Green juices

Most of you know how much I love my green juices, well for the last few weeks I have been berefit of them in the mornings. Back in June my main L’Equip juicer blew up on me after only 6 months of use. So I then had to resort to my back up juicer that doesn’t work nearly as well whilst we sorted the warranty details out and arranged to get the L’Equip repaired or replaced. My backup juicer then broke on me as well and so for the last few weeks I haven’t been having any juices at all……I miss them.

Well the good news is that after some discussion with the manufacturer over who should pay the courier fees of returning the juicer for repair – err that wont be me then!! the juicer was collected last week and we received a phonecall on monday to say that a new juicer would be dispatched that day. It was and I am very happy to say that it a brand new shiny (grey!) juicer arrived yesterday and so this mornings menu will consist of juice, juice and more juice. Woo hoo……..

Just as well as I have lots of spinach ready for picking in the garden

Everything in the garden seems to be doing really well, we have had plenty of cucumbers, spinach and red onions. The courgettes are finally beginning to flourish after a slow start – although even with fencing around them something is managing to get in for a nibble – I suspect a little mouse or maybe the mole who is merrily digging holes on the lawn as if he is auditioning for the ‘Great Escape’. The tomatoes have benefitted from the few weeks of sunshine and we have plenty of green and pale red tomatoes that will hopefully will ripen up even in the overcast weather we are now having. Look at one of the tomato plants below – is this possibly the smallest tomato plant you have ever seen?? he he

I didn’t even get to sample the tomato as something got to it before me!! Other successes in the garden this year have been the raspberries although I have been fighting the wasps over them for the last few weeks. I had a good crop of them initially though and they were gorgeous. The hedgerows around us and some in our garden are now weighed down by ripening blackberries. They seem to be a bit early this year – due to the hotter weather I suspect so I plan to start picking and freezing soon so we have plenty in the freezer for the winter. Potatoes should be ready to be pulled soon and we have plenty of herbs dotted around the garden so all in all a good year for our veggie gardens!!

Thursday – another juicer bites the dust….

Anyone who knows me or who reads this blog will know that I am a big juice fan and have a least one glass of green loveliness everyday. What you don’t know is that I seem to be the kiss of death for any juicer that has the misfortune to cross my path.

Yesterday the 3rd juicer in 3 and a half years blew up on me. I am gutted. The first two juicers I had were the same make and middle of the road price wise. They were absolutely fine but neither one lasted longer than a year. The 3rd juicer I brought was a cheaper model that I intended to use until I decided what I was going to do/buy next. After much deliberation I went for a more expensive model and was delighted with it as it was faster, produced more juice and was very easy to keep clean. Delighted until yesterday that was when half way through juicing a big bowlful of spinach it decided to hang up its juicy boots and retire.

What am I doing wrong?? Why do these juicers only last just over a year – just long enough for their warranties to expire – and then conk out. Is it a conspiricy?? Are all juicers programmed to die young?? Am I using it too much??

Big sigh……….. So today I am back with the cheapie juicer that fingers crossed is still working. It is much slower, can only take teeny tiny pieces of fruit at a time and produces much less juice but at least it works and at least I got my green juice this morning. I would seriously be bereft without it.

I have no idea what to do next – keep using the cheapie one until it joins its mates in juicer heaven I expect and then decide from there.

Anyone else had problems like this?????

Monday – Fitness challenge wrap up and juice feasting……

Today is day 29 of my 30 day fitness challenge and whilst I haven’t blogged over the last week or so rest assured that I have been keeping up with my challenge and  exercising on a daily basis.

My exercise now falls into 3 categories:- yoga, running and interval training and whilst yoga still takes centre stage when it comes to my daily workouts I am keen to keep up with both the running and the interval training. I am being careful not to overdo the running as it can have a detrimental effect on the yoga – running tightens muscles; especially hamstrings, and with yoga you are looking for the opposite effect to be true. Luckily so far I haven’t seen any adverse reactions to my running – probably because I run so slowly – hehe – so for now I will keep it going as it is.

So, my 30 day fitness challenge has been very successful and I have a renewed appreciation for daily exercise. I will definately be keeping it all going.

Having kick started my exercise again it has made me look at other areas that can use a little overhaul. My diet is pretty good these days being about 95%raw with the odd piece of fish or raw cheese. Over my years of being raw I have tried many times to do a juice feast but have never lasted beyond 7 days. So, my next challenge (I am a girl who loves a challenge!!) I am planning a longer juice feast. Starting today I am going to try and juice feast until the beginning of June when we are going away for a few days. I will probably aim to feast until the 5th June which gives me 27 clear days. I have enlisted some help in the motivation stakes  in the form of my little sis who is going to be doing a modified juice feast alongside me. She will juice for breakfast and lunch and then have a salad for her tea. Hopefully we will be able to keep each other on track.

Exercise today will be:-

Ashtanga yoga full self practice – about 90 minutes

Juices today will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Pineapple and pear

Apple,  spinach and cucumber

I will be aiming to get in about 4 1/2 litres of juice a day plus water and hot teas. It usually takes me a few days to get used to drinking that amount of liquids so I guess the first few days may be a little short of the 4 1/2 litres required.

Thanks for reading…………….