Detox done and dusted!

Whoops! So I didn’t check in with my last day!
Just to get you up to speed, on the menu was…

Day 7:

  • Breakfast – 2 egg omelette with tomato, parsley and mushroom. 1 slice lean bacon.

  • Mid Meal – Small handful of nuts

  • Lunch – Soup

  • Mid Meal – Orange

  • Dinner – 150g lean beef or chicken, grilled, with salad, low-fat dressing

Yep, all done except for the soup! Opted out of that and replaced with salad. Yeah, yeah…cheating? Perhaps but still healthy!

So, all done! I’m feeling better, feeling happier and have more get up and go! Before I would drag myself out of bed, wallow at the breakfast table sipping my sugar filled morning cuppa and yelling at the boys to get moving!

Now I’m out of bed without dragging my feet! I don’t even need to finish my cuppa in order to get myself moving! lol
I’ve been making everyone’s lunches and just that small step seems to have cut down on the chaos!
Confession moment…my children had to fend for themselves with school lunches!
Yes, yes, sad I know!
I discovered during this that my 14 year old wasn’t even taking sandwiches to school because he didn’t have time! His lunch box one morning consisted of 3 snack bars, 1 packet of chips, 1 packet of crackers and a store bought small cake!

No fruit, no veg and just a lunchbox full of processed crap!

No, no, no!

In steps Mum! Fresh salad wrap, piece of fruit and capsicum sticks to replace most of that rubbish!
No wonder he’d come home and eat half the house! There was no quality food or nutrition in anything he had!

That was a Mummy ‘fail’ moment! 😦

Eyes open!

I’ve been searching the net and I’ve discovered meal planners! Yep! That’s my new life saver! The kids now know exactly what’s for dinner and so do I! No more agonising over what to make only to end up with sausages and fries!

Thursday and Friday are going to be my baking days. Thursday morning is Market day so I can go and purchase all the fresh ingredients I need and then bake up school snacks for the week. Homemade biscuits, cakes, slices, muffins, quiches, breads…choosing healthier versions too with less sugar and more nuts and fruits.

Of course I still have to fit everything into our life style and our budget. With four growing boys, our food bill will only get bigger! Having my children enjoy a batch of homemade goodness with nutritional value would certainly be cheaper than buying boxes of ready-to-go school snacks!

Definitely worth my time and energy!

Can’t put a price on my health or my family’s health really!

Best of luck to anyone on their own food journey! There’s always hope, there’s always a chance to turn things around…if you really want to!

Time to reclaim my kitchen, my tastebuds and my life!

 

Read Day 1: Here
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Read Day 3: Here
Read Day 4: Here
Read Day 5: Here
Read Day 6: Here

 

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Detox Day 6

My week of detox is almost at an end! Only today and tomorrow to go!

So, what have I learnt? Quite a bit actually! I’ve made some healthier options available for, not only myself, but my family. I’m seeing so many benefits, not only emotionally but physically as well.

I’ve discovered my body can survive without all the added sugar and junk food and is definitely better for it!

I’m more in tune to when my body really needs food as opposed to boredom eating or eating things just so they don’t go to waste! I recognise when I’ve had enough…despite how good something tastes…and giving myself permission to stop eating!

The whole mentality that I’ve grown up with that you have to finish everything on your plate is gone and I won’t force my children to go beyond their limits either!
No more, “Just eat one more bite!” or “You’ve only got a little to go! Just eat it!”
No!

Recognising and acknowledging the body’s signals for food is important and I want my children to learn it as they grow, not have to figure out eating, health and weight issues when they’re adults!

So, on the menu today…

Day 6:

  • Breakfast – 1/2 cup mixed berries with 100g low fat yoghurt. 1 peach.

  • Mid Meal – Small handful of nuts

  • Lunch – Soup

  • Mid Meal – Peach

  • Dinner – Soup

I’m loving the breakfasts I’ve been having! They set me up well for the morning, are light and satisfying! Eggs, fruit, berries and yoghurts will form part of my new breakfasts once the 7 days are done!

Breakfast Day 6

The children are home today and chasing food…as usual! So I decide, instead of my small handful of nuts, I’d look for a healthy alternative that we can all have for our morning tea! I found a recipe for No Bake Snack Bars over on The Brunette Diaries and decided to give it a go.

The recipe called for:

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup peanut/hazelnut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 pinch salt

I added a crunchy hazelnut spread (a little more then recommended as it wasn’t coming together), mixed nuts instead of just cashews and no salt. Out of our family of six, only my 7yr old didn’t like it. My youngest Master 4 just loves them! It was a nice nutty sweet treat for morning tea and I enjoyed every bite!

No Bake Snack Bars

Now, I looked at this menu and groaned!
Soup!
I’m so over soup!
I don’t think I can do it!
Nope!
Not one bite!
So, instead of soup I’m having a wholegrain English breakfast muffin with leafy greens, tomato and a slice of cold lean beef.
No, not on the menu but it’s healthy. For arguments sake I’ll say I’m starting to live what I’ve learnt! 🙂

Dinner…soup

Nope!

Plate of fresh salad – leafy greens, tomato, sugar snap peas, carrot, capsicum and cucumber. Still good, still nutritious and still healthy!

Feeling good! Only 1 more day to go but I’m starting to think ‘I got this!’

I haven’t added sugar back into my tea cups, I’m loving my new lactose free skim milk and I love having all the fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy snack options in the house.

I’m searching for healthy cakes, biscuits and slices for the kids to try and I’ve also written up my meal plan for the next week including some yummy healthy meals for the family. I think a part of eating healthy is to prepare! It’s those things we grab last minute or when we ‘can’t be bothered’ that often aren’t the best choice for us.

Until tomorrow,

Read Day 1: Here
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Read Day 3: Here
Read Day 4: Here
Read Day 5: Here