July 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

Oh dear I’m having one of those moments! In six days NB and I are heading to Queensland in search of warmth and relaxation and I am suffering symptoms known as the winter-belly blues. It’s this time of year that my various personalities crash into each other like two elephants fighting for superiority in the herd . The fitness trainer in me says: Be good! Stop eating carb-dense dinners! You don’t need that afternoon hot chocolate! You don’t need that second serve of chicken fried rice…and so on and so forth. On the other hand, the foodie in me is screaming: It’s winter, if you can’t enjoy stews and mashed potato now when can you. Besides, a full belly makes for a comforting sleep. And finally the girlfriend in me just *GASPS* in panic-stricken horror.

So to appease all of me I have decided that the following six days will include a concentrated effort on getting into bikini shape through new training routines and a cleaner diet, without compromising taste and overall happiness/sociability.

This isn’t a new experiment for me, as I’m sure many women find, our sex have a tendency to pledge goodness and detox into our lives on a rather regular basis. Now I’m not a fan of detox per se as I don’t see the benefit of cutting out entire food groups if you intend to hit your body with them again the following week. Detoxing can also be unhealthy and dangerous when taken to the extremes. But, it you absolutely feel that you need to detox to get the ball rolling I might point you to one celebrity who seems to have reality in mind with her diet. Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog Goop is a really interesting read on any given week, but also has a great section on cooking and eating, as well as her one week detox that has been planned in consultation with a medical professional and doesn’t mean living on lemon water or juice for seven horrifying days:

“I asked my doctor, a detox diet specialist, for the guidelines he uses to achieve a good detox that is not as hallucinogenic (in a bad way) as the Master Cleanse. He actually thinks that the Master Cleanse can be dangerous because the liver is not supported by the nutrients it needs. What it came down to was this: you can detox easily and effectively while you continue to eat as long as you are cutting out the foods and other substances that interfere with the detoxification process. Make sure you check with your doctor before you start any detox. Drink A LOT of water.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow

So you can use that as a starting point, although again it’s just a little OTT for the likes of me and my loves of food (not to mention it’s the middle of winter), so I’ll keep updating Blushing Strawberries with my own little get-fab-fast program and we can see how it goes…Happy Reading!

Day One

6:30 am rise, glass of water with lemon and a mug of green tea.

8am yoga

9:30 – Banana and Berry Coconut Milk Smoothie*

10:45 training session – 45 minute stair running

12pm Lunch – Grated Rainbow Salad**

Afternoon  – apple and a camomile tea

5:45pm Pilates

7:30pm dinner – Baked ocean trout with vegetables

8:30 – Scoop Mango and Cream Weiss ice cream and a shredded wheatmeal biscuit (I refuse to give up my dessert if I plan to keep this up for the long-term!)

*Banana and Berry Coconut Milk Smoothie

This is a powerhouse/dairy free drink that can keep me going for hours. I like to always have frozen berries and banana in the freezer for whenever I might need them.

Serves One


  • Half a sliced banana
  • 2/3 cup frozen berries
  • handful ice cubes (optional for thickening)
  • 2/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tbs Acai Powder
  • 1 tbs Vital Greens Powder (please check this stuff out, it is amazing, tastes delicious and has more nutrients in it than would fit in this post!)

Process, serve in a tall glass and sprinkle with 1 tsp chia seeds and 1 tsp goji berries (optional).

**Grated Rainbow Salad

You really ARE what you it, so if you want to be healthy then ensure that your meals include a full spectrum of colour – this will help you achieve maximum nutrient absorption. The salad is easier to make in a double serve but it happily rests in the fridge for the following day without going soggy. Just don’t add the salt and pepper and avocado until the day of eating.

Serves 2

Grate 2 medium carrots (washed, skin on) and 1 beetroot root (peeled), combine in a bowl with a handful of halved cherry tomatoes, 2 small zucchini (thinly sliced), 1 tin tuna in springwater (optional) and kernels from 1 cob corn. Slice 1/3 avocado on each serve, drizzle with 2 tsp olive oil and add salt and pepper as desired.

Day Two.

5:45am Pilates

7:30am Bowl of porridge with coconut milk, 1/2 sliced banana and cinnamon

Morning training – 1 hour cardio gym session

1pm Grated Rainbow Salad

4:30pm Handful of seeds, apple

5:45 – 8:30 pilates

9pm – Bowl of chicken soup

9:30pm – Warm drink of organic cacao with 1/4 cup heated skim milk. 2 x Shredded wheatmeal biscuits.

(Midnight All Bran – 1/2 cup plus milk…I couldn’t sleep!)

Day Three (via the weekend mishap!)

7am – rise. Drink glass room temperature water with lemon and a green tea

8:30am pilates

Porridge with coconut milk, berries and cinnamon

11am cardio gym session


1:30 Cauliflower, carrot and pumpkin soup with sliced zucchini and peas

5:45 Pilates

7:30 Chicken and vegetable stirfry with ginger, garlic, chilli and reduced salt soy. 1/4 cup Brown rice.

8:30 Piece of fruit, cup of tea, square of chocolate

Day Four

7am rise, glass lemon water and green tea

8:30 am pilates

10 am Vegetable juice (carrot, celery, ginger, mint and pineapple) and a small handful of walnuts

12 pm 45 minute stair running

1:30 pm Tomato based soup with fish, calamari, snow peas and brown rice (take your chicken soup recipe, add a can of chopped tomatoes and swap the chicken for marinara mix (add just before serving and heat seafood until cooked through).

3 pm Apple and a babycino (I know it’s weird – I love froth and not coffee!)

5:30 Yoga

7pm Tuna and vegetable salad – tuna, rocket, tomatoes, grated carrot, grated beetrot, 1/4 avocado, reduced-fat fetta, kalamata olives, drizzled with balsamic and olive oil

8:30pm Watch Inception at the cinema, instead of popcorn or icecream I take in a small bag of cherries, 10 tamari almonds and two chocolate coated macadamias

11pm Small tub of low fat strawberry Jalna yoghurt


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§ One Response to Detox.

  • ducky says:

    Lucky you,going to the coast at this time of year to escape the bleak,chilly winter.Your detox actually sounds really delicious-you must be a clever little foodie to come up with such appetizing yet healthy menus.I hope you have a wonderful mini break and fantastic weather and I’m sure you are already in terrific shape to flaunt that bikini!Go girl!

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