Monday, January 10, 2011

Discipline and A Little TLC

Detox! Detox! Detox!

That's all everyone is talking about at the moment. The magazines are filled with articles on how to repent and realign our regimes to cleanse our bodies and get back to our "set points" (my words) when we step on our best friend -- or worst enemy -- the scale.

Ever since I met my nutritionist several years ago I've started every day with a cup of hot water spiked with fresh squeezed lemon juice, apparently one of the world's greatest detox drinks. I have no idea, but the ritual makes me feel virtuous and right out of bed, feeling virtuous is not a bad way to start the day.

Thanks to a Christmas gift, I have added Kusmi Detox tea to my "let's see if we can tidy-up our insides with the hope it will show on the outside," program. The cocktail consists of green tea (of course), citronelle (thank goodness) and maté, a "miraculous" tea from South America.

Maté purportedly contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, lots of antioxidants and is, as one would expect, a natural diuretic -- that's where the minimal weight loss bonus comes in. 
The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society concluded in 1964 that, "it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to maté in nutritional value," and that maté contains "practically all the vitamins necessary to sustain life."

Yesterday at lunch while we were eating the gallette des rois (more on this tomorrow), the conversation turned to detox once again. 

Advice From a Psychoanalyst

Valérie Blanco is against New Year's resolution lists. She believes it puts too much pressure on us and sets us up for failure and disappointment -- and we all know the results of those feelings. 

She suggests instead, a list of, not the promises to myself "I should do," but rather "what I would like to do; what would make me happy."  

I don't know about you, but I see a gray area in this hair-splitting definition. If I accomplish my resolutions, or whatever one may call them, I can assure you I will be extremely happy and content. I'll simply change the heading from resolutions to "what I would really, really like to do this year." 

I feel better already. 

Friends In All The Right Places

Back by popular demand, Henry Warmheart, my lavender stuffed teddy bear, heated in the microwave and draped over aches and pains. He is now a click away from those of you who, like me, appreciate a warm, cuddly companion who doesn't talk.

I gave the sheep to a friend for Christmas and bought the polar bear to have in reserve. Here's the trick: in order for our pals to be effective you want the longest one available so he/she will cover the achy area. Teddy stretches waaaay out. Another trick: when right out of the microwave, they can be slightly moist which was initially a surprise. (Mine was a gift and came from our local pharmacy. I was later told a little "perspiration" was completely normal). 

In consequence (is that Franglais?) I wrap Ted in a dish towel before I put him in to cook. The towel absorbs most of the humidity.

Add the scent of lavender to the experience and you will be in heaven.

On the record: No, I do not collect stuffed animals or dolls. Just wanted you to know. Ted may be cute, but that's not good enough to be on or in my bed.


quintessence said...

I'm afraid the galllette des rois caught my eye more than the Kusmi tea - but I'm willing to try anything once! Since I have a delicate tooth due to a recent root canal, my new (temporary) soft diet seems to be taking care of my holiday indulgences!

Duchesse said...

I weigh myself twice a year. Daily weighing leads me into obsession with every quarter pound; the fit of my clothes is a more accurate guide. I like how you balance detox drinks with the galette!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I never make New Years resolutions; I only add to my what I'd like to do category. And yes, lavender Teddy sounds wonderful.

Belle de Ville said...

Mate is an amazing herbal product, I will definitely try that tea.
I'm also considering the Anti-inflamatory Detox Diet. Some of my friends have tried it and felt much better after a month. (They cheated though and drank wine a few times)

Charlotte said...

I begin every day with a zillion cups of mate/green tea, and have done so for a while, simply because I love the taste. Now I'll feel virtuous as well.

And relieved that I need do nothing more to repent from the holiday gorge.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Being snowed in, as I am, I think an entire flock of these warm little sheep would be a marvelous thing!

And the hot water and lemon.... works!

cigalechanta said...

Is the lavender bear available in the states. or Where can I order one?

JMW said...

I so need the hot water/lemon detox. It does do wonders. I've tried to stop the practice of weighing myself, though. I've been exercising and trying to eat right and if my clothes start to fit better, then I know I'm doing something right. But, seeing the numbers on the scale just gets me down.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I love the soft toy comment. I don't have anything like that either. And your friends advice makes much more sense.

I went on my Wii Fit Plus for the first time this afternoon. I did a few yoga moves and a short step class and lost 11 calories!! Must try harder... The only good thing was it tells me I am the ideal weight for my height. I don't think I am, of course. Luckily I don't own any scales and never have.

You have reminded me to start drinking herbal tea again and the hot water and lemon thing is great. Unfortunately The Actor brings me a large cup of English breakfast tea with milk and one sugar every morning. Hope you're good. I've been enjoying your blog very much xx

Beth - In My World... said...

A good friend has got me waning from the coffee and leaning towards the hot water with lemon, but she showed me to throw a sprinkle of red pepper in. I am not usually for the spicy in my drink, but I must admit I feel great since I began drinking this concoction.

Deja Pseu said...

The bears are adorable. We have a buckwheat and lavender pillow that can be warmed up in the microwave. Can't remember where it is!

I don't "detox" per se, but I do try to drink lots of water after a day or two of having too much alcohol or rich food.

Don't want to give up my mug of strong, black coffee first thing in the morning, though. Some days the promise of it is all that gets me out of bed on time.

BigLittleWolf said...

You had me at that gallette des rois.

I'd like to detox on that.


knitpurl said...

Have turned to tea, green and herbal, since my bout with bronchitis. Love it and can't seem to get back to coffee. (Still visit my favorite coffee places. I do feel virtuous ordering hot tea!) Daily workouts and Pilates have resulted in clothes already fitting better. Thanks for posting the info. on Ted. Now to wait for your galette post. xoxo, C.

Tish Jett said...

To find the address for a warm, cuddly, lavender scented friend, just click on the Henry Warmheart link on the post.

No, unfortunately, I have no connections with the company. . .

Thank you all for being so wonderful.


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