Perhaps this should have come in yesterday’s post, but in my juice fuelled enthusiasm, it was, well, all about the juice! However to say a bit more, I am a massage therapist and run a business in Edinburgh along with carrying out another entirely different job for variation and respite. Due to a long period of feeling that my energy levels should be higher for my age and health – I am 31 and healthy – I decided to join the juicing bandwagon that was being organised by my yoga school and go on a week long Juice Cleanse. This is all about Day 2 which has had a few surprises in store along with another amateur mistake.
The juice crazed pandemonium of yesterday seemed to have been straightened out at the yoga centre where they were making the juice for us. Gratefully I have paid them to buy in the organic ingredients and kindly they have given up their time to prep it and juice it. Prep takes place for a few hours the night before (there are 23 of us requiring 5 litres each a day) and the juicing takes about 3 hours in the morning – easy peasy for me, not so easy for the juicers.
However I arrive in the morning to collect my juice and things are much smoother than yesterday. Today is mainly a day off for me with the exception of one massage client, a lovely regular client who I look forward to seeing. So far so good. Except I am disorganised and running late and this is the theme of the day. I leave the house without my purse, but thankfully have back up money in my bag.
I drink my first delicious juice, opting for a purple one. Sorry for the lack of details but I do know it had purple cabbage in it and I downed it happily – so far purple is by far my favourite colour of juice. As I have now learned, cabbage has anti-cancer properties and purple cabbage is a blood builder (everything red, purple or blue builds the blood). In the past I have been told by an Ayurvedic therapist and an acupuncturist that I need more blood nourishing foods but I never eat anything purple usually.
- Cabbage, regardless of color, is excellent for the skin.
- Cabbage is rich in minerals, such as calcium and potassium, choline, iodine, phosphorous, sodium and sulfur. The sulfur in cabbage helps destroy ferments in the blood.
- Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamins A, B and C.
- Cabbage is an alkalizing food. It helps regulate the pH in our system.
- Raw cabbage and raw cabbage juice both relieve and heal any kind of gastrointestinal ulcer.
- Cabbage aids in digestion and elimination Cabbage can dramatically lower bad cholesterol and helps lower blood pressure.
However, having said all that purple should come with a sort of ‘health warning’. Following the successful consumption of beetroot juice yesterday I almost let out a scream on going to the toilet to find a bright purple ‘display’. Sorry for those of you who are squeamish or eating your breakfast but this ‘cleanse’ could get messy and I wasn’t prepared! Neither was my poor toilet who may need some defence from the colours that have been ‘decorating’ it in recently.
Moving on from that, I have also discovered that through consuming so much liquid I now have a 20 minute window before I need the toilet. This is difficult especially when you’re driving somewhere without a toilet and thus requires good planning. I imagine this is what it feels like to be pregnant without carrying around a heavy tummy – my stomach feels decidedly light. I have my second juice of the day.
Finally the morning brings my Midday Mysore Yoga class. I don’t normally go to Mysore or the ‘self-practice’ classes, but I nervously went last night and the teacher on hand to help out was really patient and intuitively good at giving me guidance so much so that I feel good about today. And again it was great – a different but brilliant teacher and although it’s a ‘self-practice’ session you do get a lot more 1-1 guidance and direction than in led group classes. I am happy and I drive home to Pharell’s song by that title. I get home and have my third juice, safely tucking the fourth container away in the fridge – a place I haven’t ventured in a whole day.
To aid this detox, I have booked a facial as a treat and I merrily trot off for some relaxation before work. Today is back on track. I realise the emotional link I have to ‘consuming’ things whether that be food or juice. My juice is like my magically bottled happy place. I could jump in and turn purple. When I am without juice, unhappiness quickly creeps up to bite me and this was the mistake I made on this day.
I left the house without my final juice. Thinking in terms of meals which is nonsense in these circumstances, I thought I’d have my ‘dinner’ as per usual, on arriving back from work later than evening around 7.30pm. So from 3.30 to 7.30pm I didn’t have any juice. Cue unhappy face. I managed to fit in a lovely relaxing facial and a glass of water being going to work to massage my lovely client. The I didn’t have anything else until I got home. Well this was my actual face before my client – a bit nutty looking and very frizzy. It became unhappy after I finished work.
Then I hit a real low point. Feeling quite down, dejected and powerless, I drove home planning to go straight to bed. Tummy making all sorts of noises, I soothed it with my lovely, final juice of the day and a warming herbal tea and some probiotics which I had forgotten about taking. I curse my house for seeming colder inside than it feels outside just now. I perk up instantly though from the magic green juice and stay up a bit later than planned, but I have learnt my lesson – always have a bottle of juice to hand!