I really appreciated Danielle’s comments on Day One of this challenge, about how she is totally over women obsessing over body parts, and wanting to be thin. I totally agree, and I’d like to reiterate to readers that following this regime is not about being skinny or having the stomach I had in the photo on Day One’s post. That stomach was due to training at an athletic level – at around 3-4 hours a day – and, of course, this is simply unrealistic for most people (especially me!).
The reason I’m doing this regime is because I want to feel good again – and I hope this inspires others to want to feel good again. I want to feel strong, healthy and happy – and yes, of course I want to be fitter, more toned and burn some unwanted fat, but that comes as part and parcel if we live a consistently healthy lifestyle (and nudges our BMI in the right direction).
So, on Day Three of my Challenge, here are some things that happened:
I didn’t wake up feeling as good as Day Two and this surprised me. Am wondering if it was the concentration of fruit I had the night before (see Day Two). Woke with that seedy sort of ‘drank lots of alcohol last night’ feeling, when of course, I hadn’t touched a drop. Happily, this feeling was markedly less than before starting this regime.
I talked to a girlfriend who’s a nutrition expert and she told me she’d read some findings on the overproduction of yeast in the body (typical of sugar-addicts, like me) and how an overproduction of yeast in the gut, fed by sugar, leads to a fermentation that is akin to producing alcohol in the body overnight – a time when your body is meant to be cleansing and detoxifying itself.
No wonder I’d been waking up the past year feeling I’d been hit by a truck and had drank 19 magaritas the night before. I have always finished my evenings with something sweet – usually chocolate, and usually too much of it. No wonder I woke with a belly full of yeasty margarita fermentation and that sour taste in my mouth.
I did, however, have good energy today, and even had a game of basketball with the family after dinner.
I bought some ground golden flax seed to whip into smoothies for a power shot of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6) which are helpful in burning fat, amongst many other incredibly important body-health essentials.
My husband commented I don’t look as hagged. Umm… hurrah!
I already feel more flexible in my legs and upper back, thanks to the extra energy I’ve had to move more.
I made home-made hummus and Vietnamese rice paper rolls, packed with protein and vegetables, which we nibbled before 6pm. I’m delighting in finding ways to create fabulous food. For dessert I made a rice pudding with brown rice, oat milk, fresh figs, fresh peaches and star anise, baked. No fat, no added sugar, no dairy. And the taste? Amazing! AND busting with nutrition.
I didn’t drink nearly as much water as I should have – must step that up to help cleanse all the muck out of my system.
I still feel happier overall, but had moments of grumpiness and a little fatigue at the dieting witching hour – 3 to 4pm. Felt better after I ate dinner.
I’ve lost one kilo.
I had an excellent night’s sleep.
See you tomorrow!