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Diary of a detoxPosted at 2:30PM, 07 January 2011 by Caroline Hire - Food editor, bbcgoodfood.com
According to my favourite radio station this morning, the average person put on five pounds over Christmas. This made me feel slightly better about my festive weight gain as it seems I'm below average, but after a month of mince pies I'm feeling in need of a health kick to restore the balance. Editorial assistant Roxy came to the rescue, pushing a copy of a detox plan across the desk. Designed to be 'easy, affordable and flexible' and 'manageable for even the busiest of people' - could this be just the kick-start required?
Some of us at bbcgoodfood.com have decided to take the baton and run with it. Garfield once said the word 'diet' is just D - I - E with a 't' stuck on the end, but this isn't one of those miserable diets where you live off cabbage. It's more of a healthy eating plan and it only lasts for two weeks. OK, so not sure how much we'll achieve in that timeframe, but seeing as most of us have dropped our new year's resolutions already, it's a positive step in the right direction.
The idea is to eliminate sugar, caffeine, alcohol, cheese, cream, wheat-based foods, potatoes, fizzy drinks (even diet ones) refined carbs, red meat and salt, and eat plenty of veg (half your plate), fruit (including tropical and dry fruit in moderation) fish and pulses.
Two weeks is starting to feel like a very long time
Shouldn't be too difficult, right? Well you should work at Good Food. So far from the kitchen today we've been offered two different types of cake, Lemon meringue pie, Chocolate arctic roll and a chocolate and honeycomb dessert. Two weeks is starting to feel like a very long time... we'll let you know how we get on.
Are you on a health drive this January? If so, tell us what you're doing and how it's going.