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My Experience of doing a “Reboot” with Lifestyle Juicery in Bangkok

My Experience of doing a “Reboot” with Lifestyle Juicery in Bangkok

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My life changed just over two years ago when I started juicing for the first time. I had been ill a lot and friends had suggested that by juicing vegetables and fruit I would feel much better. Around the same time I watched the excellent documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead which was an inspiration to me for doing a “reboot” of my body. I bought a cheap juicer to start with as I wan’t sure if this was just a passing fad. I experimented with a number of different recipes until I was ready to do the reboot, which is sometimes called a “juice detox”. I aimed for seven days of only consuming juices, but ended up doing ten days. I felt so much better and healthier during and after the reboot that I now juice regularly and also do a reboot at least twice a year. I also went ahead and bought the more expensive slow juicer. Since I started two years ago, I have never once been ill.

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For people who are too busy to prepare their own juices or don’t want to pay for an expensive juicer that they might not use again, then there are a number of different companies around Thailand that offer a juice cleanse service. One such company is Lifestyle Juicery in Bangkok. I first came across them at the Bangkok Farmers’ Market. Their juice cleanse programs are not cheap, but they do take the hard work out of  doing a reboot yourself. That way you can just concentrate on getting through the program with little effort. I was interested in testing them out, but as I have my own juicers, there didn’t seem to be any point. However, they contacted me the other week saying that they had read my blogs about doing juice reboots (see here) and they wanted me to test out their programs to compare to my own. I couldn’t resist this offer and immediately signed up for their juice cleanse.

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Lifestyle Juicery offer a number of different juice cleanse programs. In my opinion you need to do one longer than 2-3 days as it is the first few days which you will find the hardest. You will have withdrawal like symptoms and maybe headaches if you normally drink a lot of coffee. But, once you are over the hump then you will feel much better. The length of their programs are 4 days, 6 days and 10 days. I signed up for the ten day reboot, but the shorter ones are just fine. But, it is important that you do a “pre-cleanse” for a few days beforehand by cutting down on things like processed food, caffeine and other stimulants, sugary food like cakes and pastries, dairy products, and bread and pasta. By doing so you won’t have many withdrawal symptoms and your first three days of the reboot will be so much easier.

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So, what happens is that they will deliver the juices to you every two days. It is important to put these in the fridge straight away. You get the choice to get a morning or evening delivery. I chose the latter and so my first delivery came the night before. In one day there are six bottles. So, with one delivery you get 12 bottles altogether. Each bottle has a number on the lid to make sure you drink them in the correct order. They also advise you to start the day with a cup of hot lemon drink. I then drank the first juice at about 8am or so then the rest at roughly 2-3 hour intervals. It is also important that you keep hydrated. I always aim to drink at least four 500ml glasses of water during the day. Even when I’m not thirsty. Though of course this will mean you will need to take frequent trips to the bathroom. At least I had to.

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For me, one of the best reasons to do a juice cleanse with Lifestyle Juicery was to see what recipes they had. I tend to stick to my favourites which might not always be the healthiest. I also tend to favour fruits over vegetables which again you shouldn’t really do. So, for those interested, here is what I drank over the last ten days:

  • Pineapple, orange, apple, carrot, parsley & celery
  • Kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, broccoli & ginger
  • Beetroot, kale, carrot, apple & broccoli
  • Coconut water & cinnamon
  • Kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, pineapple, basil & ginger
  • Almonds, cashews, wild honey & cinnamon

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That is what I had most days. There was one day that they delivered different juices. But, as they didn’t repeat that again I guess it was an experiment or they were out of stock of the other products. Anyway, here are the additional juices I had:

  • Kale, green apple, red apple, Pak choi, lemon, spirulina & cucumber
  • Kale, celery, broccoli, bell pepper, ginger & lemon
  • Carrot, apple & ginger
  • Kale, apple & lemon
  • Cucumber, spinach, broccoli, ginger, lemon, red apple, green apple & kale
  • Pineapple, apple & mint

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So, what were the benefits for me and how did I cope? Well, as I have done reboots before, I managed to sail through much of the reboot without really feeling hungry. If I did, then I just drank water. I also had the option to drink some herbal tea if I wanted to have a pick-me-up. Although I wasn’t aiming to lose weight, I managed to drop just under 5 kilos. Which was about what I put on after the big Thanksgiving dinner and all the Christmas and New Year’s parties since. A reboot is a great way to clear the excesses of the festive season. It also reminds you to be thoughtful of what you put in your mouth. Is this food really essential for my wellbeing? Since I started juicing regularly, I hardly ever eat processed or fast food. It is not as if it’s forbidden. It is just that I no longer feel like eating them. I also don’t need coffee any more to stay awake.

I probably won’t use a company like Lifestyle Juicery again as I have my own slow juicer. But, I must admit that the last ten days have been very easy for me. Usually I spend a lot of time during the reboots going shopping, preparing produce, juicing and then clearing up. This time I didn’t have to do any of that. They even delivered to my front door. I felt so lazy! I know some office workers in Bangkok probably don’t have the luxury of free time. Or maybe you don’t want to spend 10,000 Baht on a slow juicer. If so, I highly recommend for you to try a company like Lifestyle Juicery. If then you do feel like you benefit from a juice cleanse like I did, then you might want to consider investing in your own juicer. It would be a bit like trying before you buy. Good luck!

Website: http://www.lifestylejuicecleanse.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifestyleJuiceCleanse

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Eligibility for the offer: This offer only applies to those residing in the greater Bangkok metropolitan area. This offer is from now until 31st January 2015.

If you have used Lifestyle Juicery before, then please leave a comment below. Feel free to ask any questions and I will try my best to answer.

Doing a Lifestyle Juice Cleanse in Bangkok

Doing a Lifestyle Juice Cleanse in Bangkok

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Two years have now passed since I bought my first juicer and started paying more attention to my health. If anything, juicing for me has made me more aware of the food that I eat. I often stop and ask myself, does this food have any health benefits for me. Since I started juicing regularly I have never had the flu or any other serious ailment. I wrote in an earlier blog (see here), that before I started juicing I was eating a lot of street food. Although I love Thai food, there wasn’t much in the way of vegetables and fruit in my diet. And there was probably also more MSG than was healthy for me. I still eat Thai street food, but just not so often. My first meal of the day is a vegetable juice. Mid-day is usually a vegetable dish with no meat if I am cooking for myself. And then the evening meal is anything I fancy. In between, I have guava juice which I believe has been instrumental in keeping the flu away for the past two years.

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About three times a year I do what is sometimes called a “juice detox”, though I prefer to call it a “reboot” of your body. Look at it like your desktop computer. After a while it starts to slow down and it takes forever to open programs. A simple solution is to reboot the computer. A juice detox involves drinking vegetable and fruit juices for seven days in place of solid foods. This gives your digestive system a welcome break and your body quick access to needed nutrients. The average length of a reboot is about seven days though I usually aim for ten days. The first 3-4 days are the hardest when you go through withdrawal symptoms. But once you are over the hump you will have so much more energy. I used to drink numerous cups of coffee during the day to keep me alert. After the reboot I no longer need a coffee, nor do I have cravings for things like chocolate and ice cream.

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After the excesses of the new year holiday, I decided it would be prudent to do another 7-10 day juice detox. In fact, the whole festive season, starting with Thanksgiving and then the Christmas parties in December, saw me putting on weight. Although I think I’m still at an acceptable weight, I would like to lose about 5 kiols. I also want to try and flush my recent cravings for coffee and chocolate. I was about to start my own juice detox like I have done in the past, but then I was contacted by Lifestyle Juicery in Bangkok. They had read my blogs on Juicing in Thailand and wanted to offer me a juice cleanse. I had seen them before at the Bangkok Farmers’ Market. But as they are expensive, and because I have my own juicers, I didn’t really pay much attention. But I was definitely curious. I wanted to compare how they did it with my own methods and recipes. So, I signed up with them. I will be doing a ten day juice cleanse with day one being Monday 5th January 2015.

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My first batch of juices arrived last night, see picture above. There are basically six bottles per day and you get two day’s worth with each delivery. I will write again about this lifestyle cleanse at the end of the course, but today I just wanted to write down some first thoughts on what I have seen so far.

Doing a Juice Detox Yourself

  • If you want to do a proper juice detox yourself, you need to buy a slow juicer. These cost about 10,000 Baht. I do have a cheaper and faster juicer that I sometimes use, but they generate heat which kills off the nutrients. And you must drink them straight away.
  • Doing a juice detox for 10 days involves a lot of time and energy. Not only in going to buy the fruit and vegetables, but also preparing them, juicing them and then clearing up the work station. And it’s not cheap, you only get a couple of glasses of juice from two kilos of carrots.
  • When I do a juice detox, I quite often have the same juices for each meal. This is because I make a big batch which is the most economical. This then has to be drunk with 48 hours.

Advantage of using a company like Lifestyle Juice Cleanse

  • With Lifestyle Juice Cleanse you get six bottles with six different recipes. Which means you get the variety you need during the day.
  • You don’t have to think about recipes for your juices or decide what makes a good balanced diet.
  • The company does all the hard work for you so that you just concentrate on your detox. They do the shopping, the juicing and the clearing up for you. They even deliver straight to your door every two days.
  • If you are not sure if juicing is for you, you can try their shorter juice cleansing programs. This is also a bit like “try before you buy”. You don’t want to buy an expensive slow juicer only to later find out this is not for you.

I am now coming to the end of my first full day. I’m doing good so far and not hungry at all. In fact, I am having trouble drinking all six bottles as I haven’t always been hungry. A good tip if you are feeling hungry is to drink plenty of water. And I certainly do in one day. At least two litres whether I am thirsty or not. I’ll do a proper round-up after the ten days have finished. Please note, this is expensive and it is not for everyone.  The point of this blog and the one to follow is just to show you what they have to offer. At the end of the day it is up to you whether you think it is value for money.

If you have used Lifestyle Juicery before can you please post your views on their service in the comments below. Or let us know if you have used any other companies like this in Bangkok. If you are not interested in juicing or don’t have anything constructive to add then please don’t post.

Website: https://www.lifestylejuicecleanse.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifestyleJuiceCleanse

Doing a Juice Detox with the help of UP Wristband by Jawbone

Doing a Juice Detox with the help of UP Wristband by Jawbone

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If you follow my blog, you will know that on 1st January last year I started my new year’s resolution of living a healthier life. To kickstart this I decided to buy a juicer which eventually led me to doing a ten day juice detox (see here for my blogs on this subject). Last year I did two ten day juice detoxes. This doesn’t mean that I stopped juicing in-between. That’s always the biggest mistake and the reason people put the weight back on. I still juiced for one meal a day, usually breakfast, and just had a juice whenever I didn’t feel like having a full meal. I believe my daily juicing last year contributed greatly to the fact that I was never once ill. The previous year I was often ill with the flu.

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Over the Christmas and New Year period I went back to the UK for three weeks. It wasn’t easy to juice there and there were so many temptations. Not just with the Christmas food, but many things that I hadn’t seen or eaten for a long time. So, I decided to just go with the flow and do a detox when I got back. Somehow I managed to put on 5 kilos while away in England. On my return, things didn’t go to plan. I did go back to juicing, but as I was away so often on trips, and eating a lot of good food, I wasn’t able to do a juice detox. To do it properly, I cannot eat solid food for at least seven days which is difficult when travelling so much.

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I think I now have a period of time when I don’t have many engagements and I think I will be able to do a clean juice detox. I am aiming for seven days of having just vegetable and fruit juices which I will make myself. But I am hoping to do at least ten days. The week after I finish I will eat just once a day and then finally two normal meals a day. The aim is to lose the 5 kilos that I put on over Christmas. The difference this time is that I will be wearing an UP by Jawbone wristband which monitors both my activity and sleep patterns. My aim is to do at least 10,000 steps per day and have eight hours of sleep. The wristband also vibrates after a set time if I am sitting at the computer for too long. Which it just did. So, time to go for a quick walk. I will do a follow up on the juice detox next week and a full review of UP later this week.

First Look at the Gac Fruit and an attempt to make Gac Juice

First Look at the Gac Fruit and an attempt to make Gac Juice

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Last weekend I bought some Gac fruit, which is often labelled as a super-fruit due to its high nutritional value. In Thailand it is called “Fak Khao”. From what I understand the name “Gac” is Vietnamese which leads me to believe that the fruit is native to that country. You don’t see it often in Thailand but it is starting to turn up more regularly in specialty markets like farmer’s markets and riverside markets. They have some at Bang Namphueng Floating Market. You will see the gac juice more often. I tried some at the same place where I bought this fruit and found it refreshing. But, after I attempted to juice the fruit myself, I realized two things. Firstly, they must have put in a lot of water as my version was very thick. I think they put in 50% water. Secondly, the taste is pretty bland and so I am guessing they added something else. Maybe sweeteners.

Inside the fruit there are black pips that obviously cannot be juiced. I washed the red juice off this with my fingers and  a cup of water. I also peeled the fruit and added the orange flesh to the blender together with the red juice. No idea if this is correct so if anyone has any experience can you please let me know in the comments. I am also looking for ideas of what to add to the juice to make it taste better. Maybe pineapple. If you are buying one for yourself to juice, just buy one fruit as it does need to be watered down. One fruit goes a long way!

Where to Buy a Juicer in Bangkok

Where to Buy a Juicer in Bangkok

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People keep asking me what juicers I use and where I bought them. So, I thought I would put together a quick list of what I have and where I bought them. However, before I proceed, I need to emphasize that I’m not an expert as I have only been juicing since 1st January. But, hopefully I can help people a little with a few tips. If you can add anything else then please post in the comments. The first juicer that I bought was this one from Central Department Store. The brand is Philips though there is no model number. The juicer had been reduced to 3,999 Baht which made it one of the cheapest in the store. It turned out to be a good buy as it is fast, reliable and most importantly, easy to clean. I could juice and clean up in about 10 minutes.  The chute at the top is large which meant it could take whole apples which of course cut down on preparation time. I would recommend this one for any hobby juicer.

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Strictly speaking this is not a juicer as it doesn’t separate the liquid from the pulp. A lot of fruit juice stalls around town use these to make smoothies. I bought this Philips model a few months later as I wanted to alternate between juices and smoothies. With the blender you eat the whole fruit which is obviously good for you. To make my smoothies I don’t use ice to make them cool. I chop up fruit like bananas and ripe mangoes and put them in the freezer. I then use these as ice cubes in my smoothies. I bought this blender at Big C. You should find it at Tesco lotus and Central as well. There are quite a few to choose from. I chose this one because of the “quick clean” button and the fact that you can screw off the bottom of the jug. This makes it easier to clean. You probably should buy the most powerful one that you can afford. You can buy them for about 1-2,000 Baht. Top end blenders are 15,000 Baht.

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The Hurom slow juicer was the one that I was looking at right from the beginning. But, as the price is around 12,000 Baht I didn’t think I could justify it. At the beginning I thought juicing would be a passing fad and that buying this expensive juicer would be a waste of money. Which is why I went for the cheaper Philips juicer in the end. However, after I had been juicing for three months and had already lost 10 kilos, I decided I could justify buying the Hurom. The advantage with a slow one is that it keeps more of the nutrients, the juice doesn’t separate so much and you can keep the juice in the fridge for 2-3 days. The pulp was also much drier and so I was getting more juice for my money. I will probably give away my old Philips juicer later, but I still use it sometimes when I have unexpected guests and I want to quickly juice something like guava or oranges. If I was you, I would only buy the Hurom if you are sure you will get your money’s worth. I bought the Hurom 500 model at Central Department store at Chidlom. If you have a Central 1 card you get a discount.

Let me know in the comments if you have bought any other juicers in Bangkok and where.

How I lost 15 Kilos Juicing in Thailand

How I lost 15 Kilos Juicing in Thailand

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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.

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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!

Buying a Slow Juicer in Thailand

Buying a Slow Juicer in Thailand

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As you probably know by now I’m very much into juicing and feel great for it. I have more energy during the day and no longer need to drink coffee. Over the new year I bought myself a Philips centrifugal juicer. These kinds of juicers are around 4-7,000 Baht. They are great and do a wonderful job, but they are not perfect.

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When I bought my juicer I knew about the more expensive masticating juicers. These are sometimes called a slow juicer. These are priced from 12,000 Baht upwards. I know these were better but at the time I couldn’t justify the price as I thought juicing might just be a passing fad. It hasn’t been so far.

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Although I love my juicer, there are a few problems. The juice separates quite quickly and you can’t store for long. On the other hand the slow juicers make juice you can keep 2-3 days, doesn’t separate and the colours are richer. The pulp is also drier which means you get more juice.

This juicer is a Hurom-500 and costs 13,900 Baht at Central Chidlom. Older models are 12,900 Baht. If you have a 1-Card you can get a 10% discount. Very tempting to buy one.

Juicing in Thailand

Juicing in Thailand

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Every year I come up with new ideas for New Year’s Resolutions, and like most other people, I never stick to them. But, this year has been different. At least for the last two months. Buying my bicycle nearly two years ago was a life changer for me. Particularly last year as I was using it a lot more to get around, run errands and also for exploring. As you know I love street food and cycling enabled me to go off and find new food vendors. I also love cooking, but I found myself going out to eat more and more. It got to the extent that I stopped going to the supermarket each week to buy groceries and was eating almost entirely on the street. In Thailand, going out to eat is a lot cheaper than cooking for yourself and so in the process I was saving a lot of money. But, that came at a cost. I didn’t realize what was going on at the time, but last year I was ill with the flu quite a few times as well as having various aches and pains. It wasn’t until the end of the year that I started putting two and two together.

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Eating Thai food is generally very healthy. But, you have to be careful if your only source of nutrients are coming from these road side vendors. When people started posting graphics on Facebook showing daily recommended allowances of fruit and vegetables it started to dawn on me that for the past year I had eaten very little in the way of fruit and vegetables. Doing a bit more research I soon realized that this was probably why I had been ill so often last year. Very few street food dishes have vegetables, and when they do, you are not getting that much. Around the same time, I also started seeing people on Facebook talking about juicing as a good way to get all the vitamins and minerals that you need each day. But, the thing that really got me to sit up and notice was the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. It is about an overweight Australian who takes a challenge to only drink fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. For me, that movie was an inspiration and I decided straight away that my New Year’s Resolution should be to juice at least once a day.

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The next step was to buy a juicer. Which I must admit gave me a headache for a while as there are not only different kinds of juicers, like masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers, but each one has many different brands to choose from. Roadside juice bars in Thailand use the much cheaper blender which you can get for around 1,000 Baht. The next one up are the centrifugal juicers. These ones separate the pulp from the juice. Prices start from about 4,000 Baht. The final ones are masticating juicers which “chews” the fruit at a slower speed making sure that you get every drop of juice. With the centrifugal juicer you need to drink the juice straight away but the juice from the masticating juicer you can store for longer. Unfortunately you are not going to be able to pick up one of these for less than 12,000 Baht. Over the new year holiday, I visited Central department store where they had a selection of centrifugal juicers. In the end I went for the Philips Juicer that had been reduced from 7,000 Baht down to 3,999 Baht. A quick search on Amazon showed that quite a few people were happy with this model. One tip when buying a juicer, you need to get one that is easy to clean. If its too much of a pain then you will probably use it less than less. Mine is easy. I can juice and do a clean-up within ten minutes.

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So, I started juicing at the start of the new year. My plan was to do a 7-10 day juice detox, but first I wanted to prepare myself. I had read accounts of people going through severe withdrawal symptoms on the first few days which caused them to quit. I didn’t want to be like that. Plus I wanted to do my homework first to find out what I could and couldn’t juice and what fruits offered the best vitamins and minerals. One of the things that I learned quite quickly is that guava fruit has five times more Vitamin C than oranges. I also learned about the benefits of other fruits like mangoes and pineapples as well as vegetables such as kale and carrots. Right from day one I substituted my unhealthy breakfast for a juice but had normal meals for lunch and dinner. Most days I juiced two or three times depending on whether I felt hungry or was feeling tired. At the same time that I started juicing I also quit coffee. Surprisingly, juicing every day meant that I was never fatigued and easily lasted the day without any desire for coffee.

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For the last two months I have had fun not only juicing a large variety of fruit and vegetables, but also exploring local markets for the first time. Normally I buy my fruit and vegetables with my weekly shopping at Foodland. But, you can pay twice as much there as you do elsewhere. With my bicycle, I was able to visit local markets whenever I needed to re-stock during the week. But, don’t make the mistake in thinking that these markets are cheaper than Big C and Tesco Lotus. Take carrots for an example, at Paknam Market they are usually 35-40 Baht a kilo. At Big C they are selling for 26-27 Baht at the moment. But then, other things like kale and bananas are cheaper down the market. It didn’t take me long to remember what is a good price. Another thing to remember is that down the market they might have two or three piles of fruit like guava. The cheapest pile at only 20 Baht a kilo were apparently “ugly”. As I was going to juice them I didn’t really mind. Same goes for oranges. Sometimes the 25 Baht a kilos ones are just as good as the ones double the price.

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I had been juicing for about six weeks and was feeling great. I had a lot more energy during the day and I wasn’t missing coffee at all. So, I decided that the time was right to start my juice detox. This is sometimes called a “reboot” which I think sums up the process very nicely. There is a website called Reboot with Joe that accompanies the documentary that I mentioned earlier. Most people go for a 7-10 day juice detox. As I had heard that the first few days might be tough, I decided to begin during the recent long weekend here in Thailand. This would enable me to take it easy as my body adjusts to this new routine. However, I think doing the six weeks preparation, and also quitting coffee and other vices in advance, meant that I was able to sail through the long weekend with little difficulty. In fact the days have been passing quickly and I have already reached Day 8 as I write this. As I am feeling great I will finish the full ten days which is this Sunday. At the moment, my plan next week is to go back to juicing for breakfast but having normal meals for the rest of the day. But, I will also cook more often.

UPDATE: Click here to see my blog for two months later.