I don’t eat nearly enough fruit and vegetables, so last week I decided it was time to kick-start my healthy eating habits with a three day Juice detox. After much deliberating and research, I purchased a Philips Juicer and a Kenwood smoothie maker and then took a trip to the supermarket to arm myself with fruit and veg galore. Not the cheapest of shopping trolleys, but health is health.
For the next three days, I’ll be posting a diary of my eating plan – Let’s see if we can do this thing!
Jason Vale 3 day detox taken from: Keeping it Simple – The Juice Master.
First up the shopping list… For one.
DAY ONE: FRIDAY
8.45am – Wake up… Grumpy as ever about waking up. However, I have a bit more of a spring in my step because I know I’ve got a new juicer to get juicing with. I’m fun like that.
8.50am: I make Alex his juice, as he’s decided to join me for the three day detox… I give him one day! Juice of the morning is the Juice Master Detox Special. It smells massively of celery – One of the worst foods ever! I test Alex’s drink and don’t like it. He manages to get it down and head to a meeting. My hero!
9am: I drink a cup of warm water with lemon. It reminds me a bit too much of Lemsip, which I also dislike, so I take it out and just drink the water.
9.10am: Make juice and place it in fridge… It’s a bit early for me. I left out the celery. Wimp!
Juice Master Detox Special Ingredients:
1 slice of lemon (rind on)
1/4 yellow bell pepper
1 inch slice of cucumber
1/4 piece of celery
1 inch broccoli stem
1 inch slice raw beetroot
9.15am: Wash up. The juicer is not hard to clean at all, which is good because I’m not a huge fan of washing up. A few mins and I’m sitting down to check my work emails.
9.35am: Time to man up and drink my juice. The juice man advises me to drink it slowly and either brush my teeth or swill mouth with water when finished. It’s quite tasty, but I still have the stench of celery up my nose. It’s also quite filling, but am finding it hard to drink, as I normally skip breakfast.
11.30am: I was meant to have an H20 break, but Alex has not yet returned armed with a litre bottle of water and I’m working tonight, so have not yet hit the shower and fear I will look a mess walking down the street to the shops. Just had a few glasses of water and not the extras. I guess I could have added the fruit and veg, but I’m not actually that hungry anyway. This recipe is meant to be more filling than water, but lighter than juice. It also contains lots of vitamins, calcium and iron amongst other goodness.
1 inch beetroot
1/2 an apple
1 inch slice pineapple
1 inch slice lemon
Add to 3/4 litre of mineral water and shake.
1.20pm: Time for the same juice as this morning. This had better fill me up because I’m starving! I think this is the only drink repeat in such a short space of time, but I don’t really mind as I’m starting to like it even more.
1.22pm: Fat cat thinks he’ll try some, but meows insanely for food after one sniff. I feed him disgusting cat food and feel a slight pang of jealousy.
2.17pm: No sign of Alex. He’s clearly seeking some solids in somewhere because he didn’t pack a juice.
3pm: Craving something to chew on. Call from Alex – He had ‘no other option’ but to eat solids for lunch. #Jealous
4pm: Time for a disco nap before work this evening. This is a great help to take my mind off food.
7pm: Dinner time. I consider foregoing the juice for a proper meal because I feel that work will be difficult if I’m feeling hunger pangs. Talk myself out of it and make the Beyond Detox juice. Drink whilst I’m getting ready and it truly fills me up. This one also tastes good, so no problems getting it down.
Beyond Detox Ingredients:
1 large handful of spinach
1 inch raw beetroot
1 inch slice cucumber
1/2 ripe avocado
10pm – 4am: I’m at work. I packed a ham sandwich (just in case), which is just sitting there waiting to be eaten. I resit temptation until about 2am… I just take a bite or two before feeling great pangs of guilt. Pack it away and get on with it. I’d normally have a Redbull or V to get me through the night, but also resist this. Can’t wait to get to bed.
END OF DAY ONE. PHEW!