Day 5 of Autumn Cleanse

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Today I woke up very energised. Actually, my energy has been good overall. It makes me think that I wasn’t as bad as I thought I was. I did think that because of my summer indulgences I would be struggling, but hey I’m not going to complain.

One thing I have noticed, and I know this, but it is good to be reminded is how much I need to eat in comparison to how much I want to eat!!!!! As the saying goes “my eyes have always been bigger than my stomach”. I’m not sure what that is? Sometimes boredom, a way of procrastinating (by eating), comfort? Probably all of the above. I’ve had a strange relationship with food over the years. 

When I was a singer I had the added bonus of being paranoid about what I ate and when.

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What I try to do now is enjoy what I consume. If I want a desert for dinner, then I have it and enjoy it. I think the biggest problem a lot of us have is the negative emotions associated with eating, especially guilt.

Negative emotions hinder your digestion. Your metabolism is greatly influenced by your mind and vice versa. When you enjoy your food as you’re eating it, your hypothalamus (part of the brain that controls many bodily functions and is responsible for motivational behaviour) releases pleasure signals that stimulate your digestion. If you feel bad about what you are eating, the opposite will happen,  slow digestion which causes your body to store more calories as fat rather than burning them. It’s also important to note that all stressors can have this effect on your metabolism, not just guilt. I try not to label food as good or bad, I want my body to love food, not to see it as a source of shame. However, I do struggle sometimes when I see the scales moving up instead of down, but then I just say “get a grip”. I’m sure plenty of you know where I’m coming from.

 

Anyhow, on to my day

 

7.30am

Lemon, ginger and warm water

 

9am

Juice number 1

Apple, cucumber, carrot, chard, celery, broccoli, beetroot, lemon and ginger

I felt like something more savory this morning

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11.30am

Juice number 2

Apple, spinach, cucumber and celery

 

1.30pm

Nakd Bar

 

6.30pm

Chard and sweet potato soup

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  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 white potato
  • chard leaves (I only use chard because I have so much growing in my garden – you can use spinach if you like)
  • Hand full of Rocket
  • Chilli flakes of paprika
  • 500ml vegetable stock

 

In a large pan, heat the oil, red onion, garlic, celery and chilli flakes until soft.

Add the peeled and chopped sweet potato and white potato, chard and vegetable stock.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes before serving.

If you prefer a smoother soup, pour into a blender and blitz until desired consistency is achieved.

 

I worked at home today again with clients and felt great.

I’ve been getting compliments about my skin which means the detox is working nicely.

 

Looking forward to tomorrow

See you then

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