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My Detox Diary



On a recent session at the gym I was moaning about how I seem to be completely addicted to sugar. Since, becoming pregnant with Rufus I have just craved sweet things continually and seventeen months later that is still the case. Paul our PT at System Energize suggested that I try his Detox, a 7 day programme. The book states “The Energize Detox will put you on the path to a cleaner, healthier, happier you while cleansing your body of unnatural chemicals” so I was up for that!

I know it’s probably going to be hard, I expect lots of headaches because of how much tea and coffee I drink. Let’s just hope I have a good week with Rufus to make it easier, fingers crossed.

Day 1

Well Day 1 and we had a couple of hiccup’s! I usually wake up in the morning and head downstairs for coffee and Rufus’s milk. This morning I was looking forward to trying the blueberry smoothie. So I get out all the ingredients, measure everything out precisely, put it in the blender and it doesn’t work. Great start. So out comes the whisk and I do a very bad job of trying to blend everything together. I have to say it tasted pretty good although not quite the smooth blend it should have been.

Now as I drink quite a lot of tea and coffee I have found it quite a struggle today not having these in between meals. I’ve supplemented them with mint tea and lots of water, but I must admit I did have a bit of a foggy brain and felt a bit tired and lethargic today. Doesn’t help with a demanding toddler shouting at you all day to feel completely shattered! I did expect this though as I’ve had this before when giving up tea and coffee when trying to get pregnant.

Lunch was Paul’s Pea’s! Really tasty but again it was supposed to be blended but it still tasted good to me. Felt full up after lunch, then I hit the 4pm sugar wall. All I wanted was a packet of biscuits and a cup of tea, which is what happens to me most days and I succumb to some sort of sugary snack. So I decided to do an early dinner for myself and started preparing the Hasty Mushroom Stroganoff, halfway through I realised I was actually supposed to be eating Spinach Dahl, I blame the brain fog! It tasted really nice but I felt like I needed some rice with it. Funnily enough if I’d had what I should have it came with rye bread and that would have filled me up and given me that extra something I needed. Tomorrow I shall concentrate and read more carefully. I blame the detox!

Day 2

A Good nights sleep and a much better start to the day. A wonderful lie in till 8am this morning and I got up and drank a glass of water and headed downstairs to do breakfast. Muscle Fuel Museli was on the menu today and I wasn’t sure but to be honest I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not a fan of bircher and I thought this would be quite similar in taste as it uses oats with apple, blueberries, mixed seeds, ground almonds, cinnamon mixed with soya milk. But I stand corrected it was really good and filled me up and gave me something sweet which I’d been craving.

Also, love the fact that as well as being slow releasing energy and keeping you fuller for longer they also contain the amino acid tryptophan. The brain coverts this amino acid into the “feel good” neurotransmitter serotonin and we seriously need that on a detox!

Lunch was Paul’s Pea’s again which I had doubled up yesterday, this time I was able to put it in the new blender. Voila… a beautifully blended smooth creamy pea soup, it was delicious. Today I was able to have snacks of hummus and crudites and fruit so that broke the fast a little in between meals.

Dinner was Spinach Dahl and rye bread that I actually should have had yesterday but I had cooked the wrong meal. It was delicious and to be honest I’ll probably make that again for myself. So all in all not a bad day. Headaches and brain fog not so bad the only thing I haven’t done is exercised which I should be doing twice a day according to the guide. Hopefully I will try and get a run in tomorrow.

Day 3

Didn’t wake up feeling that refreshed as Rufus had been up in the night in pain with his teeth. I did however weigh myself and there is weight loss and also rather whiter looking eyes so the detox seem’s to be working!

Breakfast was glorious this morning a big bowl of sunshine with a Winter Fruit Salad. A mixture of winter fruits (I did go off piste here and add some different ones to the guide just due to the fact they needed eating up) with lemon juice and added to some coconut milk with a sprinkling of mint on top, delicious! Today was another day of snacks and I had an avocado with lemon juice and pepper, to be honest I nearly forgot about it as I wasn’t that hungry.

It was a funny day with Rufus and his naps and trying to get Grandpa to his hospital appointment so I ended up missing lunch which should have been Broccoli, Butterbean and Pistachio Soup and a snack of Corn on the Cob. Not ideal missing these but hard to juggle it all today with looking after parents and child.

Come dinner time I was ravenous this evening and on the menu was Spicy Tofu Scramble, to be honest I didn’t have high hopes for this. I haven’t really eaten tofu before so wasn’t giving it a fair chance. It was a nice spicy dish that you ate with a green salad, it wasn’t offensive but I don’t think I’l be rushing to eat it again. Seriously what is the point of tofu? It’s only at this point today that I thought chicken would be good!

So feeling quite good so far, fuzzy head seems to be subsiding and I even managed to get out this evening and do a 7K run although I did feel pretty shattered. It wasn’t my longest, it wasn’t my fastest but it’s in the bank as they say!

Day 4

Well today has been a hard one, I shan’t sugar coat it (see sugar on the brain!). Rufus was awake from 3.45am with teething so not much sleep was had so those white eyes from yesterday are now blood shot. Tired and hungry this morning and really fancied some carbs. On the menu was a Berry and Watermelon Smoothie, not exactly a carb fest that I required but it was refreshing and delicious and it made me feel a bit more awake after I had drunk it. Thumbs up!

It was a day of no snacks so I did find this hard especially as I didn’t get chance to have lunch till 4pm due to being out. Thankfully I’d managed to make the Watercress Soup beforehand so was able to heat it up once I’d got home. This was a good soup that filled me up and managed to take the edge off. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the soup thinking it might be a tad earthy in taste but actually it was really nice.

Due to being so busy I didn’t really have time to think about food much this afternoon which has helped me. Today has been one of those days so I didn’t manage to sort dinner till later on as Rufus went to bed late. A bit more prep for this dish but the Spicy Pepper Soup was really good and worth the wait, on the plus side I had to double the ingredients so that is tomorrow’s lunch already done! Hoping to get some sleep and be able to go for a run tomorrow to get some exercise in.

Day 5

So this morning a strange thing happened, I woke around 5ish but to no crying toddler, I just woke up ready for the day. Was this the detox making me bright eyed and bushy tailed or just a touch of insomnia? Who knows! So what did I do? I spent the next hour on my phone scrolling through instagram and emails. In hindsight I should have got up and gone for a run but I didn’t. I felt pretty hungry this morning and was eager to see what was for breakfast and thankfully it was a bowl of Slow Release Energy Oats, made up of oats, almonds, raisins and honey it was nutritious, tasty and most importantly I felt full.

Today was a day of snacks for morning and afternoon, so first snack of the day Roast Chickpeas. My honest opinion it’s not really my bag, I had a few then gave up eating them. Had a busy morning with Ru at home so didn’t really notice being hungry until around lunchtime and I warmed up the last of the Spicy Pepper Soup which I loved.

Between three and four today I did start to feel quite hungry and was flagging a bit so I snacked on some olives before I made dinner for Rufus and I. I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to dinner tonight, my first meal of fish! I generally eat a lot of chicken and fish so I was really starting to miss them in my diet. Salmon and Cauliflower Rice on the menu and it was so good I could have eaten it twice, this is a meal I would eat anyway so I really enjoyed it. I also had it early so I could go for a run this evening however one’s husband isn’t home yet so it’s looking doubtful I’ll go. If I wake early tomorrow I promise I’ll get myself out of bed and I’ll pound those streets!

Day 6

Well I don’t make promises I can’t keep, 6K run this morning done! Feeling very smug and more so that breakfast is Strawberries and Cream, what a result! This felt like a nice treat this morning, some strawberries in coconut milk sprinkled with hazelnuts (should have been walnuts but didn’t have any).

A busy day was had and we didn’t get back till gone 2pm so I didn’t have any snacks but thankfully another great dish for lunch Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Only problem with it I had to wait for it to cook in the oven so lunch was more like 3pm, but definitely worth the wait.

This is probably one of my favourite days of the detox. Yesterday I found really hard but I’m loving all the food today! Dinner was a Pineapple and Cashew Stir Fry and I savoured ever single morsel. Tonight I went to bed full and contented and also with the knowledge tomorrow was the last day.

Day 7

Woke up this morning at a more respectable 6am I’m glad to report. I’m on day 7 of the detox already, how did that happen? Feeling quite hungry so glad to see Muscle Fuel Muesli on the menu this morning. This is a breakfast from Day 2 so I know I enjoy this.

Busy morning as had to pop out so I forgot I had to snack, however I did make sure I drank lots of water for once. Lunch was Hot and Sour Soup, a tasty soup that included brown rice and lots of chilli’s. Unfortunately I don’t think I cooked the rice long enough so not as nice as it should be, my fault.

Snacks would have been fruit and nuts today but as I said I skipped those but I did have a Popeye Smoothie that kept my hunger at bay till dinner. I’ve noticed I try and eat dinner early with Rufus most days on this detox which I don’t normally do.

The last supper as I called it was again a salmon dish so I was a happy girl. A simple dish of Salmon on a Bed of Kale simple to cook and delicious to eat and with that detox week draws to a close.


Really pleased that I decided to do this detox, it has given me the motivation to carry on and eat well and take caffeine and sugar (as much as I can) out of my diet. I had completely fallen into a trap of eating on the go and always grabbing coffee due to tiredness.

It is hard when you are running around like a headless chicken trying to fit everything in. Grabbing the quickest thing which tends to be some kind of sugary quick fix snack. Also tired because the baby has kept you up at night, so drink countless cups of coffee thinking it’s going to help. It’s so counterproductive as it’s not helping you at all in the long run!The week for me was mixed. Rufus had a terrible week teething so I was really tired for most of it. It was also the wrong time of the month which made it more of a challenge. Since one of the essential jobs of your liver, your body’s primary detoxification organ, is to break down estrogen, giving it some extra support keeping your hormonal levels balanced could be a good idea. So the best time to detox for a woman is when you are ovulating so ladies take that into account if you try this.

I had a few headaches Day 1-2 so a screaming toddler isn’t the best in that situation. Day 4 I struggled with just feeling tired and hungry but apart from that the week went quite quickly. What I probably didn’t do enough of was drinking water and having the extra smoothies that’s recommended. I really enjoyed eating the meals I thought Paul’s choice of dishes were really nice and tasty and varied throughout the week so I didn’t get bored.

Prep is really easy for the dishes and the book guide’s you through it all. I found shopping every couple of days for ingredients better for me and there is a shopping list in the book thats extremely helpful so you you know what you need to hand. I’m also pleased to say that you’re not having to buy lot’s of “out of the ordinary” ingredients so not spending a fortune, which you sometimes find on these detox’s or healthy eating plans.

Paul at System Energize runs this detox with his clients every January at the gym however you can buy the book and do this at home like me. For each client that takes part in this detox Paul weighs and measures them using the gym’s biometric impedance body composition scales. Each client then takes part in the System Energize Detox fitness timetable whereby they do a 45min exercise class in the morning and evening. This is aimed at burning calories, ridding the body of excess body fat and boosting the efficiency of the respiratory system.

Unfortunately I am unable to go to the gym that frequently with having Rufus but I did manage a 6K and 7K run that week. Every little helps as they say!

So with a busy few months ahead of me I now feel more energised more focused and prepared. My skin looks clearer, my eyes brighter and I’ve lost 6lbs so the results speak for themselves. This is a detox I could easily do every 3 months to give myself a boost and remove harmful toxins, burn fat and reset the body.

If you wish to learn more about this detox you can contact Paul for an informal chat on the number below.

Paul Fothergill @ System Energize
Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Neville Lodge, 53 Newbridge Crescent, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 0LH

Tel: 01902 753 000

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