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Relax and enjoy the ride, mate.

imagesYesterday, on my way home from work I jumped on express bus as it is much quicker to travel that way. I usually jump on the last stop in the city centre before the bus dashes without stopping towards the outskirts. As always, the bus driver makes the customary announcement that we are not stopping until the XY stop and who needs to get off before that should get of now and take corresponding regular bus. Run of the mill for most of us who travel this route, but there is always one person who doesn’t listen and consequently is very surprised when his/hers bus stop comes and goes and we are not stopping. The bus was packed! You couldn’t squeeze in more people even if you tried and we all were content with our small spots for next 30 odd minutes.

I was standing right at the front of the bus and surely, 10 minutes into the journey a guy is trying to squeeze through the crowd to go and talk to the driver. You can see all the knowing looks and knowing half smiles from the regulars! Few minutes later the guy is standing next to me and this exchange takes place.

Guy: Hi, sorry, you are not stopping?

Bus driver: No, this is express bus. I made the announcement earlier that we won’t be stopping until XY.

Guy: I was on the phone. Any chance I can just jump of anywhere?

(At this point everyone in the front part of the bus is listening intently, secretly chuckling at each other.)

Bus driver: Not really, everyone here just wants to quickly get to their destination. Otherwise they would have taken the regular bus. Are you in a hurry?

Guy: No, not really. I just wanted to jump off.

Bus driver: Then relax and enjoy the ride, mate!

The whole front of the bus roars with laughter! To be fair, the bus driver was clearly a  nice guy as he let the poor guy jump off near tube station 10 minutes later. But he clearly made few people’s’ day that evening.

On another note – news from my juicing world – days six and seven were pretty uneventful juicing wise and I was going back and forth between juices and smoothies (just needed a change). Interesting observation – I didn’t feel bloated at all before  the usual ‘time of the month’. So thumbs up for me. 

Today, day eight, I am doing smoothies for the day, so for breakfast and mid morning I blended 1/4 of a honey melon, 1 red grapefruit and 1/4 of a small watermelon. As these are very watery anyway the result is more like a juice with a pulp rather than a smoothie. Still it is very nice and surprisingly more on the sour side than the sweet one. It is really refreshing and I can imagine having this in the hight of summer with some ice cubes or just blitz the ice right with it 😉 And for the long summer nights, when you have some people over, it would be a nice cocktail with a shot of vodka in it.

And for lunch I have my classic ‘salad smoothie’ – 1 avocado, 1/2 red pepper, chunk of cucumber, two tomatoes and bunch of  spinach. I usually add some flat leaf parsley (cilantro) but I run out. I like to add a dash of salt and black pepper and it is like summer salad in a cup 😉 Really yummy and definitely  on my top favourites list.

Renny x

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

Feeling like a road kill…

squirrelWell, if someone tells you that juicing is easy and fun and you will love it, then turn around and run! Its hard! I mean, really hard! I just about survived day one and sincerely hope that it will get easier soon! The whole day I was in full on combat with myself. I am starting to feel that juicing is the new form of surviving of the fittest, because if you have small will power, then you will very likely cave in in the first few days! It is definitely worth it to have a support group to help you through this.

It all started rather nicely. I had my breakfast juice at 7.30am and I treated myself to a mixture of grapefruit, carrot, apple and a hint of ginger. It was yummy, and when I got in the office I made a big mug of hot water with lemon and ginger slices. No need to mention that around 10am I was ready to polish half a cow! I was so hungry! It didn’t help that the office was quite cold and I didn’t have much sleep last night. I was ready to crawl into warm bed and feel sorry for myself. I tried to distract myself with work but it always came crashing down with me having a mini day dreams about food. It was almost like watching a movie that you don’t want to watch but keep looking. Pure self torture! It didn’t let me go until about half 12 but my tummy was rumbling the whole morning. I was so ready to throw in the towel several times during the morning and the only thing that prevented me in doing so was the thought of how would I be able to explain it to you lot that I gave up on the first day! So, even though you didn’t know it, you saved me today 😉 Thank you xxx

I finally managed to have my lunch smoothie just before 2pm. I blended one kiwi, two pears, half of an avocado and handful of spinach. This tied me over to dinner, but by the time I was preparing dinner at 6pm I was hungry again. This time I went for full veggie concoction – four radishes, half of pepper, three inches of cucumber, half avocado, bunch of flat leaf parsley and handful of spinach. I put a pinch of salt, pepper and chilli in it and it was delicious. I was full and it was tasty, but not really satisfying. I think my body is just fighting the fact that I don’t give it any proper solid food that it is used to. And so I drink more water and hope that the hungry unsatisfying feeling will go away soon.

But don’t worry, I have a plan how to tackle this tomorrow. I will have my juice at 7.30am as today, but then I will add additional one around 10am and that should take care of the hunger pains.  Apparently the first 3-4 days are the worst! So I am going to take it step by step and see what happens. Now going to bed to get some beauty sleep and strength to tackle tomorrow 😉

Renny x

 

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