Thursday, 3 October 2013

Day 5 Juicefeast & A Life Without Kev

As I sit here and type, green juice in hand, I can scarce believe I've made it 5 days without Kev.  I'm not talking about Kevin Rudd here folks (although believe me, with Tony at the helm of our government I'm missing Kev as well) , I'm talking about a cuppa tea. When I planned this juice feast I said to the Beloved "I can't give up tea!" Actually, I didn't really say it, more like wailed it while waving my arms about as if I was guiding a plane to land. The thought of doing without my most beloved of beverages was daunting. But I really wanted to cut out everything to give my body a break and a chance to do some healing. So I bit the bullet, and went cold tofurkey. From everything that I had read about juicefeasting, the third day is supposedly the worst. No, no, no, no, no. The second was the worst for me - I was sleepy, headachey, getting cravings, and where for the love of kale was a bloody cup of tea? I stuck it out with peppermint tea instead, and took a nap. 

The third day was much better, I was feeling clearer, my lips which had been very dry and cracked the previous week due to some dry weather had totally healed up overnight. I can't explain it, they've never healed that quickly before. The pain in my feet which I've been having for the last couple of months when I first get up was about half as bad as usual. By this morning, I could actually walk almost properly instead of hobbling about like a granny for a few minutes.

I've been drinking between 3-4 litres of juice daily, as well as water and herb tea. I made it a point to have each juice a different colour and incorporate as many different fruits and vegetables as possible.  I made the decision that I needed at least one of my 1 litre drinks to be a smoothie rather than just juice as I believe I need the fibre, so I've also been having a banana or two in my green. I started today with a beetroot based juice with watermelon, grapefruit, and orange  - my head feels very clear and I'm off to the gym later for my first run in two weeks. We'll see how that goes as I've just finished a kale, celery, and banana smoothie. I have an avocado and asparagus smoothie with orange juice for after the gym, and I will slurp my mango, carrot, and orange juice tonight while the Beloved has his Friday pizza (he isn't doing this with me).

I'm feeling very proud that I've managed to keep this up all week, AND make the Beloved his dinner without falling into temptation. I think my will is rock hard at this point, so making a pizza isn't going to phase me, as I'm feeling full most of the time, and actually craving my next juice when I'm feeling hungry.

Weightloss? I have lost some, but I'm refraining from jumping on until Monday when I can have a 7 day assessment and get out the tape measure as well. Next week I will phase into mostly smoothies, as I personally think juicefeasting continuously isn't good long term, but it is a great way to jumpstart. We need that fibre!

Anybody else juicefeasted before, or doing one at the moment?


  1. Congrats on making it a week! You're going so well. I think having some smoothies is a great idea :) all the goodness plus some fiber. Although juice does have fiber in it (just really small bits) so it's much of a much-ness.

    I can totally relate to your tea detox- I used to drink about 6 mugs a day (my husband is on 8 atm!) so making the switch to herbal was much the same. If (?) you go back to drinking black tea go easy, having the caffeine after a juice feast can be a bit of a shock for the body.

    Day 2 is always my bad day too and day 3 I feel sunny again... I think it just depends on the individual and how well you eat, still, it's good to know for next time!

    Hope your next week of smoothies is grand and you continue to feel the benefits xxx

    1. Thanks Claire! I'm not sure about the fibre being much of a muchness... there's an awful lot being put in the compost if I'm pure juicing. I find the fibre slows the release of the sugars and I'm not as likely to feel hungry in a couple of hours, maybe that's just me :)