I have such good intentions when it comes to eating well and treating my body kindly. I fully mean to not eat ice cream for breakfast and to go for lots of runs in the mornings… but it just doesn’t seem to pan out that way.
And it’s not that I can’t do it, or that I’m avoiding it – I just forget. I forget to exercise. I forget to eat healthily. And I forget to not eat ice cream for breakfast. So, when the Lifehouse Spa invited me to try out their detox wellness break, whereby I would have to stick to their schedule and menu… and not have the opportunity to eat ice cream for breakfast, I jumped at the chance.
The Lifehouse Spa is in the sweet little village of Thorpe-le-Soken – right next to Frinton-On-Sea and only 90 mins on the train from Liverpool Street; I felt myself relax as soon as I set foot on the train. Their staff picked me up at the other end (and will do the same for you if you ask them in advance) and 3 minutes later I was there, checking in and being shown to my bright, large room, overlooking their beautiful grounds – all 130 acres of it.
The Lifehouse Detox is one of their most popular health and wellness breaks. It promised a ‘3 night cleanse with a professionally structured regime of juices, superfood salads, ‘raw’ foods, broths and soups (wheat and dairy free) to improve digestive health and overall energy levels giving you a glowing complexion and better sleep patterns.’
I was excited. I had my itinerary and my first port of call was my consultation with Sue Davis, the Lifehouse Spa’s resident Naturopath and the font of ALL KNOWLEDGE. This would be my first of three meetings I’d have with Sue, who would track my progress, check in on me and how I was feeling, and generally be my point of contact throughout my 3 night stay…
She gave me my menu for the next three days, the fitness class timetable ( I was encouraged to take part in as many classes as I liked) and I then had a tour around the spa and its facilities… and I tried to remember where everything was! (If you know me, you’ll know this is no easy feat. I needed a map to find my way around high school. No joke.)
I woke up on the first morning, to water with fresh lemon waiting for me outside my room. I was to drink this upon getting up every morning, in order to set my body on the right track right at the beginning of the day.
Breakfast on my first day was a beetroot, celery, carrot and ginger juice and fresh fruit. I then headed straight to the spa and relaxed until lunch. Swimming, sauna, plunge pool, steam room, salt inhalation… you name it, I did it.
After lunch I had my first of three treatments – an Ishga 55 Minute Body Wrap – designed to eliminate toxins, reduce cellulite, boost energy and improve skin tone. It was just lovely… and I may have fallen asleep…
Dinner was a kale and broccoli juice and a plate of seasonal greens… and by 7pm, I was ready for bed! By 8pm I was asleep (amazing!) and I was awake at 7am the next day, refreshed and ready for juice, body brushing and spa! On my second day, all three meals were just a fresh juice and a soup. I could have had two more juices or smoothies in between the three meals, but miraculously I didn’t feel like I needed to or wanted it. I was drinking enormous amounts of water and swimming my socks off…
I was officially being powered by juice and the feeling was great. At 2:30pm I had an Ishga Body Massage and afterwards I conked out in the Relaxation Room… heavenly.
I had another lovely early night and was again up early for my water and lemon and breakfast… I’d graduated to Bircher Museli, (which was very exciting) and felt refreshed and glowing for my final treatment – reflexology.
Then it was back to the spa for my last opportunity to swim and sauna before lunch, my final consultation and home.
And chocolate mousse for dessert! I couldn’t believe it. I whooped for joy (silently) but interestingly, I couldn’t eat even half of it. It was delicious, but I could feel that my body just didn’t want it or need it… I was feeling clean inside. And I could see it in my eyes, my skin, and all over my newly brushed body.
After my final consultation with Sue, I was whisked to the station, jumped on the train and was home in a couple of hours, feeling refreshed, full of new knowledge about the workings of my body and the way it reacts to food, definitely a little lighter and with buckets of good intentions to not eat ice cream for breakfast ever again.
Thank you Lifehouse Spa – you’ve changed my eating habits forever.
Lifehouse Spa & Hotel
Frinton Road, Thorpe-le-Soken,
Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO16 0JD
WIN A 2 NIGHT JUICE CLEANSE FOR TWO AT LIFEHOUSE SPA!
Perfect for cleansing, detoxing and kick-starting your weight loss plan this 2 night retreat is about keeping it simple – just delicious and nutritious freshly pressed juices and time for you to completely relax.
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Prize winner must be aged 18 years or over.
Prize must be taken Sunday to Thursday only, subject to availability.
Prize is non transferrable and no cash alternative
Prize excludes any other spa treatments, food and beverage or incidentals not specified in the Prize.
Prize valid until 6 Months after winner is announced
Comp ends Sunday 10th May, midnight, UK time.
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