I think I’ll always remember 2014 as the year I totally changed my lifestyle, the year in which I decided enough was enough with the way I treated my body. I decided that I needed to look after my health better after backpacking around the world for a year living off fizzy drinks and whatever food was available. After talking to my good friend Hannah of Raw Jam (a health & well being coach) about her change of lifestyle as a raw plant eater, I knew it would be a good way to start. I bought myself a blender and started making myself smoothies and mainly eating a raw diet. I also bought myself a steamer and started steaming all my meals and cut out any snacks so I could start eating a clean diet. After losing a lot of weight (which wasn’t intentional) I was feeling on top of the world (see my popular losing weight post here). I actually couldn’t believe how much more focused I was but best of all how HAPPY I was. People at work even jumped on board and started eating healthier after seeing the benefits I got from it which was amazing really.
So I’ve been eating a mainly fruit diet during the day and a good clean meal at night for nearly a year now. Cutting out diary and red meat has been a huge benefit and I no longer feel sluggish or tired. I actually don’t need that much sleep and only sleep around 6 hours a night now compared to my must-have 9 hours before. Over Christmas thought, I ate some bad food again. I had pizza for the first time in nearly a year and ate out a lot at different places. I do love eating out but I’ll usually go somewhere like an organic wholefoods cafe not a Chinese Restaurant or anything because whenever I do eat bad food, my body can’t take it anymore because all I can taste is the salt smothered in the dish. Over Christmas every type of restaurant happened to me and it wasn’t good.
Our saving grace from bloated sore bellies over the holiday period reminded us of a documentary we saw on Netflix called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. We love watching food doco’s and learning about processed foods etc but this documentary really struck a cord with us. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, it’s about an Australian guy called Joe Cross who goes to America and decides to travel around the country whilst only consuming juice for 60 days. That’s no food, just juice. It’s what happens by the end which is the most amazing thing, something that Joe probably never ever thought was going to happen – he ends up inspiring so many people to start juicing too, so much that he’s actually started a bit of a revolution and something that he turned into a future business. I felt great by the end of the show, and we decided that we had to do this juice cleanse soon.
Why did we decide to go on a juice cleanse?
I’ve randomly been headhunted to appear on the American TV Show House Hunters International. A reality show which concentrates on expats living over seas and so it was a good excuse to jump on board with this juice cleanse to make sure we were on good form for this show let alone start the new year in the best way possible.
Now I am writing this post a day after my 10 day cleanse finished.
I managed 10 days of just juice, that’s no food whatsoever, just juice. I felt that it would be good journey for my body to go on and I actually learnt more than I thought I would about mind over belly when it comes to eating.
Here’s my 10 day juice cleanse review
I honestly thought this juice cleanse wasn’t going to be hard at all for me because I already eat mainly raw til 4pm most days of the week so I knew I probably wouldn’t have the side effects that most have when they start ie the headaches from coming off caffeine etc. It was in fact really hard, so much so that Steve was doing a better job at holding it together than I was. The first 3 days were pretty bad, I honestly felt like a zombie with severe jet lag. I couldn’t concentrate at all, I was craving really bad food (which I never do) and my mood swings were all over the place.
By day 4, the day you hear is the turning point day, it actually was and we both started to feel much better. That didn’t last and my mood swings were still up and down a lot. It got easier as time went by even though I think either Steve or myself must have moaned about how we were hungry at least once a day. then out of nowhere my resilience kicked in and I knew as I did from the start that I had to complete this cleanse.
It reminded me A LOT of when I did a Vipassana (a 12 day meditation retreat) and brought back a lot of memories of the roller coaster of a time I had with my emotions. By the end of that course I felt amazing and I learnt so much which I practice in everyday life such as how to deal with different situations you are faced with each day and learning to let go as everything is constantly changing.
Good Points I’ve learnt from the juice cleanse
I’ve learnt that I really don’t need to eat that much food at all and to watch my portion sizes. My sense of smell has been really heightened and I honestly think most food places I walk past now literally smell of dog food. I will carry on juicing and eating more of a balanced fruit and veggies ratio in my diet rather than mostly fruit. I’ve also really learnt to appreciate good food as well and even though I realised that I have a big attachment to food through my emotions, it’s learning to separate the two and not turn to food because I had a bad day at work etc.
My skin has cleared up, my hair is so much more healthier and I’ve also lost a fair bit of weight too – a good inch off my belly and a dress size! I also feel very calm and relaxed now which is a great feeling. I wasn’t the best at drinking a lot of water before I started the cleanse and now I am drinking a lot. I could easily carry on juicing for longer and it’s not the food I’m missing but more of the ‘I simply don’t want to ONLY drink juice anymore’ aspect. I will, however, keep juicing and will probably replace a meal in the evening for a juice a few times a week going forward.
Below are our before and after pictures. The first thing I noticed was how both of our eyes look way more focused and virbant than in the previous shot. I feel Steve’s face has changed loads, these pictures don’t do him justice!
Left Images are the before shots and right are the after shots.
Bad Points from doing the juice cleanse
There obviously aren’t any bad points but I found it quite messy. I felt like I was ALWAYS cleaning my kitchen and juice seemed to be flying everywhere when I first started. I even managed to brake my juicer on Day 3 and had to buy another one in my stress to get to work on time after trying to make the juices in the morning. I had to get up an hour earlier for work to make them even though I did read you can put them in the fridge for a couple of days.
I became quite irritable at the beginning – don’t think you’ll just suddenly look amazing, it is definitely hard work and a big roller coaster of emotions comes out at you. I found it quite expensive, I think between two of us we went to the supermarket 4 or 5 times spending a good $100 each time (although we didn’t plan it very well). I also felt like I had bad breath and my teeth constantly felt quite furry. It was amazing how my taste buds completely changed, even the toothpaste tasted very different.
What happened when I could eat again?
It’s so funny to think during that long 10 days I was thinking a lot about what food I would have once I finished the cleanse and in actual fact when it came down to eating my first meal, I really didn’t like it. I went to a healthy restaurant in celebration of finishing the cleanse and chose a simple dish containing brown rice, raw tuna, avocados and cherry tomatoes. I didn’t want to eat anything rich because I read that you must keep it simple for the first few days but my body really wasn’t enjoying this food. It burnt my throat and all I could taste was salt. I’m definitely going to try to stick to plant based foods from now on.
Top 12 Tips To Doing A Juice Cleanse
2. Go onto the Reboot With Joe website to learn all about juicing and print out some of his plans – he has a 5 day, 10 day and 15 day plans with recipes.
3. Join the Reboot With Joe Facebook page. This will seriously do wonders for you and your motivation. There is a big community of juicers on FB that will help you and teach you everything about juice cleansing. I absolutely loved this page and it really helped me a lot.
4. Remember, Day 4 tends to be the turning point so hold on in there!
5. Be patient – it can take a long time before you see any results. I have only started to see results in the last few days. Steve lost 3kg’s in the first 3 days and has lost more since. I lost a total of 2.5kgs which is amazing really. A lot of people can lose 7kg in the first week but each person is different.
6. I would definitely recommend at least a 10 day cleanse because I think it takes that long to fully understand what you are doing to your body and to really get into it. Saying that any amount of time on the cleanse is a brilliant achievement.
7. Try to plan your recipes before you go shopping. We spent an awful lot of money and had to throw some of the greens out as they go off fast.
8. Don’t make any plans while on the cleanse. I didn’t see any friends at all because I knew it would be hard seeing them eat.
9. Start the cleanse on a weekend as you’ll be so tired and have no energy the first few days and the thought of going to work is just going to make it that much harder.
10. Try to stick to 80% veggies and 20% fruit in your juices. This will see the best results.
11. Try to do the cleanse with someone else in your household or a friend. It makes it SO much easier to stick to as you both can really encourage each other when you are feeling like giving up.
12. And lastly book yourself in for 3 colonics in the space of a week either before/during/after the cleanse to really help.
Good Luck and thanks for reading!!!!