blessing to share in the journey of others, walking alongside them as they fulfil their desire for beautiful skin and a beautiful life.

As for my journey, I love looking after my skin and continue to cultivate a life that is slow and simple.

At LOX, our Skin Health Coach, Jenny Barrow, offers two tailored skin-coaching programmes, using a Slow Beauty approach to support you on your unique skin transformation journey.

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  • October 30, 2017

IMG_3128-2Well the last day has been and gone and overall the week cleanse was a positive experience for me. I saw changes in my body and general well being that I didn’t think would be that obvious and found it very achievable while living a busy life with a family and working as well. The set menu was amazing to have and very easy and flexible. We also found that it wasn’t expensive to buy the groceries and there was no wastage which is always a bonus in our household as we like to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.

After completing the cleanse I feel amazing. My skin is clearer and my eyes brighter. I wasn’t concerned with weight so not sure if I lost any, however it was amazing to know that there have definitely been centimetres go and my clothes are feeling like they should (they had been getting a bit tight!). I feel great, I have lots of energy and am sleeping well. When I wake early in the morning it is lovely to wake feeling refreshed and not sluggish! Below is a picture of me this morning, the day after my cleanse is finished with no filter!

There food was delicious and I loved all the recipes. For me the favourite this time was probably the broccoli and tuna salad or the salmon parcels. To be honest, it is a bit hard to give a favourite as they were all yummy and super easy to prepare which is always handy!

To those who are planning to do the cleanse or thinking about it, I say, go for it! Be kind to yourself and set small goals as you want the change to be lasting! Remember to be mindful and listen to your body during the cleanse, notice what it is telling you; most importantly rest and relax as often as possible! Try to focus also on the mind and other parts of the cleanse that go along with the change in diet like the dry brushing and thinking positively as I found these in their own right had an impact on my health and experience that week. On the hard days stick in there as the feeling at the end is worth it!

There were many aspects of the cleanse that I carried on with after the March cleanse such as herbal tea instead of decaf, eating tuna, dry brushing and overnight oats. This time I am going to carry on with all of the above as well as aperitif once a day, including brown rice in meals, less snacking at night, better portion sizes and eating more raw veggies which is easier coming into summer. I think the raw veggies was something I definitely noticed a difference with as over winter we eat all cooked veggies as we find salads a bit cold on a winter night, so now is a great time to bring the raw veggies back in salads etc now it is getting warmer.

Lastly, I am being kind to myself and coming out of the cleanse. Last time I found my digestive system and bowels didn’t cope coming out of the cleanse so well and this time I am doing things a little differently. This week I will keep taking the aperitif but only two times a day as well as keep some of the meals from the cleanse in there as there are lots to choose from in the back that I didn’t do, as well as the breakfasts. Then the week after I will go down to aperitif once a day and then keep eating in the style of the cleanse as this is something we want to keep up as much as possible from now with lots of raw veggies since it isn’t winter anymore!

I am so pleased with the results of the cleanse and would encourage you all to give it is go! The great thing is that every time you do it you notice new things and you pick up new habits, its not about getting it all right the first time but allowing yourself to make long lasting change to your diet and lifestyle. Bring on March 2016 – I will be ready!

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  • September 15, 2015

jenny01Coming into the weekend I must admit I was nervous of the cleanse. One of my regular weekend treats is a glass of wine or two on a Friday or Saturday night so I was interested to see how this was going to go along with other social commitments we had.

Day five started with a great breakfast again and I started to notice feeling a lot better and not as tired which was surprising considering it was the last day of a busy week!

I was excited to try the ‘salad in a jar’ as well since I didn’t do this last cleanse. I had a lot of fun filling mine with tuna, capers, grated beetroot and carrot, red cabbage, sprouts and spinach. It was surprisingly filling (mind you my jar was rather large) and I loved that all I had to do was tip it onto a plate and then dig in! And food in a jar is so much cooler than food in a container! My jar was just a reused one I had at home.

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I was surprise that night when we had dinner a little later and I wasn’t really hungry since my salad had kept me full. Also that night I went out but was fine with just having water! I even surprised myself and didn’t feel like I was missing out at all. Remember social functions are about connecting with others and the drink or food is an added bonus.

Day six I felt even better – my energy levels were up and I was feeling great. That day we had too of my favourite meals, the goddess bowl with falafels and also the crusted fish. My goddess bowl was tasty as and included grated carrot and beetroot, spinach, sprouts, peas, falafel and lemon rind. I also made homemade green hummus that we do regularly. This is just chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and any greens you have around – we find it a great way to add an extra way to get veggies into ourselves and also our little girl who loves hummus!

That night with the crusted fish I must admit, I would have loved a glass of wine. It was the first time I really ‘craved’ or ‘felt’ like something that I couldn’t have during the cleanse so I was impressed by this and easily able to pass it by. The other time was that night when we were watching a movie, my husband and I usually like to have a homemade treat – this is usually a concoction I make from nut butter, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon and other bits and pieces I have in the cupboard. Although this is always a ‘healthy treat’ it can become quite habitual and more nights that one during the week which isn’t necessary. Instead I enjoyed a nice cup of peppermint tea and that hit the spot.

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With only one day left I am amazed at the way I feel – for someone who eats healthily anyway I have been impressed with the changes I have noticed and love that my jeans are not so snug. It will be a bit weird to be finishing and I will definitely have to think of a plan about ‘coming off’ the cleanse as last time I noticed my body struggling a bit. One more day!

Remember the cleanse is running for all of September to it is not too late to join me!

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  • September 15, 2015

on-oats2Today was tiring for me, the afternoon particularly. We had an early morning meet and had to be out of the house by 7.15am so this morning I toted my overnight oats with me in a jar and had them after the meeting when I was at work as I didn’t have time before then. I was too busy getting a toddler ready for kindy and out of the house by 7.15am! Usually I have breakfast just before 7am so it was really hard to wait until nearly 2 hours later to have it – my stomach was definitely making growling noises at me by the time I sat down to eat it. Needless to say, I savoured every bite! I love that the breakfasts are able to be taken with you – such a bonus!

At lunch time it was great to see all the healthy lunches the others who were doing the cleanse had and it was nice to share the experiences we were having with each other. If you are the only one in your household doing the cleanse then I would definitely recommend meeting up with a friend who is also doing the cleanse for lunch or a catch up to share how it is going, the challenges, the differences you are finding already as it is really encouraging! It’s also great to do around day 4 when you are over the worst of it and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

Lunch today was the tuna and broccoli salad. Previously to doing the cleanse in March, I would NEVER eat tuna and couldn’t stand it, however one of my goals last cleanse was to try all the recipes/food even if I thought I didn’t like it. Surprise, surprise tuna is now something I love and have kept eating since the cleanse. Healthy and easy to add to lots of meals!

The afternoon I found myself the most tired I have been during the cleanse and struggled a bit to stay focused. I enjoyed a cup of tea and was very thankful that we eat dinner early with our toddler! 5.30pm couldn’t come around fast enough as well as bedtime!

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DAY FOUR – Possibly the hardest day for me but glad that it is now officially over half way and there are only three days left. In saying that I am really enjoying the effect it is having on the digestive system and body. I definitely feel much better in that regard and know the tiredness won’t last so it is all worth it! Perfect time to be doing it as well with the weather getting warmer and the smell of summer on the way!

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Remember the cleanse is running for all of September to it is not too late to join me!

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  • September 11, 2015

FullSizeRenderAll started well today with my favourite breakfast – overnight oats! I love eating this out of a jar as it makes it more of a ritual and I find I am more mindful during eating and savour the experience (if I am running late I can just take it with me too!) We had kiwifruit instead of banana with ours and both the husband and I devoured it easily. I love this breakfast because it is definitely one that fills you up and the oats are slow releasing meaning it gives energy throughout the morning.

Come lunchtime, the sun was shining so I decided to make my lunch and eat it outside since I wasn’t working today. The prep for this was easy and the meal was simple but delicious – I was so pleased to be able to use Italian parsley from my own herb garden too. I made a few adaptions as I am not a huge fan of mushrooms so added a bit more fill and placed the avocado on top instead.

I did find that it was a bit on the light side and I was feeling hungry in the afternoon so had a big cup of peppermint tea to help me last till dinner time. My cup of tea was also enjoyed in the sunshine with 5 minutes peace as the little one played happily beside me.

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For dinner we enjoyed the chicken, coriander and mint with brown rice which was surprisingly filling. We used fresh mint from our garden and had watercress this time which we didn’t do last time as I wanted to try it. Both my husband and little one enjoyed this as well which is always a bonus. After dinner I enjoyed a cup of hot water with lemon and then had an early night. No temptation for wine either which is good but this might get more tricky later in the week!

jennybDAY ONE – done and dusted. I am definitely counting my blessings and loving it so far. I imagine the sunny weather helped today as some of these meals might have been hard in the cold and rain! The bath will have to be something I enjoy later in the week and I was too tired and then am busy the next few nights but it is definitely on my to do list for a few days time. By then I am sure to be needing it as my body feels the effects of the cleanse!

Remember the cleanse is running for all of September to it is not too late to join me!

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  • September 8, 2015

jennybMeet Jenny Barrow, she is an integral part of the Lox Spa Team as support and assistant to Janine. She is very passionate about healthy living and is one inspiring lady!

Reform, reduce and recreate

When I heard that the Janesce 7 DAYS OF ME Vital Cleanse was happening again, I was instantly on board. I had such a great experience (although tough during parts) participating in the March cleanse that it is something I want to do at least twice a year.

In our house we eat a healthy diet, however as happens over time, I find myself slipping into habits that I would rather not. In March I came off coffee completely and after being introduced to a range of herbal teas through the cleanse, I now love them! There are some new ones I want to try this time as well as continue to build the tea drinking ritual of finding myself a quiet, calming space for 5 minutes to just be. This small act of mindfulness was another great habit I picked up in the last cleanse. Wine is another sneaky habit that has occurred more often during winter than I would like but sometimes it is just too hard to resist a red wine in front of a roaring fire, snuggled under a blanket on a cold and rainy night! So the first reason for doing the cleanse for me is to reform some habits!

Sometimes I find with eating a healthy diet I tend to think that it is ok to eat more than my body needs because the food is ‘good for me’ or ‘healthy’. Over winter in particular our portion sizes at home have definitely crept up and this is showing in my clothes feeling slightly tighter than usual, not a great feeling! The great thing about the cleanse is the food is healthy, fresh but also a great guidance for a good portion size. I am a firm believer in listening to you body when it comes to hunger, however this will be a great way to guide my body back to eating what it needs for energy. It is also a way to let me my food digest and settle before thinking, am I really hungry for something more or am I just busy. Reduce my portion sizes along with stopping to chew my food properly and slow down my meal times (both of these can be hard when meal times include a toddler!) are the second reason I am doing the cleanse.

Lastly, during the 7 DAYS OF ME Vital Cleanse I want to recreate some of the beautiful meals that I had during the March cleanse and use ingredients that I haven’t done in a long time! I am particularly looking forward to the falafels as they remind me of when I used to live in the Middle East for a few years as well as Kev’s chicken loaf which is my husbands favourite! Yes, he and the toddler will be doing the cleanse with me for the most part as I am definitely not cooking other food for them! I also want to recreate some rituals and routines that I didn’t do last time. Things like introduce a bath with the Epsom salts at least once or twice this week and focus more on cleansing the mind as well as rest and relaxation. Over the year I have developed the art of gratitude so want to continue to count my blessings and do ‘thought audits’.

When I read back over this, it seems like a lot I want to get out of this but I believe it can all happen! And as my Nan so often says “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” so let’s do this!

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  • September 7, 2015
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