As you might have noticed, my usual fitness posts have tailed off. That's a story for another day, but it's safe to say my regular gym going, clean eating and general well being fell by the wayside when I went abroad, and I never quite got back on it when I got back home.
The last three months have been very much too-much-rolo-cake and not enough greens. It's been getting me down. After a lovely email from Carly (check her out if you haven't already), I was inspired to kickstart my lifestyle again and get back on track.
Juice cleanses are a really great way to pack your body with vitamins, minerals and all those essential factors that you can't find in processed foods. It cleanses you from the inside out, and as I'd put on six inches of bloating around my midsection, I needed a break!
1 handful of kale
1 handful of spinach
1 kiwi (no skin)
2 granny smith apples
2 red apples
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon honey
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 mug boiled water
2 red apples
Day 1 - 3 x Green smoothie, 1 x Lemon water, 1 x Red smoothie.
Day 2 - 3 x Green smoothie, 1 x Lemon Water, 1 x Red smoothie.
Day 3 - 3 x Green smoothie, 1 x Lemon Water, 1 x Yellow smoothie.
Day 4 - 3 x Green smoothie, 1 x Lemon Water, 1 x Yellow smoothie.
- Portioning your smoothies into bags (obviously don't include food that will spoil over night, i.e. apples, bananas) makes mornings super easy. Having everything portioned out will help you cut down on time.
- I made my smoothies and left them in the fridge overnight. Sometimes the water can settle, but shake up and you should be good to go.
- Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated, and the mass of fruit and veg should keep you full. If not don't be hard on yourself - have a handful of cashew nuts or an unprocessed, healthy snack.
- You don't need a juicer to do this cleanse, you can use a hand-blender, food processor, or a smoothie maker. As long as you blend long enough you should get the smooth consistency.At the end of my cleanse I lost 4 inches from my midsection (which has stayed off), and I feel so much healthier and better for having a break from the stodge and bad food I'd been eating. I don't believe in fad diets, and obviously cleanses aren't a sustainable option - but if you're looking for a good way to get back on track and get your body craving the right foods then I found this really helpful in that situation!
Would you ever do a juice cleanse? How are you - what are your fitness goals at the moment?