New Year’s Resolutions and a Detox-Boosting Juice

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The first week of a new year has already flown by and with that the grip of new year’s resolutions could be loosening…

Promises of “getting fitter”, “losing weight”, “detoxing from the festive indulgence” already fading into the background of stress-filled excuses.

Isn’t is amazing how easily we can fall back into old habits and let all of our good intentions fall by the wayside?

This year, to try and prevent this, I’ve decided to make a visualization board depicting all of my goals for the year, and putting it in the best place for maximum bombardment of my positive intentions.

One of the most common sentiments for starting a new year, and one that I’m sure we’ve all uttered at least once in our lives, is wanting to “detox after the festive madness”.

Last week I watched the documentary “Hungry for Change”, which resonated with me deeply and reiterated much of what I already knew. Like most things in life, it came at the perfect time and reminded me that every positive change we wish for ourselves can only become possible with self love.

Unfortunately, there is no quick detox fix. We can’t take a pill, or drink a magic potion, to reset our body back to normal. All we can do is take it one day at a time.

Let’s decide that today is the day that we are going to start treating our bodies with kindness and, with love, fill them with foods that will help support the body’s natural detox process so that over time we will have a healthy vessel to allow us to become the best versions of ourselves.

As I mentioned above, we know that old habits are hard to break, so if you find yourself falling back into the old trap of bad behaviour, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just be aware of it and promise to try a bit harder the next day. Treat yourself like you’d like others to treat you and eventually that kindness you are giving yourself will make way for self love.

To break old thought patterns, we need to replace them with positive ones – so, a possible idea would be to write a mantra and stick it to your bathroom mirror, which will be visible every day. In “Hungry for Change” they mention that it takes 30 days to break an old belief, the mantra that was suggested was, “I accept myself unconditionally right now” – this means that you accept yourself warts and all and although you are not perfect, you appreciate that you are taking the small steps each day to becoming the person you want to be.

I think it’s important to pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come and not dwell on how far you still have to go. Every victory, no matter how big or small, should be celebrated.

I wish you an amazing 2015 and here’s to a year of self discovery and self love <3.

Juicing is a wonderful way of extracting as much of the goodness from foods as possible. What better way to start the day than a nutrient packed juice with your morning mantra?

This year my focus is on: a healthy mind, body and soul.

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Here is my recipe for a Detox-Boosting Juice (Makes 250 mls)

Ingredients:

1/3 large cucumber
1 large celery stalk (including leaves)
2 baby fennel bulbs and stalks
1/2 green apple
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch coriander
1 bunch mint
1 thumb-sized knob ginger
*optional squeeze lemon juice and 2 tbs Chia seeds

Combine all ingredients in a juicer to create a delicious and refreshing morning booster. Chia seeds become gel-like, which is great for digestion as the gel helps sweep out the digestive tract.

All of the ingredients above have been carefully selected for their health benefits including: rehydration, toxin flushing, digestion support, Diabetes prevention, Cancer fighting, brain and heart health and mood boosting