I try to start the morning with a green juice and a cup of hot water with lemon. I have been drinking the water for over 5 years now and can honestly say that I do enjoy it. I find it very refreshing and I feel a bit sluggish if I don’t have it. I started the green juicing in August of 2014. At first I did it nearly every day for the first two months but then it crept down to maybe 4 or 5 days and I have tried to keep it at least 4 days since the beginning of the year.
I started doing it because I don’t eat many fruit and vegetable (which I know is really bad) and I read an article about a lady who had started juicing and she found that she was benefiting in so many ways. She was less tired, she could concentrate more, her skin was clearer, she lost weight – on and on the list went. So I thought, I’ll have some of that. Now, I don’t buy the juices. I make them myself with fresh fruit and veg from the supermarket and I found an old juicer in the cupboard which I had bought for my husbands birthday several years ago (wasn’t he a lucky boy that year!).
I usually put in the same each day which is 1 carrot, 1 kiwi fruit, 1 apple, a handful of spinach, 2 sticks of celery, a chunk of courgette and a chunk of cucumber. I will be honest with you – the taste is not good. I drink it in one go because I don’t think I could bear it any other way although I have gotten more used to it over the months. But it’s not what I would consider a pleasure of mine in the mornings.
So, you are probably interested in the benefits I have seen. NOT A THING. I kid you not! My skin is exactly the same, not clearer or younger or fresher in any way. I am still utterly exhausted by 9pm every night in life. My concentration and memory are probably getting worse (although that will have a lot to do with age) but the juices aren’t making it any better. My weight is exactly the same as when I started last year.
So I keep on doing it in the hope that something will happen and it can’t be bad for me, right? Psychologically I feel that I am putting some goodness into my body so I suppose that is a positive thing in itself but I cannot tell you a lie and say that I have noticed wonderful positive changes in my body.
Anyway, I shall persevere and let you know if I notice any changes. Let me know about your own juicing experiences to keep me motivated!
Have you tried using coconut oil? It is really great for a variety of different things. I bought this jar for £6 out of Tesco nearly 8 months ago and it’s still half full. There are 5 main ways that I use it:
1) Mix with bicarbonate of soda and use to whiten your teeth. To be fair it doesn’t fast very good and is a bit nippy but it does have quite a good result with whitening teeth. Just take a tea spoon of the bicarbonate of soda and a tea spoon of the coconut oil and mix together into a paste. Then, simply using your toothbrush, use as you would toothpaste for about 3 minutes. I always brush my teeth properly with toothpaste before I do this but I’ve heard that people use it as toothpaste as well.
2) Mix a little of the coconut oil with table salt and use as a scrub/exfoliator for your face (or your whole body I suppose). A little goes a long, long way so don’t be too over zealous when you try this for the first time.
3) Use a little of the oil as a conditioner for your hair. You can either use it as a deep conditioner, so slather it on and then wrap your hair in a towel and go for a nice long relaxing bath – with a Daisy Blue candle of course – and then wash it as normal. Or I also use it as a regular conditioner when I am washing my hair as normal in the shower. But again, remember, a little goes a very long way so don’t use too much.
4) This is the way I use it most and that is as an intense night face moisturiser. At least once a week (and usually when I am washing my hair the next day), when I clean my face at night, I will use this as my night time cream. I simply take a little out (the size of a one pence piece) of the jar with a knife and rub together between my palms. It will start to melt and when it become liquified, apply to your face and neck as you would normal cream. Don’t use too much or you will slip right out the bed and also have to clean your sheets and pillow cases! I tend to put it on a couple of hours before I go to bed and that way it has completely absorbed into my skin.
5) As an all over body moisturiser. It is particularly good on dry skin so maybe the heels of your feet, or your elbows. You don’t need much and it is really effective. I use it on my feet all the time and it keeps them lovely and soft.
Virgin coconut oil is completely natural and will not harm your body or hair or teeth in any way. Give it a go and tell me what you think.
I was thinking this morning how I am at least half way through my life and, although things have been pretty great up until this point, I really feel that I have much more to do, and much more to offer. My daughter going to high school 18 months ago really started me thinking about what I was going to do with the rest of my life and how I saw my life after she left home and went off to live hers. I’ve worked as a psychologist for the best part of 17 years and it’s been a wonderful career. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, met wonderful friends and had the most amazing experiences. It also allowed me to work close to home and raise my family and I know that I have been extremely lucky.
However, things are changing. It won’t be long before the children are off but I still feel so young. I am a young woman with lots to offer and so much more still to do. So, after a few months of feeling a bit undecided and very unsettled, I have taken the bull by the horns and have started my own little business. The idea isn’t revolutionary – but it is something that I really enjoy. And I am so looking forward to building my own little empire, realising my own dreams and surprising myself with what I am able to achieve.
I am very excited about 2015 – although pretty terrified too! I’m going to give it a go and see why happens. Not sure who said ‘fortune favours the brave’ but I’m with them. If I don’t try then I’ll never know. And I would rather try and it be a disaster than spend the next 30 years wondering what might have happened if only I’d had the guts to take a chance.
I am going to use this blog to document my journey over the next 12 months as I build my business and give my dreams a chance to come true.
Keeping my fingers crossed xxx