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Surviving the Holidays | 10 Day Cleanse

While I love the holidays, and look forward to them, they can be fairly hard on your body. Between all of the聽late nights, indulgent treats, and cocktails, you start to feel pretty low energy by the time New Years rolls around. This 10 day cleanse is easy, quick, and you still get to EAT. Well… Maybe easy isn’t the best word. But it’s definitely worthwhile. It’s a great way to give your adrenals and gut a break, and you’ll be able to put your best food forward for all of your holiday engagements this year.

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Here are the do’s and don’t’s for the 10 day cleanse:

Don’t consume:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar/Sweeteners (including natural added sugars like agave or honey, but excluding fruits and veggies containing sugar, those are fine)
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Peanuts

Do consume:

  • All the whole foods – Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. (Non-processed meat as well if you’re an omnivore)
  • LOTS of water
  • Pre/probiotics
  • Fermented foods without added sugar

Caffeine is one of the hardest things for most people to give up, but you can ease your way into it by starting to cut back a few days before officially starting the cleanse. That way there isn’t quite as much of a shock to the system. Below are my thoughts and experiences with some of these factors to give you an idea of what to expect and how you may feel.

Caffeine – I was worried about this one to be honest. I generally drink 3-4 cups of tea a day, but I rarely keep track and I’m sure that sometimes it’s higher. Turns out, not much to worry about. I was a little headachy the first day, but woke up bright as a button the second day. (Also – What in the world does that expression mean?)

Alcohol – Let’s be honest, we all feel better when we don’t drink. The end. 馃檪

Sugar/Sweeteners – This is the item that had the biggest impact on me. Start reading your labels and you’ll realize you’re consuming much more sugar than you expect. Dressings, marinades, sauces, protein powders, protein bars… Basically anything packaged. They’re all filled with sugar or sweeteners. Cutting out these items really forced me to look at my meals more critically and make more informed choices. It also meant planning ahead because I couldn’t reach for a quick bite like a protein bar.

Soy – I’ve gotten into the lazy habit of having store-bought veggie burgers and sausage patties when I’m too tired to cook. Yes, they’re great convenience items, but this was a good wake up call that I should make/keep whole food options around as well. This also meant that between no soy and no sugar (aka my protein powders聽and bars) my protein intake was much lower than normal. Once I got into the swing of it and actually did my meal prepping, I was fine.

Overall I thought this was a great cleanse. You still get to eat but you see and feel results. PLUS it’s a great reminder to pay attention to your food and to help get you out of bad habits. That was my biggest takeaway, that I get lazy and reach for foods that are more processed than what I should be eating on a regular basis.

Stay tuned for some fun recipes that I came up with during this cleanse!

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MCLV Mange | Morning Detox Shot

While this isn’t exactly a recipe, I do get lots of questions about my morning detox shot. I generally take this shot three mornings a week, alternating with taking my supplements the other two days.

Just to give you some background on the ingredients, here’s some of their benefits:

  • Lemon Juice – Promotes聽digestion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Helps lower blood sugar
  • Ginger – Reduces nausea and inflammation
  • Cayenne – Boosts metabolism
  • Turmeric – Potent anti-inflammatory agent聽& antioxidant
  • Spirulina – High in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Copper, Magnesium & Potassium

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{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free // Paleo}

Ingredients:

  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar {I’m extremely loyal to Bragg’s}
  • 1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger or ginger root
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina

Directions:

  • Mix together
  • Add a bit of warm or cold water to dilute
  • Drink up!

Note: Apple Cider Vinegar is very strong and may take some getting used to. Diluting the solution down will help if you have trouble drinking it.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you鈥檝e missed so far.

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Minimalism Challenge | Detox Your Life Before Year-End

I’ve been writing about minimalism and achieving a more streamlined lifestyle in recent months. I’ve found the subject really interesting the last few years and have worked on making changes in my lifestyle and my perspective.

I’m also a huge fan of New Years and starting the year off with a clean slate. So why not tackle both of those and do a final clean-out to start 2018 off right?

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{Image from Closet Porn Pinterest Board}

Here are a few tips for tackling your spaces with a minimalist mindset:

(1) Check out my closet cleaning tips here and my post on de-cluttering and letting go of your fantasy self here. Try breaking down your purging by category to help you stay focused:

  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Skin Care & Beauty
  • Kitchen
  • Office

(2) Organize what you use. It’s great when you can get rid of things, but it’s just as important that you be able to find what you’ve chosen to retain. Spend some quality time organizing everything from your closet to your cupboards to your medicine cabinet.

(3) Set aside time on a daily basis to MAINTAIN. It’s easy to do a big clean out, but you may find it more challenging to keep things tidy and not accumulate junk on a day-to-day basis.

My solution to this problem is spending a few minutes each day on maintenance. Clearing off the counters, putting clothes, accessories, and beauty products away that were taken out over the course of the day, putting away cat toys etc.

Be sure to check out Pick Up Limes’ 30 Days to Minimalism for some serious inspiration.聽She is absolutely lovely and her approach to minimalism is nothing short of motivational. I highly recommend giving her channel a follow!

Are YOU going to tackle a life detox before 2018?

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2016 Wardrobe Detox

One of my major goals for 2016 was to simplify my life, and part of that was reducing the quantity of my material possessions. Enter the wardrobe detox.

Yes, I’ve cleaned closets and gone through my storage, and even donated unused kitchen accessories. But one of the most dramatic places impacted by this year’s detox, was my closet.

I was amazed by the sheer amount of things I had stashed away and completely聽forgotten about. Once I really got into it, I was surprised by how overwhelmed I was. After a few false starts I finally got started tackling the project, so I wanted to share my approach!

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First off, I sorted everything into three categories.

  1. Poshmark – This is the pile for pieces that are new or barely worn, and that are either super classic or super trendy. (I tend towards the first one for the most part)
  2. ThredUp – This was for “fast fashion” pieces, which I’m thrilled to say there were very few of, and some nice, lightly worn, workwear and daily life basics.
  3. Goodwill – This is where everything else ended up! I must have done five separate trips to Goodwill this year. A few just for clothes, but also for housewares, kitchen goods, and other聽miscellaneous items that ended up in front of me during my cleaning frenzy.

This category system helped me stay organized and not completely lose my mind whilst sitting crosslegged on my floor surrounded by clothes and accessories and paper bags of possessions.

Secondly, I had to actually send/drop things off. And I’m not going to lie, there were bags of clothes sitting around for weeks. In fact, I STILL have a “Poshmark bag” for all the items in my Posh closet so that they’re ready to go out when someone buys them. Luckily, ThredUp makes things exceptionally easy, and you can order a selling kit online. You receive a postage-ready bag to fill and voila!

Finally, and this was actually quite challenging, I had to fight to change my shopping mindset. I’ve gotten in the terrible habit in recent years of just ordering pieces that strike my fancy without really thinking it through. And while the instant gratification was nice, the end result, as I had just witnessed, was a great deal of clothing that I barely, or never, wore.

My plan for 2017 is to continue聽with simplifying my life when it comes to my wardrobe, and putting thought and consideration into my purchases going forward. That means focusing on quality, not quantity. And no spur of the moment impulse purchases!

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{Drool-worthy images are, tragically,聽not聽from my real聽life, but from my Closet Porn Pinterest Board}

In summary – This was a massive project that took a lot of time and energy, but it was totally worth the effort and surprisingly cathartic. I was totally ready for my move by the time I was done, and I knew I wasn’t carting any unnecessary crap to the new place. I love a fresh start!

Need some more closet clean-up tips? Check out these posts {clearly I LOVE this topic!}: Spring Cleaning Recommendations, Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks, and Spring Cleaning: Closet Detox.

Have YOU ever done a wardrobe detox? Any tips?

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Spring Cleaning: Closet Detox

I love Spring Cleaning. Love it.

I probably go through this similar ritual at least once a quarter. It’s cathartic. I love getting rid of聽clothes and doing deep cleans and rearranging my things. Somehow it gives me a different perspective.

In years past I’ve focused on reorganizing my closets and storage spaces, but this year I put in some much needed聽effort on the curating side of things. I went through every single piece in my closets and in my drawers to see what I wanted to keep, what I’ve never worn, what can be sold, what should be donated… It was quite a process but the end result of was an amazing聽sense of accomplishment and sartorial peace of mind.

Now I know if I reach for something it will fit and won’t need to be tailored or sent to the dry cleaners prior to being worn. Everything is current,聽and ready to wear.

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So how did I get through this process? Read on!

Twice:

I talked a bit about my first time using聽Twice here – Girls Night Out Fashion聽– And I’ve had nothing but great experiences since then. You order a selling kit online, fit the bag with clothes, shoes & handbags聽from approved brands {everything from Zara to designer pieces}, and then you’ll get an email with an offer for your order. Easy peasy Japanesey.

Poshmark:

Poshmark is,聽without a doubt,聽the easiest and best way to sell your clothes and accessories online. The app makes it super easy and effective to not only sell, but shop as well.

You can check out my closet here under the username Moicontrelavie.

Goodwill:

The rest of the clothes and accessories from my closet cleaning whirlwind were donated to the Goodwill.

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{Images from Closet Porn Pinterest Board}

Getting rid of so much this year was really cathartic, I somehow feel lighter and more free, and an added bonus is that now I can actually move the hangers in my closets!

Want more Spring Cleaning suggestions, not to mention a killer dose of interior decor inspiration? Check out Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks and Spring Cleaning Recommendations.

How do YOU approach Spring Cleaning?

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