Category Archives: Diet

Juicetou Three Day Detox!

Posted on August 30, 2014

juicetou-review

Hi Guys!

I was recently ed by  to try out their three day detox, which sounded perfect to me as I desperately needed and wanted to diet to loose some weight, but I really struggle to get motivated. I thought a juice detox sounded like it could be the perfect kickstart to my diet! (Apologies for the picture too, I forgot to photograph the bottles before I started so I had to use the empty bottles instead, oops!)

The Juicetou detox is pretty hardcore – basically you only drink four juices a day, lots of water, for three days. There’s NO FOOD ALLOWED. At all. The juices are all fresh, natural, and free from additives, so the idea is your body will be thoroughly cleansed by the end of the detox. The juices themselves all taste fine, they’re not amazing but they’re not disgusting by any means, they literally have mashed up fruit, veg and berries in them with no sugars to sweeten them up at all. So you know they’re 100% good for you!

This is the schedule for when you need to drink each of the juices –

  • 9am Clean Green Juice – with spinach, cucumber, celery, apples and limes.
  • 12 noon Let’s Glow Juice – with oranges, apples, kiwis, grapes and strawberries.
  • 3pm Clean Green Juice – with spinach, cucumber, celery, apples and limes.
  • 6pm Berry Good Juice – with pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, apples and raspberries.

I decided to put together a mini diary so you can see how I got on…

Day 1. I get up and make myself a decaf tea with one sweetener, drink half of it before I realise I might not actually be allowed ‘normal’ tea! Oops! Tweet Juicetou to check and they recommend only having fruit or peppermint teas when detoxing, bugger. I think I may miss tea more than food over the three days! First up is the green juice at 9am, it kind of smells like celery and doesn’t taste too bad. The second juice again was ok, this was the fruity one, the third is the green one again and the last at 6pm is the berry one, which is definitely the nicest tasting! I actually had a night out planned tonight, going for a meal then cinema with friends. I sat there watching everyone eating their succulent burgers while I treated myself to a cup of tea. This is willpower. Technically I know I’m not allowed tea, but at the end of the day I’m not eating anything for three days so I decided to allow myself one!

Day 2. I woke up feeling tired, partly because of the lack of food I think and and partly because I was up in the night with Fred. I didn’t do any physical activity today but definitely felt achey and physically tired. I had a couple more ‘naughty’ cups of tea today but no food! Still staying strong!!

Day 3. Ok I did cave in today and have a couple of cups of tea, again. I know I shouldn’t have but I still didn’t eat anything so a couple of teas isn’t that bad really? Also, you’re not meant to do any exercise whilst detoxing, as you won’t have much energy at all, but I ended up doing loads of walking today. I had a dentist appointment in Norwich which took about three quarters of an hour to walk there, then I met a friend and walked around the city, then I walked back to the train station. I WAS KNACKERED. I was desperate to eat something but wanted to wait till I got home to weigh myself first! So I didnt end up eating till half 8 – and it was a salad I might add! (Seriously it was the best salad ever, after three days without food it was amazing!) And when I finally weighed myself I was really pleased to find out I’d lost four pounds 😀

I really feel like this detox has been the kick start my diet needed, and I’m going to try my best to keep up with the healthy eating now! I made a point of drinking lots of water, and hot water with a slice of lemon in is actually quite nice! Now I’ve finished I feel inspired by my weight loss and that I’m on the right track with eating healthily. I’ve been to the supermarket and stocked up on salad bits so I’m raring to go! Let’s hope I can keep up the good work and throw some exercise into the mix too!

So what do you think? Have or would you try the Juicetou detox? xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

It’s Scary Speaking Your Mind.

Posted on May 12, 2014

It’s scary speaking your mind. It’s scary telling the world exactly what’s going on inside your head.

You’re putting yourself out there for the world to judge you.

Is she a bit mental?

I think she has some issues…

I think she’s just attention seeking.

And so on.

This is the case for anyone that goes against the norm. In terms of everything. The things they say, the clothes they wear, the choices they make. If you go against the heard and follow a controversial route, eyebrows will undoubtedly be raised. You will be talked about. And no doubt sometime this will be positive, and sometimes negative.

I’ve been thinking a lot after yesterday’s post. I was pretty upset when I wrote it, as my weigh in and subsequent photographs kind of brought home a few things to me, and confirmed my situation is real, and that I need to deal with it. My intention was to just bring up the issue of my weight, and the fact that I’m now going to do something about it. But as I started writing all my thoughts and feelings came flooding out onto the screen. If you follow me on you’ll may have seen I was unsure whether to post or not, as it was a pretty intense piece of writing! But I thought, you know what, this is REAL, this is me. My thoughts and feelings that were happening there and then, so why shouldn’t I hit publish?? And I did.

The result was really rather surprising. I tweeted ‘Ok there you go. Feel free to judge or think I’m mental!!’ and kind of closed my eyes bracing myself for people’s replies to come through. I was totally overwhelmed with the amount of positive comments to my ’emotional’ outburst. People said they felt the same as me, or they had done at some point. People related to me, they understood me and offered their support and words of encouragement. And mostly I think they appreciated my honesty.

I just want to confirm a couple of things though, this post was my emotions pouring out right there and then, and some if it should be taken as abstract rather than literal. Such as ‘I want to be a better person. I want to be a good person’. I know I’m not a bad person, and my weight or issues with my weight and depression does not make me so. This was just an expression of my feelings I was experiencing at the time.

Due to the sheer volume of response and page views of my post yesterday. I think honesty is definitely the best policy. If you’re thinking it, it’s highly likely others will be too, but maybe too scared to say, or admit it out loud.

I pride myself by being a very honest, ‘take me as you find me’ kind of girl. So from now on I’m going to try to stay true to this with my writing too.

(Also I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that comment or tweeted me about yesterday’s post xxx)

Fuctionalab Age Defense 30+ Capsules

Posted on February 15, 2014

Hi Guys!

Today I want to let you know about some new supplements I’ve started taking, they’re called Functionalab Age Defense 30+ Capsules.

functionlab age defense

So what do they do? ‘The ingenious formulation of Age Defence 30+ acts as a free-radical quencher, reinforcing and equilibrating our own skin antioxidant system. Age Defence 30+ has been specifically developed to fight premature aging of the skin and acts at the cellular level to promote a youthful healthy skin tone. Age Defence 30+ can be used in early adulthood (18-20 year old) to prevent the undesired effect of free radicals attack. Beauty and Health are inseparable, Age Defence 30+ also offers nutrients supporting optimal health.’

As my 30th is steadily approaching in a few months’ time, I’m willing to give anything a go that will help prevent the signs ageing!

anti ageing supplement

KEY BENEFITS

  • Maintains youthful, healthy-looking skin
  • Formulated to fight the premature aging of the skin

KEY ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and is involved in Collagen synthesis
  • Lipoic acid is an antioxidant protecting cells against free radical attacks
  • L-Carnosine, a dipeptide, acts as a strong antioxidant, and offers skin cells protection against free radical attacks.
  • Lycopene and other carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals before damage occurs from sun exposure.
  • Zeaxanthin and Lutein are carotenoids that help hydrate mature skin and improve skin elasticity

So they sound pretty good right? Obviously I can’t comment on the effectiveness of these capsules, but it’s great to know I’m taking supplements to help fight premature ageing 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains a PR sample

Weight Loss Wednesday 15/01

Posted on January 15, 2014

Hi Guys!

So here is my weekly Weight Loss Wednesday update. As of last Sunday evening I was officially 11 stone 3 pounds, meaning I’d put on 1 stone 10 pounds since my wedding which was mid September, OOOPS!!! I weighed myself on Sunday just gone (one week later) and I’m really not surprised that I’ve put on another pound. I knew I hadn’t done very well at all this week, my will power seemed to go out the window around Thursday and I ate some very bad things from then onwards 🙁

I’ve dieted before, and I know when I get ‘in the zone’ I can be strict and be really successful. But at the moment I’m not really sure what’s happened, I guess I’m not really feeling it unfortunately. I need to get myself into the right frame of mind to do this, and I’m just not there yet.

I had planned today, to tell you all about my diet, what I was and wasn’t eating, and about my exercise plan. I can’t really do that now as it’s all gone a bit wrong! I will though, tell you my plan going forward. So here goes –

It’s very simple. I think to start with, I’m just going to try and be more relaxed about the whole thing and try to make better choices with what I eat, rather than go on a ‘diet’ and stress myself out about it! Watch this space!

revive On the side, this week I’ve been trialling , this is a food supplement (a sachet of powder) that you add to juice every day. Revive Active is a new brand to the UK – a unique anti-aging and health and beauty supplement which has been clinically proven to boost cardiovascular health, increase energy levels and support the immune system. Revive Active claims health benefits including;

  • Coenzyme Q10 working with L-Carnitine supports the metabolism of fats and proteins and aids the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) for increased energy levels
  • Vitamin E, Vitamin C and selenium are antioxidants and important aids to slowing the aging and hardening of tissues through oxidation
  • Vitamin K2 is required for optimal Vitamin D3 absorption both of which promote bone density crucial in preventing osteoporosis
  • L-Citrulline and L-Arginine combine to help your body create Nitric Oxide which acts as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system and is important for healthy blood flow
  • B-Complex vitamins are involved in a huge amount of processes in your body from nervous system function to the production of red blood cells and are most efficient when taken together

Revive Active contains over 26 carefully selected ingredients to create a potent and unique combination working in synergy, to boost cardiovascular health, increase energy levels and support the immune system.

It is endorsed by leading medical professionals, nutritionists and naturopaths, including leading celebrity Nutritionist Vicky Edgson.  With over 15 years’ experience running private nutritional therapy clinics in London and the author of several well-respected books on best-practice nutrition, Vicki Edgson has been working with Revive Active almost since its inception and is a self-professed supporter of the product, often recommending it to her patients.

She explains: “As a busy nutritional therapist with several practices in London, I have found the Revive Active Health Food Supplement to have superb results for those suffering from burn-out and fatigue, lowered energy production at a cellular level, and those who are sports enthusiasts. This has rapidly become one of my preferred health food supplements for a broad range of conditions.”

Ok so what did I think?

Well to start with I made the mistake of forgetting to buy juice, I thought this isn’t a problem I’ll just drink it with water. Bad idea! This stuff tastes terrible just in water, if you want to try it definitely make sure you add it to juice!

I had a weeks’ trial and can’t say I actually noticed any difference for taking it I’m afraid. I have no doubt that it has a lot of beneficial ingredients and has done me some good, but I can’t say I physically felt any different. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried this and if you felt a difference?

Fingers crossed I’ll have better luck with my diet this week! xxx

Weight Loss Wednesday

Posted on January 8, 2014

Hi Guys!

So today is officially the start of Weight Loss Wednesday!

I’ve decided enough is enough, I’ve put on A LOT of weight over the last few months and I really need to start doing something about it, so I’ve joined up with Weight Loss Wednesday! If you want to find out more about the group and join in yourself, you can check out the details here. I’ll be joining in the Twitter chat too which is on Thursdays at 8pm, with hashtag #bloggersWLW. I hope to see you there!!

weight loss wednesday

I’ve just started my diet on Monday, and my aim is to post every Wednesday with updates, inspiration and any other diet and exercise related stuff that’s going on with me at the time. Hopefully by reading everybody elses posts, and by joining in the Twitter chat, we will help motivate each other to achieve our goals. So, in the last few months I’ve put on a LOT of weight, I know I’ve put this weight on due to depression and comfort eating – I’m not like ‘OMG how on earth did I put so much weight on!?’ I’m completely aware I’ve been eating absolutely everything I could get my grubby little mitts on. The start of the new year has inspired me and I now finally feel like I’m ready to do something about it! 🙂

So my plan is actually quite a simple one. I’m eating healthily, I’ve completely cut out the junk which I’ve been gorging on over the last few months, and I’ll be doing light exercise for half an hour every day after the first week – I’m leaving it a week as I think I need to get used to the change of diet before jumping into exercise that I’m not used to. Easy, right??? My aim is to lose 2 stones which I hope to do by my birthday (my 30th birthday!) which is mid June. This may be a bit optimistic but I’ll see how it goes! I’ll explain in more detail about my diet and exercise plan over the coming weeks.

I’ll be taking my measurements – bust, waist and hips, and my weight once a week and I’ll be reporting the results here on Wednesdays. I’ve also started a one week detox this week using Revive Active – ‘a unique anti-aging and health and beauty supplement which has been clinically proven to boost cardiovascular health, increase energy levels and support the immune system.’ It’s basically a powder you add to orange juice every morning, You can read more about it  and I’ll report back on it next week!

Jennifer has asked us to include our inspirations, which I think is a really good idea. I only have two at the moment, one being ‘Not Giving In’ by Rudimental, I listen to it every day 🙂

And the other being Skopljak – this girl has legs to die for!! Follow her on Instagram at http://.com/skopljak

skopljak

Right that’s enough waffling for now, so onwards and upwards hey! Good luck everyone!! xxx