My annual round-up of ups and downs from the year that was and what I hope for 2016.
As some of you may know, I went on a 21 Day Crazy Sexy Adventure Cleanse. Here’s what all the fuss was about…
HEY I MADE IT OUT ALIVE!
While the side-effects and hunger pangs were at an all time low yesterday, I was definitely on the emotional side of a juice cleanse. So my super supportive boyfriend sent me these lovely flowers and a card! Finished.
My mom and bestie have also been awesome at cheering me on and sending supportive messages – trust me, you’re gonna wanna have a few people in your corner when cleansing!
Day 3 I woke up and sipped some lemon water while taking a soothing bath. Work was the same ritual of ginger shots and herbal teas and then I got swamped beneath a workload of doom. By the time evening came, I was so full from the fourth juice that I had to force down a few sips of juice 5! I really enjoyed the juices, but the grapefruit one was my least favourite. But, I knew it was important to stick to the schedule and get all the citrusy goodness into my body so I drank up regardless – we all have different tastes after all! Just remember to persevere, no-one said this was going to be easy.
This morning I woke up feeling accomplished, light and happy. And with a super flat tummy if I do say so myself! I made some steamed broccoli with lemon juice for breakfast and still drank some hot lemony water. It’s important to ease back into eating with fruits and veg on the first day, some avo etc on the second and then on the third you can introduce some protein like chicken if you’re a meat lover. I did miss my juices so I bought one from the canteen (yes, they stock Juiced Co!) to sip on like a real addict. Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for… my weight loss.
Sorry to disappoint ya, but I didn’t weigh myself. I was so determined to make this about how I felt physically as opposed to a number on a scale. And man, I feel great.
You can order your juices or Renovate Cleanse at juicedco.co.za
You can also grab a juice at El Hombre and Holdens Spar on Florida Road.
A few tears and other symptoms…
Just because I completely endorse the idea of a juice cleanse, doesn’t mean that it’s not one of the most difficult things I have ever done. It doesn’t mean that I won’t have a little whine or moments of “WHY ON EARTH WOULD I SIGN UP FOR THIS?!”. It’s because I believe so whole-heartedly in the necessity of juicing that I haven’t buckled, that I haven’t snacked and have been able to keep it relatively together.
People ask if there are symptoms of a juice detox. Well, yes, poisonous toxins are leaving your body – of course there are side effects! But the effects of those toxins living inside you are far worse. I had no side effects until yesterday afternoon when I started experiencing a slight rash, aches and pains, sweats and weakness. I knew it wouldn’t be comfortable to detox, and this was a huge eye-opener. So many gahdamn toxins are being released and yet I live a relatively healthy life? It just makes you realize that the bad stuff can build up from stress and linger from one or two boozy nights and social ciggies. I don’t think I will ever be the same after this in terms of recognizing what I put in my body. By the way, you’re not supposed to feel great while detoxing; it’s the long-term effects you’re going to enjoy.
I started feeling a physical hunger yesterday as well as mental one. Here’s how to deal with it:
1. Loads of lemony water
2. Knock back them herbal teas
3. Read up on other juicer’s experiences – a quick internet search will remind you others have done this and lived to tell the tale
4. Journal about your experience
5. Keep busy and distracted
6. Remind yourself it’s mainly a mental hunger
7. Finish all your juices, even if there are ones you’re not so keen on!
Yesterday I woke up, meditated, drank hot water with lemon and sipped on my ginger shot and herbal tea at work. It was easier than day 1, even though I started experiencing some physical effects. I even went to a beach braai in the evening and stuck to my beetroot juice! I have also not been taking any pills or allergy tablets while cleansing, opting for natural nasal irrigation and dry brushing to help the process along.
One more day to go and already planning my victory meal – Steamed broccoli with lemon juice 😉
Order your juices and cleanses at juicedco.co.za
I am sorry for the things that I said when I was hungry…
You know those people who get super angry when they don’t eat? The kind that get dramatic when they haven’t had a snack in the past 2 minutes? Yep, that’s me. I’m not the kind who “forgets to eat” (yes, we all have that friend) so I knew this juice cleanse would be more of a mental challenge for me than a physical one.
I believe whole-heartedly in juicing and have done so for a few years. A juice cleanse ain’t no foodie fashion fad or quick weight-loss fix, it’s a (gag) “lifestyle change”. Naturally you might lose some kilos during a juice fast, but you’ll pile ‘em all straight back on if you hit up the pizza and Coke right after. Juice cleansing isn’t all about weight loss – the motivation and benefits are far further reaching than that. Benefits include:
1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables
2. It helps jump start a weight-loss or health programme
3. It clears your body of toxins and helps alkalise it too!
4. Gives your bod a chance to rest from digestion, so it can channel its energy into healing, restoring and repairing other areas.
5. Boosts immune system
6. Resets your tastebuds
And a whole lotta other goodness from getting veggie and fruit juices straight into your body. The main difference between blending smoothies and making juices, is that juicing removes the pulp and fibre from the juicy nutrients so when you gulp a glass of green, the good stuff can get absorbed straight away.
A lot of people asked me why I don’t just make my own juice cleanse at home if I have a juicer? Well the Juiced Co juices are all cold pressed which means their juicing machines are a lot more geared up to extract the most juicy goodness as possible, in the best way possible. They also give you juices that have all the right nutrients, vits, natural sugars etc to make sure you’re not actually starving yourself over a longer course of 3 days. When juicing at home, it’s easy to make some juice to get going in the morning, but I am not nearly skilled enough to plan and make a 3 days worth of balanced goodness.
Day 1 was a roller-coaster of emotions. Physically I was ok – mentally I was the hungriest I had ever been and really had to pep talk myself to get through the day. The juices were delish and side effects minimal at this point, it was just a very hard mental game to skip trips to the canteen or meet-ups with my mates for a cappuccino.
I woke up, meditated and guzzled some hot water with lemon. At work I made a yum Pukka herbal tea and swigged back a zingy ginger shot, before hitting up Dare – the first green juice of the day. Being a seasoned juicer, I am used to the taste of veggie juices. I powered through the day by keeping busy and glugging water and treated myself to a swim in the sea with the boyfriend after work before my nut, date, vanilla, cinnamon and Himalayan salt juice, Bliss! I aided the detox by soaking in an epsom salt bath and sipped on the last juice of the day (a green juice) while watching the final few episodes of season 2 of GOT (SO ADDICTED!).
I felt a little weak and dizzy by the time I crawled into bed but woke up this morning to discover that I wasn’t dead. Wish me luck for day 2!
Order your own juices or cleanse from juicedco.co.za
I’ve been challenged to a 3 Day Renovate Juice Cleanse thanks to Juiced Co.
Here’s what all the hype is about…
I’ve been home-juicing and researching the benefits for over two years now so I can confidently say that juicing is not passing fad. Instead I’ve experienced some kick-ass health benefits and have made juicing a daily habit.
I have however, never done a full-on juice cleanse so I will be blogging daily about my experience – the ups and the downs – for those of you also wanting to take the jump. I know there are plenty of my healthnut friends out there who’d dig something like this.
The Juiced Co Renovate Cleanse consists of five 500ml juices a day as well as ginger shots and herbal teas to sip in between. When my frozen bundle of joy arrived today, I raced home to pop bottles (ha!) into the freezer and stick up the handy magnetic timetable for my fridge. I will thaw the first 5 tomorrow evening and begin juicing away on Sunday. It was also mark day 1 of the Kris Carr 21 Day Crazy Sexy Cleanse that I did about a year and a half ago and have always wanted to do again.
(PS: All these references are hyperlinked – so just hover above and click phrases like “home-juicing” and “Kris Carr Cleanse” for more info!)
While I know juice blogging is far from new news in other parts of the country, I am so happy that Juiced Co has branched out from Jozi and into Durbs, because up until now I haven’t been able to find a local juice supplier in the 031.
Wish me luck!