WEEK 1 – Welcome to Your De-Stress Journey

Hello, hopefully you have The De-Stress Diet book in your possession, which has led you to sign up to this supporting email plan. If not, click here to be able to buy the book.

For those of you who have done the Stress Quiz on page xi in the Intro, a high stress score may have you agreeing that this is the time to take back control of your life, health and weight. Whether you are inclined to read the whole book before taking action or the ‘itching to start’ type, you can use the handy page references in the left-hand side of the Progress Charts to quickly find any info you need.

Here are the pages you might need to keep referring back to most in this first week:

The Stress Suits Quiz starting page 19
Nutritional Guidelines page 58
Troubleshooting: Weeks 1–3 page 63
De-Stress Diet Supplements page 66
Weeks 1–3: Transition page 68

Then simply take a deep breath… and start. If it all seems a bit overwhelming, begin with breakfast (Chapter 5) and walking (page 177) and go from there with a little help from the Progress Charts below.

Your Week 1 De-Stress Support Package

Podcast of the week:

Intro – What Is In Store:

Charlotte Watts and Anna Magee, authors of The De-Stress Diet, chat about how the book came about and how your journey might unfold.  Running time: 15.05  

Extra: Expert Chat Podcast:

Grocery Shopping:

Charlotte Watts and Anna Magee, authors of The De-Stress Diet, give you a little something extra to navigate your new De-Stress Diet shopping habits.   Running time: 21.22

Monitoring Progress:

You may be used to weighing yourself regularly or even obsessively. We ask that you give yourself a break over these next 6 weeks and allow yourself to experience how you really feel in body and mind, rather than in response a number on a dial.

So you can weigh yourself now and then put away those scales. However, our preferred monitoring system is how your clothes fit, using dress sizes and girth measurement. See our Monitoring Change guidelines to find out how. Again, we suggest that you don’t assess these regularly but wait until the end of your 6 week De-Stress journey to see how you have changed.

De-Stress Tools that may be of particular help at this time:

The main quiz and progress charts are all available here to be downloaded and used over again. Refer also to the The Stress Suits Quiz which is only found in The De-Stress Diet book on page 19.

The Stress Quiz
De-Stress Progress Chart – Daily Living
De-Stress Progress Chart – What to Eat
De-Stress Progress Chart – Changing Your Food Habits
De-Stress Progress Chart – Mood, Energy, Mood, Appetite

All can be viewed in the Tools section of the website too.

Recipe of the Week: Warming Fish Parcels

This is a fabulously simple way of cooking fish that incorporates great sulphur-providing garlic, leek and fennel; for cleansing and rebuilding tissues. Use fresh tofu for a vegetarian option. You can prepare more of these than you might eat in one sitting and stick some ready-made parcels in the freezer. They can then be taken out before work and defrosted by time you come home to pop in the oven.

Visit the following sections to help support your De-Stress journey:

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