No Food Till Saturday – 4 day juice detox live blog

 

When I told people I was going on a four day juice only detox, their responses ranged from Noooooo! to Noooooooooooooo! juicytox juice detox

Generally though, they were quite interested in the idea of a juice detox, as long as they didn’t have to do it themselves.

So here I am, detoxing on juices so you don’t have to.

I have been asked by Juicytox, a new Sussex-based company, to trial their services.

They deliver freshly made juices to your door, and then all you have to do is drink them, and not eat any food.

So here is how each day will go, from Tuesday to Saturday:

  • 8am – Ginger shot
  • 10am – Green juice – spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon
  • 1pm – Orange – orange, carrot, lemon, apple, ginger
  • 4pm – More green juice
  • 7pm – Beetroot juice – beetroot, kale, carrot, apple, celery
  • 9pm – Detox tea (mint)
  • Throughout the day – 2 litres of hot water with lemon. But strictly NO FOOD. Are we all clear on the NO FOOD aspect?

 I will update this post each day, mainly to give myself some accountability when it gets tough (which several people have predicted will happen around day 3, when the grumpy phase sets in).

But also, when I’ve read people in magazines talking about detoxes, they never sound like real people with real lives, y’know? It’s always some 20something living alone in an urban loft wafting on about how she’s missing cheese, even though she clearly never eats cheese.

How will a juice detox work in the real world, when we have family meals and packed lunches to sort out? This is what I’m going to find out.

Check back each day to find out how I’m getting on. And please leave a comment of encouragement if you’re feeling kind (and don’t want me to come to your house and steal all your doughnuts).

 

DAY 1 – TUESDAY

It’s lunchtime on day 1. Except it’s not lunchtime for me. I’ve already had a shot of ginger for breakfast, and the green juice at 10am.

The greens weren’t unpleasant. I mean, they weren’t pleasant either, but neither were they terrible. Mr Juicytox told me that most people say the green juice is Not as bad as they were expecting and yes, I know what he means.

 

juicytox juiceYou’re not allowed to do any exercise on this detox, so I am missing my regular Tuesday lunchtime Body Pump class.

I am less hungry than I expected to be, considering that the only solid thing to pass my lips today has been some dental floss.

I have a child off school sick, who has requested a toasted bagel. I can’t possibly toast a bagel, that would finish me on day one. I get his dad to do it.

Now all I can smell is toasted bagel. Roll on Orange Juice time.

~later~

I am furious because Himself has put my juice straw in the bin. Possibly the grumpy phase may kick in slightly before day 3.

But the good news is that the orange juice is quite nice.

~later~

The weird thing is, I don’t feel particularly hungry. Turns out that some juices and a load of lemony water is more filling than you might expect. Still, bracing myself for the beetroot. Did I mention I don’t like beetroot? I really don’t. Bracing myself for 7pm when my Beetroot Nemesis is scheduled.

Meanwhile, somewhere in this house delicious food is being cooked and eaten. Still, at least I’ve got beetroot juice to look forward to.

Might start watching a season of 24. Like me this week, Jack Bauer never stops for a snack.

 

Aaargh! I appear to have picked the only episode of 24 where people sit down to a family meal. Also, beetroot still tastes like soil. I wasn’t wrong about that.

 

DAY 2 – TUESDAY

Apparently this is the day when the cleansing magic starts to happen.

My stomach is starting to gurgle as if to say What the frickety frick is going on here then? I’m getting intermittent small headaches. But apart from that, all good.

I could no longer hide from family life so got up to make packed lunches this morning, but I wasn’t tempted to make one for myself. It’s quite weird how I’m not hungry. Not yet, anyway.

~later~

It turns out that you can never really escape food. If people around you aren’t eating it, they’re sharing photos of it on social media. But as long as I don’t smell it, I don’t miss it. The whiff of toast, melting butter – that gets me. And I’m not missing caffeine, though I am missing the ritual of having a cup of tea or coffee.

And weirdly, after nearly two days of only juice, I still don’t feel hungry. I do feel tired though, and it’s only 5:30pm. That’s not good, but also not unexpected. I did some work and calls today and it’s taken more than usual out of me.

Early night tonight I think.

 

~later~

 

Somebody just got killed by poisoned juice on 24! The universe is mocking me.

 

DAY 3 – THURSDAY

AKA The Day of Grump. How many people can I make cry today? At least I have a good excuse – it was not me, it was the juice talking.ginger juice

Last night Mr Juicytox delivered the next batch of freshly pressed juices for the next two days. I really like the home delivery aspect of this service – I feel like a film star getting her meals delivered.

I don’t have to think about it, buy stuff or do any actual juicing; I just have to drink the stuff in my fridge at the time it says on the bottle.

I still have to make packed lunches for the kids, but somehow a cheese bagel and a carton of Ribena does not appeal.

Whilst I haven’t been going to the gym, I am mid-way through a 30 day abs challenge, so I’ve been mustering the energy for daily crunches and squats.

I have a bunch of career coaching to do today but luckily my attention span is shithot. Better than usual in fact. Could it be the juice?

~later~

Kids are complaining about a lack of after school snacks. Not my department I reply.

Basically I am dealing with this by absenting myself from most of the food parts of family life, of which there are many. How will my children know I still love them if I haven’t made flapjacks for after school? It’s a dilemma….

 ~later~

I am not speaking to the rest of the family because they have had something nice for tea. Roll on 3 more episodes of 24. Jack Bauer would never do this to me.

 

DAY 4 – FRIDAY

The last day! And even better, it’s Eurovision tomorrow so I can celebrate a return to the world of food with a celebratory European smorgasbord sourced from Lidl.

I’m getting though today by pretending it’s not Friday, because we normally go to the pub over the road for dinner on Fridays, then come back home and adults drink wine. That’s how a Friday should be really. So this is some indeterminate Juiceday, thankfully the last in the calendar.

The only way I’ve got through this week is by becoming a hermit – staying indoors, and even then retreating still further when there are people with food about. I’ve had a lot of baths and gone to bed early every night.

Less than 24 hours to go.

 

~later~

Blimey, this is a long day. It’s only Jack Bauer that’s keeping me going. Still no mealbreaks at CTU, they should speak to their union about that.

 

 

 THE VERDICT

It’s Saturday morning. I survived. Four days of no food, no caffeine, no alcohol. I was going to go to the local cafe for breakfast but I really can’t face a big plate of food. I’ve just had a slice of toast and feel like a snake that’s swallowed a mouse.

The good news is, I’ve got lots of energy and my eyes and skin are as sparkling as they’re going to be for a fortysomething. I’ve lost 6lb, and although I didn’t manage to frame the before and after pictures exactly the same, I think you can see that something’s gone on:juice detox results


I know that opinions are mixed on detoxes like this – whilst some people swear by them, plenty think of them as a load of old hooey. Whatever you think, taking some time away from processed food, caffeine and alcohol and focusing on pure juicy nutrients has to be good for you.

It’s been great to have the support of some fellow Brightonites who are also doing this trial on Twitter this week. Having a support system really makes a difference. Also thank you to my family who had to hide from me at mealtimes.

I realise now that I was quite scared before I started this that I would be ravenous and feeling beastly all week. In fact I didn’t feel hungry once and the beastliness was no worse than usual.

So if you are thinking of doing something like this but think you just couldn’t last without food for that long – give it a try, you might be surprised at what you can do.

And the first cup of tea you have when you finish is up there with the cup of tea they give you when you’ve given birth – out of this world.

 

Meanwhile, Jack Bauer is still saving the world, one hour at a time.

 

 

THE DETAILS

I have been provided with this detox by Juicytox for the purposes of review. It costs £59.99 to buy, including home delivery of all the juices, lemons and detox tea. Juicytox currently operates in the Brighton and Sussex area only. You can also find out more from their Facebook and Twitter.

  • Thank you Michelle. Yes I really like the delivery aspect and it has left me feeling that maybe I might buy a juicer. I would never have predicted that you can drink the juice of kale or spinach but I’ve been doing that all week.

  • Louisa

    I am not convinced of the health benefits of a detox, after all isn’t that what your liver does for you? However we are making an effort to drink a veg smoothie every day from the aspect of increasing our five a day. (Luckily I love beetroot)

  • I’ve never done a juice detox, but have done a detox before, and you feel AMAZING at the end of it – well done you!!

    An interesting concept with the juices being delivered to you – I always thought you should juice and drink for maximum benefit? However, it makes it a lot easier for people who are interested in juice and a way to trial it out before committing to buying an expensive juicer (like we did >_<)!!

  • I’ve never had much faith in detox diets myself, but many I know claim to feel energised by them. I think I would be totally wiped out after no food!!

  • Really interesting read and great to hear you didn’t feel hungry, I think that would be my main worry. I really don’t think I could do it though, I love my food too much!

  • Well done, you seemed to cope much better than some I have read about, kale is definitely an acquired taste. Enjoy your food tomorrow.

  • I have to go on an elimination diet and have been really worried about it. I fear I would be starving on a juice detox. What are the benefits jo?

  • Wow well done! Not sure how or IF i would be able to cope with this! It is something I would like to try though.

  • My brother has done a juice detox before and he said it did him the world of good. I get so ratty when I’m hungry though.

  • This is really interesting. I need something to kick start my diet and I could imagine doing something like this feels really cleansing. It sounds like it’s a reasonable price and I love that it’s delivered but it’s a shame it’s just in the Brighton area – move to the rest of the country quick! I’d definitely try!

  • I’ve done so many diets, but never a detox. I hope you feel better at the end of it x

  • This sounds interesting but I don’t think I could do it, did you loose any weight with it??

  • I am doing something very similar, however I am such a fussy eater/drinker I am worried I am not going to like half of the drinks I am being sent! I’ve told myself to just hold my nose and force myself to swallow! Fingers crossed and good luck on your journey xx

  • Foz

    Not sure I could live on just juice…..I have no willpower!! Interesting to see how you are getting on though!

  • You have done so well, I am not sure I could live on juice for a week. Has it made any difference though?

  • Well done on sticking to it. I’ve often thought about trying it but haven’t taken the plunge. I need to get myself a juicer and give it a go!

  • I did a juice detox a couple of weeks ago but it was a major faff having to make all the juice myself. Now I am just doing a juice for breakfast and I do feel better. It is a shame they only deliver in Sussex as I would be really interested to order this, especially if they do wheatgrass shots. For now I will just keep juicing myself

  • I’m not too keen on juices so this probably wouldn’t be good for me, but well done on doing it! I have been thinking of doing a soup diet though haha! x

  • I can’t believe you lost 6lbs in only 4 days. I would definitely do it if they delivered to my area (London!).

  • That’s amazing – I don’t think I would have the willpower personally but I’m in complete admiration of anyone who can do this. well done x x

  • Thanks so much for all the comments. Hopefully you will have seen my final update which I posted on Saturday. It’s now Sunday and I apart from a few pieces of toast I can’t really face cooked food, or indeed juice. I think this has reset my appetite and tastebuds in some way. It will be interesting to see what this week brings. Other than that my energy levels are great and I was back at the gym today doing BodyCombat.

  • I would never have the willpower to complete a juice diet but I think it is fantastic that you have! You should be so proud of yourself. x

  • I think it must be hard but… I would give it a go… I think…

  • This is something I have been wanting to do. Hope it went well x

  • I’d love to try something like this but I don’t know if I could do the no food. Well done on loosing this 6lbs and feeling sparkly. I hope you had a good drink and lots of treats on Eurovision night. x

  • Well done! What a result in just a week- you can really see it!!
    I did the Jason Vale juice detox once and shifted about 7lbs. I think I will do it again- I need another kick up the backside!!