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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