Whenever I do a juice cleanse or reboot I find I am bursting with energy by about day 4 or day 5, yet a common concern I hear from people thinking about trying a period on juice only is how they will manage to survive all day at work, or do some kind of physical activity.
What if I said you could run a marathon at the end of a period where you are exclusively living on juice? I’ve done half-marathons at the end of a juice reboot, but SimonFaulkner-Barrett, from Oxfordshire in the UK, ran the London Marathon, one of the world’s most iconic races at the end of a juice cleanse!
Neil Martin: When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: I first got a juicer in 2006 but used it very rarely, until in 2012 my other half Vicki was lucky enough to come across someone called Carol Brace.
“The results were phenomenal”
Vick had suffered from colitis for many years, been on steroids, been to hospital many many times, life was some what a challenge from travelling or even going work….and in fact she was at the end of her tether.
Carol advised Vicki to go on a retreat but we couldn’t afford to do that so she told her to buy [Jason Vale’s] “7lbs in 7 days” and Carol acted as her personal coach…..I was more than happy to support her in the week…..the results were phenomenal, not just for Vicki but also for me….and as they say the rest is history.
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: Really for Vicki’s health and it has snow balled from there…
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: Yes we followed “7lbs in 7 days”, but now we have purchased other Jason Vale books, watched “Food Matters”, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and also purchased various other juicing books.
“I feel like a new person”
Neil Martin: What have you found to be the biggest changes / benefits you’ve experienced since you started juicing?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: Where do I start here, apart from Vicki reducing her colitis and feeling normal…personally I eliminated my heart burn, lost weight…infact I have lost 2.5 stone [35 pounds / 16 kgs].
Since I started juicing, I have clearer vision not just physically through my eyes but also in my head. I have loads of energy, better skin, I think I look younger. I used to suffer from piles, I feel like a new person and as I was telling someone at work today, I feel more alive today than when I was 30.
But a major benefit I have also gained is my awareness of what is in food, how it is produced, what is good for us and what isn’t…..
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what have you found most challenging and how did you deal with this challenge?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: Nothing really, I guess realising also that it is ok to make mistakes and to slip up so long as you know what you are doing…..so the 80/20 rule.
So 80% of the time you are living how you know you should, the other 20% is up to you….this is the difference between doing what you know and know what your doing.
Neil Martin: How has juicing changed your life?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: It has radically changed my outlook on life, I used to party a lot and didn’t live the healthiest of lives, loved cooking and drinking.
Now I have had a 180 degrees swing, in that I juice every day, exercise, think about what I am fuelling my body with and also actively read…books on how your body operates, how your mind works and believe that juicing has been instrumental in this change.
Neil Martin: What has been your biggest juicing mistake and why?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: I wouldn’t use the word mistake really, I have had a couple of hiccups….one such being that I took a juice in a flask to work and it leaked all in my bag soaking everything.
I also once tried to juice cabbage along with some other veg, when I came to drink this juice a few hours later at work it tasted a bit boggy.
“Nutrition / Exercise / Mind”
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: I am actually now believing this to be a little more and it to be more of a triangle approach…..Nutrition / Exercise / Mind.
Diet & Nutrition are essential however personally I feel that exercising your body is just as important as your mind. Your body is like a machine, which needs to be well oiled and fuelled, but you also need the correct manual to get the optimum output.
Couch to Marathon in under a year!
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: I rebound pretty regularly, also run… In fact I ran the London marathon last year (I never ran at all until a year prior to the marathon) and intend to do the same again this coming year. I did a juice week [juice only reboot / detox] prior to marathon, then just bananas and avocado with fish and rice one day before hand. I finished the marathon in 4 hours and 33 minutes. I had a marathon juice prior to running and also afterwards.
[The Marathon Smootie is a Jason Vale recipe made from 1 inch slice of large pineapple, 1 peeled lime, 3 apples, 2 sticks celery, 1/3 cucumber, 1 × beetroot, 1 avocado, 1 banana]
I have also just started Bikram yoga. Sometimes I go a week without exercising but that’s life, I just make sure that I make a note of it and re-focus.
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: I make a power juice in the morning, at the minute this being apples, carrots, ginger and turmeric, splash of garlic with wheatgrass blended in, then followed with a spoonful of coconut oil.
I will make a green juice for later on in the morning, almonds as a snack, lunch is either a soup or avocado with sardines or something like that, I also have fruit through out the day, maybe some 85% chocolate, then a decent homemade meal at night time……and drink plenty of water, herbal teas.
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: Not at all, I eat meat and fish. Although I eat more vegetarian meals than I would have used too and when I eat meat or fish I make sure that is sourced well, so if I want to have chicken I make sure it is free range organic so to avoid unforeseen chemicals, hormones and crap that circulates other non organic free range meats.
Neil Martin: What are your thoughts on caffeine and alcohol?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: Personally I drink very little alcohol and avoid caffeine, although I do have the odd green tea which has a relatively low caffeine content. They are both stimulants which I feel your body can do without.
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Simon Faulkner-Barrett: Get on board…….
Neil Martin: If you were stuck on a desert island with a working juicer and blender and an unlimited supply of just 6 ingredients, what would those ingredients be?
- Lemon (I know its number 7 but it is Christmas)
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