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The Kickstart So Far…

January 11, 2011

So i have just completed day 2 of the kickstart and find it hard to believe that i am already 2lb lighter!!!! I am not following the plan in exact order but am using the recipes within the plan, this means that i do not waste as much food.

Here is what i ate on Day 1:

For breakfast (which i normally skip if i am not blogging!) i had porridge made with rice milk, i mixed in a pear and sprinkled it with cinnamon – instead of diving for the caffeine i went for hot water with lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper…

For lunch i had the Cous Cous Confetti Salad + carrot and red pepper soup which i blogged about making here.

Through the day i had caffeine free teas and water – no caffeine what so ever!! I have really been struggling with getting to sleep of a night so wanted to see whether it was the sugar and caffeine keeping me awake, i will come back to that in a moment.

When i got in from work i was allowed a piece of toast with peanut butter – i gobbled it down – i was really missing the bread – i LOVE bread!



I also dived into my Twinings box which i was sent a while ago, the lovely people at Twinings sent me a box full of tea!

I was finding i was feeling a little nauseous so thought the toast and a Digestif tea may help.

Once i had my tea and toast i started to get a roaring headache – i actually felt like a migraine was starting – the husband got the duvet for me and i curled up on the sofa – i felt rotten. I should have made my first vegan dinner but decided to save it for the next night and not eat.

I went to bed at 11pm and slept like a baby = result!!! Maybe the caffeine and sugar illimination was worth it!


Day 2:

I woke up feeling fine and well rested! No headache, no nausea. I think a mixture of sugar/caffeine withdrawal and exhaustion caused me to feel so rotten.

I started my day with a hot water and lemon (i forgot to add the cayenne pepper). Today i was allowed cereal so i had a bowl of this which i bought at the good food show…i forgot to take my own photo – sorry!


I used rice milk (which is so much nicer than soya) and added a few dried apricots for sweetness – this cereal is so nice!

For lunch i had the rest of the Cous Cous Confetti Salad and a couple of dried apricots. Again today i just stuck to the water but i do confess that i had a very weak tea after lunch (i had a major slump) but felt guilty as it did contain powdered milk and sugar :o(

I had physio tonight as i had a car crash just before xmas and damaged my back, i got in later than usual and almost asked the husband whether he wanted to go out to eat, but changed my mind and started making the dinner that i should have had the previous night…Hoppin John Salad! (click link for full recipe).

I chopped up some celery, tomato and spring onion…

And cooked some brown rice and simmered the black beans that i have had soaking…

For the sauce, i needed to add some garlic, so i used this which i also got from the Good Food Show…

It’s from a company called very lazy – which i am!! You have to use 1 tsp for every clove that you would normally use, i mixed this with lemon juice and olive oil…

Whilst i was waiting for the rice and beans to cook, i had the tough decision of what tea to have today mmmmm….

I opted for fruit tea…

and it was yummy!! The orange flavour really worked with cranberry, i think i will be having this one again. I also munched on a fingertip of peanut butter – if it is on your finger and not on a spoon – it doesn’t count right???

Once the rice and beans were cooked i put them into a bowl and mixed in the veggies and sauce mix…


Vegan dinner is served!!!

When i first saw this in my bowl i thought that won’t fill me up? But actually i only ate half as i was stuffed! I have loads left over for lunch tomorrow – this tasted so good – it’s all about the flavouring with these vegan meals…i have one problem with this diet so far…the beans bloat me (& i am a little windy!!! :o\ ) but i am putting this down to my body getting used to eating proper food!! How are all your detox’s and healthy starts to the year going?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2011 9:41 pm

    Your tea box looks amazing!! I’m so jealous ;D

    Well done on your detox so far, I’ve had a look at the plan and there are some really tempting sounding recipes that I’ll probably give a go.

    I’ve pencilled in the start of Feb for my detox! So looking forward to it.

  2. January 12, 2011 1:44 am

    Cayenne pepper is so great for weight loss and many other health benefits. I found it extremely helpful for my own weight loss.

    I have written plenty of articles on cayenne pepper and weight loss that you might find interesting.

    Thanks for posting!

  3. January 12, 2011 8:38 am

    That salad looks yummy! I did like the sound of the recipe on the iphone app. Glad your doing so well!

  4. January 12, 2011 9:05 am

    Lovely looking food! Looks like you are doing really well on your new plan.

  5. January 12, 2011 8:45 pm

    Delish looking food 🙂
    Glad it is working so well for you.

  6. thebettylife permalink
    January 21, 2011 5:53 am

    Wow! How did you get all that tea?! I drink the twinnings tea, love the peppermint ones..
    Just stumbled across your blog. I am a UK blogger (Southampton) my blog is

    Look forward to reading your updates! Betty xx

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