As 2015 comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on what a great year it has been and how much I have learned. I began 2015 with a desire to improve my health and fitness. I underwent food intolerance testing in January 2015 and started a strict elimination diet which I continued throughout February and March. It was at this time that I started my Instagram page @cleancoconut_insta and began to track my experience on social media.
I took on new strength training programmes in the gym and achieved new ‘personal bests’ on the weights through consistent training.
By April, having completely eliminated dairy, eggs, yeast and gluten from my diet, I had come to realise that probiotics and good bacteria are an essential part of healthy digestion and held the true answer for me. I devoured books and research articles on the topic of probiotics. In May 2015 I attended a course on fermentation. I have since discovered a whole new world of ancient and powerful foods which I cannot wait to share with you in 2016!
I moved to Belfast in the Summer of 2015 and began working on my website www.thecleancoconut.com which I eventually launched in August 2015. I started out by writing about My Vegan Challenge, a seven-day vegan trial based on Marco Borge’s vegan plan, made famous by Beyoncé. I wrote a guide to going gluten-free too.
I then decided to share my experience of a detox diet because that was what had originally led me to learn about food intolerance.
Finally I went back and blogged about the thing that really made the difference for me in 2015; My Food Intolerance Journey.
I also got the chance to begin sharing recipes on my blog this year. I shared my favourite soup recipe, and I started a series of Rock ‘n’ Roll Smoothies to which I have lots more to add! For your New Year detox check out two of my favourite Vegan Smoothies; Purple Haze and Brown Sugar. I also shared my recipe for a healthier pumpkin spice latte!
I am so excited for 2016 and am feeling really motivated about continuing this amazing journey of discovery and sharing it with you all. I cannot thank you enough for your support in 2015. I hope I’ve been able to inspire and encourage you on your own journey. Thank you to everyone who has liked my Instagram and Facebook posts, read my articles and shared them with their own friends. Every time you click like or share you help to spread my little baby blog a bit more and I really appreciate it. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading in 2015. Looking forward to 2016!
Happy New Year,
The Clean Coconut x