Today was a challenge and it ended with, in the words of my young son, “an epic fail”. There are no grades of failure in Harvey’s lingo. There is either an “epic fail” or not a fail. Black or white, success or epic fail.
The day started with great beauty at dawn as the sun broke through the clouds over Ramsgate harbour.
I had a shake at 7am and at 8:30 grapes and a pear.
I found eating a plateful of fruit quite difficult. In fact I did not manage all those grapes.
For someone who loves sweet things as much as I do, it seems bizarre that I am not enjoying this fruit because it is too sweet! I rarely eat fruit on its own. I like fruit very much, but I tend to eat it with other things such as in a salad or in breakfast cereal or in a dessert or with some cheese. On its own, I am not such a fan.
At 10 am I was due to have an orange and ½ a pineapple. But by then my stomach was gurgling and feeling uncomfortable so I had a cup of herbal tea instead.
I was really looking forward to lunch. It was meant to be soup but I did not have soup making equipment in Ramsgate so I decided to swap lunch and dinner around. So lunch became the stir fried vegetables and rice that was intended for dinner.
I was so excited about eating rice. I was missing eating food that was soft and warm. I also love brown rice. I think it is nurturing and comforting food. On top of the rice was some carrot, courgette, spring onion, ½ a red pepper and ½ a yellow pepper, lightly stir fried in sesame oil. I was meant to cook it with ginger, garlic and lemon grass but I did not fancy such strong flavours so I ate it plain. Just brown rice and vegetables. Yum.
It took a long time to munch my way through all those vegetables but I really enjoyed it all. I can’t believe I ate so much volume of food!
It gave me some much needed energy though. I spent 10 hours today doing housework and at quite a frenetic pace, up and down 4 four flights of stairs, over and over again. It was exhausting. I was meant to have raw vegetable crudités with guacamole at 4pm but I was too busy to stop. I literally did not stop or sit down between getting up at 7:15 and leaving the house at 5:30, except to eat breakfast and lunch.
I was late collecting Harvey so Judy grabbed him for me. By the time I had retrieved him and got home it was 7:15 pm and we were both hungry. I was not in the mood for making a vegetable soup from scratch so I had what Harvey had, which was not in the detox manual.
One wholemeal bap, lightly toasted, filled with a fillet of salmon, tomato, dill and mayonnaise.
It took 10 minutes from thinking about this meal to sitting down and eating it so it is perfect for a mid week supper. It is healthy too. Just a shame it is not on my detox agenda 😦 .
I am disappointed I did not stick religiously to my detox today, but I was too busy to eat according to the regimen. I intend to complete day 7 tomorrow, which is the final day.
I still think you have been doing very well with your detox:)
Thank you, I am pleased I did it, but more pleased it is finished.
I would say that “epic fail” is pretty extreme. In my books, it falls under the 80/20 rule of eating perfectly 80% of the time and 20% of the time is allowed for slip ups. You did much better than 20% so in my books, you are a success and since none of us are or ever will be perfect, you did a great job. Pay attention to your body to see if the mayo reacts in your system after detoxing.
As for the sweetness of the fruit, this too shall pass once your taste buds get used to eating a regular diet again and it won’t be because you have masked it with cereal or salad makings. Do the red and yellow peppers taste extra sweet to you now too?
Yes, the peppers and tomatoes taste really sweet. I enjoy spicy food and full flavours but right now, I don’t even want to taste garlic or salt!. Which does seem strange to me. It is great to really taste the natural foods.
I didn’t consider my slip up to be an “epic” fail. I said it because Harvey does and it amuses me that there is no scale to his sense of failure, I am very proud of myself and so pleased I managed to do the detox almost perfectly.