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Juiced Co Juice Cleanse: Day 2

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A few tears and other symptoms…

Just because I completely endorse the idea of a juice cleanse, doesn’t mean that it’s not one of the most difficult things I have ever done. It doesn’t mean that I won’t have a little whine or moments of “WHY ON EARTH WOULD I SIGN UP FOR THIS?!”. It’s because I believe so whole-heartedly in the necessity of juicing that I haven’t buckled, that I haven’t snacked and have been able to keep it relatively together.

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People ask if there are symptoms of a juice detox. Well, yes, poisonous toxins are leaving your body – of course there are side effects! But the effects of those toxins living inside you are far worse. I had no side effects until yesterday afternoon when I started experiencing a slight rash, aches and pains, sweats and weakness. I knew it wouldn’t be comfortable to detox, and this was a huge eye-opener. So many gahdamn toxins are being released and yet I live a relatively healthy life? It just makes you realize that the bad stuff can build up from stress and linger from one or two boozy nights and social ciggies. I don’t think I will ever be the same after this in terms of recognizing what I put in my body. By the way, you’re not supposed to feel great while detoxing; it’s the long-term effects you’re going to enjoy.

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I started feeling a physical hunger yesterday as well as mental one. Here’s how to deal with it:

1. Loads of lemony water
2. Knock back them herbal teas
3. Read up on other juicer’s experiences – a quick internet search will remind you others have done this and lived to tell the tale
4. Journal about your experience
5. Keep busy and distracted
6. Remind yourself it’s mainly a mental hunger
7. Finish all your juices, even if there are ones you’re not so keen on!

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Yesterday I woke up, meditated, drank hot water with lemon and sipped on my ginger shot and herbal tea at work. It was easier than day 1, even though I started experiencing some physical effects. I even went to a beach braai in the evening and stuck to my beetroot juice! I have also not been taking any pills or allergy tablets while cleansing, opting for natural nasal irrigation and dry brushing to help the process along.

One more day to go and already planning my victory meal  – Steamed broccoli with lemon juice 😉

Order your juices and cleanses at juicedco.co.za

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Juiced Co Juice Cleanse: Day 1

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I am sorry for the things that I said when I was hungry…

You know those people who get super angry when they don’t eat? The kind that get dramatic when they haven’t had a snack in the past 2 minutes? Yep, that’s me. I’m not the kind who “forgets to eat” (yes, we all have that friend) so I knew this juice cleanse would be more of a mental challenge for me than a physical one.

I believe whole-heartedly in juicing and have done so for a few years. A juice cleanse ain’t no foodie fashion fad or quick weight-loss fix, it’s a (gag) “lifestyle change”. Naturally you might lose some kilos during a juice fast, but you’ll pile ‘em all straight back on if you hit up the pizza and Coke right after. Juice cleansing isn’t all about weight loss – the motivation and benefits are far further reaching than that. Benefits include:

1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables
2. It helps jump start a weight-loss or health programme
3. It clears your body of toxins and helps alkalise it too!
4. Gives your bod a chance to rest from digestion, so it can channel its energy into healing, restoring and repairing other areas.
5. Boosts immune system
6. Resets your tastebuds

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And a whole lotta other goodness from getting veggie and fruit juices straight into your body. The main difference between blending smoothies and making juices, is that juicing removes the pulp and fibre from the juicy nutrients so when you gulp a glass of green, the good stuff can get absorbed straight away.

A lot of people asked me why I don’t just make my own juice cleanse at home if I have a juicer? Well the Juiced Co juices are all cold pressed which means their juicing machines are a lot more geared up to extract the most juicy goodness as possible, in the best way possible. They also give you juices that have all the right nutrients, vits, natural sugars etc to make sure you’re not actually starving yourself over a longer course of 3 days. When juicing at home, it’s easy to make some juice to get going in the morning, but I am not nearly skilled enough to plan and make a 3 days worth of balanced goodness.

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Day 1 was a roller-coaster of emotions. Physically I was ok – mentally I was the hungriest I had ever been and really had to pep talk myself to get through the day. The juices were delish and side effects minimal at this point, it was just a very hard mental game to skip trips to the canteen or meet-ups with my mates for a cappuccino.

I woke up, meditated and guzzled some hot water with lemon. At work I made a yum Pukka herbal tea and swigged back a zingy ginger shot, before hitting up Dare – the first green juice of the day. Being a seasoned juicer, I am used to the taste of veggie juices. I powered through the day by keeping busy and glugging water and treated myself to a swim in the sea with the boyfriend after work before my nut, date, vanilla, cinnamon and Himalayan salt juice, Bliss! I aided the detox by soaking in an epsom salt bath and sipped on the last juice of the day (a green juice) while watching the final few episodes of season 2 of GOT (SO ADDICTED!).

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I felt a little weak and dizzy by the time I crawled into bed but woke up this morning to discover that I wasn’t dead. Wish me luck for day 2!

Order your own juices or cleanse from juicedco.co.za

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3 Day Juice Cleanse with Juiced Co!

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I’ve been challenged to a 3 Day Renovate Juice Cleanse thanks to Juiced Co.

Here’s what all the hype is about…

I’ve been home-juicing and researching the benefits for over two years now so I can confidently say that juicing is not passing fad. Instead I’ve experienced some kick-ass health benefits and have made juicing a daily habit. 

I have however, never done a full-on juice cleanse so I will be blogging daily about my experience – the ups and the downs – for those of you also wanting to take the jump. I know there are plenty of my healthnut friends out there who’d dig something like this. 

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The Juiced Co Renovate Cleanse consists of five 500ml juices a day as well as ginger shots and herbal teas to sip in between. When my frozen bundle of joy arrived today, I raced home to pop bottles (ha!) into the freezer and stick up the handy magnetic timetable for my fridge. I will thaw the first 5 tomorrow evening and begin juicing away on Sunday. It was also mark day 1 of the Kris Carr 21 Day Crazy Sexy Cleanse that I did about a year and a half ago and have always wanted to do again. 

(PS: All these references are hyperlinked – so just hover above and click phrases like “home-juicing” and “Kris Carr Cleanse” for more info!)

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While I know juice blogging is far from new news in other parts of the country, I am so happy that Juiced Co has branched out from Jozi and into Durbs, because up until now I haven’t been able to find a local juice supplier in the 031.

You can check out Juiced Co here, on FB here, Twitter here and on Instagram right here. 

Wish me luck!

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Into The Wild

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I went on my first hike this past weekend, up into the misty Drakensberg Mountains. Here’s how I got a little piece of my soul back…

Since coming back from my Grand Indian Adventure, I lost touch with my wanderlust and need for nature. While I have loved trying out the young-professional-rents-own-apartment life, I began feeling off-kilter without some sort of hippie happiness to keep me grounded. I’ve been on a few missions around the country to some beautiful and raw places since, but this hike into the wilderness really reminded me how much I need these sort of getaways and man, I feel better for it.

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I was lucky enough to go with a group of really great, seasoned hikers who helped me learn the ropes and remained patient when I got complete stage fright crossing the rivers. We signed in at Didima Camp in Cathedral Peak (for a grand total of R55 each) and headed out despite the rainy, misty weather.

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The hiking experience was incredible and rather unreal to be honest. The weather may have been cold on the hike up, but it was so very beautiful seeing the mountains and vast expanses of greenery all draped in thick mist and juicy rain drops. 

It’s surprising how quickly you get used to carrying a huge backpack over rocks and up hillsides although we did stop a few times to swim in natural pools, drink fresh berg water and feast on snacks. On the very last stretch before the cave, we spotted a little puff adder hissing bravely at us next to the trail, but the rest of the berg creatures remained tucked away from the rain.

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What fascinated me the most was the unofficial Hiker’s Credo. For example – out of respect for other hikers, you must dispose of fruit peels etc, out of sight so as to not leave any sort of trail behind you. There are also these sporadic man-made pebble pyramids called cairns, that signal to other hikers that they are headed in the right direction. I got a kick out of adding rocks to them as we went past, as an unofficial signature in an unofficial guestbook.

After 5 hours of trekking, we finally made it to Xeni cave and set up camp by decorating our abode with candles and getting hot water for coffee on the boil. Surprisingly, I slept like a baby that night – snug in my sleeping bag, only waking occasionally to see more and more of the candles burn out until just one soldier was left glowing in the darkness.

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We woke up the next morning to a misty view, shared some breakfast and washed up in the waterfall that runs over the front of the cave. Mama Nature presented us with a beautiful day of sunshine and breezes, perfect for river swimming and picnic pit-stops on the hike home. Luke and Richard (both talented videographers) set up their drone to fly overhead and got some insane shots of us hiking through the valley –  I seriously can’t wait to see the footage!

The berg was pretty much flawless and I had precious time to take pics and get some journaling done. Yes, I may be absolutely buggered and stiff in the most bizarre joints, but it was completely worth it to just disappear into nature, silence and stillness.

Here’s to the year of the Cave Dwellers!

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Got beets? Then lettuce turnip!

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Here’s to weekend nostalgia, featuring some of my favourite locally sourced food and the beautiful meal we made with it.

I had you at food, right?

I recently discovered a life-changing local food service called “Eat Your Home”. Basically, you dear Durbanites, now have the option to get weekly boxes of locally grown, organic goodness delivered to your door.

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Eat Your Home offers two sweet, sweet “veggie box” options, that provide the basis of your weekly or bi-weekly veggie needs. If the words “organic” and “local” didn’t get you foodies frothing, then maybe the phrase “it’s pretty much your grocery shopping sorted” will. (Yeah I bet that did the trick, you lazy buggers!)

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I chose the larger family box and went halvies with my dad. For R170 bucks, I received my veggies on Saturday morning and couldn’t believe what treasures I found in that Mary Poppin’s bag. I just kept on pulling out veg after veg, not sure how I was getting so much goodness, out of one cardboard box. Carrots, beetroots, spinach, lettuce, turnips, sweet potatoes, coriander, ginger, onions, spring onions – the works!

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What’s cool, is that you can also add on extras to your seasonal veggie box. The site offers an array of locally produced and procured cheeses, meats, herbs and honey. Hello, no-excuse-not-to-eat-well. 

On Sunday, I had organised for my pops to come and collect his half of the loot – with promises of a light lunch. I made us a pretty beautiful feast, using some of the veggie box goods to make a salad starter.

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I then served up some seared scallops in a lemon butter and garlic dressing, with fresh bread to mop up the sauce. I bought the potato and rosemary loaf from The Glenwood bakery (obvi) and the scallops from The Fish Counter. The Fish Counter is a rad little fishmonger just off of Florida Road that you also need to give a visit if you’re looking for some fresh seafood treats!

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Dad and I ended up having a rather lovely lunch in my new little flat, followed by gorgeous lemon centered cupcakes that I copped from Smith’s Bakeshop at the Morning Trade. It really was the grand finale to a day of beautiful food.

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Support local, kids. 

Girl With A (better) Bum

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Time for some real talk here guys. Fitness, health and a downwards spiral.

Warning: Serious content deflected with inappropriate use of low-res memes and gifs.

Who hasn’t been on a weight-loss or toning mission just once in their life? What girl doesn’t complain about their body? C’maaan, tell me something I haven’t already heard!

I have never been morbidly obsese or anything, but I do have my fair share of proportionate curves. I grew up with a very healthy and relaxed attitude towards food and ate what I wanted, when I wanted – resulting in natural portion control and good food choices. But come varsity, that dreaded First Year Spread got the better of me, and the yo-yo extremes began. It went from mild attempts to make changes, to every weird fad diet in the book and somewhere in between I got lost and disillusioned with healthy eating and exercise. Being uneducated and listening to every varsity girls’ quick fix fad, seriously sent me into a downwards spiral in my quest for thin, and I landed up on the troubling side of an eating issue. 

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I’m not shy to admit it, because I know I’m not alone. I know that a lot of gals (and guys) have dabbled with extremes and lost sight of the real purpose of getting fit and healthy. And that’s why I am sharing this post with you as I begin my fitness journey, yet again.

When I came back from India I had put on some weight and felt morbidly uncomfortable with myself. As a result, I started doing some serious research. I actively read books, talked to trainers and nutritionists and got myself to a point where I had a healthy understanding of food and fitness. Looking back at myself post India, I was tanned, healthy and glowing and should have been feeling fine as hell. This is just a reminder that the number on the scale is not an accurate reflection and that your perception of self can be so very far off from reality.

I’m proud to say that I lost that travel weight and I did it the healthy way. It was hard and consistent work but it got me this level of self acceptance and confidence – all because I did it the right way. The longer way, sure, but the way sans emotional turmoil and self loathing.

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I guess I have been hesitant to fully throw myself into exercise and healthy eating again, although I’ve got it locked down for the most part. I just never want to revert back to that place where it’s an unhealthy obsession versus a positive lifestyle change.

I can confidently say that I love my pear shaped body, embrace my bootylicious booty and don’t want anyone else’s body other than my own God-given Corpus Corporis. I just want to make it the best it can be! But instead of my previous list of superficial motivations like “fit into short-shorts, make them stare” and other “thinspiration” bullshit, this is my new list of reasons why I want to get into better shape:

1. To age like I have permanent access to The Fountain Of Youth

2. To get dat asthma under control. Let’s leave “weezy” for Lil’ Wayne

3. To be flexible as fvck

4. To live to like, a hundred and three

5. To spend more time outdoors with Mama Nature and less time indoors, with Mama Kardashian

6. To not feel guilty about that unused Virgin Active contract. I keep getting emails asking why I don’t go. It’s not you. It’s me.

The people that helped me change my mindset when it comes to this lifestyle change are:

1. Casey Ho from Blogilates

2. Kris Carr from My Crazy Sexy Diet

3. Rosie from The Londoner and her “Anti-Diet”

4. Catherine from Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Basically I am just on a mission to give my glorious temple the love and care it needs and deserves. My colleague and friend, Lauren, has teamed up with me for personal training sessions, beach walks, fewer trips to our canteen’s sweet section and plenty of yoga and happiness. We’re all about the long term sustainability here people, as well as a few glasses of red wine and slices of carrot cake.

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Not to worry, this isn’t going to turn into a fitness blog, (although last year I did start a picture blog of inspiring booties – click here for Dope Fitness). It’s just a pledge to myself and to anyone else on this journey, to do this the right way. To love myself, to care for myself and to kick some ass in between. We’re all at different levels and in different circumstances, but we’re all in this together. 

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Hit me up on jennajupiter89@gmail.com if you’re looking for walking buddies or just a moment of clarity. I am no expert by any means, just a girl up in the gym working on my fitness. You’re my witness. I’m Fergalicious.

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In spirit of the work-out queen herself, I leave you with this track to add to your gym/running/personal playlist.

Jane Fonda – Mickey Avalon

Live Your Best Life

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A visual guide on taking back my life, decluttering the bullshit and making room for breathing space.

Maybe you need it too.

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It’s all about perspective. I need to try to not sweat the small stuff and learn to savour each wonderful moment.

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Some things can simply not be changed. I am a firm believer in playing the cards that you’re dealt instead of lamenting over a situation that you have no control over!

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People let you down, work gets cray, you get debited twice for your Virgin Active account. Big or small, shit happens. But chin up, move forward and get over it.

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I am officially removing myself out of people politics. Cancel my subscription and all that!

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I have a habit of getting too invested in other people’s issues. From friends to family, I am the go-to for advice. Which is cool, in proportionate quantities. Just every so often it creates a doormat sign on my forehead. I have been neglecting my own needs and thoughts for too long to help others and I need to do my best, to create a little distance at times. Let’s be honest, I could never be badass enough to not care at all. We all get by with a little help from our friends.

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In trying times, remain Grace Kelly-esque and deal with it accordingly.

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Head down, prioritise well and hustle for the life you want.

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Need I say more?

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No, sometimes there is reason to say no. Sometimes I need to go with the ebb and flow of life without overanalysing every situation and other times I need to be firm, stand my ground and say AH HELL NAH!

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Get back to basics. Everything else is just noise.

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Be a man. Rub some dirt in it. Every situation is temporary.

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In simplicity we trust. Forever and ever amen.

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Peace.

Back To Basics

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For the most of the time, I use this blog to keep you up to date with the ongoings of Durban. I throw in some fashion, recipes and music every so often and then sometimes, I use it as an online diary to log and sort my personal thoughts. Seeings as I have gotten some beautiful and inspiring messages from people who have come across these posts and felt inspired and connected by them, I think it’s safe to continue to have the odd Dear Diary moment. And to speak obnoxiously in third person. 

Dear Diary

Jenna has the propensity to keep on keepin’ on. To charge ahead through life and problems and do her best to be as good a person as possible. Then sometimes, sometimes, she needs to take stock and treat her soul to some rest and personal compassion. 

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If your life has been a roller-coaster of work, trying to get fit, holding down a relationship, keep a social life going, work, make nice with exes, navigate your crazy mind, follow through with personal endeavours, keep up your hobbies, work, mediate family dilemmas, care for pets, plan travels, find new housemates, plan meals, try to lose weight, consider getting your teeth whitened, freelancing as a journo, looking for new pillows, rearranging your room, trying to catch a tan, cleaning out the juicer, applying for a credit card, praying that your car will start, watering the pot-plants, signing up for the Midmar Mile and getting a manicure then maybe you also need to sit and take stock and give your damn mind a rest and your soul some sweet, sweet lovin’. 

Here’s how I am going to do it, so that I can remind myself that I am only human. There’s also some pretty pictures.

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Jenna’s To Do Take It Easy List:

1. Light incense every morning 

2. Drink more ice cold water and yummy homemade juices

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3. Remind myself that I am a fucking soldier. And a fucking goddess, too.

4. Do yoga in my pj’s. FREE THE BOOBS!

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5. Allow myself to be angry with people from time to time. I don’t have to be the epitome of peacelovemoretolerance ALL the time. If I am being treated unjustly then I should love myself enough to say FUCK YA’LL. I know this seems contradictory to a peaceful state of mind but accepting your darkest feelings is largely therapeutic. 

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6. Speak my mind. I bite my tongue to often.

7. Stare into space

8. Float in the ocean and bath with flower petals. Who knows maybe birds will dress me in the morning too. 

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9. Snuggle my pets

10. Get another tattoo because they make me happy. 

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Lots of love dear readers, I hope that you are always reminded of your self worth and for the little things to be grateful for and to celebrate. 

Throwback Thursday: 40 Days and 40 Nights of Veganism

Over two years ago I gave up all animal bi-products for a belated lent.

I called it 40 Days and 40 Nights of Veganism and you can read my motives and thinking from way back when in 2011 here.

Since then I have been vegetarian, pescetarian and meat-curious. But it’s been over two years of keeping meat out of my meal plans.

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Somehow, when I go back to finding my spirituality it always draws me to two things: Yoga and Vegetarianism/Veganism. Both of which I have been admittedly a little slack with since returning from a good stint in India and then finding my groove with a new job and new living environment within the concrete jungle. Although these things are all going rather well, my dad (and Buddhist mentor) had to go and ask me the following glass-shattering question after I rattled on about my new found balance:“But are you still doing your practice? Do you still make time for a little spirituality?”. Dammit dad.

He’s right. Things are going good so naturally you’re not on your knees asking and hoping and praying.But you can’t fire on all cylinders for too long without attending to your mentality.

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     (Molly The Pet Pig : Makes eating pork ever again, impossible.)

So I find myself setting up a shrine again and as a result,for whatever reason, leaving even seafood off my plate and dabbling in the idea of a plant-based diet. However,I remember after my lent in 2011 that I wasn’t a particularly healthy soul. I think I chose a very bad time to drastically alter my diet. I was in full swing of my last year LLB and was trying to find the energy to pull all-nighters and scribble up my dissertation. As a result I didn’t investigate how to do this properly and pretty much didn’t eat anything at all.I briefly took up smoking and drinking black coffee during this time which was a little counter-productive to the intentions I had to begin with.

I do think South Africa lacks in many of the products and restaurants it takes to be a good vegetarian/vegan but it’s doable with a little research. 

Now I have armed myself with books and recipes to try and leave animal products out of my diet as much as possible. I don’t think it will be a 24/7 thing but maybe just the start of some revisited and improved habits. Luckily a few searches in the Google Machine armed me with the most current and up to date info and blogs so I can start planning this all out and reigning in my eating habits. A little less milk,sushi and eggs for me!

Here are a few little Vegetarian posts I’ve done for those of you interested in the same route:

The Best Veggie Burger

The Fry’s Guy

Earthmother Organic

Also try out my favourite Food and Health Blog:

Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

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J xx