26 November, 2014

i really want a cheeseburger

If you would have asked me yesterday around lunch time how my juice cleanse was going I'd have told you, "Great, fantastic, wonderful! This is going to be so easy!" Fast forward to dinner time when my other half is grilling steak and stuffed peppers for dinner and I am officially pissed off.

I have given in to food already but only fresh fruit and veg. So basically, when I'm not drinking my fruit and veg, I'm eating them. Lets clarify something though, I am being as disciplined as possible. Sometimes you just need to chew food -- so I've had cherry tomatoes and carrots and hummus throughout the day.

I have had five different juices today and I surprisingly like every one of them. I haven't found myself forcing down anything. There are definitely two juice recipes that I will continue to use after this whole thing is over. One being the Carrot Apple Ginger I posted yesterday and the other being the one below.

Lunch Juice: [not pictured]
Gazpacho Juice

  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2 cups parsley
  • 1 lime
Pour over ice and enjoy! This one will definitely be something I make when I'm feeling a bit ill. It's like drinking V8 but so much better!

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25 November, 2014

let the juices start flowing

Today commences my 3-day juice cleanse!  I have decided to only do three days because this is my first ever juice cleanse and a shorter cleanse was recommended based on my beginner status. I have also decided three days was a good starting point because I've read you can become quite moody during cleanses due to lack of food. As I am sure most of you know by now I love food and I am guilty of becoming, what I like to call, hangry. So this shorter version should benefit me and everyone I come into contact with over the next few days. I'll be posting my juice recipes along the way so stick around!

Breakfast Juice: [pictured above]
Carrot, Apple & Ginger
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1" piece of ginger
Pour over ice and enjoy!

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24 November, 2014

daylight savings doesn't work in england

Daylight savings time in England kills. It gets dark way too early and if there is rain [which in the Winter is pretty much a certainty] you can forget about any natural sunlight. Conditions like that make you a lazy loaf -- even Lincoln sleeps the day away.

Saturday was definitely a lazy day. While I woke up at 9am, there was no morning walk because the rain was torrential. I turned on my reading light in the living room, cranked the heat just a touch more, and made myself a cup of tea. Lincoln immediately took his place on my lap and for two hours we watched reruns of the original Star Trek series. After the mini marathon I made myself some lunch and reclaimed my spot on the sofa to read. By 3:45pm the sun was completely gone and with the cloud cover the evening got an early start.

Days like this can be super unproductive and if you're fighting a cold even more so. I have been thinking maybe I should jump on the juice cleanse band wagon. I've read the good and the bad, but I've also read a lot on the positive shifts in energy levels cleansers experience.  I'm hoping it will give me a boost out of the "funk" I've been finding myself in as of late. Plus there is a juicer in my kitchen that is screaming to be used more! I'm still doing a bit of reading but I'll be sure to keep you updated on what cleanse I choose and what my shopping list consists of.

I hope you guys had a slightly more productive weekend.

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