Juice Cleanse – Day 1

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Day 1:

Well, if I’m honest there hasn’t been much to report so far. I’ve been drinking my juices up and have really enjoyed each of the ones I have tried! My favourite so far has been the gold juice because it is really refreshing and sweet! I haven’t tried the green juice yet but will definitely give that one a go tomorrow.

 

I’m feeling a bit tired but am not sure if that’s from my lack of solid food or lack of sleep over the weekend (probably both).

 

It’s actually been pretty convenient doing this cleanse as I made my juices this morning and took them in drink bottles to uni today so I only had to shake them up and have them at the two hour intervals.

 

My tummy has been rumbling quite a bit but that’s pretty normal for me so I’ll update you on the rumbling frequency tomorrow.

 

So far, so good. No miraculous weight loss experiences to report yet but I’m feeling a bit healthier (placebo maybe?).

 

Until tomorrow, drink up!

 

-M x

 

Juice Cleanse Challenge!

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Us post juice cleanse.

I’ve heard all about how a juice cleanse is the best way to rid your body of toxins and kick start a diet but I have always been a bit of a sceptic with this particular diet. Who actually wants cut out all solids for 3-5 days?!

Nobody, that’s who.

Facebook seems to be on my back about this one with the only ads on my feed lately being about how amazing juice cleanses are and how “I lost 5 kilos in 3 days! You can do it too!”. I wasn’t convinced until I opened this month’s OK Magazine and saw a two-page spread on “How to Cleanse” and how all the celebrities love it- and let’s be honest, if Jennifer Aniston said it works I had to give it a go; who doesn’t want to look like Rachel?

So, in the name of research, I decided I would give the infamous juice cleanse a go and invite you to give it a go with me. I’m going to start next Monday (October 6th 2014) and go until Wednesday on a 3-day juice cleanse and would love for us to do it together, encouraging each other along the way!

According to OK Magazine and many other websites the best way to start a juice cleanse is by drinking 8 glasses of water a day for the three days leading up to the cleanse and cutting out all junk food, alcohol and caffeine as well. So that starts tomorrow… goodbye coffee and chocolate covered raspberries, I’ll miss you!

The next step is to stock up our fridges with all of the fruity (and vegetabely) goodness to start making our juices on Monday. During the actual cleanse we are supposed to drink 6 juices a day with a 2 hour break between each drink so we are going to need a lot of fruity goodness. I’ve decided to go with a red, green, gold and yellow juice for my cleanse.

Here are the recipes and ingredients we will need.

Red Juice:
• 2 apples
• 3 carrots
• 1.5 beets
• 1 tablespoon ginger
• Half a lemon (juiced)
• 4 celery sticks

Green Juice:
• 4 celery sticks
• 1 cucumber
• 2 apples
• ¾ cup spinach
• 3 kale leaves
• 5 parsley ribs
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Gold Juice:
• 1/3 pineapple
• 3 apples
• 3 tablespoons mint finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Yellow Juice:
• 3 tablespoons lemon
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 ¼ tablespoon raw honey
• 425mL water

So there we go… let’s drink heaps of water and prepare ourselves for a yummy and healthy juice cleanse kick-starter. I’ll be posting each day with an update of how the cleanse is going. Let me know if you are going to join in!

– M xx

Muddy The Waters: MUD Review

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I first came across MUD on Instagram, one of my favourite bloggers posted a photo of her having what looked like a very dirty bath. Curious as to why she was bathing in dirty water and according to the photo’s caption ‘loving it’, I delved a little deeper.

 

MUD is an all natural, detoxifying bath powder that has been designed to clear your skin and detox your body, all whilst relaxing in a nice warm bath. It is made up primarily of clay; bentonite clay and kaolin clay to be precise. Also in the mix is Himalayan rock salt, sandalwood powder, organic French lavender powder and aloe vera powder. A whole team of super ingredients chock-full of detoxifying properties to cleanse your body of all the toxins, parabens, preservatives and other nasties that build up living our everyday lives.

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Not gonna lie, I was a little skeptical about the big claims the producers of this product were making but I tried it anyway. It was lovely. First of all, the novelty of having a mud bath is exciting in itself. The scent of sandalwood and lavender is so therapeutic I was in danger of falling asleep in the bath! The first time I tried it out my skin did feel a little irritated after, but the second time I made sure I rinsed in the shower extra thoroughly and that problem was solved; my skin felt lovely and I was so incredibly relaxed.

 

That night, I had the best nights sleep I have had in months. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for an excuse to chill-out, have some “me time”, and really truly relax. Go on, you deserve it.

 

You can get your hands on MUD here, http://www.mudmudmud.com/products/mud

Added bonus of free shipping if you live in Australia.

 

What other bath products have you tried? Let me know in the comments below of any that we should try out at Beautiful Bedlam.

 

– N x

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