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The New 21 Day Clean Reset – Lose the Weight You Hate

There are a few “21 Day Reset” Diets on the internet right now, but in my opinion they all contain questionable chemicals.  I don’t like to use things if I don’t know what’s in them and what exactly they will do to my body.  Taking drops and shakes of dubious origin is no longer for me.  After around a year of finding out about nutrition, toxins and clean eating I am a big advocate of knowing what’s going into and indeed onto my body.

Hence, I devised my “21 Day Clean Reset”

The science part….

There are different types of fat…

We have three types of fat in our body. The first is what we use for energy, which we obtain from our food.

If we are eating too many calories and not burning them off, we lay down fat as visceral fat, the 2nd type of fat. This is the dangerous fat which collects around our organs. It can be a contributing factor to heart disease and diabetes. It also makes our body produce extra hormones which can raise the risk of cancer and interfere with weight-loss. More about hormones later.  Visceral fat is extremely hard to lose and feels locked in.

We also have a 3rd type, which is structural fat. It’s underneath the skin, in our joints, and most importantly, in our lean muscle tissue. The heart is a lean muscle, so this is a fat that we don’t want to lose.  Unfortunately, it’s the structural fat that we do tend to lose on a traditional ‘diet’.

Oh no! You’ve slowed down your own metabolism…

Recent TV shows have shown that traditional weight-loss diets mean you burn the initial energy stores first, then the body turns to the structural fat to maintain the weight-loss.

Each time we lose structural fat, we slow our metabolism down, leading to us putting on weight again because we can no longer consume as many calories. We diet again, we lose more structural fat, leading to an even slower metabolism… This is how the yo-yo cycle begins.

People who do very low-calorie diets which consist of meal replacement soups and shakes can lose copious amounts of weight, but they lose the structural fat first, so end up with saggy skin. The weight goes back on quickly as they lose lean muscle tissue, which, slows the metabolism.

The Hormone Element

We’ve all seen on TV how our food (farmed animals mainly, but also sprayed crops) is now containing hormones, chemicals and all sorts of things which could potentially do us harm. It’s not just the food we eat, anything we put on our skin (from skin cream to having cleaning chemicals on our hands) also enters our blood stream – within 20 minutes of application.

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When our skin and bodies are burdened by cumulative toxic chemicals, it interferes with normal bodily functions and can lead to an array of problems, such as weakening our skin barrier and making us more susceptible to skin conditions. For example, the rate of eczema is rising sharply, with a 42% rise in diagnosis of the condition between 2001 and 2005.  Our delicate hormone balance is also affected, and this is what helps regulate our weight.

SOURCE: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2746851/


A study was done by UC Berkeley in California on 100 girls that tested positive for 4 of the most toxic cosmetic chemicals: phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone.  All these chemicals are found in make-up and skin care items.


The girls then only used products that were free from these toxic chemicals for just 3 days. Another body burden test was done after this time period to see if there was any difference, and they found significant drops in levels of the chemicals in the body, an average of a third, including parabens dropping by 45%.

SOURCE: Berkeley News: www.news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/07/cosmetics-chemicals
SOURCE: Environmental Health Perspectives: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5047791

A separate study conducted by the EWG on US teenage girls in 2008 found an average of 16 hormone altering cosmetic chemicals in their bodies – mainly chemicals that enter through the lips and eyes from toxic makeup.

SOURCE: EWG: www.ewg.org/research/teen-girls-body-burden-hormone-altering-cosmetics-chemicals#.Wm8I1Khl-Uk

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The good news is our bodies can become detoxified over time. We need to look at the product we eat, the products we use on our skin and the products we spray and use around our homes.  We have no influence over what is used in our communal spaces out in the world but much can be achieved by ridding our own environment of toxins.

My Story


The scales said:                      11stone 7lbs (I needed to lose 2 stone) – I am 5’4″ tall.

The tape measure said:          Bust   37″  Waist   40″   Hips  45″

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Detoxing for 21 Days

My plan focuses on ridding my home of toxic chemicals, ridding my body of the same – such as nitrites in processed food.

There are currently 85,000 chemicals developed for the US personal care market, with more than 1,000 new ones being introduced each year. And according to an analysis by the (EWG), 80% of personal care products contain ingredients that contain hazardous impurities such as proven carcinogens, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors.

SOURCE: United States Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/tsca-inventory/about-tsca-chemical-substance-inventory EWG: www.ewg.org/skindeep/why-this-matters-cosmetics-and-your-health/#.Wm8Hkqhl-Uk

A I detoxed, it took me just three days to start feeling better.

My 21 Day Clean Reset

My detox is based on nutritious food and drink.  Natural sugars.  Nothing processed.

Natural skin care, natural make up, natural house cleaners.

There are no replacement drinks or juices, fasting or any supplements.


Want to find out more?


What could you expect?


  • Your weight could decrease by up to 21lbs in 21 days
  • You could have more energy
  • Your skin should improve
  • Stubborn body fat should decrease
  • You could have less cold & flu type issues

…and in under a month!


Join the Clean Revolution


There are three packages available:


Budget – contains the Diet Plan, Detoxing your Home Plan, Detoxing your Skin Plan.



Standard – contains the Diet Plan, Detoxing your Home Plan, Detoxing your Skin Plan, plus a fabulous Starter Kit for your skin – with all natural Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser, Skin Serum and Shower Gel.



Premium – contains the Diet Plan, Detoxing your Home Plan, Detoxing your Skin Plan, plus an amazing Body Kit for your skin – with all natural Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser, Skin Serum, Shower Gel, Hand Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner.



There is also the option to purchase natural make-up and further bath, shower and skin items.

 How Much will You Lose?

To find out about my 21 Day Clean Reset and all the lovely foods you are allowed – email me on helen@aspengirl.co.uk  and ask me anything about it!

Chancery Dental Thrapston

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Davis Optometrists to the Rescue!

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Nene Local would like to offer Davis Optometrists a HUGE thank you!  Our temporary office each Thursday was Thrapston Library and so when closure loomed and looked likely to thwart the work experience of Alex Lloyd of Prince William School we needed new offices.  Davis in Thrapston is allowing us to use their upstairs office – thank you so much!

The Sales Manager: Taking the Fear Out of Sales

Nene local sat down with Julie Futcher, owner of The Sales Manager, a company dedicated to helping people overcome the fear of selling their products to customers whether it be face to face or over the phone.

The Sales Manager Ltd currently has two divisions, Sales training and Telemarketing with a third, Sales Recruitment, to be launched later this year. They specialise in helping business owners increase revenue by helping them to overcome their fear of sales and/or improve their sales skills.  For larger businesses, training can be carried out in-house with follow up sessions available to help embed training.  If the thought of making business development calls is too much then the Telemarketing Team can help with packages from as little as one hour per week.

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“How can you expect someone to succeed when they haven’t been given proper training?”

Having created the business three years ago, and with a substantial 23 years of recruitment sales experience beforehand, Julie is well qualified to help.  She wanted to help small businesses understand that sales isn’t about being aggressive but about building relationships, trust and understanding customer problems. She wanted to train them on how to achieve that and win more business.  For larger business she wanted to help and support the business owner, who may not have a sales background,  get the most from their sales team.   Julie told me “Throughout my career, I have seen businesses recruit in-experienced sales people and expect them to hit the ground running.  How can you expect someone to succeed when they haven’t been given proper training?”  Julie believes that if you provide the right training and support, sales people, who have a hunger to succeed, will!

Julie has found that some clients fear the word ‘sales’. They feel like they must conform to the stereotypes of salespeople by being pushy and ‘in your face’ and to sell the product without any regard to the customer’s needs. People also shy away from the idea of cold calling. Julie reinforces the idea that to be a successful salesperson you need to be able to develop a relationship with and understand the client.  Julie said “In today’s world, the best salespeople listen to a customers needs and present a solution to the problem.  I strongly believe that Sales Departments should be renamed to Problem Resolution Departments as this is an extremely important skills to have in sales”.

Workshops are run regularly for people who need  would like to learn how to sell or improve their sales skills. Prices range from £85 to £250.  For medium to large companies, on-site training is available and for more information on this or the Telemarketing service, contact:


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The Sales Manager

01604 532004

Facebook: @TheSalesManager

Twitter: @ScaredofSales