Jumpstarting 2015 with a healthier diet.
Jumpstart 2015 is a healthy eating and drinking challenge a group of us UK food bloggers are participating in for the month of January, and perhaps for a little longer too. In this challenge we are aiming to increase our daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by eating and drinking more juices, soups and smoothies, and to chart our progress throughout.
Back in mid-December I began the extreme home exercise program P90X, and today is Day 43 – I’ve officially reached the halfway point in the 90 day challenge. The benefits I am experiencing are noticeable (someone even commented yesterday that I’ve lost weight!), and I feel much stronger and full of more energy than I was before I started.
It’s slow going though, I feel. I’m one of those stand-on-the-scale-every-morning people and unless that number decreases every day (while trying to slim) I can feel set back. My diet includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, lean protein and a modest amount of starchy carbohydrates – with a calorie intake between 1250-1500 per day. Days can go by at a time where I won’t lose a single gram, and then I’ll suddenly drop a pound. It really makes no sense, but the number is decreasing as are my body measurements. I shall persevere!
JUMPSTART 2015: THE RULES
- Enjoy a freshly made smoothie or juice (made of mostly vegetables) for breakfast and lunch
- Drink more water (I’m terribly guilty of not drinking enough water, unless coffee counts?)
- No alcohol (optional, but I think the majority of my weight gain last year came from wine calories so it’s teetotal 2015 for me!)
- Eat more soups – chunky or smooth as long as they are loaded with vegetables!
- Normal meal in the evening (In my case, on days where I manage to complete a P90X exercise workout this meal will be rich in protein with a generous serving of vegetables and small serving of carbohydrates)
So, over the last week of #Jumpstart15 here are some of the lovely recipes I’ve enjoyed!!
Total weight loss this week: 2.5 lbs
Weight loss in total since I started the P90X 43 days ago: 11.9 lbs
This week, I am delighted to announce that I have finally made it back into the healthy BMI range!
No juicer? Not a problem! You can make your own green juice with just a blender and a nut milk bag or piece of fine cheesecloth, according to Jessica Nadel, author of Greens 24/7, a newly published cookery book all about getting more greens into your diet. Find the recipe for the juicer free green juice and for a giveaway to win one of three copies of her fab new book >> here <<.
OTHER BLOGGERS TAKING PART IN JUMPSTART 2015
- Tinned Tomatoes
- Fuss Free Flavours
- Ren Behan
- Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
- Smarter Fitter
- An Easy 3-Day Juice Feast to Jumpstart 2015
- Utterly Scrummy Food for Families
- Veggie Desserts
- Franglais Kitchen
- London Unattached (focusing on soups)
YOU! – If you would like to join in too, tweet me @TangoRaindrop your photos and recipe tips using the hashtag #Jumpstart15 and I will retweet all that I see. I’d love to try out your tried and tested recipes, and, if you like, I could even feature them on my blog (duly credited, of course!).
Bookmark or use Bloglovin to track what my Jumpstart 2015 blogging friends are up to – their recipes, tips and progress!
Linking up with Weight Loss Wednesday (Week 3) by Sim’s Life and The Musing Housewife.
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Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary uses the Froothie Optimum 9400 blender, and the Froothie Optimum 600 slow juicer to make her juices, soups and smoothies. These are affiliate links, meaning if you buy a blender or juicer through them we will earn a small commission. This is not a paid post and all thoughts and opinions are our own.