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Monday, September 5, 2011

September 5th 2011: Schkinny Maninny juice detox - day #1!

I remember first reading about home-delivery style juice detoxes in Lisa Dempster's blog and thinking it would be something I'd love to challenge myself with one day....when I could afford it. However! As a "health practitioner" who also blogs (erm, occasionally), sometimes lovely things like free detoxes just fall into your lap!

I've done a couple of detoxes before - the 10 day raw detox was simultaneously gut-gnawingly frustrating and enlightening (the first two days of eating only one type of fruit were notoriously awful - I gave up after four apples, preferring to eat nothing for the rest of the day rather than battling my way through another Royal Gala).

So, when Schkinny Maninny kindly offered me the opportunity to partake in their detox, I (somewhat anxiously) jumped at the chance - bravely selecting the longest cleanse available, a whole five days! Because I am so incredibly popular, it was somewhat difficult to find a period of five days where I didn't have some kind of eating-centric social outing scheduled, but I managed, thus yesterday I began my cleanse.

With some trepidation I went to bed the night before, conflicted with the fact that my last solid food for the next forever was a noodle dish prepared by my father (yes, very cute, but veggie dogs and bottled teriyaki sauce - oh and canned mushrooms - do not combine so well) and a few bites of vegan chocolate cake devoured minutes before midnight "as to not let it go to waste!".

I jumped out of bed early the next morning to find my little esky box and bag of additional treats waiting by the front door - all in all, six labelled juices and a loofah, some 'detox' tea, bath soak and a small jar of psyllium husk just in case your bowels seize up at the thought of a liquid diet. Also included is an informative little card, complete with "do's and dont's", letting you know how you might expect to feel that day - on this, the first day, "malaise, headaches, nausea and even vomiting" are what I have to look forward to!

My first juice of the day was the "Leap Frog" - a vibrant green concotion, super refreshing and a lovely way to start the day, consumed whilst doing my "gentle exercise" (a walk) of the day. Shortly after, I had the spicy "Pine Grapple". I am really enjoying that these juices are half juiced and half blended, meaning they are somewhat thicker and certainly more filling than they would be if they were just squeezed.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that two of my 'juices' were, in fact, soups! The first one I had was the "Lentil Luncheon", which I gently heated over the stove. Not being the hugest fan of cumin, particularly whole seeds, I struggled a little through this one, finding the flavour overwhelming but simultaneously enjoying having something more savoury and chewiness of the lentils. Normally, I insist on eating soup with a slice of toast, so I found it kinda tough not having my bready friend to help me out and bailed on the soup about three quarters through.

I had my next juice in clinic, where my head was clear and my brain was working just fine much to my astonishment (I had expected to be in a zombie-like daze by this stage) and it was the "Fruit Punch", sweet and a great pick-me-up for the late afternoon. I also nibbled on the little contained of pumpkin and sunflower seeds provided for the day (which I didn't really need, but hey, cant let them just sit around!).

Dinner was another 'soup-juice' (joup? souice?) the 'Rockin' Tomato Soup' - which was actually more green in colour than tomatoe-y in colour (from the rocket) and was nice and slightly bitter. Once again, I couldn't get through it, leaving about a quarter of it.

By about 9pm, I really wanted to go to bed. I realised that usually at this time of night, I've had a really filling dinner with lots of different flavours and am either settling down with some popcorn or a cacao hot chocolate or some other little snacky thing, and knowing that was basically not gonna happen was somewhat de-motivational. I just wanted to go to bed, and read, and not think about it. My lovely boyfriend consuming an exceptionally delicious looking salad right next to me also didn't help matters, knowing I couldn't even pinch a little bit of tofu from it was tough. Additionally, my usual night-time activity of perusing the pantry for deliciousness had been taken away from me. So! Bed it was. Prior to that - my last juice of the evening - a 'Sleep Well' mix of almonds, brazil nuts and linseeds. Holy shit! This stuff was truly liquid crack in juice detox form, I drank the effing 600ml bottle so fast, I felt seriously not great after. Will have to pace myself in future.

All in all, apart from a few psychological battles, the first day was fine. No malaise, not a twinge of headache and certainly no nausea and vomiting. Not even the furry tongue and bad breath I was promised, dammit! As much as I suppose this might be a reflection on me having a pretty clean diet (largely caffeine, alcohol, sugar and wheat free - oh and vegan), I cant help being a tad disappointed.

Fingers crossed for some malaise for tomorrow!

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