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May 10, 2006

Revision + Detox = ?

Well Revision has been underway since the end of my coursework and project, but have I actually learnt anything? I think the answer to that is probably yes however I can't seem to recall anything at the moment. All a little bit worrying considering my exams start in under a week!

Adding to the joys of revision I'm also in the second week of a detox diet as well. Not so much that I needed to really, but more to give some friends support while they did it. So according to the book one of them has (by Carol Vorderman), we can't eat the following:

–Red meat, chicken, turkey and any meat products like sausages, burgers, and pate
–Milk, cheese, eggs, cream
–Butter and margarine
–Any food that contains wheat including bread, croissants, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pies, pastry, quiche, battered or breadcrumbed foods, etc
–Crisps and savoury snacks including salted nuts
–Chocolate, sweets, jam and sugar
–Processed foods, ready meals, ready–made sauces and takeaways
–Coffee and tea
–Sauces, pickles, shop bought salad dressing, mayonnaise
–Fizzy drinks and squashes, including diet versions

This rules out a lot of things really!! And leaves us with the following:

–Fruit juice
–Beans and lentils
–Tofu and Quorn
–Brown rice and rice noodles
–Rye crackers, rice cakes and oatcakes
–Unsalted nuts
–Unsalted seeds
–Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
–Garlic, ginger and fresh herbs
–Ground black pepper
–Water – at least 2 litres a day.

So am I feeling detoxed? I'm feeling hungry if thats the same thing. I do feel a little better as in I've lost weight over the last week and I have softer skin (interesting…) but I think that it does mean essentially I'm cutting out good things too so my immune system is weaker and hence I now have a cough too. I can't wait for the weekend when it ends and I can finally eat meat again! I'm hoping for a sudden boost in energy for my exams, and the renewed power of redbull (it has kind of worn off from overdrinking..)

Needless to say by the weekend the four of us on the diet will probably hate vegtables, crave meat/chocolate and get really drunk on hardly any alcohol. But I'm going to stick with it and prove that I can basically eat nothing for two weeks.

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