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I’ve enjoyed day 3 of my December detox, and a lot of it has to do with free foods. Yes, enjoyed! Wow! Never thought I’d say something like that about not eating!

I’ve heard of free foods before, when friends have been on particular diets. I’ve never shown much interest, as I haven’t been interested in dieting. However, today, I’ve eaten loads of food, feel full and know I’ve lost weight. How good is that?

At the start of day 3, on the clean 9 programme, you re-do all your measurements. I was amazed that I’d lost 1.9kg, and 12cm from my measurements – in just 2 days! As you know, my main aim for this detox is about long term health, not weight loss. However, if I’m able to lose some of my excess weight, then that’s even better!

I was quite light headed first thing in the morning, but as soon as I’d had my milkshake for breakfast, I felt fine. I managed an extra walk today too, in the sunshine, which was a lovely bonus. That’s one thing I’m going to keep up after these 9 days are over – walking for half an hour a day in the morning.

Free foods – what are they?

Free foods for C9On this particular programme, the free foods are a mix of fruit and vegetables, which you can eat at any time during the 9 days to stave of hunger. Free foods seem are those with very low-calorie content, i.e. calorie free, that you can either snack on, or use in your daily diets to keep your calorie intake down.

Forever have chosen foods with a low Glycemic Index (GI). GI, is “a ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods based on the overall effect on blood glucose levels. Slowly absorbed foods have a low GI rating, while foods that are more quickly absorbed have a higher rating. This is important because choosing slowly absorbed carbohydrates, instead of quickly absorbed carbohydrates, can help even out blood glucose levels”, Diabetes UK

Interesting facts about GI, are:

  • Slow-acting carbohydrates reduce the peaks in blood glucose levels that follow a meal, and this may have a role in helping to prevent or reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Research has shown that lower GI diets have also been associated with improved levels of ‘good’ cholesterol and a lower incidence of heart disease.

Diabetes UK say, “It is important not to focus exclusively on GI and to think about the balance of your meals, which should be low in fat, salt and sugar and contain plenty of fruit and vegetables.”

600 calorie meal - chicken and sweet potato

600 calorie meal – chicken and sweet potato

So, an all round balanced diet, but taking into consideration energy and sugar levels, is what I’m learning from all of this.

I enjoyed my evening meal, with my family. I had sweet potato, whilst my boys had ordinary potato; and I had salad, whilst my boys had carrots. It wasn’t difficult. It was about 600 calories, as suggested by the C9 programme. I was very full afterwards!

As you can see, I’m learning loads about healthy eating, doing the Forever C9, even though I think I have a reasonable balanced diet. What small changes can you make to your diet so you have more free foods every day? Please let me know.