The background to this story is that for a while now, I’ve been feeling pretty crappy. I’ve had constant colds that never seem to go away and I’ve been coughing and sneezing pretty much non-stop since November (today is the 1st of March). I seem to get flares of colds after any kind of physical exertion, like if I don’t get enough sleep for a couple of nights in a row or if I change my gym routine or after a night out. They last about 2-3 days and then simmer down to this chronic, barely symptomatic… thing, that just doesn’t go away. I have seen a doctor about this and am waiting on test results, but in the mean time I decided to take a good look at what I’m eating.
Generally I eat pretty well. Granted, I don’t like vegetable, but this is improving!! My current tolerating list is growing and I do try and eat more of them on principle, if not through love. I don’t drink coffee or tea as I can’t handle caffeine, I rarely have fizzy drinks (most of them have caffeine!!) and I won’t touch anything that says “diet” or “sugar free”. I can’t remember the last time I ate a meal from a can, maybe some soup or a cheeky beans on toast, but that can’t have been more than twice in the last 3 months or so. I even tend to make my own pasta sauces from scratch with whatever is lying around in the fridge. There are no biscuits, sweets, cakes or crisps in the house and the last time I did buy some crisps my fiancé actually picked them up and asked what they were doing here!! We ever recently cut way back on dairy, but that’s a whole other story for another date. On top of this I work out most days and even enjoy going to the gym. I’ll go for a run if I’m on my own or do some weight training if my fiancé (Anthony) comes with me, I recently joined a gym with a pool so I can swim at the weekends and I pole dance once a week. The point of this paragraph is that I am pretty fit and healthy. So when I keep getting sick and am not able to even walk between the buildings at work without struggling never mind work out, something is wrong. I haven’t been able to go to the gym for a week and a half now and when I did go today I made it 1km before I couldn’t breathe and had to stop. I’m desperate. I’m fed up with it and I’ll try anything!!
Just by chance, a couple of weeks ago I met a woman named Tara who used to be a nutritionalist and now runs her own business through Arbonne. We chatted about a few different things and after I left she messaged me to say that if I wanted any of her products she could do me a good discount as a fellow network marketer and that she was running a 30 day healthy living group. This is what I joined and this is what I started today.
A lot of people have testimonials with this programme of having lost lots of weight as it’s essentially a detox. That’s not my main reason for doing it. Don’t get me wrong, losing 5kg would be awesome, but right now I just want to be healthy for more than 2 weeks at a time please. However, due to this, I have taken before pictures for Day 1 and if I can find the damn measuring tape, I’ll take some measurements too so that I have something
to so quantifiable results for you later on. If I get really brave I may even post the pictures! But lets put a pin in that for now.
Ok, down to the particulars!!
To sign up cost me £182. Yes this is a lot of money. Even with a decent job, I hesitated over this and then cringed at actually doing it, but I had reached a point of frustration with my health that I thought of it as an investment in my body and therefore any price is worth that. Tis my blog, so my opinions get to be stated as fact :-p
For this price, I got a hand picked nutrition package that is expected to arrive in 2 days. Mines was hand picked as I can’t have the Fizz Sticks (this is an energy booster that you take mid afternoon) or the Antioxidant & Immunity Support due to the Green Tea and caffeine in them so I have a slightly different mix than usual.
I was also added to a Facebook group for everyone on this particular plan so that there is support from other people on the same journey and shared information. The first piece of information was the “avoid” list…
Grains – wheat, barley, rice, oats, buckwheat, rye etc – quiona is fine a couple of times per week
Fruit juice or squash
Potatoes (except sweet potato)
General rule – if it comes in a tin or has a TV advert – DONT EAT IT
No adding salt (use seaweed flakes)
ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS OF ANY SORT (use the quality honey instead)
Nothing from a pig
Black tea (builders)
This was not as bad as I thought it was gonna be. As I mentioned at the start, I don’t eat/drink most of these things anyway. The fruit juice is gonna be a problem though. I could go through a litre of apple juice in pretty much one go!
Next up is the spice jar:
I would like you to make up a spice mix jar today of the following:
1 pack Cinnamon
1 pack Ground Ginger
1 pack Ground Cardimon
1/2 (half) pack Nutmeg
1 pack Tumeric
1 pack All Spice
1 pack Mixed Spice
Spices are THERMOGENIC – that means they BOOST the metabolism. Use a good 2 teaspoon from this blend daily plus use chilli, black pepper, curry powder, paprika etc in things too.
This gets used A LOT and I have a real problem with this. I absolutely HATE cinnamon and will not tolerate even the smell of it. Also, I will actively avoid anything that says pepper, chilli or curry. I don’t even like ginger, but I’ll eat that at a push. My spice tolerance gets as far as pepperoni pizza! However, Tara suggested just use as many as I can and try to add some ginger. I won’t taste it too much after adding it to all the other flavours. So tongiht I went and bought dried Tumeric, Cumin and Ginger and mixed it together with some Paprika (I happen to love paprika). I discovered that tumeric actually smells quite nice so it might not be so bad after all. I then added it to a pasta sauce, just half a teaspoon and I have instantly taken back all my reservations about it. It was AMAZING!
Tomorrow morning, and every morning, we have to start the day with a special morning drink:
1 dessert spoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon spice mix
1 teaspoon quality honey
Put into a pint glass, half fill with cold water so we don’t ‘burn’ the ingredients, then top up with hot water.
I am again somewhere sceptical of this. Vinegar is another one of those things I just don’t like and it’s been mentioned that is is not always such a popular part of the programme, but it is an essential one. I guess we will find out.
So that’s you totally up to date with what I’m doing this month. Stay tuned for a half way update, or perhaps sooner if there’s enough to repot. You can add your e-mail address to the subscribe box below to get notified when a new post comes up and if you want more information in the mean time, you can contact Tara Inchbald on Facebook or Instagram @tarainchbald or check out her website directly: www.tarainchbald.arbonneinternational.co.uk