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The January Detox Routine

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Unless you made a cute lil pact with yourself at the start of the year to stop reading blogs or wasting your life on social media and today you cracked and headed straight over here for a bit of a HG binge, you’ll know that, along with the rest of the country, I’m on a bit of a health kick.

I’ve eaten about 15 smashed avocados, am so egged out I *might* become vegan (spoiler: not really) and actually bought some passion fruit. Yuh huh, actual passion fruit. To eat on top of a creamy, sweet, yum pile of froyo whilst I lie on the sofa and moan about my Pilates pains, rather than y’know, adding to a cute homemade Pornstar Martini like the 2015 me would have.

Admittedly, the change in my diet and exercise routine (turns out my body isn’t used to thrice weekly gym visits after a year of lying horizontally watching Pretty Little Liars and coming up with list ideas for the ol’ blog) hasn’t been so easy.

I’ve felt a bit run down and headachey and weak where my body is suffering from sugar withdrawal and I’m learning how to incorporate iron into my diet without gorging on ALL the red meat.

Girl used to love a cheeseburger and whacking all the mince into pasta dishes, y’know?

Anyway, it’s made me extra aware of how important it is to take care of your body, not just by what you put in it, but by the products you use.

I’ve replaced binge eating chocolate pudding and ice cream on the sofa with plenty of pampering to get my feeling-emotionally-run-down fix.

Because I think that’s one of the hardest parts of sticking to a healthy eating kick or diet – finding things that pick you up when you’re feeling blah that don’t cause MyFitnessPal to explode with sadness.

And so the answer for me is pampering. Making myself feel tip-top and treating myself to lots of lovely products that make me feel like the softest, silkiest, most wonderful version of myself.

My fave this month is a little detox set from Champneys that includes all the things you need to not only give your skin a helping hand in looking as firm, toned and smooth as a VS model, but make you feel refreshed and reinvigorated.

Which is exactly the kind of thing you need after a day of train delays, aggressive emails and rain that feels like it’s penetrating your soul with sadness. Lols.

The Detox-In-A-Box from Champneys (shop here), the Original Health Spa, contains a Skin Firming Shower Scrub, a Hip & Thigh Firming Mud, Skin Firming Body Butter and Body Massager and the main ingredients are sea salt and seaweed (which just FYI is a seriously underrated plant for getting heavenly, glowing skin).

I remember when I was a lot younger and we used to travel to Italy to visit my uncle, my mum would always make us bring fresh seaweed out of the sea after we’d finished plonking about on our inflatable crocodile, so that she could place it across her skin.

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It’s meant to help withdraw toxins and waste products from the body (there’s an entire page about it on the Livestrong website and I trust that badger of a website as much as I do the NHS), and it’s also meant to help take down redness and inflammation from acne – so it’s a real gem of a natural product.

You can also buy dried seaweed and sprinkle it on salads too for an extra boost of nutrients.

So, at least once a week I treat myself to a couple of hours of detox downtime.

I put away my phone, I light some candles and I run a bath. I allow myself to switch of from real-life.

I go heavy on my fave products and I don’t rush, I give myself the time to use everything properly. To rub my cleanser into my skin in slow circular motions as if I’m giving myself an actual facial. To use a body scrub all over my body as well as a body wash. To laze about in my dressing gown whilst massaging moisturiser in.

And then, when I’m feeling all calm and spruced up, I make myself a herbal tea and I put on fresh pyjamas and I get down to business with an adult colouring book.

We are so quick to jump on January bandwagons about losing weight and cutting calories that we too-easily forget about the other things we need to do to feel good about ourselves.

The pampering and the taking care of our skin and the mental wellbeing.

So this weekend, or on a hideously cold night next week, take some time for you. Distract yourself from the cake cravings and treat yo body to some seriously heavenly products that’ll make you feel like a really damn good version of you.

You can send thanks in the way of tickets to Hawaii. I’ll be waiting patiently with my smooth, toned body and suitcase crammed with bikinis. No biggie.

This is a sponsored post but all detoxing and love of pampering my own

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24 comments so far.
  • lovely pics! I’m doing dry jan and was attempting no sugar but fell into a bag of M&S cookies… http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/a-life-update.html

  • This is such a refreshing post as really, stuffing your face with chocolate is usually done just to ‘feel better’ and I think doing something that will keep your emotions happy and ‘pampering’ yourself is a really great ‘replacement’. As long as you aren’t starving yourself, replacing ‘treats’ doesn’t necessarily mean food replacements. Drinking a big cup of peppermint tea or a big glass of water can help if you actually feel hungry and emotional, but if you’re bored out of your mind and just want something that you know isn’t the best for you, I think having a relaxing bath, reading a good book and enjoying your favourite skincare is a fab idea. I keep meaning to have a bath but always claim ‘I haven’t got the time’ – what rubbish, I’m having a bath tonight and that is that!

    She’s So Lucy

  • Chloe marie

    I love Champneys products! The food and drink looks yummy to eat in your photos!

  • After reading this I definitely want to give myself a good talking to, get into a gym and start eating a lot better than I usually do. However, I think I start slowly and not chance everything too quickly; the pampering myself sounds like a good place to start while still being ill.

    Beka. xo | littleworldofbeka

  • This detox box sounds amazing! I’ve been attempting to cut processed foods out of my diet and I’ve been doing pretty well so far!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • Your photos are always so beautiful!
    Thank you for the motivation to get my ass to the gym and eat more healthy foods, I really needed that :)

  • hann

    Avocado is the one – and did you know you can NOW GET IT FROZEN…I KNOW!

    http://www.ohjanuary.co.uk

  • I love your photography! What camera do you use? x

  • Love this!! You’ve totally inspired me to go run a bath, even though it’s half 10 in the morning :)
    x

  • Seaweed is really having a big moment at the moment, for both skincare and food! Your mamma was ahead of the times! I think it’s all about finding alternatives that you love so you can forget the old bad habits. I’ve been veggie for 14 years now and haven’t missed it at all because the routine change has forced me to try so many new wonderful things xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

  • Caz

    I definitely need to start eating better and step away from the left over Christmas tub of Celebrations!

    Caz | thisiscaz

  • I love your blog Hannah, I have been reading it for a couple of months and the way you write is so friendly and relaxed, like your having a conversation with me. It makes it super easy to read and I think that your posts can be pretty funny. This post has really made me want avocado on toast and to put a facemask on haha xxx

    Lauren Rose

  • Loving the look of that avocado on toast! I’m also on a health kick but I’m feeling totally run down right now. I’ve been attempting to do the 30 Day Shred and let’s just say, I’m in dire need of a back massage asap. Good luck with it all :)

    Christina Marie – xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

  • You’re so right in saying that we get too caught up counting calories or trying to get fitter in Jan that we forget to relax and take care of ourselves that way, too. I *love* a good pamper evening – I’ll definitely be checking out some of these products!

    Lucy x

    http://www.alittlelucy.com

  • Feeeeelin’ ya on the smashed avos n eggs. I need to check out my adult colouring books for sure, I received about 13987 for Christmas! Lovely post, definitely going to have a night to myself this week, it is good for the soul! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • Kat

    It’s definitely true that everyone forgets to look after themselves amidst all the gym sesh’s and calorie counting! that detox set looks dreamy, I must try. Good idea to just pamper yourself all throughout January i love it!

    http://www.londondiaries.wordpress.com

  • I love this post Hannah and it is just what I needed. We always forget spend some time on ourselves. x

  • Love this post – such a positive way of tackling weight loss and the January blues. Plus, I’m all for adding more avocado and yummy veggies to my diet. Eating healthy aint always boring! Good luck :)

    Ruth x
    ruth-writes.co.uk

  • Can we just APPRECIATE the avocado, it looks so delicious! I seriously need to learn a routine so I can relax, detox and just enjoy life outside of my desk

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Been reading your blog since the beginning. Love everything you write, you’re a big inspiration to me starting my own blog :) if you could check out mine, I would be soso grateful! Thank you xxx

    http://www.wordpress.com/hsays

  • Grace

    This is literally the best advice I have read all year. Sticking to a healthy food diet is sometimes sooo hard but from now on whenever I feel like I need a treat, I’ll step away from the chocolate digestives and give myself a pedicure/hair mask instead! Keep being fabulously, wonderfully normal Hannah!

  • I’d love to try seaweed products! I’ve been using the flakes in food for years – salads, but they also work well in pasta dishes if you don’t like the taste (sauce hides it well). Or sushi, of course. šŸ˜‰

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