JuicyTox Cleanse: Day Four

Let me take you back to Friday 17th October. It's the final day with JuicyTox and I'm starting to feel it's effects, not all of them are terribly positive but nevertheless it's the final push and we're going to rock this no matter what.
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My day started slowly. I felt tired, sore but full of an anxious energy I couldn't explain. Sleep is so, so important to completing this cleanse successfully. I hadn't had the best night, again due to anxiety, and the impact it had was felt full force. I'm used to sleepless nights, but following days of nothing but juice, you feel like you've not slept in a week. I'd also advise against not going on a cleaning spree of your house!

We left for a weekend in Cardiff at 4pm and didn't arrive at our hotel until 9pm. I had my final 2 juices in the car and I felt utterly miserable. I'm not one to eat a tonne of junk food in the car, but having something in my stomach would have made life a lot more comfortable. 

By this point in the cleanse I believe I entered into a secondary, more intensive detox as the symptoms I was experiencing took on a life of their own and would not shift. Having experienced drug and alcohol detoxes, I could definitely identify similarities - albeit at a vastly lower level of intensity, don't worry - and my liver was definitely working overtime.

Thankfully, the combination of the drive and a king size bed meant that sleeping was no problem at all! There were still no hunger pains, cramps or real cravings going on; just an intense thirst, horrible headache, dizziness, metallic taste in my mouth (ketosis) and waves of nausea. Oh, and being quite grumpy at times! My skin has broken out but I've noticed some improvement in my hair. Sadly, my nails didn't get any benefit as they all broke! 

Despite a 'delayed reaction' and feeling rather miserable at this stage,  I don't have any regrets and am still stunned at how easy this has been! Tomorrow I will upload an 'aftermath' post to discuss the end result and the effects of this cleanse. 


JuicyTox Cleanse: Day Three

Welcome to day three of the JuicyTox Cleanse. I can't believe how easy this is! I apologise for the late publishing of this entry, internet issues are the bane of a bloggers life! 

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I think the biggest factor today was tiredness but I think considering how busy my days at university are it's hardly surprising and by Friday I'm more that ready to sleep for the entire weekend, so there's nothing really out of the ordinary to report. I'm just tired! On a related note; I'm sleeping so incredibly well. I woke up really easily and didn't feel like I'd been run over by Brighton's buses repeatedly. While I don't remember my dreams, sleeping well  is linked to your REM cycles so my brain is definitely happy with this set up. 

As I initially forgot to mention this in yesterdays entry let's get the 'best bit' out the way; my total loss is now 1.9kg (or 4.1 lbs) which is absolutely mind-blowing. Of course, it's water weight but it's definitely broken the plateau and that makes me oh so happy. 

There are absolutely no cravings for foods of any sort, it's just coffee I miss! I haven't been experiencing cramps, hunger pains, sickness, dizziness or anything beyond feeling a little wiped out when I walk up the hill to my house after uni. There's been no problems with my concentration, infact, I have been able to finally make progress with learning/remembering the cranial nerves and the associated anatomy - medics/anatomists will know the pain of this. 

Without a doubt, the highlight of this process has been check-in chats with Rob to update on how things are going. He can offer you a supportive hand if you need it. This isn't an extra you have to pay for and is a very unique service. I try and include helpful tips on my blogs around juice cleanses but to have someone on hand to sit with you, so to speak, while you ride out a craving or a horrible bout of nausea is awesome beyond words. 

I cannot recommend JuicyTox enough. Yes I'm saying that with 24 hours to go and I'm not sorry!! 

Tomorrows update will be from the Raddison Blu, Cardiff! yes I am packing my scales to give you a weigh in! 


JuicyTox Cleanse: Day Two

It's day two of the JuicyTox Cleanse which means I'm halfway done already! I can honestly say I am shocked at how easy this is, whether that is down to practice or not I really don't know, but the nutritional content of the juices is definitely playing a major part in keeping everything under control. 
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I cannot fault these juices at all. The orange is probably my favourite - no surprises there! - and I'm still deciding on how I really feel about the green juice; while I don't struggle with the morning green juice, the late afternoon one seems to take me a very long time to drink and I'm almost forcing myself through it. I think it's the texture/after-taste, which seems to have echos of a wheat-grass chalkiness to it which it more than likely from the leafy vegetables and pretty unavoidable. I don't know. It's just, not as easy to drink. Regardless, the quality is incredible and that counts for so, so much when you're buying into a cleanse like this. 

Day two and day three are the hardest for the vast majority, I'm definitely nervous about tomorrow! I saw this quote on pinterest and thought it was so relevant to today's diary entry and how we're all going to come up against this time and time again. I'm quite lucky that when my boyfriend cooks his own food, 99% of the time it's not something I would want. What has surprised me is that my only real battle has been with the coffee! My stomach hasn't been growling, I haven't had that horrific bile taste in my mouth, and my mind is much calmer today. Perhaps my brain has realised what's going on and decided to stop drawing attention to the lack of food, because nutritionally, we're ok! 

By far, the most interesting part of this experience so far has been how easy it has been to sleep! If you're new to my blog, it's worth me mentioning that I am a chronic insomniac and have had problems with sleep since the age of about 10. As a general rule from previous experiences, my sleep tends to get into trouble when I'm doing a cleanse, so to go to bed and sleep for 10 hours solidly was nothing short of miraculous and I was genuinely shocked when I woke up. The mint tea definitely had the desired effect as I began yawning not soon after my first cup - you can get two drinks out of a single teabag if you leave it in the mug. 

I have been able to study effectively and don't feel weak or dizzy when I stand up, which I know is a concern for lots of people considering this. 

That's all for today. I'm off to the cinema with the boyfriend to see The Equalizer, my lemon water is coming along too... haha! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments or drop me an email and I'll do my best to answer them in a helpful manner!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I've lost 0.7kg so far! 

JuicyTox Cleanse: Day One

It's been way too long since I last took on a juice cleanse, so when I discovered JuicyTox via Lyndsay's blog I was itching to give it a try. I guess I would consider myself an experienced juicer, having completed many, many 3 day programmes with soulmatefood and pushing myself through a 5 day cleanse last year. I've never ventured away from my usual programme so this is very exciting and I'm so curious to see what will happen over the coming days. 

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JuicyTox is unique in a number of ways; it's a four day cleanse rather than the typical 3 day, you have four juices a day and all the juices are a combination of fruit and vegetables which are made fresh the day before dispatch. You will receive your juices in 48 hour 'packs' so you will be getting the absolute best quality juices with all of their nutrients intact. You also start your day with a ginger shot which I have to say is a brilliant replacement for your morning espresso! 

What to have and when?

A really nice touch is that the bottles have the times written on them so you don't get them mixed up. Throughout the day you should be drinking 2-3 litres of lemon infused water a day and absolutely no caffeine. Here's what you do:

8am: Ginger Shot
9am: Green Juice: spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, apple and lemon
1pm: Orange Juice: carrot, lemon, orange, apple and ginger
4pm: Green Juice: spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, apple and lemon
7pm: Beetroot Juice: beetroot, carrot, pineapple, lemon and apple
10pm: Mint Tea

It's very important not to chug your juices! If you're really struggling with hunger pains or just generally missing the feeling of 'fullness' then try having a big mug of herbal tea. The continuous action of sipping on either juice, lemon water or herbal tea will keep you in that familiar hand-to-mouth action we are all so used to. 

Day One Diary

I woke up at 7am and was not terribly excited about the day ahead. I had a 3 hour symposium on Stroke at the medical school to sit through and I just knew it was going to be a massive challenge to stay in a lecture hall for that long and stay focused! The ginger shot was certainly a shock to the system and woke me up a little. 

I had my first juice at 12pm while travelling home, having already consumed 1.5 litres of lemon water during the symposium! I was starving, desperate for coffee and not a nice person to be around. By 2.30pm I'd had my 2nd juice and decided the only way to escape the withdrawal headache was to sleep, so I napped until 5pm - ooopsy! 

It's now 8.15pm and I'm sipping on my last juice which is a much welcome savoury end to the day. The juices are fantastic and I love that they're not entirely smooth, by which I mean there's a few little bits lurking and it's wonderful. Physically, I don't feel hungry but my brain is well aware of the fact no solid food has made an appearance today. It's very much a case of listening to your body rather than your mind, trusting the process and why you're doing this! I'm looking forward to  my mint tea! 

Why am I doing this? I always find that after a cleanse my cognition is vastly improved and my digestion is better. It pushes out those awful cravings for refined sugars and will break this nasty caffeine habit I've formed! I've also been unwell with Freshers Flu so a significant dose of vitamins and minerals is much needed. I also think that this process will push out any lurking remnants of medications in my system and of course it'll break this painfully frustrating weight-loss plateau I've been at for the past couple of months, however weight-loss is not my main motivation. 


The University Diaries: tearful in lectures?!

It was bound to happen. I anticipated it and had somewhat discussed some strategies with my CPN for how to manage this situation. What I didn't expect was for this to happen on a Friday afternoon when I was physically and emotionally exhausted. My resources and tolerance were at pretty much zero and the sound of people breathing loudly was enough to make me want to scream. 

Friday was a long, long day in the medical school. 2 lectures, back to back, then an hour off to recover from the information overload. Then a tutorial with medics, which went down exactly as I had anticipated, then another short break before 2 more lectures. It was following the tutorial that things started to slide a little downhill. 

I was overwhelmed and at a level of tiredness where the slightest noise, any level of brightness or having to move made me want to curl up into a ball and cry. I've been feeling very isolated and alone lately too which is unnerving. During my second break I couldn't bring myself to pick at more than popcorn while drinking copious amounts of pepsi max and water; just sat on a bench trembling. This sounds so pathetic. 

The final two lectures pushed me over my limit. The lecture theater is very noisy and I had to put my hands over my ears to at least limit the sheer volume that was hitting my brain and making me feel dizzy. I wanted to scream at the entire room to just shut the fuck up, or leave. Or both. But I couldn't because I needed to be in these lectures. So I sat there, with my hands over my ears and tears in my eyes. Counting. 

Lecture 3 touched on dopaminergic systems which instantly made me feel a rush of anxiety and almost a sense of fear. I spend my life tip-toeing around my dopamine receptors. I don't want to wake them up too much. I was staring this monster in the face and it wasn't a nice feeling. It's going to get a lot worse in a few weeks when we start our psychiatric lectures.

Lecture 4 talked about consciousness and brain death. This was a lesson in reading the lecture slides prior to attending. Coma was discussed in some detail, as well as brain death following cardiac arrest. While I'm sort-of "over" my experiences of being in a coma and the whole near-death experience thing, nothing prepared me for being lectured about the biological and medical protocol that led to the death of my friend. I don't think I've really given it too much thought before now. I knew what happened to her and I knew she didn't suffer, but to see it up on a screen in a lecture theater was just way too much and I couldn't stop thinking about her and feeling angry/upset/something I couldn't control. I couldn't get out of that room fast enough. 

It's left me quite shaken and I'm not entirely sure how to approach this. I don't even know if it's a problem that needs addressing. I absolutely do not want to be removed from this module because the content is too challenging for me to deal with psychologically. I don't want even more notes to be added to my file for lecturers to see... It's embarrassing. 

It's been a difficult week and my mind is not somewhere I want to be right now. 


GIVEAWAY: OM Yoga Show 2014 *CLOSED*

Interested in yoga? Already a practicing yogi? Would you like tickets to the OM Yoga Show?

That's right folks. I'm giving away TWO PAIRS of WEEKEND TICKETS to the OM Yoga Show! 

The Yoga Show offers the perfect introduction to this ancient Indian practice with workshops and classes on all kinds of yoga, including BoxingYoga, Hot Pod Yoga, and even Hip Hop Yo’ga! For those who are experienced yogis, there is the opportunity to learn new skills, or improve on existing ones. 

This amazing event has been running for 10 years and hosts over 250 of the best vendors in food and drink, yoga clothing and accessories, complementary therapies and so much more to discover in-between classes! Why not have a browse of the programme, which you can access for free via this link

The latest issue of OM Yoga Magazine features some of the vendors, so if you fancied a read of the magazine you can grab yourself a copy via the link!

Fancy coming along? Here's the details: 
  • Where? Olympia National, London, W14 8UX
  • When? Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October 2014.
  • Opening times? Friday: 11am to 6pm | Saturday: 10am to 6pm | Sunday: 10am to 5pm
  • Perks? Your OM Yoga Ticket gains you access to the Mind Body Soul Experience! I will also be attending on Saturday so you can explore the exhibits with me if you like, totally optional though... haha! There's also a children's area so if you have little ones, they can come too! 

To enter the giveaway, just fill in the rafflecopter! This giveaway will run from Saturday 4th October to Sunday 12th October 2014. There will be TWO winners. One winner will not gain both sets of tickets. You will be required to email me and give me permission to pass your details on to the provider of the tickets so she can email you directly. 

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments or email me: thatredheadsaid@gmail.com. 


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