Monday, 23 February 2015

via My New Roots

It’s been a while since I wrote a gushing blog crush so I wanted to take a moment to send out some love to Sarah Britton of My New Roots.  Sarah is a holistic nutritional practitioner and she’s been slogging away at her awesome blog since 2007.  I started reading food blogs around this time so I think I’ve been keeping one eye on MNR almost since the beginning.  Unlike a lot of vegan and vegetarian food blogs that claim to be all about improving your overall nutritional intake, Sarah actually knows the science behind the jargon and shares a whole lot of recipes that not only look very pretty and taste good, but they make sense because she can tell you exactly why turmeric is good for you, not just that it gives that soup you’re making a great colour. 

via My New Roots
Like a lot of vegan/vegetarian/whole food bloggers, her recipes often require some patience and a good food processor, which is often a turn-off to some cooks pressed for time or cash, but there are plenty of recipes on her site which are simple and take no time/expensive gadgets at all (ie I’m crushing so hard on her Chocolate Chunk Nut Butter Blondies right now).  


via My New Roots

Her first cook book is being released next month.  I’m a teensy-weensy bit excited.  

via My New Roots

It’s been a while since I wrote a gushing blog crush so I wanted to take a moment to send out some love to Sarah Britton of My New Roots.  Sarah is a holistic nutritional practitioner and she’s been slogging away at her awesome blog since 2007.  I started reading food blogs around this time so I think I’ve been keeping one eye on MNR almost since the beginning.  Unlike a lot of vegan and vegetarian food blogs that claim to be all about improving your overall nutritional intake, Sarah actually knows the science behind the jargon and shares a whole lot of recipes that not only look very pretty and taste good, but they make sense because she can tell you exactly why turmeric is good for you, not just that it gives that soup you’re making a great colour. 

via My New Roots
Like a lot of vegan/vegetarian/whole food bloggers, her recipes often require some patience and a good food processor, which is often a turn-off to some cooks pressed for time or cash, but there are plenty of recipes on her site which are simple and take no time/expensive gadgets at all (ie I’m crushing so hard on her Chocolate Chunk Nut Butter Blondies right now).  


via My New Roots

Her first cook book is being released next month.  I’m a teensy-weensy bit excited.  

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Two things I’m bad at –
1)  Eating potatoes.  Many years ago I read that potatoes have absolutely no nutritional value when cooked so I abandoned them. 
2)  Following recipes.  I’ll have half the ingredients… I won’t read the instructions all the way through before starting to cook… I finish cooking and realise that I’ve left out one of the ingredients… etc, etc, etc. 

I was attempting to follow a Gourmet Traveller recipe… but it just got away from me.  It’s actually nothing like the original in the end.  It was the shallow frying – the recipe called for shallow frying and I tried to bypass it and then I just ended up making something else together.  But it worked. 

As I say, potatoes are normally something I buy or even eat in general, but I was at the Mar Vista farmers’ market on Sunday and there were these bags of skinny fingerlings and little red potatoes and I just thought they were so pretty I had to buy them. 

Obviously, if you want to make this dish vegan, leave out the Chevre and substitute the butter for more olive oil. I slapped a big spoonful of Babaganoush on the side too, just for fun.


Lemon Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
Serves 2 as a light meal or 4 as a side dish

500 g small potatoes, such as fingerlings, halved
250 g Brussel sprouts, halved
50 g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
50 g Chevre (optional)
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves stripped and roughly chopped

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and parboil the potatoes for 4-5 minutes.  Add the Brussel sprouts to the pot and boil for a further 2-3 minutes.  The potatoes should be easily pierced with a knife and the sprouts should still be bright green.  Drain and set aside. 
Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the butter, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and smoked paprika, stirring gently until the butter melts.  Season to taste. 
Add the potatoes and Brussel sprouts to the pan and sauté until golden and tender, about 5 minutes. 
Remove to two plates and scatter with mint and Chevre if using. 



Two things I’m bad at –
1)  Eating potatoes.  Many years ago I read that potatoes have absolutely no nutritional value when cooked so I abandoned them. 
2)  Following recipes.  I’ll have half the ingredients… I won’t read the instructions all the way through before starting to cook… I finish cooking and realise that I’ve left out one of the ingredients… etc, etc, etc. 

I was attempting to follow a Gourmet Traveller recipe… but it just got away from me.  It’s actually nothing like the original in the end.  It was the shallow frying – the recipe called for shallow frying and I tried to bypass it and then I just ended up making something else together.  But it worked. 

As I say, potatoes are normally something I buy or even eat in general, but I was at the Mar Vista farmers’ market on Sunday and there were these bags of skinny fingerlings and little red potatoes and I just thought they were so pretty I had to buy them. 

Obviously, if you want to make this dish vegan, leave out the Chevre and substitute the butter for more olive oil. I slapped a big spoonful of Babaganoush on the side too, just for fun.


Lemon Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
Serves 2 as a light meal or 4 as a side dish

500 g small potatoes, such as fingerlings, halved
250 g Brussel sprouts, halved
50 g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
50 g Chevre (optional)
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves stripped and roughly chopped

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and parboil the potatoes for 4-5 minutes.  Add the Brussel sprouts to the pot and boil for a further 2-3 minutes.  The potatoes should be easily pierced with a knife and the sprouts should still be bright green.  Drain and set aside. 
Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the butter, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and smoked paprika, stirring gently until the butter melts.  Season to taste. 
Add the potatoes and Brussel sprouts to the pan and sauté until golden and tender, about 5 minutes. 
Remove to two plates and scatter with mint and Chevre if using. 


Friday, 23 January 2015

Joanna Newsom via 

I once read ‘teaching instructions’ by a yogi who suggested that you shouldn’t play music with lyrics during a yoga class because the words, and the students’ associations with those words, would distract them from the class.  Obviously, I ignored this suggestion, but it’s true that a lot of songs on this playlist take me way, way back to certain places when I hear them.  Not when I’m teaching, thank goodness, but when I’m putting a list together for sure.  Joanna Newsom reminds me of the year or so that British telco Orange used This Side of the Blue for their New York blackout commercial before every single film playing in cinemas, every single time you went to see a movie in London. It became a little tiring.  Starsailor always reminds me of my first year in UK, when Four to the Floor was a massive hit and I played it on an endless loop, original and remixed.  Whenever I hear Idioteque, I remember the exultation I, and every other Radiohead fan felt, when they finally released a new album after almost five years.  But I called this playlist Mash-up because obviously there’s a few popular DJ mashes in there. Good mashes are hard to find.  I tested this list this morning and a few of my younger students loved it. 

I couldn’t find Lux’s Northern Lights anywhere on Soundcloud – it’s a beautiful track and you can listen to it here.




In traditional Ali vs Soundcloud fashion, not all of the tracks allow widgets (apparently) so you'll need to go HERE to listen to the rest of the playlist. 

Northern Lights – Lux
Reach a Bit Further – Wild Beasts
Sleepykids – Passion Pit vs. MGMT
Viva la Pompeii – Bastille vs. Coldplay
A Punk Paper Plans – Vampire Weekend vs. M.I.A.
Four to the Floor (Thin White Duke Mix) – Starsailor
Idioteque – Radiohead
Sleepless – Flume ft. Jezzabell Doran
Everything is Everything – Lauryn Hill
Lion’s Share – Wild Beasts
Lesson in Patience – Chet Faker
Gabriel – Lamb
This Side of the Blue – Joanna Newsom
Say Hello – Nitin Sawhney




Joanna Newsom via 

I once read ‘teaching instructions’ by a yogi who suggested that you shouldn’t play music with lyrics during a yoga class because the words, and the students’ associations with those words, would distract them from the class.  Obviously, I ignored this suggestion, but it’s true that a lot of songs on this playlist take me way, way back to certain places when I hear them.  Not when I’m teaching, thank goodness, but when I’m putting a list together for sure.  Joanna Newsom reminds me of the year or so that British telco Orange used This Side of the Blue for their New York blackout commercial before every single film playing in cinemas, every single time you went to see a movie in London. It became a little tiring.  Starsailor always reminds me of my first year in UK, when Four to the Floor was a massive hit and I played it on an endless loop, original and remixed.  Whenever I hear Idioteque, I remember the exultation I, and every other Radiohead fan felt, when they finally released a new album after almost five years.  But I called this playlist Mash-up because obviously there’s a few popular DJ mashes in there. Good mashes are hard to find.  I tested this list this morning and a few of my younger students loved it. 

I couldn’t find Lux’s Northern Lights anywhere on Soundcloud – it’s a beautiful track and you can listen to it here.




In traditional Ali vs Soundcloud fashion, not all of the tracks allow widgets (apparently) so you'll need to go HERE to listen to the rest of the playlist. 

Northern Lights – Lux
Reach a Bit Further – Wild Beasts
Sleepykids – Passion Pit vs. MGMT
Viva la Pompeii – Bastille vs. Coldplay
A Punk Paper Plans – Vampire Weekend vs. M.I.A.
Four to the Floor (Thin White Duke Mix) – Starsailor
Idioteque – Radiohead
Sleepless – Flume ft. Jezzabell Doran
Everything is Everything – Lauryn Hill
Lion’s Share – Wild Beasts
Lesson in Patience – Chet Faker
Gabriel – Lamb
This Side of the Blue – Joanna Newsom
Say Hello – Nitin Sawhney




Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sol Seppy
When I go to another yoga teacher’s class for the first time, and really, really don’t enjoy that class, I still try to find something positive to take away from it.  Sometimes, this is very, very hard.  Take last week, for example – I went to a class in Santa Monica and for the majority of that class, wished that I had not bothered.  Battling through the whole painful, hideous hour, I focused on stealing the teacher’s playlist, ferreting away a few tracks at the back of my brain to play once I was free and home again.  The class was truly, truly awful but I came away having at least discovered Sol Seppy and The National. 

The origins of this playlist have been tumbling around for over a year now.  I’ve butchered and stripped it repeatedly, and now there’s really only three songs remaining from the original list of songs.  So, I guess maybe it’s really a new playlist?


Any Other Name – Michael Newman
Pretty Lights – Finally Moving
Gobbledigook – Sigur Ros
Honey – Moby
All in Forms – Bonobo
Cheetan Jeevan – Nitin Sawhney
Sorrow – The National
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth… - Primitive Radio Gods
Blood – The Middle East
In the Waiting Line – Zero 7
Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
Fool of Me – Say Lou Lou Feat. Chet Faker
Pyro (Gan Juan Remix) – Kings of Leon
Us Against the World – Coldplay
Enter One – Sol Seppy


Sol Seppy
When I go to another yoga teacher’s class for the first time, and really, really don’t enjoy that class, I still try to find something positive to take away from it.  Sometimes, this is very, very hard.  Take last week, for example – I went to a class in Santa Monica and for the majority of that class, wished that I had not bothered.  Battling through the whole painful, hideous hour, I focused on stealing the teacher’s playlist, ferreting away a few tracks at the back of my brain to play once I was free and home again.  The class was truly, truly awful but I came away having at least discovered Sol Seppy and The National. 

The origins of this playlist have been tumbling around for over a year now.  I’ve butchered and stripped it repeatedly, and now there’s really only three songs remaining from the original list of songs.  So, I guess maybe it’s really a new playlist?


Any Other Name – Michael Newman
Pretty Lights – Finally Moving
Gobbledigook – Sigur Ros
Honey – Moby
All in Forms – Bonobo
Cheetan Jeevan – Nitin Sawhney
Sorrow – The National
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth… - Primitive Radio Gods
Blood – The Middle East
In the Waiting Line – Zero 7
Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
Fool of Me – Say Lou Lou Feat. Chet Faker
Pyro (Gan Juan Remix) – Kings of Leon
Us Against the World – Coldplay
Enter One – Sol Seppy


Wednesday, 26 November 2014



 A short while ago, a friend of mine from London was in LA and we went out for dinner in West Hollywood.  He took me to a pure Americana-style saloon restaurant and said, “Are you going to be alright with this?  I’ve noticed on Facebook you eat a lot of healthy stuff.” 

I try to eat lots of healthy stuff, I really do.  Every now and then I just want gummy bears or a cupcake or a pizza with lots and lots of mozzarella, but there are so many great options in LA for snacks and treats that aren’t going to reduce your lifespan by 15 years that I try to indulge in the less naughty options wherever I can.  I live West-side and quite honestly mostly stay West-side.  There are a whole lot of great vegan, vegetarian, health life-style options on this side of town.  When I’m particularly hankering for raw cake, vegan muffins, health smoothies, etc, there are a few go-to 
options I always stick to. 

Café Gratitude

Someone suggested to me recently that the owners of Café Gratitude must be laughing all the way to the bank.  It’s true, this is not a wallet-friendly place to pick up a snack, but if you want to stand in front of a window salivating over the most beautifully crafted raw cakes you’ve ever seen, then this is the place.  And of course there is a reason why these products are so expensive – they’re made of expensive ingredients and a lot of time and effort goes into making them.  The serves at the Venice CG treat the cakes like they’re made of fine porcelain – just watching them try to slice the perfect piece without damaging the rest of the cake is a performance in itself.  My favourite is the strawberry cake and when I can afford it, it’s the best $9 of the day I will spend.  They also have vegan baked goods if you’re not into the raw ‘thing’ or they have a wide range of smoothies, juices etc to take away. 



Cafe Gratitude on Urbanspoon

Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

Much like Gratitude, Rawvolution is pretty pricey, but again, you know why you’re paying a premium price.  I probably prefer the selection of raw treats available at Gratitude, but Rawvolution wins hands down on smoothies.  I like to get snacks to take away and head on down to the beach two blocks away to enjoy them. 



Euphoria Loves Rawvolution on Urbanspoon

Venice Whole Foods



I have thought for a long time now that the Venice Whole Foods is the best in Los Angeles.  I have been to a lots of Whole Foods stores so I think I speak with some authority!  They have a counter just for raw food including cakes, cookies, puddings and other chocolate insanity, as well as raw savoury dishes.  Again, if the raw ‘thing’ doesn’t float your boat you’ve come to the best place in the area to find vegan and vegetarian food, whether you’re looking for a vegan donut of muffin, or you’re desperate for salad, sandwiches…you name it.  If you want something made without animals involved, you can find it here.  I’m particularly partial to their vegan blueberry muffins.    






 A short while ago, a friend of mine from London was in LA and we went out for dinner in West Hollywood.  He took me to a pure Americana-style saloon restaurant and said, “Are you going to be alright with this?  I’ve noticed on Facebook you eat a lot of healthy stuff.” 

I try to eat lots of healthy stuff, I really do.  Every now and then I just want gummy bears or a cupcake or a pizza with lots and lots of mozzarella, but there are so many great options in LA for snacks and treats that aren’t going to reduce your lifespan by 15 years that I try to indulge in the less naughty options wherever I can.  I live West-side and quite honestly mostly stay West-side.  There are a whole lot of great vegan, vegetarian, health life-style options on this side of town.  When I’m particularly hankering for raw cake, vegan muffins, health smoothies, etc, there are a few go-to 
options I always stick to. 

Café Gratitude

Someone suggested to me recently that the owners of Café Gratitude must be laughing all the way to the bank.  It’s true, this is not a wallet-friendly place to pick up a snack, but if you want to stand in front of a window salivating over the most beautifully crafted raw cakes you’ve ever seen, then this is the place.  And of course there is a reason why these products are so expensive – they’re made of expensive ingredients and a lot of time and effort goes into making them.  The serves at the Venice CG treat the cakes like they’re made of fine porcelain – just watching them try to slice the perfect piece without damaging the rest of the cake is a performance in itself.  My favourite is the strawberry cake and when I can afford it, it’s the best $9 of the day I will spend.  They also have vegan baked goods if you’re not into the raw ‘thing’ or they have a wide range of smoothies, juices etc to take away. 



Cafe Gratitude on Urbanspoon

Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

Much like Gratitude, Rawvolution is pretty pricey, but again, you know why you’re paying a premium price.  I probably prefer the selection of raw treats available at Gratitude, but Rawvolution wins hands down on smoothies.  I like to get snacks to take away and head on down to the beach two blocks away to enjoy them. 



Euphoria Loves Rawvolution on Urbanspoon

Venice Whole Foods



I have thought for a long time now that the Venice Whole Foods is the best in Los Angeles.  I have been to a lots of Whole Foods stores so I think I speak with some authority!  They have a counter just for raw food including cakes, cookies, puddings and other chocolate insanity, as well as raw savoury dishes.  Again, if the raw ‘thing’ doesn’t float your boat you’ve come to the best place in the area to find vegan and vegetarian food, whether you’re looking for a vegan donut of muffin, or you’re desperate for salad, sandwiches…you name it.  If you want something made without animals involved, you can find it here.  I’m particularly partial to their vegan blueberry muffins.    




Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Until recently, I had a rather distinct distrust of any man with a beard.  What is he hiding under there?  Is he a spy working amidst covert operations for a secret foreign government agency?   How do you kiss a man with a beard?  Is the beard a particular style choice, or is he just lazy?  My father never had a beard – maybe that’s why I didn’t have a chance to bond with facial hair earlier. 

Since I moved to the Venice Beach area, however, beards have become an every-day part of my life.  Everyone here has a beard.  I think I might even like them on some guys.  I definitely have a massive crush on Chet Faker and his ginormous beard, so that could be it.  I just want to crawl inside and live there. 

So, a couple of Chet Faker numbers on the latest Power list.  I recently bought his latest album and have been playing it on constant repeat.  If my students mind, they haven’t said anything. 

Settle Down – Kimbra
Sleepyhead – Passion Pit
Pistol of Fire (Mark Ronson Remix) – Kings of Leon
Need Your Love – The Temper Trap
Recover – Chvrches
Train – Goldfrapp
Take My Hand – Dido
Cigarettes & Loneliness – Chet Faker
Youth – Daughter
Gold – Chet Faker
The Keeper – Bonobo
Exchange – Massive Attack
Goodan Daginn – Sigur Ros




Until recently, I had a rather distinct distrust of any man with a beard.  What is he hiding under there?  Is he a spy working amidst covert operations for a secret foreign government agency?   How do you kiss a man with a beard?  Is the beard a particular style choice, or is he just lazy?  My father never had a beard – maybe that’s why I didn’t have a chance to bond with facial hair earlier. 

Since I moved to the Venice Beach area, however, beards have become an every-day part of my life.  Everyone here has a beard.  I think I might even like them on some guys.  I definitely have a massive crush on Chet Faker and his ginormous beard, so that could be it.  I just want to crawl inside and live there. 

So, a couple of Chet Faker numbers on the latest Power list.  I recently bought his latest album and have been playing it on constant repeat.  If my students mind, they haven’t said anything. 

Settle Down – Kimbra
Sleepyhead – Passion Pit
Pistol of Fire (Mark Ronson Remix) – Kings of Leon
Need Your Love – The Temper Trap
Recover – Chvrches
Train – Goldfrapp
Take My Hand – Dido
Cigarettes & Loneliness – Chet Faker
Youth – Daughter
Gold – Chet Faker
The Keeper – Bonobo
Exchange – Massive Attack
Goodan Daginn – Sigur Ros



Saturday, 8 November 2014


I would like to state first off, before I begin my diatribe, that The Raw Juicery is a great local juice cleanse company here in LA.  I only have positive things to say about their products – the juice was great, the delivery friendly, and with a Gilt City deal, more affordable than any other cleanse I had been looking at.  So if you’re in LA and you like juice cleansing, I totally recommend them. 

I, however, was not born to juice cleanse. 

To start, I was completely, completely unprepared to start a juice cleanse.  During a late night online shopping session, I bit the bullet and ordered a cleanse from Raw Juicery.  I postponed the delivery, however, as a girlfriend would be staying with me for almost two weeks, Halloween was coming up and my birthday was fast approaching.  So I booked it for two days after my birthday….. and completely forgot about it.  Even when a girlfriend of mine was on her own juice cleanse at Halloween, and I was berating her for her craziness while stuffing Kit Kats into my mouth, the whole thing still slipped my mind. 

So come Wednesday morning, after a rather debauched night of excessive drinking and no sleep, I stumbled home at 6.30 am with every intent of just crawling into bed and staying there until I had to get up for work.  Come 7 am, a very chirpy young man called the intercom to announce the arrival of my juice box.  Bugger.  So I consider this massive box full of ice and 18 bottles of juice and figure this is probably the very best time to start a cleanse – after virtually a month of celebrations and drinking and chocolate and definitely not getting enough sleep. 

I should point out that I’ve probably never gone a day without food in my whole life.  Even when I’m sick I find a way to eat something.  I’m that girl you gift a bag of grapes when she’s ill.  I knew this whole just drinking juice thing was going to be a challenge. 

Day one actually went exceedingly well considering how tired I was.  I only worked in the morning and then was able to rest for the remainder of the day.  Come 6 pm I was feeling slightly nauseous and my neck hurt a little, but fresh air and a long walk around the Marina del Rey jetties fixed that.  I went to bed without feeling hungry at all and slept like the dead. 

Day two was truly horrendous.  They recommend that you don’t do any strenuous exercise on a juice cleanse, but when I got a call asking me to cover a hot power yoga class, I didn’t really have any choice but to suck it up and sweat through the pain.  Needless to say, having lost every ounce of water in my body teaching power yoga at 106 degrees, I felt pretty rotten the rest of the afternoon.  After my evening class, I came home, devoured both remaining bottles of almond milk I had left as part of the cleanse, and tried to satiate myself with a bowl of sugar snap peas (I figured a few harmless peas weren’t really breaking the cleanse!).  I went to bed early again, and proceeded to have the most horrific nightmares all night. 

By the third day I was totally over this s**t.  I drank the juice during the day as proscribed but promised myself that I would have a proper dinner at the end of the day – juice cleanse be damned!  I put the ingredients for a vegan chilli in the slow cooker and went to work for my final class of the day.  I came home to find my housemate also cooking for a friend of ours, a bottle of red wine already open on the kitchen counter.  He offered me some, and I drank two glasses, along with a large plate of chilli and brown rice and dahl.  I felt much, much better. 

I suppose the positives of this experience were that I didn’t touch any alcohol until the end of the third day, and I had no caffeine at all, which was good for me because I know I had been having too much of both recently.  It also encouraged me to think more carefully about how much I enjoy healthy options for food – I was desperately yearning for vegetables and fruit and brown rice and fish through the whole ordeal.  A cleanse is supposed to be a reset and I think that applies to the way you consider food too.  I guess I probably lost a few pounds but overall I generally felt miserable, sore and tired during the cleanse.  I had headaches all three days and I felt like a gremlin was dancing around my abdominal cavity for the larger part of the third day.  How do people do this for more than three days?! 

Meanwhile, I have returned to the joy of food.  No more juice cleanses for me.  At least I can say that I’ve tried it – and never really need to do so again.  


I would like to state first off, before I begin my diatribe, that The Raw Juicery is a great local juice cleanse company here in LA.  I only have positive things to say about their products – the juice was great, the delivery friendly, and with a Gilt City deal, more affordable than any other cleanse I had been looking at.  So if you’re in LA and you like juice cleansing, I totally recommend them. 

I, however, was not born to juice cleanse. 

To start, I was completely, completely unprepared to start a juice cleanse.  During a late night online shopping session, I bit the bullet and ordered a cleanse from Raw Juicery.  I postponed the delivery, however, as a girlfriend would be staying with me for almost two weeks, Halloween was coming up and my birthday was fast approaching.  So I booked it for two days after my birthday….. and completely forgot about it.  Even when a girlfriend of mine was on her own juice cleanse at Halloween, and I was berating her for her craziness while stuffing Kit Kats into my mouth, the whole thing still slipped my mind. 

So come Wednesday morning, after a rather debauched night of excessive drinking and no sleep, I stumbled home at 6.30 am with every intent of just crawling into bed and staying there until I had to get up for work.  Come 7 am, a very chirpy young man called the intercom to announce the arrival of my juice box.  Bugger.  So I consider this massive box full of ice and 18 bottles of juice and figure this is probably the very best time to start a cleanse – after virtually a month of celebrations and drinking and chocolate and definitely not getting enough sleep. 

I should point out that I’ve probably never gone a day without food in my whole life.  Even when I’m sick I find a way to eat something.  I’m that girl you gift a bag of grapes when she’s ill.  I knew this whole just drinking juice thing was going to be a challenge. 

Day one actually went exceedingly well considering how tired I was.  I only worked in the morning and then was able to rest for the remainder of the day.  Come 6 pm I was feeling slightly nauseous and my neck hurt a little, but fresh air and a long walk around the Marina del Rey jetties fixed that.  I went to bed without feeling hungry at all and slept like the dead. 

Day two was truly horrendous.  They recommend that you don’t do any strenuous exercise on a juice cleanse, but when I got a call asking me to cover a hot power yoga class, I didn’t really have any choice but to suck it up and sweat through the pain.  Needless to say, having lost every ounce of water in my body teaching power yoga at 106 degrees, I felt pretty rotten the rest of the afternoon.  After my evening class, I came home, devoured both remaining bottles of almond milk I had left as part of the cleanse, and tried to satiate myself with a bowl of sugar snap peas (I figured a few harmless peas weren’t really breaking the cleanse!).  I went to bed early again, and proceeded to have the most horrific nightmares all night. 

By the third day I was totally over this s**t.  I drank the juice during the day as proscribed but promised myself that I would have a proper dinner at the end of the day – juice cleanse be damned!  I put the ingredients for a vegan chilli in the slow cooker and went to work for my final class of the day.  I came home to find my housemate also cooking for a friend of ours, a bottle of red wine already open on the kitchen counter.  He offered me some, and I drank two glasses, along with a large plate of chilli and brown rice and dahl.  I felt much, much better. 

I suppose the positives of this experience were that I didn’t touch any alcohol until the end of the third day, and I had no caffeine at all, which was good for me because I know I had been having too much of both recently.  It also encouraged me to think more carefully about how much I enjoy healthy options for food – I was desperately yearning for vegetables and fruit and brown rice and fish through the whole ordeal.  A cleanse is supposed to be a reset and I think that applies to the way you consider food too.  I guess I probably lost a few pounds but overall I generally felt miserable, sore and tired during the cleanse.  I had headaches all three days and I felt like a gremlin was dancing around my abdominal cavity for the larger part of the third day.  How do people do this for more than three days?! 

Meanwhile, I have returned to the joy of food.  No more juice cleanses for me.  At least I can say that I’ve tried it – and never really need to do so again.  

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