• Eat Naked : 3 Day Juice Cleanse & Detox Package Review

  • Healthy Eats and Chocolate Treats

  • My Birth Story : Natasha Bailie

  • I Choose Life

Eat Naked : 3 Day Juice Cleanse & Detox Package Review

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Firstly, YES Brighton is finally giving London a run for its money. We now have cold pressed juice bars, The Breakfast Club and rumour has it we are getting a Soho House. Basically I shall plant my feet in the sand because there ain’t no where else to go. Also I really want to see how this i360 turns out.

Secondly, I love to do juice cleanses. FYI.

I have managed an Honestly Healthy 6 day cleanse, but it did nearly break me so I have been doing regular 3 day juice cleanses with both 42 Juice (Brighton) and more recently with Eat Naked.

Eat Naked is run by Stacie Stewart who was a Masterchef finalist, is a DJ, author, columnist, TV presenter and an innovative cook who makes healthy eating easy and owns Eat Naked. Eat Naked is a clean eating deli tucked into Brighton’s South Lanes and they offer everything from protein balls, to superfood salads, nut milks, cold pressed juices and raw desserts which are healthy and tastier than any Mars bar.

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What is included in an Eat Naked full detox package?

The juice:

15 juices, 5 juices a day. A couple of lemons to have with warm water.

The detox package includes:

  • A Body Shop body brush
  • A coffee scrub body treatment
  • A tea strainer
  • Loose leaf green tea

The Review:

The first day tends to be full of optimism and motivation and by the evening you can already notice a difference in cellulite and I had a flat stomach at bedtime, which was motivation enough to keep going. I also had a really good sleep.

I awoke on the second day and started the dry brushing regime, Stacie had given me some print out instructions, but also a personal demo, which was needed. I have a toddler – I don’t have time to shower, let alone ‘dry brush my body’, but I made sure that it was the first thing I did, before putting my clothes on. I found it to be really relaxing and luxurious. I then had my green tea before any juice, which tasted like a holiday in a cup. The second day was slightly tougher because I have a fussy eating toddler so I was trying to convince him to eat pasta whilst “mama had her juice”. Everyone was confused and hungry, but as soon as 3pm hit I kept reminding myself that I was already half way through. I then showered in the evening and covered myself in the coffee scrub, which was heaven. I was off the caffeine whilst on the cleanse and the coffee scrub was as good as getting my fix. It was so exfoliating and left my skin feeling nourished. I actually felt spoilt.

Third day arrived, I dry brushed my body, I had my green tea and I noticed that I was in a rhythm, a good routine and it was already over! My skin was glowing, my tummy flat and not inflamed, cellulite was gone and I had a lovely coffee scrub shower to look forward to before bed, where I slept like a toddler. (Because my baby did not sleep – stupid saying).

I love the 3 day cleanse! It fits around my routine, I never feel hungry as it is packed with protein, it curbs my cravings and makes me look as close to a Victoria Secrets model as I will ever get. Better yet, I am never irritable or tired – as a mother this is so important. Lots of other cleanses advise you to stay home and rest. Chance would be a fine thing!

Why do I juice?

I suffer with IBS. I can easily go from feeling trim and healthy to looking 9 months pregnant and writhing in pain. I try and juice regularly to combat any upset and give my guts a break. The Eat Naked juices are packed with superfoods, nutrients and they are gut friendly. They really help with any bloating, gas (tmi) or inflammation that I often experience with IBS. Stacie also suffers with IBS and even documents her symptoms on her instagram, which is how I found her. I have also mentioned a billion times, so forgive me for bringing it up again… but my skin has never been the same since I birthed a human, diet is key to my skin troubles and if my skin is bad – it effects my mood and confidence. Once I finish a cleanse my skin, hair and nails are healthier, noticeably stronger and I feel restored and motivated to continue a healthier lifestyle.

How much weight do you lose on an Eat Naked 3 day juice cleanse?

I honestly do not do these cleanses to lose weight. I love that I have a flat stomach (especially since birthing a human & suffering with IBS) and no cellulite (miracle), but the weight loss is a bonus. I have to add that just by eating solid food the day after the cleanse your weight will most likely go back to your elbows. I have done the cleanse a few times now and each time I have lost 5 lbs, but I am not a stone lighter if that makes sense? (3 x 5). Eat Naked state that their typical weight loss from clients can range from 4 – 8 lbs in 3 days! Juicing is an effective weight loss aid, but it is not something that is recommended to do 24/7. Stacie has a tonne of knowledge and advice about nutrition, she is the person to ask if you want guidance on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Would you do an Eat Naked cleanse again?

Yes, yes, yes! I am fully invested in Stacie and Ryan – I love their philosophy and Stacie puts her heart and northern soul into everything she makes, bakes and creates and it is inspiring. From the coffee scrub, which is made by Stacie, to the personal dry brushing demo, you can tell that Stacie really cares and she knows her stuff. She always makes time for her customers and the love and attention that goes into all her recipes is clear, like my skin. Haha. I cannot recommend Eat Naked enough for lunch, coffee or a cleanse.

If you have any questions about the Eat Naked cleanse, please feel free to leave me a comment below or contact me via Twitter, instagram or Facebook. Links in the side bar. I have left lots of links to various companies and cleanses in this post to help you and guide you to find the right cleanse for you. I have tried most of them and Eat Naked is my favourite, but let me know if you have a favourite and I will check it out.

Do you juice? Thinking about juicing? If you have any questions about juicing, leave me a comment below and I will endeavour to get back to you asap.

Happy Sipping!

Healthy Eats and Chocolate Treats

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spiraliser salmon collageNow I have to be honest…I don’t have a cook book for a reason, I am a lazy chef. I will start to read a recipe with full optimism and then I zone out at 3 and a something quarter cups of a grain or type of sugar that I don’t have in my cupboard. Why do all the cook book writers want me to feel so inadequate? Why do they hate me?

So my rules are simple: It has to be a handful of ingredients, it has to happen quickly and make me forget that I am not eating a burger with a side of salty fries. Easy. Right?

We are in the midst of wedding season and we just booked our holiday so healthy eating is on the priority list, so I have been having this delicious salmon and spiralized cucumber dish a LOT. I lost you at spiralized didn’t I? My name is Natasha and I bought a spiralizer a year ago and never used it again, after consuming too much ‘Courgetti’. Now the sun is out I am enjoying lighter and more refreshing meals, think salads, sushi and pimms, but living in Brighton when the sun is shining is torture. Every f**c*er is having a BBQ and the air is thick with the smell of sausages, burgers and there is a shortage of ketchup! So…every window and door is currently shut.

I digress, this dish is REALLY good and I am going to give you the recipe that I probably started reading somewhere and then eventually improvised. I am like the Tina Fey of chefs and best of all, you probably have most of the ingredients at the bottom of your fridge.

recipe

 

  • 1 Portion of Salmon (I cooked a small fillet, but you could substitute for any meat or veg or fish)
  • 1 Cucumber
  • Handful of Rocket Leaves
  • Half a Lemon (save the other half for a gin later…)
  • Black Pepper & Sea Salt
  • A knob of Ginger
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Olive Oil

method

 

  1. Mix a tablespoon of olive oil with some black pepper, sea salt and chilli flakes
  2. Spread your mix over the salmon and place in oven at 180 degrees for roughly 20-25 mins (depending on size of fillet)
  3. Spiralize 1 Cucumber into noodles and place in a bowl (One cucumber per person – FYI)
  4. Drizzle some olive oil over your cucumber noodles and the juice of half a lemon
  5. Sprinkle on some extra chilli flakes, if you enjoy a kick to your dishes like me!
  6. Grate a knob of ginger and add to your cucumber noodles
  7. MIX with your hands
  8. Throw some rocket at the situation and mix into your dish. Can sub rocket for any leafy alternative that you desire.
  9. Once salmon is cooked, simply sit on top of noodles and EAT.

Now not only is this dish very tasty, but it fills you up too, so you forget the outside world and their stupid BBQs. They are all probably getting stung by wasps anyway. Who needs that?

Although if like me, you need a little taste of the good life after lunch or dinner, but don’t want to wipe out all your hard work – then I have got you a superfood chocolate smoothie that will curb your sweet tooth and keep your thoughts clean.

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recipe

  • 1 X Banana
  • Almond Milk (upto MAX line in NutriBullet)
  • Cacoa Powder (tbsp)
  • Cacoa Nibs (tbsp)
  • Lucuma Powder (tbsp)
  • 1 X Medjool Date
  • A handful of Walnut Halves

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Great news – You don’t have to lift a finger (you have done enough already), let the NutriBullet take over and whizz for 50 seconds. Add kitsch paper straw, instagram and enjoy your superfood treat that tastes like a chocolate milkshake! Take that world.

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Let me know if you try either of these recipes and tell me what you think. Did it curb your Mars bar problem? Did you replace salmon with steak or 12 rashers of bacon?

Did you like this style of post? Let me know and leave a comment below.

My Birth Story : Natasha Bailie

Pregnancy and birth are deeply personal experiences, I along with 24 other mothers have filmed our birth stories in a 3/4 minute nutshell for Channel Mum. Every which way you can possibly give birth is covered, which is phenomenal and I only wish I had these videos to look at when I was pregnant.I am so proud to be a part of this community of women who are helping other mamas, whether you’re a mother to be or a mother to teenagers there is something for you.

Here is my birth story, I had an elective C-Section with Max after suffering a traumatic miscarriage. I wanted as much control over how Max came into the world as possible and even though my doctor wanted me to go “natural” I went with my instincts and had the birth I wanted. 

The one thing that most parents share is the understanding that even after you’ve spent nine months expecting something, it can still constantly surprise you. Good luck and thank you so much for watching.

NB x

The Beach House

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I think this picture heavy post speaks for itself, we decided, quite spontaneously to pack up our bags and leave Brighton for dust this past weekend. We fled to a beach house located on West Wittering beach and spent two nights routine free, buggy free, pretty much phone free and genuinely we felt free – free to let our freak flags fly and embrace some serious family time. It was honestly food for the soul.

I often get stuck, I always have, but before birthing Max, I used to just get lost in my head and I would eventually un-slump myself, but Max makes everything better – I don’t have the luxury of time and mindfulness anymore. Until recently that is, Max started nursery and I gained 2 hours twice a week and I kept finding time to stop, think and process, but that has led to me feeling overwhelmed, lonely, isolated, anxious and stuck.

I hate change. It has been well documented, but I long for clean slates, for fresh starts and new beginnings – can you see the conflict here? We are all fighting our own battles and this post seems incredibly indulgent, but I wanted to share it, because in this age of filtered snaps and edited lives, sometimes it can all get a bit much and I would hate for anyone to think that life is peachy when it really isn’t.

Mr.B and I have been together for 15 years and we have always been incredibly smug about our relationship, we have never had to work at it and we are discovering that suddenly we need to make effort – to spend time together, to talk, to have fun and it is news and new to us. It has come as a harsh shock that we have to work on making time for each other and it has made us question everything. We needed this weekend to ‘work at it’ and gain some perspective away from the noise of people, phones and routines. It worked too, but it is only going to keep on working if we keep making the effort.

It is so easy to let life happen, unravel, but it is so important to not just go through the motions. I want to embrace life, survive motherhood, travel far, have adventures, share experiences and love hard. Is this too much to ask? I did it this past weekend so maybe if I make an effort I can keep the momentum going on this crazy life avalanche. “They see me rolling…”

To Challenge. To Change.

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What do you do to stop germs spreading?

What are your biggest challenge(s) when it comes to fight germs?

GSK asked me and I realised I don’t do nearly enough to actively fight germs in my household. I have a two year old boy who loves soil and sand and being outside and picking up snails and eating with the same hand…I mean how? Max is constantly wet wiped, washed, but really I need a hazmat suit to tackle the toddler issue.

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  • Accelerating access to child-friendly medicines
  • Looking at product innovation. For example, GSK are reformulating the antiseptic commonly found in mouthwash to create a gel used to clean umbilical cords and prevent infection in newborns
  • Widening vaccination coverage
  • Investing in the training of health workers. 5,000 health workers have been trained and equipped with skills to identify malnutrition and preventable diseases have been trained through our partnership since 2011.

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Tantrum HQ? “I got this”

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Woah Nelly Furtado, I now live at Tantrum HQ, Tantrum City, East Tantrum. You can take either the tantrum express or tantrum tunnel to get here. Please send H-E-L-P.

I have documented a handful of Max’s ‘terrible twos’ on the blog because, in all honesty they haven’t all been “terrible”, but this past week has been terrifying. The kid is physical, loud and damn right obnoxious. I blame the parents. In Max’s defence he is not being “naughty”, he is not doing anything mischievous or nasty that would warrant a time out in the cone of shame, but he is 2 years old and it looks tricky. He is navigating life and discovering that there are limits to what humans can do and in turn he is pushing this mama to her limits!

However what I have realised is that I am COPING. Mr.B is travelling with work so I have been a single mum for the last 5 days and normally, just the mention of a possible “work trip” would of normally sent me straight to the cupboard under the stairs ala Harry Potter, but this time I was like “Babe, I  got this”. I definitely “had it” for the first three days, but then I broke. Tantrums will wear you down, they crush your soul and leave nothing in their wake, but disappointment in both yourself and your child. I am half the person I used to be. Tantrum Thursday soon turned into Tantrum Friday, oh and Saturday and really, now Sunday and so on.

The best part about tantrums is that you think that by taking your torturous toddler outside that it will get better. Every time I do this I open myself up to the potential of crying on a stranger, because it is like taking a contained tiger out for a walk or poking a bear. Nothing hammers home how much your child is being a complete butt munch than public bribery and judgement from the park mafia. In public you have to pretend that this is the first time you are being showered in a confetti of rice cakes whilst being kicked in the throat as you strap your cherub into the Bugaboo. In public it is kind of frowned upon to walk away from your child when you need someone to spin you on the rage roundabout. Breathe.

Ah motherhood. It is hard to see the wood through the trees sometimes isn’t it? I am pleased to say things have become a little more manageable after a rough week here. He suddenly knows colours and can tell me when he needs the toilet soooo…..great? Another wanker, I mean wonder week under our belt. I met a mum in a cafe today who had a 5 month old baby and she asked me if it gets easier and she looked so hopeful and so I said yes. I remember 5 months, I was up 24/7 and I was wondering when the “Babe, I got this” moment was coming so I lied. She left me with fresh optimism, a large sized frothy coffee and an “I got this” look in her eye. Good on her, because it really doesn’t get easier, but you get better at it.

PRO MAMA #BRESSURE

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Did you feel pressure to breastfeed? Did you struggle? Or did you bottle feed? I am part of this awesome campaign to empower mothers and to stop the breast versus bottle shaming. It is not a breast issue or a bottle issue – it is a feeding issue. Head on over to Channel Mum and share your feeding story and experience. Alternatively join in the conversation on Twitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #BRESSURE and meet other mums who are all proving that one size does not fit all. You do not have to feel alone in your own journey and you definitely should not feel judged. Join us so we can reinforce a positive change. Life is tough as it is and raising children is even harder, but feeding your baby doesn’t have to be a struggle.

My breastfeeding story is LIVE over on the Channel Mum YouTube channel as well as many other breast and bottle stories and videos.

You don’t have to be pro breast or pro bottle, just PRO MAMA!

What would be the one word that sums up your baby feeding experience?

If I were a Boy

If I were a boy I wouldn’t be writing this.

If I were a boy I wouldn’t have to text my friends as soon as I got home.

This is not something I would usually write about, but it is something that is on my mind everyday and it effects my decisions and subsequently my life. For as long as I can remember I have been told to “walk home with a friend”, to “text as soon as I walk through the door”, “to be careful” and “to be on my guard”. Incase of attack. Our lives as women are apparently made up of a series of decisions and choices that could go well as long as a man doesn’t rape us.

I just watched the Game of Thrones episode (spoiler alert) where Sansa Stark is raped. I am a huge GoT fan, but the entire Sansa storyline from series 1 to present day has been plagued with the question “Who will rape Sansa Stark?” Will it be King Joffrey? A dwarf? A peasant or Lord Baelish? I hated it and dare I say it, now it has happened I feel relieved. Relieved it will no longer be hanging over me. This, plus the recent story of a woman who got rewarded £500 for attacking her attacker has made me really mad. I am so mad that I have to worry about rape every time I leave the house.

Since becoming a mother I don’t get to go out much, but this week I got invited to a dinner with some girlfriends and I will have to catch the train after 7pm to the destination. My gal pal invited me to said event and in the invite I was promised a buddy system escort service to and from the station. This is not because I am a weirdo who doesn’t like to go out at night or I cannot walk by myself, this is just how women have to make plans. If we want a rape free night – we have to have plans in place.

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I cannot help, but think that if I were a boy I wouldn’t have to make these decisions, I wouldn’t have to make these plans and no, I don’t believe every man is leaving the house with rape on their mind, but why do I and every woman I know carry the burden that they might?

Date Night

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know I have an obsession with @DeliciouslyElla and her food ethos. Trust me, I have all the healthy eating books that promise to nourish me and make me glow from within and I get a little something from each of them, but I always go back to Ella. She is my jam.

I am always trying to eat healthy, emphasis on trying and I find the Deliciously Ella app and book to be my ‘go to’ for healthy alternatives when I crave a curry from my favourite Indian or want to reach for a snickers. After weeks of really trying to be healthy I feel like I have kicked my sugar habit and I no longer crave sweet treats. I am as surprised as you, BUT every evening like clockwork I crave a little taste of luxury after dinner and where I would normally go hell for leather on the chocolate I go for the dates instead. Say what now?

I know. Dates. Medjool dates to be specific, they are the fattest and most juiciest of the date family and they have a delicious fudge like consistency. I open the date, throw away its stone and stuff with almond butter. Done. I like to sprinkle some raw cacao powder on top and stick in the fridge for an hour to set. They are deliciously sweet and filling, so you need only one or two and I cannot believe something so small has changed my nightly chocolate routine. Every night is date night!

What after dinner treats are you loving? Is anyone else reading “Get the Glow” by Madeleine Shaw? Ive just picked it up and I am eager to try the 6 week programme.