It’s the weekend!
As much as I’ve tried, I can’t clear my diary completely in order to give myself the best chance of sticking to my new regime. I had meetings in the morning, which was fine – I had made up a couple of juices which I took with me and ordered a hot water (instead of a tea or coffee) at our second meeting. Then we had Thermalogica clients in the afternoon, and I had to keep reminding myself to drink more wate. When I’m busy I tend to forget, so I set a reminder on my phone which gave me a little nudge between clients.
I’m still feeling hungry, and as I’m now incorporating food back into my diet I had some snacks with me – carrots and hummus, apple and almond butter, and some nuts. This helps until it’s time for me to have something more substantial before I go back out to help a very dear friend of mine stage-manage an event in Exeter Castle. Luckily, my lovely husband brought me some sushi from my favourite place Itsu, so it’s tuna and salmon sashimi and some salmon nigiri. Then a quick change of clothes and I’m back out the door!
I found it quite hard tonight, being outside for 6 hours at the side of the stage, and standing right next to a burger van was rather torturous – everyone was having a great time drinking and dancing and enjoying the great music. For the first time in a week I wanted to have a drink, but I carried on with the bottled water and kept myself busy. It was midnight before I got home, and the good thing was that I could drive my husband, father and friends home – which was much easier and cheaper than getting a taxi. However, I was still hungry when I got home – so I had a herbal tea and went to bed – hoping that I would wake up feeling a bit brighter.
Saturday started off well. I made green juice for everyone – and much to my surprise they all loved it, here’s a photo of what went into it:
It’s called ‘Detox In The City’ – from Plenish, the fennel and celery in this are very detoxifying for your digestive tract, and there’s so much fruit and vegetables it’s a great way to start the day.
List of ingredients:
4 large Cos lettuce leaves
Half a yellow pepper (cored and de-seeded)
A handful of Kale
1 tart green apple
1 sweet green apple
Half a head of fennel
4 celery sticks
Large handful of spinach
1 inch piece of fresh root ginger (unpeeled)
Half a lemon (rind and pith removed)
Half a cucumber
We then took Harry (the dog) out for a walk on Exmouth beach and the men had fish and chips on the seafront – I had a piece of fish but took all the batter off and just ate the fish. It’s all about compromise!
We were going to a wedding party that evening and I drove – another benefit of not drinking, and if you’re questioned about it, it’s a great reason to tell people. All was going well until we got to the bar and they didn’t sell any bottled water. Only tap water was available and did I want that? I opted for an Elderflower presse – yes I know it has sugar in it but believe me the choices were limited and I only had one whilst everyone else wandered around drinking their free Prosecco. It was not as glamorous with a pint glass of water in my hand though!
There was a buffet at 9.00pm. A buffet! I was hungry by now – and slightly dreading that there wouldn’t be anything I could eat – there’s so much wheat in a buffet; bread, pies, pastry – luckily this buffet had cold salmon, cold meats and cheese. I have to confess that I did have a piece of cheese, but didn’t pile on the pickles or bread that was so tantalisingly laid out next to it.
I was very pleased with myself when I got home, knowing rather smugly, that I would wake up the next morning without a hangover or feeling bloated – which is how I would usually have felt after a party!
On Sunday we had bought tickets to the Powderham Castle Food Festival. This was going to be tough. And yes, I did falter – not too badly however! I managed to avoid the cake, chocolate, hot roast pulled pork and homemade pie stands. I let my brother, Dad and husband get stuck in and tell me what it was like. I found a fresh fish stand and had a couple of fish kebabs; my only downfall – and I will admit it now – was the Mexican street food stall.
I LOVE Mexican food – absolutely love it.
I caved in and had some nachos with pulled chicken, guacamole and sour cream (I left the cheese off). I did find a juicing stall and asked them to make the greenest juice they could, which was delicious – and nice that someone else made it for me. It’s hard when you go out to find food that is sugar, wheat and dairy free and if you can’t find anything don’t beat yourself up about it or starve yourself; you will only either eat twice as much later or eat something even more unhealthy. Instead, find something that you like and get it tailored slightly.
I’m aware that I need to get back into doing some proper exercising now, and I’ve bought two yoga DVD’s from Amazon by Tara Lee, a celebrity endorsed yoga instructor who has had great reviews for her DVD’s. Having done yoga sessions three times a day on the detox retreat back in March I felt that this was the best way forward for me. I’m not a fan of gyms, so I’ve decided to get stuck into the yoga again and ensure that I take the dog for at least an hour’s walk in the morning and again in the evening. My friend has also found a jazzercise class on a Monday night which I’m going to sign up for; I’ll let you know how I get on.
It’s been a week since I started my new health plan and I have to say I am starting to feel the benefits. My waistband is not so tight, I am much more alert and brighter and my skin is starting to glow – what a difference a week makes. I’m getting excited to see what will happen over the next few weeks. It can only be positive, healthy changes, and I’m beginning to feel a lot happier in myself.
On to week two…