- We began the morning with a fruit blend of apples, oranges, carrots and pears. The fruit juices are sweet and fairly easy to drink. We continued with this blend every morning for the three days.
- I continued to drink unsweetened decaffeinated tea with a little milk for my own sanity!
- By mid-morning, I had a headache and was hungry. I decided that eating a banana (although not a juice) was a good move for me to help deal with any drop in blood sugar or hunger. Bananas have now become the most wonderful food in the world! I started to appreciate them so much and that in itself was quite powerful for me; so often I take food for granted.
- Then came lunch...
- We went into town for a bit of fresh air and bought some wheatgerm in Holland and Barrett, which is good for adding to juices for some fibre.
- My headache continued all day and I felt weak. I knew these side effects would happen and I had read up that rest was important, so I slept in the afternoon for a few hours. It would not be a good idea to start this diet when you have to work- I won't lie, I felt rough!
- For supper I had:
- I slept early as my headache continued and I had aching muscles. I drank water throughout the day to help with the headache, but it didn't really help. From what I have read, the headache is to do with your body flushing out toxins.
- I woke up feeling ok, but soon the headache and lethargy returned. I had a cup of tea and a fruit juice.
- I had another mid-morning banana and a few strawberries and plenty of water.
- For lunch, we decided to try a purple juice:
- It wasn't very nice, probably because it had quite a lot of ginger in it and the taste was very over-powering. The health benefits are obviously excellent, but for my fussy and sugar-addicted tastebuds, it was unpleasant! We also added wheatgerm to the juice which was fine, but sank to the bottom and required stirring.
- I napped again in the afternoon and had a banana on waking because I felt so drained.
- For supper we made the same green juice that we had the night before as it was a tasty one.
- We then went for an evening walk by the sea which was invigorating and made us feel better. My headache was clearing and I felt a bit more energetic.
- Again, I had a cup of tea and a fruit juice for breakfast.
- We had a walk to the supermarket to stock up on a few supplies. In terms of costing, we have spent just under £30 for the three day juicing, with some ingredients to spare. This was shopping in ASDA with a few extras picked up in Sainsbury's.
- We had this lovely juice for lunch:
- I started to feel more energetic and less groggy on day 3, to the point where I could imagine feeling better and better. Despite the fact that I have rarely felt hungry whilst juicing, I have thought about the food I would like to eat (specifically, beans on toast!)
- For dinner, we made another green juice:
This one was nice and fresh with some healthy greens (broccoli, kale and cucumber) with some apples and kiwis.
- The last juice was somewhat of a relief, but also marked the end of our experience. It has been tough, but ultimately worth it and has definitely been worth trying.
I can't wait to have a bowl of granola in the morning, but I certainly don't feel like binging on fast food and undoing all the effort of the last few days.The long-lasting changes to my diet are yet to be seen, but I have certainly had an education about food and appreciate it in a new way.
Braun J700 Juicer:
This spin juicer has been superb so far. It has a powerful motor which makes quick work of hard and soft fruits and vegetables. It is easy to assemble and take apart even for a novice like me. The process of actually juicing the ingredients has been part of the fun because I am getting to play with a new gadget! The juicer is easy to clean and comes with a handy brush to get rid of pulp from the different compartments. It is best to clean the juicer immediately after use, that way no food remains can stick to the parts. I got this juicer for 1/3 off the rrp. of £149.99 from Argos. To me, it is a good investment as I know I can now make juicing part of my lifestyle and hopefully improve my health and well-being.