Week 1

Week 1 of clean-eating for 2015 done…
All my muscles are sore, I’ve blended every piece of fruit and veg in my fridge into some sort of juice or soup and my shopping basket resembles a mini-rainforest but I’m feeling better and full of energy so I’d day it was a success!

I won’t lie though, I’ve had mad cravings and went out last night for dinner and drinks for a going away party – breaking on week 1 I know but I’m a big fan of the 80/20 rule and not becoming so obsessed by what you eat that it significantly impacts your social life. If you start cancelling meeting friends and going to social gatherings often because you’re worried about ruining your diet then you might be taking it too far… Anyways, I think that when you do go out you should enjoy yourself and I did last night but trying to get back on the wagon as fast as possible but nursing a slight hangover without chocolate and takeaways is hard – but this is probably the first time in my life I’ve tried! 😉 This recipe for clean hot chocolate made with almond milk, 1.5 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon is almost hitting the spot though!

“Clean” Almond Milk Hot Chocolate Ingredients

Generally my food diaries have been fairly consistent with porridge for breakfast, homemade soup for lunch (or the yummy superfood salad with chicken from 37west – pictured below) and then either a stir-fry, omelette or curry for dinner. For snacks I usually bring some nuts or fruit to work and finally got around to using the portable cup that came with my Nutribullet so I could bring juices to work to have instead of a coffee mid-morning! Some of the girls in my office are also on a bit of a new year health kick which makes it easier for everyone, and I picked up a great tip from one girl who is trying to cut out tea and coffee so has hot water with lemon and lime juice instead.

Clockwise from top left: Homemade vegetable soup, food shopping haul, banana and berry juice,cashew nuts and a plum.
37West Superfood Salad with Cajun Chicken

I also did four really tough workouts which were a mix of high intensity interval training and resistance workouts targeting legs, bum, core, chest and arms and as a result am now in a permanent state of some sort of satisfying pain. Starting to see results though, especially on my waist which I feel is mainly from a week of clean eating and cutting out the sort of foods that cause bloating and make you feel like you are carrying more fat than you actually might be.

Bring on week 2! 🙂