Create healthy habits, not restrictions.
I’m starting the week with a renewed vigour instead of my usual slight pang of anxiousness and dread. My usual Monday morning of getting up at 6am to take my husband to the train station is a lot easier. In fact, I didn’t go back to bed as I usually do when I get home for another cheeky 30-45 min nap. Instead I checked my fridge and made a list of what I would need for my juices this week. I’ve already detoxed my fridge and kitchen, which I thought might not go down so well with my husband but he has embraced it.
I’ve made some very simple changes which aren’t that expensive to do; swapping regular salt for Himalayan pink salt, changing my husband’s usual yogurts for coconut milk yogurts (yes, they are a little more expensive but I suggest to him that he doesn’t have as much); buying organic chicken – its amazing how far it will go if there are only two of you; more organic fruit and vegetables and less potatoes and pasta. Everything beige has had to go!
I haven’t started my new exercise regime yet although I have watched my new yoga DVD’s, but this week is really busy so I have started getting up earlier and walking the dog that little bit further for longer. The weather is so lovely at the moment that I’m making the most of it.
I’ve decided that this week I will stick to my juices first thing in the morning – after my hot water and lemon – I’m using my Plenish Book for my juice recipes. For lunch I’m going to have either a juice or a bowl of soup or maybe a salad – and for dinner I’ll have a plate of vegetables with either a piece of fish or chicken. I’m going to try and cut down on red meat wherever possible.
I’m not missing caffeine, although I wasn’t drinking much anyway, and even that splash of milk and squeeze of raw honey in each cup has gone too. I’ve been substituting with a cup of hot water.
Speaking of dairy, I gave up milk some time ago and have KoKo milk instead, I’ve also started making my own Cashew milk which is so easy to do:
Soak 100g raw cashews in 400mls water for at least 2 hours, then add to the blender with seeds scraped from half a vanilla pod, 2 dates (pitted) and a pinch of Himalayan salt.
Put it in the fridge straight away for a few hours – it’s delicious really cold!
‘You’re not hungry – you’re bored. Drink some water and know the difference’.
Water – I’m struggling with this still. I’ve bought a jug with a lid which I am keeping in the fridge and throw in herbs and fruit etc – it’s a one litre jug and I’m trying to drink two refills a day – I find it a good way to keep track of how much I’ve had. Added to my herbal teas and juices that seems to be my limit right now. You’ll find that you will be going to the toilet a lot more often, but my pee is now clear which is always a good sign! I try not to have tap water, although it’s the cheapest option it does contain toxic substances and they can differ depending on where you live – in some areas fluoride has been added, which is linked to many health problems.
Today we went to a networking meeting where all the lovely ladies were served tea, coffee and biscuits – so I had a juice for breakfast and took another one with me with a banana. It really helped me keep away from the temptation and I felt a great sense of achievement when I left. I know – but it’s the little things that you find make a huge difference.
Lunch was a salad – I put some tuna and avocado in plus some seeds. It’s amazing how substantial a salad can be if you put lots of lovely things in it. I add seeds, nuts, and sometimes fruit or hummus. Don’t pile the salad dressings on as they are really loaded with sugar – you can also make some delicious dressings yourself.
I’m still feeling hungry but it’s not nearly as bad as last week and now I know how to deal with it – keep drinking water or make yourself a herbal tea and do something. Do something to take your mind off it. I’ve been sat at home writing emails and making phone calls for the past few hours and if you’re busy time flies by.
Dinner was a vegetable stir fry; my husband makes a great one – throwing in all sorts and bulking it out with bean sprouts. You can make it tasty by adding spices and herbs, and you won’t need much more.
We went to Totnes today to do our monthly presentation and scans.
This is always a busy day, so preparation the night before was key. I made a couple of juices and put them in fridge for today.
Carrots and hummus are packed in with my juices, and I’m looking forward to a trip to the health food supermarket there. I found some liquid turmeric and wheatgrass powder which I add to my juices every day; and it’s time to stock up on herbal teas too.
I’m really finding it very hard to give up sugar – I would say that this is the hardest thing out of everything, and because I am not putting much fruit into my juices I have been craving something sweet – especially this week.
The thing is that sugar is very addictive, it’s right up there with smoking and drugs. It can make you fat – be aware that low-fat products contain a lot of sugar – especially around the middle and can increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It is now known to contribute towards premature ageing – anything from wrinkles to Alzheimers! Sugar is found everywhere.
Amelia Freer writes that she tells her clients to give up sugar entirely for seven days – there are some nutritional supplements to help reduce cravings, Chromium helps with keeping blood sugar levels stable, and having a good quality protein with every meal can slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream, helping to make us feel full and crave less.
So I read everything I pick up in the supermarket – and let me tell you it’s tough out there! Out shopping today I felt very limited with what I could buy. I stuck to things without a ‘label’, a portion of chicken, some salmon, vegetables and healthy snacks. I did stand for rather a longer amount of time than is normal staring at the chocolate aisle; and I spent a very long time looking at the cereals – getting something without sugar for my husband seemed particularly impossible. We are going to start having porridge in the mornings!
I’m feeling a bit down today, and I really feel like a big glass of wine and some chocolate. I’m going to go to bed early and read. I don’t think staring at chocolate in the supermarket helped!
A very busy day today – which was great…
I was very busy today, which was great because then I’m not thinking too much about what I can’t have, and as I made my juices in advance I have them at regular intervals – when I remember – and I make sure that I drink a lot of water.
Detox your desk too! If you spend most of your working day at your desk you should give that a bit of a detox too. Don’t keep your favourite chocolate bar or sugary snack in the drawers – no matter how much you hide them away, you will inevitably reach for them the moment you are feeling stressed or mid afternoon when you are feeling low and crave a pick-me-up. If you need to have something for when you’re working late or through your lunch break, then have to hand some healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, some fruit or raw seed organic bars.
Try to make your own lunch and take it to work with you – not only will your body thank you for something healthy and nutritious, your bank balance will too! One thing I’ve started to do is to keep a litre bottle of water on the desk, and I’ve found that you can work your way through it so that you’ll have finished it either by lunchtime (when you can refill it) or by the time you’re finished for the day.
I had to get nibbles and drinks for everyone attending our first FHS talk tonight at Holmedale. It had to be healthy as Dr Sharma was doing a talk about Tummy Troubles, what you can do about them, and the tests that we offer to help get to the root cause of the problem. M&S is not the best place in the world to go when you are on a detox – there are too many temptations . Luckily, I couldn’t stand and stare longingly today at all their goodies as I had to get in, get out and get ready for the event.
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I’ve decided to wait until the start of next week to weigh myself. I have a target weight in mind that I know I’ll be very happy with if I can get there, and I’m not going to tell you all yet what it is. If I get there you will all know!
My stomach has improved a lot, I am more regular than I used to be and I am definitely not as bloated as I was – I am definitely starting to notice a difference around my middle, hips and thighs – just think of the difference when I start exercising!
The event went really well, we had a room full of people who all had great questions to ask afterwards. I managed to eat some olives, nuts and crudités with dips. I gave the rest of the food that was left to everyone else to take home, I am not bringing any temptation home yet!
‘Your life does not get better by chance – it gets better by change’.
I’m nearly through two weeks, and it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. I have more energy, I am more alert and I can definitely feel my taste buds changing. It takes around 21 days to form a new habit, and only 7 days to retrain your taste buds, and I am definitely feeling like I crave savoury rather than sweet now.
Some of you may be thinking that all this juicing is expensive, but I wouldn’t agree with that. I order a seasonal organic box from Riverford every week which comes with a small fruit bag but without potatoes, and I then shop around for the other fruits and vegetables (organic of course!) that I need to use. It works out to be cheaper than what I would have spent every day on breakfast, lunch and dinner or a take away. You should try and work out what you spend every week when you are working; breakfast – do you make it at home or pick something up whilst you are out? And what about all those take away coffees?
Lunch, whether it’s a sandwich and a packet of crisps and a drink, or something a little more substantial, and then dinner – either out somewhere or a take away, or picking up the ingredients you need to cook something at home. Do a little audit, and I’m sure that it would cost more than what I spend on juicing every day.
Terri and I drove to North Devon today to attend the Devon Venus Awards announcement about finalists. There was a cream tea on offer for everyone attending – and that was it! Thankfully I had prepared ahead for this and brought a protein bar and a banana. That wasn’t to say I was envious of everyone else tucking into their scones, cream and jam and yes, I did feel a bit like the odd one out in the room – but I am determined to do this and not waiver. The great thing is that we got through to the finals! Thermalogica is in the running for Small Business and Terri is up for Inspirational Woman – we are very excited and chuffed to have reached this stage.
Back home and my husband gets in late from London tonight, so I make myself some courgette spaghetti with pesto and a piece of fish. I recommend everyone gets a spiraliser – it will change your life! You can spiralise most things and courgettes are a great alternative to pasta because you can eat your fill and not feel bloated or heavy afterwards.
Here’s a recipe for you:
Boil a pan of water, then pour the water into a heatproof bowl and add a pinch of salt. Make your ‘spaghetti’ noodles with courgettes, carrots or butternut squash, or have a colourful medley and place them in the bowl of water for a couple of minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water then stir through some pesto, olive oil and lemon zest. Give it a go – it’s really delicious!
I’ll update you all after the weekend and I’m going to weigh myself on Monday!