We have had visitors with us all over the bank holiday weekend but now they have gone it is back to the task in hand and sorting through our possessions with a view to:- storing, selling or taking.

It is an enormous task as we slowly realise just how little ‘stuff’ we are going to be able to take with us. Once you take clothes, work and kitchen equipment and all other essential items out of the equation there isn’t much room for anything else.

It is a liberating feeling getting rid of material possessions that we really don’t use. They are just clutter around the house – ‘dust catchers’ – and it feels right to be consigning them to a life without us. I have surprised myself by having minimal emotional attachment to much of what I own. Obviously things like my grandmothers’ crystal will be carefull stored away but other ornaments that I have collected along the way no longer have the same ‘oh I can’t get rid of this’ like they once used to.

So, as I am decluttering and detoxing my life from all unnecessary paraphernalia I decided that I may as well declutter and detox my body as well. I am going to start a juice feast tomorrow and continue until I feel otherwise.

It is going to be a very busy few weeks and it will be good to deal with it all on the clear head that juice feasting usually gives me. I have been shopping and stocked up on all my favourite fruits and veggies so that I can start bright and early with the juice in the morning.

For now its back to the sorting………………

Monday – Camping and cloud gazing……

The weekend was glorious with back to back sunshine. Camping was good fun and we came back feeling as though we had been away for longer than just a night – result. I spent the rest of sunday laying in the garden indulging in a spot of cloud gazing. Bliss.

Back to juicing today with some fruit as well and I think I will continue this way for the next week or so maybe two and see how it goes.

Weight this morning was 129lbs – total lost so far 8lbs

Todays juice/fruit has been:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Orange, apple and grapefruit

Carrot, cucumber, apple, spinach and lime

1/2 pineapple

handful of strawberries

Exercise today has been:-

1 hour interval training with client

45 minute ashtanga yoga self practice (outside – whoo hoo…..)

I didn’t do very much exercise at the weekend, only a short yoga practice on saturday so hope to make up for it this week.

Thanks for reading………………….

Wednesday – Juice feasting day 10 and sun….

Hey, hey the sun has finally made its way to my part of the world and the next week or so looks set to be full of glorious sunny weather, so I am in my element. I love, love, love the sun and can’t get enough of it so sitting here at the computer is not so good as I would much rather be outside. Warm weather also makes it incredibly easy to be juice feasting or to eat a raw diet. I never crave heavy foods when the sun is out and am quite content to eat lots of fruit and greens and pretty much nothing else when the weather is so good – really do need to move somewhere hotter again and then my life as a raw foodie would be sooooo easy…….

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach.

Orange, grapefruit and apple.

Orange, grapefruit, cucumber, spinach and wild garlic (4 oranges, 1 red grapefruit, 1/2 cucumber, 2 big handfuls of spinach from the garden, 6 wild garlic leaves) – this was really refreshing with just a hint of garlic. I drunk it whilst we sat and ate luch al fresco. Perfect.

Pineapple, mango and blueberries.

Exercise today has been:-

90 ashtanga yoga class

How I feel today:-

Its getting boring keep saying how great I feel but I really do feel good. Loads of energy, lots of positive vibes and just generally zinning (is that a word???)…….

Thanks for reading, happy juicing………………………

Tuesday – Juice feasting day 9

Day 9 already and it is surprising how my cravings have now changed from food to juice. I can’t get enough of pineapple juice at the moment and it is all I am thinking about. I am trying to limit it as it is important to drink enough vegetable juices and especially green juices as well. I save my pineapple juice for the last one of the day and so it feels like a reward and is even more delicious than I had imagined……..

Juices today have been/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Orange, grapefruit and apple

Carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach and lime

Pineapple, mango and blueberry

I received my veggie box today with a load of wild garlic leaves. I am going to juice these with some grapefruit tomorrow and see how that tastes.

Exercise today has been:-

Ashtanga yoga self practice x 90 minutes

Gardening x 2 hours

How I feel today:-

Feeling good, lots of energy, light and happy. Feel like I am in ‘the groove’ with the feasting, it feels very easy. Am also glad that the sun has finally made an appearance and it is almost, quite possibly, if you shut one eye and squint, feeling like summer…….

Thanks for reading and happy juicing……..

Monday – Juice feasting day 8

The weekend went well and the juice feast continues. Basically my juices seem to have fallen into a set pattern and I am having the same everyday with the odd variation here and there. I had more orange based ones on Sunday as we were out for much of the day and they travel better than the others and last for longer.

Exercise over the weekend was :- gardening on saturday – digging over a new flower bed so pretty strenuous!! and a bike ride and yoga on Sunday.

Weight this morning was 132lbs – total lost so far 5lbs

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach (4 oranges, 1 pink grapefruit, 6 sticks celery and 200g spinach)

Orange, apple and grapefruit (4 oranges, 1 pink grapefruit and 2 apples)

Carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach and lime (3 carrots, 3 apples, 100g spinach, 1/2 cucumber and 1 lime)

Pineapple, mango, kiwi and blueberry (1 pineapple, 1 mango, 2 kiwis handful blueberries)

Exercise today has been:-

Interval training with client x 1 hour

Full ashtanga yoga self practice x 90 mins

How I feel today:-

Really pleased to be on day 8 of a juice feast – something of a first for me. Also pleased that some of my ‘winter weight’ is finally coming off. Still have lots of energy and a lovely calm and mellow feeling.

Thanks for reading, happy juicing…………….

Tuesday – Juice Feast day 2

It always takes me a few days to get into the swing of juice feasting and this time around has been no different. Some people do all their juicing first thing and so then it is done for the day but this can be quite time consumming and as I tend to do my workouts first thing I find that I only have enough time to make two juices before I have to be out of the door. So, back home for lunch today and straight to the juicer to make another two juices to last me the rest of the day as I have another client later tonight.

I also fitted in a trip to the supermarket today to stock up on extra produce. I always get a few funny looks at the checkout as most of my shopping is fruit and veg on a normal day so when I am juicing then I really have a lot!! We also run our car on veggie oil in the warmer months of the year and our supermarket is doing a good deal on this at the moment too so today I had a trolley full of fruit and veg and about 10 x 3 litre bottles of veggie oil. No wonder the checkout girl looked at me strangely- maybe she thought I was going to deep fry everything…..

Todays juices have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Orange, grapefruit and apple

Pineapple and mango

Pineapple, pear and cucumber

Today’s exercise has been:-

1 hour interval training with client

1 hour ashtanga yoga – self practice

Thanks for reading and happy juicing……….

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…………….

Thursday – Juice glorious juice……..

I start everyday with a green juice – oranges, grapefruit, celery and spinach. Sometimes I make a smoothie out of it and add a banana but it is always these ingredients. I never change it. Somewhere along the line I figured I would get bored of it but I never have. Even when making it I sometimes think ‘I don’t really fancy it this morning’ but then I take the first sip and ‘wham’ it does something to my taste buds – wakes them up no doubt and I can’t wait to sit and savour the whole glass – which is very large. This is one of those jokey wine glasses that can take the whole bottle and as you can see it is filled to the brim with delicious, frothy green juice. It sees me through to lunchtime and gets me through my morning yoga session. I love them.

Today I am doing a combination of all juices and smoothies. Sometimes it is nice to keep it simple and juicing is great way of doing just that. I get all the nutrients and calories I need and there is minimal washing up involved – even better!!!….

So today’s food/juices have been:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery, spinach and banana – about 1 litre

Orange, grapefruit and banana – about 3/4 litre

Apple and kale – about 1 litre

Pineapple and coconut water – about 1 litre

Exercise today has been :-

90 min ashtanga yoga class