Lisa’s Detox – Week 4
OK – can I just admit this to you now?
I have not managed to start exercising yet. I have had some wonderful long walks with Harry the dog, but I have not had the time to start a regime up for myself. One of my goals this week is to get my time management sorted out and ensure that I have time next week to start exercising!
The weekend was tough with the family staying – mornings were fine as I could juice away whilst they tucked into a hot cooked breakfast (which I cooked for them!), I have managed to convert my Dad into having juices every day and he is now making them himself every day at home – am so proud of him, it will do him the world of good and hopefully we will have him around a lot longer.
His diet is really very good for someone who is nearly 80, lots of fruit and vegetables – a decent breakfast of porridge or eggs, he cooks for himself every day, which makes me very happy. Considering Mum passed away in January he has really taken good care of himself and is eating really healthily which I thought might not happen, especially when grieving – people don’t necessarily look after themselves.
I couldn’t avoid lunch over the weekend, I was working in Poole at our new satellite clinic, so Dad and I were up super early and out of the house by 7am heading towards Poole. Even though I had made juices the night before I find that getting up very early and running around makes you even more hungry – so I ordered the healthiest option I could find on the menu and only ate half of it.
I didn’t find dinners to be that difficult, you can make (for example) a roast – doesn’t mean you have to have the roast potatoes, I had roast chicken and vegetables and left the potatoes. Its hard not having a glass of red when everyone around you is, I pre-empted this by buying myself some fizzy water and made a jug up with lots of ice, slices of lemon and lime and some mint sprigs. If you close your eyes you can just about believe you are having a gin and tonic!
Another lovely long walk with Harry
After my morning cup of hot water and lemon, it has become habit now; in fact, if my husband gets up before me, he brings a cup of it up to me in bed. I urge you to try it – it doesn’t take long to turn it into a habit and the benefits are only positive.
I have started to think about what I am going to do when I stop the detox, and how I can ease myself back into a healthier regime. So I have read ‘Honestly Healthy’ by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson, who encourage you to eat the alkaline way. A diet full of acid-forming foods creates imbalances in the body with symptoms including headaches, joint and muscle pain, bloating, sweating and insomnia – any of those sound familiar? The book is split into two sections; the first part identifies common alkalizing foods, lists the top providers of alkaline energy and explains how to eat to beat everyday ailments – much better than taking a pill! The second part is full of delicious recipes and builds on the alkaline eating principles so you can mix and match tasty healthy food whatever the time of day.
It’s interesting when we have clients come in to Thermalogica who have a healthy, clean diet full of fruits and vegetables, juicing etc. Their bodies are a lot greener and cooler looking, compared with clients whose diet is full of sugar, carbs, alcohol, cake and chocolate – their bodies are a lot more red and angry. The building blocks for inflammation: Inflammation is now considered to be the major cause of most chronic diseases, including heart and cardiovascular, lung and digestive problems as well as skin problems. Inflammation of any tissue in the body attracts extra fluid to the site and an imbalance of electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium) at a cellular level is commonly found as a result of such inflammation.
So with winter approaching it’s not going to be difficult to load up on fruit and vegetables, and I’m going to try and maintain a healthy level of juicing, soups and evening meals. I urge you to research alkaline and acid-forming foods, it’s very much common sense but if you can eat more of the good foods you will definitely feel the benefit.
I can’t lie
A month of juicing and I am feeling a little ‘over’ it now. The books I have been using are amazing and I still haven’t tried all of them. Three more days to go so I make up my juices for each day the night before and leave them in the fridge so that I am ready to go first thing.
I have decided that I will continue to have juice every morning, with either a soup or a salad for lunch and a nutritious dinner in the evening. Evenings are important for me, it’s my time when I can relax and cook either for myself or my husband or father. I think I mentioned to you recently that I have a Riverford box delivered every week, and I opt for the box without potatoes – and I look forward to receiving that box on a Thursday. It’s all seasonal fruit and veg so it means that I have different ingredients to cook with each week and it’s my favourite time of year for hearty stews, home made soups and casseroles and lots of stewed fruit/compote.
I have joined a new gym in Exeter, its going to be open 24/7 and the early bird membership rates are too good to miss out on – so I have recruited a friend of mine to join with me and we are going to go together. It’s not opening until mid December but I am already thinking post-Christmas and New Year and looking at my goals for January and February. I will do another blog then with real time measurements and weight and photos so that you can see if I can achieve what I want to and hopefully give me some support!
I have weighed myself
I have lost 10 pounds! 10 POUNDS!! I am delighted. Through just juicing and changing my diet and lifestyle and without even doing as much exercise as I would like to have done I am so proud of myself. This has been such an interesting month for me, there are have been times when I wanted to give up and give in, but I didn’t and now I have the results to prove it. Now to keep it off and keep up the healthy eating…..
I have a dinner party tomorrow (Halloween), and I don’t want to go mad but I will have a couple of drinks – mind you that will be all I will need as I haven’t had anything to drink for a month and I don’t want to overload my system. I have already bought a couple of bottles of fizzy water to take with me (as well as a couple of bottles of wine for the host!).
I can fit into clothes I haven’t been able to, I am another notch down on my belt, and people are really noticing the difference in my appearance now and I am getting compliments from clients, friends and family. Its such a nice feeling, and I want to keep feeling this way.
My new bedtime reading are the following books if you want to buy any of them and give them a whirl:
Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson
The Detox Kitchen Bible – by Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson
The Fresh Vegan Kitchen by David and Charlotte Bailey
Pure – Juicing For Life by Sarah Cadji
As well as the others I have mentioned throughout my blog.
Thank you for following me throughout this month, I hope you have found my month interesting and informative and hopefully it has given you some ideas to give your body a much needed MOT. I will only thank you for it, and there are only positives to come out of it – weight loss, more energy, clear skin, better sleep… What’s not to love?