A one-day detox will reset your taste buds
So the big 4-0 has come and gone and I survived with my dignity and liver intact.
No cartwheels along Front Street at 2am and no huge hangover. I was a little fuzzy for Beat the Couch training the morning after the night before, but it was a beautiful day down there.
I didn’t push it and run alongside everyone, I just stood with my toes in the ocean and cheered them along. It was a crisp, good-to-be-alive kind of day and just what I needed.
Plus, we’ve reached the 20-minute milestone in Season 10 so I was feeling really proud of all the progress so far. Five weeks ago we were struggling to run for 60 seconds and now look.
Anyway, after a long weekend of too much wine and lots of sugar (I had the most amazing vegan, gluten-free birthday cake from Sweet & Kind Bakery), it’s back on the straight and narrow.
Sometimes that can feel like a big adjustment, but when it does, I just plan one really good clean-eating day and usually find it’s enough to help me reset.
If you’ve been off the wagon for longer, you might need to do this for a week or so, but once you do, your taste buds will reset and you’ll start finding healthy food tasty again. I can literally feel my body craving lots of veggies and clean protein after a weekend of celebrating, so it feels good to get going and that’s usually enough to motivate me to continue.
If you’d like to try a one-day reboot, I’ve given you a plan below. The green smoothie recipe is below and I’ll post the energy bites on Facebook. You can either use the takeout options or, if you have more time, make your own. Either way it’s healthy and totally delicious so enjoy!
Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs and a Nutrifit green smoothie. (See recipe below.)
Snack: Cucumber and hummus with chilli flakes.
Lunch: Small harvest bowl from Devil’s Isle with added chicken and avocado (any grains and dressing), or make your own salad with dark green leaves, chicken, avocado, mango and walnuts with lemon, extra virgin olive oil and salt/pepper.
Snack: Golden latte from Devil’s Isle (it’s caffeine-free) and two energy bites, or Rooibos tea and three energy bites.
Dinner: Local or wild fish with quinoa and a double serving (half a plate total) of dark leafy greens or other cruciferous vegetables.
Nutrifit green smoothie
10-12 fluid oz almond, flax or hemp milk
½ frozen banana
1 cup frozen or fresh peaches or pear
1 very small handful fresh parsley (1tbs chopped)
1 large handful fresh spinach
1 tbs almond butter, cashew butter or hemp seed
Whizz together in your blender. Make sure the milk is cold and the banana frozen; otherwise add some ice cubes.
• The advice given in this article is not intended to replace medical advice, but to complement it. Always consult your GP if you have any health concerns. Catherine Burns is a fully qualified nutritional therapist trained by the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in the UK. Please note that she is not a registered dietitian. For details: www.natural.bm, 236-7511 or, Facebook, Natural Nutrition Bermuda
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