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The Essential Clean Eating Detox Diet Grocery List
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The Essential Clean Eating Detox Diet Grocery List
January 8, 2015 at 10:40 am 0

When I started doing this detox cleanse I wasn't really sure what we were going to eat. Well it turns out we've been eating healthy, filling and fresh meals...not to mention super affordable. And we've been loving it!

Since I'm all about convenience in the kitchen I try to bulk buy ingredients, and cook and prep as much as I can ahead of mealtime. It saves a ton of time. Avoids any temptation. And makes lunch (our one meal per day while on the cleanse) a total breeze.

This shopping list is based on the Clean diet from Dr. Alejandro Junger. The basic philosophy is to heal your body through what you eat.

CLEAN EATING GROCERY LIST

Here's our basic detox diet grocery list: 

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Great tasting and easy to make detox smoothies are a perfect fit for a clean eating cleanse. Make these in 2 minutes or less.
January 6, 2015 at 8:20 am 0
berrysmoothie

Following our "kickstart your health" cleanse plan here, we're having a smoothie for breakfast and dinner everyday. That means twice a day we need to come up with exciting, delicious and easy to make smoothies that will be a satisfying meal replacement. Here are a few of our favourites (plus the combo that really didn't work so you don't make that mistake!). 

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An Easy to Follow New Years Cleanse
January 3, 2013 at 9:35 am 0

At the end of the holiday season I was feeling extremely bloated. I was eating without being hungry, and I was drinking enough for a group of 20 year olds during Spring Break. While that was fun...it didn't feel so awesome, and it didn't look so good on me. On December 27th after having friends over for drinks, and really struggling to button up my jeans I decided to start a cleanse on January 1st.

I found a cleanse that seemed pretty interesting through Gweneth Paltrow's blog Goop, but I wasn't going to pay $425 for a box of vitamins and shakes, so I decided to tweak the plan slightly.

It's based on Dr. Junger's book, Clean, (which I ordered online in time for a January 1st delivery) but without all the dietary supplements, and yucky tasting shakes. Let's call it the Cashmere Clutch Cleanse.

Here's the lowdown of the Cashmere Clutch Cleanse: 

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Fancy Spa vs. Cheap Nail Bar: Who Gives A Better Manicure
March 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm 6
One of the luxuries of being a girl is all the pamering - hair appointments, shopping trips, manicures, pedicures and all sorts of other lovely things that make us feel super special. But does it have to cost a fortune? Can you go for the cheaper option but still get great value? This week we're testing out nail bars. Is there a difference between the fancy spa and cheap nail bar? At the average fancy spa a manicure will cost $40, but at the inexpensive nail bar it's about $15. Once you add a tip you are looking at $45 vs. $18. Is it worth it?
for manicures expensive does not mean better

for manicures expensive does not mean better

Recently we tested out Elmwood Spa to see if it was worth the price difference. The facilities at the spa are lovely - there is a wonderful change room, water treatments that make you feel so relaxed, and flavoured water and apples everywhere. But, when it came time to get the manicure we were ushered down into the basement - and seated in a room with 20 other women cramped in little chairs getting manicures and pedicures. It was anything but glamourous! Trying to keep an open mind we chatted with the manicure ladies and people watched the other patrons. The manicurist trimmed our cuticles, shaped our nails and painted away using the Elmline products - a brand specific to this spa. The trimming and shaping were ok, although not as thorough as expected, but the nail varnish was awful! It was streaky, clumpy and just would not even out. And we were paying $45 for this! We asked the manicurist to remove the polish and start again with a recognized brand - OPI. This polish went on much better, smoother and didn't look like dollar store varnish. When we were done with the treatment and it was time to pay the friendly receptionist asked how we liked the manicure. It was time to be honest - "It was the worst manicure we've ever had". We were told the manager would call to see how they could make it better, but they never did. Over at the inexpensive nail bar we had a manicures and pedicures. As expected the place was busy, loud and crowded and the manicurist didn't have the same gentle approach as at Elmwood spa, but the results were fantastic! Our nails were trimmed well, our cuticles never looked better and the polish was applied perfectly. Some naysayers avoid cheaper nail bars saying they are unhygienic - but all you have to do is use some common sense (i.e. if there are used needles on the floor it's probably not a clean place) and if it makes you more comfortable just ask for any tools used on you to be sanitized with alcohol. So if you are looking for a great manicure the cheap nail bar is a better bet. It may not be as relaxing as the spa, but you will have great looking nails, and you'll have saved yourself a few bucks!
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