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DAY 22

Meg Holland

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Today, I have been trying to think of my reward for finishing the program – what I would like that doesn’t involve breaking every new, better habit that I have learnt over the last three weeks.

A reward that doesn’t involve something creamy, sweet or fresh from a bakery is quite a new concept for me.  And although a new handbag, pair of expensive shoes or hot pink Nars lipstick are all very enticing – the financially challenged side of me (and should I say the more financially responsible side of me) thinks that might be a tad reckless.

I nearly decided against the whole reward concept and making a big deal of ending the detox, but then I think we often do that.  We decide not to make big deals of our accomplishments or when we reach a goal and yet we often make a big deal when we don’t achieve a goal.  That inner voice telling us how we failed again and the only thing that will make the pain go away is that piece of apple pie or the family size Toblerone…

So as my body detox may officially end in a week, I am going to challenge myself to detox my mind.  Over the past three weeks, I have done my best to ensure that everything going in and onto my body is nourishing and free from anything artificial.  And my next goal is to make certain that the same rules apply for what I am putting into my mind!

As for my reward, I am still undecided, but I have it down to three: A full body massage and facial; a ticket to the Womadelaide Music Festival; or taking my nephews to dinner at the organic Pizza place near my home for a large vegetarian, gluten free pizza!

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DAY 21

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Week 3 done!  A congratulatory pat on the back all round!

This week for me, I think will be the hardest.  I have been putting off social engagements until after next week and purposely avoided certain situations where I think I might be tempted to eat or drink something I shouldn’t.

I have spent this weekend looking at which habits I have learnt over the past three weeks that I will continue with when the detox program is over.  I love the dry brushing prior to showering and that dash of cold water as I am getting out really gets the heart pumping!  I love the way my skin feels and looks.

As a make-up artist, I am always checking out the ingredients in the skincare and make-up I use and I am a loyal customer of many “all natural” cosmetic ranges.  However, I am doing more and more research into organic skin care ranges both in Australia and overseas and I hope to try some of these products in the near future.

Luckily, I have always drunk a lot of water.  Soft drinks have always been too sweet and I gave up drinking alcohol about 15 years ago – so I will happily continue to drink plenty of water.  However, adding fresh mint, lemon and lime were great ideas that I had not tried before.

Coffee – ahh Coffee – this is one I am really looking forward to.  But I am going to spend some time looking for some great, organic, coffee to use rather than the quick instant kind I currently drink.

Over the past three weeks, taste and quality have been at the forefront of my food decisions and that is not about to change.  If I am going to eat food that is not so good for me, then I am going to make damn sure it is the best quality, best tasting food I can get a hold of!


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Day 18

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Late yesterday afternoon I picked my Mum up from hospital. She was there for the afternoon for some common tests. This was a very strange occurrence for her (and me) – I don’t ever remember my Mum being sick or set foot in a hospital. She is completely fine by the way – and at 63 years of age she looks 50! I am not just saying that because she is my Mum but her healthy way of living certainly shows. She eats very little processed food and walks everyday before work. Even as a child I remember complaining that we were the ONLY kids in the WHOLE WORLD who didn’t have Coco Pops for breakfast (We only had porridge or weet-bix) and white bread was banned. I don’t think I even had a glass of Coke until I was 12 or 13 and I am sure my Mum was mortified.

When she got in the car, she looked at me quite seriously and said, “Did I learn something today! I LOVE food and I love eating and I don’t ever want to not be able to do it ever again!” She was referring to the fact she hadn’t eaten anything for nearly 48 hours prior and like anyone in that situation really craved food. But what did she crave? Not some quick chocolate fix or some buttery pastry or even a big piece of steak… No – my Mum wanted the biggest bowl of stir fried veggies!

“Are you crazy?”, I asked. “We can go anywhere you like and grab anything you want – Pizza, Chips, Fried Chicken?” She rolled her eyes, smiled at me and described in detail how she imagined the vegetables would taste and look and how great they would make her feel.

It made me think about a couple of things. Firstly, how different we are! But also, how did I get so obsessed with food when clearly, growing up, my Mum was teaching me great habits. Why don’t my sisters have the same obsession as I? I spend nearly every waking moment thinking about what I am eating, what I should be eating, when I can next eat etc etc and I never realised it until this last week.

Don’t worry – I am not about to go into some mock therapy session and regress back to my childhood and bore you with the details – but my new awareness can certainly be the first step to making these positive changes more permanent instead of me planning a huge carb blow out at 12:01am on the 1st of March!

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DAY 16

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It’s official – I am totally addicted.  And no – I am not talking about food (for a change!) or exercise (I wish!).

I am totally addicted to shopping.  I need a 12 step program stat.  Nothing I have tried seems to work.  I cut up my credit cards – and then rang the bank explaining “I have no idea where I may have left it…” and have new ones sent out.  I ban myself from shopping centres only to spend hours on the internet or watching TV shopping.  I can justify any purchase!

But, currently my ‘income’ is $240 per week via Newstart Allowance (don’t even get me started on how people are supposed to live on this – that is a whole different blog!) and so shopping for pleasure has taken a back step.  I should clarify – grocery and food shopping do not count!

The reason I mention this is because as I am detoxing my body, I have, sort of by default started detoxing other areas of my life.  Spending money on things I don’t really need, or paying more attention to how I am spending my money is in focus.  As I realise the importance of buying good, nutritious, fresh food, I am less inclined to want to spend my money on things that aren’t in my best interests.  I am looking for quality and not necessarily some flash bargain that I have no need for.  As I notice how much less I am processing food before I eat it, ie I’m eating lots of raw, un-dressed salads, I am noticing how many other parts of my life require less “processing”.

Don’t get me wrong – I still consider window shopping a sport and I love nothing more than when my net-a-porter.com newsletter comes into my Inbox – but I am enjoying it guilt-free – a bit like the way I am eating at the moment!

We are move than half way through!  Congratulations!

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DAY 16

Meg Holland

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Late yesterday afternoon I picked my Mum up from hospital.  She was there for the afternoon for some common tests. This was a very strange occurrence for her (and me) – I don’t ever remember my Mum being sick or set foot in a hospital.  She is completely fine by the way – and at 63 years of age she looks 50!  I am not just saying that because she is my Mum but her healthy way of living certainly shows.  She eats very little processed food and walks everyday before work.  Even as a child I remember complaining that we were the ONLY kids in the WHOLE WORLD who didn’t have Coco Pops for breakfast (We only had porridge or weet-bix) and white bread was banned.  I don’t think I even had a glass of Coke until I was 12 or 13 and I am sure my Mum was mortified.

When she got in the car, she looked at me quite seriously and said, “Did I learn something today!  I LOVE food and I love eating and I don’t ever want to not be able to do it ever again!”  She was referring to the fact she hadn’t eaten anything for nearly 48 hours prior and like anyone in that situation really craved food.  But what did she crave? Not some quick chocolate fix or some buttery pastry or even a big piece of steak… No – my Mum wanted the biggest bowl of stir fried veggies!

“Are you crazy?”, I asked.  “We can go anywhere you like and grab anything you want – Pizza, Chips, Fried Chicken?”  She rolled her eyes, smiled at me and described in detail how she imagined the vegetables would taste and look and how great they would make her feel.

It made me think about a couple of things.  Firstly, how different we are!  But also, how did I get so obsessed with food when clearly, growing up, my Mum was teaching me great habits.  Why don’t my sisters have the same obsession as I?  I spend nearly every waking moment thinking about what I am eating, what I should be eating, when I can next eat etc etc and I never realised it until this last week.

Don’t worry – I am not about to go into some mock therapy session and regress back to my childhood and bore you with the details – but my new awareness can certainly be the first step to making these positive changes more permanent instead of me planning a huge carb blow out at 12:01am on the 1st of March!

 

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DAY 15

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Aaarggh!  I am frustrated today.  My lack of job situation is concerning and stressful and not being able to eat copious amounts of rocky road ice cream to numb my pain led to me taking out my frustration on all the people around me.  Not a good day.

I questioned why I was doing this program about 100 times.  I tried to remember why I started.  Wanting to feel better, taking responsibility for my wellbeing – these are the reasons – but stress certainly can affect that voice in your head tempting you…

But I am feeling better tonight.  Lots of deep breathing and some fantastic vegetarian Vietnamese take out (great idea Kris!) has calmed me down.

I know we are half way through.  I know I feel better and my jeans are definitely a lot looser today.  I know this is a great gift to give to my body – and these are the positive thoughts I am telling myself tonight.

I also have a new, shallower goal – a friend’s engagement party in early March has ignited my motivation to fit into one of my favourite tops for the evening!

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DAY 13

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I think, actually I know – I am a winter person.  I do like the sunshine – but I can’t help but smile when I have to snuggle under my doona, wear my ugg boots and know that the footy season has started.  It was even more apparent when I got up to go to the gym this morning.  Most people would be thinking, “It is too cold to get out of bed” – but I definitely prefer to exercise when it is cooler.

One thing that has surprised me over the last two weeks has been the change in my sleeping habits.  I would usually go to bed about 10:30pm, wake up to my alarm at 6:00am and feel awful – press snooze once or twice and then get out of bed.  Over the last week or so I have really noticed that even though I am sleeping about the same number of hours, waking up is easy.  I haven’t pressed snooze once and I am eager to get out of bed. (It may be that I am eager to get out of bed because the quicker I go to the gym, the quicker it is over…).  I am also a lot less restless during the night and can hardly remember waking up during the night.  I am fairly certain the removal of sugar and caffeine has really helped my body to rest at night.

I am also noticing that I am much more aware of the groceries I am buying and I have started to look for organic options and not just with my fruit or vegetables.  Did you know you could buy organic red beans?  Or organic rice milk?  Where have I been?  Actually – don’t answer that – I know where I have been – in the other aisles at the supermarket and in denial about what I was really buying and eating.

We are nearly half way through!  I hope you are feeling better and better every day!

PS – My fish stir fry was pretty good.  Not great – but I am working on it!

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DAY 12

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My sore throat seems to be hanging around – much to my annoyance – but I am fairly certain it is just my body clearing out all the rubbish I it has been used to over the years.  And as I am still feeling pretty good – it is not stopping me from exercise.

On a more positive note – I was initially apprehensive this morning as I knew I had a lunch date with two of my favourite people – and knew that in the past these lunches included schnitzels, fries, pasta and bread.  But today I enjoyed a chicken salad, no dressing, lots of water and plenty of laughs!

As I was walking back to my car I decided to visit a specialist tea store and look at all the different flavours of tea.  I was hoping I might find something really fragrant and tasty to help with my coffee withdrawals – and I did!  I bought a wonderful organic, black chai tea.  The smell is divine and I am looking forward to trying tonight.

If I’m honest, the standard protein plus vegetable and/or salad meals I have been making each day are starting to become a little boring and so I need to get a little creative to keep me going for the next two weeks.  As someone whose kitchen ‘skills’ include grilling cheese on toast or scrambling eggs – this will be a challenge.  But armed with some great cookbooks (which I am embarrassed to say have been in a moving box for about two years) and the internet – I am determined to make some great, healthy meals over the coming days.  And I am going to start with a very simple fish stir fry.  I will let you know how I go!  Wish me luck (not just for the cooking – but also finding my wok which I am pretty sure is also packed in a box in my spare room!).

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DAYS 7 and 8

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We made it! One week down and I have to say – I am feeling pretty good!

Coffee has been my biggest challenge – it is like I can smell it being brewed 100kms away. I decided that although we are allowed one a day – I would give up cold turkey. One may turn into two… you get the idea.

Friday was the Big Day Out music festival and I was worried about what there would be to eat (You are not allowed to take food in to the venue) and how I would manage. But I came through with flying colours! I hid some fruit in my backpack and that got me through. (My sister thought it was hilarious that the security guards were on the look out for illegal drugs and I was looking guilty because I was smuggling in an apple and a banana!) Being another hot and humid day, I drank about 3 litres of water which kept my hunger in check. But this did prove to me that with a little planning – a big event or something out of my normal routine – was not an immediate reason to ‘throw everything in because it might be too hard’.

Another thing I have noticed over this past week is that my appetite seems to be decreasing. I am not nearly as hungry as I used to be – or it may be that I am becoming much more aware of my hunger and what I used to think was hunger was actually me giving me myself permission to eat. Listening to my body – what a neat concept ☺

One last thing, even if I haven’t noticed any physical changes yet (I am sure they are happening) – I have had three different people comment on how amazing my skin looks at the moment and each time I was wearing no make-up. Every woman wants to

hear that!

 

DAY 4

Meg Holland

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So its Day 4 and one thing I am noticing – I never realised how much I used food to reward myself or to make myself feel better if something wasn’t going well!  Seriously, over the last couple of days I stopped counting the times I would be thinking about something good or bad and then think, “Oooh what can I eat?”.

I quit my job late last year and so I am at the applying and interviewing stage of my working life.  This is pretty new for me – I have never been out of work for this long and although I like the free time, the panic occasionally hits me when I think about my financial status.  And, every time that panic passes through my mind – my first thought is of chocolate; where can I get some and how much can I have!  Even today, I had an interview which went quite well and as I was walking back to my car I was wondering what might be in the Food Court that would be sweet and carby.

Knowing that I couldn’t have anything sweet and/or carby, or a large soy latte (my caffeine kick of choice!) made me really stop and think about why I wanted food.  Having read Geneen Roth’s book, “Women, Food and God” I am aware of the idea of emotional eating but I honestly never thought I was guilty of it.  I just thought I was bored…

You will be pleased to know that I happily walked through the Food Court without purchasing anything and had some chicken with an amazing Quinoa Tabouli Salad (which I made myself from scratch) for dinner.

One more thing – I can’t stress enough how important I believe it is to live consciously in the current moment.  This makes everything easier.  Really – it does.  There are no cravings in the current moment, because cravings stem from the idea that something is prohibited in the future or you are missing out on something – but really, in this moment, right now – everything is perfect!