DAY 20: MY 40 DAY BODY CLEANSE

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?

Weight

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.

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I must admit, I was a little jealous of the none wheat/gluten free dessert of coconut moose decadently served in an egg shell…

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Oh well.

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.

Favourite Recipe

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.

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Pea and Pesto Pasta

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 15
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  • 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
  • EAT!

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!

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See you in 10 (6) days

xox

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