Lemon Detox Wholefoods

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Again, I just wanted to share this experience here so that others who may be looking to do this can make an informed decision. I know that when I want to embark on something new, the internet is where I search for my answers.

So on Monday, I did one day of weaning.

From Tuesday I went on to the Wholefoods sachets from the people who make the Lemon detox. It’s a little like a shake that you can have with 250mls of water or juice. Well I thought, “it’s banana flavour, I am sure it’ll be nice!” Boy was I wrong!!! It tasted disgusting. It was recommended to add honey for taste, I did that but it did nothing to kill the terrible, I don’t know how to describe it, taste. But I am still so determined, I told myself that it’s just one of those things that’s gonna take me a while to get use to the taste.

For the next couple of days, I had it in freshly made juices and fruit smoothies, only 2 times a day..I couldn’t stand it anymore than that. It is just really not nice at all. Been allowing myself to have my freshly made pumpkin soup that I made on Monday, for dinners. 

Today, was the last straw…I bought a Boost Juice 2&5 juice and brought it home to put back in the blender with the wholefoods powder….that was the most disgusting of all…I am now completely put off. So tomorrow, I am back to the Lemon detox wean and for the weekend, until I can start the next fast, being Don Tolman’s Pulse fast. I get to eat at least! lol Hopefully it tastes a whole lot better.

I know these powder things aren’t any good….and most likely the worse thing for me. I didn’t want to have that Wholefoods shake so much today at lunch so bad that I took out one of the shakes that I had in the cupboard and had that instead. Most likely was a bad idea as my tummy did hurt after it. At one stage today, I was soooo tempted to eat. I was feeding my daughter her lunch – which was pasta that I had made the night before – it smelled so good, I almost gave in to it!!!! But then I reminded myself how far I have come. I am almost halfway through this thing – today is Day 12. I just need to keep persevering.

I have gone back to working out this week…did Zumba on Wednesday & Jillian on Thursday. Nothing today because i had some emotional things come up that I had to deal with. I am finding that my weight has stayed the same pretty much all week this week. I have booked in for a colony cleanse on Sunday. My first one which I am looking forward to as this is something I have been ummming and arrrgghing about for almost 2 years now…and finally taking the plunge. I will share my experience here after Sunday 🙂

My Lemon detox experience 2012

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I just wanted to share my 7 day Lemon Detox experience here, mainly because I feel like I need to write it down and also to let others make an informed decision, if they are looking at doing this themselves.

ImageMonday 16th of April – DAY 1 Starting @ 72kgs

As I mentioned in my previous posts, the weekend before I started this was an alcohol and food splurge – that I didn’t really plan but ended up that way. But I had already planned to do this from previously and knew that now was the time. I was in the right mindset to kickstart this program I have created for myself. So that day, I did nothing. My boys were still off school for one more day after the holidays, so we just sat around watching shows together. My energy levels were still fine. I prepared 2 litres of the drink and stored in the fridge. The one thing that I did decide to do differently this time around though(as this is the 3rd time  that I undertake this detox), is to have fresh fruit smoothies or freshly made juices in the mornings for breakfast. For that whole day, I didn’t feel hungry, until around the time that I had to make dinner for everyone. But I was strong. I pushed on. I have to say that when I am not eating the food that I prepare, it seems to taste and smell better. And because I know that I am not going to be able to appreciate the taste, as I am making it, I feel so much love energy going into preparing it for my family. It’s nice 🙂

This day I felt no symptoms of detoxing at all …except that I was tired and went to bed early.

ImageTuesday 17th of April – DAY 2

Today the tiredness and mood swings started to settle in. I didn’t feel like I wanted to do any form of exercise. I meditated and wrote in my journal for the morning. Started the morning with fresh fruit smoothie and a herbal tea to help with bowel movement. Drinking water and the Lemon drink for the remaining of the day. Today I felt extremely tired and hungry. Which I later figured out that it was because my time of the month was looming very closely. Picked a great time to do this I thought. Knowing how hungry and grumpy I get during this time. But, you know what? This was the right time to do it. I was determined to do it! My mind was already prepared for the process, no matter what I had to face. Now I just need to apply this determination in other areas of my life! Everytime I do this detox, it shows me how much strength, determination, discipline I have! I was able to stay up and watch a few shows on this night,not really needing to go to bed as early as the night before. I was able to get through doing some shopping for fruits & vegies as well as set us up with some pantry replacements from the supermarket.


Wednesday 18th of April – DAY 3 – Weigh in = 70kgsImage

This morning, I decided to weigh myself as I could feel that I am much lighter after 2 days of detoxing. And if anything, this also was motivation for me to keep going! Was very happy to see the result so far. So onwards I went with my day. Although I was tired, at the same time I had a lot of energy…if that makes any kind of sense at all! I decided that some exercise would be good today, nothing harsh, so decided to leave the house early with my little girl and take a leisurely stroll to pick up my boys from school. On the way, we stopped at the park so that Anjalia could have a play on the swing and the slide. It was her first experience, which she enjoyed immensely. Felt great after that but was extremely tired, but needed to keep soldiering on as I had to cook dinner for the troops! 

ImageThursday 19th of April – DAY 4 

Energy was still a little low today and did need to have a nap throughout the day. But I did have bouts of higher energies and was feeling good within myself. Again, took my daughter to the park, but drove this time as it was showering. Although there were signs of my time of the month arriving, it actually stopped altogether. But I gathered that it was because of changes that were happening inside my body with this detox that would have delayed it for sure.

ImageFriday 20th of April – DAY 5  – Weigh in = 69kgs (Woohoo, I am in the 60’s again)

Energy was higher today. Started the day with wanting to use my juicer/food processor for the first time. I had bought a lot of vegies & fruits from the market on Tuesday. I bought a massive celery, which I used some in a lentil soup I made throughout the week and then planned to juice the rest of it. So I juiced, celery, pineapple, oranges and apples with mint. Something that I discovered is that this mix was a bowel mover! And such a cleansing juice. I felt so amazingly cleansed after it. I made a lot and it took me the whole morning to finish! But I enjoyed it immensely. It was really just an experiment to see if I could do it…being the first time, think I overdid the quantity but nevertheless, I did it 🙂 On this day, I began focusing on blogging here again. I was quite hungry throughout the day. Hungrier than I have been on this day in my past fasts. That night, I was sitting there watching TV and quickly had to rush to the toilet to tend to my time of the month. It was actually quite amazing. I could feel everything that was happening and knew exactly the right time to catch it in time. The most amazing discovery that I made is that leading up to that point, I had no pain, no headaches because of this coming …nothing(other than usual monthly mood swings – but I think it was a little less than usual – but if you ask my family they may not agree lol). Isn’t it interesting how that has showed me that by stuffing my face every time this time is here, that I am the one that creates the symptoms. I  am the one that interrupts the process which lets me know by giving me the PMS symptoms! I really find that fascinating. Perhaps fasting during the time of the month should be a regular thing!!! Would need to tap into this willpower that I have now for every month. Could I do that? that is the question!

ImageSaturday 21st of April – DAY 6

Energy was quite good today. Pretty normal. Got a few things done around the house without too much effort.Saturdays are boys’ sports day. My eldest has basketball locally whilst my youngest son has hockey, which can be a home or away game – thankfully today it was a home game. I was quite hungry today, so had to do other things to keep my mind occupied and not think about food. Fell asleep watching a movie with my boys on this night as I was very tired and so hungry..I just really wanted to forget about food! I know that this was to do with my hormones! I did have a headache throughout the night, but that was because I ended up waking up after my nap on the couch and staying up until 3am! Water was what got me by!

Sunday 22nd of April – DAY 7 – 68.5kgsImage

Last official day for Lemon Detox!

Woohoo!

Today we had a lunch planned with some friends in the city. I had already told my friend that I was on the detox and won’t be eating but able to have a freshly  made juice. She so nicely ensured that the place that we went to had that as an option. So this morning, I had the lemon drink for breakfast and had the juice @ lunch and another one for an afternoon snack as I didn’t bring the lemon drink with me to the city. By the time we got home, I was buggered! I ended up going to bed by 10pm and then woke up @ 5am! lol But I got through the 7 days! Oh and I forgot to say that I was able to fit in my skinny jeans that I had been wanting to fit in since last year. I knew that I would fit into it once I hit the 60’s as that is around the weight I was when I bought the jeans. It felt amazing to wear with no muffin top!!! Loved it and felt great!

Today, as I type this, I am weaning myself from the lemon detox. The process today is:

Start the day with a glass of the Lemon Detox drink and one orange. 
Mid morning: Fresh orange juice. 
Lunch: Fruit or vegetable juice. 
Tea: Fruit juice or a glass of the Lemon Detox drink. 
Supper: Fresh pureed vegetable soup (which I plan to make a pumpkin/sweet potato soup)

I woke up feeling bloated this morning so I  needed some assistance with some special herbal tea which I hope works for me soon 🙂

ImageThen tomorrow I am on to the next 5 day phase of this 30 day program – which is the wholefood nutrition in a drink, to be taken 3 times a day along with water 🙂 

WISH ME LUCK!!! I am still ultra determined and looking forward to the result that this will bring me, not only in weight and body change but the incredible energy that I am building inside and feeling like by being in control of my health, I can take on the world in everything else that I want to achieve. I love this feeling! 🙂

I am hungry for change!

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2012 so far for me has been one of many changes.

Some too fast and some not fast enough.

With some past habits and challenges still lingering around, that is obviously not going away anytime soon.

After my surgery, my main objective was to get myself back into an exercise routine, like I was before. I mostly achieved that and been happy with 4-5 times a week of mixing up cardio and weights, as well as daily yoga & meditation.

Although I was doing all this, I was still not eating right. I found myself slipping back into old eating habits and felt like something needed to change. Plus, I have my husband who had a health check up and discovered his susceptibility to cholesterol and high blood pressure. So this really was calling us to making some massive changes in our diet. One night I was unable to sleep and  passing the time reading blogs on WW community, came across this blog entry and link:

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I highly recommend it to anyone. I paid for it and I am glad that I did because although it may seem like a high price to pay for some information that you should know already, the thing is that we know it but unless we exchange some energy for the information, it ends up just staying by the wayside and ignored. So I decided to invest in this – I see it as investing in our health – just as I had been paying a monthly due to WW to guide me for 4 months of my journey.

This was the beginning of change for me, because I was hungry for change. I have been looking for something to grab me by the collar and get me on track – the right way! And this film did that for me. Partly!

A few days after seeing that film, I had already pre-booked for a free seminar to see Don Tolman – if you don’t know him, then here’s a link for you to start your research:

http://www.dontolmaninternational.com/

I had heard of him many years ago but was never able to make it to his seminars and you know what, that truly was a blessing, because back then, I was most likely not in the right frame of mind to take any action. It would’ve been another seminar notch on my belt and I would have been grateful for the information and moved on. But this time, I was searching, I was hungry for a change! And together with the Hungry for Change film and seeing Don, that change is happening in my life. I am feeling like I am finally equipped with the information that I need to take charge of my health and my family’s health. Making conscious choices. There is no hiding anymore. Once you know something, how can you ignore it? I feel that I wouldn’t be a good Mother if I did. So slowly, I am implementing the  changes I have learnt through Hungry and Don in our daily lives. I purchased the FDR books by Don and I tell you, I don’t know how I did without them! Seriously, it’s an investment in my health, our health. Something that I can control and my choice.

I am feeling very passionate about this at the moment and that is what has urged me to start blogging again after so long. I had thought about coming back here for a while, but really I had nothing to say. Nothing was happening to share. Nothing was changing. I was still searching. Searching for something to feed the change I was hungry for. And finally, I listened and here I am , embarking on this new found healthy journey. Really, it’s not new at all. It’s all common sense! In the end, it’s all about how it is presented and who you resonate with, to accept and understand the changes and the information.

One of the things that Don promotes is fasting, in the form of water, juice, wholesome foods, etc.I want to quote some information from one of his newsletters to share here with you:

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Turning internal toxicity into a river of life…

It’s virtually pointless to embark on any health and wellness program until you have flushed all the accumulated, impacted debris and poisonous residues from your digestive tract.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine did a study that found over 249 chemicals in the blood and urine of 9 random human volunteers. These people did not work with chemicals on the job or live near an industrial facility.  Of all the chemicals found:

  •   76 were known to cause cancer in humans or animals
  •   94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system
  •   79 caused birth defects

The Center for Disease Control studies human toxin levels and has found measurable amounts of more than 100 toxic chemicals (man made “exo-toxins”) in blood and urine of the general public.

Toxins from the environment include:

  •     Food additives and preservatives
  •      Household cleaning products
  •     Personal care products
  •     Pesticides
  •     Home furnishings
  •      Clothing
  •     Hobbies: arts/crafts, model building, automotive
  •     Drinking water with chlorine/ fluoride (aluminum)

It’ s easy to see why interest in colon health continues to grow and why more and more healthcare professionals are looking into the benefits of colon cleansing for their patients… and themselves. 

A variety of health-related problems may be looming if you are unable to have at least one or two bowel movement per day.  Disease-causing viruses just love to thrive in these conditions and they can’t wait to use your colon as a way to invade your body.

You need to adopt a health regimen that starts with a routine cleansing of your colon every 3-4 months. This will give you optimal capacity to receive nutrients from the foods that different seasons have to offer. 

Toxins build up even when your digestive system is not working properly.  Imagine how many toxins will be produced when our bowels are constipated? If you move your bowels only once per day, approximately two extra meals worth of food will be sitting in your digestive system at any given time!

 That is part of the amazing information that you get from Don. I know that it’s not new information. I am not claiming that he’s the God of Health or anything. At the moment, he’s one that I have resonated with, in order to get me on the right track!

ImageSo many people, including myself, have a misconception of fasting. But there is something that I remember the most from Don’s seminar. Be mindful of who is giving you the information and what they could possibly stand to gain from what they are telling you. Marketing is everywhere. And yes, of course Don has his products that he’s promoting or marketing as well. But when you consider the information he’s sharing…what better way to make sure that the whole world gets to hear about it…you need to partly play the game in order to change the game!

So beginning  Monday(as I mentioned in my earlier post), I have begun my detox/fast for the next 30 days. This week, I am on the Lemon Detox for 7 days. I have fresh fruit smoothie or juice for breakfast and nothing else but water and the Lemon drink for the rest of the day. As I expected, it was painful to begin with because of the over indulging on the weekend. I am now at day 5, and finally feeling the toxins leaving my body!Image Especially after my carefully prepared fresh Celery, Apple, Orange & Pineapple juice this morning!!

Boy, that was some toxin release! HA HA HA. Feeling emotionally better and physically reaping the benefits of the main purpose I began this. Of course, there is the added bonus of the weight loss – which is so far (2.1kgs) in 5 days! I started @ 72kgs. But the best feeling, is what I am feeling inside. How cleansed I am. I do hope that this is motivation and inspiration enough to remind me to only bless my body with a healthy combination, instead of the over indulgence that I have fed it before. Exercise hasn’t been a big part this week as I have been listening to my body. Had a walk one of the days, but mostly, my main craving has been to meditate – which has been keeping me on track within my mind, body and spirit.

I think I have made this post long enough for now and time is slipping by – which tends to happen when you are enjoying what you’re blogging about…but it’s time for me to go and pay attention to my daughter who has just woken up. So stay tuned for more blogs about my detox and any changes that I am implementing in my lifestyle, diet, health that I will surely share here with you! 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Namaste.x

By Pas Dee Posted in Health

Caring for your Body!

Yet another blog entry I have been wanting to write for a while now…and I guess I held back from it a little since I was going through my monthly downer in the last week.

This is part of a monthly checklist that I had shared on a group I had on yahoo for a long time but I have tweaked it a little to include more recent information.

PHYSICAL  CHECK LIST!

Are you nurturing your body on a regular basis? Because the physical is absorbing the energies of change of the world around you, it’s not about you. It’s not yours. But the body takes it in. It stores it until you, as the Master of your own temple, say “I don’t need that anymore.”

  • Release it through breathing. Releasing it through yoga, tai-chi or any other light, non-abusive exercise. Make this part of your weekly exercise regime at least once to twice a week.  Good, healthy, energy movement and flow that gets you breathing. Drinking liquids, especially important right now for your body. It helps to flush out so many of those energies. In a way you’re like a magnet. You pull, bring in these energies and then they go resident in your body. But they don’t need to be.

So the breathing and nurturing of your body. What is nurturing? Getting a massage. That’s good. It’s not just about the massage, it’s about doing something for yourself.

  • Eat what you truly like! Stop worrying about overindulging or any other of those strange things that you’ve had before. Your body knows how to clear itself if you let it. So nurture your body. Feed it something that you like and that it likes.
  • Being in the water with your body, in a bath or ocean or a lake – a body of water – particularly if you can add the salt or if the salt is already there. Natural salt helps to detoxify. These are not your toxins, so don’t own them. Don’t keep them. Don’t feed them. You’re just picking them up from the world around you and it’s going to intensify because of all of the changes on Earth. So, make sure in your checklist, are you nurturing your physical body? Love your body. Nurture it. Accept it for exactly what it is.
  • Drink PLENTY of water(at least 8 glasses a day)
  • Eat lots of proteins and many small meals throughout the day(this would cease the need to binge)
  • Have plenty of rest  – be sure to give yourself a regular bed time(I admit that I don’t practice this as often as I should!)
  • Put yourself first and know that they universe will follow your lead.
  • Remember your precious feet..they often get neglected. Soak them in foot spa at least once a week to help de-stress them and as form of gratitude to them for sustaining the vigorous workouts and running around that your week may have entailed(especially when you are a mother!)
  • Be out in the sun or lie on the ground. Heaven & earth are great conduits for balancing, healing & rejuvenating
  • After each shower, especially after a workout – give your body love by moisturising every inch of your body, thanking your body for being such a wonderful home for your soul and your mind. Affirming your appreciation for its magnificence as you nurture your body with your moisturiser.

The following Louise Hay affirmations are great to use for the above – you can do them all or pick one which you resonate with the most that day:

“I am in tune with my body.”

“My body is always working towards optimum health!”

“I accept my uniqueness. I rejoice in my uniqueness. I am special & wonderful. I love and approve of myself!”

“I maintain my healthy perfect weight. My mind & body are balanced and are in tune. I activate and maitain my perfect weight easily & effortlessly.”

“I take loving care of you(talking to your body)by eating & drinking healthy food & beverages. Thank you for responding to the love and nurture I offer you everyday.”

  • Meditate as often as possible! (Something that I need to re-introduce into my routine )

There is a misconception that meditation is only when you are sitting down with your legs crossed, up on a mountain or a secluded area, transcending yourself in another place.

Many people prefer to meditate while moving around. When meditating like this it is important to ensure that the physical activities are an expression of inner attentiveness, not a distraction from whatever we are experiencing. The activity is done slowly and attentively.

Examples include walking, swimming, and doing something repetitive that is not distracting (washing dishes, digging in the garden, sweeping…).The activity is not the purpose – it is a means of focussing and holding attention on inner processes. 

Meditating every day at around the same time can help you develop a regular habit and make it easier and quicker to slip into deeply meditative states.

There are different types of meditation:

  • Concentrating on the breath – consciously noticing the movement of air in and out of your nostrils, or counting the breath in various ways.
  • Mindfulness – cultivating awareness of inner experiences (bodily sensations, feelings, thoughts, memories…) and simply observing them.
  • Emptying the mind – allowing the mind to clear and ‘float’, gently pushing aside any stray thoughts, or allowing thoughts to float in and out of awareness.
  • Looking at an object – focusing your attention, but not necessarily your thoughts, on the shape, sound and texture of an object such as a tree, a candle flame, or spiritually significant painting or ‘diagram’.
  • Movement – using a physical technique like yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi to still the mind by coordinating the breath and the body with gentle movement.
  • Using a mantra – repeating a word or phrase over and over, either aloud or silently, perhaps timed with the breath, to focus the attention and release different energies that benefit our bodies and minds.

(Resource:http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au)

No matter what type of physical exercise you do, you can use creative visualization and affirmations to help you get maximum benefit and enjoyment from it.

For example if you like to run, picture yourself running very swiftly, smoothly, and tirelessly. If you dance or do yoga, put your awareness in your body, in your muscles, picture them relaxing and strengthening, see yourself becoming more and more limber and flexible.

Use creative visualization to improve your abilities in your favorite sport, imagine yourself becoming more and more accomplished until you are truly excelling.

Affirm: I love exercising my body. I am strong, limber, and physically fit.

By Pas Dee Posted in Health

6 May 2011 – Supplements

 

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I went to my Naturopath on Friday, and told her what’s been happening and this is now my supplements intake daily – with some additional benefits information that I thought would be good to share here:

Tackling health issues:

  • Vitamin C(recommended to always have this as part of my diet(other than foods that contain it) – 2 in the morning)

Not only is Vitamin C great for the common cold & immunity, but did you know that it is also a powerful & effective antioxidant, been shown to lower blood pressure, lessens hypertension, provides proper dilation of blood vessels, lowers your blood lead levels, and helps fight cataract by increasing the amount of blood flow to the eye? Well I certainly didn’t – I have only ever used it for the first 2 benefits.

  • Hawthorn tea or Red Clover tea(at least 3 times a day)

Hawthorn tea is a heart tonic.The herb is used to improve cardiovascular function by increasing blood supply to the heart, reduces resistance in arteries & improves extremity circulation. I have been advised to drink this heavily infused(strong) – I drink this after lunch & dinner.

Red Clover tea may help with premenstrual symptoms, reduce bad cholesterol levels, may help in the flow of blood to the arteries & veins and help with inflammation & infection. I drink this as my morning tea instead of regular tea with breakfast.

Tackling migraines and hormone related symptoms:

  • Omega 3(1 tablet x 3 times a day)

This little tablet has a lot of health benefits ranging from cardiovascular to pregnancy to diabetes to improving ones mental health from such things as depression, bipolar, alzheimer’s, etc…

  • Magnesium fibroplex(1tsp Morning & Lunch in water or juice)

Helps with migraines, muscular pain, cramps & weakness, fatigue, stress & blood sugar maintenance.

  • Mixed herbs(including Hawthorn – 7.5ml 2x daily with water)

I tell you what it tastes disgusting but you do get used to the taste after a while ..just have to drink it very fast! lol This is to help regulate my hormones and moods after having another baby. Helping to bring my mind & body back into balance.

So there you have it, my cocktails of supplements everyday. I have devised a plan near all of these but I am pretty much use to it already and slowly feeling the benefits. She did tell me that it would take approximately 2 weeks for me to see clear results.

 
Some Louise Hay affirmations to finish off this post:

I care enough for my body to nourish myself with all the best that life has to offer
I learn about nutrition because I am a precious being, and I want to take the best care of myself.
My body is special – different from all other bodies; therefore, I learn the things my body assimilates the best.
I learn everything I can about food & beverages.
I pay attention to what I eat & drink and notice if something does not seem to agree with me.
If I have something to eat and an hour later I fall asleep, I realize that the particular food is not good for my body at this time. 
I search out the foods that renew my cell and give me good energy. 
I bless all my food with love & gratitude.
I am nurtured & nourished. 
I feel healthy, happy & energized.

“I nourish myself each and everyday day and take loving care of my body now.”

By Pas Dee Posted in Health

10/3/2011 – My Thinspirational 7 day Detox Plan

Ok, this is what I’ve decided to do as part of Lent
(I am not religious but my boys go to a Catholic school, so we are all choosing something to give up for 40days)

For 40 days, I am deactivating my Facebook account – and to be honest, I am not on it that often anyway, since I have this great community 🙂

My mini one is for 7 days to detox from the following(not only better for my health but also hopefully help give me a weight loss boost – after a loss of 200g today – which is great, don’t get me wrong, but I wish for more than that to meet my goals!) + my body feels like it needs some kind of clean out:

  • Coffee & tea(drink only herbals)
  • Alcohol(been rarely drinking it anyway and it’s good week, as there are no social events on the calendar)
  • White bread & bread products(which I am already doing anyway)
  • White rice(substituting with Brown Rice, must add brown rice to shopping list)
  • Refined sugar(won’t be too much of a task as this is already in practice)
  • Salt(don’t like it much, so easy)
  • Fizzy drinks(very rarely have it anyway, so doable!)
  • Bottle cordials & juice drinks (hmm..the juice could be a challenge but I never drink cordials – can definitely do it)
  • Sweets(not much into lollies anyway)
  • Chocolate(only time it’s a challenge is around that time of the month, and luckily it’s not that time in the next 7 days!)
  • Margarine(so rarely have it anyway!)
  • Sweet biscuits and cakes(my weakness,but I will be strong!)
  • Crisps & salted nuts(all good!)
  • Canned fruit & vegies(could be a challenge as I use canned vegies in cooking, will need to be mindful of that)
  • Processed meats such as burgers & sausages(can do!)
  • Sugary cereals(already cut out)
  • Sweet fruit low fat yoghurt(already in practice)
  • Ice Cream & Lollies(easy!)
  • White pasta(hmm, making note for shopping list)
  • Pre-packaged convenience meals(don’t like them anyway)
  • Sauces & gravy mixes(ok…I can do that – not much into many sauces except for Peri Peri!)
  • Take-Away foods such as pizza & Chinese (they both give me indigestion like you wouldn’t believe anyway!)

So there are a few challenges there, but there are a lot of them already in practice so I am seeing this as a great detox week! Will update my progress 🙂

By Pas Dee Posted in Health

8/3/2011 – The Famine Reaction & Low GI Breads

I am currently reading: “The Low GI Diet which is written by Prof Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell & Dr Joanna McMillan Price(one of the books I purchased on Sunday) and I am discovering some amazing information in it that I feel that you will all find interesting and informative too! I have summarised this below:


THE FAMINE REACTION 
(The Never go hungry Diet written by obesity researcher at the Garvan Institute in Sydney, Amanda Sainsbury-Salis)
The invisible enemy of any dieting effort is a natural physiological phenomenon that makes it progressively more difficult for dieters to keep losing weight and more importantly, to keep it off.
The classic signs of  famine reaction after each dieting effort; you end up doing battle with ravenous hunger, craving for fattening foods, guilt-ridden binge-eating, lethargy, weight plateau and rabid rebound weight gain.
A naturally occurring hormone called Neuropeptide Y’s(one of whole army of hormones) secretion causes irrepressible increases in hunger, the hallmark feature of the famine reaction, as well as acting to prevent further weight loss and promote fat accumulation, regardless of whether or not the person continues to follow a program of diet and physical activity. They conspire to ensure you hit the wall of resistance to further weight loss.
So, the question that I am sure is on all your minds right now is, can this be switched off? The answer is YES, it can. How? Simply by eating freely, eating to appetite and eating as much as needed to satisfy your physical hunger.
Personally I see that the WW lifestyle allows for us to eat all the foods that we enjoy and still lose weight(within reason and moderation of course)…adopting the Low GI way and foods together not only helps to lose weight but set up your metabolic system for life 🙂 Being from a family with a history of Diabetes, this is definitely the way to go for me!


BREAD


If bread forms a large part of your diet, it’s important to change to a Low GI bread. Choose:

  •  grainy bread, granary bread – the grainy bits being chewy and nutritionally superior with high levels of fibre, vitamins, minerals & phytoestrogens
  • stoneground wholemeal bread – where the flour has been milled from the entire wheat berry and the process uses a method of slowly grinding the grain with a burr stone instead of high-speed metal rollers to distribute the germ oil more evenly..therefore making them rich in several B vitamins, iron, zinc & dietary fibre
  • sourdough bread – made from slow fermentation of flour by yeasts, producing a build up of organic acids. Is a great alternative for those insisting on eating white bread 🙂
  • or bread made from chickpea or other legume based flours.

Hope this is as informative to you all as it has been for me 🙂

By Pas Dee Posted in Health