Week 2 of my Juicing Journal already!

This has been a big week for the juicing world. Juice Master, Jason Vale, hosted “The World’s Biggest Juice Detox” event with over 26,000 people from across the world taking part. [Click here to read Neil’s interview with Jason Vale]

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the trials and tribulations of those that have undertaken the 5 day, juice only, program. Today (Saturday) will be results day for many and I am looking forward to reading more success stories on the various social network sites. Its great to see complete strangers coming together to support each other in a common effort. In case you are wondering, I did a mini detox straight after New Years Day so I didn’t take part in this event. Instead, I decided to get back on track with my own juicing / eating regime, which I will describe a little later.

Today, is not only results days, it is also the first day of what to do next. For some this means extending the juice only program and for many more it means reintroducing healthy food (that requires some chewing) into the daily routine! I think it’s important to stress that there are no hard and fast rules here. It is important to find something  that works for you. It needs to “fit in” with your daily routine in order for it to be sustainable and what “fits in” will vary wildly from person to person.

With that in mind I thought it might be useful to provide an example of just one approach that works. This is the only practical example I am qualified to talk about because it’s the approach I have adopted since I started juicing.

Since starting juicing in August of 2013 I have completed a handful of mini, juice only, reboots. I plan to continue with the reboots periodically, after any period of excess for example, but generally only expect to complete 3 or 4 days at a time. My typical weekly approach is to replace my breakfast and lunch with a healthy juice and finish off the day with a healthy meal in the evening.

I create my juices the night before and take them into the office and although they aren’t quite as good as a completely fresh juice they are still pretty good. Just keep them cold and in a container that minimises exposure to air and light.

A healthy meal to me means, mainly plant based, no animal protein, no dairy and minimal processed foods. I do this 5 days a week and find that it fits in with the demands of my work and family life very nicely. On a weekend I am more relaxed and I probably still have a juice for breakfast and lunch but my evening meals can vary enormously depending on what is happening. If I want to have a Chinese or Indian take away I will. If we are having guests then I will have a few glasses of beer or wine, no problem. On a Sunday I will generally sit down with my family to enjoy a roast dinner, it’s probably one of the few times we are all at the same table at the same time!

I firmly believe that enjoying time with family and friends is beneficial to the soul and the more relaxed approach to the weekends is just as nourishing for my soul as a big green juice is for my body! Having said all of that I don’t completely lose my head, last week’s post may have mentioned that someone was tempted to finish off some of the Christmas goodies that were still lying around!

This week I demonstrated that I can make a sensible choice. I visited a fantastic little tea shop with my wife, youngest daughter and my folks last weekend. This tea shop has won awards for their hot chocolate drinks. I must admit they looked fantastic but I remained strong and I opted for a hot spiced apple and honey drink instead. I was so proud of myself I took a photo just to prove it to everyone!

Spicy Hot Apple and Honey

So for anyone who is wondering what they do next, all I can say is that my approach has worked for me. It has allowed me to lose 50lbs since August 2013 and I feel better than I have done for a long long time.

Before I forget, my juicy news for this week is a loss of 4lbs. Another few pounds and I will recover what I gained over the Christmas period. Result!

Juicing weight loss graph

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