As we’re nearing the end of January, and a pretty depressing one it’s been with all the awful weather we’ve had – it’s really tempting to forget all those New Year resolutions and settle down in front of the TV with a nice glass of wine and a snack or two!
However, if you’ve managed these last few weeks without any alcohol and have cut down on the carbs you should be feeling the benefits. Obviously the longer you keep going the more benefits you’ll see but, being realistic, dieting should not be a long-term thing and if you go on a diet and lose weight – then go back to your old eating habits – you’ll just put the weight back on again.
So, what’s the answer? Well, finding a happy medium is probably the best way forward – and that means trying to maintain what you’ve already achieved. So, whenever you feel the urge to ‘just have one more’ biscuit/crisp/wine/beer or whatever it is that is tempting you – console yourself with the knowledge that you are not actually depriving yourself (after all, you’ve just had that biscuit/crisp etc.) and if you can just remember that old saying ‘everything in moderation‘you’ll be on the right track. Don’t deny yourself the odd indulgence – you’ll only be miserable if you do. For example, once a week you could have a bar of chocolate, and maybe a few glasses of wine over the weekend – not a bar of choc every day and two or three glasses of wine every night – that way fatness lies!
You may have heard the words ‘Portion Control’ being used when it comes to healthy eating. This simply means taking account of the size of the portions of food you put onto your plate every time you have a meal be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Information on this can be found on many websites concerned with dieting and eating well, but the main point is that watching not only WHAT you eat but also HOW MUCH you eat at each meal will impact on how much you weigh at the end of each week. It’s advocated that Portion Control is practiced long-term – not just as part of a diet or for one or two weeks. That way, you are sure to be keeping to a set number of calories (without having to count them every time) and ensuring your weight stays pretty much at the same level.
If cellulite is a problem, you’ll know that it can be hard to shift, even if you are careful with your diet and drink plenty of water. Lipomassage (the technical term is Endermologie) refers to the science of cell stimulation developed by the French company LPG. It reactivates deep dormant cellular activity by mechanically stimulating the skin (mechano-stimulation) which is painless and non-invasive.
Lipomassage controls cellulite, reshapes and firms your body, whilst relaxing you like a massage by using a series of rollers and vacuum. Aquarius Spa is the place to come if you really want to get rid of it once and for all. All our therapists are trained by LPG and are happy to answer any queries you may have concerning Lipomassage.
New Year Detox New You
If you over indulged over Christmas, or just want to get in shape for the New Year, why not give your liver and digestive system a good clean with a one-week detox?
Not only will it clean your system, it will also give you the added benefit of clearer, glowing skin – not to mention feeling more clear headed, energetic and fresh again.
Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to Detox:
Four habits to break and four habits to make. Hard part first!
New Year Detox New You
To give your system a break, you need to avoid:
1. Wheat. All wheat contains gluten and this irritates the gut. So, give your insides a break.
2. Milk. The most common food allergen, which can cause your immune system to react. It’s also mucus forming, so give your system a week off milk and all dairy products.
3. Caffeine. Can be the hardest part if you’re addicted to it. It’s an addictive toxin that makes your liver work harder than it should, so try to cut out caffeine for one week – if not longer. Substitute with two cups of green tea a day as part of your detox.
4. Alcohol. Your liver’s worst enemy. Take a break for a week – or longer.
Habits to form during your detox:
1. Drink up to 8 glasses of water a day if you can. After all, your body is 66% water and this alone will help you detoxify, drinking water will help flush away the toxins.
2. Eat superfoods to spring-clean your system including fresh apricots, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, kiwi, papayas, peaches, mangoes, melons, red grapes and all types of berries. Vegetables that are especially good for detoxification include artichokes, peppers, beets, sprouts, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, kale, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato and watercress.
3. Load up on anti-aging antioxidants. They are the key players in detoxifying your body. If you boost your intake, from both food and supplements, you’ll definitely notice the difference.
4. Take liver-detoxifying supplements. From MSM to milk thistle, there’s a combination of seven top detoxifiers to give your liver’s detox capacity an upgrade. Look for a supplement that contains: N-Acetyl Cysteine, Milk Thistle Extract, Cruciferous Vegetable Compounds, MSM, Ellagic Acid, Dandelion Extract and Alpha Lipoic Acid. Murad have a fantastic range of supplements.
Merry Christmas and thank you all for a fantastic year. We are closed until the 27th December, but you can book online if you need an appointment.
We look forward to seeing you after the break.
I hope all those who are subscribed to our mailing list enjoy the voucher we emailed you.
Have a great few days.
The Aquarius Spa team
Yesterday we received a touching testimonial letter from one of our clients. A very nice surprise as in this busy world of emails and twitter for someone to take the time to write and post a letter is very special.
“Dear Aquarius Spa
I’ve lived in the neighbourhood for over 11 years and only started coming to the spa in August – only to discover you have some of the best treatments and therapists in London.
Chelsea Good has been my main therapist and I can comfortably say that she’s one of the best aestheticians I’ve ever had. She seems to have found a golden balance between being personable and professional and its incredibly refreshing to be treated by someone who has great command of her talent as well as getting the best out of her client. I look forward to continuing my treatments with Chelsea in the New year.
In the meantime, I wanted to wish all at Aquarius Spa a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
A very touching letter and Aquarius Spa are incredibly proud that our clients think of our team in such a way.