Seven days down, a whole healthy lifetime ahead! I’ve made it through the first, and I think, toughest, week without wanting to shove my face in a chocolate trifle! I’ve slowly been making my way through the recipes in Deliciously Ella and let me tell you – they are so delicious I honestly think it’s kept my mind off the fact I’m not eating heaps of refined carbs and sugar. I even got through the dreaded ‘Day 3’, usually make or break day for me, with no problems – sugar cravings just a mere fleeting thought.
Despite the Day 3 sugar triumph I was left struggling for different reasons. I’m currently in the midst of the problem skin at its worst and on a course of antibiotics. During Day 3 I really felt I wasn’t seeing much improvement (from the medication, not the diet) which, quite frankly, left me feeling incredibly fed up and upset. In the past this would be the point I cave and give in to a huge slab of cake or chocolate because, well, “What’s the point?” But this time, determination won out and I didn’t, and won’t, give in.
Friday found me in a different type of food challenge – a work picnic. Cue picnic eggs, crisps, sandwiches, sausage rolls, chocolate…but not for me! I put it to the room a few days before – was anyone up for a healthy salad of my making? After a somewhat muted response, one colleague pipes up, “I am – you’re always eating attractive vegetables!”
The picnic arrived and so did I with my homemade cauliflower tabbouleh and broccoli slaw (both from The Art of Eating Well, if you’re wondering). I did pretty well sticking to this, chicken, falafel and some brie. I even surprised many of my colleagues with how tasty these healthy salads are (the broccoli slaw being a particular favourite). Healthy doesn’t mean boring.
Now, I just need to get through a long weekend in France!