It’s November.

When my alarm went of this morning I did not want to get up. It’s been the same all week. But like every other morning I dragged myself out of bed, got dressed and took myself off to the gym. I never regret it, but that doesn’t make getting up any easier. 

Today was a little bit different because today is a new month and a fresh start. This month I am going to kick this flat feeling and get back to feeling like me. This month I am going to start a meditation practice. This month I am going to move- only 62.75km left to reach 200 by December 1. This month I will make choices that I will be proud of. This month I will dream big. IMG_5548[1]

It’s difficult to not be optimistic about the month ahead when it starts off looking this good.

What are you doing for yourself in November?

 

One day juice cleanse

Where has October gone? I feel like I blinked and it’s nearly over.

For most of this month I have been doing whatever I please in the food and exercise stakes. This generally means eating bread and not moving very much at all. Stuff has been going on so I am not going to beat myself up about it, but it’s time to whip things back into shape!

To kick start my re-introduction to healthy eating I decided to cash in the Pressed Juices voucher I won. It was for an 8-pack of juice, perfect for a one day cleanse. IMG_5406I stopped by the Pressed Juices store on Glenferrie Rd on my way to work to pick up the days liquid nourishment. They even come in a cute little bag. IMG_54115 juices, 2 waters and 1 nut milk all snug.

I started off with Green 3- apple, celery, cucumber, ginger, kale, lemon, parsley and spinach. It was pretty good, although I think I add a lot more lemon and ginger to mine at home cocktails. I alternated this with a chamomile tea because I felt like something warm.

Next up was Earth 3- apple, beet, lemon and ginger. Delicious! Beet juice is so, so good. You just need to remember you had it and not freak out when you go to the bathroom later on… So far I was feeling pretty good.

Starting to get hungry. Another Green 3 was next.

Earth 2 was the afternoon meal- carrot, cucumber, parsley and spinach. I wasn’t really a fan of this one. I off loaded it to a work colleague who happily sipped away.

So hungry! It probably didn’t help that I skipped my fourth juice. Now it was time for the good stuff, Zest 4- coconut, cucumber, lemon and pineapple. So light. So refreshing. So addictive.

In the afternoon I also started sipping on my aloe vera water and chlorophyll water. I had been told that morning the chlorophyll water was delicious but the aloe one was weird. I couldn’t have disagreed more! I loved the aloe one, it was super refreshing. The chlorophyll one was odd. It smelled just like spearmint, but didn’t taste like it, although there was a minty aftertaste.

Once I was home it was time for dinner… hello Almond Milk- almonds, dates, filtered water, sea salt and vanilla bean. This one is so good I didn’t miss eating dinner. And I stayed surprisingly satisfied as the night wore on. IMG_5412

So, what’ the verdict? Well I don’t think I could keep this up for anymore than 1 day. Not because the juices weren’t tasty, they were, more so because I felt like I was peeing every 20 minutes. And I think that after a few days of drinking the same things- with the exception of the last 2 because I could drink them all day every day- I would get bored. I did feel lighter and less bloated but I also had a vague headache for most of the day no matter how much extra water I was drinking. I noticed a general lack of energy in the evening too, probably because my body was missing the fats and proteins it’s so accustomed to getting. Finally, I missed chewing.

I have been toying with the idea of a juice cleanse for ages and am really glad I had this mini version to give me a sneak peak. It was perfect way for me to set myself up for healthy eating but I am glad that I didn’t commit to a 3 or 5 day one. I totally get why people do it, but I enjoy my thick green smoothies, quinoa and (free range, gluten free) sausage salads and crunchy apples with nut butter… I enjoy food.

If you’re thinking about trying a juice cleanse, I would say you have nothing to lose giving it a go. Ask for a taste of the juices you plan on having- I wish I had of tried the carrot one, I probably would have swapped it out for something else- and maybe try a short one first before throwing yourself in the deep end with a 3 or 5 day.

Normal

IMG_0749About 9 months ago I was in hospital with a super inflamed liver. I was having daily blood tests (my arms were a charming shade of purple) that screened for the alphabet of Hepatitis viruses, but every single one came back negative. I was asked over and over if I had any tattos (nope), piercings (not for about 5 or 6 years), or was an injecting drug user (never in my life).

After 3 or 4 days my blood tests peaked, my ALT (an inflammation indicator) was sitting at around 3100 and my Billi Rubin (I’m still not sure what this one does) was nearing 200. They were supposed to be 30 and 15 respectively… Other people’s livers had failed before getting to numbers this high and yet mine was still doing what it needed to. I felt like a character on House, the doctors were stumped.

After a biopsy I was diagnosed with Auto-immune hepatitis. Then it was time for the drugs. I was put on Prednisolone (a steroid) and Imuran (an immune suppressant).

On Wednesday I took my very last steroid tablet. Today I had yet another follow up and was told that everything is now back to normal. NORMAL. Not the ‘high end of normal’, just normal.

I cannot explain the relief. It’s brilliant.IMG_0769