Saturday, 20 September 2014

9 Day Liver Detox - Days 4 and 5

I'm not going to lie, the past two days have been really tough.

Thursday was day 4 and I had my now standard breakfast of muesli with seeds and blueberries followed by another portion of sweet potato soup for lunch. Thursday was the first day of the detox where I'd had some evening plans so I'd prepared a dinner of rice and super-greens pesto to take to work and eat before I went to a pub to play board games with some workmates. I felt very organised!

Except when the time came to eat the rice it just seemed really unappealing. In the pub I showed great restraint as everyone nibbled on loaded nachos and juicy burgers, washed down with a cold beer. It felt OK not to be eating and drinking that stuff, I realised that my default reaction would normally be to eat just because everyone else was, but actually I wasn't hungry at all.

Unfortunately the rice was also my lunch option for Friday (day 5) but after waking to the news that Scotland (where I'm from) had voted to stay in the UK I spent the whole day feeling teary and upset. Eating was the last thing on my mind. I couldn't even have a whisky to drown my sorrows because alcohol is one of the prohibited items on this plan. Maximum sad face!

Here's the cake my sister and I made to celebrate our future. I did not eat any of it or even lick the bowl.
By mid-afternoon on day 5 I felt like I'd completely lost my way with this detox, despite still sticking only to meals and foods from the plan, and not giving in to any cravings. There was also a moment where I realised how much of an emotional eater I am. Despite physically having no appetite, I felt like all I wanted to do was scoff a big piece of cake or have a coffee (ideally both). I'm really proud of myself that I managed to power through and not lose my way.

After work last night I went to the supermarket to stock up on ingredients for the last 4 days and bought some lovely fresh fish for dinner which I ate with a selection of roasted veg and steamed greens. I think it's exactly what my body needed because I've woken up today feeling more energetic physically, if not emotionally, though I'm sure that will come in time.

It's our first weekend in our new town so we're off exploring. I've also got my deposit back from my old flat so might treat myself to something to cheer myself up.

Mood: Miserable, but it's nothing to do with the food.
Motivation: 8/10 - I've bought all the necessary ingredients and feel well prepared for the final four days.
Stomach: 7/10 – In anxious knots, but again it's nothing to do with the food.
Energy: 8/10 – Well it is Saturday and I've had a nice lie in.