Monthly Archives: February 2020

  • A few weeks ago a friend came for supper. I couldn’t help notice how well she looked. Glowing, energetic, lighter, vibrant - the transformation was quite overwhelming. T shared her secret.....she had just returned from a Fasting Therapy Clinic in Germany - Buchinger Wilhelmi.

    There and then I got my diary out and  blocked 10 days in early January.

    The few weeks post Christmas, I cleared my desk to ensure I would not be stressing and off I went.

    I flew to Zurich and was taxi’d for about one hour 20  to the medieval town of Uberlingen on the shores of Lake Constance which incidentally is one of Germany’s mot popular holiday destinations during the summer months.

    Upon arrival, I checked in and was shown to my very comfortable, cosy  room which overlooked the Lake Constance. Little did I know this room was to be my cocoon for the next 10 days. I had big intentions of going on long walks and participating in each and every activity there was on offer.

    I in fact became almost reclusive for the first five days, only leaving my room to swim in the heated outdoor pool and have a treatment or two. 

    I read three books. I did a little work but mostly I rested! Totally rest!

    The actual “fast” does not start for two days. Guests are broken in gently, eating very light plant based foods. Day three I was given a very potent liquid which was to help start the cleansing  program quite dramatically and was advised not to leave my room for at least 4 hours and if I did, make sure there was a loo very nearby.

    During the stay guests are allocated a  Doctor who basically follows your progress throughout the program. The Dr and I had a half hour meeting on the first day during which time we discussed my medical history and anything which concerned me about the program. Bloods are taken and analysed to ensure there are no abnormalities.  In addition, she recommended treatments she felt would benefit me during my stay. One in particular with the Osteopath, Dr Kaiser, the man with magic hands who sorted out my jaw and shoulder. 

    I also had the most incredible under water massage which I am still thinking about daily.

    Each day from 7-9am guests check in with the on duty nurse to have blood pressure taken and weight monitored. My only real concern was that  I struggled with sleep and had a few headaches. A few Herbal sleeping pills and herbal aspirin were administered. I was assured this was completely normal  and I was  checked up on me 3 -4 times a day to make sure I was not uncomfortable. The biggest treat was being brought a hot water bottle twice a day and almost tucked in to rest. 

    Oddly, I did not feel hungry at all. So much so that when it came to the reintroduction of food on day eight I was totally disinterested.

    On day three I had a meeting with the utterly charming, quietly spoken, Dr Francoise Wilhelmi de Toledo, the wife of Raymond Wilhelmi who is the grandson of the founder of the clinic Ullrich Wilhelmi who talked me through all aspects of the theory behind the therapy:

    • Fasting mobilises the energy stored in the fatty tissue of the human body. The metabolism switches from glucose to fat and ketone consumption, causing many beneficial effects. The metabolic change was documented in the study by the permanent presence of ketone bodies in the urine.
    • Fasting leads to significant weight loss, a reduced abdominal circumference, and lower cholesterol and blood lipid levels.
    • Fasting also normalised blood pressure and improved diabetes parameters such as blood sugar and HbA1c, thus improving many factors that contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system.
    • Furthermore, in 84% of cases, serious health conditions such as arthritis, type two diabetes as well as fatty liver and hyper cholesterolemia, high blood pressure and fatigue improved through fasting.
    • 93% of the subjects did not feel hungry during fasting, which contributed to their emotional and physical well-being.
    • Medically supervised fasting had only very few side-effects, which could be treated easily and without interruptions to fasting. In individual cases, subjects experienced restless sleep, headaches, tiredness or lumbar spine complaints during the first three days.


    Evenings are spent in the quiet of your room or if you wish there is a very comfortable sitting room where many of the guests meet for evening herbal tea. There are also talks and cookery demonstration most evenings. I attended a talk on the powers of Vitamin D which was incredible - I discovered of all vits, it is the Godfather!! 

    The cookery demonstrations are really useful as they give you tips on how to improve your diet post fast.

    I could go on and on about my experience but suffice to say, it is without a doubt the best thing I have done for myself ever. I returned feeling recharged and so motivated. I am 5kg lighter in weight and I have a waist, haven’t had one of those for a very long time. Since returning my diet is much improved. I basically ditched coffee for herbal teas. I read daily and I'm much more in control of my life. I am going to do my absolute best to make this happen annually. Truly!

    Check out the full experience on Buchinger Wilhelmi.

  • Hi everyone!

    Finally February is here. We really should not wish our lives away but, really!!! January went on!

    Mornings are becoming a little lighter. Evening light drawing out a little more. Before we know it, it will be Summer.

    Our new collection is coming along nicely and I will be able to share very soon. In the meantime, stay warm and enjoy cosy evenings in!

    I've put together some favourites of mine to get you through February!


    Book Worm


    I have just finished this - the most amazing read. The New York Post described it as "Beautifully Painful" which is so true. I did not want it to end and when it did I cried so hard. Tears of genuine love for the main character whose indescribable strength to survive and grow was almost like nothing you could ever imagine.

    You can buy it from Amazon here.

    Image result for where cawdor sings


    Box Set Binge!


    I absolutely loved "This Is Us" - I'm 3 seasons in (which I steam rolled through) and I could not stop watching! Diverse and so very entertaining. Get on board!

    Starting watching Season One on Amazon Prime here.


    Image result for this is us season 1


    TV Show Obsession


    Anyone not see Jen Aniston in The Morning Show. It's Apple TV's new hit series. Well worth a watch. Reese Witherspoon and her are electric together!!!!

    Watch on Apple TV or click through the link here.

    Image result for the morning show




    Obsessed with William Prince. Incredible voice. Listen to "Breathless".

    William Prince is a Winnipeg-based Canadian folk and country singer-songwriter, who won the Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the 2017 Juno Awards for his debut album Earthly Days. He performs as a solo artist and alongside Vince Fontaine and Don Amero in the band Indian City.

    Listen on Youtube here.

    Image result for william prince breathless


    Quote of the Day


    Image result for daily quote

    Big kiss
    Rae xx

  • I sit down with co-founder Arabella Preston to discuss her skincare routine, what's in store for Votary in 2020 and how to better your skin care routine.

    Tell me a little about Votary.

    Votary started out at my kitchen table when I began blending facial oils for my make-up clients - we've come a long way since those humble beginnings and have created a range of plant powered skincare that is loved by all ages, all around the world! 

    Our best-selling products are our Rose Geranium Cleansing Oil - beloved for its make-up melting efficacy and Super Seed Facial Oil, a unique blend of 22 seed oils that is fragrance free and so nourishing and comforting on the skin. 

    What is your daily cleansing routine?


    Votary cleansing oils are truly transformational. They are always the first product I hand to someone when they are starting their Votary journey.

    In the mornings I use two pumps of Rose Geranium Cleansing Oil to gently exfoliate the night away and leave a really flawless base for make-up.

    In the evening I usually use Super Seed Cleansing Oil as a cleansing mask by applying 3-4 pumps to my skin then letting it work its magic while I wallow in a hot bath.


    What is your preference; oil or cream moisturiser, and why?


    I use both, but in desert island situation I'd choose a facial oil. They are just so easy to use and never clog my skin. They are more lightweight than creams and don't require any preservatives or filler ingredients, so you are just getting the pure dose of plant oils to the skin.

    Of all the ingredients that go into your product - what is your hero ingredient?


    I am really excited about CBD and its potential uses. CBD works as an anti-inflammatory and can be really effective on sensitive skin. We've used it in our Super Boost Night Drops and the feedback from customers has been wonderful. Contrary to popular opinion, CBD has zero psychoactive properties!



    Body skin care - what are your top tips?


    Exfoliate twice a week and smooth an oil into slightly damp skin after washing. Always treat your neck and chest in the same way you do your face and never harsh scrubs on your chest.


    What's in store for Votary in 2020?


    Some really exciting new product launches. Our Super Seed Serum has just launched - it is THE serum for sensitive skin. Then we have our Super Glow Mask in the Spring and a new Intense Overnight Mask in Autumn - 2020 is the year of the mask for Votary! 

    Votary offer a personalised skincare service. For a recommendation email them on


    Follow Votary on Instagram: @votarylondon


3 Item(s)