Broken Ankle Flowers
My last blog post was a while ago. I don’t know where the time has been since I clicked Publish for the last time. Shortly afterwards the last post went live on my blog, I travelled to Bern for an interview and to spend some time in the town to see if I like it. While Bern is not London, where I had hoped to move back to just a few weeks before, I liked Bern and the position was everything I could ask for. While I was looking forward to go back to London, I wasn’t too sad when I made the decision to move to Bern and I accepted the offer.
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On the train back to Lugano, I suddenly got very sick. I got fever and chills. I could feel it wasn’t just a fever, but it was actually quite high. The entire train ride home, I just wanted to get home and go to bed. Once I got to Lugano, I had troubles getting off the train as I felt dizzy and I could hardly walk. With a lot of effort, I pulled my suitcase to the taxi rank only to see that there was a long queue but no taxis. Great. After I waited for almost twenty minutes, I got in the taxi and all of I sudden I felt a stabbing pain in my left chest. I texted my employer who told me to go straight to the hospital and the taxi driver took me there. Upon arrival, I had 40 degrees Celsius, but luckily my heart was fine. They couldn’t find a reason for my fever and kept me in hospital for three days, doing several blood tests and other tests. For 24 hours the fever came and went, despite medication and they kept testing for several viruses, but all came back negative. After three days I felt much better and I could go home, just in time to prepare packing for a holiday in Sicily.
Processed with VSCO with 5 presetThe first week in Sicily, we stayed in San Vito Lo Capo. San Vito Lo Capo is a town in North-Western Sicily and has only 4000 inhabitants. The town is located in a valley and you get a view of the surrounding mountains. Beautiful.  I spent six nights in one of the hotels there, but most of the days I spent on the boat, with day trips to the island Favignana and one day we went up to a small mountain village called Erice. The second week we took the boat from San Vito Lo Capo and after a stop in Isole delle Femmine and Palermo, we stayed five nights in the port of Cefalu. I really liked Cefalu and was very sad when we left, but I was also looking forward to sleep in a normal bed again.
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Just a week after the return from Sicily, I was meant to move to Bern and have a small holiday in London before starting my new position on the 9th of August. I was really looking forward to a new start, even though I dreaded packing all my belongings again. I just moved in January to Lugano and it took almost two months until I was fully settled. However, moving would also mean that I get to decorate a new place, choose furniture and make a new ‘home’. All in all I couldn’t wait. Little did I know that I would have a little accident just a day after returning from Sicily.

One of the things I had to do in my last week in Lugano, was to go to the local comune and to notify them about my departure. I had to sign some papers and tell them that I will move to another comune for a new job. On the way there it happened. I chose a shortcut from the house into the village, a small grass path I had walked 100s of times up and down. It’s very narrow and on the right, it goes downhill, not deep but steep. The grass was quite high and I didn’t see where the path ended and the grass slope started.

Broken Ankle Flowers
What happened next will probably give me nightmares for a while: The grass was still a bit wet and I only wore espadrilles, that I bought in Sicily, with a flat sole and my right leg slipped down the slope. It all went so fast and all I could hear was a loud crack coming from my left leg. It took me probably two minutes, at least it felt so long, until I could look at my ankle and I wish I hadn’t. It was dislocated and completely turned to the left. Luckily I was in shock and the pain wasn’t too bad. I was unable to unlock my iPhone and started to scream in panic. I called for my employer, I called for help. Aiuto! Aiuto! After a short while I was able to unlock my phone and I tried to phone my boss, but she didn’t reply. My best bet was to call an ambulance and that’s what I did. The lady who answered the phone only spoke a little German and no English, she thought I was in a fight with my partner as I was crying and couldn’t talk properly. Luckily, two workers from the construction side nearby, came running and I handed one of them the phone while explaining the other to get my employer. They talked to the medical dispatcher in Italian, they saw my foot and they could also explain the exact location. She then spoke to me and told me that the ambulance will come soon.
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 Shortly afterwards the ambulance arrived and so did my boss. She was shocked when she saw my foot and directly called her sister-in-law who is a doctor at the hospital to come outside and ‘greet’ me when the ambulance gets to the hospital. Three medics started asking me questions, how it happened, whether I fell on my head and I tried to answer, but I was still in shock and talking wasn’t easy. I could hardly hear what they were saying, all the colours around me were ‘weak’ and I felt like I was standing beside me. The medics gave me some painkillers and started to prepare me for transport. Inside the ambulance I got more painkillers as the first didn’t seem to help and within minutes we got to the hospital. Once inside the hospital a doctor immediately came, looked at my foot and his eyes said everything. The nurse asked me to undress and put on a hospital gown, I already knew that didn’t mean anything good and shortly afterwards I had my first x-ray. It confirmed my ankle was broken, but they didn’t tell me too much. They knew it would freak me out and I was already very scared knowing that they would have to relocate my ankle. It was going to be very painful and I wished it was just a dream.  Unfortunately, it was not. Luckily, they told me that they will sedate me and that I won’t feel any pain during the procedure and I didn’t. I just saw the moment two doctors put the ankle back in place, but I felt no pain and a few minutes later I woke up and I was ready to go up to a hospital room to wait for my surgery. You can’t imagine how thirsty I was but I wasn’t allowed to drink or eat anything. It was very hot in Lugano and the hospital didn’t have air conditioning, so I just hoped that I won’t have to wait too long until the surgery, but they told me it was around 8pm or even later.
My boss visited me around 6pm and a few minutes later they picked me up for the surgery, much earlier than I thought and I was very scared. The nurse and my employer brought me downstairs to the operation theatre, where I had to say goodbye to my boss. Once inside, they prepared me for surgery. The surgeon answered all the questions I had and explained the procedure to me. They would use an external fixator to stabilise the broken ankle until I could have the final surgery a few days later. He said it will only take fifteen minutes and assured me that everything will be fine. The anesthetist who had earlier sedated me, arrived and started with the general anesthesia. Of course, I can’t remember what happened next, but I woke up around an hour later and I felt okay with no pain. The nurses brought me back upstairs and after they checked my blood pressure I could finally drink and eat something.
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My parents arrived in Lugano the following day and stayed for four nights. Initially the doctor thought I could have the second and final surgery on Friday and that I was able to go home the Tuesday after, but a CT scan showed that everything was worse than thought and that I couldn’t have surgery until at least the following Tuesday. I had broken the ankle three times, a very complicated fraction and a ruptured ligament. The days at the hospital were long and the nights were short. I got lots of medicine, painkillers as tablets, morphine injected into my leg and thrombosis shots – every single night. I couldn’t sleep well, so I also got sleeping tablets and yet, I woke up many times during the night. The first week I shared the room with three ladies as the hospital was full but the doctors promised me to transfer me to another hospital where I have a room to myself.
Just as promised, I moved to the other hospital on Sunday, just a day before the Swiss National Day and while the hospitals belong together, the other one was just recently renovated and it was so lovely there. The hospital had air conditioning, electrical blinds and I had a TV in my room. I was also a bit more independent. On Tuesday, the 2nd of August, I finally had my surgery and everything went very well. I have three plates on my ankle bones now, and I have to walk on crutches until the end of September. Last Sunday I could finally go home. I am currently in Cologne and stay with my best friend Kim. Luckily, there is a very good private clinic here who specialises in orthopedy. Three times a week I have physical therapy and manual lymphatic drainages there. I will also start with isokinetic training. Every day I have to take a lot of painkillers, when the pain gets really bad I have to take morphine and I had to learn how to inject myself with the thrombosis shots. That’s what I have to do every single night until the end of September. On Wednesday the stitches will be removed and then another four weeks before I have another x-ray.
I am trying to be as positive as possible, but it’s hard. I am unable to do the most basic things and it’s hard. I am grateful to be able to afford someone to help me with my daily life, take me in a wheelchair everywhere I need to go, help me with my shopping, cleaning, cooking and so on. I have found another job in Abu Dhabi and I will start in October, so you can imagine how excited I am. I have seven weeks now and I want to concentrate more on my blog, I am planning to move to WordPress next month and redesign a little bit. I also want to focus a bit on improving my Italian. It’s important to me to try and do as much as possible during the time I can’t work.
Thanks for reading this post. I hope you all have a lovely week.

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Two weeks ago I went floating for the first time in my life and I loved it. I was invited by Chris, the co-owner of Floatworks, to try out floating in one of their I-sopod tanks for one hour and I can recommend everyone to give it a try.My appointment was scheduled at 10:30am and I arrived a little bit early. Floatworks Vauxhall is very easy to find, once you leave the Tube Station you see St. George Wharfs in front of you and walking up the stairs you will already see Floatworks. You can’t miss it.

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The team at Floatworks Vauxhall

The team was very friendly and explained everything in detail to me. There was one more question I had: Was it okay to leave the light on during the session? While I am not claustrophobic, I have Nyctophobia. I am scared of being in the dark. When I am alone, I always sleep with a light on. I addressed this to the receptionist and he told me it’s okay, but I should at least try it once I am relaxed. I was reassured that I could switch the light anytime as there is a button inside the pod.

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His colleague picked me up and we walked through a door leading to the lockers, where you change your shoes to comfortable Havainas flip-flops, get your towels and you can lock everything you don’t need in the lockers. I left my smartphone behind, something I usually never do, even when I sleep it’s always by my side. There is no need for your phone in the pod room and I actually think it is rather disturbing. One thing less to worry about.

 

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What to do before floating?

The preparation for a relaxing and the successful floating experience starts at home. It’s best to avoid caffeine for a few hours before your session as it can prevent you from getting into the meditation zone. I had peppermint tea for breakfast and a bit of omelette. You also shouldn’t eat too much before the session, a light meal a few hours before the session is ideal. If you exercise before the session, the relaxation will be more pronounced. Ideal is yoga or a good run, but any form of exercise is fine.

What to avoid before a float

Also, if you smoke, don’t smoke just before the float. Nicotine is a stimulant and ideally not enjoyed before the float or best never. I also didn’t shave before the session, the salty water won’t feel great on freshly shaved skin and the team provides you with vaseline to cover up any cuts and scratches. Pre-float it’s best to drink some ice-cold water. It’s important to stay hydrated and yet, you have to go the bathroom before the float. You don’t want to get out of the tank once you are in it.

 

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You don’t need to take anything but yourself to Floatworks. They provide everything you need from super comfy towels, high quality moldable ear plugs that actually stay in your ears, robe to SLS free organic toiletries. After your float, you can go upstairs where you not only find a chill out area, but also a vanity room with lighted mirrors, hairdryers and GHD hair straighteners. You can wear a bathing suit if you feel uncomfortable going in naked, however it’s best to go nude.

Inside the pod room

Every pod room has its own shower, so it’s all very private and you won’t notice that there are other people floating in other rooms at the same time. I undressed, put in my ear plugs and had a quick shower. It’s important to put in the ear plugs before you shower or at least, before you climb into the tank. I had a quick shower and dried my face properly before getting into the floating tank.

 

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Inside the pod was a blue relaxing light on and I was ready to climb in. I wondered whether I would actually float, but all I had to do was to relax and lay back. Unfortunately, there was no music as promised and for a minute I thought something was wrong. After a few minutes I forgot about it and I enjoyed the feeling of warm water on my skin. I chose to not wear a swimsuit and I would recommend everyone to do the same.

The floating experience

So, there was I in the floating tank and I had so many things on my mind. What happens when I fall asleep and won’t hear the music at the end? How will my job interview be? Hopefully I don’t get salt water in my eyes (Don’t worry, unless you touch your eyes like I did, the water will not go further than your temples when you lay back). As you can guess, I find it very hard to relax and not to think about anything.

 

After a while I had to open the lid a bit, as it was too warm for me. It’s not too hot actually, but if you know me, you know how much I hate heat and I am rather too cold than too hot. Once I had a bit of fresh air on my face, I started to relax. I completely lost my sense of time. I can’t remember how long I had been in the water. Was it half an hour? Forty minutes? I wasn’t sure and I didn’t care.

 

Floatworks Floatation Shower

After a while, the music started playing and I knew it was time for me to slowly leave the tank and have a shower. I was so relaxed coming out of the pod, I actually got a bit scared when the filter started cleaning the tank. It’s important to have a really good rinse afterwards and to condition your hair. Floatworks provides everything you need, organic shower gel, shampoo and a lovely smelling conditioner. After the session, I went upstairs in the Hollywood Room to blow dry and straighten my hair.

Floatworks-Vauxhall-Chillout-RoomUnfortunately, my weekend in London was rather busy and I had to rush out for an interview following the session, hence I couldn’t enjoy a cup of tea in the Chillout room. I am in London again next month for over three weeks and I will probably be very stressed out from my intensive driving course, so that I have at least one session during that time.

After the session, I felt very relaxed (I find it hard to relax, so that tells us something) and with my interview straight after my Floatworks visit I should have had every reason to be nervous, but I wasn’t. I also noted that my skin felt great after, I have very dry and rough elbows and it actually hurt a bit while I was in the water, but for a week after the session my skin including my elbows felt great and not dry at all. It’s been nearly two weeks now and I can still an improvement.

 

The benefits of floating

Floating has other benefits too. Research has shown that floatation therapy has a significant impact on mood enhancement. It promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation, eliminates fatigue and jet lag and improves sleep. I can vouch for that one, I slept like a baby the night after and I usually struggle to fall asleep. Further, it diminishes depression, anxiety and fear and increases motivation.

Floatworks was found in 1993 and since then the company has sent more than 150,000 customers back into the world feeling happier and healthier than they arrived.  To find out about more about Floatworks and floating, you can visit the Floatworks Vauxhall website.

Disclaimer: I received one complimentary floating session in exchange for an honest review. Most pictures in this article are by Fabio Zaveti - My iPhone didn't take the best pictures.

Vitamin-C-Boost-SmoothieMany of you know how unwell I was last year and how much I struggled not only with my health, but also with my diet. After a surgery at the end of last year, I am trying to be very healthy, cutting out sugar and processed food from my diet. Let’s be honest: It is tough. Having PCOS and Candida Albicans, I have to exclude everything with sugar, most carbohydrates and dairy.

I made many healthy changes to my lifestyle since the beginning of the year, it is hard, but rather than focusing on the things that I can’t eat anymore I concentrate on the things that I can eat, the good I do to my body and health. I was a victim of the typical diet circle for too many years and it took me a long time to change my relationship with food. I would start a diet and think all day about everything I couldn’t eat. I felt deprived, had cravings and in the end, I would give in. After I would feel very guilty and start again. It was a vicious cycle, but luckily I woke up last year after my surgery and said something has to change. It’s not about my weight anymore, it’s about my health.

I know I am not alone with this. I hear my friends moan about wanting to lose weight almost everyday. I read it on Twitter, on Facebook – many blogs about it. Magazines tell us to hate our bodies, make money promoting diets promising to lose 10kg in a fortnight. There is a lot of body shaming out there and it’s about time we make a change. We have to be body positive and develop a normal relationship with food AND our bodies. I know it is very hard to do it on your own, but there is support out there. I am now three months in into my health journey and need to get a new push to stay motivated. I am starting the Real Food First meal plan on the 22nd of April for 28 days and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.

Teaspoon Living offers a fantastic Real Food First meal plan, but I personally wouldn’t call it a meal plan. It’s much more than that. Caitlin, the owner and writer of Teaspoon Living, offers support and guidance throughout the month. After signing up, she will send you a pantry essential guide with everything you need to get started for a healthy cooking success. Rather than providing a meal plan for the whole month at the beginning, Caitlin will send you the meal plan for the next week every Friday. She will also send you the shopping list, giving you enough time to buy everything you need at the weekend. It’s not a rigid meal plan and it allows you to be flexible for occasions like dinner with your friends.  A Facebook group lets you connect with other program attendees for support and motivation. Further, Caitlin offers a personal email support and helps you to make your own meal plans after the program.

Caitlin Ball Holistic Health Coach Online - Real Food First Meal Plan

Caitlin is a holistic health coach and yoga instructor originally from San Francisco, but now residing in Zurich, Switzerland with her husband. She loves dark chocolate and tea. You can visit her website Teaspoon Living for more information, recipes and her blog.

Caitlin wants to make healthy eating fun again. For her, it’s about eating real food first to make ‘less room for junk food’. If you are tired of strict diets that you can’t continue after six hours one week and you want to get a normal relationship with food again, this program is definitely for you. It costs $95/£68 which is a small price for your well-being and health.

Caitlin offers my readers the chance to win the 28 day program, so enter the giveaway below if you can identify yourself with the post and you want to start your journey to great health. You can also sign up here for the Real Food First meal plan.

Have a look at the food below, isn’t that so much better than all the junk food out there?

Arugula Herb Salad

Please read the rules before entering the giveaway. The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide. There are four mandatory steps to enter the giveaway: sign up to the Teaspoon Living newsletter, to follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Also, please let us know in the comment box below how you could benefit from Real Food First meal plan. All the other entries are optional and will give more chances to win. Good luck to everyone!

How To Eat Healthy in Las Vegas - Nourishing your body in Las Vegas with cold pressed juices and smoothies // www.whatnadineloves.com

I am off to Las Vegas in less than five months and I am already researching places I can eat healthily at. Since my health struggle last year and the never ending try to lose weight and manage my PCOS, I am more conscious than ever about what I am eating. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to enjoy Las Vegas’s night life and drink a bit of alcohol, but instead of indulging in junk food after a night out  I want to nourish my body with good food. Las Vegas and Healthy Eating are not two things you hear connected very often, but I wanted to give you an overview on what’s out there. It’s easier than you think.

Pressed Juicery @ Aria Resort&Casino

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Last summer, Pressed Juicery opened its doors at the Aria Resort&Casino. Pressed Juicery is one of the nation’s premier juice brands, leading the industry in accessible wellness, nutrient-rich cold-pressed juices and customisable cleanse programs. I started juicing last year and managed a whole week without any solid foods. All juices are without additives and are cold-pressed using a custom hydraulic press to gently extract the maximum vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables. I personally find juices much better than smoothies. Somebody said to me that the vitamins from the juices go straight into our body and we don’t need energy to digest the fibre but smoothies are better for weight loss as they keep full for longer. While I don’t want to do a juice cleanse anytime soon, I will visit Pressed Juicery when I am in Las Vegas in the summer after a night out clubbing or for breakfast before going to the pool. I am already excited for all their green juices and cold-pressed coffees.

Whole Foods Market Las Vegas

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Should you choose to stay at a hotel that has a kitchenette, I can recommend visiting the Whole Foods Store in Las Vegas located in Town Square. It’s only a two miles distance from the strip. You can either take a taxi or the Strip&Downtown Southbound Express. Sounds fancy, but it’s only a bus.

Protein House Las Vegas

I recently found out about this franchise outlet in Las Vegas and I am glad I did. Protein House Las Vegas was founded in 2012 with the quickly expanding fitness and health conscious community in mind. They offer a menu full of delicious and nutrient dense meals that are made fresh to cater to each person’s wishes and needs. They have an extensive menu from smoothies to signature pancakes and burgers. Protein House Las Vegas is located on 9555 S Eastern Ave Suite 125, Las Vegas, NV 89123 and I am yet to find out whether they deliver or not.

To be continued.

Do you know other places in Las Vegas that offer healthy and nourishing food? Let me know in the comments box below. 

How To Eat Healthy in Las Vegas - Nourishing your body in Las Vegas with cold pressed juices and smoothies // www.whatnadineloves.com
How To Eat Healthy in Las Vegas - Nourishing your body in Las Vegas with cold pressed juices and smoothies // www.whatnadineloves.com

I made my body very sick over the last years and it’s finally catching up with me. I ignored all the red flags, well, I tried to make changes but I always failed. I am now at a point, where I not only have to deal with ruptured ovarian cysts every month, but also with a bad outbreak of Candida albicans and being the heaviest I have ever been. On the 21st of December I have surgery and it is one of the biggest wake up calls.  I feel like a 25 year old trapped in an old woman’s body. One of my biggest priorities now and in the future will have to be my health. 

I always struggled with losing weight, not only because of my unhealthy lifestyle, but also thanks to my PCOS. My GP in London first mentioned it in 2012, when I had many of the symptoms, but when I had a scan at the hospital later, they couldn’t find any cysts and all my GP could do was to prescribe the contraception pill to try and make the symptoms disappear. Unfortunately, the contraception pill was not right for me. I had mood swings, panic attacks and felt ‘on the edge’ pretty much the entire time. I started the Paleo Diet, which worked wonders for me, but it during my final phase at university I went off it and ever since I failed to get back into it. 
Now, nearly two years later – I also have Candida albicans. I must have had it for a while, I noticed patches on my skin a while ago, but of course I completely ignored it. I also ignored all the other symptoms, but I kept having oral thrushes, yeast infections and itchy skin patches, when I finally went to the doctor, they found out. 
It’s very important for me to make changes now. I’ll have to completely cut out any forms of sugar from my diet, as well as alcohol, anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, any fruit, processed meats, most fish, some nuts, all beans and some other things. I am really not looking forward to this, but it has to be done. I think moving will be the beginning of a new chapter, a healthy one.

I have Ella Woodward’s ‘Deliciously Ella’ book. It’s a great book and very inspiring, but I am not planning on becoming a vegan. Also not all of the recipes are Candida friendly, as Ella loves to use beans and lentils, something I wouldn’t be allowed at first on the Candida diet. I still think it’s a great book and I can’t recommend it enough. You can order it for £9 on Amazon.

As Ella’s book is vegan, I looked at other options too, mainly things that are sugar and dairy free and someone recommend Madeleine Shaw’s book ‘Get the Glow’ to me. Of course I ordered it directly and it should arrive tomorrow. It has a six week programme, that is very strict (so I heard)  and maybe it’s just what I need to get started.

I also need to start working out again. In my new place I will have a gym in the basement with a TV, so I can start the 30 Day Shred and I am also planning on starting with Yoga. I think it’s good for my stiffness and my posture.

While I want to share my progress with others, It won’t be on here. I have started a new blog, where I will write about my healing progress:

How I Heal Myself

A couple of weeks ago my boss had a friend staying over from Berlin and together we watched Joe Cross’s documentary Fat, Sick&Nearly Dead on Netflix. Of course I had heard about the documentary before, after all I am a Netflix binge watcher and it always pops up on Netflix’s recommendations for me. Being diabetic and having to have a diet low in sugar and carbohydrates, juicing didn’t seem like an option for me as I thought it mainly consisted of juicing fruits high in sugar. I learned, however, that it mainly consists of green vegetables, which I thought was even worse. Who would drink juiced kale and spinach? Certainly not me. My bosses friend, however juiced one afternoon and I tried Joe Cross’ famous Mean Green juice. Guess what? I liked it. I bought a second hand juicer, just in case as I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that I might not use after a few days again. It wasn’t my goal to go on a juice reboot, as Joe calls it. It was merely something I wanted to do a few times a week to get all the nutrients.
Last Saturday I finally picked up my juicer and very motivated I went to the supermarket to buy lots of vegetables and fruits: celery, kale, spinach, cucumbers, lemons, limes and cabbage. Also mint and ginger. To add a bit of sweetness into the juices I got some Granny Smith apples. My favourite recipe so far is the Mean Green, but I only use one apple instead of two. I am trying to cut it down to half an apple when I get used to the taste a bit more. I also like the low sugar green juice.
At the moment I juice in the mornings and the evenings, at lunchtime I have a low sugar meal. However, I have joined a Reboot Facebook group and I am trying to do a 30 day reboot to see how my health improves. I only started at the weekend and my body is already responding. I sleep much better and I am actually able to go to sleep at night, rather than being too tired to fall asleep. I am not trying to lose weight with the reboot, of course I will do, but my main goal is to do something for my health rather than for the scales. Ideally, I would like to be able to live without Metformin and this is a good way to let my body ‘heal’ itself. I just started, so I am looking forward to see the changes other ‘Rebooters’ experienced, and hopefully, it will get me off my medication.
I own the Philips HR1861 there is a newer version the Philips HR1871/00 which retails at £179 on Amazon. I know, this is very expensive, but I use this one at work and it’s fantastic. If you are serious about juicing it is a great investment in your health. Andrew James has currently a juicer on offer at Amazon, the Andrew James Professional 850W Whole Fruit Juicer (pictured above). The design is similar to the one I own and it is reduced to £29.99 plus £7.99 delivery. Rated with four stars with over 1750 reviews, I would say it is not a bad purchase, especially when you are just starting to enjoy juicing. If you have some money to spend, the Sage Nutri Juicer by Heston Blumenthal (£159.99 plus free UK delivery) is recommended by Joe Cross. I can’t recommend you visiting his website enough, whether you just want to juice once in a while or daily.
What do you think about juicing? Would you try it or did you already try it?

I just recently returned from my Las Vegas trip and as an Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferer it wasn’t always easy for me. While my IBS is predictable when I am at home it gets tricky once I am abroad. In Las Vegas I actually had an upset stomach and was in a lot of pain just days before returning to London.

Today I was contacted by a company called Bimuno Probiotics and was asked to review one of their products: Bimuno TRAVELAID. The product is a dietary supplement supposed to support your stomach while travelling abroad and help prevent digestive problems and traveller’s diarrhoea.

Bimuno TRAVELAID helps maintain a favourable balance of good versus bad bacteria in your gut. It encourages and sustains a healthy level of the gut’s good bacteria and reduces the more troublesome types of bacteria. Bimuno TRAVELAID has been tested in independent scientific studies and is recommended by many travel clinicians and celebrities. This is especially interesting to me as a recently completed scientific study found that patients who took Bimuno for just one week experienced an improvement in their digestive health and comfort.

You should start taking Bimuno TRAVELAID seven days before you go on holiday and then continue taking the pastilles three times a day. In each pack are 30 pastilles, so I would recommend buying a few packages if you go on a longer trip. A package of Bimuno TRAVELAID costs £9.99 which works out at £1 per day and it is a small cost compared to the cost of your holiday. I wish I had known about this product before I went to Las Vegas.

You can buy the probiotics directly from the Bimuno Online Store or at Boots, Superdrug or Sainsbury’s.

Disclaimer: All products were received c/o Bimuno but all opinions are my own.