I love food. I love eating. I love indulging. During my time in Germany I took it a little too far, though. I started feeling incredibly sluggish, low on energy and my sleeping habits changed for the worse. With summer coming hopefully soon, I decided it would be a great idea to kind of reboot my system and support my healthy exercise habits with healthier eating habits for the highly desired summer bod, everybody is talking about. While my flatmate and everybody else out there seems to be completely fine with juice cleanses to boost their energy levels, I figured, such short-term, all or nothing solutions wouldn’t be for me. I was looking for a more flexible and sustainable solution. Besides, the pre-made juice cleanses you can buy online are really expensive and all involve lemon, which is unfortunately a no-go for me, as I’m allergic to citrus fruits. So I did some research online and found a ton of recipes for homemade alternatives without citrus fruits, but so many other ingredients I consume regularly anyway. So I thought to myself, what if I didn’t make juices, but more substantial smoothies (I only have a blender and no juicer anyway and would hate to see the bits go to waste) and have them as a meal for breakfast and dinner? I’d still have a proper lunch and if I was still hungry after my breakfast or dinner smoothie, I could always eat something else. This definitely sounded more sustainable than a proper juice cleanse, but would still be beneficial for my body. I went to Tesco, got myself a ton of fruit, veggies and cashew nuts and started blending…
I’ve been at it for a bit more than two weeks now and it’s working great so far. Every night after work I make a big enough smoothie to fill one big glass for dinner and a 0.37ml bottle that I keep in the fridge until the next morning for breakfast. If I get hungry between meals, I just snack on frozen grapes, Walker’s Sunbites or even Sorbet…I’m not the kind of person who can just forbid herself all indulgences in life, and I don’t believe that obsessive eating habits like that are healthy anyway. I was a bit naughty last night, though and swapped the juice for a donut (or two – no regrets though), but surprisingly enough, it wasn’t satisfying at all and I’m happy going back to my regular smoothie tonight.
Let’s talk results: my tummy has definitely become flatter due to reduced bloating and my abs show much more than they did before (I like to say that abs are MADE in the gym, but SHOWN in the kitchen…a bit different to what they normally say, but I feel like it’s a touch more accurate). Also, I have the feeling I may have lost some weight, which was never my goal…I’m actually trying to gain some muscle mass, i.e. weight, so I’m actually a tiny bit bummed out that my weight training doesn’t seem to do the trick. Best of all, though? I’m feeling absolutely great and energetic and my cravings are much more under control now. All in all, I’m a happy customer and would definitely recommend swapping the odd meal for a smoothie!
Have you ever thought about doing a juice cleanse? Or have you done one already? I’d love to read about your experiences and thoughts on the subject!