Juice reboot – the verdict

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!

Going forward…
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 cucumbers
2 celery sticks
2 green apples
1 lemon (I have learnt that you should remove lemon skins, otherwise juice is quite sharp)

 
I loved Joe’s Sporty Spice (red juice)
Makes 2 servings
Nutrition per serving: 146 kCal; 610 kJ; 5 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 1 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 g fiber; 20 g sugar; 175 mg salt

Ingredients:
4 beets
2 carrots
2 celery sticks
2 oranges
1 lemon
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

Ingredients:
1 mango
1 banana or fresh coconut
1 avocado
a handful of spinach
125 ml (4 oz) coconut water
ice cubes

Directions: Place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.

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Juice reboot – 3 days in

  
Here I am with this morning’s breakfast – a  smoothie made with cucumber, apple, lettuce and kale. It actually tastes a lot better than it sounds or looks.

Three days in and the juice reboot is going well, it’s not only juices – it’s also “whole” versions of fruit and vegetables, but it’s nothing except fruit and vegetables so for 3 days now I haven’t had any meat, fish, bread, pasta, rice, nuts, or anything else you can think of that isn’t fruit or veg. I’ve surprised myself by not really missing these things much, apart from a handful of nuts for snacking on in the afternoons, and while I really wanted some toast yesterday morning, once I had the juice I was satisfied.

  
Place a big bowl of colourful salad in front of me and I’m happy, so there have been a lot of meals that I’ve loved. Also some of Joe’s recipes have been a revelation like his raw carrot & ginger soup, carrot apple and ginger juice and even green vegetable soup. 

That said, breakfast of cooked apples and berries tastes like it needed some sugar added, I’ve had to reduce the amount of celery in any of the juices, it’s too strong a flavour and makes them so hard to drink.

So do I feel energetic and healthy so far? I’m not sure… I’ve been pretty tired for the last couple of days, which may be because of work or possibly the long time it takes to prepare food for the next day! Make no mistake – prep is key and for this it needs proper time dedicated to it! Here’s what Rich (hubby) took to work the other day:

  
(Plenty of Tupperware is also needed).

I’ve also got some spots on my face – I was hoping for quite the opposite! So we’ll see what my complexion is like at the end this.

As far as working out, I haven’t held back because of the reboot and am about to go for a 20k run (I’m marathon training), which I’m a little anxious about but am sure will be fine.

Here are some of the recipes of things I’ve made over the last few days which I’ve loved (all thanks to Joe Cross – www.rebootwithjoe.com)

  
Carrot-Apple-Ginger Juice

Makes 2 servings. Nutrition per serving: 196 kCal; 819 kJ; 2 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 1 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 3 g fiber; 31 g sugar; 85 mg salt

Ingredients:
6 carrots
4 apples
2 in (5 cm) piece of fresh root ginger

Celery-Pear-Cucumber (green juice)

Makes 2 servings. Nutrition per serving: 151 kCal; 631 kJ; 4 g protein; 33 g carbohydrates; 1 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 2 g fiber; 16 g sugar; 91 mg salt

Ingredients:
10 kale leaves
2 cucumbers
2 celery sticks (modified from Joe’s 6)
2 pears

Raw Carrot and Ginger Soup

Makes 2 servings. Nutrition per serving: 559 kCal; 2337 kJ; 6 g protein; 62 g carbohydrates; 35 g fat; 10 g saturated fat; 12 g fiber; 33 g sugar; 246 mg salt

Ingredients:
3 cups (720 ml/24 oz) carrot juice (about 20 carrots)
1 avocado
1 cup (120 g/41⁄2 oz) fresh coconut meat (optional but recommended)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
sea salt
2 tbsp cold-pressed avocado or olive oil, to drizzle
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, to garnish (optional)

Directions:

1. Put the carrot juice, avocado, coconut (if using), honey, ginger, chilli, and salt into a blender and whiz until completely smooth.

2. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

3. Before serving, garnish the soup with a drizzle of oil and some chopped coriander.