I'm writing this to you from beautiful Innsbruck in Austria.
It's past midnight here.
Lake and Elliot are sleeping 1 whole metre away from the computer desk where I've set myself up, trying my hardest to type quietly.
I'm a fast typist, not a quiet one, so this is taking me a looooong time...
And just as well- I've no choice but to keep this important post as brief as possible... only the good stuff for you to read :)
It’s that time of the year between Christmas and New Year when nothing is certain, except that most things don’t fit.
This doesn’t just mean your jeans either.
It’s the time of the year when we must recognise which of our previous decisions didn’t fit our values, lifestyle, dreams, relationships and our bodies.
It's the time to let go of some ‘stuff’ and make room for all the wonderful new things that can’t enter your world because of all that clutter.
Look towards the new year not to diet, but to give your digestion a break and to flood your precious body with so much nutrition that the toxins won’t stand a chance.
There is nothing wrong with overindulging over the holidays. Actually, I believe it's important to do that. How else will you get fired up and serious about making changes?
So, when you're ready (and ONLY when you're ready), refer to my below ideas on how to do a DIY detox at home.
They are all pretty different, so choose the one that sings to you or try them all.
And remember- THIS IS NOT A DIET. Diets are awful and make you miserable. This is a break for your digestion system, a release of toxic build up and a celebration of getting back to being YOU gain, just a happier lighter cleaner version.
IDEA 1- Go raw for a week.
It's only one week!
One week of eating lots and lots (I promise you won't be starving).
One week of flooding your cells with life and energy-giving enzymes.
One week of learning amazing new recipes and falling in love with being in your kitchen again.
One week of letting go of the bloat, the mucous, the discomforts, the laziness-syndrome and a crap-load of toxins (pun intended).
Many of you already own 'Purified- Your Complete 7 Day Detox Program' already, so all you need to do is dig it out and go shopping. It includes a grocery shopping list already, so just turn up at the supermarket.
If you're not in the know- this is my first and best selling eBook. There's nothing fancy about it, it doesn't even have pictures except my mug over the entire front cover (really selling it, aren't I?).
It's just good and simple information with 30 minute recipes, that work. No frills, just loads of testimonials.
Download 'Purified' in seconds>>
IDEA 2 - Do a digital detox.
Again, not really rocket science (or even diet related, I repeat- none of this is diet related), but disconnecting is the only thing that will make you feel connected once again.
I recommend a weekend. A week if you can get it off work.
And if you still have no idea how one can survive without Facebook, a phone, a tablet, a computer or a television even for a single day, may I suggest... a magazine?
Oh and scissors and some glue.
Dig out that beautiful Home & Garden mag, an outdoor adventure mag, a tourism pamphlet, anything with inspiring photography and words that make you really really happy and daydreamy.
If you've been reading my emails for some time, you know that I always use this week to put together my Vision Board for the year ahead.
It's the one self-care tradition I'm not about to break.
See this post on how to put together your very own vision board and check out when I revealed mine for the very first time>>
IDEA 3 - Do a kidney and liver flush.
There is an incredible deeeeep cleanse recipe formula, but I don't recommend you do this unless you're a seasoned detoxer and/or unless you've been on a very filling raw food diet for a minimum of three days prior.
1g castor oil for every kg of your weight, mixed with 2g lemon juice for every 1g of oil.
So if you weigh 100kg, you would require a 300g drink each day (100g oil+ 200g juice).
The benefits are truly endless.
It'll be a hard slow couple of weeks, so take your time and be gentle on yourself.
I've had many clients, including world class athletes take on this challenge and they swear by it.
Aside from epic weightloss for those that seek it, this flush works on a cellular level, strengthens your immune system, resets your digestive system and scrapes out any blocks, toxins, yeast and disease causing formations within your liver and kidneys, which are the hardest to purify.
Here is what a two day castor oil detox might look like over a period of 14 days:
Days 1-3: vegan diet, cooked and raw
Day 4-6: filling raw food diet, like a plan in Purified
Day 7: castor oil with lemon
Day 8-10: filling raw food diet, like a plan in Purified
Day 11: castor oil with lemon
Day 12-13: majority juice/ smoothie and one solid meal
Day 14+: vegan diet, cooked and raw, before returning to usual diet
The number of days for the cleanse will depend on the person and the only thing you should eat through the 'castor oil and lemon' day is a maximum of 20 dates (yes seems a lot, but trust me you'll want them) with detoxifying herbal tea.
This is recommended by a Russian doctor Alfei Budilov and is available in more detail in this article: Deep cleanse of the organism>>
[Note the article is written in Russian, so pop it into a google translator if you're interested in knowing more.]
IDEA 4 - Do an Alkaline Cleanse!
Have you ever tried peeing on some litmus paper to check where you are on the pH scale?
Most people are shocked by the result!
Everything in the universe is about creating balance, your body included.
The balance I go on about is called Acid-Alkaline, otherwise known as the pH balance.
It might ring a bell if you pay any attention to shampoo ads. The beauty industry loves to point out, that their product is ‘pH balanced’.
It works just as your own body temperature, where too much variance on either side of the normal 98.6F / 37C is very dangerous to your health.
PH Balance also has a scale, which measures how acidic or alkaline any environment or substance is on a scale of 1-14.
Seven is Neutral. Anything below it - is acidic; anything above it- is alkaline. A slightly alkaline body (at 7.36) is crucial for good health, but unfortunately the majority of our human race is no where near it.
It is when your pH levels are low, that your body becomes acid and vulnerable to germs, creating an environment for bacteria to thrive and for yeast to throw an ultimate party.
Disease (including cancer) cannot live in a slightly alkaline, oxygenated environment! Free radicals don't stand a chance of survival.
I've worked hard to construct the exact plan to help you go from acid to alkaline in the shortest possible time.
We offer a limited number of 1, 2 and 3 day packages just twice a year and post them all across the UK.
Obviously I would LOVE for everyone to purchase a package because I know exactly how incredible you will feel for a long long time afterwards, but I also know that this is simply not possible. Many of you live outside of the UK, some can't afford this done-for-you kit and all of you want to be able to try it for yourselves, so what I've done is document what a day on my Alkaline Cleanse looks like.
I've recorded the exact time and order I take every juice and snack, plus listed out the exact ingredients that go into each 'meal' and given you links to any ingredients that you might not find in a supermarket.
You can replicate the cleanse that made Tanya's in Chelsea famous and reap all the benefits by making it all yourself. Yay!
Well now it's reeeally late and I'm too pumped to sleep.
Can't wait to get back to London and get onto all of the above myself.
Please please join me! I'd love to know what detox spoke to you and how you got on, please leave me a comment below!
Happy New Year, my friend.
I wish for 2018 to be your year!