If you have been following the blog, you know I’ve been detoxing with the master cleanse. What you don’t know is that I’ve been detoxing externally as well. How you ask? Elemis Spa cellutox herbal bath salts and body oil. While on the cruise I enjoyed some spa treatments and also had a body composition assessment (BCA). Electrodes were placed on my feet and hands and a current was sent through my body and a machine computed my lean body mass and fat percentage. It also computed my pH which was low (on the acidic side). The consultant explained that the reason I was not seeing the results I desired from all of my exercise was due to the acidity which causes water retention around the fat cells which results in an appearance of puffiness or bloating. Increased acidity is secondary to the toxins we accumulate over time. She advised me to take on a more alkaline diet with a list of foods, drink alkaline water, and detox in an herbal bath twice a week. The herbal bath is comprised of Algae, Sea-buckthorn and Sea Fennel Extracts essential Oils of juniper and lemon that supposedly aid in drawing toxins out of the body. Prior to the bath, you dry brush your body to get the lymph circulating, and after the bath apply the cellutox oil in a circular motion on your trouble areas.
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I have enjoyed a few baths now and I like it so far. It’s interesting to see the water color change at the end which make me think it must be doing something. Only time will tell what sort of results I will see. These products are pretty expensive so it will take a real visible change for me to continue. I was watching Dr. Oz the other day and he showed on the show how soaking in a warm epsom salt bath can shrink inches on the body! I haven’t tried that yet but it might be a nice trick right before a big event or a beach day.
My mother and I decided to do things a little differently this holiday. Instead of freezing our buns off in chilly Pittsburgh, we headed south for the sunny beaches of the Bahamas. We went on a quick cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay on the Disney Magic which turned out to be a beautiful, newly refurbished ship. We left the day after Christmas and returned just in time for NYE celebration.
First stop, Nassau!
Immediately after docking on shore, we headed to Graycliff Manor. I saw a feature on this place on Destination Tennis and knew we had to check it out. It’s an historical mansion located next to the Governor’s house which boasts luscious gardens, a world-re-knowned wine cellar, and it’s own cigar and chocolate factories.
We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and then toured the grounds.
It’s a jungle out there!
I purchased a few goodies for the hubby who loves cigars.
Next we headed to Bay street which is the popular shopping district and also home of the Nassau Straw Market.
You could find just about anything here.
Just a little glimpse of how the other half lives…..
As I write this post, I am on day 6 of the master cleanse. The year 2013 was a lot of fun and it showed on my waistline and thighs so, like most people, I vowed to make a healthy start in 2014. I have tried several cleanses and detoxes in the past including, Pressed Juicery, Arden’s Garden, and GNC Total Body cleanse. I ran into a friend of mine in November who was doing the master cleanse and had only good things to say about it. I went home, did some research, and decided to try it.
So, exactly what is the master cleanse? It’s also commonly referred to as the lemonade diet. It was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1940 who was an early believer in natural healing. During our busy lifestyles, we are slowly adding toxins to our liver, colon, kidneys, and other organs. This diet was created to help rid our body of these toxins to improve overall health and in some cases, heal chronic illnesses. The original diet calls for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 40 days on the cleanse. You begin with a natural laxative tea every night before bed and in the morning. You could also do a salt water flush in the morning instead of the tea. During the day you drink 6-12 servings of the lemonade that consists of organic lemon juice, organic cayenne pepper, organic Grade B maple syrup, and filtered water. The lemon helps further flush out toxins while the cayenne helps boost metabolism. The maple syrup provides the remaining required nutrients.
So far, it hasn’t been too bad. Day 2 was difficult due to an unpleasant GI experience but that was the only set back. By day 3, I lost the taste for food or any cravings. I haven’t felt hungry at all and I have continued to work out at Bar Method. I have felt a little light-headed at times but it resolved after I drank some water. I have lost 7 pounds over the last 6 days. Definitely, water weight, but my stomach is already much flatter and my general puffiness is gone. I have 4 more days to go and I will give you an update next week on how I wean off the cleanse and start a healthier diet. For more info, check out the website:
Of course, you should always consult with your physician before starting any cleanse or new diet.
I have been searching high and low for the perfect black, low-heel, over-the-knee boot. I really wanted the highly coveted Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots but $595 was not in the budget. So, I was hunting for a cheaper knock-off and found the Corso Como over-the-knee boot on Piperlime. Of course, I waited until after Christmas for them to go on sale and alas, they were sold out!!! Back on the hunt, I scoured the web and found them! Nordstrom to the rescue, again! Not only were they in my size and on sale, my husband gave me a gift card for Christmas. When I received them in the mail, I was not disappointed. I loved the glossy leather finish and the elastic back provides a nice snug fit on the leg. I couldn’t wait to wear them and paired them with some skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. I will admit that the toe box is not very deep and I did began to feel it on the top of my foot. I think if I change my socks, this will remedy the problem. I still absolutely love these boots!
There’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve than with good friends, salsa dancing, and of course….booze! My husband and I met up with three other couples at Loca Luna. It’s a quaint little salsa spot in Amsterdam Walk in Midtown. I was happy to have somewhere to wear a sparkly dress and dance all night.
A picture of us ladies all gussied up in our party dresses. I found this black dress with a gorgeous sequin Aztec-pattern down the front at Fab’rik. I love the sexy mesh cut-outs on the side (although it did give me some side boob action…lol). It was a cold night so I paired it with opaque tights and booties.
The best part about the evening was bringing in the new year with my handsome husband! Doesn’t he look so dapper?