How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? Well I have been speaking with the fantastic Leanne Clack who has done amazingly well, completing a 21 day detox in January. When speaking with Leanne just before she started she said
I was nervous about sticking to it but had been feeling so sluggish and put on weight over Christmas so I was determined to do it.
Leanne’s 21 Day Detox meant that she was only going to be eating pure, clean foods. Basically vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts. I can’t lie I was horrified at the thought. I gave up alcohol for January and that was enough. I’m all for eating well, but no coffee? Step too far for me!
Leanne didn’t just decide I wanted to do it and start there and then. She planned it and think’s that it was part of that planning that was key in her success.
I cleared out one kitchen cupboard that was just for me and only had food that I could eat inside it. So when I was feeling peckish and tempted I could just open that cupboard and know everything in there I could eat and snack from and I made sure that it was full of really yummy things.
It also gave me time to go online and hunt out some delicious recipes such as the Mango ‘Ice Cream’ so I still felt like I was having treats.
I am terrible that if I know I am starting a diet or healthy eating plan, I use the time to binge on all the items I am planning on giving up as it will be my last chance to eat them, I have always considered this a fantastic argument but Leanne used to the time to start trying to get used to a healthier way and lower her sugar and caffeine intakes so it wasn’t a complete shock to her body when she cut them out altogether. When you think about this for longer than a nano-second, clearly makes a lot more sense than my way.
Once on the detox a typical day for Leanne was;
- Porridge made with water or rice milk with blueberries for breakfast
- Homemade vegetable soup for lunch
- Vegetable stir-fry with wholegrain rice for dinner
- Snacks included fruit, peanut butter (as long as it is 100% natural) and nuts.
I also made sure that I ate plenty of quinoa, humous and nuts for protein.
It wasn’t all plain-sailing though. I saw Leanne 3 days in and all was not so well. Complaining of headaches, tiredness and feeling hungry I am sure that this is the point that I would have given in, but Leanne stayed strong and soon really started to feel the benefits. According to Leanne, that was the hardest part and once she had got through it, the feeling of hunger and cravings for sugar and caffeine based products started to fade.
I was surprised on how quickly the cravings went and after the first few days it got easier and easier as the days went on.
After successfully completing her 21 day Detox, I was desperate to know how she felt, was it worth it and would she be sticking to it at all?
I have lost all the Christmas weight which is great, but more than that, I just feel so much better. Not so sluggish, much more energy and I am not finding I miss sugar or caffeine now.
I am planning on keeping large parts of the plan because I just feel so much better, but I have introduced chicken, eggs and yogurt. I really missed eggs and yogurt!
Leanne looks brilliant, she is looking noticeably slimmer but even more than that, she looks SO well. The white of her eyes looks so white and clear, her skin is glowing and she is radiating health. I must say I am feeling very inspired. I have even replaced a couple of morning coffees with hot water and Lemon (which I love and for more information on the benefit of Hot Water and Lemon, click here) and I am cleaning out a cupboard all ready for me.