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DETOX: If it’s green, go for it!

It’s that time of year when most of us have over-indulged on food and booze over the Christmas holidays. I certainly did.

Just when I thought my body was at a point where I could have my cake and eat it too…

All was great. I was eating and drinking whatever, whenever. I was still exercising daily and felt great.

Then it happened.

I woke up the other day…BLOATED as hell. Yes, woke up that way.

It seems it all caught up with me.

And fair enough. I should have known.

So, when I saw Food Matters promoting a 3-day detox, I jumped onboard.

I’ve done many detoxes and restriction diets in the past so a 3-day one was not scary to me. Although the FM’s site is hosting it from Jan 3-5 inclusive, I am doing Jan 4-6 inclusive because of the time difference (they are based in the USA).

I’ve made a few minor adjusts to the menu as well but nothing I think is too drastic.

I’m in the middle of day 2 now and feel great. Mr M is also on it with me although he refused to give up coffee. He’s addicted and likes it that way. Me, on the other hand, have been virtually caffeine free for over 2 years now so I’ve had no pain or withdrawal symptoms from anything I’ve been going without. Proof that my healthy lifestyle and commitment is working!!

I’ve imposed my own detox rules for the 3 days. If it’s GREEN, go for it. There are a few exceptions like lemon, ginger, red onion and tomatoes (which are in a recipe supplied by Food Matters).

I’ve been loving the green diet – seriously good.

Here’s a look at my intake for the 3 days (each day is the same):

ginger water

On rising have a glass of ginger and lemon water

water glass

drink at least 1 litre of water before anything else

Green smoothie

1 large glass of green smoothie: coconut water, avocado, lemon, spinach, herbs, supergreen powder and protein powder. NOTE: this is not part of the FM detox.

Optimum juicer

Mid-morning: 1 glass of green juice (made in my new Optimum slow juicer!!). Celery, cucumber, parsley, spinach, kale, lime or lemon – anything green! Sometimes ginger too.

green salad

Lunch: green salad. I love love love this and will incorporate it into my summer salad menu. Greens (any), avocado, celery, cucumber, spinach, salt & pepper, 1 TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice. I’ve also added a bit of red onion for extra flavour. It’s simply divine!

green juice

Mid afternoon: another green juice or herbal tea

soup 1

Early dinner: Green soup. Doesn’t this look delicious? Zucchini, celery, garlic, green beans, tomatoes, fresh herbs, spinach, miso paste and water. Boil for 30 minutes.
soup 2

Soup’s up. This smelled so good cooking. It was awfully good and another recipe that I will add to my collection. Food Matters calls it Potassium Soup and you can get the recipe from their site.

day 1 tummy

Belly on day 1

day 2 tummy

Belly on day 2

As well as the above, I am drinking lots of water throughout the day and peeing heaps!! In the evening (and during the day) herbal tea is allowed. Chamomile is recommended at bedtime, which I drink regularly anyway.

I like this detox. I can see myself doing this again. And with another holiday coming up in 3 days, it may not be too long before I schedule the next one!

Btw, I am still exercising daily. Besides needing an afternoon nap on day 1, I have not felt any ill effect from this detox.

Do you give your body an internal cleanse/detox regularly? I’d love to hear about some healthy methods. 


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Tummy Busters: How I’m beating the bloat

no bloat

 

I’ve been on a free-for-all diet for the past 6 weeks or so and I must say, I feel happier emotionally but I won’t lie, physically, I’ve felt better.

I have not worked-out since early June. It’s winter and I just do not have the motivation. I’ve also been back in the swing of work and for now, I’m happy writing and achieving goals there. Mentally though, I am preparing to return to a regular fitness routine on September 1st.

Considering all of this, my tummy issues have mostly disappeared. The severe, daily bloating has stopped and I am convinced Inner Health is the reason.

Inner Health is a pro-biotic capsule that contains 25 billion good bacteria  per supplement. Any largeness to my tummy is now fat. Plain and simple. And a bit disappointing.

I used to take IH years ago and I don’t know why I stopped or had not tried it earlier this year when I was having so many stomach issues. Daily acidophilus yogurt is not enough but delicious so I still love to eat it.

Another thing that has been working for me it stepping away from the wheat. I’m not banning it anymore but when I begin to feel crappy, I reduce my wheat intake considerably.

I have also started to take a herbal laxative. It comes in the form of tea and it is easy to drink. The downside of this of course is the stomach cramps and need to be near a toilet. It doesn’t last long and it generally takes 10-12 hours to kick in so it’s all about getting the timing right.

Here’s what I believe is working for me to reduce bloating:

  1. Daily Inner Health Plus Dairy Free
  2. Starting my day with hot lemon and water (before anything else is consumed)
  3. Reducing wheat
  4. Drinking herbal laxative  tea – once or twice a week

I reckon once I return to my fitness routine, I will feel pretty darn good. And hopefully look like this again.

Jennifer April 2013

Taken April 2013. This is my inspiration. It’s not the best my body has looked but I’d take it over today’s mirror reflection.