juice detox
I am generally not one who partakes in fad diets just to see quick results, but for the past couple of months I have been traveling non stop and constantly eating out due to my busy schedule. Of course I know this isn't good for me and I really do try to lead a balanced lifestyle, but sometimes it can be difficult not to indulge when I am at events and restaurants with clients.

I tend to work out 3-4 times a week (I know I should increase this but I must admit I have my lazy moments.) I know what foods work for my body and what foods don't work for me, but I do slip up now and then. 
As a result of traveling across the globe, on pretty much a weekly basis since January, I decided to take it upon myself to do a 3 day juice cleanse, while I had some time at home before I jetted off to the next location. I mean it's only 3 days, so how hard can that be? Before I started the juice detox, I read a lot about what it entailed and what to do before, during and after the detox. Mentally preparing myself for the next 3 days, I was excited for the challenge. 

I have been a fan of Pureberry smoothies since they opened at Bryanston Shopping Centre. Treating myself once in a while to a delicious smoothie helped me get through the week. Never thinking about juice detoxes before, I had seen Pureberry advertise various detox programmes. One being a Weight Loss detox, another being a PH Balance cleanse and the third package being a Skin Rejuvenator cleanse. Of course having picked up weight since the beginning of the year, I decided to do the Weight Loss detox. 
The only time I had to start the juice detox was a Thursday to a Saturday, as I was flying off again on the Sunday. I think having started a juice detox over the weekend, when everyone is having a good time with food and wine, was a little difficult, but it was the only time I had. 
Early on day one, I went to Pureberry to collect my 12 juices for the next 3 days. Full of excitement, I didn't think drinking 6 juices per day would be difficult at all and was actually worried I would be hungry. To my surprise, I could not finish 6 juices on my first day and only had 4. They are extremely filling but are really hard to swallow as the taste is awful. The breakfast and dinner juice was rather delicious (compared to the other 4 juices), but the rest of the day was the most challenging for me. 
Day two and three were the most difficult days for me. It wasn't difficult in the sense that I was hungry, because I really didn't feel hungry when I had the juices. It was just really difficult because the juices tasted either like nothing or like cold vegetable soup (which to me, is the most awful taste ever). I know I may be dramatic but honestly, this was the hardest challenge I had ever faced with food. 
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After the three days, I hadn't finished all the juices and froze the rest for the next week when I had returned from my trip.

Although, I didn't notice any weight loss during the detox, I did have more energy and my skin did look a lot more refreshed. 
I think if you want to challenge yourself to a juice detox, make sure you can finish 6 juices a day and make sure you have time on your hands to really focus on the cleanse. I suppose if I had more time, less stress and felt more relaxed, maybe then I would have seen results. 
Despite having to give up coffee for three days and only consuming 3 to 4 juices a day, I will definitely do this juice detox again, when I have more time on my hands. 

For more on my experience, head on over to my Instagram Highlights "Healthy Living"


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 radisson blu
Who said a weekend in the city isn't fun?

This past weekend I spent two days at the Radisson Blu Gautrain in Sandton City.
The hotel is perfectly located within the business and shopping districts which are just a few steps away from the hotel. 
Whether you are planning a business trip or a shopping spree, then the Radisson Blu is the perfect place to stay at.
The Business Class suite is not your typical cramped hotel room. The space is extremely generous, offering a luxurious bathroom, study area, lounge and one breathtaking panoramic view of Sandton.
While staying in the Business Class suite, we were treated to our very own Nespresso machine, lindt chocolates on our bed and a handcrafted Mocca cake with a personalised welcome note from the Radisson Blu team. 
The bathroom was stocked with various toiletries from the brand "This Works." I really appreciate hotels that offer good quality skincare and toiletry products for their guests. The bath also had a beautiful view of the city and made for a very relaxing environment, despite being in the middle of the city. 
The hotel has one restaurant called Capital One, which is spilt into two. The Capital One Bar is on the pool side of the hotel, while Capital One Restaurant is located adjacent to the bar, overlooking the tall skyscrapers of Sandton. 
Arriving at the hotel around 5pm, we had to have sundowners at the Capital One bar next to the pool and enjoyed the picturesque African sunset. The cocktail menu is specialised and unique to the hotel, making it exciting to try new drinks. We also enjoyed a typical South African snack platter, which was named the "Dry Platter" and consisted of nuts, popcorn, chips and biltong. 
There are many restuarants that are walking distance from the hotel but we opted to stay indoors and enjoy everything that the hotel has to offer. Therefore, we had dinner at the Capital One Restaurant. The food is tasty but the portions are extremely small for what the restaurant charges. The service was not the best either, from having the table dirty and the waiter annoyed to clean it up to also having extremely slow service when trying to order our meals, I'm not to sure that I would eat dinner here again. I do love the convenience of having a restaurant inside the hotel, however I would expect it to be of the same standard as the hotel itself. Needless to say, the buffet breakfast that is offered at the hotel is really delicious and the variety offered is endless! I love a hearty breakfast and the hotel's breakfast certainly made up for the mediocre dinner.
Overall the stay was pleasant. I think this hotel is in a prime location for those who want to stop by for a drink to avoid the rush hour traffic or for those who need to quench their thirst after an extreme shopping spree in Sandton City, but most importantly, I think this hotel is the best for those on business. It is centrally located and directly across the road from the Gautrain station, where you can hop on the train and jet off to work in minutes. 
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For more on my trip, head on over to my Instagram page.


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