Standing at my breakfast bar a little over a week ago, I was shoveling the last of a packet of curry super noodles into my gob and washing it down with a glass of wine as I mentioned on Facebook that I had decided to start a detox the following morning.
Lots of luck wished and encouragement messages later- I was asked would I blog about it. *hhhmmmmm* no pressure, like!
7 days later, I can say with much pride and sense of achievement, that, not only do I feel super healthy, cleansed and detoxed, but also lost 8.9lbs in the process.
I was still undecided about posting this until the recipe and 7 day plan requests started coming in... sheesh- take a ticket and Stand in line, people. ;)
I had google, a juicing book and my tastebuds as my juice recipe guide . After a bit of experimenting, I came up with some tasty juices that worked for me.
So, less talk, more action. Below are the recipes for the juices that I used and the full shopping list of ingredients you will need should you decide to give it a lash.
But first, some pictures. (This is supposed to be a photography blog after all... Kind of... Ish. LOL)
(They all pretty much look the same with the exception of being a different colour, but you get the idea. :). I will suggest that you get a nice glass that you find a bit fancy. The juice is going to be your meal, after all. :) )
Recipes for Juices that I used:
1: 4 carrots, 1 apple, 1 kiwi, handful parsley.
2: 3 carrots, 1 apple, handful spinach
3: big handful of grapes (about 12), 4 pears, 2 apples, 1/4 pineapple.
4: 2 grapefruits, 2 oranges, 1 lemon.
5: 3 peeled mandarins, 1/2 pineapple, handful raspberries. Blend with 1 banana & some live yoghurt (NOT low fat)
6: 1/4 pineapple, 1/2 celery stick, 1/5 cucumber, handful spinach, little bit of peeled lime, 2 apples. Blend with 1/4 avacado & ice. (This is straight from the Jason vale book)
7: 1/2 melon, 1 apple, 4 oz broccoli.
8: 1 mango, 1/2 pineapple, 1 peeled lime, blend with some live yoghurt.
9: 2 carrots, 2 apples, 1/4 peeled lemon, 1/4 inch ginger.
10: 3 apples, pinch of cinnamon & heat (a lovely nighttime treat- also Jason vale)
11: big handful red grapes (about 12), 10 strawberries, 2 passion fruit (just the flesh & pips), 2 kiwis, blend with some yoghurt.
12: 2 carrots, 2 apples, 2 pears, 1 fennel bulb.
13: 2 apples, 4 carrots, I chicory (I didn't like this one much though)
14: 1/2 pineapple, 1 orange, blend with 1 banana.
Tips & hints:
-always peel lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges & passionfruit before juicing.
-leave skin on pineapples, mangos, melon, kiwis etc for lots of extra vitimans and goodies.
-juice 4 peeled mandarins alone for the most beautiful creamy mandarin juice you have EVER tasted. Seriously- the more pith the better. It makes it taste like cream has been added to the juice- SO yummy.
-experiment! Play around with fruits and veg that you like. Replace/add/substitute anything to tailor the juice as you like it. :)
My 7 day plan: (by recipe number above)
Additional for shots/snack: 9 & 10
Additional for shots/snack: 4 & 10
Additional for shots/snack: 14
Additional for shots/snack: 1
Additional for shots/snack: 11 & 12
Additional for shots/snack: 8
I drank camomile and peppermint tea throughout the day when I felt like a cuppa.
The worst day for me was day 2. At aroud midday the headache kicked in and got progressively worse throughout the day to the extent that I felt physically ill (I mean, pukey-dainty-I want to die, kind of feeling). Luckily it was after my kids were in bed so I just went to bed early and all was well the following morning. If it had happened during the day I can honestly say that I probably would have thrown in the towel and had a big slice of buttery toast and tea.
Power on through the ikky day 2/3 bit- honestly, it doesn't feel like it at the time, but you will feel really great after.
The ingredients shopping list for the 7 days (I'd say plan out which juices you want roughly and shop in two or three batches, otherwise your kitchen will look like a fruit shop and much will be gone off by the end of the week)
32 apples (NOT Granny Smiths)
6 handfuls parsley
4 handfuls raspberries
4 celery sticks
5 handfuls spinach
1 ginger root
1 box of red grapes
2 passion fruits
1 big tub of live yoghurt
Make Afew bags of ice.
I'd love to hear how you get on if you choose to give it a bash so please do get in touch. :). And remember- get out and about. The more you move, the better you will feel and faster all the nasty toxins will leave your body.
Best of luck with it and please feel free to share. :)
Toodles for now. :)