Apologies for going AWOL, I got caught up in the snow induced travel chaos, and inbetween switching flights and airports I didn't get a chance to blog. Holidays also mean I'm off my January daily habits and having a week long break where treat holiday food is allowed, although three days into it I'm already craving some vegetables and rice!!
It's funny how much you can crave junk food when you ban it from your diet, but if you aren't used to it and have it a few days running you'll quickly feel it's effects and not want to touch the stuff!! This is why short detox diets are such a great idea, you get the great feeling you get of having a clean diet, clear head, clean body ... then when you then go back to a regular diet you'll find yourself feeling more tired, lethargic, bloated. Really feeling this contrast in effects can be very motivating in keeping your diet clean.
If you can't face a full detox you can do a mini version with any food that is your vice ... cut out coffee, chocolate, biscuits, crisps, sweets, whatever your naughty nemesis is, for a week, knowing that at the end of the week you can go back to eating it. Just one week off is manageable for most people. At the end of the week, before you let yourself have your treat, have a think about how you've felt that week, did you feel better? was it good to take a break from that food? If you feel better consider restricting it as a treat, perhaps just for weekends, or days when you really need a pick me up.
Treat this exercise like a warm up for lent - self-restraint is like a muscle that you need to exercise, start with something small and build up!