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Posted by oliver

Last week was a very juicy week for me! My partner was keen to undertake a juice diet and see what it did in terms of weight loss and general well-being. She didn’t want to do it on my own and therefore I agreed to join her. I thought it worth sharing how it progressed and my evaluation of it.

The basis is the “7lbs in 7 days” diet, which Jason Vale, the self-proclaimed Juicemaster, devised and resulted in him writing the book with the same name. He receives an endless string of positive compliments. I’m sure there are one or two negative ones, but we don’t get to see them. Given that the vast majority seemed delighted, I wondered if I’d have something good to report. I do!
Before starting it’s highly advisable to run down the contents of your fridge. This both makes way for all the ingredients for your juicy week, but also clears away temptation that would potentially spoil your diet, and/or become waste.
Jason’s website offers a comprehensive shopping list to ensure one has all the ingredients needed to go through the whole week successfully. This is split into days 1-3, and 4-7. Given my long-term organic farming background, I naturally bought entirely organic ingredients. Part of the diet’s appeal to many people is the detox element. It therefore seems totally logical to be eating foods that will be doing nothing to re-tox the body. We want the bad stuff out, not in!
Plenty of people have done comparisons on the costs of organic v non-organic food, and although there are higher costs for some things, by selectively shopping, one can keep that to a very affordable level. If you calculate the costs that come with diet-related ill-health, then organic doesn’t seem so expensive.
On the last day of solid food we had a very normal diet. Monday morning arrived, and the juicer whirred into action. A word on the juicer: I was using a Hippocrates twin gear juicer, with separate filters for fruits and vegetables. In practice, I didn’t change the sieve, using the finest without problems. Many juicers would undoubtedly have been fine.
There are 5 juices to drink each day, at three-hour intervals. You can juice several in advance, or even a full day’s allocation. This makes it much easier on the laborious cleaning process.
What was the outcome? Despite my not being overweight, by general proclamation and not just my own self-infatuated ideas (!!) I did lose 7lbs from my starting weight of 11st 12lbs. I confess that I didn’t undertake the full exercise regime which Jason suggests, apart from playing sport and a (reasonably intense) cycle ride. Like everything else in life this should be about undertaking what you feel comfortable doing. I didn’t feel the massive surge of clarity or energy that some people report, but as I was eating a healthy vegetarian organic diet before this, I didn’t expect to.
One of the ingredients within the diet is wheatgrass juice. Naturally I didn’t need to buy trays of wheatgrass and juice them, having plenty of my own juice on hand - I already drink at least two sachets/day of wheatgrass or broccoli sprout juice. This would be quite significant additional chore for anyone undertaking the diet to source/grow their own and juice it. That is why the convenience of the juice being in sachets and easily drunk on its own is loved by my customers!
How did I find the rest of the juice recipes? There was just about enough variation, but only just. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you may want to moderate the amount of pineapple you use, which is the base ingredient for a number of the daily juices. Just replace it with something else green. Some people might find they want better guidance on how many apples to use: most of the recipes involve “apples” without specifying how many, other than not to use Granny Smiths. I’m fortunate in having a few apple trees with enough early maturing apples to provide all I need. I’ve no idea whether I used too many or not!
Would I do it again? Almost for sure: it’s probably something to undertake on a seasonal basis, maybe quarterly.