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my 3-day juice detox review and why we should be detoxing all the time!

23 Dec
detox
informal
noun
noun: detox; plural noun: detoxes
ˈdiːtɒks/
  1. 1.
    detoxification.
    “he ended up in detox for three months”
verb
verb: detox; 3rd person present: detoxes; past tense: detoxed; past participle: detoxed; gerund or present participle: detoxing
diːˈtɒks/
  1. 1.
    detoxify.
    “both my mind and my body were detoxed”
    juice detox bubblicity
    a detox program can be an incredible natural cure for general fatigue and the perfect thing to do to  boost your energy and overall health. although scientific research is still in its infancy (dr. mercola has lots of interesting and very current research on this!), many dieticians, nutritionists, GP’s and therapists have been  recommending dietary and supplementary plans that enhance the body’s detoxification mechanisms for many years now.
    simple dietary adjustments, supplements, and some natural therapies to enhance detoxification can ease, or even completely end your fatigue and increase your overall general health. i had a perforated stomach ulcer years ago and suffered with my stomach for years- so i’m a complete advocate that healthy living can totally turn your life around 🙂

    what is a liver detox?
    the term detox doesn’t refer to refraining from alcohol or drugs, nor does it mean a colon cleanse or a juice diet. It refers to the science of how your body rids itself of waste—a metabolic process involving your own liver’s natural detoxification enzyme systems. these detoxification enzyme systems convert toxic substances into non-toxic, water-soluble compounds that can be eliminated through your urine, sweat, and..well other waste matter 🙂 ! as your liver is the body’s main organ for your detoxification activity, the main focus of a liver detox is to enhance your liver’s enzyme systems.

    the gastrointestinal tract is also paramount in decreasing toxic load- this is why most detox plans  also strengthen your natural intestinal bacteria and enhance colon function.
    what are the main goals of a liver detox?
    • to increase your intake of certain nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals) required for detoxification-related biochemical processes.
    • to minimize ingested allergens, toxins, and chemicals to reduce your exposure. (allowing your intestinal tract a chance to repair itself and allows it to process waste and harmful compounds more efficiently)
    • to increase bowel function and bile flow for quicker elimination of waste and toxins, minimizing  your toxin exposure.
    • to optimize alkalinity by increasing your intake of vegetables to encourage urinary excretion of toxic compounds.
    the dietary portion of a liver detox program, however, is so important! you can’t just start eating loads of fruit and expect to see results. certain foods trigger acid formation in your digestive system so you need to be clever about your methods of detox to reap the benefits!
    your focus should be on natural, organic if possible, vegetables to minimise potential exposure to antibiotics, pesticides, any artificial chemicals, corn syrups or preservatives.
    whole, natural vegetables along with adequate fluids- ie: lots of filtered water, is the premium option for anyone seeking a leaner, cleaner body for the new year. i also supplemented my detox by body brushing each day and drinking lots of green tea. i did yoga on one of the days and a small at-home workout on one of the other days too.
    juice cleanse

    my  3 day juice cleanse
    i chose to do a 3 day juice cleanse with bodyfirst nutrition and bubblicity. the program costs €75 and was delivered to my front door just one day after making the call!
    i received 12 juices in total, so that was 4 juices per day, which i was recommended to try and have one every 3-4 hours to keep any hunger pangs at bay!
    the weirdest part for me was, of course, not eating…for anyone who knows me i’m a huge eater and tend to snack every two hours so the habitual part of eating and snacking suddenly gone from my day was very strange at first.
    i wasn’t exactly staaaarving hungry at all really- well the second night i found a little difficult as my boyfriend decided it would be a great idea to cook some sausages- so it was the smell that killed me! i felt like a vampire not allowed my allocation of blood haha! 🙂
    the juices themselves were really tasty- especially the carrot, lemon and ginger one called ginger tonic and the one called enerjuice- i actually craved it when i had finished my 3 days! i’m not a huge celery fan though so i found the one with celery, brocolli and courgette quite hard to palate, but a few friends who have since done the same plan actually really like it!
    juice cleanse
    they are actually quite filling too and it’s suprising how quickly your body gets used to eating smaller amounts and how ‘full’ you feel after the juices. now don’t get me wrong- you are hungry before each juice but i found that my last juice of the day i didn’t even feel i really needed until quite late at night. however, the later i had the juices at night, the less i slept so that’s something to be mindful of!
    i didn’t get any headaches or big mad side effects either, which some people have mentioned they find happens, but i do eat quite healthily and don’t drink a huge amount or eat that may carbs so that may be why!
    One Juice left!
    when i woke up on day 4 it was sunday morning and i hadn’t eaten anything since wednesday at 9pm so it was a bit of a shock to the system to be able to eat again-
    my first meal was two poached eggs, 1/2 an avocado, one sausage, some black pudding and some fennel bread toasted with natural butter- and of course a big mug of green tea…
    i felt great straight after the meal and still hungry but when i got home a while later i had quite a sore stomach so it might be best to start small once you are done 🙂 i’m a greedy pig when i’m hungry though!
    i didn’t have any dinner last night either as was still quite full after lunch on sunday- steak with steamed vegetables and a little peppercorn sauce- so i had a hot chocolate as a treat and had some green tea before bed…
    if you are thinking of doing the detox, i would definitely recommend it- i feel lighter, brighter and leaner after doing it, which is the perfect way to kick start a new year’s diet or exercise program.
    good at-home workout
    the following are a few recommendations i would have for anyone thinking of doing the juice diet:
    do it do it do it- you will feel better afterwards 🙂

    • before you do it- say 3-5 days before, cut down on your carb and sugar intake and ease off the coffee too
    • when you start, you will be thinking of food all of the time, as is normal, so keep yourself busy and drink lots of water and green tea in between your juices.
    • try to go to bed early each night- your energy will be lower than normal- i went for lunch with the girls and found it hard to follow all of the conversations- i felt a little tired and groggy but after my mid-afternoon juice i was back on track 🙂
    • stick to it- even if you feel hungry, tell yourself it’s just three little days and your body will get a nice rest from all it’s hard work for a few hours, and will be ready to bounce back again!
    as a final word- our bodies are well capable of detoxing themselves but with the amount of chemicals we consume- makeup, perfume, food, antibiotics, contraceptive pill etc…our bodies are constantly in a state of inflammation. we are eating more sugar than ever before so it’s nice every once in a while to take a break and let your body rejuvenate itself and clean out any nasties!
    empty fridge
    equally it’s very important to enjoy life and give yourself a break too from time to time and eat whatever makes you happy 🙂
    if you are interested in doing the juice diet, email info@bodyfirst.ie or call (01) 537 9394 and ask to speak to Ray- oh and tell him gymbunny says hi 🙂
    before and after juice detox
    p.s if you have any personal questions for me while you are doing the detox, give me a quick mail through my facebook page here!
    good luck
    xx

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sample healthy eating plan and one song workout

9 Nov

to be honest, my main issue, before i fell in love with gym and healthy eating, seemed to be ‘finding’ the time to workout and fitting in the time to plan and prepare healthy food.

what i’ve come to learn, is that if you don’t make time for healthy living now, you’ll have to find time sooner or later, for illness-

try these two small changes for a week- that’s 7 days out of 365. no excuses. no complaints. you’ll just feel better.

healthy eating food plan

one song workout macklemore

a healthy delicious snack on the go- no excuses

29 Jul

healthy snacksAlso try without yoghurt if you are looking to lose weight- this is quite good for a post-workout snack too YUM! 🙂

 

quick and easy exercises to do at home

22 Jan

A lot of people tell me they are stuck for time when it comes to exercise so below you will find a quick and effective way to get strong and healthy fast.

If you live on a middle floor apartment you might want to wait until the neighbours are out – there will be jumping and there will be ‘effort noises’, trust me I tried it for the first time last night…

30 jumping jacks

7 pushups

25 knee highs

7 burpees

10 crunches

7 squats

7 pushups

10 crunches

7 pushups

7 squats

30 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

7  pushups

25 kneehighs

 

 

Note: I am used to doing squats and crunches so I ‘upped’ my numbers accordingly starting with day 1, but if it is your first time, just one rep of this whole session should be enough for the first week or second week of your training.

Next week try 2 reps of the whole workout and keep that for two weeks and so on…Between 3-5 reps 3 days a week and you will be seeing some amazing results in your energy levels and general look and fitness.

Getting the balance right with Diets, Fitness & Health

17 Jan

Reading an article in the Irish Times this morning made me rethink the chats I’ve had with friends and customers over the last few weeks pre and post Christmas about health, fitness and weight loss. Everyone has gone gym-crazy and is back to the grindstone, drinking green tea and not having treats, not drinking for two weeks or three weeks then back on it again in a few days.

Where is the balance though?

I think that when people say they don’t have the time or the energy, it’s all down to lack of motivation, and that lack of motivation isn’t helped by processed foods, which are loaded with salt, sugar and additives and are not exactly mood-boosting. SO in an effort to start on the best foot forward and not detox myself silly, I think I’m going to look at my general health overall and start from there from this year forward.

I did kettlebells and resistance training in Barcelona for a few years and found it great for my overall strength and fitness. It made me not want to eat crap food, sounds like a joke but it’s true, Your body doesn’t want bad food if you treat it properly. Treats yes, but constant sugar and salt fixes just make you look and feel..well…sick. So maybe that’s the trick make yourself feel strong and start there.

I try and do a mix of exercises each morning- setting the clock 30 minutes early- and do a mix of crunches, leg-lifts, gentle arm exercises with dumb bells, lunges, squats with weights and some stretches or basic yoga moves. I didn’t do this last week and can really feel the difference in my motivation levels overall. I find it’s also good to write down what you have done each day or week to see a pattern in mood change and energy levels.

This evening I’ll go for a light run and again once before the weekend, but not for too long and not too high-impact yet. I think if you start too hard, the next step feels like too much of an effort. Build up the resistance slowly and you’ll start to feel like you need to work harder. There’s no point in doing the same class every week if you don’t put yourself into it. You might as well be sitting on the sofa to be honest if you are not pushing yourself a little further each week.

Zumba with my mate Ciara starts next Monday too so I won’t do any morning exercises Monday as I want to save my energy for the class that evening. In the mean time, I’ll try avoid any extra chocolate or sweets or sugar in my food and opt for something with a little more protein and iron and vitamin b which is great for when you need that extra spark. Not going overboard just everything in moderation. Oh and it’s good to grab a buddy when you go exercise as it’s makes it more silly and fun and easier to be motivated.

I’m not saying what I do is right, but it is healthy and I don’t advocate that everyone should look a certain way by any means, but I do know that you can’t cheat your body – it knows you and you know it, and only you really know when you have that ‘I feel great’ feeling in your tummy. To me, that’s healthy.

zumba – what’s it all about?

4 Oct

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance and fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia in the 90’s.

I had my second class last night in Clontarf with Stepping Out and have to say, it really is exercise in disguise!

It involves both dance and aerobic elements and it’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, salsa, samba, merengue, flamenco, mambo, cumbia, reggaeton, martial arts, bellydancing and bollywood. Squats and lunges also play a huge part in the routines so you really ‘feel’ you’ve had a good workout. They say you burn between 500 and 1000 calories per class. I have to say it’s more of the fun element that brings me back as it’s such a laugh and a great way to meet people if you are new to the city or area.

In the 1990s, this Perez guy forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching. He took the tapes he had in his car—Latin salsa and merengue music—and improvised a class using this non-traditional aerobics music. After this spread across  Colombia, he took the class to the US in ’99.

There are now more than 20,000 Zumba instructors in 35 countries and Zumba fever is spreading…So it’s not only me that’s been bitten by the Zumba bug…

I have 8 more classes to go and am definetely on the look-out for the next program as it really is fun, you do get fit, and it doesn’t even seem like an effort. Give it a try yourself..


Good music to exercise or run to…

21 Aug

Snap – The Power (Original Single/Dub Mix)

Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer (12′ mix)

Benni Benassi – Satisfaction (J Rabbit Dubstep mix)

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

C+C Rhythm Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

Haddaway – What Is Love (regular or Radio Edit)

Black Box – Everybody Everybody

Damien Marley – It was written (Dubstep Remix)

DJ Hype – Ready or Not (Drum n Bass Remix)

Black Box – Strike It Up

The Real McCoy – Another Night

Prodigy – Out of space (Breakbeat Remix)

Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night

Janet Jackson – Together Again

No Mercy – Where Do You Go

Sadie Hawkins Dance- Relient K

Harder to Breathe- Maroon 5

Fighter & Dirty- Christina Aguilera

Just a Girl- No D0ubt

Hey Ya- Outkast

Boys and Girls- Good Charlotte

Going the Distance- Cake

Chemical Brothers- Galvanize(Eskalation DNB Remix)

Grooverider, Bassment Jaxx, DJ Hype, Chemical Brothers-Anything at all