Last week I was horribly aware that all manner of junk was slipping into my diet on a rather too frequent basis. Uncontrollably working my way through four packets of crisps and two Penguin bars in ten minutes was a bit of a wake up call so I figured I’d clean things up with a short sharp shock, rather than the gentle program I developed for Flojo’s Easy Detox. So… I loosely followed Jason Vale’s juice plan for five days. Four juices each day (Juices one and four are the same, as are two and three), lots of water and plenty of herbal teas. (His programme also advocates two half-hour exercise sessions but that wasn’t what I was after, just a diet clean-up.)
I’m not going into the arguments for and against juice detoxes here. I like results to speak for themselves. After five days my skin tone is vastly improved, my belly is flat(ish), I’ve lost 6lbs, I’m waking up easily, have more energy and all my junk food cravings have disappeared. I haven’t even fancied a coffee since!
Did I miss solid food? Well, yes and no. I had an apple crumble fixation for a day and I couldn’t manage to watch my family eat during the five days. Instagram, through which I follow some awesome foodies was a nightmare! My willpower was particularly tested when my poor husband put his back out and, even while dosed up with painkillers, subsequently fainted from the pain (I caught him). He was out cold for nearly five minutes and the paramedics were with us for nearly three hours. There was no way I was going to make it through that ordeal without some hot and heavily sugared tea, but I only had half a cup!
But I handled cooking for the family, I resisted tasting the coffee brownies I made for my neighbours as a thank you for helping out with the aforementioned drama; and I calmly declined coffee and biscuits at work. When you’re cramming so much goodness into yourself four times a day other foods can seem a bit pointless.
My taste buds were really kept on their toes (!) as Jason Vale’s (aka the Juice Master ) recipes are fabulous with genius balancing of fruit, vegetable, spice and zest. I’d wholeheartedly suggest reading some of his books or using the apps as his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. I’m still astonished that parsnip works so effectively in a juice (combined with pear, mint and ginger it was sweet and creamy); and I’m hooked on kale and spinach with apples and unpeeled lemon – even powdered wheatgrass stirred in doesn’t overpower.
I’ve been juicing daily for a few weeks now but I’m going to have a couple of juices each day now. There’s no sense of denial with a good juice. Great health and great taste in a glass – what’s not to like?!