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Yay, day three! Today was better than expected for me. Last time I did the cleanse, day three was the hardest, I was extremely tired and had a bad headache. Chatting to some of the other girls who are doing the cleanse helped me realise that the changes I had made from last time (no more decaf coffee) had made things easier this time. Although I wasn’t having caffeine the milk alone was like another small meal so since I hadn’t been having that and having herbal tea instead my body was already used to not having that and I haven’t felt as hungry as I did last time. It is these small lasting changes that you notice the second time! I also was a bit tired but no headache today and feeling good.

The aperitif before every meal I find helps digestion for sure and keep things very regular! I don’t particularly mind the taste however I do just put a small amount of water with it and take it a bit more like a shot instead of a long lasting drink of water.

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I am getting more into the herbal teas and enjoying those between meals – today was a red chai tea – always best shared with someone for sure! Making into a little ritual with a beautiful tray and pot/cups makes it feel very special and ‘treat like’ which is a great habit to get into instead of rewarding myself with food treats!

Lunch today was amazing and very filling with all the saturated fats like salmon and avocado. It was easy to prepare and take to work with me as well.

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The thing I am enjoying most about this cleanse is that the meals are easy and can be prepared in advance so are great for a busy mum like me, looking after a toddler and working part time. Getting home at 5.15pm and expected to have dinner on the table by 5.30pm for a toddler can be tricky but the cleanse meals can be made in advance and just served up! Usually I spend 30 minutes at night preparing what I can for breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day and it is so worth it! For example tonights dinner I had already cooked the rice and the boiled egg as well as grated the veggies and made the dressing so all I had to do was throw it all together and we were ready to go!

jennybAlready I am noticing the effects of the cleanse, a lighter feeling and less bloating. My skin is also much clearer! Still haven’t got to the bath yet but that might be my reward at the end of the week after a busy few days at work. Can’t wait!

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

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  • September 10, 2015

Ah breakfast…. my favourite time of the day! We chose to do the quinoa porridge (with buckwheat instead) and it was lovely to have something warm since the morning was rather chilly. We find the porridge to be very filling so were fully satisfied after this meal.

During the morning I made the effort to sit with a cup of tea and enjoy the sunshine while it was around. I gave myself 5 minutes to practice being mindful and filling my thoughts of the things in life I am blessed with. It sounds cheesy but it really did bring a smile to my face and filled my soul. I am glad to be making an effort to do this side of the cleanse as well as the food as it is definitely something that is good for me right now with our lives being quite busy and changes on the horizon.

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Lunch was the lettuce cups and looked huge! Of course I managed to polish it all off easily and again felt very satisfied. We made a dressing using the Bestow Oil which provides EFA’s needed for skin health. This dressing was something that we kept on with after the cleanse in March and we will definitely be keeping this up still.

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The afternoon went well and although I didn’t feel hungry, I was definitely tired and a bit grumpy! I am presuming this is due to my body working hard to cleanse so although it doesn’t feel pleasant I am trying to embrace it! Last time I found day 3 and 4 the hardest so here’s hoping tomorrow and the next day aren’t too bad!

jennybDAY TWO – Overall another great day! Not as hungry as I thought I would be which is nice but definitely a bit tired and grumpy. Looking forward to getting through the next few days and hopefully enjoying a bath or two with the Epsom salts to help relax and let me body do it’s thing.

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

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  • September 9, 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