Okay, so it’s actually day 24 – apologies.
As of Wednesday 18th, Lent began – 40 days of fasting more or less.
This year I decided to give up wheat and gluten and will be documenting my progress every 10 days.
If you want to know why I chose wheat, what foods are wheat free and how my first 10 days went, read Day 10: My 40 Day Cleanse.
Skin and Hair
My skin feels amazing!
It is clear, it is soft, there are no dry bits and I actually don’t get a fright first thing in the morning anymore. I’m really happy.
My eczema is under control – so I guess my theory about Manchester water was wrong. Although it does come out after a shower.
Anyway, it could be down to the diet change or it could be the the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray I’ve just invested in. Either way, since starting this cleanse from wheat and gluten, I have definitely noticed a positive difference in my skin.
My hair, not so much. I’m lucky when it comes to my hair as I can get away with washing it only once a week… sometimes longer. I think because it is thick it has more resistance to grease and as it is quite long, I can tie it back and not touch it for days.
I don’t know what I was expecting to happen to my hair during this cleanse, but there isn’t much that needs to change. I do have this small dry patch on my scalp which is an absolute nightmare – no matter what I do it just stays there, like an unwanted guest at a dinner party that gets put on your team for Articulate.
I was hoping it was eczema and would disappear when I removed wheat and gluten, but perhaps I need to try that zinc spray out on my scalp?
Lesson learnt: just because it is wheat/gluten free does not mean that is is healthy.
I found myself eating wheat/gluten free biscuits and cereal bars and thinking it was okay to have three because they were wheat/gluten free. Not the case. Not the case at all.
When I began this cleanse I wanted to avoid crappy wheat free alternatives to regular junk food; biscuits, popcorn, cereal bars, crisps etc. But this week I have been throwing back all things naughty, including this dainty and delicious afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall for my future sister-in-law’s hen party:
Amazing wheat/gluten free and vegetarian options, including cheese, egg and smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches, lavender macaroon, regular and fruit scones with clotted cream, chocolate orange cake and a creamy chocolate pot.
I must admit, I was a little jealous of the none wheat/gluten free dessert of coconut moose decadently served in an egg shell…
Anyway, I don’t feel like I have lost or put on any weight. My clothes feel the same, my ankles don’t feel any less stressed from carrying my body weight.
No changes to report.
The Way I Feel
Let’s run through my checklist:
- Fatigue: I have felt amazing! After my spa day on Sunday, I must admit I have felt sleepy most days but I think that is because I am still in a state of complete and utter relaxation. My ying and yang, zing and zang, bing and bang are all in place. I feel like ‘aaahhh’.
- Bloating: Bloat free since February. I honestly can’t tell you how great it feels to not have to worry about my stomach after every meal.
- Bitchiness: There is only so much a wheat/gluten free diet can do. HA. No, I try not to be bitchy anyway and now I have more energy and feel more calm, it is a lot easier.
- Stomach Pain: As with bloating – gone! Well, pretty much. Sometimes if I overload on rice, my stomach gets a little angry.
- Lack of Motivation: I’m in the same place I was in on day 10; I feel better and more motivated than before, but there is still room for improvement. I just want my buzz back!
- Constantly Hungry: Cutting out wheat and gluten (and their free from alternatives, mostly) has pushed me to try new foods. Within the last 8 months I have formed a love for bananas and raisins – two things I have never eaten before – and I’ve eaten a few sun dried tomatoes, avocados and peppers. I’m still not entirely sure about them. And I’m replacing my old favourites with new, far more filling substitutes.
Foods I Miss
Crumpets. There is nothing more splendid than biting into a warm crumpet and feeling butter run down your arm and chin. Gross? Well I love it!
I still need cake. This weekend I was tormented with my brother’s homemade chocolate orange cake, the cakes at afternoon tea and a gorgeous cupcake in the hen party goodie bag. I NEED CAKE. I DREAM OF CAKE.
I know I said I am trying to avoid free from alternatives, but this recipe is too good to not tell you all about it.
Pea and Spinach Pesto Pasta, courtesy of Deliciously Ella.
Pea and Pesto Pasta
- Wheat/gluten free pasta
- 75g peas
- 50g spinach
- 1 lemon
- 25g pine nuts
- 50ml of coconut oil
- 1/2 a clove of garlic
- Salt and pepper
- Place the pasta and peas into a pan of hot water and cook as instructed
- As the pasta is cooking, you can make the pesto. Begin by juicing half a lemon and peeling the garlic.
- Put the lemon juice, garlic, basil leaves (no stems) pine nuts and coconut oil in a food processor
- Blend until smooth and add seasoning to taste – I like mine extra lemony!
- When the pasta is cooked, drain and pour back into the pan
- Add the spinach and pesto to the pan and cook on a low heat until the sauce is warm and the spinach is cooked
- Add an extra squeeze of lemon and serve immediately
This is another new food for my taste buds, and I absolutely love it! It isn’t too overpowering and it is beautifully fresh. I made loads of extra pesto so used it on a fillet of cod and in a pea, spinach, green apple and goats cheese salad.
Nom nom nom!
See you in 10 (6) days