I have recently discovered that my gut health is not all that great. In order to fix this, I am going on a seven day detox. It is really basic, and rather lovely to do! I am feeling amazing and I am only part way through my seven days.
The seven days follows this basic outline:
- At wake up: 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a room temperature glass of water (I usually have two glasses).
- Breakfast: a smoothie (I go for a blueberry or green smoothie to kick start my day with some fruit and veggie goodness)
- Mid-morning: cup of lemon and ginger tea
- Lunch: Detox salad from the healthy chef ( https://www.thehealthychef.com/2014/01/detox-salad/ )
- Mid-afternoon: kombucha and a cup of ginger and lemon tea.
- Dinner: organic carrot soup
- Evening: mint and lavender tea
I am loving this meal plan! I am working really hard to detox my body and get into a better place. I absolutely love all of these meals and they keep me going. It is really important to leave 12 hours between dinner and breakfast. I normally have dinner at around 6 pm and breakfast at around 6 am the next day. This helps my gut restore itself over the night.
I am struggling with this. For this week I have included the workouts that I will be doing (god help me!). I am really looking forward to getting my yoga on and just allowing myself to be apart of this process. This is the first week with absolutely no sugar, so I am interested to see how I will go. Lets hope that all goes well!
Inspiration is not coming all that quickly at the moment. I am two weeks into my personal experiment and have been looking for a little more in the way of inspiration as to why I am even starting to do this stupid quitting sugar thing at all. Currently I am tired, grumpy and just overall over it. What did I do to combat my stubborn sugar addicted mind and body? I went full sugar ninja! I bought That Sugar Film and both of Damon Gameau’s books. I found this to be pretty helpful, although I also found that having my husband helped a fair bit.
So I haven’t lost anymore weight, but that is because I have been less than perfect with my eating. But I am always being reminded to be kind to myself.
Hello wonderful humans. This is the start of my second week without sugar. I am still in the easing off phase, so I am allowed my little treats. I have not included on here my daily coke zero, but that generally only happens on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
I have decided to incorporate a few different cooks in my weekly meal plan, mainly because I really struggle to eat the same thing day in and day out. So I have included some recipes from Damon and Zoe Gameau’s book That Sugar Guide, a couple of recipes from Hemsley and Hemsley and finally, a variety of recipes from Sarah Wilson’s books; Simplicious, I Quit Sugar For Life and I Quit Sugar.
I must remind you that this is a guide. I am sharing what I did to free myself of sugar but it isn’t for everyone. I also have to make a little note of the weekend lunches. Before any of you contact PETA, no, Russel is not my dog. Russel is a concept I have stolen from my mother in law and it basically means anything you can Russel together. It saves me having to try to stick to set meals on weekends and I am not a fan of wasting food. This helps both aspects of this. It also leads itself to conversations like “Hey babe, how long has this been in the fridge?” so it helps to keep my fridge clean as well. My husband and I try to have one date night a week and we always have Sunday dinner with my lovely mummy, so that was a bit of an easy way to make sure I am not having to bulk cook. Friday night is also the only night we will tend to have leftovers. This is because I am at university until 7pm and my darling husband is wonderful at making spagbol, but has admitted that he isn’t really sure where to start with this whole no sugar no meat stuff. For this reason I decided that it was safer to do a vegetarian lasagna rather than braving a risky meal (sorry).
Well I am off to start my week. Wish me luck!
So my first week wasn’t as big a failure as I had first thought! I have managed to lose 2 kg (4.4 lbs) and I am not suffering with the same level of cravings I was a few days ago. Admittedly, I was not overly proud of myself a on Thursday, but that is ok. This diet is known for making people a touch more emotional than they usually would be and I am more than happy to accept that. I also need to stop calling this journey a diet. It is more than just a weight loss plan, it is a way of making the switch from being unhealthy to being healthy. Sugar can cause some serious damage to our bodies, something I will go further into once I have a solid understanding myself.
I know this is just a little post, but I felt that I needed to make sure it was known that it is not all doom and gloom. There is a light at the end of the tunnel people!
So my first week of quitting sugar went off with a colossally poor start. Not only am I far too hormonal for this, but I have also found that my slow weight gain is a sever side effect of the anti-depressants I was on. Over the space of just over a year I have gained 15 kg (or 33lbs). So I have gone from 67kg (147 lbs) to 82 kg (180 lbs) while not eating processed food and doing yoga everyday. I thought it would of been more related to the fact that I was crazy sick for about three months, but apparently not. I am rather disappointed that I was unaware that this was such a prominent side effect of the medication I was on. Needless to say that I do not currently look anything like the lady to the left, but it was just about the only stock photo I could find of a person on a scale that wasn’t making the model look like some kind of sex object. Any way, that is a whole different kind of rant that I wont get into that today.
I am going to continue with the quit sugar detox plan, but my failure this week is going to make the next 7 week a whole lot harder, but this is just part of the journey. Hopefully it should be a little easier now that I am passed my hormonal week. I would like to give a quick shout out to my lovely friend that I work with for being super supportive, my darling husband and of course my wonderful mother. The three of you are so great at keeping me honest and making me laugh.
So I am embarking on the second week of quitting sugar and also adjusting to new medication. This is potentially going to make it easier to quit as one of the side effects is a reduced appetite (although my husband is making me eat and threatening me with using a funnel to force feed me if I don’t feel like it). I am very excited and nervous about the next step in this journey and I will continue to share this journey with my blog, mostly because it is keeping me on track and keeping me honest.
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So this is what I ate for the first week of quitting sugar. I have used recipes from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar books. For the first 8 weeks of quitting sugar I recommend cutting all sugar out. Yes even the natural stuff. Obviously if you eat meat you can at some meat in here and there, but as a vegetarian I don’t eat meat so won’t be including it in my meal plans.
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