The last 3 days I have been on a cleanse. I know right? Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those girls that run to some drastic ‘detox’ programme to dramatically lose weight or anything. It was more aimed at allowing the liver to purify itself to promote optimal functionality before getting too heavy into comp prep. Baseline: I want my body to respond in the best possible way to all the training and nutrients I’m throwing at it leading up to show.
Because your livers main function is to process, metabolise and detoxify; it makes sense to give it a heads up right?
Well I did a bit of research into what to expect. There were all sorts of fun possible side effects to look forward too including but not limited too! headaches, nausea, flatulence, constipation, moodiness, lethargy, bloating and so on and so forth. There may be the slight chance of some sort of enlightenment?… maybe?!
Anyway the 3 days consisted of up to 3 pieces of fruit (either apples or berries), water, water and more water with lemon.
I was (and still) hitting between 4-5L on a daily basis, green tea and all the veg I desire (focusing on greens).
Well being ex vego I thought, ‘sweet, this will be a cinch’.
I continued to weight lift throughout but not as hardcore as usual so maybe like 60-70% max effort and no cardio.
Day 1 was ok… not much of an appetite. Felt fine.
Day 2 waking up hungry 3 times in the middle of the night so pretty pissed off and lethargic all day.
Day 3 was really quite loopy (more than usual) , cranky and moody. I really craved more than anything a good bit of protein to sort it all out!
The next day I broke the cleanse and had some chicken and coconut oil for brekky and felt like a GODESS!!
I also celebrated with a heavy leg session and died. Maybe not so wise for such a beasting straight after.
Any benefits that I noticed?
Yes. Definitely felt less bloated and once normal eating had resumed it felt like all the good nutrients I now consumed were being sucked up like a vacuum into my system and recharging my body.
It’s weird. Can’t say I loved it. But sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and do whats needed to be on top of the game.
Stay tuned for more updates on my journey to jBod rocks The WBFF in London 2013!
Here is a summary of what’s in and what’s out on the Paleo food list (well at least my Paleo food list):
Meat and poultry – grass-fed, free range
Fish and seafood – try to choose sustainable fish and seafood when possible
Vegetables – non-starchy and some starchy tubers and root vegetables
Fruit and berries – fruits high in sugar, like bananas, should be consumed in moderation.
Nuts and seeds – many nuts and seeds have high Omega-6 content so perhaps don’t go eating a bowl after bowl.
Spices and herbs
Fats – coconut oil, coconut milk and cream, ghee, butter (yep, it’s mostly fat so no problems with lactose), duck fat, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, fish oil, sesame oil as well as from grass-fed meats, poultry and fish.
Condiments like mustards, wheat free soy and oyster sauces, fish sauce, olive oil mayonnaise, low sugar tomato sauce, salsas and pestos.
Grains, especially wheat and anything with gluten – wild rice, white rice and quinoa are probably less harmful if you must eat some but watch those carbs.
Gluten containing products
Dairy, especially milk and low fat dairy, for those with damaged gut or gluten/lactose intolerances.
Dairy – should mainly be avoided if you suffer from serious gut problems and gluten intolerances but if you’re in good health and have no sensitivities to lactose (sugars in milk) or casein (protein in milk) then a little healthy dairy can go a long way. Avoid cow’s milk as it’s got high GI unlike cheese or yogurt. Better options are goat’s and sheep’s milk products, A2 cow’s milk and cow’s milk fermented products like kefir, unsweetened yogurt, aged cheeses, full fat cream, butter, and ricotta.
Natural sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, molasses, dried fruit, dark chocolate, palm sugar.
Alcohol – dry wines, clean non-grain based spirits.
Soy - fermented only (miso, tempeh in small amounts)
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Finally! A well written and referenced article educating all the under eaters and dieters!
Yes as much as there are over eaters, there are most definitely under eaters.
They do say you can’t achieve a bikini bod all year round. I beg to differ. I know you can! You have to know your body extremely well, know when and how to shape it, fuel it and rest it. Sure there may be more muscular times and leaner times but you can always be bikini beautiful. Its about finding that balance to compliment your training so your metabolism is on FIRE! Get it crank’n!
Taking progress photos is a really interesting experience. At first you may be hesitant because your not where you want to be right now. But over the journey of you becoming fitter, stronger, leaner or whatever your goals may be, Its really a great practice to let your eye pave the way for you. Quite often what we see in real life vs a photo is very different!
For my body comp clients and bikini girls this is something we practice weekly. Alongside a food and training diary. So you can see how your body is responding to the food and training your throwing at it. I even look at my photos from a year ago and see major differences! Its really cool to see.
If you’ve never tried it and are currently working towards some fitness goals. Grab the camera out today and start a log. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about yourself and see!
Being a highly visual creature. I see, I want, I go get. The pic on the left is one of my ‘legspirations’. Progress shot on the right. Now I know what I need to focus on in my training to give the full effect. Easy!