Sunday, 17 March 2013

A Week Of Clean & Healthy Eating

Why hello there everyone, how has your week been? I've been feeling fab! I think it may be down to my new healthy eating kick, but if this is how it feels to eat fresh wholesome food then YIPPEE i'm on board. Why did i not know about all these luscious foods before now?

So, lets take a look at some of the lovely stuff i've been eating this week!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

7 Day Juice Fast - I DID IT!!

Well here i am, 2 days post juice fast. Those of you who are considering doing this, let me just tell you that it's blummin hard!

My last update was nearly 72 hours in, at which point i was 4 pounds lighter. On the morning of day 4 i had lost a further 1lb & the headaches & foggy head had gone. I was hoping for a mass of energy to come my way on this day, but alas this didn't happen.

The day 5 weigh in gave me a 2lb weight loss meaning a total of 7lbs in 96hrs. I was still struggling to drink my quota of H2o & began having dizzy spells on this day. I will however say that at this point i had not been hungry once since the beginning of the fast.

The morning of day 6 i was still feeling tired & no more energetic. My weigh in showed a 1lb WEIGHT GAIN! Also very strangely i was really emotional on this day, even having a few outbursts of tears. I still hadn't had a number 2 since the morning of day 2. This was slightly worrying as i thought the fast was supposed to cleanse EVERYTHING out of your system, bowels and all. My stomach started cramping late in the evening & to be honest, i was quite relieved to only have 1 full day left to go.

Day 7, my last day was a Sunday & the first thing i thought when i woke up was SUNDAY DINNER! Haha, not for this juicing girly. The scales showed a 1 & 1/4lb weight loss which i was relieved about. I had spent a long time on the internet trying to find out why i may have gained weight & concluded that i needed to drink more juice & water. Lovely! Being my last day i thought i would put in 110%. I drank 130 ounces of juice & well over 5 litres of water too. I really hoped that my last weigh in would see a big loss & that i'd also have lots of energy in the morning.

Day 8, with only my breakfast juice to go until i could officially break my fast i was craving a banana of all things. Not chocolate, not an indian takeaway(my fave), A BANANA! Who'd of thought? The morning was a bit of a rush as my eldest daughter wanted to take me out for a belated mothers day treat straight after we'd dropped my youngest daughter at school. I managed to glug down a 15 oz glass of carrot, apple & lemon juice & throw my 5 litre bottle of water in the car before we set off, but i forgot to weigh myself. While we were out i had a freshly squeezed orange juice & my very first solid food in over a week in the shape of a banana. I have to say that it was the best banana i have ever tasted. By the time we returned home & i jumped on the scales they were showing a 1 & 1/4lb WEIGHT GAIN! So in total for my 7 day detox, fast, feast, reboot or whatever you'd like to call it i lost a total of 6lb which i was more than happy with as that is a lot of weight to lose in just 1 week. For my dinner that night i made a simple veg soup by throwing the carrots that i had left from my fast into a massive pan, with a bag of parsnips, 2 onions, 4 cloves of garlic & 3 litres of veg bouillon(stock). When cooked through i added a tsp of black pepper & whizzed it up with my blending stick. It was really delicious.

So as i said, here i am 2 days post fast & i actually feel like i have more energy now than i had whilst fasting(go figure) The scales are showing another 1lb weight gain, so i am at 5lbs lost. Although i would of loved to of lost more weight & for the weight to of stayed off, i think this week has been about more than weight loss for me. It has re-educated me about food, whats in it, how much of it i need to sustain myself & more importantly how nice just plain old food can taste. No additives, no preservatives, no ingredients i don't recognise. Just good, pure, not messed with fresh food. I am trying to steer towards as natural produce as possible now & just maintain a healthy diet. As i am still only gradually introducing solids back into my diet so as not to send my stomach into overdrive, i started the day today with a large banana & a mug of hot water with a slice of lemon & had some more of my gorgeous homemade soup for lunch. Tonight i am cooking a stir fry with rice noodles with a splash of soy sauce which i am really looking forward to, but i must remember to chew it really well to help my stomach digest it. I can gradually day by day reintroduce more solid foods until i'm 7 days post fast & then i can really eat whatever i like(healthy foods of course)

So, if you are considering giving this a go i would say go for it. Get yourself a good juicer so that you don't get the frothy top & do some research on the net as i did. Google is your friend & You Tube is fantastic & the Joe Cross movie, Fat Sick & Nearly dead is an inspirational movie to watch before you begin your fast. I also watched Forks over Knives as i was nearing the end of my fast, which was really useful to help me decide what type of foods i would like to eat post fast.

If you have any questions feel free to ask me & i'll help you as much as i can. Good luck!


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

7 day juice feast fast - Day 2 & 3

Tuesday 5th March

It's actually late on day 3 that i'm typing this as let's just say i've been feeling totally alien for the past 2 days. On Tuesday i managed to drink a lot more water & made a few new concoctions with my Tefal juicer, containing pineapple, kiwi, carrots & pink grapefruit which were really nice. I again started with a headache around lunchtime which seemed to subside whenever i drank some juice. Tuesday night i visited the loo 4 times which meant that today(Wednesday) i woke up feeling exhausted. On the plus side my 1st weigh in resulted in a 1lb weight loss. Not bad for 1 day.

Wednesday 6th March

Due to feeling like i slept on the loo last night, i have felt dreadful all day today. I just wanted to go back to bed & hide under the duvet. The headache has been humming away in the background all day & at times has become quite bad. I've had a couple of episodes of nausea & can't seem to get warm. Drank mainly mean greens today but had carrots, cucumber, orange, apples & beetroot for dinner tonight. I have just brought the last glass out of a 5 litre bottle of mineral water to bed with me so not quite managed the 2 litres per day that i should be drinking, but it's certainly getting easier to drink the water. As a side effect of drinking the water i have been frequenting the loo every half an hour tonight. I just pray i'm not up & down all night again as i could really use a good kip. 2nd weigh in resulted in a weight loss of 2 3/4 lbs, so a total loss of nearly 4lbs in 48 hours.

Sorry it's not much of a post but even the glare of the screen is hurting my eyes, so i'm off to snuggle under this duvet to try & get warm.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

7 day Juice feast fast - Day 1

Monday 4th March 2013

I awoke late this morning as per usual. Jon is really good & just leaves me to sleep. He says i look peaceful so he doesn't like to wake me. I had a mixture of emotions knowing that this was going to be the start of my 7 day juice feast/fast. My first thought came when i walked into the kitchen & saw my Tassimo coffee machine & columbian coffee pods staring at me. I am a women who just can't function until she's had a proper coffee in her system. Is anyone else like this? This thought however soon subsided when i saw my new Tefal juicer & the abundance of multi coloured fresh fruit & veg when i opened the fridge door.

The Mean Green Juice

The first juice i just knew i had to try was the famous Mean Green juice. I was a little hesitant to go straight in with this as most people ease in to juicing with more fruits than vegetables to make the juice more palatable. Also i absolutely can't stand celery & there are 4 sticks in this juice. Any one that knows me knows i'm an all or nothing, in for a penny in for a pound, fly by the seat of my pants type o gal. So i decided to just suck it & see.

For this juice you need - 4 sticks of celery, 1 cucumber, 1 piece of ginger(according to taste), 1/2 lemon(skin on), 2 green apples( i use granny smiths), handful of spinach & 6 leaves of kale.

Ingredients laid out & ready to go

Because my juicer is a whole fruit juicer, it is really easy to whip up a batch of juice. Everything in this recipe just goes in whole. No chopping or peeling. My kinda meal!  Initially i could smell celery when i came to take my first sip which was a bit off putting, but surprisingly the juice tasted really nice & i couldn't taste the celery at all. The ingredients made 750ml which i poured over ice & glugged away on nicely for the rest of the morning. I immediately whipped up another batch & put it in an airtight jar & stored it in the fridge for my lunch. For my dinner, Jon kindly made me a more fruity juice which was a vibrant red colour. Red juices are meant to be good for your heart & it sure was tasty.

Mean Green Juice

Thoughts & observations for day 1

Pleasantly i was never hungry
I never had my post coffee number 2(Sorry!)
My stomach made some really strange noises
I was neither more or less energised than a normal day
I really struggled to drink the recommended 2 litres of water
The juices weren't anywhere near as bad as i thought they'd be
I got a mild headache mid afternoon that grew worse until just before bedtime

I'm looking forward to weighing in tomorrow to see if i lose weight daily as you're meant to. Day 2 & 3 are apparently when the real withdrawal, headaches & foggyness begin so not really looking forward to that but will get through it & hopefully feel great on the other side.


I'm back with some exciting news!

Long time no see everyone! How have you all been? I haven't been able to blog lately due to the power supply cable on my MacBook being temperamental. I've really missed keeping up with all the new bloggers that i follow & all of my favourite old YouTubers. I hope you are all well & still enjoying blogging. My new cable arrived in the post from apple today, so it's back to business. I also have some exciting news to share with you!
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