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As my diet lately has consisted mostly of pizza, alcohol, crisps and chocolate, I thought I’d take drastic measures and go on Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet.
I read the book in one sitting, ordered a juicer and a blender and then decided 7 days was too long to go without eating anything and as my juicer came with a free copy of Juice Master Keeping It Simple, I thought I’d do the 3 day detox that’s in there instead.
This involves consuming, in liquid form, the following fruit and veg over three days:
That’s 3 carrots, 22 apples, 3 lemons, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 1/2 cucumber, 3 celery sticks, 3 broccoli stems, 1 large beetroot, 2 pieces ginger, small handful parsley, 2 avocados, 1/4 cup blackberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 medium pineapple, 1lb spinach, 3 1/2 litres water, 1 tub natural live yoghurt.
Celery got missed off my shopping list and I did buy beetroot but forgot to take it out of the cupboard to include in the photo and only remembered after I’d put everything else back. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the avocado. I hate avocados. Bleurgh. But I don’t want to leave them out because they are very good for you and I’ve got to get some calories from somewhere.
Jason Vale reckons that in three days, I’ll have a flatter stomach (not that I’m overweight; I’m 5′ 6″ and weighed in at 9st 6 and 3/4 this morning, but I would like to lose half a stone although obviously I’m not expecting to lose weight in three days), a better mental state and I won’t want to eat so much crap. Yay. He also says to not watch any TV for three days as it’s a mind polluter but that’s just bollocks so I’m going to ignore that bit.
Each day starts with a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest as I gave up ‘normal’ tea a few years ago and had lemon and water then.
Don’t you just love my cow mug ? I’ve got a pig mug too.
Then breakfast, lunch, linner (a horrible word Jason’s made up meaning in between lunch and dinner), and evening ‘meal’ is a juice or smoothie.
Day one’s breakfast is the Detox Special:
This contains 2 apples, 1 carrot, 1 slice lemon, 1/4 yellow bell pepper, 1 inch slice cucumber, 1/4 piece celery (if you don’t forget to buy it, like I did), 1 inch broccoli stem, 1 inch slice raw beetroot, ice.
I usually have a banana smoothie for breakfast, so a juice won’t be too much of a change. Everything gets juiced, then ice is added afterwards (or crush it in a blender). Due to the beetroot, this turns out a gorgeous crimson colour
and it tastes good too – kind of like creamy apple juice – which is handy as it’s also going to be today’s lunch.
I’m back from the gym and feeling peckish. It’s lunchtime and what I’d really like is a cheese sandwich (although I don’t usually have sandwiches for lunch; I usually have soup in the winter and salad in the summer and I probably want a sandwich now because I can’t have one) but I’ve got to have the Detox Special again. I’m quite surprised I’ve got to have the same juice twice in a row but it’s the only time during the three days anything’s repeated in the same day.
In between lunch and dinner, I have to drink the H2O Detox which is 1 inch beetroot, 1/2 an apple, 1 inch slice pineapple, 1 inch slice lemon and 3/4 litre of water. Jason Vale reckons it’s lighter than a juice but more filling than water. I hope so, as I’ve just had ‘lunch’ and I’m still hungry.
I used tap water and it’s a bit weird, although not unpleasant, kind of like very weak pineapple flavoured water. I think sparkling water would work better.
I’m getting a bit bored of drinking red liquid and my hands are very dry after washing the juicer three times already today.
It’s taken me all afternoon to drink the H2O Detox and I’m hungry and it is dinnertime but I decide to wait a while to have my ‘dinner’ and have a cup of Yogi tea instead. I think I’m allowed to drink herbal tea aren’t I?
Meanwhile, The Meat Eater’s taking advantage of the fact that I’m not cooking anything for three days and barbecues himself a steak.
About an hour later, I give in to my stomach which is rumbling noisily and make Beyond Detox. This contains 3 apples, 1 large handful of spinach, 1 inch of beetroot, 1 inch slice cucumber, parsley which is all juiced, then blended in a blender with avocado and ice.
I’m not looking forward to trying this as I hate avocado, and spinach juice doesn’t sound particularly appetising, but it’s quite nice and actually tastes like banana. Unfortunately, I didn’t blend the avocado properly and so have to eat lumps of avocado and it takes me about 30 minutes to finish my dinner but it’s certainly very filling. It’s just as well it tasted ok, as I’ve got to have it another two times.
So, that’s day one done and I’ve survived so far. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s breakfast which is a blueberry and blackberry smoothie.
I could do with a pizza though.