Detox to Retox?

Sorry for the delay in this post – real life just happened to get in the way of my social media life this weekend with a trip to A&E with 3rd born aka toilet lover aka Ollie. He is fine – thankfully! It’s always great when you are dressed to the nines with a full face of make up, hair done & practically on the bus into town when Southdoc beckons & furthermore a trip to CUH.

But such is life with kids, eh? We’ve gone 2 from 2 now with regards to nights out and trips to Southdoc this past 3 weeks. Off came the glad rags & on went the leggings! But enough about that.

So, as predicted, January started in a whirl of good intentions & promises that I will, at least, be better than I was last year. Better at what? Well helping myself.

No not to cakes, chocolate, crisps etc (As I need no help with that aspect of my life). But rather, helping myself to get on with the madness that being a woman, mum, sister, aunt or which or whatever we all may be, entails by giving myself the tools and best chance possible to do so. Let’s face it, it’s difficult no matter what and eating rice cakes isn’t going to stop the chaos or drop your kids to school for you……but at least if you are facing into battle in the best shape possible, then surely you are more likely to emerge unscathed, intact & somewhat sane by the end of the day.

So unsuspecting hubby & I embarked on a 5 day “recalibration” programme designed by Sarah Wilson. I found it in her “I Quit Sugar For Life” Book.
It did entail a lot of preparation & normally I’m not a fan for the simple reason that I do not have time. But following a Christmas of over eating & drinking I felt it was probably a good time to make an exception!

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To give you an idea of how it went I’ll describe some of our meals.

The mornings consisted of a smoothie of some description & a small side dish – for the want of a better phrase.

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(Day 3’s blast – spinach, frozen berries, almond milk, desiccated coconut, whey. This one was very tasty!!!)

Day 1 & 2’s smoothie had the following in it:

Celery, Chia seeds, Cucumber, Coriander, Coconut water, Lemon, Green apple, Ginger & Turmeric.

The side dish on Day 1 was 2 tablespoons of homemade cream cheese with cinnamon on top and Day 2 brought “Flower Power Eggs”.

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(These hippy dippy sounding beauties are just a ring of red pepper with an egg cracked into the middle, fried in coconut oil)

The smoothie tasted a LOT better than it sounded but admittedly it would not be on my list of favourite things to eat/drink. But I was quite full after it. To be honest of that lot, it was the cream cheese and cinnamon that was the most difficult to get down my gullet.

Lunch for the 1st 2 days was a grated salad of courgette, onion, cauliflower, (all raw). I added par cooked broccoli on Day 1 with her Alkalising Potion. On Day 2 we had chicken with Asian dressing *cue huge cheers from hubbies belly……..meat at last!!!

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(Day 1 & 2’s salad in jars – ready for fridge storage. The bottom pic was a variation of it with Halloumi cheese and some left over avocado and sweet corn snuck in.)

Her recipes generally serve 4 so at least all the prep for the salad was done in one day and I kept the extra 2 for next days lunch & added the chicken etc.

Dinner at night was interesting! Cauliflower pizza bases made from grated cauliflower, grated cheese & egg, topped with tuna, olives, capers, feta, broccolini, anchovies & red onion was really delicious. But it completely stuck to the baking paper so be careful if anyone out there is making it. Maybe try a quick rub of coconut oil under it first?

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My favourite has to be the Choc – coco muggins. It was for breakfast but I think if I made this again – which I plan to – it is best as a sneaky dessert for one…..when home alone. It doesn’t look so pretty so I wouldn’t be producing this for a dinner party of anything!

Here is the recipe – so easy!

In your microwave proof mug place:

25g ground almonds

2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 tablespoon of rice malt syrup or 1/2 teaspoon stevia. (I used agave here – which is against the rules but it was all I had!)

Microwave for 90 seconds to 2 mins.

Serve with full fat yoghurt.

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I must admit I did feel great after the week. Whilst I could not keep it up long term it was great to follow a plan. I never have before & I would use some of the recipes again and maybe adapt them a little. But we were hungry! And my skin did (of course) breakout a bit. But I’m expecting great things from it this week he he! Hhhhhmmmmm, we’ll see.

Other than that we went scooting this weekend en-masse. Just to stop the 4 walls closing in on us completely after Saturday nights trip to casualty.

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It’s great exercise. The kids love it. And I nearly had a heart attack when they scooted off on me for miles. And therein was the end of dry January.

Solace was found at the end of a Sunday night glass of wine. Anyone who has been on my instagram will have seen that there was serious “retoxing” done on Saturday night at the hospital though!!!

Let me know if you have any great healthy detox recipes for me to try.

Cli xx

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