Warning: this post is long and picture heavy!
I hope you’ve all had a good weekend, I certainly have! Mine has involved lots of shopping yesterday, going out for drinks with some friends and a chilled out Sunday today; monster lie in (what weekends are made for, duh!) then off to the Allergy & FreeFrom show and a visit to the Barbican to see the Bauhaus exhibition.
After a bit of crappy start to the week, the week has definitely improved. To follow on from my binging I decided to do a juice detox. My stomach has blown up hugely from overeating, not to mention further weight gain and an upset stomach. I must admit, the thought of juice detox did and still does terrify me. During my ED days, drink calories were big no nos..they were seen as a ‘waste’ of calories, ones that didn’t fill me up and admittedly, this still lives with me today a lot of the time. However, being stronger now, I can see past the unknown calories of just about anything, it was more the ‘no food’ aspect that scared me because I’ve always liked filling food with lots of volume wherever possible. Crunchy or stodgy food works well too. Which is why I don’t tend to have soups either.
My first juice delivery came yesterday. In fact it woke me up at 8.30 which I was not best pleased about given I like my giant lie-ins until lunchtime at the weekend these days! The courier had it all packed in a giant cooler bag for me and handed it over. Well, I guess I was up now so I’d better make a start. I wasn’t hungry but this is the problem with my current eating pattern, I don’t eat enough during the day so I’m over hungry at night so I forced down my first juice over half an hour whilst working on my laptop.
The ‘Morning Alkaline Boost Shake’ which I was pleased to see that the juices were at least a good size and not some tiny bottle, with some kelp and nettle tablets that are provided as supplements for each day.
I was instructed to mix it with some ‘alka-greens’ powder that came in a pot which was made of grasses and seeds which gave the juice a more nutty taste which was quite nice. The juice was yummy given that I love apples and pears but I wasn’t so keen on the grapefruit addition..I’m not a huge fan of citrus fruits and grapefruit in particular is not my favorite and makes me even thirstier afterwards for some reason!
But anyway, after getting ready a little while later, I went out and hit the shops in need of some serious retail therapy. I started to get hungry around 2pm but I’d left my next juice in the fridge at home so finished shopping and got home for 3pm to meet my next juice.
The ‘Green Machine’.
Um yeah, let’s not go there with this one. Given that I was hungry, this was not what I wanted. Now of course I eat plenty of greens and I’ve made green smoothies before, but there was celery in this one. Raw celery is just absolutely disgusting and given that this was the main ingredient, it was unbearable. I chugged half of it and after feeling like I was going to throw up, left the other half of the bottle.
So I was still hungry. Feeling a little miserable. Fortunately I got a text from my best friend asking me to go out for some drinks. At first I was reluctant and explained what I was doing and that I was craving Pepsi Max like crazy but couldn’t have that never mind alcohol. After a little persuasion, I gave in and agreed to go as I needed a little cheering up, deciding to stick to the diet coke which I shouldn’t have been doing really but sometimes your mental health is more important.
Before going out I had the ‘detox vegan broth’ that was on the diet plan at around 6.30. I hadn’t expected anything hot on the plan but I definitely wasn’t saying no given I was hungry and hoping that something hot, despite being little, could fill me up a bit more than the horrible celery juice!
Mmmm appetising, I know. Is it sad that I actually really enjoyed the little tiny chunks of vegetables because it was food?! The broth itself was um…dirty water.
But anyway, I got ready to go out and had lots of fun with some friends and had some cheeky diet cokes. I was starting to feel hungry by 10pm though but ignored it for the time being given that this is the time that I normally over-eat. I was still due a juice for when I got back but when I did get back home at around half past midnight, I was all drinked out on diet coke and wasn’t thirsty for my last juice so I had a banana, a small punnet of strawberries, a persimmon and a handful of roasted chickpeas to make up for the last juice and half of the other one I didn’t have. So I kind of cheated on the whole juice thing. But they were a healthy alternative and ooooh being able to eat felt so good! God, I’m not doing very well given that this was only day 1 but I’m hoping it will get easier!
Today I woke up first at 8.30 to go to the loo! I was a little hungry but still tired so I got back in bed after my bathroom trip and slept until 11 which is more my normal time for weekends! I did genuinely feel a little better though. My stomach seemed a tiny bit less bloated and I felt okay. However, this time I wasn’t hungry again. Despite this, I forced myself to face my first juice in order to try and overcome this ‘no hunger’ feeling I get in the morning.
‘Carrot Mix’ with kelp and nettle tablet supplements.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love carrots. Anything carroty and I’ll love it. But carrot juice…mmmm not so much. Kind of a disappointment to have for breakfast as I prefer my breakfasts a little sweeter. But I soldiered on and drank this as I got ready to head out to the Allergy and FreeFrom show. I hear you ask, why go to a food show when you can’t have food? Well it was probably a good idea in reality. If I’d have gone on normal circumstances, I would have probably bought too much, and stuffed my face with it all this evening and been miserable about it. I did want to go and learn about new products though so off I went.
My favorite vegan cheese comapny, Vegusto, was there. If you’ve not tried their cheese, I definitely recommend their melty one – it’s like a cheese spread but I just lick it straight from the packet it’s so good!
And my favorite ever chocolate truffles from Booja-Booja <;;3
Of course Nakd bars had to be there!
Ms Cupcake’s vegan goodies too. It was so hard to resist buying one of these after wanting to try one of her goodies for so long…
Amy’s Kitchen had quite a big stand and seemed very popular!
Obviously with a lot of coeliac stands around, there was SO much frickin bread!!! Loved that they had spread it all with soya spread though but unfortunately most of the breads with made with egg/dairy so don’t cater for gluten free vegans like myself..
I went and declared my love to the inSpiral people haha I don’t think there’s anything of their’s I’m not in love with.
I also declared my love to Nature’s Path for still allowing me to feed my cereal addiction despite a gluten/wheat intolerance
And also to Alpro because they just makes a vegan’s life so much better!
There was so much good food there and I discovered a couple of new brands including gluten free oatie biscuits for the future! I was too tempted by this new brand though and made one purchase:
Perkier – a brand new company who mostly do brownies and cakey things but they do a gluten free porridge range – including gingerbread which I’m so excited to try as I did really love the Dorset Cereal’s Gingerbread Porridge before! These ones are all natural with nothing added to them whatsoever as well as being gluten free so I’m really excited to try them. I got all three flavors – apple, cinnamon and raisin, berry and gingerbread.
I then went to the Bauhaus exhibition at the Barbican for a bit which was really good if you like that kind of thing! However I could feel my blood sugar starting to drop and I found that after an hour I couldn’t concentrate anymore so I made my way back home for 3pm to get my next juice.
I was so incredibly happy to see that this was a very sweet fruity one because I felt like I really needed it. This was absolutely perfect and all of my favorite kind of tropical fruits! Yum!!
However I did still kind of hungry and I started to get a headache. I held it out until 6.30, dinner-ish, time to have the next drink…
Following on the tropical theme with a pineapple coconut water and probably a good reason why it had been prescribed given my headache. Maybe that’s to be expected? Better than the broth in terms of taste, but no exciting bits of veg to look forward to haha! Still kind of hungry but my headache is subsiding. And now it is just past 8.30 and I’m looking at my last juice of the day, longingly hoping it will help make a dent in my hunger. Probably not.
Sorry for the long post but I guess I wanted to see for my own benefit how this whole juice detox goes!
Have you ever done a juice detox? How did you find it?</