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I found day 5 hard on my December Detox. It was a Sunday, and the family weren’t as cooperative as they’d been the previous 3 days. I suggested they had their cooked brunch whilst I was out on my morning walk, but no. They were only just starting to cook it when I came back home!

I felt quite hungry throughout the day, and made use of the free foods to snack on. When I look at my list it’s not a lot really – a handful of blueberries, a few slices of pepper, and some spinach. It really does work, with drinking more water as well.

Changing attitude towards food

When I think about it, food is a major part of my life. I love food. I like cooking, and searching for new recipes. I love the French markets, with their smells and colours, and piles of gorgeous looking food.

Food has always been social for me. My family spent time at meal times, and we’ve followed this with our own family. Food is always the first thing you offer a guest isn’t it, “Do you want a cup of tea and a biscuit/piece of cake?”. Food is comfort.

I know I’ve had problems in the past with eating for comfort, but I managed to stop that a couple of years ago.

So how is this 9 day cleanse helping me change my attitude towards food?

Turkey-burger-sweet-potato-saladWell, I’m not snacking, and I’m not missing it. If I do feel the need to fill a hungry tummy, I’m quite happy with the free foods, and will keep these in the fruit bowl & fridge in the future.

I’m also learning about calories, and what it looks like on a plate. 600 calories for a meal is quite a plateful! This meal was a suggested one in the C9 booklet – 115g turkey, made into a burger & grilled; 115g sweet potato baked in oven with paprika & a touch of oil; salad with balsamic vinegar. It filled me up and was easy enough to prepare.

Looking at the calorie counter provided by the programme, sweet potatoes have half the calories that white potatoes do. I know it’s not all about calories, but if I’m more aware when preparing the family meals in the future, we can still all eat really well, but hubby and I can have fewer calories and fill up on free foods. And I love sweet potatoes!

I can’t say I’m not missing some things, as I really fancied something sweet today after my evening meal. But I’m well aware that I don’t NEED it!

Can you make some small changes to your food to help your health? Or have you already made changes you’d like to share? Let us know below, or on the Facebook page.