LIFESTYLE

  • My Week in Bali: Detox Retreat

    Detox Retreat
    Holidays. They’re one of those things that you always think about doing, but never get the time to do. There’s never a “right time” for a holiday because life goes on and there’s always something to catch up on when you’re home.

    Truth be told, we need rest. It’s important to give your body time to recover and heal in order to de-stress and detox the body. Rest and recovery also play a vital role in keeping your skin clean and clear.

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    The Organic Eco Village

    My choice of paradise was Desa Seni Resort located in the beautiful Canggu, Bali. From the moment you arrive, you will be inspired to live a healthier life. Think organic vegetables, perfectly manicured gardens and a custom detox menu. The grounds and menu however, were just the beginning.

    Desa Seni Health Resort is located just 15 minutes away from Seminyak offering a true cultural experience. The resort is organic, eco-green, and offers some traditional Balinese healing treatments.

    The Detox Program

    Desa Seni invites you to choose between multiple detox packages including intermittent fasting, rebalancing the self and detoxification. My choice was the 8-night detox package.

    My package included:

    • Custom detox menu made with organic vegetables (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks)
    • Daily yoga (sometimes twice daily!)
    • Daily acupuncture with the amazing Dr. Thomas Sladek (highlight of my trip)
    • 2 Chinese cupping treatments
    • Daily Chinese detoxifying herbs
    • 1 Reflexology Treatment
    • 1 Desa Seni Massage
    • 1 Salt Scrub

    My Experience at Desa Seni: Life Changing

     They say you get worse before you get better and I definitely agree with this. The first few days of the detox, I was incredibly grumpy and emotional. I chose to stay on the resort and completely commit myself to the detox so I could experience the best results.

    By doing this, I stuck to the diet 100% and did not have any distractions or comfort food. This was probably the thing I noticed the most. When you take the comforts and crutches away, you really can focus on healing yourself.

    The daily Yoga was fantastic. It encourages you to still the mind, let go of things that have happened in the past and strengthen your body. I think it’s a perfect type of exercise to combine with this type of healing program as it’s not overly strenuous on the body while it is trying to heal.

    I literally felt as though all the toxins in my body were coming to the surface in the first few days of the program. By the fifth day, I started to feel incredible. I had more energy, I felt lighter, could think clearer and my skin was looking amazing.

    The daily acupuncture treatments were my favourite part of the detox. The knowledge that Dr Thomas Sladek has on the body is fantastic. I asked lots of questions during my treatment and we discovered a weakness in my body that I am now working on improving here in Australia.

     

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    Information on Desa Seni

    If you are interested in visiting Desa Seni on a package please visit http://www.desaseni.com for more info.

    I chose this resort based on my own personal research and was not paid to write this review. This is based on my own personal experience and I will only ever recommend products and services that I truly believe in.

    Olivia x

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  • How To Make An Acai Smoothie Bowl

    How To Make An Acai Smoothie Bowl
    So, you’ve seen all those amazing photos of Acai Smoothie Bowls online but have no idea how to make them? Today I’ll show you how!

    What is an Acai Bowl?

    Essentially, an acai bowl is similar to a smoothie because it is made in the same way but blended until it’s the consistency of ice-cream. An Acai Bowl is served in a bowl and then topped with all your favourite fruits, seeds and nuts. The consistency of an Acai Bowl should be thick and creamy and eaten with a spoon.

    How To Make An Acai Smoothie Bowl

    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time1 min
    Total Time6 mins

    Ingredients

    • 2 packs Frozen Acai
    • 1 Frozen Banana
    • 1 scoop Protein Powder optional
    • 1 splash Dairy Free Milk almond, coconut, rice
    • 1/4 cup Frozen Berries

    Instructions

    • Add all of the ingredients except for the milk into a blender of food processor
    • Blend your acai smoothie
    • Add liquid very slowly, adding more until desired consistency is reached
    • Once your smoothie base is the desired ice cream consistency, simply spoon the mixture into your bowl of choice 
    • Use a chilled bowl to prevent the smoothie melting too much when you are eating it
    • Top with your favourite toppings. See tips below!

    TIP: Now it’s time for the fun part. Adding all your favourite toppings.

    Be creative. Think fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. You can even do an organic gluten-free granola layer and top with coconut flakes!

    Some ideas are: nuts, cacao nibs, a splash of coconut milk, coconut flakes, fresh berries, sliced fresh banana, chopped nuts and chia seeds.

    Be sure to post your photos on Instagram and tag @oliviabiancajenkins and #oliviajenkins! I’d love to see your creations.

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Chocolate Recipe

    DIY Chocolate Recipe
    Are you the type of person who LOVES chocolate but haven’t found a healthy alternative? Well, look no further! I have the perfect substitute. The best thing is all the ingredients in this recipe are good for your skin.

    Just make sure you don’t overindulge!

    Ingredients

    ¾ cup Coconut Oil
    ¾ cup Honey
    1 cup Cacao Powder
    Favourite nuts for topping

    Directions
    1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients together until well combined.
    2. Pour mixture into a muffin cake tray lined with cupcake patties OR pour into a baking tray lined with baking paper.
    3. Top with your favourite nuts.
    4. Freeze for 30 minutes.
    5. Break into bite size pieces

    Enjoy!

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Breakfast Oats

    Clear Skin Breakfast Oats
    This breakfast recipe is filled with skin clearing ingredients that won’t inflame your body or irritate your skin. It is super simple to make and it gives you tons of morning energy and keeps you feeling full!

    Ingredients:

    • ½ cup oatmeal or oats (not quick oats)
    • ¾ cup rice/oat milk
    • ¼ cup mixed berries
    • 2 scoops protein powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp honey
    Method:
    1. Combine oats, milk, berries and protein powder in a container with a lid.
    2. Cover and refrigerate over night.
    3. Serve in the morning with fresh or frozen berries, honey and cinnamon.

    Olivia x

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  • 5 Foods That Are Great For Digestion

    5 Foods That Are Great For Digestion
    Gut health has a direct link to acne, that’s why it is so important to look after your gut with healthy foods! Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel and how an unhealthy GI tract can affect your sense of wellbeing.

    Here are the top five foods for a healthy gut:

    • Kefir

      Kefir is a fermented food and is packed full of healthy, living bacteria that support a healthy GI tract!

    • Oats

      Oats are rich in soluble fibre, Vitamin E and Zinc. Soluble fibre helps support proper functioning of your digestive system.

    • Oranges

      Oranges contain soluble fibre that is fermented by our gut bacteria and is found mostly in the membranes that divide the segments of the orange.

    • Silverbeet

      Silverbeet help to relieve your stomach and are rich in beta-carotene, iron and calcium. The nutrients help maintain digestive health and support healthy bowel movements.

    • Avocado

      Avocado is packed full of fibre and are one of the most fibre rich fruits you can eat! It’s very easy to digest and contains healthy mono saturated fats.

    Remember to add these into your diet every week. Did you know oats make a delicious breakfast idea? Try blending oranges, silverbeet or avocados into a juice or smoothie!

    Olivia x

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  • 4 Yoga Poses To Clear Your Skin

    4 Yoga Poses To Clear Your Skin
    Acne can be caused due to poor diet and lifestyle, as well as hormones which are majorly affected by stress. Yoga has amazing health benefits for your body and can even help to clear your skin by releasing stress in the body.

    These four poses help to increase blood circulation to the head and face area, which in turn can lead to clear, glowing skin.  Don’t worry if you have never tried yoga before, these are fairly simple yet still offer the maximum benefit to your skin!

    My Top 4 Yoga Poses to Clear Skin:

    Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

    • Stand up tall with your hands by your side.
    • Place your hands on your hips and inhale.
    • As you exhale, soften your knees and fold down slowly from your hips.
    • Place your hands onto your legs, ankles or the floor.

    Corpse Pose (Savasana)

    • Lie on your back with your feet spread slightly apart
    • Inhale deeply and hold it while tensing your whole body
    • After tensing your body for a few seconds, exhale and release as if to let go of your stress

    Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)

    • Sit down with your legs stretched out in front of you
    • Stretch your lower back and raise your arms above your head
    • Slowly bend forward
    • Place your hands on your lower legs, ankles or feet

    Cross Legged Pose (Sukhasana)

    • Sit on a yoga mat or cushioned surface
    • Arrange your legs in a cross legged position
    • Place your hands on your knees with your palms facing up and your index finger and thumbs gently touching

    Try these poses at home for 5-10 minutes every morning as a perfect way to start your day!

    Have you tried yoga before? Did you have good results? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

    Olivia x

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  • D.I.Y Natural Perfume

    Natural Perfume
    There are so many synthetic fragrances available, but you would be surprised at how EASY it is to make your own!

    It’s estimated that 95% of the synthetic fragrances on the market today are derived from petroleum by-products. Perfume is sprayed directly onto your skin and can be absorbed into the bloodstream. It is much safer to make your own, and a lot cheaper too!

    Ingredients/Supplies:

    • Small glass container (sealable)
    • 1 tbsp organic beeswax beads
    • 1 ½ tbsp jojoba oil
    • Favourite essential oils such as rose, lemon, jasmine etc (approx. 50 drops)

    Method:

    1. Gently melt the beeswax in a small glass bowl placed on top of a small pot filled with simmering water.
    2. Once the beeswax is melted, add your favourite essential oils and stir until well combined.
    3. Pour mixture into your container and leave until cooled.

    Simply use your fingers to melt the wax down and rub onto your wrists, neck or backs of knees.

    I hope this tip helps you on your journey to clear skin and a toxin-free lifestyle!

    Olivia x

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  • Creamy Fruit Dip

    Creamy Fruit Dip
    I love this recipe! It’s perfect for a summertime gathering and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser! I like to serve this dip with sliced assorted fruits like melon or apple.

    Serves 2

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups fresh peaches, sliced (you can use tinned peaches if you can’t buy them fresh)
    • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
    • 200g low-fat plain Greek yoghurt
    • 1 tbs lemon juice
    • 1/4 tsp almond extract

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
    2. Chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
    3. Serve with assorted fruit & nuts.

    Enjoy! Olivia x

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