Welcome to Day 1 of my sugar free cleanse! After my recent trip to Italy where I over dosed on gelato, pizza, pasta and coffee, my body is in desperate need of some sugar free TLC!!! As well as sugar, I will be completely avoiding alcohol, coffee, black tea, refined and processed foods and all animal products. If you would like to follow me on this, when I say ‘sugar free’ I mean no sugar or sweeteners, that also means no agave, honey or xylitol. I will also be avoiding dried fruit, particularly dates, and I will also be staying clear of sugary fruit such as bananas, pineapple, mango, plums, peaches ect… Just avoid anything sugary and sweet basically!!! I will allow myself to eat some apples and berries, though. I know yesterday I said I was going to avoid caffeine completely, but I also know my skin is very happy when I drink green tea so I’m going to carry on drinking this. It feels right. And remember, these are just guidelines, don’t stress out about it and just follow your own intuition!
What I will be eating is this:
• Seeds and nut milks
• Steamed vegetables and soups
• Water, water, water
• Green juices (if and when I can afford it)
• Sprouted breads
• Oils and healthy fats from cold pressed olive oil, coconut butter and avocados.
I will be meditating each morning for 30 minutes (you don’t need to do this if you don’t want to!) and I’ll be getting daily exercise in the form of walking, running and yoga.
Right! That said, here’s how my first day went.
(NB – I am currently unemployed (said in a wide mouthed whisper), so I know I have the luxury to meditate and things, but I am still working hard at home on my raw projects. I’m not dossing about, honest!)
07.00: Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. My head was pounding as I opened my eyes this morning. It was a weird, tight thudding that not only pulsated in my head, but all over my neck and shoulders too. Who in their right mind wants to start their day feeling like this?! Not me! The other thing I wasn’t happy about was the fact that I woke up STARVING. It was the crack of dawn and I was ravenous! I don’t know whether it’s because my body is so desperate for nutrients after my 3 day sugar binge, or whether it’s just hungry for more sugar, but either way this early morning hunger is new for me. I managed to meditate, but really I just closed my eyes and nodded off.
08.30: All I was fancying to eat was a bowl of steamed vegetables, so that what I had. Yes, for breakfast and yes – it was good.
11.00: One word for you – IRRITABLE. I went in to the co-op to buy some avocados and lemons, grabbed them, went to pay and saw this MASSIVE QUEUE. God damn it!! Did they not know I was coming in to do some shopping??? And WHY oh WHY do they not have more than one flippin’ check out person on the tills??!! I huffed and puffed and consequently dumped my avocados and lemons in the box of potatoes as I stormed out. Ha! Sort that out co-op staff…
11.30: As I walked into town I listened to the Circle of Life from The Lion King on my ipod and cried. Oh dear…
12.00: My stomach felt like it was going to explode. Bloat city! My digestion is all over the shop. Not nice.
12.15: As I was in the queue at WhSmiths, I found myself gawping at a box of Milk Tray… It’s on offer. Half price. Was £12 pounds, now only £6.00. Only £6.00! I mean, it’d be rude not to really… It’s got two layers… Maybe if I start my sugar free diet tomorrow, and just eat that box ton- NO NO NO!!! Step away from the Milk Tray!!! Phew.. I swear, only last week I never even acknowledged those foods, they actually stopped looking edible to me. Now I’m having to physically restrain myself from ripping open that tempting deep purple box with my teeth. Woah. This is going to be harder than I thought.
13.00: Lunch was a plate of tomatoes and nutritional yeast (my camera stopped working, otherwise I’d have taken a picture, but I think you can use your imagination on this one..). I felt my body soaking up the goodness. Really enjoyed it.
19:00: After an hour long walk along Brighton beach in gale force winds and rain, I was starting to feel like myself again. All I wanted for dinner though was steamed veggies again, so I decided to listen to my body and go with that. I treated myself to some beautiful organic rainbow chard, and had that raw along side my steamed celeriac, carrots, broccoli, leeks and garlic.
(I tell you what, I know those pictures of ice cream and stuff looked amazing, but this bag of greens is definitely doing it for me right now…)
What’s that? A pan? On a hob of fire! Ooo, contoversial… So there we have it – Steamed Vegetables with Rainbow Chard! I drizzled some tahini over the chard after massaging it with a little lemon juice and olive oil. The veggies I just kept simple, a little sprinkling of mixed herbs, salt and nutritional yeast. Delicious.
22.00 I want pudding. I spoon some tahini in my mouth instead. Seems to do the trick…kind of.