Friday, 2 May 2014

Juice Delivery Dublin- The Results

On Wednesday, I officially finished my 3 Day Detox from Juice Delivery Dublin. The aim of the detox is to eliminate any nasty toxins through drinking five juices a day without any food

Lately I have felt a bit run down, I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm tired a good bit of the time, this a mixture of having a little man who some nights doesn't sleep well and when he does I find myself wide awake at all hours of the morning. My diet also has a major part to play, I had been doing really well but I'm a classic emotional eater. With all the stress of finding out we had to move and finding somewhere to move to, I got lazy. So lazy, I put on a good bit of weight. Out of the weight that I put on, I had lost 5 lbs. I really want to get my weight down and am actively changing my diet. I'm also a picker, see if the little man leaves food I'm in there like swimwear. Something I'm not too impressed with.

I saw the juice detox as a great reboot and to be honest a good kick to my backside. I'd already kind of started a reboot with walking every day but I need a little push when it comes to eating more of the right stuff and avoiding the wrong stuff. 

Was The Detox any good? Well lets start at the beginning.

 Juice Delivery supply the juices frozen so each night you defrost the juices for the next day. Each bottle is clearly labelled Day 1 Juice 1, Day 2 Juice 3 etc and on the back are the ingredients of that juice. You have your apples, carrots, spinach, cucumber and beetroot making an appearance along with yellow peeper, kale and dome other good for you fruits and veg.

As you can see, there is a lot of cucumber and beetroot. Both are extremely good for you, but I must confess I am not the biggest fan of either so I was slightly dreading drinking them. Turns out they went too bad, in fact they were pretty tasty. There may have been one I struggled with but that's just me and my fussiness.

Day One: I'm firstly filled with dread. What if I don't like the juices? What if I'm hungry? Must remember to step on the scales… ok that's done. Day 1 I weigh 13 stone 3 lb exactly (eeeep!!!) - that just made me more determined!! The juices are spaced out by three hours. I miss food! Seriously girl, it's only day 1. Can I hide away? No? Ok push forward. The afternoon is better. I keep busy i.e I play with the little man, I go for a walk, I clean.After my last juice, I head to bed early to avoid watching my beloved food programmes, instead I catch up on blogs and youtube.

Day Two: I wake up feeling refreshed and make myself a hot water with lemon and sit down to drink my first drink of the day. I'm not hungry, not even a little. This is a miracle! I'm not craving anything. I weigh myself - 3 lbs gone!! This makes me happy. While checking myself in the mirror, I notice my stomach is a little flatter an the whites of my eyes are really clear. I see my mum today and the first thing she does is ask me what I have done to make my eyes so bright.  Throughout the day my juices go down well and I'm still not hungry. I'm liking this. 

Day Three: My last day. This makes me a little sad. I start the day like all other days. Today is tricky. The little man is up to Dublin for school so I need to bring the juices with me. That's grand, I just pop them into a bag and away I go. The tricky part is sticking to them while everyone around me is eating food I love. I'm not hungry, not really craving them but I'm still a little jealous. 

By the end of Day Three, I'm completely converted to this juicing idea. I remind myself that I have a brand spanking new nutribullet that has been neglected since it's purchase. With this in mind, I make the decision to try have at least one juice packed with fruit and veg a day. Even better the hubby has decided to join me. I weigh myself and am shocked with the results - 5 lbs gone!!

But it's not all about weight, sure the weight loss is amazing but I feel better in myself. I have tons of energy and slept like a baby the last few nights. I'm usually wide awake until all hours or worse, I'll sleep to 5 and then wake up, unable to get back asleep. My stomach feels better, and flatter, my eyes are brighter. I feel really good. Something I haven't felt for a good while. 

A three day detox from Juice Delivery costs 85 euro, sure it's spendy but when you think how many fruits and veggies you drink in the three days is it? I've stocked up and have spent a good bit on fruit and veg that may last three days. I also like how handy Juice Delivery is, you don't have to spend hours searching for recipes or using a juicer and having to wash it. For a quick boost to get the system going, I think it's a great idea and am already contemplating another three day before I head away.

My Overall Thoughts

If you decide to do a three day detox, I would recommend drinking plenty of water,at least 2 litres a day. I fill a 2 litre bottle up in the morning and add lemon. You will go to the toilet a lot, it can get a bit frustrating. Avoid food programmes, I sat down to watch Masterchef and couldn't watch it all. All the food looked lovely and made me miss it a little.When you come off the detox definitely start with light food. I had a teeny piece of homemade brown bread with soup yesterday and my stomach was cramping.

Have you or would you try a Juice Detox?

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

April Chic Treat Club

A few months ago, I shared the news that Ireland was finally getting a beauty subscription box in the stylish Chic Treat Club.  Since then I have lusted after it,but with the house move, I didn't get around to subscribing.

A lovely surprise came Friday,when I received one from the lovelies who own Chic Treat Club. It actually arrived Thursday but I missed the delivery.Firstly, I am really impressed with the packaging.  Its very cute and stylish, part of me didn't want to open it.

This months goodies include
♡ A Cleanse Off Mitt- I'm really happy to see this because I've wanted one for ages. I was actually planning on ordering one on this week so I'd have it for my holiday.

♡ Paese Blush in a gorgeous vivid pink.Completely the type of colour I steer towards so another win for me.

♡ Janssen Cosmetics Night Repleniser is a new one for me having never heard of the brand but I'm excited to give it a whirl.

♡ CND Vinylux in Sultry Sunset and Vinylux Weekly Top Coat. The polish is pink with shimmer.  Apparently using these two together will give you a perfect manicure for 7 days. I can't wait to try these. I'm really hoping its a winner because it will save me having to get shellac before I head away.

I'll have reviews of everything over the next while. I'm really impressed with this months box and I'm contemplating signing up next month. I'm going to hang onto the cute box for storing some of my beauties.

You can check everything Chic Treat Club out on twitter and Facebook(@ChicTreatClub)
Will you be trying them out or if you've subscribed I'd love to hear feedback.

Monday, 28 April 2014

My Curiousity About Juicing

Lately it seems like everyone and their granny is big into the juicing craze. Whether just as a few day detox or a permanent way of life, I  can certainly see the appeal.I became curious when I heard the benefits includingWeight Loss, Clear Skin and a general feeling of well being.

My curiosity grew and I googled juicing Ireland.  I was faced with a number of different companies that offer juice detoxes. They all sounded great but one company that stood out for me was Juice Delivery Dublin. I emailed Elaine who runs Juice Delivery Dublin to see if she could offer some insight into Juicing. She very kindly answered a few questions for me.

1. What are the benefits of a juice detox?
Most people in today’s western world are over fed and under nourished, so juicing gives your body the chance to absorb essential nutrients. Juicing can be incredibly beneficial to your health and well-being. Vegetables and fruits nourish every cell in the body, help prevent disease, flush the system of waste and contain more vitamins and minerals than any other foods we can put into our body. A juice fast allows the digestive system a complete rest from breaking down solids and so we literally ‘soak up’ the goodness of the juices, your body is healing itself over that time and so that’s why you see such clarity and brightness in your eyes and skin.

2.Are there any side effects of a juice detox?

Only good ones!!!  Some people can feel tired on Day 1 as their bodies  are completely cleansing but then get their energy on Day 2 and then they feel amazing!

3. Is there anything I need to do to prepare for a detox?

Planning ahead and being prepared make a juice fast so much easier, I would always advise people to arrange their schedule to allow for their detox, don’t try and do it when you have a hectic social schedule and do it at a time when you can get lots of rest as this really helps. Anybody can do anything for 3 short days and once you get into it you really do get such a kick out of feeling so good! You will be dying to try the 5 and 7 day detoxes – it’s addictive!

4. Will I feel hungry during a detox?

You shouldn’t feel hungry as you are having 5 juices per day, plus you are taking in more fruit and vegetables than you could ever physically eat over the space of the detox…… for example over our 3 day detox you consume 28 apples, 1lb of spinach, 4 pieces of fresh ginger, parsley, lemons & limes, 6 carrots, 2 whole raw beetroots, 5 large ripe avocados, 1 yellow pepper, 4 cucumbers, 6 broccoli stems, 1 whole large pineapple, 6 celery sticks, 500grams of kale

5. If I do feel hungry, what can I do about it?  /  What other fluids can I take?

We recommend you drink 2 to 3 litres of water each day, a lot of hunger can sometimes just be thirst! Hot water and fresh lemon is really good to curb hunger pangs and is also amazing for cleansing & detoxing so drink as much of that as you can! All herbal teas are fine too except for green tea during a detox as this contains caffeine

6. What exercise do you recommend (if any)?

We also recommend you try and exercise during your detox – a good walk is always good for the mind. Try and even get out in the fresh air for 30 minutes a day
Have early nights while you are on your detox, you will feel and look better for it - give your mind a rest as well as your body! Your body will repair and detox much faster when you’re asleep.

8. After my detox how do I go back to eating solid foods?

When you have completed your detox your body will need time to re-adjust to ‘normal’ eating habits, you also want to maintain the benefits you have gained, so start with salads and light healthy meals!

I'll admit that I am definitely intrigued.  Elaine has kindly given me a three day detox to see the results for myself.  I've started today so will update you Thursday on how I get on.

Have you or would you try a juice detox? 

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A Brief Update

Hi Lovelies,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I just wanted to make a quick announcement that I'm heading back to the sun on the 28th May for 8 days.

In the run up to the holiday I'll be sharing what beauties and other bits thats coming with me and
While I'm away, I plan on having a few posts lined up and I'm also looking for any bloggers or aspiring bloggers to do a guest post. If you're interested you can get in touch via the contact page.

We are returning to where we stayed last year which luckily has Wifi so I'll be able to touch base in Facebook, Twitter etc

Last year I shared some packing tips  and avoiding makeup meltdown so if you're also heading away check them out