Over the new year, I made a resolution to make some big changes about my life. I’m not the kind of person who usually gets ill and I cannot remember the last time I had a day off work. But last year was a wake-up for me as many times I suffered from flu-like symptoms and other aches and pains. I was also overweight and I knew there is something that I needed to do before it was too late. The big change for me was starting to juice (see my original blog Tips for Juicing in Thailand). I bought a Philips centrifugal juicer from Cantral Department store for about 4,000 Baht. I then proceeded to replace my breakfast with a healthy fruit or vegetable juice. At the same time I quit drinking coffee and eating fastfood at places such as KFC and McDonald’s.
My aim was to do a limited juice detox where I would only drink juices the whole time. No meats or other solid food. I prepared myself for about six weeks experimenting with different recipes. Some people go straight into the detox but then they suffer withdrawal symptoms. For me the two weeks of the juice detox was easy. I didn’t have any side affects as I had already quit coffee beforehand. I had also been more conscious of what I was putting in my mouth. I was basically having fun shopping for fruit and vegetables at the local markets. Variety is always very important, but I had my favourites too. In the evenings I exercised on my bicycle. I could have gone on much longer but I missed eating Thai street food.
From the time that I started experimenting with juicing on 1st January to when I finished the two week juice detox on 12th March I had lost a total of ten kilos and felt great. I no longer had a need for coffee. Before I started juicing I needed a coffee when I first got up in the morning and then numerous more cups during the day to keep me awake. I was also drinking coffee in the evening. Now I no longer feel tired or fatigued. There is a new spring in my step and I feel great about myself for the first time in years. I didn’t start juicing as a way to lose weight. It was more as a healthy way of life. The weight loss was just an extra benefit and an incentive to continue.
When I came off the juice detox my original plan was to go back to juicing for breakfast and then eating as normal for lunch and dinner. I had seen a video diary of an American guy who had just successfully lost a lot of weight after a 60 day juice detox. Pretty cool but I found it strange when he talked about putting away his juicer. I searched for more of his videos on youtube and low and behold, I found another one called something like “Doing the juice detox for the second time”. He had put on all that weight again. His mistake was just seeing this as a diet. It is more a change in your way of life. Juicing taught me to be more aware of what I ate. I cannot eat a burger or minced meat any more as I have watched documentaries about how they are really processed and what is in them. Enough to put me off for life.
So, in mid-march I continued with juicing. I had recently bought a blender so this helped mix things up. I alternated between clear juices which had no fibre to eating the whole fruits in smoothies. I also splashed out on buying a masticating juicer which was four times as expensive as my old one. The advantage with these is that you get more juice and also you can store for 2-3 days. Which now meant I didn’t have to juice several times a day any more. Day one after the juice detox went something like this: Breakfast juice containing beetroot, cucumber, celery and carrot. Lunch of pork chops, jacket potato and vegetables. Dinner of….. a smoothie. I was so full from lunch that I didn’t have any room that night. And the next night too. I guess my stomach had shrunken a little.
Two months have passed since I finished doing the juice detox and I have now settled into a routine. I didn’t plan this but I basically only eat once a day now and nearly always only before noon. I juice for breakfast, eat anything I like for lunch (but no fast food), and then have a smoothie or fruit salad with yoghurt for dinner. I sometimes make a homemade soup in the evening like sweetcorn or carrot soup. I am very content with this. I never go hungry. Sometimes, due to my job, I have to attend gala dinners in the evening, and so I usually then have a very light lunch to prepare myself for these. It’s now been four and a half months since I started experimenting with juicing on 1st January. In that time I have lost just over 15 kilos and the weight is still slowly coming off. I have gone from being overweight to just being fat. I have every intention on carrying on. Wish me luck!