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…
My juicing diary
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.
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!
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….
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?
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!