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Lisa’s Detox – Week 2

Monday :

Creating healthy habits, not restrictions.

I am starting the week with a renewed vigour instead of my usual slight pang of anxiousness and dread. And my usual Monday morning 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 went through my fridge and made a list of what I would need for my juices this week. I have already detoxed my fridge and kitchen, which I thought may not go down so well with my husband but he has embraced it.

I have made some very simple changes which are not that expensive to do; swapping regular salt for Himalayan pink salt, changing my husbands usual yogurts for coconut milk yogurts (yes they are a little more but I suggest to him 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 veg and less potatoes, pasta. Everything beige has had to go.

basilic sur salade de tomates et mas

I haven’t started my new exercise regime yet (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 I am making the most of it.

I have decided that this week I will stick to my juices first thing in the morning – after my hot water and lemon – and I am using my Plenish Book for my juice recipes. For lunch I am going to either have a juice or a bowl of soup or a salad, and for dinner I will have a plate of vegetables with either a piece of fish or chicken. I am going to try and cut down on red meat wherever possible.

I am not missing caffeine, mind you I was not drinking much anyway, and that splash of milk and squeeze of raw honey in each cup has gone too. I have been substituting with a cup of hot water.

Speaking of dairy, I gave up milk some time ago and have KoKo milk instead, I have also started making my own Cashew milk which is so easy to do:

Soak 100 g raw cashews in 400ml 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 himalyan salt.

Stick in the fridge straight away or a few hours – it’s delicious really cold!

Tuesday : 

‘You’re not hungry, you’re bored, Drink some water and know the difference’.  Amelia Freer.

Water. I am struggling with this still. I have bought a jug with a lid which I am keeping in the fridge and throw in herbs and fruit etc – it’s a litre jug and I am trying to drink two refills a day (I find it a good way to keep track of how much I have had), on top of my herbal teas and juices seems to be my limit right now. You will 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 is the cheapest option it does contain toxic substances and they can differ depending where you live, and some areas fluoride has been added which is linked to many health problems.

pouring water into glass from a bottle, on blue background

Today we had a networking meeting which served to all the lovely ladies tea, coffee and biscuits – so I had a juice for breakfast and took another one with me with a banana, it really helped to keep me away from them and I felt a great sense of achievement when I left – I know, 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 and some seeds. It’s amazing how substantial a salad can be if you put lots of lovely things in it. I add seeds, nuts, sometimes some fruit or hummus. Don’t pile the salad dressings on as they are loaded with sugar, you can make some delicious dressings yourself.

I am still feeling hungry but it’s not 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 have been sat at home doing emails and making phone calls for the past few hours and if you are busy time flies by.

Dinner was a vegetable stir fry, my husband makes a great one and throws in all sorts, bulking it out with bean sprouts. If you make it tasty by adding spices and herbs you won’t need much more.

Wednesday :

We had to go to Totnes today to do our monthly presentation and scans.

It’s always a busy day so prep 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 am looking forward to a trip to the healthfood supermarket there. I found some liquid turmeric and wheatgrass powder which I add to my juices every day. Time to stock up on herbal teas too.

I am 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.

Sugar is very addictive, it’s right up there with smoking and drugs – it can make you fat (low-fat products contain a lot of sugar) especially around the middle and can increase our risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes and it is now known to contribute towards premature ageing (anything from wrinkles to Alzheimers!). Sugar is found everywhere.

Sugar on wooden table. Selective focus

Amelia Freer writes that she tells her clients to give up sugar entirely for seven days, there are some nutrional 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, helps 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 spent a very long time in cereals – getting something without sugar for my husband seemed particularly impossible. We are going to start to have porridge in the mornings!

Feeling a bit down today, and really feel like a big glass of wine and some chocolate. Am going to go to bed early and read. Don’t think staring at chocolate helped.

Thursday :

 I was very busy today, which was great…

I was very busy today, which was great – I am not thinking too much about what I can’t have and because I made my juices in advance I have them at regular intervals, when I remember, and make sure that I drink a lot of water.

Detox your desk. If you spend most of your working day at your desk you should give that a little 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 having a slump and crave a pick-me-up. If you need to have something to hand for when you work late or through your lunch break then make them healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, some fruit or raw seed organic bars.

Cashew nuts, almonds, raisins, dry banana, walnuts and hazelnuts

Try and make your 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 have started to do is keep a litre bottle of water on your desk and work your way through it so that you will have finished it either by lunchtime (when you can refill it) or by the time you are finished for the day.

We had our first FHS talk tonight at Holmedale, and I had to get nibbles and drinks for everyone attending. It had to be healthy, 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 today at all their goodies longingly as I had to get in, get out and get ready for the event.

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I have decided to wait until the start of next week to weigh myself, I have a target weight in mind that I know I will be very happy with if I can get there, and I am not going to tell you all yet. 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 can start 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 crudites with dip – I gave the rest of the food that was left to everyone else to take home, I am not bringing any temptation back yet!

Friday :

‘Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change’. Jim Rohn

I am nearly through two weeks, and it has not 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, 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, well I wouldn’t agree with that. I order a seasonal  organic box from Riverford every week which comes without potatoes and a small fruit bag – I then shop around for the other fruits and veg (organic of course!) I need to use. It works out to be cheaper than what I would spend 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 packet of crisps and a drink or something a little more substantial and dinner, either out somewhere or a take away, or picking up the ingredients you need to cook something on the way home. Do a little audit, and I would think 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 finalist announcements, there was a cream tea on offer for everyone attending – and that was it. So, I had prepared ahead for this and brought a protein bar and a banana. That wasn’t to say I had envy with everyone else tucking into their scones, cream and jam and yes I did feel a little like the odd one out in the room but I am determined to do this and not waiver. We got through to the finals too! 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.

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 to get a spiraliser – it will change your life! You can spiralise most things and courgettes are a great alternative to pasta, you can eat your fill and not feel bloated or heavy afterwards.

Here is a little recipe for you:

Boil a pan of water, then pour into a heatproof bowl and add a pinch of salt. Make your  ‘spaghetti’ noodles with courgettes, carrot or butternut squash, or have a colourful medley   and place 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 delicious!


Spaghetti and grilled vegetables - zucchini, carrots, pea pods and rosemary. Selective focus


I will update you all after the weekend, am going to weigh myself on Monday!