With Christmas fast approaching, it's the time of year when most of us have a jam packed social calender
All these lovely events usually include copious amounts of food and drink, which although great at the time it can soon catch up with you and leaving you feeling just a bit...Bleurgh!
My lifestyle has changed an awful lot in 2013
I used to be a complete exercise-phobe. This year I joined a gym and have been going regularly
My diet has improved drastically I now put a lot more thought into what I'm consuming and try to eat as clean as possible when I can.
All these good intentions however seem to go right out the window at Christmas!
I had been reading a lot about juicing and have been thinking about buying myself a juicer to try and incorporate some more fruit and veg into my diet but I didn't want to rush out and buy one if it really wasn't for me.
Luckily I was offered the chance to try out a Juice Cleanse from a Glasgow based company called Juice Warrior.
because of this the juices are highly perishable so have to be consumed within a few days, but the company do offer a delivery service.
You can pick from a few different cleanses from between 1-3 days.
I only opted for one day this time as I just wanted to give it a try and decide whether it was for me.
It is up to the individual whether they want to eat or not whilst doing the cleanse, but it is advised that you stick to fruit and vegetables and don't consume any processed food.
As I attend the gym regularly it is important that I consume enough calories to keep my energy up
So I was quite worried at the prospect of not eating all day, but I decided to try and stick to the juices alone and see how I got on.
I waited until about 10:30 to try my first juice
I usually eat breakfast around 7am but I had a day off yesterday so I had only been up for around an hour when I drank this.
This flavour is 'The Golden One' containing - Pineapple, Orange, Sweet Potato and Ginger
I was slightly dubious about the Sweet Potato as it seemed quite a random addition amongst the other fruits but it was really quite nice! It definitely suppressed my hunger.
I had my second juice at around 1:30pm
This time I opted for 'Sweet Beet' containing - Beetroot, Carrot, Apple, Lemon and Ginger
Now I really wasn't looking forward to this one as I absolutely hate beetroot
but I liked all the other ingredients so I was hoping they would sort of drown out the beet taste.
Unfortunately that was the strongest flavour and I didn't particularly enjoy this one
but I gulped it down anyway.
I had another Sweet Beet around 3:30pm
Although I had to decided to try and get through the day drinking the juice alone
by about 5pm I was absolutely starving so I decided to make some dinner
I had some roasted vegetables
Red and Yellow Peppers, Courgettes, Red Onion, and Cherry Tomatoes
I can honestly say vegetables have never tasted so good!
Before bed I had one more 'The Golden One'
I thought I would be really tired and worn out by bed time but I actually struggled to get to sleep and seemed to have loads of energy! I was hungry though and had a bit of a sore head.
I'm almost certain that the sore head was due to not having any caffeine.
I am an absolute coffee fiend and whenever I try and take a day off from drinking coffee I get really bad headaches.
I woke up this morning feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed
My dad even asked me 'What I was on?' haha
and although the cleanse is not designed to be a weight loss programme
I did weigh myself before I started and then again this morning
I had lost a total of 4lb which will definitely go a long way in helping me squeeze into my dress tonight for my xmas night out!
Although I really struggled with the hunger I definitely want to try this again
I will probably try a 3 day cleanse early in the New Year
from what I have heard the hunger subsides on the 2nd and 3rd day
Would you try a juice cleanse?
Or have you tried one before?
If you live in the Glasgow and are thinking about trying one here is the website for Juice Warriors