I’ve been AWOL for a month – apologies. I spent my time in December eating whatever I could find, drinking all the wine and slothing around. You could say, I lost the balance for a while. I’m not one for excuses, but in this case I feel that an understandably emotional Christmas was probably the trigger. It certainly wasn’t an easy time, with memories at the forefront of my mind and prominant missing place in our normally super festive family house. Eating and drinking copious amounts seemed the easiest and most fun way to deal with it all. Well Christmas came and went but the feeling of overindulgence stayed. I can’t explain enough, how living without balance in terms of food, drink and exercise, can take its toll on your inner balance and emotions. As I said in my Shiny Shell post – you treat your shell right, the rest becomes so much easier. Everything flows. Without the balance, everything feels out of line.
‘In my head’ – is a phrase I use a lot, I’ve noticed. It’s the inner decisions I make. So ‘in my head’ I had given myself a goal… get to the end of the year. Many people enjoy having New Year as a new start, a fresh page, a clean slate. Not me. I’m all for self-improvement, but I fear that people don’t take New Years resolutions seriously. Come on, the gyms are empty by February and nurtibullets are generally pushed to the back of the kitchen shelf. So I honestly believe if you want to make a change, do it right there and then. Not Monday. Just start.
So, I’ve been a complete hypocrite, going against my own advice.But I’m allowed to because it’s my own rule. (So there.) I wanted a boost and I guess a fresh start in a way, beginning in 2016. To put down the symbolic Christmas Ham and get back to my pursuit of balance. My brother has recently gone vegan and looks great. We had long chats (as we always do) about how he was feeling and you can see the difference it has had on his body, giving it a well deserved break from the delicious but evil nemesis; Professor Meat and Dr. Dairy (say that like a Bond Villain and it makes more sense). It made me think about what I was putting inside my shell again.
So here’s what I’ve done to get myself back on track…
New Years Eve was surprisingly brilliant – I saw loads of my friends and let’s just say we tipped the balance scales good and proper until 9am. Great effort. Which then of course meant Dominoes the next day (obvs). Not a great start.
But never fear! The Juice Cleanse is here! Thats right… Juice Juice and nothing but Juice for 3 whole days. Being such a foodie, this decision was never going to be taken lightly – but I needed to kick my cheese, meat and mince pie habit, pronto.
I’m also seeking balance in my bank account so I didn’t buy my juice cleanse from a shop and I’m lucky enough to have a juicer, so I hot-footed myself down to the grocers. We have an amazing delicatessen/ grocer down the road so all my ingredients for 3 days came to around £45. I got my recipes from Jason Vale; Juice Master (get his app here for recipes), Pinterest and some of my favourite juices that I get from 42 Juice (aka the best juice shop ever)
Day 1 was the hardest. I felt hungry, couldn’t concentrate on my work, lightheaded and I couldn’t stop imagining sexy dancing pizzas mocking me. By 3pm I considered jacking it in completely, I mean maybe it wasn’t worth it after all? Who wants to feel flushed of all toxins anyway? It didn’t help that the boyfriend decided to make a bacon butty. The delicious sizzling smell wafted into the living room and I snapped. I had to get out. So I went to my juicy haven 42 Juice and grabbed another juice. By the time I’d drank that and cleared my head, I was determined to see it through. Just because I can. It’s only food. I’m stronger than that. The wise words of Yoda flooded my mind;
I got through Day 1 and went to bed with an empty tummy but my mind set. Day 2, I woke up before my alarm with literally shed loads of energy. You’re advised to have a hot water and fresh lemon when you wake, which isn’t any different from my normal routine so this part was easy. I made my juices for the day and set off to work.
Doing the cleanse I was really able to make myself wait for each juice, as I knew I’d have to savour them. Mentally it showed me how much will-power I have and how easily I usually give into the temptation of food. I felt strong and productive (mainly productive to keep my mind busy and stop thinking about bloody food). Something started to happen though… each time another dancing pizza came along I was able to look at it in a different way. It no longer looked like a desirable delicious babe covered in melting cheese, but an old hag with rotting flesh (pepperoni) and clogged up cow juice. Nice. (you can thank me for that image later). I even had enough energy to go to Yoga after work.
Day 3, I was so proud of myself. I felt kick ass. But I was also super pleased that I could allow myself to think about food again. I breezed through the day, looking forward to my juices but not desperate to drink them. Physically, I felt great. Light, clean, less bloated…
But the biggest difference for me was mentally. I felt SO. BLOODY. STRONG. It might just have been juice but it made me feel like I can do anything I put my mind to. It made me really consider what I put inside this wonderful body of mine to give it a helping hand. Bodies are brilliant. They work so hard for us, it feels like we should do whatever we can to give it a break. Less meat, dairy and obviously processed food. More of the good stuff… ALL the time.
So diet wise my body has had a great kick start – and true to form, its had an impact on my inner happy place too. I have a feeling 2016 is going to be great.