For ages now I’ve been umming and aahing about doing some sort of detox. I don’t want to lose weight, but I feel sluggish and tired all the time and whilst having a 1 year old who’s active all day and doesn’t sleep well at night obviously takes its toll, putting processed foods into my body which are difficult to digest and don’t contain many natural and healthy ingredients won’t be helping either.
The very lovely and talented Susanne told me about a program she was following, which she’d loved so much in her 7 day trial week she was continuing it and has now been doing for about a month. It was just what I needed to hear so with Live Young Bootcamp offering another free trial week next week, I eagerly signed up. Now, this is not a sponsored post, Live Young Bootcamp haven’t offered me anything to write about the detox, I have simply signed up as any one of you can and am looking forward to going clean with my eating and seeing how I get on.
The program starts on August 3rd, so this week I am planning my food shopping and have also started making a few changes ready to remove all processed stuff from my diet next week. I have a huge vice which comes in the form of bread and cheese, either in sandwich form or cheese on toast. Bread generally is an issue for me because I love the stuff yet it makes me feel bloated and uncomfortable. For the last few days I have stopped having toast for breakfast and instead make myself a healthy smoothie using our Nutribaby from Babymoov. I’m seriously impressed with how well this bit of kit whizzes everything up and I’ve been having various make-it-up-as-you-go-along smoothies which include blueberries, raspberries, bananas, oat milk, coconut yoghurt and kale. I need to do a bit more research about the best things to have in a smoothie at different times of the day but I’m already feeling better just with this minor change.
Looking to next week, Live Young Bootcamp have sent over a list of food that is okay to have during the clean eating week and I was pleasantly surprised by the variety allowed. Some favourites include beef, chicken, pheasant, duck, seeds, eggs, feta, goat’s cheese, avocado, asparagus, cucumber, carrots, blueberries, lemons and most herbs and spices, so I think along with all the other fruit and veg allowed, I’ll be fine. For the first week, you don’t eat any grains at all, then things like quinoa and brown rice are allowed, as well as sweet potato which I love and could have every day!
I really was concerned I’d feel restricted and wouldn’t be able to cook for myself, Phil and Toby but I think we’ll be fine and I can just add things like potatoes to Phil and Toby’s meals but the meat and veg elements will be the same as mine.
The whole point of this clean eating plan is to detox your liver, which is put under a lot of strain with the processed food that has become a regular feature in modern diets. I also need to buy some supplements and wheatgrass powder as well as drinking lemon water every morning.
Keep checking back to see how I’m getting on and I’ll also post some of my favourite meal ideas as I go along. Wish me luck!