Enjoy another witty but very real blog from one of our boot campers.
A day in the Life of a Bootcamper Part 2.....
"I've been clean eating this week and I feel so much healthier for doing so. I feel far more energetic, less bloated and happier! If I'm being honest, I've not been able to fully stick to my original plan of 80/20 as I didn't prepare well. I thought being fired up and ready to take on the world alone would get me through doing 'a shop', I was wrong. I need a list. I need to write a list and stick to the list. I could kick myself as I would feel amazing right now if I had done a full week of clean eating. Please forgive my repetitive use of 'clean eating', you see I'm not on a diet, I'm changing my lifestyle. The lifestyle of my family too. Being on a diet is a short term, temporary change to reach a short term goal. I'm in this for life, to improve my life and of those I love.
I'm still on the cusp of filling my shopping trolley with either all good things or all bad things. I guess as a seasoned shopper I'm just so conditioned to putting the 'pre clean eating' things into my trolley. Coincidentally, these are the days when I accidentally bump into fellow Bootcampers. When my trolley has a huge shiny halo on top, there's not one Bootcamper to be found, not one that I can gloat to or look smug in front of! Half the fun of loading up a trolley with healthy foods is showing off. It's a completely different story when I look a mess and I'm pushing what could pass for the Devil's own shopping trolley, I see everyone! I am starting to think that maybe Tesco isn't the supermarket for me. I've had my fair share of moments when I've had doubts about our relationship. Like the time I looked like I was auditioning for 'Dancing on Ice' as I went gliding down the fresh produce aisle on one leg, all because I slipped on a grape. I landed in a heap on the floor with ripped trousers. I walked out of there with only a carrier bag barely covering my exposed behind. Oh, who could forget the time that I went late night shopping, I returned to the car to find a chap had parked next to me and he was enthusiastically enjoying a ham shank, not a fresh one from the rotisserie either. I dread to think what prompted him to do what he did, where he did it or what his inspiration was. It wouldn't do for us all to be the same I suppose.
I've had a bit of a revelation, an epiphany if you will. I've realised that I now automatically put Spinach into my shopping trolley! I have strong memories of Mum trying desperately to get me to eat various green foods, spinach being one of them. My Mum would be so proud of me! Thinking about it, Mum would probably be vexed that I didn't start eating it under her gentle persuasion. Gentle? Who am I kidding, Mums' use every trick in the book to get kids to eat their greens, just stopping short of a headlock. There's nothing gentle about it. I've started to use spinach everyday, I put it into curries, stews, egg wraps, even for breakfast thrown in with my scrambled eggs. When the Spinach is in the mood, it gets hot with coconut oil, dresses up in a squeeze of lemon and something equally hot lies on top of it. I make no apologies for being saucy..... It's Sexy September!
Lots of love xxx "
Ellen Murray: spreading hope, self-belief and empowerment to real women.