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Day 5: Feeling Alive

Today I feel really positive.  I am over my temporary downer from the previous day and slight insanity and I have feeling in full flow of the week’s juice cleanse.  I think I’m in the routine of it now and I don’t feel hungry or tempted to eat.  Bacon smells seem to waft everywhere I go, following me around but I have decided that I will try to be veggie after this so I am happy for the people tucking into their bacon sarnies but I won’t be joining them.

So far the juicing has not turbo charged my life – I am no stealth ninja acrobat – but it has helped to curb my night owl bad habit and I’m generally feeling calmer and more content as if I’ve just had a camomile tea every minute. I’m not as cold either these past two days and although I can’t say I have amazing clarity of mind, I have moments when I feel the fog has lifted.  I love feeling lighter inside but not hungry.  The sky is blue and it’s a lovely morning.

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So I jump out of bed for my morning’s juice scavenge.  Well more just driving across town to pick it up.  Oooh juice lovely juice. I am not fed up with it yet and I enjoy my first of the day in the car.  Another benefit I have noticed is that my skin feels great and unless I am thinking wishfully, my forehead seems smoother and almost ‘younger’ looking.  This could be the combined effect of feeling more relaxed and possibly better quality of sleep although now I regret not monitoring this throughout with one of those sleep apps.

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Afterwards I head for a swim, jacuzzi and steam at the gym.  Ironically and probably like most people, now that I have quit my gym membership and have only a couple of weeks left of it, I have started to actually use it.  Feeling refreshed, I then have a lovely 2 hour Slavic massage treatment planned.  I think steams, saunas and massages are fab ways to complement a detox and I’m excited about this massage as I’ve never had it before.

This was a therapy fuelled day for me both in receiving and giving treatments.  As a therapist, I am lucky from time to time to do swaps with other therapists and this is one of those times.  Slavic massage is a long flowing massage which is extremely relaxing – probably one of the most de-stressing treatments I have ever had.  You don’t wear anything while on the massage couch but you are draped from the waist down with a sheet. I start by lying on my front and the therapist dripped warm oil over me – this is a first for me and after a while I get over thoughts like ‘this feels a bit messy’ and ‘ I hope it’s not spilling and dripping everywhere’ to thinking ‘this feels really therapeutic’.

Flowing and rhythmical strokes are used from the top of one arm stretched over head, down to the bottom of my foot. Two hours is the perfect length for a massage as you get a balanced full body treatment and massage to the tummy is included which is often missed out in shorter treatments. I really don’t know how I’m going to get up at the end, I could just lie there and drift away.

However, after that it is my turn to do the treatments and I fuel up on some more juice before I give 4 clients massage treatments that afternoon.  I am all prepared with a sneaky juice jar and a straw ready for in between clients. I have learnt that going longer than an hour without some juice is not fun.

Finally after a lovely clinic, it’s home time.  I take my final jar of juice, a green one, to bed and work my way through it.  It’s quite late but I feel like drinking it all. Tonight though I am freezing again – so frustrating as I thought I had acclimatised to the arctic conditions of juicing.  I go to bed with 3 tops, one jumper, a dressing gown, a scarf, a hot water bottle, a duvet and a blanket and still feel chilly.  Maybe drinking cold juice before bed is a bad idea.  Turning over I am ready to sleep though and really happy to have made it through 5 days!

So far juicing has taught me that getting up in the mornings isn’t so bad and also to be a bit more organised with what I eat. Oh and that I would like another Slavic massage!

Juice Cleanse: Day 1

So I have survived Day 1 of my 7 day Juice Cleanse (or Feast) and I am here to tell the tale.   Day 1 coincided with the first day back at work after the festive break and I have to say that getting out of bed wasn’t as hard as it usually is, probably because getting out of bed was necessary to pick up my first freshly made batch of juice.

I’m undertaking this with my hand being firmly held by my yoga school who organised this ‘community event’ and are taking care of all the juicing logistics.  I get to collect about 5 litres a day and there are usually 4 or 5 different types of juice to choose from.  Today was a bit like  traffic light juice.  The photo is from Day 2 but you get the pic!

Juice x 3

Here’s a list of the juice flavours that were on offer today:

PURPLE #1
– beetroot, celeriac, apple ginger, lemon

PURPLE #2
– cabbage (red and white), pear, lemon

GREEN #1
– romaine lettuce, kale, courgette, cucumber, celery

GREEN #2
– celery, spinach, kale, cucumber, courgette, apple, ginger, lemon, rocket

ORANGE
– carrot, apple, ginger, lemon

As my containers were filled for me today I’m not entirely sure which ones I had but I think I had purple #1, green #1 and orange.  First one down the hatch was the carrot one.  Delish in a healthy way. I took that to be breakfast.

I decide to ease into the week by taking it easy at work – the first day back isn’t meant to be uber productive, is it? Really.

I’m trying to preempt and therefore prevent hunger pangs so I savoured the next juice over a 2 hour lunch period.  It’s not my fave I have to admit, the green one tastes ok but does have a slight ‘medicinal’ feel to it and the smell of warming soup that everyone is torturing me with at their desks makes me a tiny bit jealous.  However these are my tips to stop me losing my mind, courtesy of Jason Vale and a few other sources:

  • Well Jason does quite rightly identify that this isn’t the biggest challenge of one’s life.  It’s just drinking juiced fruit and veg along with herbal teas and you’re allowed a spoonful of honey every now and then if you need it.  Putting this in perspective, it is highly unlikely that I will go stir crazy.
  • This is my choice.  I could eat whatever I want, but I am choosing to drink delicious and nutri-licious juice this week instead.
  • This is temporary and my body, mind and soul will thank me for it.

I have added motivation.  This was never about weight loss but I have now tried on the bridesmaid dress I shall be wearing in April and I can’t get the side zip up.  Not good. Also there’s quite a long time from the end of the juice cleanse until the wedding so I may need to do another one of these ‘feasts’ again the week before but in someone else’s house.  In New Zealand. With no hand holding. Hmm.

Anyway now I have just one container left in the work fridge (I’m sure people have been eyeing them suspiciously but so far no one has asked any questions). They are labelled with my name, but I’m desperate not to attract attention about this.

So far feeling, I feel bright and positive, if quite cold.  This is strange for me as I usually err on the side of being too warm most of the time.  I now make a big mistake and save this last container for quite late in the afternoon and have to almost down it before leaving work to head to my yoga class.   It’s almost hard to drink this much liquid which is being boosted by herbal tea in an attempt to get warmth into my body (Pukka’s Lemon and Ginger).  The trick, I have learnt, is sipping it constantly throughout the day so your body feels like it’s always being fed.

And then I bounce off to my yoga class and I feel ok.  I get home, have my final juice fest of the day – the purple beetroot one and, Oh My God it tastes to good you could have been mistaken for thinking I was licking clean the bowl of chocolate cake mix.  There were ‘bits’ too that I could chew on. Properly yummy!  Bedtime herbal tea is Yogi Tea’s Choco Chilli to help warm me up and is kinda like dessert.

Choco Chilli

End of Day Summary: Slept well.  No Hunger.  No detox symptoms.

Just COLD!

Goodbye 2013 and a Happy Hello Twenty Fourteen!

Happy New Year Everyone! Ok so I’m almost a week late but it has taken me until today to realise that we’re in a new, fresh, exciting year and that deserves and new blog!

I’m starting 2014 with the intention of having a more open mind in terms of what a year can hold and with the view that this year is part of a bigger picture and I am a work in progress.  It will not be a stand alone event but a metaphorical and literal journey.  I hope to share some of the more note worthy (fingers crossed there are some!) things that happen along with some extra ramblings with you in this blog.

2014 So Far: Today is Day 1 of a 7 day Juice Cleanse

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This is not a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight.  This is a fun event created by the manager of my yoga school that I felt enthusiastic to be a part of.  Plus they make all the juice for you so it seemed like the simplest way to do a ‘Juice Feast’ for the first time.  So far I have drunk a mystery green juice which I have to admit was a bit ‘so-so’ until I get more used to it and a delicious carrot and ginger juice.  This is all being washed down by copious amounts of herbal tea as I feel freezing today – it is January in Scotland.

Anyway I’ll try to write a bit every day as a sort of juice journal, so more to come.  Trickiest part of this first day was not surprisingly  lunch time in the office and everyone sat at their desks eating soup – I was hoping they would all eat in the canteen.  So the room was full of yummy warming smells.  However it does seem that everyone was on some kind of detox/soup diet/plan – we tend to spend the whole of January feeling guilty for the whole of December.  But I have been spoiling myself by feasting on these juicy delights, my little sordid health secrets tucked away (well taking up a lot of space) in the fridge. And not out of guilt or weight loss as I don’t think I would stick to the cleanse if that was my ‘motivation’.  Just to do a bit of a clear out, as I’m trying to do in every aspect of my life right now and I’m really excited about all this juice!

Funnily enough this year I haven’t set myself any New Year Resolutions (I think they should be called Reallyshouldutions).  I think I jinx them by committing them to paper and I somewhat set myself up for ‘failure’ as the list seems to come down to a set of challenges and basically things I feel I ‘should’ do or maybe I don’t WANT to do enough.  Why do we write these lists? I’m not sure.  I don’t think they’re a bad thing but this year I don’t feel I need them.  I am going to take this year more as it comes and make the most of it.  If I had an actual list it would be to break old habits and make better choices.

Before now it sort of felt like 2013 was dragging out and instead of 365 days, last year was going to break the mould and round itself up to 370.  Why not?! Well, my answer would be that although every year is full of wonderment, 2013 was a bit of a struggle.  There were roller-coaster highs and lows the same as every year and maybe I haven’t taken the time to remember it all fully, but it just seemed to grind me down a bit from after September.  Having said that, my birthday is the end of September and I had the distinct feeling of the ‘end of a year’ then rather than on the last day of December so really I have been waiting 3 months for 2014.  Anyway now it’s here, hurrah!

I plan to digest and reflect over the past year in the upcoming 3 months when I’ll be able to get some space and time, quite literally, to do so.  This is the exciting part of the year to come – at the beginning of next month I shall be parting company with my, er, company and business partner.  I am lucky enough that my other job will be put on hold, I am hopeful that my house will be rented out and I shall embark on a year of foreign people, places and personal development (I cringed at the last bit too but I guess that’s what I’m hoping for).

So onto a more revitalising, exciting and adventurous year of the Horse (not that I know what that means).  I love the ‘New Year, New You’ feeling and buzzing anticipation which almost a week on has not yet subsided.  for the new year.

End of Day 1: Fave juice = the Purple one: beetroot, celeriac, apple, ginger, lemon = really tasty, who’d have thought?!

Hunger: fine, no really.  I have consumed god knows how many fruit and veg in the 5 litres of juice I’ve drunk.  If you put all that on a plate, I imagine it would be physically hard to eat it all.

Mood: Hmm was feeling a bit ‘internal’ kinda introvert today but maybe just needing to be a bit quieter and calmer.  Hopefully won’t have a mental tantrum over this week or an emotional wobble but it’s all part of the fun I guess!