At the end of July I was feeling down and tired. Both physically and mentally, I felt like reaching my limits and I desperately needed a break from everything. Without being able to get any days off work and the blog, I figured it would be best to make some small daily changes with the hope that they’d have a good effect on me with immediate results.
‘Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.’
– Buddha –
Often, after achieving something big or changing your habits, you feel lost. With the uncertainty that comes when embarking new projects and the loss of my daily routine, my inner peace went adrift. I had no desire to work out anymore, I was constantly feeling an invisible pressure to do things and even though I was doing things constantly, I didn’t feel that I was achieving much.
Miraculously, at the same time my mind was consumed with these thoughts, my friend Rachel from Rachel Lauryn gifted me the ‘Get The Glow‘ book by Madeleine Shaw. Rachel was moving away to Livingstone and with her lifestyle turning more towards the minimalist side, she decided to giveaway loads of her books and clothes, and I was definitely one to get a few books with me back home.
In the past, I have documented about my morning snacks –including these DELICIOUS protein morning pancakes, and my Kayla Itsines BBG journey that was a complete SAVAGE, but I never really paid close attention to what I am eating until I got the book in my hands…
“See, I am not good with drinking water, I eat dessert(s) daily and my workouts are pretty much walking from my desk to the sofa and back!”
Surely, this was the time for some changes…
I started going through the pages of the book, at first having a look at the pictures and then reading recipes. Some of them received a big, fat instant NO but some others seemed quite interesting. I wrote down the recipes I was willing to try and listed all the ingredients. I did an online Asda order and prepared myself for packing lunches and cooking breakfasts for the next week. For someone who is having a single coffee and a slice of bread with jam for breakfast, well that was something new! Cooked breakfasts, ha!
The first two days I was extremely organised and followed my plan per letter. Slowly, I became more aware of the choices I made towards this new, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle! I cannot claim that I saw immediate results, like a glowing skin or a boost in my energy levels, but I did notice that my desire to eat desserts daily was reduced. And for me that’s the greatest victory!
simple overnight bircher
I have been following Madeleine Shaw on Instagram religiously for the past few years. I am always amazed by her humble and friendly attitude. Watching her Instagram Stories makes me feel like she is a close friend of mine, someone I can trust and talk to. And so one day, I texted her and told her that I was doing the Get The Glow programme, and to my suprise, a few hours later she responded back and told me how happy she was and that she would always be happy to answer any questions I had. The next morning, she even reposted one of my pictures on her Instagram stories! My week was getting better already…
raw strawberry buckwheat porridge with Greek yogurt
date and cardamon almond milk
banana and cinnamon loaf
smoky roasted chicken slices with green vegetables
orange duck with charred chicory (…I must confess I couldn’t eat this one, poor duck!)
The book is filed with delicious, healthy recipes and a 6 weeks programme to get you off junk food and help you adopt good habits, like taking long walks and drinking more water. Madeleine Shaw’s attitude towards wellness is pretty simple “you are what you eat”! If you, like myself, drink 2 glasses of water per day then don’t expect to have a glowing skin. If you eat rubbish, then you will feel rubbish, but if you eat well you will feel and look well.
It sounds pretty simple but it is so difficult to commit and put in action, right?
Well, here comes flavour! How about if you had to commit to a lifestyle that was healthy, fuss-free and included desserts and hot chocolate drinks too?
pan-fried ocean trout with a beetroot and pear salad
The recipes were very clearly written and with a small text of explanation at the top-when Madeleine created the recipe, why she loves it and what was the occasion she had it last time etc.They were easy to follow and none of them took longer than an hour to make. More to the point, they were all very tasty!
I’d cook more for lunch and then save some for the same or next day’s dinner, in my effort to mix things a bit and save me time. I slighlty had to modify a few recipes, for instance use Quorn instead of mince, but generally I was happy with the spices and vegetables combination and the flavours all together.
Mexican Quorn mince in lettuce wraps with fresh salsa and Greek yogurt
Would I change something?
Perhaps, I would try to use ingredients that are not so expensive, the total weekly bill came down to £120! Some of the ingredients were also difficult to find in the supermarket and I had to pay a visit to the local Organic Food store.
It was definitely a good start and some of her tricks (e.g. using coconut oil instead of olive/rapeseed oil when frying), and recipes have already been incorporated in my diet for the past month.
If you are looking for something that will make you feel happy, then this is as good as it gets. Whilst doing the Get The Glow programme, I also tried measuring the water I drink per day -currently having a full glass next to me! – and increased my daily exercise. What I found extremely empowering too was meditating with Madeleine. Her voice is so soothing, she immediately helps you drift away and forget about the world.
It’s all about taking small steps, one at a time! Following the Get The Glow plan might have been a bigger step but it was totally worth it!
Have you ever heard of the Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw? What are your thoughts?