Sunday, 28 February 2010

Detox

Fighting my kilos....


I haven't been happy with my weight lately. Ok, I know, I am nearly 40, and my metabolism has probably died ages ago, plus I've just had a baby, so now I can't get the weight off even if I eat only 1800-2000 calories a day. I've been eating very litle and I've been doing yoga and walking a lot but nothing seemed to help.

Then a couple of months ago I went back to London and decided to do some shopping...I think my turning point happened when I found myself in a fitting room of Top Shop trying a skirt two sizes bigger than I normally would wear. And that skirt didn't even fit.

I went home and was practically in tears, I though I have to do something. Then I remembered about one book which was given me for free with the Philips juicer I bought recently. The book is called "How to lose 7 lbs in 7 days" by Jason Vale. I didn't pay attention to this book first, but now it seemed to be exactly what I needed. I know it can be frustrating to find decent recipies, so I was very happy to have it.

I've read it in one evening, thank God they have put together a full shopping list to make it easier for you, so... next morning, woken up all excited, I jumped into my Uggs and run to the nearest Tesco.
Half hour later, I was walking back home with 2 huge shopping bags of fruits and veggies, which I was going to consume in a juice form in the next 3 days.

Then I had even more difficult task - to buy all the supplements which had to be taken with the juices. It took me another 2 hours to track them down, especially some things I have never heard of before (like something called Alfalfa sprouts) but Holland & Barrett shop and Planet Organic didn't let me down, and I eventually bought everything (probably even more than I needed) for my week.


My juicy week started, and to be honest - the most difficult thing during that week was ....to clean the juicer! Juices went down easily, they were delicious, and sufficient to keep me going through the day. Or maybe I was just too excited to notice any hunger...

After 1 week on juices I had to fly back home to Samui, and I had no idea how I am gonna do it. I knew that after this fasting I could not really eat plane food, it would just kill me...I started from buying a fresh juice in Heathrow's Boots to take with me on the plane, then I refused the plane food alltogether, during my stopover in Bahrain I ran out to Costa coffee and got some fresh orange juice...anyway, cut story short - I made it to Samui without having a single piece of food in my mouth.

What was supposed to be 7 days, turned out to be 3 weeks. when I arrived to Samui - first thing I did next morning - I went and bought a nice juicer. I could no longer live without my juices. Shame I left my book back in London...but I remembered most of the recipies. To be honest I became addicted to it. I saw myself slowly losing those extra kilos and gradually I could fit again into my pre-pregnancy clothes which was a great relief...
I wasn't even hungry anymore, my stomach must have shrunk, I was feeling great, I had more energy and my skin was more radiant than ever.

Anyway, after 3 weeks I decided I have reached my target weight, I have lost 5 kg and could fit in all my clothes again, so I started eating salads, slowly increasing amount of food day after day until I could have a normal diet again.

I am still making my juices every day now, it's not my only meal these days, but it's so healthy and tasty and good for me that I really enjoy doing it and don't even mind cleaning my juicer a few times a day... It is a small price to pay for my new body...

Today I was searching online for some material for my blog, and suddenly I came across my juices, with full recipies. I was so happy to have them again, as I started to forget a few things, so immediately I printed them out and now have them sticking to my fridge with a magnet :-)

I thought that would be pretty mean to keep it all to myself, so I decided to go ahead and post the recipies here, in case another unhappy overweight soul is searching for help...Maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea, but It did help me and made me look better, so, you can always try and see for yourself.

Here you go...


Recipe for success: your seven day juicing guide

"How to lose 7 lbs in 7 days"
By JASON VALE

http://www.juicemaster.com/product.php?id=12


Woman drinking juice

DAY ONE
ON WAKING: Hot water with either fresh lemon, lime or mint
BREAKFAST: JM's Super Juice (see right for all recipes)
MID-MORNING: JM's Super Juice
LUNCH: JM's Super Chute Juice
TEA: JM's Turbo Express
SUPPER: JM's Lemon/ Ginger Zinger
BEFORE BED: Fennel or mint tea or JM's Hot ' n' Spicy


DAY TWO
ON WAKING: Hot water with lemon, lime or mint
BREAKFAST: JM's Super Juice
MID-MORNING: JM's Super Juice
LUNCH: JM's Super Chute Juice
TEA: JM's Turbo Express
SUPPER: Turbo Express and 1oz Wheatgrass Chaser (add a small spoonful of wheatgrass powder to juice)
BEFORE BED: Fennel or mint tea or JM's Hot ' n' Spicy


DAY THREE
ON WAKING: Hot water with lemon, lime or mint
BREAKFAST: JM's Lemon/ Ginger Zinger or JM's Super Juice
MID-MORNING: JM's Super Juice
LUNCH: Passion 4 Juice Master
TEA: JM's Turbo Express
SUPPER: Turbo Express and 1oz Wheatgrass Chaser
BEFORE BED: Fennel or mint tea or JM's Hot ' n' Spicy

DAY FOUR
ON WAKING: Hot water with lemon, lime or mint
BREAKFAST: JM's Super Juice
MID-MORNING: JM's Super Juice
LUNCH: JM's Super Detox Juice
LUNCH: JM's Turbo Express
SUPPER: Turbo Express and 1oz Wheatgrass Chaser
BEFORE BED: Fennel or mint tea or JM's Hot ' n' Spicy

DAY FIVE
ON WAKING: Hot water with lemon, lime or mint
BREAKFAST: JM's Super Chute Juice
MID-MORNING: JM's Super Chute Juice
LUNCH: JM's Super Detox Juice TEA: JM's Super Juice
SUPPER: JM's Super Juice
BEFORE BED: Fennel or mint tea or JM's Hot 'n' Spicy


DAY SIX
ON WAKING: Hot water with lemon, lime or mint
BREAKFAST: Passion 4 Juice Master
MID-MORNING: Passion 4 Juice Master
LUNCH: JM's Pure Green Super Juice
TEA: JM's Boost Juice
SUPPER:JM's Boost Juice
BEFORE BED: Fennel or Mint Tea or JM's Hot ' n' Spicy


DAY SEVEN
ON WAKING: Hot water with lemon, lime or mint
BREAKFAST: JM's Super Juice
MID-MORNING: JM's Super Juice
LUNCH: Passion 4 Juice Master
TEA: JM's Homemade Lemonade Sherbet
SUPPER: JM's Boost Juice
BEFORE BED: Fennel or mint tea or JM's Hot ' n' Spicy


THE JUICE DIET: RECIPES

JM's Super Juice
½ lime, peeled
2 apples, any type except Granny Smiths as they don't juice well
½ pineapple
½ medium cucumber
½ ripe avocado
1oz fresh wheatgrass or wheatgrass powder
1 level tsp spirulina
1 capsule of acidophilus bacteria powder
Ice cubes
Juice the apples, pineapple, cucumber and lime. Put the avocado flesh into a blender with the ice, wheatgrass, spirulina and the bacteria powder.
Blend everything until smooth, pour and enjoy.

JM's Turbo Express
½ small pineapple
½ stick celery
1in chunk of cucumber
1 small handful of spinach leaves
1 small piece of peeled lime
2 apples
½ ripe avocado
Ice cubes
Juice the pineapple, celery, cucumber, spinach, lime and apples. Place the ripe avocado flesh in a blender along with the ice and juice mixture. Blend until smooth.
Pour into glass and enjoy.
Glasses of fruit and vegetable juice

JM's Boost Juice
½ large pineapple
2 apples
½ mug Alfalfa sprouts
½ mug watercress
½ mug parsley
½ mug kale
½ mug broccoli
1oz shot of fresh wheatgrass juice (or 1 tsp wheatgrass powder)
2 ice cubes

Juice all the ingredients, then add the wheatgrass shot or teaspoon of wheatgrass powder. Pour into a glass over the ice.

JM's Super Detox Juice
2 apples
½ cucumber
1 stick celery
1 small handful of spinach
Ice cubes
1 heaped tsp Dr Udo's Beyond Greens supplement (if you don't have this, replace by juicing a handful of mixed green leaves such as watercress, parsley or lettuce).
Juice the apples, cucumber, celery and spinach. Pour into blender, then add ice and Beyond Greens. Blend for about 1 minute or until smooth. If you use mixed green leaves instead of Beyond Greens, simply juice these along with the other ingredients and then add the ice.

Passion 4 Juice Master
½ small pineapple
1 apple
½ banana
200g natural organic yoghurt (if you're a vegan, use soya yoghurt)
½ tsp spirulina

Juice the pineapple and apple and pour into blender or smoothie-maker with the banana, yoghurt and spirulina. Blend until smooth. If you don't like yoghurt (dairy or otherwise), use half a small pineapple instead.

JM's Homemade Sherbet Lemonade
2 Golden Delicious apples
1/3 lemon, wax-free and with the rind on
2 ice cubes
Simply juice the apples and lemon and pour over ice - it really does taste like sherbet lemonade.

JM's Hot ' n' Spicy
3 apples
1 good pinch of cinnamon

Juice the apples and pour juice into a saucepan. Slowly heat but do not boil. When nice and hot, pour into a mug, add cinnamon and serve.


Grapefruit juice and fruit
JM's Lemon / Ginger Zinger
2 carrots
2 apples
1in slice of lemon, wax-free, with rind left on
½ in of fresh ginger
2 ice cubes

This wonderful juice is a favourite of the super-fit Martina Navratilova, winner of 58 grand slam tennis tournaments. Simply juice all ingredients and pour into a glass over ice.

JM's Pure Green Super Juice
2 sticks of celery
½ medium cucumber
1 small handful of spinach
1oz shot of fresh wheatgrass juice or 1 tsp of wheatgrass powder
1 slice of orange
2 ice cubes
Juice the celery, cucumber, spinach and wheatgrass. Add ice to a glass and pour in the pure green super juice. After each mouthful, take a bite of the orange.

JM's Super Chute Juice
2 apples
A small chunk of carrot
½ stick celery
1 large handful of mixed green leaves - watercress, kale, parsley, spinach or whatever other green leafy vegetables are available
1 in chunk of cucumber
½ in broccoli stem 1 small handful Alfalfa sprouts
½ in slice unpeeled raw beetroot
½ in slice courgette
1 small piece of lemon, preferably wax-free, with rind on
½ in slice ginger
2 ice cubes
Juice all the ingredients. If you have a Philips whole-fruit juicer, all you need to do is place one whole apple in the chute followed by all the other ingredients, finishing off with the other apple.
If you have a different type of juicer, feed in all the ingredients chopped into whatever size the machine will take. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Natural teas
Pour hot water over chunks of fresh fennel, lemon, lime or mint leaves for a cup of whichever tea you fancy. Fresh teas play a vital role in your 7lbs in 7 Days programme because they help to get the digestion going in the morning and to calm it at night.
Don't fully boil the water as it can deplete the vitamin content of your drink.
The water should be hot, but not boiling.

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