To Juice or not to Juice?

This idea of a juice fast or cleanse or whatever you would like to call it, has always sounded rather appalling to me. I love food, probably to the point where I’m a little obsessive. I spend a lot of time thinking about what my next meal will be and it brings me a great deal of happiness. I love to cook, I love to eat, I even love just looking at pictures of food on Instagram for inspiration!

All that being said, talking to a few friends about the subject, I found myself convinced that this was something I needed to do, if only to find out if I could benefit from it. My digestion is severely compromised following a spinal cord injury back in 2014. Due to paralysis, it takes me a lot longer to digest food than ‘normal’ people. Although I know it’s unlikely I’ll be able to speed up my digestion as the damage is done, I wondered if juicing might flush out any unwanted toxins or blockages to see if I could feel a little lighter (not weight-wise, just the usual bloating, having a sluggish tummy etc). Having already gone vegan a few months ago, I have noticed a massive difference but I still want to give everything a go to be the best I can be.

I watched Jason Vale’s documentary on his website after being recommended by some lovely people and that was enough to get me excited. So many people have had great experiences from the juice cleanse with pain relief and digestion, energy levels etc. I am already healthy and active, this was going to be a cakewalk…

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My juicing diary

Day 1

First juice of the day was horrendous. I think I got my quantities wrong with the spirulina. Very wrong! I’ve Been looking at pictures of vegan food on Instagram and getting hungry… Seriously need to get on my bike and get distracted! This is only day one – I’ve been so pumped about this I’m a little concerned about the fact I am not enjoying the juices so far. However, I will persevere and try again tomorrow.

 

Day 2

Still day dreaming about starchy carbs. Feeling better about the flavours. It’s just a real pain to do the actual juicing as it takes over an hour and a half to get through it all. Plus I have to wash the machine twice as it gets filled up and stops working after about 7 juices… Definitely feeling better though, no symptoms of IBS – first day in years!

 

Day 3

Hard day. Very tired and a little light headed. There is a definite need to keep drinking water in between juices if exercising. Feeling a little fed up and wanting real food that I can eat instead of drink. Highlights were the addition of banana and dairy free yoghurt to one of the juices. Delicious! Also more filling. Disappointing having a normal juice afterwards though! So green! Happy knowing there’s not long left to go due to weekend plans cutting it short. I would recommend people from the uk just get it delivered, saves money on the food shop, buying a juicer and blender as well as saving you 1.5 hours every night or morning making them all up….

Day 4

Still hungry! I feel like if you are healthy and active and are interested in juicing, maybe just try 2 days at a time. I’m not sure how much more beneficial the extra days will be unless you have weight problems or issues with pain etc. My stomach feels so empty and exercising its quite tiring which is very unusual for me. Also, I have become quite irritable and snappy. My beautiful and supportive fiancé has been joining me on my juicing journey and he too is becoming a real grump. All I can hear are our bellies rumbling when we sit down on the sofa to relax, our hunger is audible!

So we decided that today would be the end of our juice cleanse. I don’t feel bad for essentially ‘giving up.’ Sometimes we have to listen to our bodies. The fiancé and I had started to lose too much weight and that’s not what we wanted to achieve, I’m 48 kg anyway so I don’t want to be losing any more. Tonight we treated ourselves to some soup made from our left over veggies (yay more liquidised food!) which was so yummy and a little bread on the side just because why not?

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In conclusion, I believe the juice cleanse is a great thing to do for people who either have a bad diet, aren’t exercising regularly, suffer from pain or other medical conditions. I also think it helped me for the first few days to get rid of my sluggish tummy especially after a week of hen party shenanigans. Would I do it again? Yes but for only one or two days at a time. I love food and eat well, I don’t need to deprive myself of what makes me happy and healthy for that matter. To anyone considering doing a juice fast I would say to take it easy, go at your own pace. Maybe try a day or two first and see how you feel. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself as this is quite a dramatic change to make even if it’s not for a long period of time. Good luck!

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Guilt-free Coconut & Raspberry Puds

Hello people,

It’s Fridaywhoop! Today I returned from a week away with my girlfriends for my hen party so I’m in good spirits.

As I’m feeling all loved-up and romantical  I’ve decided to post a recipe just in time for Valentine’s day. This is something super easy to make with all natural ingredients so it’s guilt free and sweet enough to treat you and your other half this weekend or if you’re single this year, why not catch up with a friend and indulge

What you’ll need (makes 4 small or 2 large puddings)…

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– 15 minutes of your precious time
– 1 large handful of raspberries (frozen or fresh) and a few extra for decoration
– 1 small handful of blackberries (frozen or fresh)
– 1 avocado
– 2 tbsp agave nectar
– 1 tin of coconut milk (refrigerated – discard any excess water)
– 1.5 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp cinnamon (feel free add more if you fancy)
If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add 1-2 teaspoons of brown sugar

– A sprinkling of desiccated coconut will add to the taste and texture of the puddings and also looks very pretty.

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Step one
Put all of your ingredients into a mixer or blender (minus the desiccated coconut and extra raspberries).

Step two
Mix on a medium speed for 3-5 minutes. This will allow the coconut milk to whip and the mixture to become a mousse-like texture.

Step three
Up the speed to full for an extra minute to ensure the mixture is smooth (have a taste to see if you want to add any sugar or more spice).

Step four
Distribute evenly into serving bowls (or use empty jam jars).

Step five
Decorate the puds with the desiccated coconut and raspberries.

Step six
Leave to chill/set in the fridge for at least 15-20 minutes et voila!

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Nutritional Spotlight

*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that these are healthy puds!

* Rewired encourage you to eat these as a part of a balanced diet and a regular exercise regimen.

*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in these puddings have many benefits and I will list just a few:

Agave nectar is a natural sweetener made up mostly of fructose, a type of sugar found naturally in fruit and vegetables.

Raspberries are a super fruit! They are great for immune function and help with collagen production as well as having detoxifying qualities!

Blackberries are also detoxifiers. The help to balance electrolytes and encourage iron absorption.

Coconut Milk is a great vegan alternative to dairy, rich in fibre and B vitamins.

Happy creating!

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