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.
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.
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!