Monthly Archives: August 2013

5 Day Juice Detox

As you may have noticed by my lack of posting, I’ve been having a bit of a strange and busy month. I’ve had a weight issue, a health issue, a job issue and whatever else comes with being in a-middle-of-winter-funk. Plus my shampoo stopped working.

But never mind, I have returned to the frey by buying a juicer (which it turns out is cheaper than ordering a pre-made juice fast online), and what better way to give it a spin than a five day juice detox. From what I researched, the whole concept is simple – drink juice or water for five days and don’t eat anything. Now three or four days in to it, I did read the fine print of “don’t make too much of your juice from fruit” but since I was most of the way in, I politely ignored that advice.

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Day One.
I think my head will explode. Why can’t I think without a thumping, pounding screaming from my brain? Am I really addicted to caffeine? Why is this so painful? What have I done? Why is the sunshine so bright? Am I dying? Stop turning on the juicer, the sound is piercing my brain! (and after a sleep and two panadeine) You know – this juice thing is not SO bad. And also, tea is now juice.

Day Two.
Smug and humble bragging – “No sorry, I can’t have one of your delightful proffered chocolates, I’m on a juice fast”. Pride kept me full. And I may have overdosed on smugness, because I did not sleep well.

Day Three.
It’s not that I want to eat anything because I am surprisingly not overly hungry, but there is a lot of decisions that go in to juice. For example, I had to select a juice from the cafe near work today and I started reading ingredients. Did you know that just saying “juice” on the bottle doesn’t mean that it’s juice? All it means is that it perhaps came from some kind of plant. Not cool. Pulp? Reconstitution? Sugars? Water? – all killers I tell you. I may have been getting a little haughty today.

Day Four.
Friday and I’m feeling fine. More than fine – I’m actually feeling that euphoria thing that the blogs told me about. I wonder if I will EVER need to eat food again? (possibly the euphoria turned a bit crazy) I’m the queen of the world! Everybody do a juice fast, it’s amazing!!!

Day Five.
I think I’m getting a little short with my husband who promised to do a juice fast but all he seems to have done is add juice to his regular diet. It may be because we have people coming over for dinner so I’m technically breaking my fast early and I’m so looking forward to eating (although still, not hungry) and it may be because I haven’t slept brilliantly while on this fast business, but I think I’ll be happy this is over.

Post Thoughts
I would totally do it again. Reading back, that sounds like I had a tough time and the difficulty sleeping was the worst of it, but nothing I’m not used to with a toddler around. I wasn’t hungry, I’m normally emotionally all over the place, so at least this gives me a reason to be a bit whack-a-doodle and during this fast week. I lost 3 1/2kgs which wasn’t the intent of the five days but sure was a nice bonus.

I also managed to accept a job offer and resign from my job where I’ve been for 7 1/2 years, so the stress of that kept me otherwise occupied and away from thinking about food too much.

I’ve decided that I am a yes or no person – I don’t deal well with moderation when it comes to treats, my indulgence-o-meter is fritzy. Turning it off/cutting out things is the only way to ensure I stick to rules, because like most ladies, I do like to bend any rules which pertain to chocolate.

And my juicer? LOVE. It’s my new best friend – so easy to use, simple to clean and she looks good too. I’ve named her Shirley.

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Etsy Artists

I love Etsy. For those of you who don’t know what Etsy is, it is an online handmade marketplace which showcases artists, craftspeople and designers in a beautifully simple and elegantly designed way. I’ve bought a few things from Etsy, but I also use it as inspiration for updating the house, my wardrobe, for presents and for just about everything. A few that have caught my eye of late:

The cocodeparis Physics Giraffe – I bought this print for my bedroom wall and just love his quizzical face and whimsical jumper.

The ObviousState Constellation – it’s gorgeous and while it doesn’t fit my house at the moment, I’m looking forward to when I have a house it does fit in.

Lachlobijoux’s Band Ring – such a simple idea and incredibly well priced. It comes from Italy which I think adds a little piece of styling to an outfit. It’s in my cart an oh oops – just bought it!

…and Fireworks at the State Fair by observationfullnfelt – it makes me feel happy that people capture these moments that define our growing up years.

How about you? Do you have any favorites I should follow?

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