My Juice Cleanse with Jack Beanstalk Balham

21 October 2014

A few weeks ago I embarked on a 3 day juice cleanse with the charming Jack from Jackbeanstalk Juice in Balham (that's him up there making our morning shots!) and my bestie Claire from the Healthy Blue Bird.

Now, before I say anything else I must confess... I ate some food whilst I was on the cleanse (a salad for lunch on all three days) but this was only because I have very low blood pressure and was feeling dizzy before I even started - I needed to get some salt into my system!

Aside from the fact that I cheated a little I had a great experience. 

So...what's the point of a juice cleanse anyway??

I like to think of it as a sort of holiday for your digestive system. Your system works hard to digest solid food day in and day out and giving it a break by juicing enables it to rest. A juicing cleanse is also a great way to get rid of toxin build up in the body.

Day 1 of my cleanse was TOUGH. Real tough. No bullshit here. 

The day started off with a shot of apple and ginger (see above!) followed by a shot of wheatgrass. I was handed a giant litre of green juice for the day and set on my way. As soon as I got to work I had half of the green juice and got on with the mammoth to-do list. At lunch I had a salted green salad and then about 3.30pm I finished the rest of the green juice. 

The thing I noticed the most all day? The pounding headache and then the lack of bloat. I text Claire for a little support as the headache was getting the best of me. Her advice? "That's toxin release. Don't worry. I completely understand. You are doing really well. Keep going, you're doing amazing things for your body."
That was all I needed, I vowed that I would not be taken down by this headache!
(You can read about Claire's experience with her juice cleanse here)

On my way home I popped by the juice stall again and picked up the second litre of insanely fresh juice for the evening. Sitting there next to Ben eating a delish dinner was so tough! But I persisted and finished every last drop.

Day 2 and 3 were pretty much the same as the first except the headache was gone. I had more and more energy and less and less bloat. Winning combo if you ask me. 

The hardest parts for me on day 2 and 3 were resisting the delicious smell of fresh croissants as I walked past Pret in the morning and Ben doing his hardest to make me stray with chocolate treats in the evening!!  

At the end of the 3 days my skin was clearer, my tummy was completely flat and my energy levels were up. I felt so good and Im even planning my next juice cleanse at the moment. The darker mornings and evenings are meaning that I need some more sunshine in my life! 

The quality of the juices was incredible. Jack uses only the best and freshest produce in his juices and you can tell this straight away when you drink them. Liquid nourishment! 

The passion that Jack and Claire have for JackBeanstalk is infectious. They have teamed together and have started a Crowdfunder to get a permanent juice bar up and running in Balham. You can watch their video below and get involved by pledging here....lots of AWESOME goodies to be gained! 

5 things that have made me happy this week

19 October 2014

Having a Vortex Healing session with an inspiring and talented healer on Monday. What a way to set up the week! 

Taking time to notice the beautiful colors of Autumn. The trees, the grass, the sky. It's simply stunning. Favourite time of year. 

Spending the whole weekend with people that I absolutely adore. Saturday afternoon trampolining, a delicious dinner out, Sunday Lunch and some fresh air....what more could I want from a weekend! 

And all of this was made a million times more special by starting a Hello Sunday Morning challenge. Want to know more? Head over here and find out for yourself.

Scheduling in time next week for some Desire Mapping. How I want to feel most this week? GOLDEN. 

Feeling the Magic // My Honest journey back into Self Care

9 October 2014

Let's start with a confession... 
I haven't been putting my sacred self care at the top of my list these last few weeks months and I am feeling it on the MAJOR right now. I've let things slide that are important to me. My yoga practice. My meditation practice. My journaling. My blog. All these things that I totally and utterly LOVE doing have become something that I do weekly and not daily. And at the end of the day I can go on and on about why this has happened and play the victim card but there's no excuse for it. Not really. The simple fact of the matter is that I've been putting my focus and energy into my job and not been managing my energy properly so that I can do all of these things alongside that. 
Overwhelmed and exhausted would best describe how i'm feeling right about now. 

So tonight I went out onto my little balcony and looked up at the Moon. Three times. 

Wanna know why??

Because when I look up at the Moon in the night sky I can't help but remember that I'm part of something so magnificent and expansive that everything else falls away. Taking a deep breathe and contemplating the Universe I can hear the voice of my Higher Self. The part of me that knows that everything will be exactly as it is supposed to be. The part of me that simply is

Being present with this energy is what keeps pulling me out of the fuzziness. 

I am not my thoughts. 
I am not my body. 
I am not my problems. 
I am not my past. 
I am not my future. 

I simply AM. 

Being gentle with myself when I'm feeling like this is key. Choosing LOVE over FEAR in every moment. After all, berating myself for not being on top of things is hardly going to inspire me to pick up my Sacred Self Care Rituals is it?? 

Building up my own trust with myself through kindness, compassion and a gentle touch is what will propel me forward. 

Living my WHY - to inspire trust and love - is my daily Prayer.