I used to consider myself as leading a fairly healthy lifestyle. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke. Sure, I’d have the occasional take out and moderate amounts of chocolate but thought I was balancing it out by going to the gym 4 – 5 times a week. Of course, the damage had been done years ago. Working shifts resulted in late meals. Finishing a plate of food, not because I was still hungry but because it was “oh so delicious” and I didn’t want to waste it. My inability to say no to bread. Snacking during dinner preparation. I think we all know our downfalls.
And even though for the past three to four years my main staple consisted of a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables and fish; and with all those personal training sessins at the gym, I still wasn’t getting the results I hoped for. Or at least, it was a very slow process.
Then one day, a few photographer friends were exchanging juicing recipes. Those who had done it for years, sounded so passionate and excited about it. I was definitely intrigued by the conversation I was following. My friend Lindsay posted up a link for the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” stating “if this won’t get you into juicing, nothing else will!”. I wasn’t sick or nearly dead. But I most definitely needed to shift some serious pounds. I watched the movie the same night. It’s AMAZING. The following day, I ordered my first ever juicer.
As I waited for the juicer to arrive, I researched more about juicing and the film maker himself, Joe Cross. Reading the testimonials on his Twitter page, I knew I was on to something good. Something that would work, whilst being healthy. Planning my first shopping list was fun, if slightly odd! Strictly fruit and veg only. I couldn’t wait to get started!
The juicer came with a recipe book by Jason Vale. Packed full with delicious flavours and useful information. Such as which fruit and vegetables are not suited for juicing but perfect for blending. For the first two weeks, I religiously wrote down the combinations, how much I was spending, how I was feeling and the weight loss. Having read Joe’s Twitter page I saw that a few people complained about headaches or nausea within the first week. Joe always reassures that this is quite normal plus it usually confirms how badly some individuals needed this detox. “If you led a fairly healthy lifestyle before, you should feel just fine. If you get headaches, then this is your body adjusting to the change.”
To this date, I never experienced any headaches or other issues. Within days of juicing, my energy was through the roof! I have more clarity. My hair has grown stronger. Over 30 days, I lost 31 pounds/14 kilos/2.20 stones. My clothes are becoming loose. I am light footed. I feel more confident. And did I mention that my energy is through the roof?!!
This isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle. And even though I thought I had a fairly decent relationship with food before, it has developed to a whole new level. New ways of thinking – we all know how much psychology is involved when it comes to food! I am still juicing in the morning and most lunches but after 40 days, I slowly reintroduced healthy foods for dinner. Mornings and lunches were never a problem for me. I didn’t have cravings or felt hungry (unless I didn’t take enough juice into work with me). But I did miss the joy of planning and preparing a meal in the evening. I haven’t put on any weight since I started eating again. And that is because I am eating the right foods, in moderation and at the right time. I have maintained the weight and I continue to lose at a slightly slower rate. I will carry on juicing until I have reached my target 🙂
I soo recommend juicing. Of course we’re all different and a straight juice only for 30 days or longer isn’t for everyone. However, the beauty of juicing is that you can taylor it to your needs. You could do a combination of juicing and some foods. And for the longer juice fasts, medical supervision is recommended.
Do it. Watch Joe’s movie. Your mind and body will thank you for it. It’s been lifechanging for me. Juice on!!