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Breakthrough

yes-you-can_2Day three, and all is well in my juicing world. I was bit tired today, so my wake up time was bit later than usual and I took a short nap in the afternoon, but I think it is just my body adjusting to the juicing. On the positive side, I wasn’t hungry today. No hunger pains, just a tiny bit of a tummy grumble just before my meal time, but that was about it. Looks like my body and mind made peace with the juicing programme and are embracing it.

Surprisingly, when I prepared my juicer and started juicing, that is when I realised that I am quite hungry. It was just a sudden realisation and was shortly satisfied by the prepared juice, so no harm. But apart from that, all is hunky dory 😉

As you can imagine, my full body is aching after the yesterday’s tumble but I just keep stretching and doing everything I would normally do, just slowly so I don’t strain my muscles more than I have to.

Now, for my morning and mid morning juice I had  four small pears with good size ginger, two apples, three smallish parsnips and few carrots. It was lovely, but the pears were kind of lost in it, so will need to try something that will give their flavour more of a room.

Today was a first day I didn’t have s smoothie! Just juice all the way 😉 But I had such an appetite for avocado! As avocado is a very soft fruit, I saw no harm in actually normally eating it (you can’t really juice it…). So I put a tiny bit of salt and pepper and chilli on each half and indulged the treat. It was divine, however, next time half of avocado would suffice.

For my lunch and dinner I was pulling all stops and went totally veggie. I juiced whole cucumber, very small head of broccoli, two peppers, two shallots (for a great kick), one small scotch bonnet pepper, four tomatoes, four radishes and three carrots. I also added two handfuls of spinach, but I prepped it in different way. I don’t think my juicer would be able to deal with spinach, I put it in a blender with  about 150ml of coconut water. Blitzed the life out of it and then poured it through the blender. That gave me nice green juice.  Overall, nice juice with a kick from the shallots, the scotch bonnet pepper kind of got lost in it. I will either have to blitz her with the spinach or take much bigger one. I just didn’t want the juice burn through me, so I was quite cautious with it.

That’s all for now. Stay strong and keep juicing.

Renny x

Very cautious pat on the back

bandaged-man1Second day done. Whoop whoop! And I am still on track 😉 If I wasn’t so battered, I would have made a victory bum wiggle 😀

I don’t know how about you, but I am not exactly a morning person. This means that my mornings are in a bit of a slow stroll and I properly wake up when I step out of the house to ‘dash’ for the bus. So I am usually on an auto pilot as each morning is the same – wake up – lights on – teeth – shower – make up – clothes – hair – shoes – handbag – keys – pit stop at fridge to take breakfast and lunch with me and I am out of the door. Not today! That would be just too simple to follow the fool-proof system carefully established over the years.

Last night I prepared all the juices for today and had the breakfast one in my big mug in a fridge ready to take in the morning. Everything went according to the plan – 6am wake up – lights on – teeth – shower and while showering I thought that it would be a good idea to grab the juice in the kitchen after the shower so it is not so cold to drink before I go. What a great idea! You would think that, wouldn’t you 🙂 Well, I think you should know that I have my room in a converted loft so I need to take stairs to get to the bathroom on the first floor and ultimately, kitchen is in the ground floor. Enough said. I usually go out of the bathroom, turn right take the stairs up and that’s it. This time, it was turn left and go down. This unfamiliar morning move coupled with me still half dreaming and paying no attention of what I was doing resulted in me misjudging how close the steps were and I less than elegantly slipped. As we are talking about a spiral staircase, there was luckily no way I would fall all the way down, but I managed to nicely ram the side of my left knee into the banister frame and as I caught my self with my right hand (applaud for swift instincts) I bashed my thumb a bit as well.

So the sequence was – thud – thud – one or two expletives – very slow and careful hobble down the rest of the stairs…  After few minutes of checking that nothing is broken and that I am still alive, I grabbed the juice and got on with my morning routine. Before I went to work, I also bandaged my hand as  it felt really tender and I didn’t want to strain it any further. After that, my day was pretty uneventful, which I am really grateful for.

On a positive note, my plan worked well! Juice in the morning (this time around 7am) and juice around 10am is a good combination for me. They both were same – just a mix of carrots, parsnips and two apples. Surprisingly very tasteful! For lunch (around 2pm) I had a smoothie made of radishes, bit of cucumber, half pepper, parsley and one avocado. I added a bit of salt, pepper and chilli. So it had quite a kick and I really enjoyed it. I felt bit hungry after 5pm but that just came and went. I must admit I am not even that much bothered about smelling and seeing my colleagues’ lunches. I committed to the juice and I just get on with it. The only think I noticed was that I had mild headache most of the afternoon. Nothing serious, just a small one hovering there so you know about her but never fully developing into normal headache.

I went slightly different way home and the first thought that crossed my mind was ‘Oh yes, I go through that bus stop, I can get fresh popcorn.’ And the next thought was just ‘Actually no, you are on the juice.’ And that was it, no regret, no sadness, nothing. I was then standing at the bus stop for good 10 mins waiting for the bus right next to the shop smelling the popcorn and surprisingly it did nothing to me. Once my mind decided that juice is the way to go, there was no need to question the decision. Quite liberating.

So I think I am doing pretty well so far and I am looking forward to tomorrow to try new juice combinations.

Stay strong and keep juicing.

Renny x

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