As per my beach checklist + yoga download post here, I was planning to do Jason Vale’s 7 days juicing plan but the recipes didn’t really work for my Nutribullet (which blends not juices) so I switched challenged to have a daily green smoothie and focused on eating things that do not come out of a packets. When you shop for food at the supermarket with this in mind, you will see that you end up buying a lot of fruits and vegetables.
How is this going so far?
I’m on week 4 of giving up Coke Zero which was before, a daily sugar fix (watch Hungry for change documentary on Netflix if you can). Week 1 was hard and I craved for it every single day. Week 2 was better but still craving for it (each time I had a craving I drank water). Week 3 the cravings were gone. Week 4: Coke is history #notlookingback).
The more I drink them the more I love them. I like mine to be green packed so I can keep my daily fruit ration for snack. I usually use cucumber, lamb leaves, celery, lime or lemon, chia seeds, spirulina and water and add + a slice of pineapple or 2/3 strawberries but the more I drink them, the greener they become.
Interestingly enough, I hate raw pineapple and celery but love the former in a smoothie and can’t taste the second one once blended and on the plus side, I’m starting to lose weight.
Talking of losing weight, I’ve changed my focus. I spent the last 9 years trying to lose the baby weight without major successes. I used to run 40K/week, did Bikram Yoga 4 times/week, had a very healthy diet yet but that didn’t stop me from snacking on sugar and eventually I was hit by a mild depression last November (weight was one of the issues that brought me down).
Since then, I’ve decided to tackle the problem differently and kick off refined sugars from my system. If you watch the documentary above, you will see how refined sugars keep us addicted to more sugars and carbs.
I gave them up too but I treat myself once a week to a very tasty salad with fresh tomatoes and Buffalo mozzarella.
I gave up gluten last year but for the sake of eating things that do not come out of a packet, I have focused our meals around fresh salads and BBQ rather than grains, quinoa or pasta based dishes (I will re-introduce them later)
I had 3 glasses last week and 2 this week. I don’t feel I’m missing out on anything. In fact, my body is craving for more green juices and it will probably be the next thing I give up.
Rather than eating red meats, we have been focused on lean proteins such as chicken & turkey in the shape of delicious brochettes (kebabs) from the butcher.
So overall, a very good week!
I haven’t touched any biscuits, chocolate or refined sugars since the beginning of our holidays and I intent to stay away from them. I’m convinced that if I have one biscuit, I will get addicted to it again and frankly when you start eating fresh fruit salad and train your body to get good food, you will no longer crave for ice creams or chocolate etc. I’m not saying that when Mila eats a chocolate biscuit I don’t want one. I do because I remember how nice it tastes but I do not crave for it which makes willpower and mind games a lot easier.
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// Photography: Eric d’Hérouville for Côté Ouest magazine, June 2014
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