Back To The Beginning

I was really looking forward to breakfast today because it would have been the first thing I ate since Tuesday (apart from yesterdays permitted avocado SOS) !  Yes, I managed to stick rigidly to the 5 day juice detox.

I began preparing breakfast the day before – I have had a lot of time to think about food during the last 5 days.  I put 1 tbsp of Goji berries to soak in ….

pile of Goji berries about 200ml of freshly squeezed strawberry juice.  I popped it in the fridge overnight.strawberry juice and goji berries

I also prepared the oats last night.  I put 1/3 of a cup of oats, 2/3 cup of coconut water, 1/4 tsp vanilla and 1 tbsp chia seeds in to my new serving glass and left it overnight.

This morning I put the strawberry juice and goji berries in to the blender with 1 tbsp cashew nut butter and 1 heaped tsp coconut flakes and blended until smooth.  I added about half the strawberry sauce to the glass with the oats which had gone firm overnight and left the rest in the blender.  I added 1 frozen banana and 1/2 a cup of frozen blueberries to the strawberry sauce in the blender and blended until smooth.  I put the Banana and blueberry ‘ice-cream’ on top of the strawberry sauce.strawbs and nut butterTopped with fresh strawberries and a few goji berries.
breakfast 25-8-14 It was wonderful.  When you blend frozen banana, with or without another frozen fruit, it eventually turns in to an ice-cream like consistency.  But it is just fruit so guilt free yumminess!  You do need a really good blender and a little liquid to get it going.  It was fabulous.  The entire breakfast was delicious and all very nutritious and natural.oats, strawberry sauce and nana ice cream For lunch I just had some vegetables.  The weather was dreadful today but despite the torrential rain I went outside anyway and picked lettuce, a huge spring onion and lots of runner beans from the garden.lettuce, spring onion and runner beans

I made a salad with lettuce, tomato and spring onion dressed with just 1 tbsp of the lovely olive oil we brought back from Italy.  That was it, just a bowl of raw veggies.

salad and olio

Followed by a bowl of runner beans.  To me, runner beans (and all the berries) are the taste of summer.  I love their fresh clean taste and the bright green and pink colours.sliced runner beans I popped a bagful of blanched beans in the freezer too for another day.Runner beans in freezer bag I ate them on their own, adorned simply with 1 tsp of butter and black pepper.  Deeelicious.runner beans and butter In case you haven’t seen one before, this is a Trombetti.  An Italian type of courgette.  Like the courgettes you will be more familiar with, when left alone they keep growing to make a marrow.  I am not sure what the marrow equivalent name is for a Trombetti but this is it.  Look at the size of it compared to the spring onions and my phone!Trombetti and spr onion I ‘stir fried’ chopped up carrots, fennel, broccoli, trombetti and spring onions in water for about 4 – 5 minutes until the water had dissolved and the veggies were al dente.  I then added some chopped up chicken which I had marinated all afternoon in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and ginger.  Served with raw fresh pineapple and coriander.  I cooked wholewheat noodles for the others but I just had the chicken and veggies.Dinner 25-8-14

I consider this to be a new beginning.  I have yo-yo’d up and down in weight during the past year.  I have probably lost and gained my body weight in the three years since I started my blog.  I have always managed to be 2 and a half stone or more less than my starting weight but at one point I had lost 4 stone which I find really annoying.  So rather than be annoyed, I have done the 5 day juice detox and am starting afresh.

Today I felt more energetic than I have for a long time and when I looked in the mirror I did think my skin looked healthier.  That is partly due to more exercise too but I do put a lot of faith in the nutritional value of a juice fast.

The main difference is that although I was craving food today, for the first time in ages I was not craving sweet and high fatty food such as cookies, cakes or toast.  I really wanted fresh fruits and veggies and that is mainly what I ate today.

So I feel pleased with my new beginning.  The only disappointment  was that the local leisure centre was closed so I couldn’t weigh myself this evening to see what I lost during the juice fast.  Never mind, I will go tomorrow instead.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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6 Responses to Back To The Beginning

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, I am so proud of the excellent transition you made into the land of food. Especially sticking to natural complex carbs and leaving the noodles. It gave your system a much better chance of staying away from the carbs and foods that rob your body of everything. Nutrition. Energy. Serotonin. Welcome back.

    • Thank you Laura. I am actually not at all tempted by anything that is not clean and healthy and tonight when I cooked dinner, I added a little soy sauce but no other salt. I would have done usually. It is very surprising that just 5 days on a juice fast can change your attitude to food so much.

      • laura1952 says:

        Enjoy the refreshing start. Now it is my turn to chop up fresh veggies. Unfortunately, due to the weather, my neighbours tomatoes got late blight, but so far they have been heaven. They were away for a week and it was heaven out there everyday for fresh everything.

  2. suzjones says:

    My mouth watered at your bean lunch. I have begun making a vegetable dish that even my family eat. I microwave (in a little water) beans, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini for about 7 minutes. Whilst that is cooking, I stir fry in butter and garlic some kale, spinach and mushrooms. Then I mix them all together and crumble some fetta over the top and serve it with salt and pepper. Yum. I’m having last night’s leftovers for lunch today. 🙂

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