Detox: A period of time in which one abstains from toxic or unhealthy substances. And that’s exactly what I’ve done this week (well, one day of this week). To set me up, I collected four juices from NotJust Juice, a small, Cheltenham-based company catering for those with what you might call ‘alternative’ diets (i.e. organic, vegan, gluten-free, diabetic, dairy-free and raw).
The four juices are made purely from fruit and vegetables and are supposed to be drunk alongside a diet of raw (uncooked) and clean (unprocessed) food. Please note this detox only involves real food (woohoo), there are no pills, supplements, gels or powders involved (nasty, nasty things).
Now, as you can tell from my blog, I’m not one to diet; in fact, I completely detest the damn things (or rather, what that word has come to mean in our modern day society). If you want to be good to your body, you should eat better, not less. Eat foods which are nutritiously dense and drink shed loads of water. You can even have a treat every now and then. What’s the point in denying yourself the things that make you happy?!
So, this detox day was all about ridding my body of any nasties and flushing it with plenty of nutrients - all in the name of being good to myself.
Being a person who can eat quite a bit, I was a tad worried about how hungry I’d feel having mainly juice, but by the lunchtime, I realised this was not a worry I needed to, err well…worry about! Juice is so filling – all those ingredients, all in one bottle – it is actually a lot of food! To accompany my juices I had a banana, a handful of cashew nuts, a carrot with a generous helping of hummus and lots and lots of water; I was so full, I couldn’t actually manage the fourth and final juice!
So how did the detox make me feel? I certainly felt slimmer the following morning, and I didn’t experience any bloating (which I usually do on a daily basis). It might sound too small a timescale to say this, but I thought my skin felt and looked better too. And I’m pleased to say, it didn’t have any embarrassing effects on my tummy or bowels.
It wasn’t all sunshine though, I did get a little cranky come the evening when everyone around me was eating pizza and cake for my nephew’s birthday and I was supping away at a lime, kiwi, melon, pear & apple juice (as nice as it was). My family are really kind like that, all chewing on pizza and completely ripping into me.
Come the morning, I was ever so pleased to tuck into my homemade baked beans on toasted rye bread; still healthy, but warm and chewable – it’s the simple things in life.
If you’re looking to be good to yourself and want to start eating better, the Not Just Juice detox is a great kick start or booster. Someone else does all the chopping and juicing for you, and there’s no shopping, washing-up or preparation involved. Also, Dan Fivey - who owns the business - is a personal trainer and has a gym in town, so he is the go-to person to make positive changes in various areas of your life.
If you are planning on detoxing for more than a day, I would recommend trying out some of these clean and raw recipes to have alongside your juices: Banana Bread Energy Bites, Banana Nicecream, Raw Frosted Chocolate Brownies.