Post Ultra we went out with my family/extended family and my aunt had mentioned that she had recently done a 3 day juice cleanse- which I thought was awesome. I’m a huge fan of juicing, and have done a few periods of juicing in the past. Randomly that evening Nick said to me that he wanted to try it out, which I was shocked and amazed at, he’s always looked on in disdain whenever I’ve juiced in the past, so I was excited that he wanted to get involved.
I’d been thinking about juicing again for a while now, as I’ve had the most horrific few months of hay-fever symptoms including awful fatigue, and I wanted to try and sort out these allergies. I’ve also been getting increasingly bad period cramps as well as other symptoms and I wanted to kind of do a reset to try and see if I can pinpoint what’s causing it and alleviate it. Post Ultra I was feeling a bit blah both physically and mentally, drowning in a world of carbs pre/post-race and struggling mentally with feeling a little lost now it’s over. So what better way to give myself a boost than by juicing.
I know people are wary/skeptical of juicing/detoxing, but I do think it’s a good thing to do every now and again. Yes our kidneys/liver etc are very capable of detoxing, but the environment we now live in, toxins/pollution, and our food are all extra stressors on the body that we just weren’t adapted to deal with, hence why it’s good to give it a little juicy boost every now and again.
I decided 3 days would be a good amount of time for us, and so on Friday we got under way. I didn’t have a nutrition lecture this week, so was at home, which made it easier to juice, but also difficult to keep myself distracted. I had a lot of reading to do for the course so got stuck into that. We’ve been having 5-6 juices a day, filled with fruit (more for Nick, less for me), veggies (mostly me!), avocados and super-food powders.
On Friday, Nick was a bit later going into work so I made him a breakfast/brunch juice, and then he took some Savse juices with him to have during the day, as it was easier to transport. He resisted temptation with beers/doughnuts in the office which I was super impressed with! We had evening juices when he came home, and also a warm apple/cinnamon juice as a cosy evening treat.
I found the first day quite tough to be honest, I think a combination of coming from such a high calorie intake after the ultra, not exercising (which I find actually helps when juicing) and just being in the house made it feel tough. I just felt really drained and lacking in energy, although I have been feeling like that for a while now anyway. I was also really really hungry, which is unusual as I don’t remember feeling like that when I have juiced before.
Saturday we were up early for house viewings. I made us a breakfast juice and a huge vat of juice to take with us. We viewed 4 properties, 3 of which we liked, so hopefully after two recent failed attempts, something might come good for us. We ended up walking over 9 miles all over Greenwich/Charlton, and I felt pretty awful, just weak and lethargic like my legs didn’t want to work! We stopped at a health store in Greenwich to pick up some more fresh juices as we were out for longer than intended, and pretty hungry. Nick had some fruity ones, and I stuck to more vegetable based ones.
Nick has really struggled the whole way, he just keeps asking me if he can have a burger/pizza, I’m trying to tell him that that isn’t the point of this but he doesn’t seem to get it, and is just craving junky food- which he doesn’t even eat that often anyway! In contrast I am massively craving a huge salad! I was in a bit of a cooking/food slump pre juicing, so I’m hoping this will really encourage me to get back into it.
Unfortunately I broke the juicer when I stuck a spoon in it to try and get the sieve out which formed some kind of vacuum, the spoon went right through the mesh and created a huge hole. No bueno. I spent the afternoon/evening/this morning making our juices with a vitamix and straining them, they were nowhere near as good which made it a bit more challenging!
This morning we went to the farmers market, I got some lovely strawberries which I am looking forward to having tomorrow. Nick thought it was like torture being at the market! I went for my first run post ultra, a gentle 3 miler, with a few niggles/aches here and there. The body wasn’t overly happy to be back out there! I ran to Argos where I picked up a new Phillips juicer, slightly upgraded from my old cheap Argos one. I carried the thing home and set about juicing. The first juice with it tasted so so good! I’ve actually felt much better today too, less tired and less hungry.
Nick really struggled this afternoon and was thinking about giving in and having something solid for dinner, but I’ve told him he has to ease out gently with something healthy- I think that has fallen on deaf ears though. I’m pleased to say despite feeling pretty hungry/weak, he is still going. I’m trying to explain that it isn’t the juice that’s making him feel bad but the foods he was eating before, unfortunately he doesn’t see it this way!
I watched Super Juice Me last night, and it made me so pleased I had rediscovered juicing, and will be incorporating it on a regular basis again. It’s free to watch this weekend, and I urge you to do so, it just totally fits with my view of the power of healing with food. 8 people with pretty chronic conditions, and on stacks of medication, turned to juice for 28 days to try and heal- the results are incredible.
I’m going to ease out of this slowly, with probably more juice featuring for breakfast/snacks tomorrow, as well as salad, whole fruit, psuedo-grains and beans. So excited for a salad! I think Nick is massively regretting ever suggesting doing this, and I can’t see him doing it again, although I’m proud of him for lasting the three days.
It’s been a pretty expensive few days- downside of juicing organic fruit/veggies- but I’m glad we’ve done it, I feel a bit better already physically/mentally and I’m glad to have rediscovered juicing!