At the start of the week I wrote about why we were excited to take part in the BigJuiceChallenge - 5 days on nothing but freshly extracted vegetable and fruit juice as part of a reset and pre-winter boost after a physically demanding summer of hiking and challenging tour of Egypt that had seen us compromise our preferred plant-based, mostly raw diet.
Click here to read about why we chose to do the BigJuiceChallenge
As an added bonus I've only had to use my incontinence irrigation kit once all week when I usually need it twice a day. Obviously I won't be living on juice full time forever but this week has underlined and helped me reassess how my volume intake affects my incontinence management needs.
Overall I'm really very pleased and happy to have done this and am excited to try out Jason's 2-3-2 week plan, including 2 days each week on just juice. I also plan to do the next BigJuiceChallenge in the New Year. I'm genuinely surprised how much better I feel right now even compared to our normal routine of a plant-based, whole food, mostly raw diet!
As with me, there were a few times in the week when she had a few cravings or felt a little more tired than usual, but being more experienced knew to expect this so it didn't unsettle her at all. Experience definitely helped in that respect.
In fact Esther is so excited she has decided to carry on her own juice fast for a while longer.
So What Next?
It is actually a structure we only heard about yesterday on the Day 5 video from Jason Vale, so a big thank you for that as we had been nervous about the transition back to meals without undoing how great we are feeling.
We've also noticed a big time saving, preparing our juices in batches twice a day compared to our usual cooking from scratch 3 times a day. I know some people think juicing takes more time, but we have found the opposite.
Finally, in terms of commitment the support and resources from Jason Vale and his team has been fantastic. Being able to make a public commitment along with tens of thousands of others helped massively, as did being able to do this together. We're very grateful that this BigJuiceChallenge came at the right time and that Jason Vale inspired us to give this gift to our bodies. Thank you.
A Note On Recipe Modifications
We also didn't have a blender, so some of the smoothies like turbo with a kick we changed by adding a spoon full of chia seeds or ground flaxseed then allow that to thicken up over 10-15 minutes and then eat the avocado alongside the juice.