Jason Vale’s 3 day detox – Conclusion

Supplies needed for the Jason Vale 3 Day Detox
Supplies needed for the Jason Vale 3 Day Detox

I thought I’d feel something going three days without proper food. But, nothing, or at least not much, anyway. No tiredness, no energy loss, no hunger (except when it was getting up to dinnertime, but who doesn’t?), no headaches, no stomach upsets and no more grumpiness than usual. I didn’t miss chewing food and I didn’t have any mega-cravings for crisps or chocolate or any other junk, but maybe 3 days isn’t long enough for me to waiver? I did cop out of the 7 day plan, after all.

I came out the other end 3lbs lighter, with a flatter stomach and I might be imagining it, but my teeth look whiter, too.

Although the detox ended yesterday, I didn’t want to jump straight back into eating loads and put the weight back on immediately, so this morning I had a blueberry and blackberry smoothie with soya milk and for lunch I had the Popeye Power juice which is in the kids’ section of Juice Master Keeping It Simple and contains spinach, apple, pineapple, lemon and ice and as you can’t taste the spinach in it, it would be a good way of getting kids to eat something green and nasty other than bogies. Dinner will be tofu and stir-fried vegetables with Basmati rice.

I’m going to hopefully incorporate juicing into my lifestyle, not just because it’d be a waste of the £66 I spent on a juicer, but because I love smoothies for breakfast anyway (I’m not a fan of solid food first thing, so smoothies are perfect for me) and the juices are lovely (except for the ones with avocado), filling and nutritious enough for lunch.

Do I recommend it? Definitely.

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Jason Vale’s 3 day detox – Day three

I get up really late. This could be because a) I went to bed late; b) my body’s taking subconscious advantage of the fact that it’s the first time in five months I haven’t had to get up to go to work; c) girls’ things; or d) all of the above.

I was going to skip breakfast but I make the Detox Special from day one as that was nice but takes flipping ages as I’m chased around the kitchen by a wasp, attracted by all the fruit pulp.

Lunchtime

I’m back from the gym and have made an executive decision. I’m not going to have the Beyond Detox for lunch as is on the programme, as I can’t face the avocado again, so I’m going to have the Detox Special again. And yes, I know I moaned about having to have it for breakfast and lunch on day one and now I’m voluntarily having the same thing twice in a row. I’ve run out of carrots though, so I’ll have to leave that out.

I also forget to add the beetroot and I could add it in afterwards but I’ve only got one large one left and I don’t want to cut that just for one slice, so I leave it out, so it only contains 2 apples, a slice of lemon, an inch of broccoli stem, a quarter of a yellow bell pepper and blended with ice, and without the carrot it’s a lot thinner and without the beetroot, it’s green instead of red.

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5.27pm

I’m getting hungry as I have done for the last two days around this time and it’s not been made any better by me thinking about what I’m going to have for dinner tomorrow. I’ve decided to stick to a juice or smoothie for breakfast and lunch and then a healthy meal in the evening. Tomorrow’s dinner will be stir-fried tofu and veg with basmati rice. Although, strangely, the thought now – even though it’s only been three days – of eating something hot that requires chewing, seems strange. Ah well, I’m sure that’ll only last until it’s in front of me.

7.31pm

That’s it! I’ve just had my last ‘meal’ of the 3 day detox and very nice it was too. It was the Dreamy Detox that I had for yesterday’s lunch. The Meat Eater is currently eating tortellini with tomato and mascarpone sauce. Jealous, me? Nope, not at all. But only because it’s ham and bacon tortellini. He was very kind and didn’t make any garlic bread though in case I caved in.

I’ll do a summary and conclusion of the detox tomorrow. Now I’m off for some pizza and wine.

Just kidding.

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Jason Vale’s 3 day detox – Day two

I wake up reasonably early and get up to see if I faint with hunger. I don’t. In fact, I’m still full from last night’s dinner of avocado and spinach juice.

I have my lemon with hot water, then make the Super Detox Smoothie, which I’ve been looking forward to, as I love home made smoothies and this one contains 1/2 a small pineapple, which gets juiced, then poured into a blender along with 1 handful fresh blueberries, 1 handful fresh blackberries, 200g low fat live yoghurt and 4 ice cubes.

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I don’t have much of a sense of smell but the smell of the fresh pineapple juice coming out of the juicer is amazing (if you don’t want to clean a juicer for just a bit of pineapple, you can leave it out). I add it to the blender with the blueberries, blackberries and the yoghurt and whizz it up. I’m used to adding soya milk to my smoothies, not yoghurt, and so it’s a bit sour but still, it’s very nice. And makes a change from flipping beetroot.

I don’t have to have beetroot again until linner when it’s the H2O Detox again and then dinner is the same as last night’s – Beyond Detox. I’ll try to blend the avocado properly this time. I know I moaned yesterday about having the same juice for two meals in a row but I’m going to moan again about having the same dinner two nights in a row. Considering how Jason Vale is the self-proclaimed Juicemaster, couldn’t he have devised a programme with a bit of variation? It is only three days, after all.

10.15am

Just back from a run and very surprisingly, I don’t want peanut butter on toast and a mug of hot chocolate. I usually have a cup of Options hot chocolate at 11am every day but the thought of all those chemicals now isn’t appealing at all. I was quite thirsty on my run, so I must have lost a bit of fluid by drinking all that juice and could be a bit dehydrated. Interval training while detoxing probably isn’t the best idea in the world. Tomorrow I’ve got to run 3 miles, so I’ll see how that goes.

11.11am

Forget what I just said about not wanting hot chocolate. I’ll be strong though and have a cup of Choco Yogi Tea instead.

12.00pm

I’ve just had the results in for my Open University Creative Writing course (which I sporadically blog about here). A Grade 2 pass, yippee! Just what I wanted (well, obviously, I’d have liked a distinction but that was never going to happen as I’d only had one assignment in that grade).

So, for my celebratory lunch, I’ll be having a Dreamy Detox?

Bah. Can I stick a vodka in it?

The Dreamy Detox consists of 2 apples, 1 slice of lemon, 1 inch slice cucumber, 1 stick celery (if you didn’t forget to buy any), 1 inch piece fresh ginger which is all juiced then blended with ice.

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Doesn’t make much, does it? It’s really nice and refreshing though and makes a change from red liquid.

I’ll be making this one again, for sure. Yum.

I’m supposed to be making the H2O Detox between lunch and dinner but I’m going to do without it and just wait for dinner. I can’t be bothered to drink a litre of very weakly flavoured red coloured water and will just stick to plain water.

19.21pm

Just had dinner of Beyond Detox. I blended the avocado properly this time but I’m still not keen. I’m supposed to be having it for lunch tomorrow, but don’t think I can face it.

That’s day two over with. Just one more left.

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Jason Vale’s 3 day detox – Day one

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:

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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.

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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.

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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

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and it tastes good too – kind of like creamy apple juice – which is handy as it’s also going to be today’s lunch.

12:45pm

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.

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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.

6.30pm

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.

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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.

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