|Kellogg’s All-Bran New 5 Day Challenge|
So, as you may already know if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve been fasting for the month of Ramadan. And before you ask, nope, I didn’t lose weight. But onto more positive things….well, kinda.
Fasting every day from dawn till sunset for 30 days will take its toll on the body, no two ways about it. The worst part? Not drinking water all day. Many’s the time on a regular day when I’ve missed meals (slap on the hand, naughty naughty!) and I can deal with that but without water, I’m like a zombie on valium. And with the long days (these fasts this year have been around 18 or 19 hours long!), there’s not a lot of time to catch up on the water intake. Plus, there’s a lot of
pigging out eating in the few short hours available, and not much energy to do much else, and you can forget about exercise. End result? An exhausted, dehydrated unfit body that feels in dire need of some TLC, rehydration and healthy nutrition.
So I’m taking a proactive approach to redress all the unbalances, starting with the Kellogg’s All-Bran New 5 Day Challenge. Back in the day, I used to be a big fan of Bran Flakes and, (bizarrely, so did my kittens). But since I’ve been keeping off the carbs (again, naughty naughty!) I’ve not really been down the breakfast cereal route for a while. Cue a sluggish digestive system, lack of fibre and a general feeling of “all’s NOT well with the world”. So I was really interested when the lovely people at Kellogs invited me down to spend a day at the glorious Sanctuary Spa for a bit of pampering and to hear all about why I should be eating more fibre.
Turns out there are a whole host of reasons I need to get back on the fibre trail. Want some facts? Here they are…and they’re not all pretty! Apparently the digestive tract is 30 foot long, even in someone only 5’2″ tall like me! And it takes somewhere between one and a half to three days for food to, err, travel through the body. Fibre is key to a healthy digestion, but it’s one of the biggest deficiencies in the British diet – we should be eating around 25g a day, but the average is closer to 12g-13g. And to make it worse, not all fibre is created equal; wheat bran fibre is best for to aid the body’s digestive and elimination process (I think we all know what I mean, I’m just trying to be sensitive to those of a squeamish nature!).
So here’s the deal: eat a bowl of All-Bran everyday for breakfast, once a day for five days, and feel a discernible difference. Weirdly, I actually love the stuff, so I’ll be eating it for longer than the five days, but I’ll be making a note of how I’m feeling as the five days go on. All in conjunction with (an attempt at) healthy eating and drinking 2 litres of water a day, as recommended. If anyone’s interested to hear if it makes any difference, leave me a comment below and I’ll do a quick follow up post.
And check back soon – I’ll be writing another post about pampering my skin back to its pre-Ramadan status.
PS If you fancy doing the 5 Day Challenge too, check out the Kellogg’s website HERE for more information.