For a few years I’ve struggled with a metabolic disorder, I first had a notion something wasn’t quite right when I started gaining weight despite no changes in my activity levels or food intake. I’ve tried treatments but I decided about nine months ago that I was going to focus on the low GI method of eating – also known as the diabetic type of eating. I stopped thinking it wasn’t fair my friends can eat/drink pretty much what they want and not gain weight, my reality is I need to stick to very healthy eating in order to be the best me. In fact, despite my disorder I’ve lost weight, I’ve never had high blood pressure, my cholesterol is always great (all 3 are more difficult). It hasn’t been an easy journey, but one thing I am thankful for is it has taught me to listen to my body! So, over Christmas I had four days “off”. When I say off, I didn’t really eat anything outlandish, I had probably 1 fizzy drink each day, a couple of baked goods and a handful of nuts or crisps – pretty much that’s it. However, I’ve now welcomed an additional 5 lbs, new spots on my face and less energy. What a great reminder that my body can’t process sugar the same way others do! So yesterday I decided enough was enough and I was going to get back on track!
I started the day with:
A cup of Pukka tea – cardomin, ginger and cinnamon – yummy, and a bowl of blueberries and grapes!
I then went into Exeter and went to PLANT, one of my favourite vegetarian/vegan places to eat for lunch!
I had their salad plate which was chickpeas with carrots, olive whole wheat pasta, lettuce with spinach, grated cabbage with roasted pine nuts. To drink I had a mango, orange and raspberry smoothie! Plant is a more expensive salad option (£6.50) but they have a great ethos – local and organic, so for me, and I am sure most of us, it is worth it! The only problem with PLANT is that it isn’t open evenings!! Oh how nice it would be to go there after a drink out with friends or an evening at the cinema….I digress!
In the afternoon I went on a short walk (2 miles) along the Exe Estuary
It was a beautiful walk ending at dusk!
I planned to show you some photographs from dinner – I had a parsnip, lentil and feta cheese bake with brussel sprouts and cauliflower but the pics are too blurry!
The reason I decided to do this p0st is beacause I see so many adds for expensive detox products and very expensive gyms. In actual fact, there are so many things we can do each and every day – increasing our water intake, eating fruits & veggies, going for walks, swimming at our local pools. Yesterday was day 1 and you know I already feel better, more refreshed and ready to continue with my healthy way of life!