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7 DAYS of ME: New cleanse recipe – stuffed eggplant with hummus dressing

For those of you that are familiar with our 7 day detox plan – 7 DAYS of ME we’ve decided to add a couple of new recipes for our upcoming March 2016 challenge. This one is vegetarian, warm and delicious with lots of vibrant colour.

EGGPLANT RECIPE
1 eggplant, cut in half lengthways
1/4 buttercup pumpkin, chopped into small pieces (leave the skin on for extra texture)
1 cup of brown rice, cooked
1/2 cup of chickpeas, drained (but reserve the liquid)
1/4 cup of fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 teaspoon of dried)
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Himalayan salt & cracked black pepper
lemon wedges (to serve)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Toss the chopped pumpkin and the 2 eggplant halves in the tablespoon of olive oil. Place the eggplant on a baking tray face down, add the pumpkin pieces, season well with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes.

Scoop out the flesh of the eggplant with a spoon, leave about 1cm of flesh around the eggplant skin. Place the flesh into a bowl with the roast pumpkin and chickpeas, mash slightly by using a chopping motion with a spoon. Add the brown rice, thyme, garlic, spring onions and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, mix well. Fill the two eggplant halves with the mixture – pile it high. Sprinkle with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, place back in the oven to heat through for 10 – 15 minutes.

Serve with a green salad, we have made one with fresh spinach, basil, blanched beans and peas – try adding or exchanging things like avocado slices, kale, spiralised zucchini, asparagus etc (depending what is in season).

Add lashings of hummus dressing (recipe below) and squeeze over lemon wedges.
HUMMUS RECIPE
The rest of the chickpeas from above, drained (but reserve the liquid)
½ cup of tahini paste
4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
1 clove of garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt,
or more to taste
¼ cup of water or reserved chickpea liquid
1 teaspoon of cumin powder

In a food processor, blend the chickpeas until smooth. Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt. Blend until pureed. With the machine running, drizzle in water or reserved chickpea cooking water, one tablespoon at a time, until you get a very smooth, light and creamy texture. We find we need about ¼ of a cup, but you may need slightly more or less.

Now you have yummy home made hummus to enjoy with vegetable snacks.
HUMMUS DRESSING RECIPE
1/2 cup of hummus
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Blend all the above ingredients with a stick blender. If it seems too thick, add a tablespoon at a time of water or chickpea liquid until you get the right consistency. Store in a jar in the
fridge for several days.

What is the 7 DAYS OF ME Janesce Vital Cleanse?
7 DAYS OF ME is a gentle, one-week clean-eating detox, which results in a renewed you! It offers a myriad of benefits such as clearer skin and eyes, increased energy and concentration, a feeling of lightness and well-being and weight loss just to name a few. It is a beautiful rebalancing ritual to do each autumn and spring, but can be done any time throughout the year. If you want to move towards creating a healthier lifestyle, this gentle yet powerful cleanse is the perfect first step.

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To cook or not to cook – the deal with raw food

Raw food is purely that – raw. Food that has not been heated or cooked above a certain temperature. Consuming only raw food is becoming more popular these days with the belief that when you heat food it destroys the nutrients and natural enzymes found in that food. Essentially this involves eating only uncooked, unprocessed foods. Depending on the exact philosophy of the person following this it usually includes fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, eggs, fish, meat and dairy products. In some cases it can also involve fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha or sauerkraut.

Eating raw food can help build up mineral stores and is also high in fibre. Raw foods are mostly plant based foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals. Foods that are raw contain enzymes that are meant to help digest the components of food and they have a higher alkalinity, which helps the metabolism to function properly. A lot of the vitamins such as Vitamin B and C and minerals from certain foods can be lost when they are cooked.

However, in some cases cooking food can boost nutrients like beta-carotene, found in most orange coloured vegetables and lycopene found in vegetables like tomatoes. It can also kill bacteria, helping you avoid any food poisoning. Heating and cooking also allows for variety to your eating to take place, enabling you to enjoy many different types of meals. In those winter months there is definitely something to be said for a warm bowl of vegetable soup or another warming meal; a salad just wouldn’t seem the same!

As with most things, we believe in balance. Eating lots of raw vegetables and fruit is definitely good for you, and is great during the warmer months when the weather is hotter but remember there are seasons for a reason and we believe in enjoying warmer foods during the cooler seasons as well. The key is to eat healthily, whatever season it is and enjoy not only the food but the experience that goes with it, whether it be the company of your family, time out on your own or a social engagement with friends.

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Travelling Light | Seven Ways to Make Your Holiday Travels More Mindful and Meaningful

How many times have you returned from a holiday feeling more tired and stressed than when you left?

If you need a holiday to recover from your holiday, then perhaps the whole enterprise needs to be re-thought!

This summer as you plan your holiday we challenge you to a new approach: travelling ‘light’. Be free to NOT consume, NOT overspend, NOT be on social media, NOT rush, and most importantly, NOT work!

We have seven tips to help you to embrace the principles of ‘slow and simple’ in your holiday planning. Trying to frantically squeeze the juice out of every little experience makes for stressful holidays. The ‘travelling light’ approach creates the freedom for a holiday to be exactly what it should be: a chance to restore and repair your body, mind and soul.

The seven tips below have been inspired and road-tested by Janesce NZ team-member, Jenny Barrow. Her and her husband celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary recently with a four-day trip to Melbourne.

Jenny says: “Neither of us had been before and we were excited to explore the city and surrounds using these seven principles. We both love adventure and the outdoors so a highlight for both of us was a day trip out to the Dandenong ranges. We headed out by train and spent the morning doing hikes and then headed to the most amazing café for lunch called Evolve Fair Food Store who focus on locally and ethically sourced food that is healthy and delicious (this was my highlight overall!). After lunch we got back on the train and headed out to see one of the oldest running steam trains in Australia. No need to pay a huge amount for a ride, we set ourselves up in a sunny spot on a grassy hill and watched it for a while which gave us full satisfaction and saved us dollars! Other highlights for Mark was the sports tour (the only thing he spent money on) and for me the amazing food markets, and organic food places as well as the non-profit bar and café.”

TRAVELING LIGHT
 – Seven Ways to Make Your Holiday Travels More Mindful and Meaningful

1. Pack Light | Travel Easy
How many times have you returned from a holiday realising you totally overpacked and half the items you packed you never wore once? This time, try packing only the essentials – skincare, a few versatile outfits (if you have a washing machine you can use you can take less clothes), shoes (including walking ones!), a book/journal, swimwear, exercise clothes and of course wallet/passport. Trust me, you will survive without most of your wardrobe coming with you!

Janesce Travel Pack

This little starter pack is perfect for travelling. It includes a Rose Petal Cleanser, a Rose Petal Mist and Nourishing Skin Reviver that will last you a few months. The small size allows them to be taken on a plane with you when you especially need the mist to rehydrate and take up little room in your bag. Wherever you are headed these holidays make sure you have your pack to take with you along with your choice of soaking drops and your skin will thank you for it!

2. Get Amongst Nature
There is something to be said for a holiday spent in the beauty of nature. Whether you are surrounded by a thick forest, the rolling sea, a deep lake or even a sparse desert, you will find your body, mind and soul being naturally repaired by the rest these environments provide. Staying in a bustling city this holiday? Most cities have parks, botanic gardens or rivers flowing through them where you can spend time in a calm and tranquil space soaking up the energy nature provides.

3. Walk As Often As You Can
A holiday is a chance to get in that exercise you meant to do all year! Walking also allows you to slow down and appreciate the journey. Take a break from riding in the car as you normally would to get somewhere and choose to take the time and walk, enjoying conversation with fellow travelling companions or the company of your own thoughts. If you are too tired to walk all the way, try taking public transport (if there is some) as it is also great way to sightsee – you get to know not only the cityscape but the locals who make your holiday destination what it is.

4. Eat Real Food
A seriously great way to make sure you don’t have smelly items in your fridge when you return is to make up meals/snacks to take with you on holiday. This is especially a good idea if you are flying or driving a long distance. Plane food is seriously awful and can leave you feeling particularly gross after you have been inactive for a long time. Why not instead make a loaf with leftover veggies and your own garlic and herb butter? This is super easy and leaves you feeling nourished and light, not to mention pleased with yourself for being so healthy! If you aren’t up for this at least try and find a local supermarket and cook your own food instead of eating out for every meal. Your health and wallet will thank you!

5. Try New Things | Don’t Buy New Things
Most people shy away from this, but a budget can be one of the simplest yet profound ways to ensure you enjoy your holiday. There is nothing fun about returning home with that heavy feeling you get when your finances are strained. Food and entertainment can be the biggest money suckers so check out whether you are near a local food market. Not only will the food be cheaper but more than likely it is locally grown or organic, both of which are options we support!

For things to do, look for free or cheap things to do around where you are staying and remember there is always the journal or book you packed and promised yourself you would finish while you were away.

6. Do Good
Most places you go on holiday will have some great local initiatives going on. They might involve looking after the environment, the animals or the people of the area; all of which are great causes. Wherever you can, get involved in these and feel proud that you are supporting not only the economy but also the issues close to your heart. 

When you treat yourself and eat out, find somewhere that aligns with your values. We particularly love places that have ‘fair food’ that is organic and ethically sourced from locals – not to mention delicious! There are an increasing number of social enterprises run through bars and cafés so be on the look out for those. At these place, not only is the food local and sustainable but they are run by volunteers with 100% of the profits being donated to partner charities and non-profit organisations around the world. These places usually have the coolest ambience and atmosphere with eclectic design so you are sure to have not only a great feed but have a great time while you are there. Stay awhile and soak it all in!

7. Embrace The Freedom
There is a certain ‘lightness’ that comes from feeling free and this is exactly what you want on holiday.

Be free to NOT consume, NOT overspend, NOT be on social media, NOT rush, and most importantly, NOT work!

Instead be free to take your time, slow down, keep it simple, breathe deeply and feel good.

So this summer holiday travel ‘light’ and be free.

Nourish your body, renew your mind and nurture your soul.

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5 reasons to BEWARE of ready-made salads!

It is common knowledge that eating good size portions of fresh vegetables each day is great for not only our health but our skin also. One of the best ways to get a range of vegetables into your diet is through salads, either as a main meal or else served as a side. Here at Janesce we are big fans of eating salads (in jars especially!) and are excited the weather is now warmer and these can be enjoyed without feeling chilled afterwards!

With the summer nearly here we will be outside enjoying the weather more and often are out and about over a meal time or meeting someone at a café for a meal in the sunshine. It is encouraging to see the amount of eating places that are now offering salads as part of the menu. As much as this brings us great pleasure we also want to be the first to say: BEWARE!

5 reasons to watch out for ready-made salads:

Portion size – salads that include vegetables, carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein should still only be the size of your regular meal. Sometimes we are tempted to order a larger portion than we usually would by convincing ourselves that we can because it is a ‘healthy salad’ but this is unnecessary. Some large ready-made salads can have more kilojoules than a Big Mac meal!
Ingredients – obviously anything can be labelled ‘salad’ but when you are looking at a bowl full of egg and creamy mayonnaise with a sprinkling of chives then it might no be as beneficial to your health as it might appear. In this case it would be better to choose something else from the menu that has a balance of vegetables, carbohydrates, healthy fats and proteins. If you are choosing salad look for one that has a leafy green base with other things added.
Extras – salads loaded with crisp green leaves and veges are great for boosting your fibre intake but look out for the added extras. On top of this can be added cheese, bacon, thick dressings and croutons, all of which can be high in unhealthy fats and sodium.
Price – often you are charged more from eating places for ordering a ‘healthier’ option. This can be frustrating and not always an accurate representation of the amount of food you are getting or the quality of it. Make sure you look at the menu first before spotting a salad and going for it – there may be better options!
Shelf-life – cabinet food can be great for a quick takeaway option but again look out for signs of wilting. Most places would hopefully make the salads fresh for that day but it might be worth asking when it was made. You don’t want to purchase something that was made a day or two ago, thinking it is a freshly made salad.

Remember, salad is a great choice when eating out as long as it is made with fresh leafy greens, veges, protein, healthy fats and has no nasties added to it! If it is too big, take the rest home with you or share with the person you are enjoying the company of!

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Moana’s diary: 7 DAYS OF ME cleanse wrap up

The first time I completed the 7 DAYS OF ME I experienced incredible changes. Within a day I had more energy and felt a lot clearer headed and focused. The next three days however, were very different. I experienced a huge migraine from around 3pm in the afternoon, which didn’t stop until I fell asleep that night. The next morning I was tired, sluggish, gassy and had really bad breath as my body got rid of the toxins that had built up.

By the end of the 7 days, I had got my energy back, my skin felt rejuvenated, clear and soft. The whites of my eyes went from an off white to a brighter white and my hair felt softer. I was really enjoying my food and I no longer felt bloated.

After a week or so I decided to give the cleanse a second go as I loved the feeling it gave me. This time I still felt symptoms as above except that I didn’t suffer from a migraine at all, and one of the biggest changes this time round was in my appetite. There was a new feeling that I had never experienced before in my life. I felt like my body was telling me what it needed rather than being driven by what my mind thought I needed in regards to food. I no longer craved bread, crackers, lollies and coke (I was addicted to diet coke before the first cleanse).

After the second cleanse had finished, as above, I knew my body wanted good clean food like what I had been eating throughout the 7 day cleanse. I still battle with emotional eating, so even though I knew I wanted to eat clean, I choose to eat the first thing that became available to me, processed foods or foods from the past that I’m used to eating to comfort me or to make me feel better about myself.

I don’t class this as a failure. I look at this as a learning experience. After I finished the second cleanse, even though I felt amazing, I had an emotional breakdown and this is what a lot of woman face everyday. In order for me to move forward with my life with contentment, happiness and success of how I want my body to be, whether it is healthier or slimmer, I (and everyone else in a similar situation to me) need to accept myself.

If we don’t accept ourselves, how on earth are we going to reach our fullest potential? If we don’t accept ourselves how can we expect others to accept us? I am an over thinker, I do get very anxious. And when things get too much with kids, house work, job commitments, bills, dinner, exercise, kids sporting activities etc etc my emotional eating takes over.

When things do get overwhelming I am learning to stop, take 5, breathe, have a bath, or just relax, take this time to not overthink. If the thoughts come, just let them go, remind myself how good things really are, get my life back into prospective, as life is good, especially when my heart is beating.

Because this is a journey I will be doing the cleanse a third time. As I slowly learn more about my body, I know now that I will be more prepared for when I come off the cleanse, I will have the right foods prepared that my body needs, rather than meeting my emotional needs with food. And lastly I will focus on accepting myself everyday, it’s not going to be easy and will take lots and lots of practice, but I’m determined to get there x

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Moana’s diary: 7 DAYS OF ME cleanse DAY TWO

Sticking to just overnight oats for breakfast everyday this week, made a batch to last me, I’m too busy to change it up everyday!
Lunch was divine (lettuce cups), so good the kids want it for their lunch boxes xx

Pretty rushed again, have a headache, quite a bit of gas lol and feeling very tired xx but again nailed it ….. Feeling satisfied xx

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Zesty layered fish bake

This is a popular recipe from our 7 DAYS OF ME recipe book and guide. It’s super easy, healthy, vibrant and the whole family will love it.

Serves 2 to 3

Crust
¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
¼ cup of sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
Zest of a lemon
Himalayan or sea salt to taste
Pepper to taste
¼ cup of parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Fish
500 grams of fresh fish
3 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
1 clove of garlic, chopped
¼ cup of parsley, chopped
Juice of one lemon
Himalayan salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Pulse the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in your food processor until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs. Place in a medium sized bowl and add the sesame seeds, lemon zest, salt, pepper, olive oil and parsley.

Place your fish fillets in an oiled, shallow baking dish. Layer the sliced tomatoes on top of the fish and sprinkle with parsley and garlic. Add salt and pepper and the lemon juice.

Cover with the crust and place in the oven for 20 minutes until crust is golden brown and fish is cooked. Serve with fresh salad and brown rice.

SHOPPING ESSENTIALS

500 grams of fresh fish (We’ve used snapper)
Tomatoes x 3
Italian parsley
Lemons x 1
Olive oil
Pumpkin seeds
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds

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