Post Christmas Detox

Ahhh….it’s been a while. I finished my 21 day detox at the end of November and carried on with the eating well and exercising most days. I even kept it up over Xmas with a few little treats thrown in Xmas Eve and Xmas Day.
Boxing Day was full of treats too, so I had a three-day detox planned for the 27th and beyond – and then BAM! I got a nasty sickness bug that night, which saw me laid up for a day in a half in bed, feeling so, so poorly.

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Not feeling (or looking my best!!)

Thankfully I’m all better now, but any exercise plan has been put on hold for a few days as I’m weak from not eating for a day or so, and I’ve pulled something in my neck when being sick for hours on end (nice!!!).

So instead of telling you what I’ve not been doing, I’m going to tell you what I’m going to do!

For the next few days I’m going to ease myself back gently into the gym. Some light cardio and bodyweight stuff with a rest day on New Years Day. Then come Monday, I’ll be starting another 21-day challenge.

To help me do this, I’ve got my brand new Gym Boss Timer…yay! Some brand new Bamboo Fitness Leggings and top (They are so soft, yet eco-friendly, breathable and anti-bacterial), a brand new iPod with my fav tunes, and a brand new programme from BearWolf, a new online personal training service, which allows you to train with a personal trainer from where ever you are.

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I know, I know, I’m a PT myself, but sometimes us PT’s to be accountable to others too. It’s nice to be given a programme that challenges me and makes me work in the gym differently to what we like to do. Scott, at Bearwolf, also makes me check in all my workouts and my daily nutrition macros (like calories, protein, fats and carbs) as well as send him my starting weight, measurements and photos. It really is like having a PT, but means I can workout in my own time around Lacie, and in my own gym, with my own entertainment and own motivation. If I don’t check in, I get a cheeky phone call or text to ask how I’m doing…

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So, as of Monday, I will be doing five workouts a week (one a recovery 30 minute walk/jog) and checking in with Scott after each session using their online tracking and monitoring service. If I’m not sure of any of the exercises, then I can easily refer back to the BearWolf exercise library, and I can communicate with Scott, or any of the other PTs via my dashboard, which has a messaging service – when Scott send me a message I get an email notification. It really is all very high-tech but super easy to use. I love that I have to check in with my progress; it’s great seeing your numbers in black and white and seeing that you beat last week’s weight or reps. It definitely keeps me motivated.

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So that’s my plan. Keep an eye out for an overview of some of my workouts, and my food diaries. I’ll even share some of my secrets with you – I’m only human. I do get cravings too, and although sometimes I give in, there are a few things I do to fight them off! I’m looking forward to getting stuck in….who’s with me?

My Sugar-Free diet

Today I was interviewed by The Sunday Times about my sugar free diet. They came across my sugar free eating habits via an interview I did a few years back on the Foods To Love Website, which is run by the lovely Jenna Zoe, again a healthy eating enthusiast. 

With Christmas now done and dusted, there is no better time to cut down on sugar. I found that as soon as I did my energy levels were better, I was leaner and I looked less puffy and bloated. It’s a no-brainer. Why do you want to eat chemicals when there are plenty of naturally, tasty foods that you can eat instead?! Don’t get me wrong I still have it every now and then but nothing like I used too! 

Here is my interview – I hope you enjoy it. I do now offer a 21 day sugar detox, which is £25 a week and will give you 24/7 support to help you give up sugar for 21 days. I know 21 days may seem like a weird amount but that’s how long it takes to break a habit! If you are interested please drop me a line on miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk. I have helped plenty of people do it and will give you all the support you need to be sugar free for the New Year without feeling hungry or deprived. I’ll look forward to helping you!

Interview from Foods To Love 
Personal trainer and Paleo enthusiast Lucy Miller writes for Health and Fitness magazine. In our first interview with her, she talked about cleaning up her diet and discovering amazing health benefits. Here, she talks to us about kicking it up a notch by eliminating processed sources of sugar entirely from her diet.

1. You recently decided to eliminate sugar entirely from your diet. What inspired you to do this?
I found out I had adrenal fatigue and PCOS, both a result of unsteady blood sugar levels and stress. I am usually a really clean eater but every week I was having a ‘cheat’ meal as advised by my PT to boost my metabolism and as a result I had crazy blood sugar crashes, mood swings and cravings for sugar. I felt like six days a week I was on a sugar withdrawal and by the 7th day I was going mad for it. And I mean mad. Its crazy how much rubbish I ate on my day off. I felt out of control and it was not fun. I decided I needed to stop being so extreme. As a result, I loosened my diet slightly over the week, so I wasn’t craving sugar by the end of the week. When I say loosened my diet, I started introducing fruit and low GI carbs rather than living on protein and green vegetables all day everyday.

2. You eat pretty healthily as it is; how did your average daily diet change? What foods did you have to remove?
I removed my ‘cheat meal’ which could have been a gluten free pizza followed by a large tub of pick ‘n’ mix sweets, frozen yogurt or cookies. I never used to eat all this but allowing myself a cheat meal opened up all sorts of new cravings because I was feeling so deprived and low on energy. Once I allowed myself to have an apple (which I was advised NOT to eat when being really strict with my diet) with some yummy almond butter and cinnamon as a snack and then some sweet potato fries with dinner, I felt like I wasn’t missing out anymore and focused on enjoying these food rather than focusing on fake food and sugar.

3. What foods were hardest to go without for you?
At first pick n mix. I had a real thing about it from a childhood connection but I saw Marisa Peer And I sincerely believe it was her hypnotherapy techniques that allowed me to stop the connection I had with it and realise that I didn’t need it in my life anymore. It’s fake food with no nutritional value and was actually making me ill and unhappy. 

4. Did you find it got easier to go without sugar as the time went on?
Absolutely! The first two weeks were hard, especially as I went on a family holiday in the second week, and they were all having ice-creams and deserts. I just focused on what I could have though and when they were eating ice-cream, I enjoyed an apple tea or chopped apple with cinnamon. Now I’ve done it for five weeks and think well I’ve come this far, I don’t need sugar anymore!

5. How do you feel now and have you settled into a new norm?
Fantastic. I have more energy, my skin and eyes are clear and I feel less hungry. Unstable blood sugar levels made me hungry all the time and lethargic. If I do fancy something sweet, I go for coconut chunks, protein pancakes with blueberries or a nice juicy orange. I’ve tried sugar free sweets but they just feel fake (they are I suppose), so I’m enjoying feeding my body foods with lots of nutritional value.

Find out more at http://www.lucymiller.me.uk/

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