5 Best Teas for Weight Loss

Teas: so lovely, no matter if it’s summer or winter. Tea is an awesome thing to imbibe if you are trying to lose weight or watch your waistline. There’s not a tea in the world that I wouldn’t drink. Here are five of my favourites. Please let me know which ones you like too!

Green Tea

This tea helps your metabolism along. Green tea contains a substance called polyphenol which builds up your levels of fat oxidation, making your body burn calories. There are also claims that it can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer and even tooth decay. Other people claim that green tea makes their skin appear more elastic and helps to improve the overall appearance of wrinkles. Imagine!

this is a photo of green tea

Jasmine Tea

This is actually my favourite tea, as I sometimes find green tea too bitter. Jasmine tea has been around for 700 years, originally from China. It is still the most famous and popular Chinese tea. There are claims that it can make you more calm, reduce anxiety and even stress. Maybe that’s why I like it so much, because I am a bit of a stress-head.

this is a photo of jasmine tea

Chai Tea

This is an interesting tea. Masala chai is the proper name and in Hindi, it is spelled मसाला चाय. I lived in New Delhi as a little kid. The spice mixture, called Karha, uses a base of ground ginger and green cardamom pods. You might also note cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, cloves and even allspice. Often this is mixed with milk, but to aide weight loss, serve without milk.

this is a cup of chai tea

Buddhist Fasting Tea

I don’t want to recommend a certain brand. You can find some online by doing a search. Here’s one company that is commercially making fasting teas. Really any tea is going to work for fasting, so long as you drink it clear and add no milk. Tea is great when fasting as it is comforting and calming and also warm and soothing. If you feel really low, add a spoon of honey or maple syrup.

Black Snake Tea

There is a type of tea called liquorice tea. Often it is given the name Black Adder tea. It’s groovy and awesome. Luckily I can get it at my local supermarket, but if you can’t find it locally you can buy it online from companies like this one. Something amazing I found out is that the National Institutes of Health reports that liquorice inhibits the spread of HIV in laboratory environments. However, it hasn’t been proven in a humans.

What do you think of my favourite teas? Do you have any faves that I have missed?

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miso soup

Can You Drink Miso Soup to Lose Weight Like Peaches Geldof Did?

Miso Soup. Do you love it? Have you ever tried it? It’s very popular these days and you can get it almost anywhere. To the uninitiated, it is a traditional Japanese soup which is made from a stock of miso paste. Miso paste is a ‘dashi’ (sort of like stock) of miso. How do you make miso? You get fermented rice, barley and soybeans and then you ferment them with salt and fungus!

What do you mean, that doesn’t sound nice! It’s dee-lish!

Typically there are a few ways to get your miso fix – you can usually get a cup of pre-made hot miso from a Japanese restaurant or sushi joint. They are a dime a dozen where I live in Sydney. If they are scarce where you live – you need to go to your local Asian grocery store or supermarket. Miso is either sold in a powder or a paste, and you mix it with hot water and it’s ready to drink.

miso soup

This is my homemade miso soup!

Often packeted varieties have tofu, seaweed or other things added. You can always add them yourself too. One of my favourite combinations is quality miso paste, hot water, brown rice, fresh chunks of firm tofu and shallots. Dinner is ready in minutes (provided your rice is pre-cooked) and it’s healthy, vegan, low fat, full of nutrients and good for you!

Peaches Geldof loses weight with miso soup

peaches geldof

I love the Geldof girls, if just for their names (which they incidentally hate) her sisters are called Fifi Trixibell, Little Pixie and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. On a side note she named her second daughter Phaedra which people are saying is unusual, but it is a gorgeous, traditional Greek name. Peaches is only in here early 20s and has just given birth to her second baby and she looks gorgeous and lovely – if a little on the thin side – but I am not one to judge other women’s bodies. She looks great and if she’s happy – I’m happy for her.

The British press put Peaches’ miso diet under the microscope

“She claimed that her new figure was due a bout with avian flu, which was followed by a new habit of eating healthily. Also, she expressed a newfound appreciation for miso soup and would reportedly take an hour to eat just one bowl. Peaches has revealed to The Sun that she’s put herself on a strict liquid diet and doesn’t eat solids for up to a month at a time.”

eating lady

The Sun and The Mail rave about miso soup to lose weight

When The Sun does something, The Mail does too, or is the other way around? I can’t tell from the antipodes. At any rate, The Mail gave a scathing review of Peaches’ miso diet: “Peaches likes spicy Asian broths – they are low in calories but the spices help her to feel full,’ says a pal. But while Peaches insists she still eats ‘like a horse’, spies say that when she popped into the Busaba Eathai Thai restaurant in Shepherds Bush, West London, last week, she spent more than an hour nursing a bowl of soup.”

I don’t recommend taking this to extremes, but I do recommend miso

Last year I went to see a nutritionist for some advice on correct nutrition for vegans. He was happy that I was eating miso soup, as it’s a healthy snack which is low in calories. Miso soup varies, but a typical powered pack will only net you 30 or 40 calories. It does contain a lot of sodium, however. It’s considered a high-sodium food, so some people are cautioned against eating a lot of it.

Have miso as a snack whenever you feel hungry. I have started to drink miso at about 10:30 am and 3:30 pm – when I would normally be reaching for cookies and candy. The miso warms me up and makes me feel full. It’s also lovely and salty and keeps my taste buds happy.

The miso/sodium controversy

According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, ‘Miso is typically considered to be a high-sodium food, since one teaspoon of miso often contains 200-300 milligrams of sodium. However, recent research has shown that in spite of its high-sodium content, miso does not appear to affect our cardiovascular system in the way that other high-sodium foods sometimes can.’

Can miso keep colds away?

Some people even believe that drinking miso soup can help to keep colds and flu away, saying that it works like chicken soup. According to The Benefits of Miso it also soothes acid in the system, so it can help to combat viral infections.

Photo credits: bookchen

scale

To Weigh Every Day or Not? My Love/Hate Relationship with the Scale

Today I am happy because today I weigh less than yesterday. Any day you catch me in a particularly good mood, it’s because I’ve dropped a kilo (more than two pounds!) overnight. If everything in my life is going really well but I’ve had a tiny gain – I feel miserable.

How long I have been obsessed with the scale

It didn’t always used to be this way. In my youth I would weigh myself very infrequently, maybe once every couple of weeks. I had only a general idea of what my weight was. It all started when I hit the age of 27. I’d gained a little bit of weight and I purchased a cheap set of scales to encourage myself to bring my weight down.

I weighed myself every day, often twice a day – and sure enough, I was able to gauge what I ate more clearly. I noticed how much the scales fluctuate; if I ate a big dinner one night it would show up as a higher number the next day. Sometimes my weight dropped big numbers overnight for seemingly no reason – sometimes there’d be an equally mysterious gain.

When I gave up my obsession

I was a yo-yo dieter and it was making me miserable. My weight always fluctuated about 10 kilos (22 pounds) and when it was at the higher end of the spectrum – I would get very depressed. I realised that I had come to a point where the scales were my enemy. If the number was low, I would eat to ‘reward’ myself. If the number was high, I would eat out of depression.

I started to read a great blog called Oh She Glows. It’s written by vegan author, photographer and blogger Angela Liddon. She spoke about her past obsessions with food and how she managed to stop obsessing over a number and started to concentrate on her health. You can read her inspiring story here.  She describes her eating disorder as, “it was like a storm cloud hovering over me for years.” Her obsession with her weight was not helping her be healthier.

I decided to do the same and I gave up weighing myself obsessively – allowing my weight to go down naturally. I also adopted a vegan diet, and I started to listen to my body. My weight stabilized and it’s now about 65 kilos (143 pounds).

When I went back to my obsession

Recently after some fighting with my partner, I had gained a small amount of weight, so I went back to weighing myself daily. In these few short days of really watching my diet, I have lost the weight I gained. I am remembering just how careful I have to be to see a result on the scale. Even a few hundred calories extra can make a difference.

Those who love the scale

Lots of people swear by regular weigh-ins. Jazmine Denise Rogers blogs about her successful weight loss, “Finally fed up with living this way, I went out, purchased a scale. I committed to weighing myself first thing every morning. This actually turned out to be one of the best decisions I’d ever made. Since taking on the task of weighing myself daily I’ve dropped 11 pounds. Knowing that I had to face that number no matter how high or low made me somewhat accountable to myself and helped me to make better diet and nutrition choices. The best part about it is that I’m not on diet, just fostering better lifestyle habits.”

A study of more than 4,000 women aged 40-65 published in Preventative Medicine in 2007 looked at the relationship between frequency of self-weighing and body mass index. They actually found that weighing yourself more frequently is associated with greater weight loss.

Another study, published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2006 and blogged about by James Beckerman, M.D., found that female freshman who were instructed to weigh themselves every morning as part of the study were able to keep from adding pounds at a time when many of their peers were gaining weight.

Those who warn against the scale

Not everyone is a fan of being a slave to the number on the needle: “My goal with recovery was to get back to that fun place with food and fitness. Instead of telling myself I have to be x weight or eat x calories, now I do things that bring me pleasure and make me feel good physically and emotionally. I don’t count calories. I don’t weigh myself. I don’t read beauty magazines. I eat food that makes me feel good.” Angela Liddon, Oh She Glows.

“Regular self-weighing has been a focus of attention recently in the obesity literature. It has received conflicting endorsement in that some researchers and practitioners recommend it as a key behavioural strategy for weight management, while others caution against its use due to its potential to cause negative psychological consequences associated with weight management failure. The evidence on frequent self-weighing, however, has not yet been synthesized.” The Impact of Regular Self-weighing on Weight Management: A Systematic Literature Review.

Here is a list from Merrit Athletic of reasons why the scale can sometimes paint an improper picture of your health.

  • Scale can be inaccurate
  • You fluctuate daily
  • Muscle weighs more than fat
  • Measurements are more accurate
  • Swelling after the gym
  • Scale doesn’t indicate changes to heath, such as increased fitness

I am not a number, accepting myself no matter what I weigh

These days I do weigh myself daily and I have to admit that I still get depressed when the number is higher than I want it to be. However, I may be doing a good thing, according to The Impact of Regular Self-weighing on Weight Management study: “Based on the consistency of the evidence reviewed, frequent self-weighing, at the very least, seems to be a good predictor of moderate weight loss, less weight regain, or the avoidance of initial weight gain in adults.”

Weighing every day an effective tool for weight loss? What are your thoughts?

healthy food

21 Vegan Snacks Under 100 Calories


number 1) Miso soup and 2 carrots, cut up into sticks

miso soup

number 2) ¼ avocado drizzled with lemon juice on 4 small (2 inches diameter) rice crackers

number 3) ½ banana and 1 tsp peanut butter

number 4) Nori roll made with ¼ cup rice, seaweed wrap, cucumber and pickled ginger

nori roll

number 5) 2 tablespoon hummus with ¼ celery cut into sticks

number 6) Lite packet of soup with cracked pepper plus 5 rice crackers

number 7) 1 small apple cut up into wedges and drizzled with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup

number 8) 4 medjool dates

number 9) 1 oreo cookie and a cup of coffee with soy milk oreo

number 10) 1 small tomato sliced finely, 1 tsp of margarine, cracked pepper and salt on 1 slice wholemeal toast

number 11) Smoothie made from ½ cup watermelon, ice and ½ cup soy milk smoothie

number 12) 1 punnet of strawberries, sliced and covered in a sprinkle of sugar (1-2 tsp)

number 13) 9 cashews

number 14) 1 cup homemade veggie soup made with carrots, kale, tomato puree and parsnips

number 15) 1 small soy flat white

number 16) 1 small glass of vegan red wine (125 mls) red wine

number 17) 25 small black olives

number 18) 3 medium spiced gherkins (30g each) gherkins

number 19) 3 Leda vegan gingernut cookies

number 20) 2 medium Lebanese cucumbers, sliced and drizzled with vinegar and salt, 1 slice wholemeal bread

number 21) 1 piece of mountain bread, 1 tsp strawberry jam mountain bread

 

Photo credits – thanks!

www.coastalliving.com – nori roll
www.tastearts.com -gherkin
www.organicsaustraliaonline.com.au- mountain bread
richard.scharfenberg – headline pic

apples

Could Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Weight?

Have you heard of Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV? It is a natural vinegar that contains something called Mother of Vinegar, which looks like a cloudy cobweb, floating inside the vinegar bottle.

vinegar bottle

ACV is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented; it has lots of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine. It has been claimed to cure everything from bacterial infections, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, and even high blood pressure.

For centuries, people have been using ACV to cure various ailments, as well as for weight loss. All you have to do is drink a tablespoon of ACV before each meal, suppressing your appetite naturally so that you cut calories. If you do a google search, you’ll find lots of websites that swear by the vinegar’s weight loss properties and many that claim it doesn’t work at all.

The only way to really find out – is to try it yourself, right? I poured about 2 tablespoons into a little glass espresso cup and topped it up with boiling water. Honestly, I didn’t mind it but I have quite a strong stomach, so it would not suit everyone.

This is not for the faint-hearted!

I have to admit that I couldn’t face it before each and every meal, just once each morning. All the ladies at work thought that it smelled terrible, but I was determined nonetheless! I noticed that it did indeed seem to curb my appetite, as it’s quite strong and pungent, but oddly invigorating as well.

The best ACV is from health food stores, you need a good quality one, so you get the Mother of Vinegar inside the bottle. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates used this vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities. It is said that he had only two remedies: honey and apple cider vinegar. You can actually mix them together, and if you don’t like honey your could substitute a good maple syrup, but not too much, or you’ll be cutting out its potential weight loss properties.

I personally noticed that after gulping ACV before a meal, my desire to eat subsided quite a bit. This is one of those health remedies that is quite safe to try out, so long as you don’t go overboard. If you find that you really can’t stand gulping it down ‘neat’ then a tablespoon drizzled over you salad at lunch would be just as effective.

If you’ve been looking for something natural and new, try ACV. It’s available from many supermarkets and most good health food stores.

apple cider vinegar

seaweed

One Week on a Seaweed Diet: Will it Work? Here’s What Happened.

Seaweed: it’s no longer strange to most people because of the prevalence of sushi bars and nori rolls. But could you eat it for a whole week to lose weight? I put myself on the seaweed diet to see if it made any difference to how I felt and what I weighed.

Seaweed is rich in vitamins A, B12 and C and is rich in calcium and potassium. It also contains a lot of fiber, which can help with feelings of fullness and helps to regulate your blood sugar. Many vegetarians will be familiar with a product called agar agar which is a vegetable product derived from algae that is used instead of gelatine in vegetarian jello and puddings (as gelatine is derived from an animal product). If you mix agar agar into fruit juice, you get a very thick jello-like substance, which is very filling.

Seaweed supplements come in a few different forms: there are seaweed pills and also powders which you mix into liquid and drink before eating a meal. The idea is that the alginate expands in your stomach to form a thick gel, mimicking the effect of a large meal.

For this experiment I used a seaweed supplement powder before every meal, three times daily. I also took a seaweed supplement pill (available online or in health food stores) and ate nori papers (the seaweed papers used to wrap nori rolls) every day, snacking on them like crackers, just to get an additional seaweed boost. I also tried to eat a healthy diet and I kept up my regular gym routine of 40 minutes of cardio, four times per week. Here’s what happened.

Day 1: 148.2 pounds, energy low

It’s Monday morning and I can’t manage to get to the gym – I just feel too exhausted. I start the day by taking my supplement pill and then half an hour later, I take my powdered seaweed supplement, mixed with water. 10 minutes later, I do notice that I feel fuller and I skip my coffee and grab two pieces of toast with tomato and head out the door.
By lunchtime I’m starving, the ‘full’ feeling only lasted about two hours and by half past ten I was ravenous. At noon I drank my next powdered supplement and noticed the full feeling straight away. I ate a tofu salad with brown rice and felt completely satisfied.

I made it through the afternoon without snacking, even though I did have sugar cravings (as usual) at about 3:30. Before dinner at 7pm, I drank my third and final supplement and had a vegetable pasta dish with salad, plus a small glass of red wine.

Day 2: 147.6 pounds, energy levels improved

A small loss! I am so happy about it that I manage to get to the gym while my partner gets the kids ready for school. After the gym I take my supplement and my seaweed powder and drink a ton of water with breakfast.

By lunchtime I am not as hungry as yesterday. I snack on a packet of nori papers and enjoy the salty, fishy taste (I guess I’m hungry after all!). I have my regular salad, tofu and rice and feel full and satisfied. Again the cravings hit me at 3:30pm. I’m so starving that I have to get some candy from the vending machine. I eat three pieces and give the rest away. At dinner I take my supplement and the family sits down to chicken (them), tofu (me) and plenty of veggies. After dinner I need a cookie.

Day 3: 147.1 pounds, energy very low

I feel awful. I drag myself to the gym in a very grumpy state. I am somewhat comforted by the fact that I’ve lost a pound. However I am being more disciplined with my eating, despite the occasional cookie and glass of wine. I eat the same as yesterday and have included a snack of miso soup and a carrot at 3:30 to stave off the cravings. The seaweed powder is definitely making me feel full when I have it, but the effects are not long lasting. I also tend to feel bloated and this makes me uncomfortable.

Day 4: 146.7 pounds, energy level is average

I skip the gym and drive my daughter to school. She has tried some of the nori paper (she’s already a fan of sushi) and has some in her lunch box. It’s a healthy snack and I’m glad she likes it. Today I feel sluggish and tired by lunchtime and my regular salad is just not going to cut it. After my seaweed powder, I buy a salad sandwich on thick, white bread and I feel a lot better.

Day 5: 146.9 pounds, energy normal

My weight has gone up, ever so slightly and I’m thinking of ditching the seaweed but I stick with it. I manage a good gym session and I can definitely see that I look thinner around my mid section. However, after the seaweed powder at lunch my stomach expands very painfully and I feel like I’m four months pregnant. It stays that way all afternoon and I’m dreading my seaweed powder at dinner. The powder (which I mixed into fruit juice) makes me feel truly awful and I don’t feel like eating my dinner. I pick at my meal (bad example for the kids!) and then eat cookies and ice cream after they’re tucked away in bed!

Day 6: 146.2 pounds, energy high

I’ve lost two pounds! I head to the gym with a spring in my step and run fast on the treadmill feeling light on my feet. The supplement is staring to really bother me and I can see how the fishy taste would put many people off. I have my seaweed powder before each meal and don’t feel as bloated as yesterday, but it still makes for an uncomfortable, full feeling, rather than the satiety of eating a solid, balanced meal.

I am noticing that I have preferred to eat more lightly while taking the powder. I have no interest in starchy carbs but I have still been reaching for the sugar quite a bit. It’s Saturday so I take a nice, long walk with the family and we go out for ice cream later. I keep my intake moderate and skip the toppings. I have to admit that I feel lighter and my clothes feel looser.

Final Day: 145.8 pounds, energy normal

I made it! I am amazed that I have dropped nearly 2 ½ pounds in one week, although I have to admit that I was very careful with my diet, as well as using the seaweed supplement, seaweed powder and eating the nori paper. My results were good, the main challenge was the bloating I experienced after the third day, which was quite uncomfortable. On my last day I stuck to the program but had a large Sunday dinner with the family and an extra glass of red wine.

Would I recommend it?

I think that seaweed is one of those health supplements that is unlikely to do you any harm, so try it by all means. After my week on the program I feel fantastic, lighter and have good energy levels. My hair also seems shinier and my nails and skin seem healthy as well.

Seaweed is currently being studied for its benefits related to health and cancer. You can find seaweed in most good health food stores or research and order online. The Mayo clinic has also conducted trails on seaweed gels, to varying degrees of success. Once an improvement has been made to the taste and texture of these products, we see them going more mainstream.
For now, I’m taking my two pound weight loss and getting back into my bikini (OK, my one-piece) and hitting the pool!

vegetables

5 Day Vegan Power Cleanse Program

Feeling a little sluggish after Christmas? Why not try “going vegan” for only 5 days? This is a great cleanse, you can eat lots of food and still feel light on your feet.

DAY ONE: CLEANSE

This day is designed to detoxify your body, eating mostly fruit. The idea is too keep your food plain and simple, getting your system in a good place to begin your detox.

(1000 calories)

POST WORKOUT:
Green Monster Smoothie (205 cals)
1 cup baby spinach 10cals
1 small banana 75 cals
½ cup rice milk 60 cals
1 tsp chia seeds 30 cals
1 tsp linseeds 30 cals
Ice cubes 0 cals

BREAKFAST: (90 cals)
Peppermint tea
1 cup chopped watermelon 45 cals
1 cup chopped rockmelon 45 cals

LUNCH: (310 cals)
Green tea
¾ cup brown rice 185 cals
1 cup pineapple 60 cals
250g strawberries 65 cals
Lemon 5 cals
Mint leaves

SNACK:
Green tea
1 cup chopped watermelon 45 cals

DINNER : (285 cals)
Green tea
¾ cup brown rice 185 cals
¼ avocado 55 cals
1 cup rockmelon 45 cals
Lemon 5 cals
Mint leaves

DESSERT:
1 cup chopped watermelon 45 cals
1 cup senna leaf tea

DAY TWO: POWER

This day is designed to get as many natural energy foods into your system as possible, foods that are energy dense, whole and natural. Lots of seeds, nuts and fruits are included, plus protein-rich quinoa and lentils to fill you up at the end of the day. You have 500 extra calories to consume today, but it’s back to 1000 again tomorrow.

(1500 calories)

POST WORKOUT:
Green tea
Small banana 75 cals

BREAKFAST: (500 cals)
60g oatmeal 245 cals
1 tsp chia seeds 30 cals
1 tsp linseeds 30 cals
3 dates 90 cals
1 small apple 45 cals
1 tbs molasses 60 cals

LUNCH: (345 cals)
¾ cup brown rice 185 cals
½ avocado 110 cals
1 cup rockmelon 45 cals
Lemon 5 cals
Mint n/a

SNACK: (150 cals)
Green tea
6 prunes 50 cals
8 walnuts 100 cals

DINNER (350 cals)
1 cup quinoa 225 cals
½ cup lentils 75 cals
1 cup kale 35 cals
1 small red onion 15 cals

DESSERT:
Senna leaf tea
1 medium pear 80 cals

DAY THREE: STIMULATE

This day is designed to stimulate your metabolism with foods such as grapefruit, pineapple cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger, lemon and chili all included to make your blood flow and your heart beat, stimulating and refreshing you and keeping you energized to continue the detox.

(1000 calories)

POST WORKOUT:
Green Monster Smoothie (205 cals)
1 cup baby spinach 10cals
1 small banana 75 cals
½ cup rice milk 60 cals
1 tsp chia seeds 30 cals
1 tsp linseeds 30 cals
Ice cubes 0 cals

BREAKFAST: (135 cals)
Green tea
1 large grapefruit 66 cals
1 medium apple 70 cals
½ tsp grated ginger 5 cals
½ tsp cinnamon n/a

LUNCH: (310 cals)
Green tea
¾ cup brown rice 185 cals
1 cup pineapple 60 cals
Lemon 5 cals
1 tsp fresh chili n/a

SNACK:
Green tea
1 cup chopped watermelon 45 cals

DINNER : (245 cals)
Green tea
¾ cup brown rice 185 cals
¼ avocado 55 cals
Lemon 5 cals
Garlic 5 cals
½ tsp cayenne pepper n/a

DESSERT:
Senna leaf tea
1 large grapefruit 60 cals

DAY FOUR: GOOD FATS

This day is designed to be filling and hearty to keep you satisfied so that you can complete the detox and look and feel great. Lots of good fats have been included such as walnuts, brazil nuts, pinenuts linseeds, olive oil and avocado. This day should fill you up and keep you motivated.

(1500 calories)

POST WORKOUT: (105 cals)
Green tea
Small banana 75 cals
1 tsp linseeds 30 cals

BREAKFAST: (450 cals)
60g oatmeal 245 cals
8 walnuts 100 cals
1 small apple 45 cals
½ tbs molasses 30 cals

LUNCH: (455 cals)
¾ cup brown rice 185 cals
½ avocado 110 cals
½ tbs olive oil 80 cals
3 crushed Brazil nuts 80 cals
Fresh herbs n/a

SNACK:
Green tea
8 walnuts 100 cals

DINNER (390 cals)
½ cup quinoa 115 cals
½ cup lentils 75 cals
1 tbs pine nuts 70 cals
½ tbs olive oil 80 cals
1 cup kale 35 cals
1 small red onion 15 cals
Cayenne pepper n/a

DESSERT:
Senna leaf tea

DAY FIVE: BACK TO REALITY

This day is designed to ease your body back into normality. The cals are light, but after 6pm you can reward yourself with a dinner out (make sure you include lots of veggies) and a nice glass of (vegan) red wine. Lunch also includes bread for the first time, but breakfast is very light.

(800 calories until 6pm then free time!)

POST WORKOUT:
Green Monster Smoothie (205 cals)
1 cup baby spinach 10cals
1 small banana 75 cals
½ cup rice milk 60 cals
1 tsp chia seeds 30 cals
1 tsp linseeds 30 cals
Ice cubes 0 cals

BREAKFAST: (115 cals)
1 large grapefruit 65 cals
½ tsp grated ginger 5 cals
1 cup chopped watermelon 45 cals
Mint

LUNCH:
Salad wholemeal roll with avocado
300 cals

SNACK: (170 cals)
Green tea
3 brazil nuts 80 cals
3 dates 90 cals

6pm – Detox ends

6:01pm – large glass of vegan organic red wine – the very best you can afford!

DINNER :
Anything you want – but make sure you eat as many veggies as possible

THE RULES
No salt
No preservatives
Only wholefoods
No alcohol
No coffee or tea

EXERCISE
5 days of running, minimum 40 minutes per day
5 days of sit-ups (150 minimum per day)
1 yoga class (yoni or bikram)