REBOOT: V4 Day 9/30

‘Don’t blame it on the sunshine,

Don’t blame it on the moonlight,

Don’t blame it on the good times…’

Blame it on the cookies! 

This song was stuck in my head and I had a moment of self-induced hysterics when my brain changed the word ‘boogie’ for ‘cookies’ – and I can’t hear, or sing it, any other way now!!! Paleo parapraxis? Detox dysphasia? (Ok, ok… Sorry, bad taste.) 

So I got to thinking – has something happened that’s suddenly awakened in me the person I always knew was there but somehow couldn’t quite get out? I feel renewed. I feel refreshed. And above all, I feel like me! Ever since I was a little girl, I used to write – I remember creating my own comic strips, writing out worksheets that my grandad had to photocopy numerous copies of for my ‘class’ (all imaginary students, but hey… I was a dreamer!), I wrote story after story, and of course, I kept a diary – many diaries in fact. I loved writing then, and I sure as hell love writing now. I just had a bit of a blip over the last few years and pushed it all aside. I don’t think I’ve ever really wanted to do anything but write, and working towards and achieving a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Literature whilst working full time and raising a child is testament to that passion. It never felt like a chore. Working on assignments until 2am and waking up at 5am again to get ready for work, it was tough going but I thrived on it. I felt alive – that’s why I know that what I’m doing now with this detox is just what I am meant to be doing. It’s giving me the same feeling of being right in line with my true self. If this is all getting about esoteric for you … Just wait until I start talking about crystals and past life regression ! 

It’s Day 9 and I’m naturally progressing to more exercise. I did a 40 minute cardio workout this morning and actually managed to get through it. I think in Week 1 your body is going through a major overhaul and the last thing you want to do is exercise, especially with the headaches and nausea those first few days. Once you get over that hump, there really does seem to be a natural increase in energy and motivation. Everything just looks brighter and more vibrant, and you start feeling like you’ve emerged from a haze. 

Speaking of vibrant looking things…

Breakfast  

Mmmmm… This was fab! Brinjal topped with scrambled eggs and smoked trout ribbons, with a squeeze of lemon juice, dill, and freshly ground black pepper. Boom! This has filled me up good and proper. That’s another thing I’ve noticed – I’m not starving every minute of the day. 

Another thing I’ve managed to do is tolerate coffee with coconut milk, with a touch of ghee – I know, ghee in coffee… My grandmother will think I’ve lost my mind entirely if she hears about this (all I knew about ghee growing up was that this is what we use to make roti!). Anyway, tried it yesterday and the first sip was AWFUL!!! I even gasped out loud, but I persevered … And by the fourth sip, I was actually enjoying it. So today, I added some vanilla and it was great. 

 
For lunch today I had leftovers from yesterday – so a piece of steak and the last of the spinach. I wasn’t very hungry and didn’t want too much else. I’ve been drinking loads of water though so this could be contributing to it. For dinner tonight I’m doing a beef ‘stroganoff’-ish dish. Will see if it changes by the time I start cooking and throwing things into the pot! 

Dinner

 Beef and mushroom in coconut milk (yum!), wilted spinach, sweet potato pie, and a cucumber and onion salad. 

Another day done. 

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