Hey guys and welcome back to my 2nd instalment of my #RebalancingMyself blog series. The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind! I’ve thrown myself into switching up my diet, eliminating all the crap on the weekdays but still indulging on the weekend (one step at a time eh?). Couple that with a series of Champagne beauty events, birthdays and some freaky new exercise classes, I guess you can say I’m taking things in my stride; distraction and dedication playing equal parts in my health and happiness overhaul.
A new year
I came into the new year feeling swollen, creaky jointed, headachy, tired and like I’m constantly fighting off a cold. Am I alone? Probs not. It’s the start of the year and I’m planning for it to be a BIG ONE and to help me do this I am re-addressing my lifestyle due to failing health and the emotional and mental affects this has on my everyday wellbeing (more on my health history here). As my starting point for turning my lifestyle on its head I am first addressing my diet.
Disclaimer: Please note the changes I am talking about below are ones everyone can make, not just people with known gut problems. For most a little spring clean is all you need to get yourself back feeling my best for the year ahead.
I already have quite a few food sensitivities and intolerances that aren’t SO major that I avoid them altogether. Instead, I indulge in small quantities meaning my body reacts with water retention, bloated and swelling, angry skin and sore joints.
Even if you don’t knowingly suffer from certain food groups, take note. Below are some results driven steps I’ve taken to clean up my diet and body and make myself feel and look better in 2 weeks.
I can hear you groaning already. Trust me this stuff, especially the refined white stuff, is like poison for your body. Sugar has an adverse effect on your mind and body and can lead to any number of health issues including; high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, blood sugar issues, digestive issues, inflammation and weight gain. It’s also addictive and carcinogenic.
It also feeds yeast overgrowth like candida in your gut meaning the more you eat the more you crave it to feed the yeast overgrowth inside you, a vicious cycle. I’ve cut out sugar before and the difference you feel after a week is amazing. So much more energy and less tiredness, you will also de-swell because sugar is a toxin and makes you retain water weight. I’m not going to lie this is probably the toughest dietary change for me. My colleagues are like poster girls for Cadburys. Turning my back on the 3pm snack station that pops up daily was hard at first but within 8 weeks I’m told that I’ll stop craving it and when I look in the mirror I already see my skin improving! As our foods are hidden with loads of sugar we are unaware of so like me you are probably eating more than you think!
The first 3 days no sugar days will be horrid, you will have headaches and cravings like it’s nobodies business but that only reinforces how bad sugar actually is for you. GET. RID.
I’m not taking carbs away from you fully, a baked potato can be a healthy dinner but refined grains found in that super bleached out sliced loaf and white pasta has no nutritional value what so ever. Make simple swaps, like opting for whole-wheat pasta instead of regular, whole-grain bread instead of white and brown rice instead of white rice. Make your risotto out of quinoa (tastes practically the same). You will beat the bloat and look and feel much better.
If you can’t account for every single ingredient in what you are about to eat, don’t eat it. Simples.
I am trying super hard to make all my own food so I know exactly how much sugar and salt goes into the dish and that the food isn’t chock full of additives and preservatives.
A good way to follow this guideline is if it doesn’t go off from leaving it out for a few days means it’s full of preservatives and stabilisers that gives it its inability to decompose like real, clean food, which means your gut and body will struggle to digest it and process the toxins that make stay “fresh” for so long.
When you buy a ready meal or fast food you ingest hydrogenated oils, artificial flavours and colours, stabilizers, preservatives, excessive amounts of fat and sodium and added refined sugar, because you didn’t make it yourself. When I eat this shit I feel shit. Chances are this happens to you too but you may not realise it because you’ve felt this way for so long.
DRINK a cup of warm water everyday before I ingest anything, even other liquids. This is great way to wake up your body and flush out toxins in the morning. Add a little lemon and lime to luke warm water for a digestive flush out. TRY and avoid caffeine drinks for 2 weeks. I know, I know, I love a freshly brewed cup of black coffee every morning too, it makes me feel sane but a break from this drug is a good for your body.
ONLY drink room temperature water and drink at least 1.5-2 litres a day. I actually read in a novel that cold water makes your organs slow down and act more sluggish. The body is 37 degrees Celsius warm, so by icing your insides your only making your organs less active.
3 MEALS a day means I stay away from the snacks throughout the day.
LESS SALT or low sodium because sodium will swell you up and make you look 5lbs heavier for a day or two after you eat it. I always ask for the green capped soy sauces with my sushi.
I think the clean eating trend is growing as a backlash to the fast food consumer culture were have created. People are starting to question what’s in their food and taking steps to make sure they ingest clean food with as little nasty, un-necessaries as poss. Today more than ever people have sensitivities and adverse reactions to certain foods. That’s why I am hitting re set on my body.
A detox is hard especially we your body has become accustomed to wine after work every night, two take outs a week, caffeine packed mornings and that cold can of coke with lunch. If you can break the habit you WILL feel better, maybe not today or tomorrow, but if you can do it for a week you should break free.
Join me? Don’t forget to hashtag you clean foodie pic #RebalancingMyself so I can see! Let me know how you get on below 🙂