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January detox

It may be January and time to step away from the booze, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a great tasting beer. Together with their increasingly popular non-alcoholic beer Moonlight, Wicklow Wolf has announced the launch of two more limited edition brews, Limelight and Starlight, to be released in January across independent off licences nationwide. 

Though low in alcohol, all three of these hoppy beers are high in flavour and are made using speciality malts and lots of juicy hops.    

Despite having an alcohol level of 0.5% and a calorie count of only 50kcal per 330ml can, these beers are full of flavour with Starlight being infused with citrus grapefruit, while Limelight is infused with zesty lime.

Independent by Nature, Wicklow Wolf recently launched its new 17,000 sq ft brewery in Newtownmountkennedy which has been carefully constructed to decrease water wastage, energy use and carbon footprint by using 100% renewable electricity in the making of the beer.

Speaking about the new limited editions, Wicklow Wolf Master Brewer John Allen said, “There’s often a misconception that non-alcoholic beers require less care and attention when the opposite is true.  In Wicklow Wolf, we don’t dealcoholize, instead we create a beer that is low in alcohol which takes a lot of care and attention. We strive to ensure all our beer is brewed without compromise and these beers are no different.  I think they will be just perfect for Dry January”

Limelight and Starlight will be available in independent off licences nationwide for €2.75 per can OR 4 Cans for €10 across the range.   

Moonlight can be found in these outlets and all Supervalu and Centra stores across Ireland. For more information on all of Wicklow Wolf’s endeavours, visit their website www.wicklowwolf.com.

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Most of us were expecting Sam Reece to enter into the CBB house, just to… you know… majorly spice things up.

And, even though he denied the rumours, we still kinda thought he was going to surprise us ALL, as well as Stephanie and Jeremy.

But, the housemate that is actually entering into the house was not expected. At all. 

Channel 5 confirmed earlier today that health guru Gillian McKeith will enter the Big Brother house tonight. 

In a statement the TV network said: "Tonight, LIVE on Celebrity Big Brother, holistic food & lifestyle guru Gillian McKeith, will pay an unexpected visit to the Big Brother house.

"Over the next few days, the celebrities will be put to the test in the ultimate January detox as prescribed by Gillian."

Oh GOD, we can only imagine how this is going to pan out. 

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With the new year in full swing, many of us are looking for ways to shake up our metabolism after December's indulgences.

During a juice cleanse, your meals are replaced with either homemade or purchased fruit and vegetable juices, allowing your body to rid itself of built-up toxins from processed and high-fat foods. The diet typically lasts anywhere between one and seven days – if this is your first time, three days or under is a good starting point. 

While a juice cleanse is a great detox option, there are a few things to keep in mind if you're considering trying one out. Here are our key dos and don'ts…

What to do

1. Do pick your days wisely
A juice cleanse is difficult enough to begin with, so don't hinder your chances by scheduling your cleanse for a week when you have big social or work commitments – you'll only make the whole process harder to stick to.

2. Do prepare yourself for the detox
Mood swings, headaches and bloating are all common problems when you subject your body to a detox, but you can reduce the likelihood of these symptoms by preparing your body for the cleanse. Avoid caffeinated beverages and sugary or fatty foods in the days leading up to your juice cleanse, and keep well hydrated both before and during your detox days. 

3. Do stay active (in moderation!)
You may feel weaker than usual during your cleanse, but light exercise can actually help you feel more energised and can even help your body to eliminate toxins. Heavy exercise should be avoided as your body is already working with a reduced calorie intake.

What not to do

1. Don't do it because everyone else is
A juice cleanse might be the detox diet of the moment, but that does not necessarily mean it's the right choice for you. If you struggle with intense cravings or have a history of disordered eating, a juice cleanse might end up doing more harm than good. The aim here is to eat clean and healthy, not to make yourself miserable.

2. Don't use the cleanse as a quick fix
Ideally, a juice cleanse should act as the start of your journey toward a healthier and cleaner diet – not a quick fix to drop a few pounds. If your plan is to go back to eating fatty and sugary foods again as soon as your cleanse is over , you'll soon notice those pounds creeping back on.

3. Don't be too hard on yourself
A juice cleanse is going to be difficult. If you end up caving and eating a snack, don't berate yourself. Simply pick up where you left off – it's not the end of the world.

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It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking January is the time to start a fad diet or an extreme detox, but the experts from Wellbeing Escapes shows we’ve been getting it wrong all along.

Since days are much longer now, our body’s natural cycle dictates that we actually need extra care and nourishment to get us through winter times.

Here are a few ways we can take care of our bodies without putting it through hell:

  • Eat nourishing foods but don’t overdo it and always eat according to your body’s requirements.
  • Pamper yourself when you get the chance with a gentle massage.
  • A bit of yoga never killed anyone – do gentle workouts that will still help you to build up enough sweat to release toxins from your body.
  • Make some time for meditation because when your mind is at peace, your body is at peace.

As far as a detox goes, try holding off until spring. Your body will naturally have more energy, so you will probably get better results.

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