Soulmatefood Juice Cleanse

I have decided to do a five day juice cleanse this week and to make it easier, I’ve opted to go down the simple route and have ordered my juices from Soulmatefood. I know, I know… I’m being pretty lazy, but when I totted up the cost of all the fruit and veg I’d need in my online grocery cart, it really didn’t cost much more because they are currently offering over 60% off on their blog.

I have actually been juicing daily for quite some time now, but I really wanted to do another cleanse and I’ve been dying to try out the delivery option as I hate washing the juicer more than once a day! Soulfoodmate usually charge £200 for a cleanse, which offers six juices a day over five days – The current voucher code takes it down to a much more affordable £75. The juices are delivered to your door on a Monday morning and the rest is up to you.

Today is day one, and I have to say it hasn’t really started that well. The juices were meant to be delivered between midnight and 9am for a fresh start this week, but I received an email explaining that my delivery would be delayed until 10am. I  then received a voicemail stating I’d my juices by 12pm. Nothing you can do about London traffic I guess, but I didn’t expect that to be such a problem with overnight deliveries. My instructions were to leave the juices hidden in my recycle box, but as I wandered down to the door at 12.30pm I found my box sitting right outside the door (I live on a very busy main road) and picked up the box a little bit miffed, only for all the juices to fall out of the bottom of the broken box! At least the juices were in a big bag and I wasn’t left chasing them down the path… hmm.

I was a little disappointed with the leaflet that came with my package – Just one sheet with the juices and a few do’s and don’ts explained. If I had paid the full £200, I’d have expected a little booklet about the benefits of juicing or something just  a little more to show for the money spent. I’m also a little concerned that the juices are very fruit heavy, with only one containing carrots and superfoods. I do, however, like the fact that there are six juices and not just three, like the Jason Vale juice detox I did. I am meant to be sipping all day alongside water, but I think I’ll be using a straw or my teeth will be screaming out at me in pain.

Anyway, I have all my juices and I’m ready to go. Albeit halfway through the day. I’ll let you know how I get on. Chinchin!

Oh, by the way… I know I gave up blogging, but I’ve decided I’m just going to post when and if  I want to. I had it in my mind that I was meant to do things a certain way and started to feel the pressure. From now on I’ll just do it my way ;)

 

Soulmatefood Juice Cleanse

Soulmatefood Juice Cleanse Voucher code

If you would like to try the Soulfood Juice Cleanse then they currently have two offers running until July 23rd. Their food plans look great…

3 Day Soulmatefood Juice Cleanse for £55 (RRP £150) – code “SUMMER55″
5 Day Soulmatefood Juice Cleanse for £75 (RRP £200) – code “SUMMER75″

Juices:
No1: Carrot, Orange, ginger, Superfoods
No2: Pineapple, Banana, Coconut
No 3: Antioxidant Blend, cherries, Mixed Berries
No 4: Raspberry & Pomegranate
N0 5: Orange, Mango, Passion Fruit, Goji Berry
No 6: Strawberry & Banana

x

 

Jason Vale 3 Day Juice Detox – Day 2

If I had thought about this properly, I probably wouldn’t have started  the Jason Vale 3 day juice detox on a Friday. However, our juicer didn’t arrive until Thursday afternoon and I didn’t want to keep putting things off. Things have also been made more difficult due to the fact that I had to work a night shift at a Techno event last night – My eating hours are all over the place. Work this evening was cancelled. I have a feeling that I may find things more difficult whilst at home with some glorious (naughty) food sitting right there in the cupboard. Let’s see shall we?

DAY TWO: SATURDAY

4.30am: Ah, finally bed time. I take another few bites of my sandwich. Feel guilty. I usually wake up too early if my stomach is grumbling at me and I really want a decent nights sleep. It was only two mouthfuls… Nobody needs to know!

8.30am: It appears Alex has rejoined me on the detox. I think he’s determined to get through it today and am rudely awoken by his  breakfast, H20 and lunch blending. He hits the studio. I go back to sleep.

11.30am: Time to get up. I head straight for the kitchen and drink warm water, minus the lemon. Blend my Super Detox Smoothie. It’s not bad at all. Takes me a while to drink… I’m just not digging this eating as soon as you wake up. I read that the blueberries contain anti-oxidants and anti-ageing phytonutrients, which help destroy the free radicals that age the skin. I actually knew that already, but… SOLD!

Super Detox Smoothie Ingredients:

1/2 small pineapple
1 handful of blackberries
1 handful blueberries
200g low fat yoghurt.
Ice cubes

2.30pm:  Call from Alex. He’s struggling – I’m not a support center you know… I need to get through this myself! He’s a snacker and is surely just missing his biscuits. He keeps telling me that he doesn’t need to lose and weight, which is true, but I keep telling him this is a detox, and I’m doing it for the cleanse. If I lose weight I’ll be happy, but I don’t have any scales so I shall never know.

3pm: Make H20 (as seen on day one). I’d much rather drink water than this stuff, but rules are rules.

4pm: Make Dreamy Detox for lunch. I’m running on funny eating hours today, due to the late night. Less time awake equals less time thinking about eating solids, I guess. The Dreamy Detox is not one of my favourites. I leave out the celery and take to using a straw to drink with. I think the ginger is a bit much for me. Note to self – Add less ginger.

4.25pm: I’ve changed my mind about that drink. It grew on me.  I’ll give it a B+

Dreamy Detox
 Ingredients:

2 apples
1 slice lemon
1 inch slice cucumber
1 stick celery
1 inch piece fresh ginger
ice

5pm: Struggling to get through this H20 drink. I don’t normally drink enough water, so battle on through. Bravo!

7pm: Alex returns in what can only be classed as a foul mood. He’s hungry. I tell him to eat a banana. I want one, but I want to look better than him! #Jealous

7.30pm: Dinner time. Get excited for a second before remembering it’s just a juice. Time to have another Beyond Detox. Christ this is hard! I just really fancy chewing on something. Alex feels slightly better after his juice and perks up a bit. I have to say this juice is the most filling. It needs to be blended well  or you end up having to use your teeth to sieve out the small chunks of avocado. Yuk!

Beyond Detox Ingredients:
3 apples
1 large handful of spinach
1 inch raw beetroot
1 inch slice cucumber
Parsley
1/2 ripe avocado
ice

An oh so, happy Alex!

8.10pm: Still trying to get though this drink. Watching a movie and would normally snack… Must. Not. Eat.

9pm: Alex is hungry again. I cook him up a Salmon fillet. I really don’t think this detox is easy for men, or people with larger appetites. I take a mouthful, but can’t actually stomach it. Huh?!

11.40pm: Go to bed. Stomach grumbling at me.

TODAY WAS HARD!

 

Jason Vale 3 Day Detox – Day 1

Jason Vale’s Detox – Day 3 & Conclusion

 

Jason Vale 3 Day Detox – Day 1

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:

2 apples
1 carrot
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
Ice

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.

H20 Ingredients:

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:
3 apples
1 large handful of spinach
1 inch raw beetroot
1 inch slice cucumber
Parsley
1/2 ripe avocado
ice

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!

Jason Vale’s 3 Day Detox – Day 2

Jason Vale’s Detox – Day 3 & Conclusion