During my recent holiday to Bali I embarked upon a three-day juice cleanse, I must admit in the past I have been sceptical of "cleanses" and was always an advocate for a smoothie rather than a juice - you know the old no fibre, too much sugar argument.
However, I have to say I am now a total convert; after day 1 I already started to feel the benefits of giving my digestive system a much needed break, I began to feel lighter, brighter and re-energised, DAY 1!!!
I realise that yes I was on holiday etc but bear in mind this was the second day of our arrival in Indonesia - still jet lagged and acclimatising to the heat having left a very cold and particularly stressful time in London behind.
In short prior to the wondrous juice I had been feeling burnt-out and bloated, a diet of four green liquid meals per day got me right back to where I needed my body and mind to be.
The juices were delicious and sweetened only by the extraction of an apple, in the evening we were able to indulge in a homemade cashew nut milk which took the feelings of hunger out of the equation allowing for a restful sleep. NB: I have since perfected the art of the making the milk myself, keep an eye on my Instagram account for details ; ).
My bloating naturally subsided due to being pretty close to a fasted state for three days, my energy increased and by the end of the three days my skin was glowing.
The element of this three day journey of re-balancing which resonated with me the most however was the time and space I felt it provided with which to reflect upon why and how I had come to feeling not so great in the first place. The low energy I had been experiencing had been impacting my exercise routine and this in tern was effecting my mood which was driving me towards old patterns of self- sabotaging behaviour leading to some not so healthy decisions around my diet (yes nutritionists experience this too).
In short, I needed to press RE-SET and this is exactly what these three days enabled me to do, upon my return to London life I have tried to incorporate a liquid only day once a week to my wellness protocol, I find it extremely beneficial and most importantly - achievable !
My message here is simply to make the time and space to allow yourself to do the same when you are feeling out of balance. This doesn’t have to involve travelling to a tropical country or even taking time off work we can tweak our lives to incorporate pockets of self-care which position us on the wellness path we so desire in order to be our BEST-SELF.
I would like to share my advice and enthusiasm with YOU and will be holding short workshops in London over the next few months details of which will follow, or you can contact me directly via the BEST-SELF website www.best-self.co.uk
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