It’s the morning after our 1-week juice reboot, so a time to reflect as I drink my hot water with a slice of lemon.
After 3 days of feeling tired (and as a result a little short tempered) from day 4 onwards I felt FANTASTIC, not just on the 4th day, even today I’ve woken up feeling rested and full of energy for the day. For this reason alone I recommend a reboot to everyone!
It’s been delightful eating all the colours of the rainbow on your plate or in your juices – some of the green ones do taste a little swamp-water like but others have been delicious. Either way, it’s impressive how many vegetables you can fit into one juice – going forward we are going to continue juicing at least once a day to make sure we get all our nutrients in.
Things I was concerned about…
Quick weight loss and looking wrinkly as a result of it: I’m pleased to say that neither of us have had any drastic weight loss (and we didn’t want to). I have no more wrinkles than normal and other people have told me I don’t look gaunt. That said, the scales record a weight loss of 1kg.
Constantly feeling hungry: not a problem at all, we’ve had plenty to eat and in fact one day I missed a breakfast smoothie and another and afternoon juice because I just couldn’t fit it all in.
Fatigue: Yes, as already mentioned the first three days I felt exhausted. That said, my husband didn’t, as he started feeling brilliant after just two days, not three.
Things I was hoping for…
Glowing skin: I started out with a few a few spots but they have thankfully now cleared up. I’m not sure if my skin has changed, but my hubby’s has – it’s an all over healthier look and glow.
Lots of energy: a big YES!
A general feeling of wellbeing and health: yes again, we both feel great!
As I mentioned above, we will continue drinking at least one juice a day to keep up the high nutrient intake. Because we both feel so good the plan is to do a 3-day detox once a month.
If you’d like to do the reboot too, I got the plan and all recipes from http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/
Here’s a recipe for a nutrient packed green juice:
(Makes 2 generous servings)
10 kale leaves
2 large handfuls of spinach
6 romaine lettuce leaves
2 celery sticks
2 green apples
1 lemon (I have learnt that you should remove lemon skins, otherwise juice is quite sharp)
2 celery sticks
2 handfuls of basil
And finally this morning breakfast smoothie is delicious!
Island Green Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
Nutrition per serving: 496 kCal; 2073 kJ; 8 g protein; 91 g carbohydrates; 17 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 17 g fiber; 63 g sugar; 154 mg salt
1 banana or fresh coconut
a handful of spinach
125 ml (4 oz) coconut water
Directions: Place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.