Where do I start?
With the fact I am sure some will think I am crazy for doing this or the fact that I think I’m a little mad for doing this?
I have decided to endure a juice diet, yes raw juice for a 10 day period, no solids what so ever, just juice. I have to keep repeating the word ‘juice’ to myself so it sinks in to me what I am actually challenging myself. I came across a book on Amazon called ‘The Reboot Juice Diet with Joe Cross’ and I was intrigued. I had heard of a juicing diet before but had never done any research on one. I was engrossed by the stories written on Amazon reviews from people’s journeys from doing a ‘reboot’ plus completely struck at the film he made called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that I had to watch it on Netflix straight away. Juice some to help anything from migraines, depression and weight loss. It covered a wide spectrum of health issues and the answer seemed to be just juice.
I have always battled with my weight and in pure fact I need to be a little more honest with myself and admit that a lot of it is to do with pure laziness. I have the best intentions of being ‘good’ or going to do some exercise but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. You know the phrase ‘all the gear but no idea’ that is so me when it comes to the gym! I’m embarrassed to admit it but after having my son who is now 4 my weight seems to have just ‘stuck around’ apart from about 6 months where I lost about 2.5stone (amazing what a break up can do, every cloud…..) so I have come to the decision that enough is enough and it’s time to do something about it.
After seeing some horrendous photo’s of myself this weekend and also finding that running around after my son is starting to get me tired I need to shed some weight. I don’t want to be the ‘fat friend’ any more or the unfit mother in the playground. I want to be the one strutting around in my size 12-14 Warehouse jeans (currently an 18 which they do not sell in Warehouse I have you know!) but more importantly I want to be a good role model for my little boy and I want to be around to see him grow up which scarily I might not be if I carry on the way I have been doing.
So I have decided to give this juicing reboot a go, a kick-start into a lifestyle change has always got to be a good thing. I know seeing the lbs on the scales dropping off over the duration will be the motivational kick-start that I so desperately need. 10 days of juice……just juice.
Here is how the journey started…
Bank Holiday Monday and after my son was collected by his dad I decided to go to a local supermarket and buy my first 5 days worth of juicing ingredients. As it is a well known fact that fruit can be rather expensive so I decided to give my local Lidl a visit after hearing raving reviews on how fresh their produce was and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I set off with my canvas shopper bags (a tip off a friend as you pay for bags otherwise) and a small budget. After about 40 minutes of browsing round the aisles I had my juicing haul ingredients…. here is what the checkout looked like….
I have never once done a shop for myself that looked like this!! Apart from when I was making my son’s first meals as a baby and whizzing them up together to make some interesting meal plans!
This haul came to an amazing £24 which I was really shocked about as I was expecting a lot more. I have to say great big thumbs up to Lidl as the produce was definitely fresh and marked at an incredible price.
Once home, I unpacked my new found health items and found somewhere to store them all, my house is only small so I needed to get creative….
Can’t beat an under the bed storage box……!
I had to ”test” out the juicing machine that I had so I whizzed up my first mini juice to make sure I knew how to use it all. I was surprisingly shocked as it tasted really good, apples/orange & carrot. Winner.
4 juices, 2 glasses of coconut water 500ml in total and 1L of water. This was my meal plan.
Here is how it looked in pictures…
These mean, whizzer, juice machines are awesome! I bought a whole fruit juicer as my lifestyle is all about saving time! when your running out the door trying to get your child to breakfast club on time and then at work on time the last thing you need to be doing is chopping fruit and veg, I just wanted to chuck it all in and ta-dah!
I totally under-estimated how long making 1 juice (2 portions) would take, so I am realising that it’s all about planning in advance with this diet which is something I will need to get used too!
Also another thing…..the mess! The mess is UNREAL !!
You need a good scrubbing brush…!
I have planned in advance too tonight and made 1 of the 2 juices required for tomorrow’s reboot…
Green Citrus – Apples / Oranges and Kale. I had a little taste and it actually tastes lovely….which I am happy about after today’s juice….
So, Day 1 and I am feeling full which I did not expect but it’s a great feeling knowing that hopefully all 10 days will fell like this…. inspired!
I have to say that I am excited, excited for my change for me and my little boy x
I will keep you posted..