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30 Day Water Challenge

May 31, 2016

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We’ve all heard the reminder to stay hydrated. And since it’s true, we want to remind you too! Staying hydrated is important to be healthy. Not drinking enough water will lead to headaches, peptic ulcers, and weight gain. Even systemic conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes can be improved with hydration.

Our body is smart and has a natural way of bringing our body to balanced state. If it didn’t we’d all die. The ideal PH of our blood is 7.45. Eating foods that are high in acidity will lower the blood’s PH. For example, pouring a can of coke into 10 gallons of water brings the PH from 7.8 to 4.6 immediately. The way that our body protects itself from this highly acidic environment is by buffering. However, buffering uses up our vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. As we become dehydrated, another thing that happens is that we constrict blood vessels, which decreases circulation and means that less oxygen getting to those areas. By staying hydrated, we help our body keep its PH at the right level so that our bodies aren’t spending so much energy.


Over the next month we will share tips to help you to remember to stay hydrated. Water doesn’t have to be boring. We have lots of ideas to help you stay motivated and enjoy your water!

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Weigh yourself and divide that number by 2. That is the number of oz that you will need to drink everyday over the next 30 days. For example, if you weigh 140lbs, half of 140 is 70. So you would need to drink 70 oz of water everyday.

Can you do it? We know you can! Day one starts June 1st. Over the next month we’d like you to Instagram a picture of yourself drinking your water and #getwillowized. We will choose one person to win a free treatment at Willow Spa at the end of the month.

How easy is that!? A chance to win a 60 minute treatment just for drinking water!!


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Detox Goals

Ready, Set, Cleanse!

January 18, 2014

It’s that time of year again! We’ve been encouraging an annual cleanse at Willow Spa for about 6 years and it’s still a challenge!  This year our detox program has a new and improved enzyme supplement that helps to digest liquid protein better (ahem…less gas!).  Since, the last part of 2013 was particularly stressful and busy we ate on the run and had lots of coffee to keep going.  We both eased into our detox with a full week of clean eating, which is recommended so you don’t jolt your system too much.  The key to a successful cleanse is planning because if there are healthy choices readily available clean eating is much easier.  One of our goals for 2014 was to get more sleep so starting off with a cleanse forced us to give our bodies the rest that it needed to be prepared for the rest of the year.


About 1 week into our cleanse, we sat down to talk about our detox and how it was going  It sounds odd, but it’s something we never really have done before. However, since we offered a detox challenge to our Willow Spa clients it seemed fair that we should share our detox goals and outcome as well.



Q: What is the most difficult food/drink to give up on the detox?

C: Coffee and a little sweet indulgence now and then like dark chocolate. I don’t know which is more difficult to give up. Even a little sip or a little nibble is just so satisfying. But I guess it would be coffee because that’s a daily ritual to help me conquer the day.

J: For me, it’s definitely coffee!  Coffee is habitual and comforting and although it has caffeine, it helps me relax somehow.



Q: Have you done the detox before?

C: Yes, I have. This is my 4th detox. I find it quite interesting how different I feel during the detox each time I do it. I contribute it most to the variation of toxicity whether its stress or food or the combination of during the few months right before starting the detox. So this current detox, I must have been pretty toxic because the worst symptoms hit day 2 and 3 for me and didn’t subside until day 4. WOW! Glad that’s over.

J:  I’ve done the detox 5 times and this will be my 6th time.  This year I was really looking forward to the cleanse.  I caught a bad cold just as my clean eating began so all I ate was a detox veggie soup for the first 3 days. Being sick and withdrawing from coffee at the same time was helpful because I didn’t know which was causing me to feel so tired.


Q. What are your goals for this detox?

C: Well, for one thing I like to give my body the break and rest it needs to sort of re-fuel to sustain the other 351 days. And #2 make new food/drinks that are detox approved and still full of flavor that could even tempt my hubby to try a bite. Now wouldn’t that be awesome!! Finally, if the pounds come off naturally with the detox that’s an added bonus and a great detox!

J: In general I like to think that I eat healthy, but the busier I got, the more I made excuses to eat out.  I was eating way more carbs than I should have been.  Also, I haven’t been getting regular exercise either so I’ve been feeling like a blob.  So my goals are to lose about 5 lbs and find the motivation to get regular exercise.


Q. Overall, what is your detox challenge?

C: One of my challenges that I’ve now grown to live with is that I will be the solo detox-er in my household.  I know the pickiest eater there is and nope, it’s not my little sweets, it’s the hubby.  So hubby and little sweets have their own agenda for all their meals during these 14 days that I detox.  The other challenge is the temptation to cook every new recipe that looks so delish, but have no time for. So then I resort back to what’s easiest to grab or make and then I have a boring detox. But not this time; this one I’m doing differently and planning better so I can experiment with new recipes to add more variety.

J: My challenge is to not overspend during the detox.  I tend to want to try all of these new recipes that have ingredients I’ve never heard of before and then I buy way too much stuff for more recipes than there are meals. Lol!


Q. What is the best part of the detox?

C: The noticeable difference I feel after getting over the 1st couple days. After the first couple days where you feel literally bleh, it passes and then you have this complete turnaround feeling that’s hard to describe. It’s a boost of renewed fresh energy and you feel like you can keep going and going and going without feeling an ounce of fatigue.

J: The detox reminds me of how good it feels to eat clean and creates good habits that I can usually stick to for a few months after the detox is over.  My diet won’t remain so extreme, but it will remain about 70% clean for a few months.




Changes for 2014

January 2, 2014

As always, new ideas require a lot of planning meetings, which we usually enjoy doing with our favorite coffee drink and laptop computer in tow. However, as we embark upon our detox, we have switched to tea. Another difference is that we will start handwriting some of our notes instead of just typing them into our laptops. We recently learned that our brains may work differently when writing with a hand held instrument. Studies show that there are two areas in our brain that are stimulated and these areas are involved in execution, imagery and observation of actions. We won’t be giving up our laptops anytime soon, but we will be putting a pen to paper more often!



Happy writing!



Simple Goals for 2014

December 31, 2013


Goals! We love goals! Business or personal, we’ll take them. However we think personal ones seem more challenging! The daily routine of our lives are quite similar and can consume us completely.

One of our favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, posted the challenge to achieve 4 simple goals by 2014. We missed their proposed deadline, but have decided to create simple goals for ourselves to strive for this year.

Here are the “rules”-

  1. Choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. Choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish.
  2. Do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. Positive actions instead of just the end result!
  3. Choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! They can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.
  4. Choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! It can be a small or large reward- it’s up to you.

So one of the things that we did a little differently is that we combined our personal goals.  We thought this would be a good way to keep us on track.  Here are our goals:

  1. Cook 1 new vegan recipe every week:  In general we both try to eat healthy, but we both admit that we get busy and get into a rut of the types of meals we prepare.  Neither of us are 100% vegan, but it would be great to incorporate more vegan recipes into our lives.  The plus would be if our kids and husbands could LOVE some of our new vegan dishes too!
  2. Read a new book every month (for pleasure, not for research):  As admitted work-a-holics, we sometimes find that we have not done anything to unwind for long periods of time.  Reading is such a great way to unwind and get inspired so we know we have to do that more!
  3. Sleep at minimum 7 hours a night:  Embarrassingly, this was the most difficult goal for both of us to commit to!  We know sleep is important and decided we’d make it a priority this year!
  4. Organize at least once a month:  Being organized helps us from feeling overwhelmed.  We’ll try to find one organizing project every month that we can accomplish and also helps to make our life simpler.

If we achieve our goals, our true reward is that we will be healthier, more organized and have found some pleasurable personal time, improving the way we live life. To sweeten this reward and because we love to online window shop, we have lists of things we want, but don’t really need so we will also reward ourselves with one of the things from our shopping cart!

So there you have it, our 4 simple goals. We’ll check in on our goals in a few months and let you know how we are doing. We’d love to hear about your goals for 2014!