Health & Fitness Lifestyle

A Juicing Detox

July 22, 2013

I decided to share with all of you fabulous people one of my latest experiments. I’ve never really been a diet fad follower or the kind of person who is super obsessive over my weight, however I’ve always been very health conscious. I try my best to stay healthy, I don’t drink alcohol or smoke and I have been running for the past few months (mainly just to maintain my love of brownies and cakes), but something I’ve been struggling with for over four years now is my skin. I have really bad acne which flares up sporadically and really drives me crazy. I honestly thought that being 26 meant not having to deal with adolescent relates issues, I’ve been to doctors, dermatologists and so far I’ve tried every cream, serum and antibiotic possible but nothing works. It was only when I started watching documentaries about food, health and well being that I came to the conclusion that I would go on a juice detox.

As it’s something I questioned a lot myself, I thought it would make for a good feature incase any of you were interested in trying out. When I came across the documentaries, I didn’t really set out to research about my skin, I was watching them out of pure interest. There wasn’t really an obvious push to ‘go on a juice detox’ but all the common denominators throughout each documentary was that our bodies need to have more of a micro nutrient intake. I love eating fresh fruit and vegetables and I never buy or cook anything processed or super unhealthy (except for cheat days) so I decided that it wouldn’t be too hard to get my body used to a plant based ‘diet’. So I took it upon myself to try out a juicing detox. In case you’re wandering why the fruit and veg needs to be juiced instead of eaten, it’s because you can fit a lot more into a juice then you can physically eat, therefore you’re consuming a lot more nutrients.

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My first step was to buy a juicer. I found an amazing one from Amazon by Heston Blumenthal called ‘Sage’ (buy here) and it arrived super quickly so there was no excuse to prolong my detox. I had already gotten in touch with one of my favourite farmsFarmison, which I usually use to purchase my meat so it was a really nice change receiving deliveries of fresh fruit and veg instead, and Farmison always have fresh seasonal product available. The past few weeks has seen my kitchen transform into a haven of fruit, vegetables and Vita Coco coconut water, and apparently I’m not the only one, here’s what Ian Bradley from the Kitchen & HomeStore at Ltd had to say, “With Hollywood stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosie Huntington Whitely continuing to praise its benefits, juicing has really taken off in the UK. Of all the millions of products in our Kitchen & Home store, half of the top ten best sellers are currently juicers, showing that this trend has taken the nation by storm.” 

I have to admit, it’s hasn’t been the easiest of processes and to be far I probably chose the worst time possible to start as it’s also Ramadan and I’ve been fasting, so breaking your fast with just a juice is not the healthiest option, so I have also been eating vegetable based meals (trying to keep them as raw as possible) but so far with the influx of micro nutrients into my daily diet I have actually noticed a big difference to my skin, (I know it’s not the medication as I stopped everything a week before starting the detox), there’s still a long way to go but I do feel a lot happier and healthier and I will absolutely be continuing with at least one juice a day. I’ve included two of my favourite recipes below so if you have a juicer you can give it a go yourself.

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Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice- 6 carrots, 4 apples and one piece of ginger. Juice and enjoy!

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Sweet Green Juice- 2 cups of kale, 2 cups of parsley, 3 cups of romaine lettuce, 1 cucumber, 1 apple and 3 sticks of celery. Juice and enjoy!

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If you’re interested in watching some of the documentaries that inspired me, I would recommend the following: Forks over Knives, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Hungry for Change. There are so many more but those are some of my favourites.