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Juicing: Does it work?

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Friday, 15 January 2016
plenish-176Have you been embracing the New Year New You state of mind? Personally I've always been a sausage and chips at the local greasy spoon kinda girl as opposed to a salad one but with my best friend's wedding next month, for once I well and truly boarded the New Year New You wagon.

But which way do you turn? With so many fad diets and schemes out there, it's difficult to know where to start.

I opted for a Plenish juice cleanse which involved drinking six juices a day for three days; a level one cleanse.

My fears going into it would be that the juices would be foul tasting and that'd I'd be really hungry.

The first thing I realised when the juices arrived at The Lady HQ was that to do the cleanse you need to have a lot of space in your fridge; 18 juices take up quite a bit of space. Thankfully we have two fridges in the editorial department so that was fine but if I were to have taken the juices home I would have struggled.

With your juices you also get a glass straw (fancy!) and a booklet with tips on recipes and an advised schedule for your juices.

Plenish advise you have a hot water with lemon at 6am and then your first juice at 8am drinking one every two hours from then, with a break at 6pm. This is just a suggested schedule so from the off I binned the 6am hot water and lemon – I don't have to get up for work until there is half seven so there was no way I was getting up an hour and a half early for some water!
Other than that I stuck to the schedule.

So how did it go?

Well my first relief was that the juices (bar one) were quite yummy! Secondly, the only time I felt hungry was when I forgot my 4pm juice and had it a bit late. But thirdly and most excitingly was that after three days of juicing I've moved my belt buckle one extra notch – yay!

Being a complete cynic when it comes to this sort of thing I have to say I'm an absolute convert. I had loads of energy, slept well, my skin looked great (without makeup), and I managed to lose a few pounds. What's not to love?

And at just under £60 (per day) for the level one juice it's something I think I'll definitely be doing again.

Tips for a healthier and happier New Year

Posted by Patricia_Marie
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on Monday, 04 January 2016
Dear readers,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful New Year, and have included some tips to encourage this. However, sometimes life doesn't always run smoothly, and I therefore continue to look forward to helping and advising you with any problems that you may encounter.

We can often be pulled in many directions and rarely stop to recharge. Prioritise the important tasks, such as work, but ensure you create a good balance of relaxation time too. Try meditation – switching off and relaxing your mind is an excellent way to take stock of life and find peace, even just for five minutes, and enhances wellbeing.

The festive period may have left you feeling sluggish due to lack of exercise and overindulging. Feel more energised by making healthier eating choices, and raise fitness levels as well as overall happiness by increasing your exercise. You don't necessarily have to rush out and join a gym. Small changes can make a big difference, such as walking instead of taking the car.

If you are a smoker, giving up is probably the biggest simple step you can take to improve your health. Sometimes this addiction cannot be fought alone - help is only a phone call away. Ring the NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 123 104. Kicking this habit will increase your chances of living a longer, far healthier life.

Alcohol has been linked to obesity, cancer and liver damage. If you regularly drink too much alcohol, it can make you feel anxious, and interfere with your sleeping patterns. This habit needs to be broken, so, instead of heading for the bottle, try a relaxing bath, and have some non-alcoholic drinks in the fridge to enjoy. Diverting your thoughts to something pleasurable will help keep you focused. If you really can't resist, allocate dinner time only to enjoy a glass of alcohol.
If you think you may have a problem with alcohol call Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) on: 0800 9177 650

Do something different - be it embarking on a part time course at your local college, joining a dance class, or taking up cross stitching. There is nothing more empowering than learning a new skill, and new found enjoyment helps keep depression at bay.

If you are experiencing financial gloom, make 2016 the year to address this. Start by listing your income and expenditure, then plan a budget and stick to it. Give yourself rules, such as leaving your debit and credit cards at home. You will be amazed how much you can save by not having available cash to hand. If you can, tear up your credit card to avoid the temptation to spend unnecessarily. Ignoring any creditors only makes things worse, so be brave and contact them to arrange an affordable repayment plan, thereby regaining control.

If you are in a relationship with either a partner or a friend, which is causing you to feel unhappy, resentful, exhausted, drained, or bad about yourself, take responsibility and either work on improving the relationship, or sever ties, and spend more time with those who make you happy.

And finally, some wise words
'Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us'. Hal Borland

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