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Faithful To Nature: March Haul

IMG_1141I recently copped a few Mama Earth friendly finds from Faithful To Nature.

Here’s what I got and how I feel about it.

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Juiced Co Juice Cleanse: Day 3

HEY I MADE IT OUT ALIVE!

While the side-effects and hunger pangs were at an all time low yesterday, I was definitely on the emotional side of a juice cleanse. So my super supportive boyfriend sent me these lovely flowers and a card! Finished. 

My mom and bestie have also been awesome at cheering me on and sending supportive messages – trust me, you’re gonna wanna have a few people in your corner when cleansing!

Day 3 I woke up and sipped some lemon water while taking a soothing bath. Work was the same ritual of ginger shots and herbal teas and then I got swamped beneath a workload of doom. By the time evening came, I was so full from the fourth juice that I had to force down a few sips of juice 5! I really enjoyed the juices, but the grapefruit one was my least favourite. But, I knew it was important to stick to the schedule and get all the citrusy goodness into my body so I drank up regardless – we all have different tastes after all! Just remember to persevere, no-one said this was going to be easy.

This morning I woke up feeling accomplished, light and happy. And with a super flat tummy if I do say so myself! I made some steamed broccoli with lemon juice for breakfast and still drank some hot lemony water. It’s important to ease back into eating with fruits and veg on the first day, some avo etc on the second and then on the third you can introduce some protein like chicken if you’re a meat lover. I did miss my juices so I bought one from the canteen (yes, they stock Juiced Co!) to sip on like a real addict. Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for… my weight loss.

Sorry to disappoint ya, but I didn’t weigh myself. I was so determined to make this about how I felt physically as opposed to a number on a scale. And man, I feel great.

You can order your juices or Renovate Cleanse at juicedco.co.za
You can also grab a juice at El Hombre and Holdens Spar on Florida Road.

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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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