I’m back!

Good day subscribers,

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I hope you’re all very well and that your 2016 has been off to a fantastic start! I’m sad to admit that over the past couple of months, I’ve neglected my beloved blog due to time constraints.

However, I’ve got some exciting news for you all: I’m back! With bigger ideas, better content and lots to look forward to.

If there are any fashion, beauty, healthy or fitness topics you’d like to know more about, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

PS: I’ll also be writing lots about the two cities that I live between, Joburg and Cape Town, so if you’ve got any restaurants or spas you’d like to know more about, let me know about those, too!

Love,

Cands

Oh, Friday… Let me hug you!

Good morning everyone! And a very happy Friday to you all!

 

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Is there a sweeter acronym than TGIF?

I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond excited that the weekend is around the corner, and that the start of the next workweek is long ways from here. It’s been an awesome, productive week, but at the same time it’s been a hard knock being shaken out of holiday mode!

This weekend I have some pretty exciting events coming up. Be sure to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss out on what I’m getting up to!

I wish you all a fabulous weekend! May it be filled with fine champagne, divine food, good friends and lots of laughter.

 

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Love,

Cands

Happy 2016, subscribers!

Happy Monday and Happy New Year to all of you!

Isn’t the start of a new year just such a wonderful thing? Think about it – it’s a time of great opportunity. A time to reflect on the last year, and to set goals for the new one.

I must admit – I was rather sad to say goodbye to 2015. Even with all of its overwhelming challenges, it taught me so much about myself. At the end of the day, it was always going to be the year of difficulties and survival, and I exceeded my own expectations and didn’t only survived, but survived well!

On the other hand, 2016 is going to be a year of achievement and ultimate success. I’m so excited! I’m also so grateful for my friends and family who continue to propel me to higher levels in all areas of my life.

On this beautiful Monday, I encourage you to be brutally honest with yourself. Ask yourself: “Where have I been, where am I now, and where do I want to go?”

Take some good time to look back on 2015, and use this self-reflection to drive you to an incredible 2016. May it be an absolutely brilliant one!

 

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Love,

Cands

Happy Monday! It’s almost holiday time!

Good morning my lovely subscribers!

I hope you’re all having the most amazing day so far. Considering it’s Monday again, and (even better) almost holiday time, I thought this post would be appropriate. It’s been a long, busy year for most of us, hasn’t it? I bet you’re looking forward to putting your feet up and de-stressing as much as I am this December!

Being on holiday has been long thought to be one of the best things you can do for your stress levels. There’s even research to prove it! If you’re one of those people (like myself) who find it difficult to switch off and completely unwind during your December break, not to stress (pun intended). I’ve compiled a great list of my three top tips to help you get to grips with holiday relaxation! I hope you enjoy this useful Monday morning read.

 

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Three tips to de-stress over the holidays

#1: Get off the grid!

I’m not saying you have to retreat to the wilderness or a wellness spa and rely on forage berries and nuts during your holiday. What I am saying, however, is that you should disconnect your electronic devices and take time to get back in touch with nature. Seriously – switch your phone and laptop off for half an hour each day, and use that time to explore the beautiful outdoors or simply relax and take time out to yourself. You’re on holiday!

#2: Treat yourself

Nothing says “holiday” quite like a massage or a spa day – can we agree on this? Thought so! It’s a great way to release tension and relax your mind and body. Splash out on a facial, hot stone massage or mud wrap, and let all of your worries melt away. Because a little bit of pampering never hurt nobody, right?

#3: Work it out

While it might not be the first thing you think of when you’re looking for relaxation techniques, exercise is one of the most effective ways to decrease your stress levels. It helps release feel-good endorphins, which in turn releases tension. Ultimately, this improves your mood and helps you sleep better. Go to the gym, have a hit around the tennis court, or take a long swim. Whatever your choice of workout, you’re guaranteed to feel refreshed and rejuvenated afterwards!

I hope you all have the most incredible Monday today and a very positive and productive week. Let the countdown to holidays begin!

Love,

Cands

PS: I hope you love the posts I’m putting up this week! Keep your great feedback coming.

Happy Friyay!

Good morning subscribers!

 

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While I have a moment to spare I thought I’d pop in and wish you all a fabulous weekend. Apologies for my lack of personal posts as of late – it’s been crazy at work with year-end deadlines over the past few weeks!

 

Thank you all for the great feedback on my posts this week. I’ll check in with you all again on Monday and give you the latest scoop on what’s happening in my life 🙂

 

Have a brilliant Friday!

 

Love,

Cands

Six things that help me conquer my sweet tooth over the festive season

Are you high? Before you say no, think about what you’ve put in your mouth lately. If it includes anything from thick, creamy milkshakes and rainbow-coloured cereal to chicken nuggets and cold cuts, there’s a pretty good chance you’re riding a sugar high right now.

 

Don’t feel bad – you’re not the only person buzzed with a sugar addiction right now. In fact, research shows that nearly a quarter of one’s daily caloric intakes – 325 calories on averages – comes from foods like baked goods, soft drinks, fruit juices and desserts. In other words, from sugar.

 

I find that year-end is the toughest time of the year to try and take control of your sugar cravings. Do you agree? Here are seven tips that help me take control of my sweet tooth that really work!

 

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Six ways to curb your sweet cravings this December

#1: Eat a decent breakfast every day

Did you know that 90% of sugar addicts skip breakfast? That’s right. They wait and get a big hit of sugar at around 10am. When you eat breakfast, you prevent the drop in blood sugar that makes you crave sugar later in the day. A hearty, nutritious breakfast doesn’t have to take you long to whip up – try a delicious low-calorie smoothie or avocado baked eggs.

#2: Choose fruit whenever you can

Satisfy your sweet tooth with bananas, apples, and berries; all of which temper natural sugar with fibre and loads of antioxidants. Dried fruit and fruit juices will also do in a pinch. Just be aware that they pack far more calories than fresh fruit. I limit myself to a quarter cup or less of dried fruit or one cup of fruit juice each day. Frozen fruit smoothies are another great healthy way to get your sugar fix.

 

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#3: Never cross the 150 calorie line!

So you’re at a Christmas party or a dinner and you simply can’t say no to a chocolate or a cupcake. Let’s be realistic – this happens! But when it does, be sure to stick to 100 to 150 calorie portions and 16 g of sugar or less.

#4: Plan your indulgences for right after dinner

You can’t toss out or give away all the sweet treats you get given for Christmas, I know. So the trick is to indulge in them at the right time – after dinner. Late-night sweet fixes give you a pure, unaltered sugar rush. Treat yourself right after dinner instead and you’ll reduce (though not counter) the insulin-spiking effect.

 

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#5: Cut out “overt” sugars as far as possible

Tackle the worst offenders first: Sucrose-laden treats! Yup, I’m looking you right in the eye, frappuccinos. If you drink sugary drinks like these every day, try get into the happen of having one every other day instead.

#6: Enter a sugar rehab

You’re an addict. Therefore, you need to detox before you can fully recover. It takes five days to fully overcome your cravings for sugar, and you’re bound to feel awful for about three of them. Prepare to be edgy and irritable while you resist temptation for the first three days. By day five, you’ll feel like a whole new person – I promise! And, you’ll have learned that a little sugar goes a much longer way than you previously thought.

I hope these tips work well for you. Good luck!

I went on the Orchard on Long Radical 3-Day Juice Cleanse

Last week I went on a juice cleanse. For you. Well, for me, really. But I had you in mind. Promise. Now, those of you who know me will know that I’m very much obsessed with detoxing. I’ve tried a couple of different local juice cleanse programmes that have done wonders for my body and taken my health to the next level. Last week, I finally got around to trying the 3-Day Radical Cleanse by my favourite Cape Town juice bar: Orchard on Long. Yup, for three whole days I binged on green juices… And I lived to tell the story!

Before I get to my juice cleanse diary, let me elaborate a little on the cleanse that I did and why I did it. So, the 3-Day Radical Cleanse, which will cost you R1 050, is a relatively advanced cleanse sequence. You get six juices to drink per day. I’d say it’s best for “experienced” juicers, but I’m sure beginners would be able to stick it out, too. Just a side note: Orchard on Long does offer other programmes that are designed for newbies entering the cleansing arena, such as the 1-Day Activation Cleanse and the 1-Day Radical Cleanse, which both cost R350 each.

My decision to do this juice cleanse can’t quite be chalked up to any one thing. I wasn’t really trying to drop weight, though I’d been feeling a little sluggish after eating pretty badly over the past month due to stress and other factors. I felt that it was time to take back my health. I wanted to feel a little lighter, fresher and, well, newer. The 3-Day Radical Cleanse promised nutrient-dense, alkalising and detoxifying juices that would “target every nook and cranny”, helping me achieve maximum detoxifying results. Sounded pretty good to me!

So now, here’s a look into my juice cleanse journey…

 

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My juice cleanse diary

Monday (3 days before cleanse)

7:45AM

A menacing calendar invite pops up on my phone just before I step into the office, reminding me to “stop drinking coffee/alcohol and eating dairy/bread/meat”. You see, in order to get the most out of any juice cleanse, you need to prepare your body. You’ll want to start weaning yourself off of your usual indulgences and make a few adjustments before you start, so that your body doesn’t go into panic mode when you consume nothing but liquid for three consecutive days. Yup, this Monday without coffee was tough!

2PM

The work day is almost over, and all I’ve consumed is green tea, nuts and berries. The tummy rumbles are real right now.

7:30PM

My evening yoga workout seems to have kept my hunger at bay. For dinner, I enjoy two soft-boiled eggs sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Tuesday (2 days before cleanse)

10AM

My head hurts. By now, I’ve usually glugged down a cup of coffee. Maybe two. Today, I drank a blueberry and coconut water smoothie for breakfast, and plan to sip on green tea for the remainder of the day. Caffeine is part of my morning ritual. Okay, maybe it isn’t just a ritual. Maybe I’m addicted to it. Whatever.

1:30PM

Time to meet a friend for coffee during my lunch hour. Well, she has coffee, and I have a cup of chilled green tea with a sashimi salad.

8PM

I feel like inhaling a plate of nachos right now, but I blend up a raw cacao and peanut butter smoothie bowl for dinner instead. Yes, chocolate for dinner. I needed a pick-me-up, okay?

Wednesday (1 day before cleanse)

9:30AM

I pick up my box of juices! It’s huge. And heavy. All this is going into my body in only three days? Whoa, okay. I spend the next half an hour arranging it all in my fridge.

8PM

After a one-hour spinning class, I’m pretty starving, but I resist temptation and cook up a low-calorie vegetable soup for dinner. I feel pretty ready for my impending cleanse. Bring it on!

Thursday (day 1)

6AM

I wake up bright and early, feeling ready for my cleanse. I’m about to drink cold things for three days straight. I’ve done it before, so I can do it again, right? I hope they’re tasty. Let’s see how it works out.

9:30AM

After drinking a mug of warm water with sliced lemon to wake up my system, I have my first juice, which is labelled “Greens”. It’s… Not bad! A blend of spinach, kale, dates, wheatgrass, orange, pineapple, vanilla, oats and spirulina. It’s actually pretty sweet and refreshing. I definitely taste the spinach and kale, but luckily the pineapple keeps it from going full veggie flavour.

11AM

Onto my second juice – The Electro. It’s a blend of celery, kale, spinach, apple, lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Pretty gingery, but it was better than the first one for sure. Plus it was filling. I feel full. Not necessarily sated, but I’m certainly not starving.

1:30PM

I might be starving… I’m not sure. Maybe it’ll pass? I drink down my third juice, The Panda. Avocado, pineapple, lime, celery, cucumber, spirulina, apple spinach and ginger are the ingredients in it. Wow, tasty!

3:45PM

Feeling rather dizzy, but still going. Time for my fourth juice, the Sunflower Special. It’s a mix of sunflower greens, celery, wheatgrass, lemon, apple and kale. Okay, wow… The wheatgrass taste is rather overpowering. But it’s drinkable.

5PM

I’m feeling pretty energised! Perhaps it’s the little bit of caffeine in the green tea I’ve been drinking throughout the day to thank for this?

5:50PM

Time for my fifth juice, the All Star Greens juice! Yes, another green juice. It’s loaded with watercress, celery, parsley, basil, kale, cucumber, mint, spinach and lemon. It tastes a lot better than it sounds.

8PM

Dessert time! My sixth and last juice of the day is the Almond Milk. A delicious combination of raw almonds, vanilla, Himalayan salt, dates and coconut oil. I close my eyes and it tastes a little like a milkshake. As someone who needs to end their day on a sweet note, this is kind of life-saving.

10PM

It’s time for bed. I feel a little dizzy, but actually not so bad. I’ve had a caffeine withdrawal headache all day, but I’m sure the feeling will pass as the juices get to work and the toxins leave my body.

Friday (day 2)

9AM

I’m done with the first day! Walking into the office was hard. I almost fainted from all the smells. Do my colleagues really have to drink their coffee at eat their oatmeal at their desks? I find it rather inconsiderate. Also, why are my senses so heightened? Okay, juice time.

11AM

I’m feeling a tad wary about the rest of the cleanse now that I know what all the juices taste like. I hope the novelty won’t wear off. My bladder is constantly full of liquid. It’s quite uncomfortable.

12:15PM

I’m three juices into the day and I actually feel great! I probably only feel this way because it’s Friday, right?

6PM

I’m busy working from a coffee shop. I just finished my fifth juice of the day. I had to have a change of scenery – delicious smells be damned! My last juice is sitting in my bag. I’ll treat myself to it after a light run around the block after finishing my work.

6:45PM

Still at the coffee shop. It’s interesting working through the “am I really hungry right now, or am I just bored?” and “am I really hungry right now, or am I just used to eating at this time?” questions on a juice cleanse.

8PM

I’m on the couch, feeling a bit drained after my run. But I know it’s normal to feel light-headed after even light exercise when you’re consuming so few calories per day. I drink my almond milk juice. It’s so good!

10:30PM

Okay, maybe the lack of food is getting to me a little, because I just yelled at someone on the phone who probably (okay, definitely) didn’t deserve to be yelled at. Also, I feel so antisocial. A Friday night spent at home? Really? Okay, time for bed.

Saturday (day 3)

7:45AM

I wake up and I feel totally fine. I’m not miserable or starving. Hmm, surprising. I do miss food and liquid that isn’t juiced fruit and veggies, but I suppose knowing there’s a light at the end of the tunnel makes it manageable.

1:30PM

If anything, I feel a little tired of not eating. I’m on my third juice of the day, and I’m about to go and meet a friend for tea. I think I miss salty carbs the most. I want pizza. And nachos. I wouldn’t mind ice-cream, either.

11PM

Got a little caught up watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episodes, so I’m finally heading to bed with my last juice. I’m feeling a little sentimental – I’m going to miss having everything I need for the day tomorrow planned out for me. Plus, there’s nothing in my fridge except for an almost-empty bottle of red wine and a LUSH face mask.

 

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The final verdict

While I’m not going to tell you what I weighed before and after the cleanse (what, are you crazy?!), I will say that I had lost 3 kg when I weighed in on Sunday morning. 3 kg in three days? Not too shabby. I feel lighter on my feet and the furthest thing from bloated. Not that I’m constantly stuffing my face with food and eating to excess, but you know what? Sometimes I do (there, I said it).

In addition, my mental and physical energy levels have skyrocketed and my skin is glowing! I can also feel that my digestive system and liver are well-rested. Gosh, I feel absolutely fabulous in actual fact! It wasn’t cheap, but eating healthy usually isn’t. It was, however, well worth it. I think I’ll do this cleanse once a season.

If you too want to invest in your health, give a juice cleanse a try. Just like you set aside money from your budget for high-quality clothing and accessories that will last, your body deserves the same attention. Whether it’s splurging on a gym membership when the temperatures dip and you can’t run outside, or a seasonal reboot to your diet, it’s always worth it. I promise you!

Now if only I could go cold turkey on my beloved chocolate cake and pizza…

If you want to read more about the juice cleanses that Orchard on Long offers or get right to placing an order, go here.