Having “piled weight on” through comfort eating after the birth of her second child, Victoria was tired, hormonal and miserable. Her eczema was getting worse and prescribed something so strong she would have to stop breast feeding, Victoria decided to take matters into her own hands and grabbed her juicer.
Neil Martin: When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
Victoria Seyforth: I have been juicing for the last 15 years on and off after a family member introduced me to the wonderful world of freshly extracted juices when I was younger.
I loved mixing vegetables and fruits and developing my own concoctions!
My husband and I did Jason Vale’s “7lbs in 7 days” plan years ago and juice has been an occasional part of my diet ever since.
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Victoria Seyforth: I decided to try the 28 day Super Juice Me plan as it had been a year since having my second child, I had piled weight on through comfort eating and I was so depressed about it.
Looking after two small balls of energy full time wasn’t much fun when I was at the biggest I had ever been, tired, hormonal and miserable. Something had to change!
I watched the Super Juice Me documentary and was so inspired I started the next week.
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Victoria Seyforth: I used the Super Juice Me app and it was brilliant.
Neil Martin: Did you have any medical conditions prior to juicing?
Victoria Seyforth: My eczema was getting worse and just wasn’t clearing up with prescribed creams.
The doctor prescribed something that was so strong I would have had to have given up breast feeding.
The pharmacist told me it would bleach my skin and that it’s normal colour would eventually return.
I refused to use it and decided to seek more natural solutions and that’s what made me watch the documentary and trial an elongated juice plan instead.
Neil Martin: Was weight loss one of the reason you started juicing? If so, what other diets had you tried and how successful were they?
Victoria Seyforth: Yes, definitely. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome whilst we were trying for our first baby and part of my symptoms was not being able to lose weight easily. I had been on a low GI diet, which worked really well for me but I still didn’t feel 100%.
“I have just finished your Natural Juice Junkie 7 day Budget Juice Reboot and lost 12lbs so I feel great”
Neil Martin: Since juicing, how much weight have you lost?
Victoria Seyforth: On the 28 day plan I lost 23lbs and 13.5 inches off my body! I have another stone I’d like to lose before Christmas, but am taking it slowly. I have just finished your Natural Juice Junkie 7 day Budget Juice Reboot and lost 12lbs so I feel great.
Neil Martin: What have you found to be the biggest changes / benefits you’ve experienced since you started juicing?
Victoria Seyforth: My confidence is sky high. I go to the gym every other day and feel that that, coupled with juicing has changed my body and my mindset.
My eczema has all but cleared up and I no longer use prescription creams on it!
I have more energy to play with the kids and my moods have improved too so everyone is benefitting!!
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what have you found most challenging and how did you deal with this challenge?
Victoria Seyforth: The 28 day plan was really tough. Cooking three meals a day for two young children, I am constantly trying their food for taste and temperature.
I also used to finish off their leftovers, but whenever I tried something of theirs I’d wipe my lips straight away instead of eat the food I was trying. I also made sure I cleared the food away quickly and put it in the bin or covered it with a baby wipe so I wouldn’t be tempted to pick. Actually, having a good sniff of their dinner was all I needed to make the cravings go away!!!
I also found it tough prepping and juicing, as this took quite a while and took me away from the kids. I got over this problem by involving them in the prep and juicing, which they both loved.
“My 3 year old daughter has always loved juicing”
My 3 year old daughter has always loved juicing and often asks to make her own green juice. My 1 year old adores the juices too, drinking a fair few glugs of them before I even get a look in!! I love that this is the norm for them though and is giving them important knowledge about a healthy way of life.
Neil Martin: How has juicing changed your life?
Victoria Seyforth: It has given me a new lease of life. I am confident, I am healthier, I have more energy to be the best mummy I can be and I want to inspire others now!
Neil Martin: What has been your biggest juicing mistake and why?
Victoria Seyforth: Can’t really think of anything awe inspiring! Only thing i’d say was in the early days of having a juicer I’d stick to the same old juices as they were safe and I knew I liked them.
Now, people like yourself (Natural Juice Junkie) and Jason vale are doing all the hard work so we don’t have to and we know we are getting everything we need from your plans!
“One sip and I fell in love”
Neil Martin: Any juicing tips you have picked up along the way?
Victoria Seyforth: Always try new things. Hated the sound of your Sweet Potato Pie recipe as juicing raw sweet potatoes didn’t appeal, but one sip and I fell in love, it’s my new favourite by far (although your ‘The Red One‘ is up there too!)
Neil Martin: What resources (books, websites, movies, etc) have helped you on your journey and why?
Victoria Seyforth: Your Natural Juice Junkie blog posts and articles have been fab. Your case studies, Jason vale’s 28 day Super Juice Me documentary and app are what inspired me to start the 28 day plan and really change things. I think when I see people suffering from worse conditions than me turn their lives around so quickly and easily, i would be stupid not to at least have tried it!
I always refer to the Food Bible book for inspiration and details into what contains which nutrients so I can balance juices well when making my own now.
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Victoria Seyforth: Diet and nutrition. Although I believe exercise HAS to play a part somewhere along the line. I could have juiced and would have lost weight and my body would have been working a lot better, but the significant change in my body shape has come from exercise. I have dropped two dress sizes and feel amazing!!
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Victoria Seyforth: I try to go to the gym at least 2-3 times a week. I always do the same routine. It never gets boring because I can see the results! I do 10-15 mins of cardio, usually on the cross trainer and then will do a weight circuit for legs, arms and abs and then work on the fit ball for an ab workout. I do between 30-50 mins in the gym.
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Victoria Seyforth: I always start every day with a lemon in hot water. A refreshing liver cleanse before I get up. Then either a juice, or porridge or no sugar muesli for breakfast. I also adore nut butters, either on toast or oatcakes with a sliced banana on top.
I eat a lot of spinach and rocket salads, my favourite is with falafel, hummus, harissa paste and dukkah, a Moroccan blend of seeds, nuts and spices. I could eat that everyday! I will often have a juice for lunch too.
Dinners vary, sometimes juice, sometimes grilled meat, sweet potato and veg, it depends on our mood! My hubby does all of the cooking for us and I do the kids.
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Victoria Seyforth: No, although we do try to have at least two vegetable based meals a week. The meat we eat is always organic or free range though.
Neil Martin: What are your thoughts on caffeine and alcohol?
Victoria Seyforth: Like everything in life, a little of what you fancy in moderation is fine!
With two little children, I always want to be able to drive so I avoid alcohol more often than not. Saying that, a fresh apple, lemon and lime juice with a little gin added makes an amazing cocktail!!
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Victoria Seyforth: Stop thinking about it and just do it! There are some relatively inexpensive juicers on the market to get you started. It doesn’t have to be a state of the art juicer for an occasional juice or a starter detox. Also don’t discount juice because they contain one thing you may not like. Try it!
So many people said to me ‘oh you’re on this juice plan, I don’t think I could live on just juice for 1 day let alone 28!’. I thought that when I did the first plan, but with a bit of focus and determination I have proved that anyone can do it!!!
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?
Victoria Seyforth: Really tough to choose just 6. Beetroot, avocado, lemons, apples, pineapple, spinach.
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