The Detox – Day 5

Thursday, 10th Jan 2013 – Day 5 – The Detox

Today was freezing! Between my fingers being numb and my constant thoughts of food – it was a tough day. I had just settled into my diet, so why? I think it was the cold, but it didn’t help at work someone having steamed dumplings (a favourite), in front of me, then I get home and my son having a luscious burger! Today was a ‘diet hump’ day.


But how did I cope – well when I was asked, I replied “The image of my big fat jelly belly!” That stopped the conversation, but saying it out loud made it clearer to me.


Today for my exercise I enjoyed Pilates. People are under the assumption it is a lot of breathing and slow easy movements. How wrong can you be. You can burn as many calories as some gym classes, tone your body and is necessary for me, due to arthritis and hyper mobility. Pilates is a great combination along with this detox.


It is really important now that I drink lots of water, as now is the time that I will be metabolising fats, and I want them outa here! Flush them away and good riddance too. I am quite thirsty, so obviously my body is aware of what is happening.


A tip that I didn’t follow was the shake can be heated! I must do tomorrow with the freezing weather. Maybe grate some nutmeg on top… Another idea will be to make some vegetable soups, extremely low in calories, full of goodness and filling. Tonight though I stuck to my steamed meal. I was in a hurry and steaming is so quick and so easy!


First step for my dinner tonight is to marinate my chicken with a little soya, place in steam basket and away it goes. Easy.

The Detox - Day 5 Gina Conway Aveda Salons and Spas

Next chop up veggies, and into second steam basket. Give chicken 10mins head start and then put veggies on top of the chicken .

The Detox - Day 5 Gina Conway Aveda Salons and Spas

Take chicken off and leave it to rest on plate, put rice noodles in basket and steam with the veggies. They only take 2mins at the most. Take off and toss them together with some soya sauce. If I had some chilli sauce without so much sugar, I would have used that. I had never looked at how many calories that stuff has! It should be called sugar and chilli sauce!

The Detox - Day 5 Gina Conway Aveda Salons and Spas

Lastly, place portion on my plate – not too many carbohydrates and plenty of veggies. I do not steam the spinach, as it wilts nicely when mixed with the hot noodles and veggies, adding a nice crunch.

The Detox - Day 5 Gina Conway Aveda Salons and Spas

Last step – eat my dinner slowly, savour my meal. I now feel a lot warmer and settled at the end of the day. I am over my diet hump, and ready for Day 6!

Written by Melissa Harris
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