Tuesday, 20 January 2015

January Juice Cleanse…….

Every now and then I feel the need to 'cleanse' inside and out.
So whilst January seems like the wrong time of the year to do this (it's dark and cold for a start) it also seems like the right time to do it (new year, new me cliché and all!).

So having pressed the click button and paid for my Juice cleanse there was no going back. Days before the cleanse was due to arrive I was filled with “OMG what have I done?” and “Why didn’t I book it to start a bit later?” either way it was too late, my cleanse arrived on Tuesday 6th Jan before 9.30am as they said they would (talk about prompt delivery!).

This year I decided that I’d try the Plenish Juice Cleanse. I'll start by saying it's not a cheap cleanse, at £81 per day (I did take advantage of the 20% book before 31st Dec offer).  However when you look into what cold press means and add organic produce to the mix I guess I can understand why they charge as much as they do.

       All the juice is cold pressed which means that each bottle contains kilos of leafy greens, vegetables and fruity goodness.
         Cold Pressing is a two-step process: first, the food goes through a grinder and then, goes through the hydraulic press. According to Plenish the process produces juice so fine and pulp-free, it can be absorbed into your blood stream to feed your cells within 10 to 15 minutes.
         Cold pressing uses pressure as opposed to speed and heat, which means more of the tasty goodness, remains in your juice. However this process is a lot slower and takes more time.

 Whilst there are lots of people out there who don’t understand the concept of foregoing food for a juice cleanse I myself love it.  For me it’s a quick way to press the re-set button and start with a clean slate (so to speak). 

Cleanses give your digestive system and liver the rest they need in order to eliminate and get rid of all the toxins. Organic and raw green juices you consume will shift your body from acidic to an alkaline one, which will reduce inflammation and boost immunity and health.
Additionally by doing a juice cleanse which someone else has prepared and planned out eliminates all the pre-planning, shopping and stress!

Plenish have three different levels of cleanses you can pick from;
Having completed a NOSH cleanse last January I figured I’d be OK with the level 2 Clarity cleanse.

All juices were delivered on time and were very easy to sort through. They come with a booklet and a beautiful black glass straw - I love the straw!!!

The juices are clearly numbered from 1-6 (for each day) and the little booklet includes ideal times for you to drink your juices.


Well I felt very cold (I always do when I cleanse a normal side effect) the heating was cranked up and I had to add extra layers of clothing.

I didn’t exercise AT ALL throughout the cleanse as I just could not deal with that on top of just drinking juice so I took it easy.

I didn’t feel hungry at all; the juices tasted great and were easy to drink.

I did miss the social aspect of sitting and eating food with the family. Instead I’d cook their meals and then leave them to eat whilst I went for a nice bath. Having to watch them eat would have been torture!


I lost 5lbs but best of all I felt squeaky clean! I was sleeping better, felt more motivated to get on top of things I’d been procrastinating over for a while and when I finally did eat I wasn’t craving ‘naughty’ foods instead I planned menus to be healthy, plant based and full of good nutrition.

Would I do this cleanse again? YES YES YES 

Other useful links
Plenish Cleanse (national)
NOSH Detox (national)
Raw to Door (national)
Detox Kitchen (London)
Balance Box (national)
Pure Package (national)
Feng Sushi (London)

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Almost time for that “New Year, New Me” Bullshit………

Why do we do it to ourselves? Every year millions of people across the world party like there’s no tomorrow throughout the month of December.

We use Christmas and New Year as an excuse to over do it all - Eat, Drink and Spend. I’m not complaining I love December.  As the saying goes though ‘all good things come to an end’ ‘and the bubble has to burst’ and in my case this bubble explodes in January!

Come January people (including me) decide that enough is enough and we go to the opposite extreme and decide to cut out all things fun (OK well that’s how it feels to me!) dairy, carbs, sugar, caffeine, alcohol to list a few.

I personally feel that the extra few pounds we put on over the festive season are needed just to keep warm!

So whilst I hate ‘Healthy January’ I’m guilty of being one of those that goes cold turkey (pardon the pun) and gives it all up to shed the holiday weight and try to regain some level of ‘healthy control’.

So I keep asking myself of all the months to detox why do we insist on picking the most miserable, cold, dark month to do it in?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A Family Holiday........escaping to the sun

The winter/spring cold grey weather left the mamami family feeling rather down.  We were all in desperate need of some serious sunshine.

The Diva’s were constantly snotty, I was a little (ahem) grumpy and fed up (I totally blame it on my low Vit D) and Mr P was surrounded by three not so happy girls – which in turn made him not so happy.

So having discussed our holiday checklist we decided that over the Easter break we would go to the Canary Islands.  Pre-children this would not have been our natural choice of destination but the flight time was good (just under 4 hours), weather promised sunshine and the hotel was child friendly. It ticked all the boxes.

We chose Maspalomas a popular beach resort located on the southern tip of the island of Gran Canaria. With its promise of beautiful beaches and amazing weather we had high hopes.

We were staying at the Lopesan Baobab Resort – a 5* ‘family friendly’ hotel, the architecture

and design inspired by the neighbour continent of Africa.

Now we weren’t sure what they meant by family friendly. In my experience family friendly can mean anything from ‘we tolerate children and have basic facilities’ to ‘we adore children and do all we can for them’.

Luckily for us the Lopesan Baobab Resort fell into the latter.

The weather lived up to expectations. We all got our Vit D fix and despite using factor 50 we came back several shades darker, the hubby even managed to burn his back – he refuses to believe me that Asian skin burns.
As typical of most European destinations they don’t really get the concept of vegetarianism. Luckily for us our Diva’s adore pasta and pizza and this they did have so all was not lost. It did get a bit tedious seeing them eating the same food everyday and so despite paying for all-inclusive we did eat out at the local restaurants on several occasions - more for our sanity than the girls might I add.

Kids Club
The hotel had a great ‘Animations Team’ and whilst our girls didn’t want to go to the kids club they were able to join in with various daily activities that included Parents (oh yes and we thought it was a break).  From pool-time singing (Mr P’s highlight of the day I kid you not), to bouncy castles, egg painting and mini-discos the children were well looked after.

Like most families we found a spot and being creatures of habit we stuck to it! It was a beautiful pool with a large shallow area, great for both girls. We were the resort party animals. The pool was home to the daily Aqua Aerobics class followed by the Kids Club singing and
dancing entourage.  Both activities had loud music and for over 1 hour it was like being in a night-club, it was also the signal for a rather large cocktail.

There was no chance of reading or chilling out but the girls loved it. We tried to move to a
quieter location but it was met with so much wailing that we gave up in the end and stuck to the 'party zone'.

Spa and Health Facilities
They had a gym, but not your nice – looking out to the pool/sea type. It was dark and had no windows. Quite frankly it was a great excuse not to use it.
They did have a few other outdoor sporty activities. I managed yoga and step aerobics – I only did them twice but felt justified in having used premium suitcase space for trainers and gym-wear.

With regards to the Spa what once would have been high on our list of holiday treats, has slightly slipped in priorities – so I can’t say I looked into it or had any treatments.  However I did have a massage before I left to go on holiday to make up for this.


So would I recommend Maspolomas? Yes, the flight time is short and it's perfect for a quick get-away. If you are looking for culture, sightseeing, art then it may not necessarily be the right place for you. For those looking for beaches and sunshine it was a great location.

Would I recommend the Lopesan Baobab Resort? Yes but only if you have Children. If your's are older or you don't have any then I would say choose somewhere a little less 'energetic' and 'full on'.

Would I go back? Yes, for a weeks break to get some sunshine.

Did the girls have a good time? Yes - they didn't want to come back.

So now that we are back we are looking to book our next holiday. Hmmmmm do we think the 2 year old will be up for long haul? *ponders longingly at world map*........