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Following on from my recent “How I Store Juices” post, Kitten the Juice Pirate and I are planning to answer more reader questions.

Ali Kennard said “Hello! Great to see you and Kitten offering to help struggling juicers – you have both done so well and are truly inspirational.”

“How do you manage the balance between juicing and reintroducing solids?”

“I struggle big time with food addictions. I’m fine all the time I’m juicing – I did a 28 day reboot in January and didn’t have much by way of cravings and felt amazing but as soon as I started to reintroduce solid food it all went horribly wrong. I’m sure it’s mainly psychological and it’s the junkie food terrorists doing their thing bit I’m struggling to ignore them. I keep trying to have 2/3 juices a day with a healthy evening meal but this far haven’t been able to do it. I’m feeling so crappy at the moment I’m going to have to go on another reboot again soon!!”

Kitten the Juice Pirate says: Honestly after watching a few Documentaries about what is in most foods at the store stopped me for buying a lot of [processed] foods. In my house we mainly store up on fruits, veggies and some organic foods. When you’re eating really healthy and clean getting lots of nutrients you’re not as hungry. If I get that urge to chew I make a glass of lemon water and fill it up with ice. Let the ice set a little and chew it .

Neil Martin, Natural Juice Junkie says: I do a period on juice only (a reboot) approximately 4 times a year and am always careful with what I eat when I first reintroduce food. Typically my first day after a reboot will consist of mainly juice with one plant-based meal, often something like soup or some steamed veggies. I also find brown rice works well for me, but we are all different and so I would suggest experimenting until you find the foods that work best for you.

If you take your time reintroducing foods this will help you to monitor how you feel after each “new” thing you eat. It may even be a good idea to keep a journal with notes about what you eat and how you feel both physically and emotionally after each meal.

I’ve found that during my journey my tastes have changed. For example, I still love chocolate, but no longer enjoy some of the cheap milk chocolate that I used to crave, preferring a small amount of strong, dark chocolate instead. Similarly I used to drink around 10 cups of instant coffee per day with loads of milk and 2 sugars in each cup. I still drink coffee, but now I like it black and without sugar. I am also quite fussy about the coffee I drink – it has to be good coffee and I actually drink more herbal teas instead.

I believe that a lot of our food addictions are physiological, especially after a reboot when the addictive stuff (refined sugar, refined salt and refined fat) have been eliminated from our systems. When I first made changes to my own diet and lifestyle I still wanted to be “normal” and felt I was missing out on what other people were eating. It was only after I let some of those foods back into my life and realised how bad they made me feel that I decided to find a new normal. Whilst I try to respect the food choices of others, I also trust that my friends will respect my choices and hence I now simply focus on what works for me.

There is a lot of truth in the saying that “nothing tastes as good as healthy feels”.

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