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I was given the opportunity to try out Easy Detox 7 day plan i accepted as I was curious as I had never done anything like that before. When i told my friends and colleagues I was doing a 7-day detox most of them remarked ‘are you crazy?’, ‘You don’t need to lose weight’, ‘why?’ ‘Don’t you eat healthily anyway?’ and more.
Although i do eat healthily and don’t have ‘I can’t live without’ foods it was the thought of giving up the few foods I like to eat on a weekly basis, that was a struggle in my mind.
The process for the detox was to take 1 sachet of powder 3 times a day, morning afternoon and evening with coconut water, smoothies or sugar free juice. Depending on what you are trying to achieve you can stick to just that or find light healthy balanced meals on the Easy Detox website. I had read in some previous reviews that people had lost weight in 3 days, sounds amazing but I was not looking to lose weight, just to cleanse my body of any toxins and see what difference it made.
Foods I had to avoid
Salt, sugar, sweeteners, meat, dairy, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, fried foods
Day 1 - I mixed up the powder as suggested and ate a mainly bean or salad diet which I will give you at the end and drank lots and lots of water and exercise which is recommended.
Day 2 – I repeated the process with a similar diet with lots and lots of water and exercise and again no noticeable change.
Day 3 - I repeated the process and noticed my stomach was beginning to bloat and i was starting to feel very uncomfortable.
Day 4 - I repeated the process, my stomach was still bloated bloat even more and that uncomfortable feeling was getting worse.
At this stage i was wondering if I should stop as knowing my body well I know that it reacts in a negative way to any change slight change in diet or environment. So, i deliberated whether i should continue or not and how long would the bloating last and could i cope with this feeling any longer. However, i’m not a quitter so I decided to continue.
Day 5 – My body was beginning to get used to the change in diet and the detox but i was not feeling good at all and although the bloating was going down it was not as quickly as I had hoped but as i only had 2 days to go i struggled on.
Day 6 - by day 6 was feeling a little better and quite happy as i knew i only had one day to go.
Day 7 – To be honest this day could not have come quick enough for me. I was quite happy knowing I would not have to repeat the process again.
It can be difficult to know what to eat but on th esite their are recipies to help create some healthy alternative meals. I decided to opt for a variety of Beans, pulses, vegetables, roasted veg, salad, potatoes, quorn, natural yogurt, smoothies (as most fruit in its natural state makes me feel sick), coconut water, water.
Pros: no obvious side effect from cutting out things in my diet and this was because of the natural ingredients included in the detox to counteract that. The detox was pleasant. My water intake increased and i am still drinking lots of it.
Two week on, my skin is not as dry and flaky as it is normally and feels quite smooth.
Cons: uncomfortable bloated stomach, unable to go to the toilet regularly and bouts of nausea which lasted another week, after i had finished the detox.
Would I do another detox like this? NO! I decided that although the detox was tasty and there were some noticeable it was not for me. I am a fairly healthy person, i exercise as and when i need to and have no excessive eating habits or addictions to caffeine, sugar or other so that may be the reason it did not work for me and i did not see much change.
For anyone wanting to try this and who is a newbie to detoxes and diets like me I would suggest maybe the three day detox first to see how your body reacts.
Thank you Easy Detox for the experience.
By Deborah St. Louis - Fashions Finest (CEO)
This week I am heading to Pinx's gym in Leamington Spa to join up. The gym has top of the range Life Fitness equipment which will address all my fitness needs from cardiovascular machines, resistance equipment, a dedicated abs area, free weights and bars, benches, steps, boxing gloves and pads and medicine and fitballs. They also have treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes and a rower. You have numerous classes that are included in your membership like Boxercise and Pilates. A monthly by standing order for six months is £27 and £23 if you are a student.
I have prepared for my fitness journey by looking online at DW Sports. I find that having the right equipment helps me to prepare mentally for the journey that I am about to embark on, that and I want to look cute doing it! I was gifted an Essentials Logo Sleeves Adidas T-shirt and a Puma Studio Hobo bag. I have noticed that they have a few pairs of trainers that I would love to wear so I will be treating myself to some this week. If you too want to be gym ready then take a look for yourself.
Prana Mat ECO Natural and Lavender
The Prana Mat is what I use for yoga. It can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and helps to promote a good nights sleep. It helps to relieve muscle pains and tensions. It gives extra energy and increases your skin’s elasticity. It will cost you £100 and you will be the envy of all your yoga buddies with this mat.
The Diet Plate
The Diet Plate Is a weight management system that they say is like having your own personal dietitian. Every week a new intake target is calculated jut for you. This way you are more likely to move towards your target weight. Your ideal weight is estimated for you but your goal weight is your choice. Nothing is off the menu, all you need to do is use The Diet Plate’s calorie counting portion controlled plates and bowls. I have been using it for two weeks now and have already lost six pounds.
These are available for men, women and children. Each week you will see a steady weight loss of 1-4 pounds. All you need to do is serve your meal within the designated sections of your plate to get the right potion size. The set for women is £31.99p.
Hello Day Box
Hello Day Summer box contains a carefully selected range of proven food supplements to help you with seasonal symptoms and to help you manage your health throughout the season. There is a box for every season so you will always be protected. £69 is what a box will cost you but is worth every penny to help you fight off what each season has to throw at you. It got me through Spring now I just need one to get me through the Summer.
Beverly Hills Formula Toothpaste
Last but not least I have to keep my pearly whites in check. That is where Beverly Hills Formula toothpaste comes in. I brush my teeth with it at least twice a day and that way I not only have a great smile but also I keep my dentist happy. Not only does this toothpaste keep your teeth white but Beverly Hills have gone above and beyond and are giving you the chance to win a VIP trip for two to Miami for an exclusive Baywatch experience as they have partnered with Paramount Pictures to celebrate the release of the new Baywatch film.
The exclusive Baywatch prize includes four-nights luxury accommodation in Miami for two people, a private speed boat experience, jet-ski tour of the Miami coastline and an exclusive Baywatch-style lifeguard training experience. With dinner and drinks at the coolest beach club and exclusive roof-top bar in Miami. (Terms and conditions apply, see Beverly Hills Formula website for details).
To be in with a chance to win the exclusive Baywatch prize go to; www.beverlyhillsformula.com for more details. Closing date 31 July 2017
AQUA Carpatica available at Ocado, Amazon, Harrods, Whole Foods Market, As Nature Intended is the most perfect natural mineral water, dedicated to the most demanding health conscious people, organic food lovers and active lifestylers.
The inaugural Virgin Sport event takes place on the 30th April on Hackney Marshes, in partnership with Hackney Council.
I was sent a few products from CB12 to try. The package contained three mouthwashes, which were the CB12 mild, CB12 white and CB12 original. I was also sent the CB12 spray for pleasant breath on the go and the CB12 chewing gum. The CB12 original has a fresh taste to it and leaves your breath smelling fresh for hours while the CB12 mild has a mild mint taste to it and keeps your breath fresh throughout the day.
The CB12 white has a peppermint taste, which is strong and long lasting. The CB12 white whitens your teeth after you have been using it for two weeks. It removes all the stains that have been caused by coffee, tea, red wine and nicotine.
As I happen to be a smoker at the moment it is a great help, so until I quit which will be in the near future I will continue to use CB12 white. The CB12 spray and gum is great for when you are out and about and need to freshen your breath. I take my spray everywhere with me.
A CB12 product gives you12 hours of protection. That is 12 hours of fresh breath, you can speak to anyone with confidence once you have used CB12. Studies have shown that CB12 is more efficient than other mouthwashes.
If you have not tried it I suggest you give it a go and get fresh breath in time for Summer. It will be a good investment. Prices range from £2-£30 and I would say that every product is worth the money if you too want to have fresh breath. Do not be a person that has to cover their mouths while having a conversation.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
The UK’s Health & Fitness Festival for Women is back for it’s fourth year, and this year’s festival will be bigger and better that ever.
There is nothing better for the soul than sitting around a table enjoying good food, good wine and great company. So, with that soul enriching idea in mind, I organised a dinner party for my friends with an array of freshly prepared and healthy dishes provided by the lovely folks at GoNutritionUK.
My friends and I totally enjoyed all the dishes, as you can see!!
I received 6 meals from the Cutting Meals Hamper
The Cutting Meals Hamper is designed to make dieting easy. All the meals are low in fats, carbohydrate and packed with quality protein. The perfect selection of meals to help you keep trim and lean with less than 300 calories. All ready to eat after a busy day at work.
Here are the dishes we received...
1. Chicken Katsu with Pickled Ginger Greens: This Japanese dish is a flavour sensation, with tender chicken fillet in a lemon herb crumb covered in a tangy katsu sauce, complemented with fresh veg, all finished with chopped coriander and sliced red chilli. Served with pickled ginger greens- Suitable for freezing.
2. Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens: This Asian inspired dish uses only the finest rump steak, marinated in a sticky glaze and paired with fresh veg along, topped with coriander, spring onions, sesame seeds, and a soy and ginger dressing. Served with wilted Asian greens- Suitable for freezing.
3. Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad: Slow cooked chicken breast is marinated in a spicy piri piri marinade and mixed with fresh baby spinach leaves, spring onion and chilli, all finished with a tangy mango drizzle, grated cheddar and a squeeze of lime, on a bed of fresh seasonal salad- Not Suitable for freezing.
4. BBQ Pulled Pork with Mango Slaw: Succulent BBQ pulled pork is paired with a refreshing mango slaw and complement with sweet corn and pomegranate, topped with a dusting of chopped coriander-Not Suitable for freezing
5. Chicken & Chorizo Bake with Mediterranean Vegetables & Goats Cheese: This cheesy Spanish dish is a taste sensation, with diced chicken and chorizo in a herby tomato sauce, accompanied with courgettes, aubergines and peppers, and topped with creamy goats cheese- Suitable for freezing.
6. Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad: Succulent salmon marinated in a tandoori glaze is complemented with fresh kale and cherry tomatoes, all finished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds- Not Suitable for freezing.
We found every meal to be super healthy and tasty. I would have loved to add some potatoes or rice, because I found the meals to be very meaty. But it was all still very tasty and enjoyable.
My friends loved the pulled pork and devoured that dish with such delight.
The most enjoyable meals, for me, was the Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens, Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad and the Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad.
At first glance it was difficult to know if the food was to be eaten hot or cold and if it could be frozen and eaten the next day. I also initially could not find and the instructions, on the packaging but luckily, I did find it later. So, I contacted the company to find out. They gave me a list of the meals that could be frozen and told me that all the meals can be heated up before eating. (See the instructions in list of meals received).
The only problem with the heating up was, as you will hear in the video, was that some of the meals especially the pulled pork included mango slaw which was not in a separate container so it had to be scooped out then the meat heated and added back to the dish.
If I had to give a score for the company, food and the overall experience I would give it a 10/10 because nothing beats good, yummy healthy food and great friends.
Planning your own spontaneous diner party? do visit www.gonutrition.com and have a look at their Meal Hampers.
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By Deborah St. Louis