Post-Paris also happens to be pre-holiday so time to focus on detoxing my body, losing those last few kilos and as I was recently told, doing the side plank. I’ve been trying to drink more water, decrease my artificial sugar consumption and as difficult as it was, those ridiculously delicious salt and pepper pretzels from Marks & Spencer have been thrown out.
Yesterday in-between bouts of fatigue, I prepared one of my favourite salads: rocket, watercress, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, capsicum, coriander, beetroot and roasted butternut squash and dressed in extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar for a late lunch/early supper. The combinations of tastes and textures make it particularly tasty. That’s the great thing about salads; just throw the ingredients in a bowl, mix, dress and eat!
After waking up just after 04h00 this morning with a mind full of thoughts, plans and crazy to do list, I decided to jump on the scales for the first time in two weeks. Having lost another 2 kilos – a total of 5 this month (and only 3 kilos left until I get to my goal weight), I’m feeling pretty happy. So how to celebrate? With my favourite juice, of course! Carrot, beetroot, ginger, apple and lemon – refreshing, healthy and sweet enough to stop me reaching for those After Eights, but I need something to chew as well. France gave me a love of dairy and although most yoghurt in the UK is sickly sweet and has a cream-like consistency, I need to get my fix somewhere. Onken is the only edible yoghurt in this country – both their plain and dark cherry yoghurts feature in my daily diet. This morning I chopped some strawberries, added some cherry yoghurt and topped with seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax and sesame) for an omega boost and a wee crunch. Naturally, this was all served with sencha. Green tea is so comforting. I feel energised, motivated and determined to get through my 11 hour day with a smile.
As much as I enjoy eating dark chocolate, buttery biscuits and lemon tarts, my favourite foods are raw, natural and unprocessed. I can’t be the only person who lists salad as their favourite meal. How about you, what type of salad do you enjoy?