21 days of self-love

The 2nd of September, three weeks ago, feels like a long time and that trepidation, how are we going to manage 21 days of detoxing, a distant memory. Well first of all, when you have someone in it with you for the long run, like Ahmed, half the battle is already won.

The funniest moment had to be when I thought that I had eaten ice cream mindlessly and was so distressed about telling him and was so annoyed that all my hard work had gone down the drain. I was relieved to discover, that it was just a dream.

Coming off the Clean Program today, I feel like I accomplished something. I didn’t lose a dress size or anything (that DEFINITELY was NOT the goal) and yet, somehow this is even better, feeling healthy gives you a buzz like no other. I have a hold of myself.

I thought that the second we came off it, I would reach for my favourite food cravings, pizza (yum), a cupcake (yummy) or fries (the yummiest), but no. What I was looking forward to most was having breakfast, an omelette and gluten-free oats for breakfast and the prospect of adding tomatoes to my lentils tonight.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to turn away cupcakes or pizza for the rest of my life, if anything it’s the exact opposite, I am looking forward a lovely chocolate one this weekend at my friends birthday! Just that something must have happened in these past three weeks, rather than craving the stuff I love, I now hope to simply enjoy it as a treat every now and again.

Overall the experience was really fulfilling, in terms of food and emotions. Having an awareness and hold of my true hunger, is really empowering and I hope to keep building on it.

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Let there be fish

Day five on the Elimination Diet we decided to dabble with salmon.

We don’t often eat fish unless gorging on sushi about once a month. The tamari in the recipe was a last minute add on and it finished the dish off beautifully.

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For a lunch that is ready in minutes and happens to have a full rounded flavour, assemble the following ingredients.

(Serves Two)

Two fillets fresh wild socket salmon
Two cloves minced garlic
1/2tsp smoked paprika
1/2tsp cayenne pepper
Freshly ground Himalayan pink salt
1tbsp olive oil
2tsp tamari
Steamed spinach to serve

Rub the spices into the salmon.

Heat oil on medium heat in a frying pan.

Once the oil is hot, place the salmon skin side down in the pan.

Once the salmon is cooked halfway, flip it.

Next throw the tamari in and let it sizzle away, once the salmon has a beautiful caramel colour glaze on the top, serve immediately.

A Time To Renew

When the much awaited summer weather finally comes it makes an all too soon exit and in its’ wake leaves behind a sun soaked haze. As much I love summer, I enjoy it’s neighbouring season, fall, far more.

Perhaps it is something left over from school days but the beginning of September always summons the sense of a new year. While in the UK, autumn brought about back to school momentum, crispy leaves on the pavements, the faint smell of bonfires in the air and the Christmas food adverts from Marks and Spencer.

Yet, I find I anticipate fall in Canada much more. Labour Day holiday, waiting for trees to turn, Thanksgiving, Nuit Blanche, Halloween, the first of the cold weather, pre-Awards film season and the run-up to Christmas. No matter where, this precious season offers a time for renewal.

Perhaps that is why the hubby and I decided to embark on a 21 day adventure in the form of Doctor Junger’s elimination detox. The past few months took away all sense of routine and virtue, the much needed visitors and sun called for BBQ’d meats, hours on patios for the World Cup, lavish picnics, ice creams on warm late nights and all other sins that are thoroughly enjoyed in warm weather.

So today was the first day of our detox. We started the morning with a smoothie, mine was my usual green go to with the additions of wheatgrass and chlorophyll and I finally convinced Ahmed to drink non-dairy milk in the form of a chocolate milkshake. Little did he know he was actually drinking a Paleo inspired superfood smoothie.

To serve one, blend 1.5 cups of unsweetened coconut and almond milk with just over a half scoop of chocolate Vega protein, 1 tsp raw cacao power, quarter of an avocado, 2tsp coconut oil and 1-2tsp organic coconut sugar (optional). You can add little water for a thinner consistency.

We made a load of our coconut lentils without tomatoes (recipe coming soon) and enjoyed some chicken rubbed down with Moroccan spices on a bed of spinach for lunch.

Here are three healthy tips to get you on your way:

Drink a mug of lemon and hot water first thing.

Swap table salt for pink Himalayan salt. It’s really not a gimmick, after giving up salt, we find, that whenever we’ve consumed it whilst eating out or something, the next day we feel terrible.

Adding an avocado to anything, smoothie, a healthy dessert (chocolate mousse), brown rice crackers, salad or meal instantly makes it decadent and nutritious.

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Oh and cheers to you all, it’s good to be back.