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Lisa’s Detox – Week 3

Monday :

The weekend was uneventful

It really helps not making plans and seeing how each day takes you.

I weighed myself today, I HAVE LOST 6 POUNDS! 6 whole pounds already, and I haven’t even started seriously exercising yet. I am so chuffed, I feel so much better – more vibrant and clearer and my new sleeping regime is going well. Instead of staying up late and watching TV I have been going to bed and reading.

My latest book is ‘Death On A Fork’ and The Detox Kitchen Bible – you can find them both on Amazon. As well as some great fiction, about an hour then lights out. I have been getting up earlier than usual too – but I found that when I went to Juicy camp for our detox week, I needed less sleep and had more energy. If you fill your body with the right fuel it will work so much more efficiently!

The regime for the week is this; hot water and lemon first thing then a juice for breakfast, another mid morning and either a soup or a salad for lunch. I will have another juice mid afternoon, then a proper meal in the evening. Lots of vegetables with some kind of protein.

Agrumes

My juicer is really taking a battering, and I may start to look at getting another one – for those of you who are new to juicing and want to get a juicer, one of the most important things to think about is time. Cold pressed juicers will extract more from your fruit and veg but it can take a lot longer than a centrifugal juicer and you need to weigh up cleaning your kit also. I have been through a couple of juicers now, and I am currently using the Vita Juicer, but I am looking at this one http://vetojuicers.com.

Which have a good guide to the best juicers out there.

I also have a Nutribullet which is great for making smoothies and is small and easy to use.

Tuesday :

‘You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces. Just good food from fresh ingredients’ – Julia Child, Chef.

I have become a little more organized with my kitchen and my fridge, it can really help with keeping you on track and reaching your goal. My goal is to lose another 14 pounds if I can, it would take me back to the weight I am used to being, and it means that I will be able to fit into all of the clothes that have been staring at me from the back of my wardrobe!

So, get rid of the junk and become organized – don’t keep anything in case of emergencies, we have all come home from a bad or long day feeling tired and hungry and opened the fridge to convenient, nutrient-lacking food which is an easy option. Why not make some swaps? I can’t clear my fridge out completely, it wouldn’t be fair on my husband (he isn’t doing this detox with me). BUT I can make some healthier changes – change the milk in my fridge to KoKo milk, a coconut alternative; swap yoghurts for coconut milk yoghurts and take out the ham and replace it with turkey and chicken breast slices.

Although I have been trying to cut out sugar, sometimes something sweet is needed, and I have turned to natural sugars found in fruit (and some vegetables), honey or spices. For example fruit juice – the juice of an apple or pear can be used to add sweetness, raw honey – which hasn’t been heated, pasteurized or processed, is the best choice to retain natural flavours. I have also found that date and rice syrup is great to use in cooking, especially baking.

I have starting making soups and keeping pots of them in the freezer, its really handy for when you don’t have anything else in, and if you live on your own half the week like I do a big pot of soup will not go to waste!

appetizing cabbage soup in a clay pot

Snacks: why don’t you try cucumber and carrot sticks with hummus, apple slices or celery with almond butter, a handful of nuts instead of biscuits, crisps or a chocolate bar?

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday : 

Now that I am well into my detox month…

I have found that my tastebuds are changing and I am eating more savoury foods rather than sweet. Its really interesting how I can taste the sweetness in a carrot or a beetroot and a banana can really give me that boost.

I wanted to talk about what else I have been doing as part of my detox, I have only been using natural products, or as natural as possible on my face, body and hair and with the exception of the wedding party I went to at the start of the month I have not been wearing any make up. People have been starting to comment on how glowing my complexion is and how healthy I am looking, which is always lovely to hear. My skin is not feeling as dry and my nails are looking really shiny. Its amazing how your body can rejuvenate itself when you feed it properly.

Green smoothie with spinach, kale, kiwi, green apples, bananas

Your blood pH is a measure of how alkaline or acidic your system is, this is determined by how acidic or alkaline the foods you eat are (this is combined with other factors, such as stress). If your pH levels are low, you are acidic  and this can adversely affect your health at a cellular level, which can make you susceptible to  fatigue, candida to name a few and most dramatically an increase in free radicals – which can damage cells and is one of the many contributors in developing chronic disease. Your body works hard to stay in an alkaline state, also known as homeostasis, and if you are too acidic your body will start robbing alkaline minerals from places that need them, like your teeth, bones and tissues.

The best ways to get alkaline is to eat and drink alkaline foods; most vegetables – especially greens like lettuce, spinach, kale and spring greens; fruits; chlorophyll which is found in green veg is a powerful phytochemical has a very alkalizing affect on the body. I try to have at least one green juice a day, and include at least the major ‘three’ (spinach, kale and lettuce).

panier de lgumes, cueillette au jardin

Drinking warm water with lemon is also a fantastic way to alkalize, there are so many benefits from doing this one simple thing – take a look at this article:

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/cheers-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water

My walks with the dog are getting longer, taking advantage of the lovely October weather – and I have started getting into my yoga DVD’s, not as much as I would like to right now, but I will need to start making the time.

My family are arriving this weekend, which is going to be my first big challenge – especially cooking for them and my five year old niece! I will let you know how I get on after the weekend.