Juice for health, Juice for life

Recently I have heard of many success stories relating to long-term juice fasting and detox. Everyone has their own reason for undergoing what may be quite a challenge – not eating solids for 15 or 30 days takes some doing after all. But for some, juice fasting may be the last in a long line of attempts to solve a stubborn problem.
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Detoxify Today


Today I’ve had mainly juice, water and a boat load of herbal teas. It was an instant decision this morning – nothing planned – as I felt I needed a detox. It’s not been that hard really, I mean I know I’ll eat tomorrow so we’re not talking a month’s fast here. My fridge was brimming with veg so I knew that as soon as I felt hunger I simply made myself another juice. This time around I also ended up with other colours but green. The carrot/ginger/apple combo featured felt like a naughty treat – carrots are just so sweet and delicious.

For those needing a radical overhaul, however, I recommend watching the UK juice guru, Jason Vale’s, new documentary ‘Superjuice Me”. In it he takes 8 peeps in need of big change to his juice sanctuary in Portugal. For 28 days the experiment entails nothing but drinking fresh juice, combined with a bit of light exercise such as yoga, walking and swimming. The volunteers are overweight, ill and most in chronic pain. Their results are quite remarkable and sets them up for a brand new life. I recommend it wholeheartedly, click here to watch.

I wish you a really lovely evening. x

Jason Vale’s ‘Ultimate health booster’


Some time ago I decided to invest in a new juicer. I had dabbled with juicing for well over a year, using an old and beat up thing from a previous era, and felt it was time to get serious. Having received my new toy (The Aluminium Juicer by Philips if anyone’s wondering), I was excited to see that it came with a recipe book by juice guru and motivational health coach, Jason Vale, called ‘The Juice Master, Keeping it simple’.

For those of you who do not know of Jason Vale (and I didn’t until the book arrived), he is known as The Juice Master, or the Jamie Oliver of juicing.  An enthusiastic fan of juice detoxing he also runs retreats, juice bars and publishes DVDs and tv-programmes – clearly a busy man. What’s nice about his book however is that it has got something for us all. There are recipes for juices and smoothies aimed at old, young, sick, slimming and anti-ageing seekers and so on. The factual section of the book goes into great detail about what each ingredient does for us and what vitamins it contains. He even manages to fit in a little 3-day juice detox programme for those feeling brave.

As I was in a rush today, I decided to test one of Jason’s concoctions and picked the   Ultimate Health Booster. It promised to ‘cleans the system, feed the cells and boost my immune system. What’s not to like? His recipe calls for a juice but as I was doing liquid lunch I decided to go off piste and have it as a smoothie instead. The fibre from the fruit and veggies would fill me up more than a juice would. This is my little adaptation of Jason’s liquid sunshine:

Ultimate Health Booster by Jason Vale

1 inch slice of pineapple (I did 2)

1 apple (J recommends Royal Gala or Golden Delicious)

1 inch broccoli stem

1 small handful of spinach (I had 2)

1/2 stick celery (I had 1)

1/4 inch piece of ginger

1 inch slice of cucumber

1 small handful of watercress

Parsley (I didn’t)

1/2 ripe avocado

2 cups coconut water (my addition)

Blend the lot and drink immediately. This amount gave me 2 large martini glasses of gorgeous green smoothie and it was utterly delicious. I can highly recommend it and will try more of Jason’s recipes to share on this blog. Happy Friday x