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Health retreat at home for a week

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Diorinthecountry · 06/03/2023 01:30

I am on holiday for one week and would love to give myself a total retreat at home. Do any of you lovely people have any suggestions?

So far I have:
No salt
No alcohol
Bed at 10pm
Daily exercise
No fizzy juice
Pamper daily
Limited screen time

Am I missing anything?

Thanks so much for any help.

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Diorinthecountry · 06/03/2023 17:04

@Vegrocks in no way have I spent today in my pjs watching the kardashians whilst on mumsnet 🤣

To be fair I have been writing my list and it's snowing outside so....

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Vegrocks · 06/03/2023 17:22

What’s your diet and exercise usually like?

do you practise yoga? Do you meditate?


Diorinthecountry · 06/03/2023 17:27

@Vegrocks diet is on the whole good. I cook from scratch and we eat a lot of fruit/veg. I could definitely reduce potatoes and alcohol. I walk for a hour or hour and a half 3/4 times a week. Some are flat walks and others are hill walking. I am really overweight and bloated. I am 5ft 1inch and 13 stones. I've signed up to Nutracheck. I do love taking care of myself and generally pamper myself daily. I also put meditation on at night to help me fall asleep.

I was really into yoga but that has been put on the back burner for a whilst. Looking to get back into it.

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Vegrocks · 06/03/2023 17:37

So instead of this week of absolute abstinence

try for

No alcohol
cut down on carbs
cut down on sugar
and a walk every day


Feministwoman · 06/03/2023 18:24

Could you try dry skin brushing all over before a morning shower, then a nice shower with pampering products, then short blast of cold water at end, then moisturise all over incorporating self massage? Can be very effective! Ok not as good as a "proper" massage but still good.

Can also do dry skin brushing, quick shower and cold blast in morning, then pampering, self massage shower in evening?

Also, an essential oil and salt bath couple of times in the week is very relaxing.

(Massage therapist here, sounds a great idea!)


Diorinthecountry · 06/03/2023 18:46

@Vegrocks that sounds good.

@Feministwoman that sounds great. I usually have two pamper baths a week with salts, face mask, hair mask etc. I've just found a body brush unopened. I totally forgot about body brushing will start that. I honestly think that I have every gadget and product going. I could open a shop.

This thread has made me reflect and realise how much I do daily for myself already. I am going to update this thread daily with what I've done.

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LlynTegid · 06/03/2023 19:15

Good luck OP, hope you have a lovely week and the snow does not disrupt it too much.


Lovelyveg82 · 16/03/2023 15:40

How did it go OP

if I had to guess, I’d say there wasn’t much in the way of exercise, meditation and yoga!


lurchermummy · 16/03/2023 15:41

Great idea! I'm home alone this weekend and doing similar - intermittent fasting, loads of fruit and veggies, cold showers, face pack, nails, yoga, walk the dogs, early to bed...


Radical0pal · 16/03/2023 16:23

I have a day to myself tomorrow, going to have a bath, go for a walk and maybe do a face mask


Pancakeorcrepe · 16/03/2023 18:04

Lots of water and a nap everyday! A retreat is not a detox or a diet so I think you should still treat yourself to something delicious like maybe your favourite chocolate. And also add in a daily social interaction - could be a walk with someone or call someone or just message them. Writing a few sentences in a diary each morning


Diorinthecountry · 16/03/2023 21:57

My week was lovely but went so fast. I done lots of pampering, long walks, went to a few social things in my area during the day, cooked new recipes. Had a few afternoon naps.

I didn't do yoga fully but did do head/shoulder/neck yoga daily. I still had wine and nibbles watched shit tv Grin

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Cheerfulcharlie · 16/03/2023 22:00

Feet in a bowl of warm water with essential oils, maybe some flowers whilst sipping a lemongrass tea

heated lavender wheatbag on neck / shoulders


mumyes · 16/03/2023 22:03

No processed food
Face mask
Eye masks
Walk each day - plan a route

Fabulous!! Enjoy!


fairycards · 16/03/2023 22:30

Do you have a juicer? I always drank carrot juice on health retreats.

All the tiny meals they provided were vegetarian, and very tasty.

You could adopt a menu like that for the week.


fairycards · 16/03/2023 22:30

Oh! It's over!


Diorinthecountry · 16/03/2023 23:49

The carrot juice sounds nice @fairycards how do you make it? I've never juiced before.

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Gwenhwyfar · 19/03/2023 12:20

Marinapeppina · 06/03/2023 16:54

You need salt to live OP

I was going to say that. You need salt. When I used to log my food on myfitnesspal it regularly showed me as not getting enough sodium so it's pretty easy to not get enough. Cut down on processed meals, but add it to meals you cook from scratch.

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