Blend. Juice. Cleanse. Detox. – The Liquid One.

Blending. Cleansing. Juicing. Detoxing. Terms we’re all familiar with and have all heard before. It’s very much ‘egg shell territory’ to step on when it comes to the pros, cons & health benefits of this particular subject. 

Some people are totally against it, others stick to certain cleanse routines religiously, it all depends on the particular person, their lifestyle and whether juicing is for them or not. 
So you’ve decided that juicing is for you, next you’re wondering ‘well what type or kind of juice should I be drinking?’ Social media such as Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and many a blogs are loaded with juicing/blending recipes, cleanses and diets. Cleanses for inner health, for kidneys, for liver, for skin, to drop some pounds, the list is endless…my advice? Go for what feels right for you.
Personally, I love the occasional cleanse, maybe I’ve had a few bad days of eating, or I’ve been retaining a lot of water recently, whatever the reason sometimes a quick detox can make you feel fresh and back to yourself again. 
How do I go about choosing my detox? This totally depends on the time and circumstance of when I choose to do my detox, a few years back I did a lemon detox to flush out all the toxins from my system, now as a breastfeeding mother that is a total no go for me. So yep, it really depends on why you want to detox. For each of my detoxes I will go into detail with further blog posts. 
So today I’m starting my own personal ‘momma safe cleanse.’ When doing something such as a cleanse or detox, it’s important for me to take into account that I’m an exclusively breastfeeding mother. For those of you one who aren’t mommas, everything I eat or drink hits my system straight away and isn’t out for another 3-5 hours. Therefore everything I eat or drink I have to take into account that that is also what my little 10 week old is eating and drinking too. 
Anyways, today until Sunday I will be doing 5 days of just liquids, plus one bowl of oatmeal a day. These liquids can be any type of liquids, although if you’re doing it as a purpose of cleansing I suggest you don’t do 5 days of drinking just soda and coffee. My days personally will be something like – starting off with coffee (it really is needed with a tiny baby and sleepless nights). A bowl of oatmeal, then the rest of the day with fresh fruit juices, veg juices, smoothies, milkshakes and lots and lots of water in between. 
The reason I’ve decided to do it this way is for multiple reasons: 
• Because as a breastfeeding mommy, any type of strict diet is almost an ‘immediate stress effect’ on the body, this could therefore inhibit milk production and as I exclusively breastfeed I obviously do not want that happening. 
• Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that I need for energy throughout the day, having a small baby can be tiring work and the purpose is to give myself more energy not make myself more tired. 
• Yet again due to breastfeeding the calories are needed, therefore smoothies are also allowed as milk will add extra calories. 
• The idea of this ‘cleanse’ is not specifically to lose weight or anything else but more for me to feel better than I do. The past week I have been eating not very well neither healthy and this has affected my baby’s stomach (colic in momma terms). I also feel full, bloated and lethargic as well as having water retention. For me this is a way to ‘eat completely clean’ but in a more fun, yet disciplined way. 
• I believe from personal experience that giving your body a break from both meat and dairy does so much good for you. Therefore in this liquid cleanse, obviously no meat is present, however, no cows milk, or any other milk that contains lactose. I will only use soya, oat, almond, coconut or hazelnut milk (all of which I buy from the Alpro brand). 

• Lastly I am doing it this way as it’s been nearly a year since I got pregnant and stopped ‘cleansing and dieting’. This is a great way to ease back into those habits without making yourself miserable and craving food the whole time. As I definitely do not think that is how any diet should be. For those who have never done any juice cleanse or detox of any sort then this is an absolutely great first to try. It’s been known for many people to get attracted to the idea of a totally clean cleanse or detox program, jump right into a strict regime and find they fail after 1 or 2 days and never try it again. The key to these types of regimes is easing into that mentality and getting your body used to that type of regime.   
On that note, let’s drink to that! 

21 Day Cardio Challenge – Week 2 Update.

It’s Monday morning again, time to start the weekly routine again, the hustle and bustle of a Monday (as you can see, I don’t like Monday’s), however as a highlight, it’s also time for the week two weigh in.

So far my stats are as follows:

09.02.2015 – 53.5 kg (117.9lbs)
16.02.2015 – 52.5 kg (115.7lbs)
23.02.2015 – 52.0 kg (114.6lbs)

So, in week 2 I have lost EXACTLY half a kg (I don’t know how I keep managing to lose my weight to exact figures) 1/2kg is the exact equivalent of 1.1lb. This is still a great loss as this past week I wasn’t so good, and was a week full of eating all my Valentine’s Day chocolate (which I’m embarrassed to say is completely finished) and I still lost 1lb!

Yet again, the #21DayCardioChallenge has not failed me yet, but we shall see!

One more week remaining, go, go go!

Again I wish you a great start to your Monday morning in hope that it’s the lucky charm to a great week. This is how I’ve started my Monday, how do you like to start your Monday’s?

Pistachio Milkshake in a Nutshell

What you are looking at here is the lowest calorie pistachio milkshake you have come across until date, loaded with vitamins, delicious with its nutty flavour, it’s my new favourite drink! 
The Pistachio, family to the Cashew, well known for it’s purple skin and green flesh, it is not only unique to look at but also has a very distinctive flavour. 
Pistachios are one of those nuts that not only taste great (to the point of addictive in my case) but they are used in a variety of culinary dishes as well as sweet desserts – pistachio – ice cream flavour being one of the most well known. I personally like pistachios due to the fact I can tell myself (as I eat them endlessly) that they are filled with health benefits for me. 

They are one of the few nuts that contain most of the nutrients that are required by humans for complete health. Containing nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin B-6, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin K. That’s pretty amazing right?! (Okay, even I admit I don’t know what ALL of those vitamins are actually good for, but they must be good for something.) 

So let’s get cracking. 

INGREDIENTS – to make a small tumbler worth of milkshake, like in the picture. 
• A handful and a half worth of pistachios 
• 2 Tablespoons of Vanilla Ice cream (low fat or full fat however you prefer) 
• 100ml of milk (I used Alpro Coconut Milk as it is the lowest calorie milk ever and the taste is just divine) but you can substitute any type of milk you like here. 
• 200ml of Cold water (I just used tap water) 
• 2 Teaspoons of Sugar (I used brown sugar)

RECIPE 
Put the pistachios to soak in the 200 ml of cold water, for about 4 hours. 
• After the 4 hours are up, take the pistachios out the water (KEEP THE WATER) and place in the blender, blend together with the ice cream until a nutty, bitty mixture is attained. 
• Add in the ‘pistachio water’ and blend further, then add in the milk and blend until fully blended. 
• Add in the sugar and blend for a few more seconds. 
• Pour into a glass and serve with some pistachios on the top. 

Refreshing, tasty & low calorie in just a matter of 10 minutes! 

Go Green

Colourful, bright & Green, a great way to start your morning! 
Why is this Veg/Fruit juice so great? Well it’s filled with countless health benefits, loaded with vitamins, has about the same amount of protein as a morsel of meat and is refreshing with a hint of sweetness all at the same time. 

At the same time, what’s in this glass may not be to everyone’s taste, however, I do highly recommend it as a morning drink. It has amazing detoxifying, rejuvenating & refreshing properties, leaving you full, fresh, awake and ready to start your day. 
Contents of this GREENIE.
cups of spinach leaves – BLENDED
1/4 cucumber – JUICED 
1 green apple – JUICED 
Mint leaves to taste. 
Cold water to thin out as per preference.
Mix the blended spinach with the juice items, give it all a quick stir & there’s your greenie. 
It’s all quite so simple really. 
Enjoy!  

21 Day Cardio Challenge – Week 1 Update.

Short blog post on a Monday morning whilst I try to write this amongst the chaos of my baby crying, the start of a fresh week and getting a kick start to my Monday morning.

So after starting the 21 Day Cardio Challenge last week, here’s my stats for this week. 
09.02.2015 – 53.5kg (117.9lbs)
16.02.2015 – 52.5kg (115.7lbs) 
As you can see, after just the First Week I have lost 1kg, which is the equivalent exactly of 2.2lbs! And the perfect weight to lose in a week to keep it off too. 
This has been lost without changing absolutely anything in my diet, lifestyle etc. but purely by adding one hour of Cardio to my day instead. In whatever form that may be. Whether it’s a walk with the baby, intensive housework a shopping trip, but basically one hour a day of something extra that isn’t on your daily schedule for that day! 
Two more weeks of the #21DayCardioChallenge let’s go! 
In the meantime, try something new, kick start your Monday morning with a colorful plate on your table. 

The Sunday Valentines Hangover

Valentine’s Day – The day of the year when people exchange gifts, flowers, presents as a sign of love and appreciation towards one another. Some people hate it some people love it, I personally love this day, and here’s why… 


Firstly, the history of Valentines Day. How many of us actually know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well, truth being is…none of us do! And none of us ever will know. There are a few stories and research which has over the years led to rumours as to why we celebrate this day of love, all beautiful stories from one to another – and this to me brings magic to this oh so loving day. 
So, according to my research and as far as why we may celebrate this day, I have found that the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints, named Valentine or Valentinus, all of who were martyred. 
– One legend believes that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome and when Emperor Claudius III decided single men made better soldiers than married men, with families, he outlawed marriage for young men. It is said the priest, Valentine, continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret, all in the name of love. – Little did anyone know that ‘Saint Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England & France.
These love stories add so much romance and beauty to why we celebrate this day, and being a secret die hard romantic (well only sometimes) I find this so super cute and just one reason as to why I love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 
Stories aside, even if there wasn’t a story, I think someone, somewhere along the line invented this day so that everyone in the world would stop for just one day of the year and really show, appreciate and shower love on the people who are important, who we care about and who we love. Many defy this and say it should be shown everyday, and of course I agree, people we love should be shown through small gestures every day how much we love them. But to take one day a year out specially in the name of love to show that person is really just a great excuse to be extra lovey on that day, and be super happy, as I’ve never heard of Valentine’s Day celebrations making anyone sad! Alongside that, all the big gestures many of us make specifically on Valentine’s Day would be physically and for many of us- financially impossible to do everyday, if we did so everyday, then love and appreciation would also lose its meaning… 
February 2015 was my first Valentine’s Day as a Wife & a Mother, and I can definitely say it was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve had yet. I was woken at midnight by my over excited husband so we could exchange presents, and as I have a baby boy too, I personally received a multitude of presents, from my two favorite boys, it was just like Christmas for me! And not just about the presents, but the amount of hysterical laughter and kisses and fun that came with opening them together in the middle of the night, it was just like being lovestruck lovers again! The rest of the day was spent relaxing, taking a walk, watching movies, until the evening when my husband cooked me the most amazing meal for me, and then spending time with my husband until we retired for the night. 
My husband is sincerely not just the person I love, but my lover, my best friend and my soul mate too, and it just felt great that we specifically had an excuse to set a day aside to be more in love than we usually are. Those of you who already know us, know that we’re still a cringy, lovey Dovey couple even though we’re married (contrary to the usual conception of what marriage does to a couple). 

That was my Valentine’s 2015, how did you celebrate yours? 



 – Tradition Red Lips for V Day! – 










Thank you to my husband for my presents and a wonderful day, I was a truly spoilt wife and mommy! 



The Sunday Valentines Hangover

Valentine’s Day – The day of the year when people exchange gifts, flowers, presents as a sign of love and appreciation towards one another. Some people hate it some people love it, I personally love this day, and here’s why… 


Firstly, the history of Valentines Day. How many of us actually know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well, truth being is…none of us do! And none of us ever will know. There are a few stories and research which has over the years led to rumours as to why we celebrate this day of love, all beautiful stories from one to another – and this to me brings magic to this oh so loving day. 
So, according to my research and as far as why we may celebrate this day, I have found that the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints, named Valentine or Valentinus, all of who were martyred. 
– One legend believes that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome and when Emperor Claudius III decided single men made better soldiers than married men, with families, he outlawed marriage for young men. It is said the priest, Valentine, continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret, all in the name of love. – Little did anyone know that ‘Saint Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England & France.
These love stories add so much romance and beauty to why we celebrate this day, and being a secret die hard romantic (well only sometimes) I find this so super cute and just one reason as to why I love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 
Stories aside, even if there wasn’t a story, I think someone, somewhere along the line invented this day so that everyone in the world would stop for just one day of the year and really show, appreciate and shower love on the people who are important, who we care about and who we love. Many defy this and say it should be shown everyday, and of course I agree, people we love should be shown through small gestures every day how much we love them. But to take one day a year out specially in the name of love to show that person is really just a great excuse to be extra lovey on that day, and be super happy, as I’ve never heard of Valentine’s Day celebrations making anyone sad! Alongside that, all the big gestures many of us make specifically on Valentine’s Day would be physically and for many of us- financially impossible to do everyday, if we did so everyday, then love and appreciation would also lose its meaning… 
February 2015 was my first Valentine’s Day as a Wife & a Mother, and I can definitely say it was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve had yet. I was woken at midnight by my over excited husband so we could exchange presents, and as I have a baby boy too, I personally received a multitude of presents, from my two favorite boys, it was just like Christmas for me! And not just about the presents, but the amount of hysterical laughter and kisses and fun that came with opening them together in the middle of the night, it was just like being lovestruck lovers again! The rest of the day was spent relaxing, taking a walk, watching movies, until the evening when my husband cooked me the most amazing meal for me, and then spending time with my husband until we retired for the night. 
My husband is sincerely not just the person I love, but my lover, my best friend and my soul mate too, and it just felt great that we specifically had an excuse to set a day aside to be more in love than we usually are. Those of you who already know us, know that we’re still a cringy, lovey Dovey couple even though we’re married (contrary to the usual conception of what marriage does to a couple). 

That was my Valentine’s 2015, how did you celebrate yours? 

 – Tradition Red Lips for V Day! – 


Thank you to my husband for my presents and a wonderful day, I was a truly spoilt wife and mommy!