Time to get JUICY!
I did a few interviews while I was pregnant in which the topic of ‘baby weight’ reared its ugly head – with the interviewers wanting to know if I was going to be in a hurry to shed the pounds and get down to the gym. My answer was always ‘no’. My baby hadn’t even arrived and I’d been waiting months and months to meet the little dude. There was no way I’d be booking in personal trainer sessions down the gym when I could be at home snuggling up to my newborn – who I’d spent nine months growing. I do understand the pressures of mummies in the public eye to shrink back down to their former weight (or less) ASAP, but I had no desire to conform. In the past, whenever I’ve struggled with my figure, the thought of losing weight made me miserable – an emotion I knew I’d rather avoid at that special time.
However, I was left bemused last week when rooting through my wardrobe, trying to find something that fitted me and looked pretty. NOTHING did. My maternity clothes were all too big and didn’t fit correctly now that I am no longer wearing a bump, and my pre-bump-wearing garments were all too diddy. I suddenly realised I was ready to do something great so that I could step out of the PJs and baggies. And, I’m thrilled to say, that my desire to get healthy has come from me and not any external pressures of what I should look like.
My lovely friends Izzy and Emma have both recently detoxed with the help of juicing, and looked flipping amazing from it – so I contacted The Juice Master, Jason Vale, and asked for a little help. I decided that a diet wouldn’t do the trick – I didn’t want to spend a week feeling deprived, instead I wanted to spend some time putting goodness into my body. So, for the last week, fruit and vegetable juice has become my best friend – oh, and so that I’d have a little moral support (it’s never easy to step away from cake), Tom decided to do it with me. Yep, this week our fridge has been filled with nothing but juice and breastmilk… lovely.
To make life easier for ourselves with a baby around, we had all the juices for the week sent over beforehand. They were kept in the freezer and then taken out the night before they were needed. So easy. Also, to get us in the mood for our detox, we watched Super Juice Me the night before we started – each night after that we watched a different documentary focusing on the health benefits of nutrition and plant-based foods. They were all amazing and really spurred us on. Watch Super Juice Me if you get a chance – it might just give you the kick up the butt you need to do something wonderful.
Each night of my 5-day detox I wrote down my thoughts on the day passed. Here’s an insight into my juice-filled-mind:
DAY ONE (21:38) – I’ll be honest, I was a little apprehensive when I woke up this morning. I’ll openly admit that I’ve been eating more food than normal for the past six months or so – and yes, I know you need more calories when you’re preggers or breastfeeding, but I don’t think they’re all meant to come in the form of cake, chocolate and biscuits.
I was extremely aware of food today. It was everywhere. I went for a walk at our local lido after my second juice of the day, and the smell of roast dinners smacked me in the face as soon as I got out the car. BOOM. Surprisingly I walked past without crying and wailing for a Yorkshire pud. I could appreciate the delicious smell, but I didn’t want it. Weird.
Several times today I’ve thought to myself, ‘Oh, I’m peckish – perhaps I’ll have a little snack’, before remembering that I’m on a juicing mission and realising that I’m not actually hungry. I swear sometimes I just feel the need to have something in my mouth (Ooh-er). The day ended with us watching Hungry For Change – drumming in the importance of healthy living. The message is certainly going in. I thought I’d get to this point on my first day and be famished. Instead… I feel fine. Roll on tomorrow.
DAY TWO (22:20) – We’ve spoken a lot about food today – mostly because we went to visit my family, and food is always a top topic of conversation. We’re Italian and we love our food. It didn’t make me feel like I wanted to stuff my face though, so that’s good. A lot of Jason’s detox concentrates on reminding yourself that you COULD have those foods if you wanted, but for those five detox days you’re CHOOSING not to – you’re giving your body a week off and filling it with goodness. It’s all about changing your perspective and not getting into ‘diet’ mode. I think it’s working…
Tonight’s film was Food Matters, which, like the other films, talks about how choosing the right food can be your medicine against all sorts of ills. Very thought-provoking.
DAY THREE (21:54) – I woke up today feeling lighter… How lovely! I’ve been warned that day two and three can be quite tough on a detox, but I’ve found the last two no different to the first… although, saying that, today I’ve felt hungry. Not starving though, so I haven’t tucked into my emergency SOS bar. Today’s juices were extra tasty, which helped. The seeds in the Berry Banana Crunch meant I had to chew slightly before swallowing – making me feel like I was eating solid food. HA!
Tonight we watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I think I find the documentaries that focus on the journey of discovery for different individuals far more moving than the ones that are just science based. This film follows Joe Cross, an Aussie who is on a mission to reclaim his health through a 60-day juicing plan while he travels across America. Joe’s story is brilliant, but when he meets Phil Staples (a morbidly obese truck driver who asks for help to get out of the rut he has found himself in) the documentary really comes alive in an incredibly inspiring way.
DAY FOUR (22:21) – I’ve felt much more energetic. Still hungry, but really awake! Hilariously, I bit my lip the day before we started juicing and it’s turned into an ulcer. No, I’m not suggesting my sore lip is funny, but the fact that it’s annoying me more than any sort of hunger is! Seriously – it blooming kills!
Today I went on a lovely walk with my buddy Kara Tointon – we had a lot to catch up on. Aside of our usual girlie natter, I told her all about my juicing detox and she told me about Deliciously Ella – a website she’s become obsessed with. I had a quick look tonight and it looks awesome. Ella has the most amazing diet ever – but best of all, she makes healthy food fun and interesting.
Tonight’s film was Supersize Me. Not going to lie, when I first started watching this it made me want a McDonalds… Slightly ironic when the whole thing is about how awful it is for you. I think I have hungry eyes that make me want to devour food when I see it… naughty! Still going strong though! One day to go!
DAY FIVE (21:56) – I’ve just completed the final day of the programme! Hurrah. Feels strange to know that I’m allowed breakfast when I wake up in the morning.
I went back on the Deliciously Ella website tonight and looked at every single recipe and picture…. So it’s not too surprisingly that I’m going to bed starving – I don’t think you’re meant to torture yourself by looking at pictures of food while you’re detoxing. (Actually, I was with Emma tonight and her and the kids had a curry – so that could also be contributing to my hunger.) I’m so excited to get trying her recipes. I’ve even been on Amazon and bought a spiralizer so that I can make her courgette pasta!! What a geek!
DAY SIX: IT’S OVER! I made it through five days of juicing, I’ve lost half a stone and I feel fabulous. In fact, I feel so great that I’ve decided to have one day off and then start again for another bout of goodness in the morning. I might be crazy, but at least my insides will be healthy!
Lots of juicy love flying your way!