Debunking Diets (part 1)

A quick whizz around Google News this morning resulted in articles about 5 new diets that have been launched; that’s the news just for today not the last week or month, in just one day! Curious as ever I decided to have a closer look at a couple of them and I’d like to share with you the things that I discovered…

The 2 Week Diet:  With this one the clue is in the title, the creator claims that you will lose 8-16 lbs in just 2 weeks. Apparently his system is full-proof and science based but, unfortunately, I couldn’t verify this as I would need to part with $37 in order to read the PDF downloads which would explain the diet that ‘100% guarantees to melt away stubborn body fat’. No junk food His claims could well be right; if you are obese and you cut refined sugars and carbs from your diet for a period of two weeks, I’ve no doubt at all that you would easily lose the promised 8-16 lbs.

However, according to what little information there was available, the programme requires that you do only 20 minutes of exercise a day, 3-4 days a week to ‘carve out the body of your dreams’. Hhhmmm well Elle McPherson has the body of my dreams and I’m fairly sure that an hour of exercise a week is not going to give me that. High intensity interval training can burn a lot of calories quickly but, even then, in 20 minutes you’ll only be talking about 200 which is somewhat less than a grilled chicken salad with no dressing. Elle mcpherson.jpgThe author claims that cellular inflammation is what needs to be addressed when looking at weight loss and says that his plan is ‘revolutionary’. This inflammation occurs when we ingest high levels of refined sugars and trans fats (fast food and processed foods basically) which cause the liver to generate chemicals to fight the toxins. This is not a new idea, it’s well known that bad foods lead to increased levels of fat in our bodies.

Verdict: Cutting out processed foods and replacing them with meals made from fresh natural ingredients will certainly ensure that you lose weight but, as far as I can make out, there is nothing ‘new’ here. I would also suggest that an hour of exercise a week, if you spend the rest of your time sitting on your backside, is going to do little to help you shed any unwanted lbs and will certainly not do very much to improve heart and lung health. I’m also slightly concerned about the emphasis that is put on losing weight quickly as it’s often been suggested that, when people lose a lot of weight very quickly, they invariably put it all back on again and then some. As the programme suggests that, after the first 2 weeks you will continue to lose the weight far more slowly, I wonder how much of the weight lost will, in fact, be water and not, as the diet suggests, fat….

The Lectin Free Diet was developed by a former heart surgeon who believes that lectins are a major cause of health problems in the US as they cause inflammation in the body. There does seem to be some scientific evidence to support his claim but the diet he proposes to combat the problem is extreme even for the most determined dieter.Foods containing lectin You have to avoid any nuts and beans, squash, bell peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, all grains and fruit (unless it’s in season) and even then in small quantities. You can eat meat if it’s been fed on grass and not corn as corn is one of those things that are forbidden to you in this programme. What you are left with, basically, are green vegetables, line caught wild fish, avocados, mushrooms, onions and garlic. Rice and pasta are out as well unfortunately as is milk unless it’s from a goat or a sheep or cows residing in Southern Europe. Apparently there was some sort of mutation in cows who reside in Northern parts of Europe that resulted in their milk being full of lectin like proteins – who knew! Funny-Cow-Smiling-With-Humans-TeethThe doctor who came up with the diet makes many interesting suggestions on how to replace those foods that you will cut out with others that are acceptable under the regime. It will be interesting to see how the science develops over time as it’s obvious that a lot of research has gone into all this..

Verdict: There are some foods that will irritate the stomach such as tomatoes, grains and pulses if eaten in large quantities but they also provide us with certain nutrients that our bodies need. I’m a great believer in cutting out processed foods and junk food but I do wonder about cutting out entire food groups if there are both positives and negatives for eating them. If you suffer from IBS or stomach bloating I think that you would definitely find an improvement in your symptoms if you followed this diet. There is certainly nothing wrong with the foods that are proposed and I’m sure that you would lose weight but I would be concerned about how difficult it would be stick to long term and how quickly you would lose motivation and revert to previous eating patterns.

 

The F Word

When I first left home I was a UK size 8/10 but it seemed that, since living on my own, my clothes had somehow shrunk and I was forced to buy new ones.

When I was in my late teens/early twenties, a woman said 4 words to me that I will never forget; they shocked me to my core and changed my life forever.

The woman was a doctor and the 4 words were: “You are too fat”.

Eggs chips and beansI’d been living away from home for the first time and couldn’t cook so my diet consisted of frozen things that I could heat up in the oven or things that I could fry or heat up in a saucepan. Dinner, for example, was often oven chips, fried eggs and baked beans! I worked long hours in a shop but, fortunately (!) there were  number of shops nearby where I could pick up lunch. Marks and Spencer had launched their range of pre-packed sandwiches and I fell in love with their prawn and mayonnaise offering at first bite. Having realised that I didn’t need to subject myself to my appalling cooking for every meal I looked for places to buy breakfast; not only was I working long hours but I was out almost every night and rarely got home before 2am so I often didn’t wake up until after I’d dressed, showered and walked to work. It was at that point that my descent into fatness began: my search led me to McDonalds and their bacon and egg McMuffins. Bacon and egg McmuffinHad I known then what I know now I would have realised that I was at the start of an addiction that was to last for several months but, at the time, I was lazy, hungry and, invariably, hungover.

At first, it wasn’t too bad; I had a bacon and egg McMuffin for breakfast and a prawn and mayonnaise sandwich for lunch and whatever haphazard combination of frozen/fried foods I could sling together for dinner. However, after a couple of weeks I wasn’t satisfied with one McMuffin and started buying two for my breakfast; I didn’t realise that the sugar in the things was giving me a quick energy spike which left me begging for more when it wore off. Some time after that I found that I was hungrier at lunch time so I progressed to the packets of three sandwiches in Marks and Spencer – one was prawn, one was bacon and egg but the filling in the third has slipped my mind for some reason, perhaps it had something healthy in it.

My evening meals were never going to get any healthier as I was still heating food for myself (by no stretch of the imagination could it be called cooking) but they were, mysteriously getting bigger, I think I added sausages into my repertoire at this point.

Clothes too tightAnyway, you can see a pattern emerging and it didn’t get any better as the months went on. When I first left home I was a UK size 8/10 but it seemed that, since living on my own, my clothes had somehow shrunk and I was forced to buy new ones. I didn’t worry about it too much at the time as clothes shopping has never been a chore for me and, really, what was the difference between a size 10 and a size 12? I convinced myself that the shops were cutting their clothes smaller to save money and that, once they saw sense went back to their usual patterns I would be back in my normal size. Unfortunately this argument didn’t really wash when I found myself buying size 14/16 clothes……..

Eventually, after almost a year away from home I went back to my Mum and her healthy home cooking. I don’t really remember if anyone said anything about the weight that I’d gained, certainly nothing sticks in my mind but maybe they did and I just metaphorically stuck my fingers in my ears and went ‘la, la, la’ in my head. I digress; for the last couple of weeks that I was away and since returning home I’d had quite sever pain in my knees which meant that I really suffered when wearing my trade mark 3 inch stiletto heals. Obviously there was no way I was going to wear flats so I took myself off to the doctor. She listened to my tale of woe, looked me up and down and said those unforgettable 4 words. She also made me stand on a scale which showed that I had put on over 2 stone in less than a year thanks to my bad food choices.

SaladShe put me on a healthy 1,000 calorie a day diet and, after bawling my eyes out for a couple of hours, I stuck to it religiously; I lost weight, exercised more because, miraculously, the pain in my knees improved no end and eventually got back to my old weight. I have never been fat since because I never wanted to hear those words again or feel the pain that went with hearing them.

These days it seems that professionals are far more cautious in their approach to obesity and they speak about ‘weight loss journeys’ and being ‘plus size’ because that is the more sensitive and politically correct approach. Words like that are certainly easier to hear but I wonder, long term, if they are actually kinder. My doctor had no problem using the F word and, for me, by God was it effective!

Since then I don’t think I’ve ever owned a set of scales; if my clothes fit I’m happy and, I don’t know why but I have an almost pathological dislike of clowns ;O)

 

Are You Really Trying?

The bad news is that no such diet exists; you can starve yourself and exercise until you’re blue (or red) in the face but, if you were born without gazelle like legs and your DNA has determined that your boobs will forever remain like two fried eggs on a draining board, you’re not going to feature in the Victoria Secrets catalogue any time soon.

Are you struggling to lose weight? Do you try every diet going but find that nothing works? Do you wish that there was a quick fix that would shed the pounds and give you the kind of body that would make a super model jealous?

Lingerie modelThe bad news is that no such diet exists; you can starve yourself and exercise until you’re blue (or red) in the face but, if you were born without gazelle like legs and your DNA has determined that your boobs will forever remain like two fried eggs on a draining board, you’re not going to feature in the Victoria Secrets catalogue any time soon. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh but, if you really want to improve your fitness and lose a few pounds you have to have realistic expectations. I read something this morning which discussed whether or not you can lose 10lbs in a week; yes of course you can, you just don’t eat anything. Is it a healthy approach? No! Will you put back on all the weight when you start eating normally again? Yes and probably more besides. The very simple answer to weight loss is that you need to eat less and exercise more so why are we always looking for a quick fix and why do so many people struggle to lose their excess pounds?

Personally, I think that part of the reason is that some people simply don’t really want to lose weight and therefore they aren’t motivated to do the things that are required. Every day, thanks to the internet and the power of advertising we are bombarded with images of women that current society has deemed ‘beautiful’. There is a very specific body type which is considered attractive and most women aspire to it. Photoshop-main-imageHowever, images are often photo-shopped and, frankly, there are only two ways to get a body like that if you weren’t born with it:

  1. Find a way to travel back in time and be born to different parents
  2. Spend thousands on implants and plastic surgery

We have the weight loss Nirvana thrust in front of eyes every single day, sometimes in the name of health but, more often in the name of beauty. Girl friends get together and discuss the celebrity diets, the latest crazes in dieting (think eating nothing but cabbage – bleugh!) and encourage each other to shed a few pounds so that they are a uniform size 10. With this kind of pressure from all sides, it must be pretty difficult to stand up and say ‘actually, I’m quite happy being a size 14; I’m healthy and fit and I like my big boobs and bum’. However, if you don’t you’ll end up in an endless circle of doing what you don’t like: dieting to lose weight and then reverting back to what you do like: eating shepherds pie in front of the TV and putting the weight back on. Worse, you’ll beat yourself up every time you choose the shepherds pie and the TV over a run round the block and a salad which will then make your pleasure a guilty pleasure which, somehow, then makes it even more desirous.

If the motivation to lose weight is not there you will find excuses; we all do it when we’re doing something we don’t really enjoy. Human beings are prone to procrastination – why do today what you can put off until tomorrow – and this applies as much to weight loss as to everything else.

“I’m going to make sure that I eat regular healthy meals every day and I won’t snack……unless I’m really hungry”

“I’m going to make sure that I stick to my diet at all times……….unless I go out for dinner”

“I’m going to try and cut out sugar…………but I need to have a treat sometimes don’t I”

“It won’t hurt if I have a pizza a couple of times a week……….everything in moderation right?”

“My friends are all going out for burgers…….I can do an extra 30 minutes at the gym tomorrow can’t I?”

“I know the trainer said 4 miles per hour on the treadmill………..what difference can 0.5 mile per hour make?”

If you still look cuteTo get your body in a peak physical state takes time and dedication. You don’t ‘go on a diet’, you eat a certain way all the time and you plan your meals to ensure that you have the optimum amount of fuel in your body to enable you to exercise it and keep it lean and healthy. You spend hours every week sweating and straining, working every muscle in your body to the point of fatigue; you run, walk, swim, lift weights, do Pilates or yoga, team sports, ski, whatever, all to keep yourself in top shape.

Being Happy QuotesIf you’re not prepared to do that it’s ok, it’s your body and you can do with it whatever you like but, before you say that diets never work for you, ask yourself if you are really committed to changing. If you’re not then be happy with that decision and celebrate the body that you have; the only person you should ever change for is you!

Stop! It’s Naughty

If you then tell them, yes it’s naughty but you can have it twice a week on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 3 o’clock, what will that do? For most of us by the time Monday and Thursday lunch times swing round we’ll be salivating and trying to stop ourselves diving head first into the fridge (or wherever you’ve stashed your tasty treat). At 2.59 we’ll be breaking out in a cold sweat and, at 3.01,heaving a huge sigh of relief as our taste buds finally come into contact with whatever it is we’ve been craving.

Some people absolutely swear by slimming clubs and, until 2017, The Biggest Loser was one of the US’s most popular TV shows but are these types of organisations really the best idea for people who want to lose weight? More importantly, are ‘diets’ really the way to keep the weight off or even to lose weight in the first place?

The fundamental thing that needs to be considered before any kind of weight loss programme is why you want to lose weight. You might say ‘well it’s obvious isn’t it’ but if you really take the time to think about it, it might not be. Being slim for some people is like the holy grail, they think that, if they shed, 50llbs their world will suddenly be filled with rainbows and unicorns but, unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that. Whatever you look like on the outside, you will still be you on the inside so you need to have a think about whether it’s your body that needs fixing or your mind.

Most weight loss programmes are based on systems of punishment and reward: foods will be given points according to their calories and will then be labelled good or bad for you. Some slimming clubs even label certain foods as ‘sins’ (it didn’t stop Adam and Eve with the apple did it!?) The thinking behind this is that if you commit too many ‘sins’ you will continue to gain weight whereas, if you stick to the foods that have been deemed good for you, you will lose weight. However, built into most of these regimes will be the concept of a ‘treat’ which, continuing with the Garden of Eden analogy is a bit like telling you the apple is forbidden and then handing it to you on a plate with a nice bit of cheese and some crackers! If you think about human psychology, what will it do to most people if you tell them that something’s ‘forbidden’ or ‘naughty’? They’ll want it even more – think teenagers with alcohol! If you then tell them, yes it’s naughty but you can have it twice a week on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 3 o’clock, what will that do? For most of us by the time Monday and Thursday lunch times swing round we’ll be salivating and trying to stop ourselves diving head first into the fridge (or wherever you’ve stashed your tasty treat). At 2.59 we’ll be breaking out in a cold sweat and, at 3.01,heaving a huge sigh of relief as our taste buds finally come into contact with whatever it is we’ve been craving.

The other way that weight loss programmes work is to cut your food intake drastically and exercise you into the ground which is exactly what they did on the hit show The Biggest Loser. The contestants were alternately bullied and cajoled but they were also given ‘motivation’ in the form of a dirty great cheque at the end of it all; $250,000 to be precise. For some of the contestants it worked, they lost huge amounts of weight and they kept it off but many of them reverted to their previous eating habits and piled the pounds back on. biggest loserSome were back or close to their previous weight within a couple of years and some even exceeded it. For those who were truly motivated the regime of healthy, low calorie food and 4 to 6 hours of exercise a day was enough for them to transform their bodies and the transformation itself was enough motivation for them to continue with a healthy lifestyle.

However, the contestants on that show were in a bubble; their meals were tailored to their requirements, their exercise plans were designed specifically for them and they had top level personal trainers at their disposal all day and every day. Once many of them went back to the real world and didn’t have access to all those things, the weight piled back on again. What they also lost when they returned to normal life was the time to train and the emotional support that they received from their trainers and the other contestants.

So what’s the answer if you don’t have a huge team of people who are willing to help you undertake your physical transformation and you don’t like counting calories and having to wait until Monday afternoon for your sinful pleasures?

SuccessThe first thing is to stop thinking that your weight loss journey will be a battle and that you’ll have to give things up in order to succeed. In that way you start from a positive place rather than a negative place which is an awful lot easier mentally and emotionally. Think about all the things that YOU will gain if you lose weight. Don’t think about what other people may say or feel, think about how it will benefit you personally and write those things down, just 2 or 3 if that’s all you can think of, in a little notebook everyday. Secondly, realise that weight loss is not, when all is said and done, complicated – if you take in less calories than you expend you WILL lose weight, no question about it. However, counting calories requires you to microscopically examine everything that you eat and that is a pain in the ass. What is much easier is to take the plate that you normally put your dinner on, measure it and then go out and buy one which is 2/3rd’s the size. You will not be able to dish up the same portion size that you would normally as some of the food would just fall off the edge but your plate will still be full which means that, psychologically, you won’t feel that you’re being deprived of anything.

Next use smaller forks and spoons. I know this sounds a little strange but what it will do is to slow down your eating; you will be taking smaller mouthfuls because you’ll have no choice. This will then give your stomach a chance to register that food is on the way and have time to tell you that you’ve eaten enough. As our meals have a little way to travel before they turn up on our tummy radars it’s very easy to over-eat; you know that feeling when it seems that, all of a sudden, you are absolutely stuffed? Taking smaller mouthfuls should mean that you will stop eating long before you get that ‘I think i’m going to explode’ feeling.

The third thing is to cut, by half, the processed foods that you consume – ready meals, burgers, pizzas, cakes,pastries, sausages, bacon etc. You don’t need to cut it out completely and you don’t need to have days without – just replace the processed stuff with something natural and home cooked. stir fry chickenMost people think healthy is salad, salad and more salad but it doesn’t need to be like that at all. Try experimenting with stir fried chicken and vegetables, add more fish to your diet, look for colourful foods to brighten up your platehandmadeburgersinportobellomushroomcaps, look for alternatives to your favourite junk meal; try using portobello mushrooms on top and underneath a home-made burger instead of a bun. There are so many great recipes on line that you can try, it just takes a little imagination and effort but once you get started, it’s great fun discovering new ideas.

If you can make those changes to your diet, you will lose weight but, if you want to make the journey easier, you will also need to think about exercise. You don’t need to rush out and sign up for life-time membership of your local gym, you just need to look for opportunities to move more than you’re doing now. Park the car further from the office or, if it’s less than a mile away, walk to work. Instead of taking the kids to school in the car, get up earlier and walk with them. Go for a walk after you’ve eaten lunch rather than playing on your phone at your desk, walk up the stairs rather than taking the lift. climbing stairs

As you begin to lose weight and do a little more exercise you will find, quite naturally, that you have more energy, as you will have more energy you will have more motivation to exercise, the more muscle you build, the faster you will lose the fat etc. etc. etc. Once you get into the habit of exercise you may well find yourself wanting to join a gym or the local five a side football team but you can do that when you’re ready, there’s no pressure. The only thing you need to do is to do a little more tomorrow than you did yesterday.

standing on scaleIn this way you can lose weight slowly and easily without feeling that nice is naughty and without the pressure of weekly weigh-ins (or humiliations as they should more accurately called when people haven’t reached their prescribed target for that week.) It’s much more fun to think about what you will gain from your new healthier lifestyle than what you will be ‘giving up’. If your mind is happy about losing weight, your body will be too.

I’d really love to hear about your weight loss journeys if you have a few minutes to spare to drop me a line.

Have a great day everyone x

 

Should Ronald McDonald be Shot?

People are getting fatter and fatter thanks to McDonalds and their counterparts and, quite frankly, it seems as though they really don’t give a s**t so, I’m not going to take it back, that giant plastic clown deserves to be shot!

I realise that this may be an ever so slightly emotive title and I am not advocating that anyone should start shooting giant plastic clowns with nauseatingly cheesy grins and stupidly big feet (yep you’re right I don’t like clowns) but I do think that McDonalds and their ilk should be held to account for their contribution to the current obesity crises in the USA and the UK. They currently have a promotion which actively encourages their customers to buy larger portions of their ‘food’ in the hope of winning prizes. I use the term ‘food’ loosely as I believe that the packaging has slightly more nutritional content than what’s inside it!

mcdonalds buttermilk chickenHowever, in response to public criticism, they have now helpfully added a nutrition calculator to their site which apparently allows their customers to make informed choices. This for example will tell you that a sweet BBQ bacon and buttermilk chicken burger has 830 calories, 39g of fat etc and it will also show you what these are as a percentage of your daily values. So, with this particular burger, the saturated fat content works out as 53% of your daily allowance…….more than half……..in one burger………without fries………or a drink……..or a desert! The only two things it doesn’t give a percentage for are trans fats and sugars which are, without doubt, the two most dangerous things on the list. The sugar content of this one burger is 18g and the daily recommended allowance is 25g; that means that it contains roughly 75% of all the sugar that you should consume in one day – not really caramel sundaysurprising that they didn’t want to add the percentage to this one is it?

If you add a vanilla shake to that, that’s another 59g of sugar which is more than 200% of your daily allowance; not only that but you’ve also just opted to take on board another 490 calories. If you manage to resist the McFlurry and other ice-cream deserts on offer and instead opt for the apple pie you will be consuming another 230 calories and another 12g of sugar. However, if the sugar high that you will be experiencing after eating 3 times your daily recommended amount in one sitting isn’t enough for you, they do offer a hot caramel sundae. It doesn’t look very big but it does contain a whopping 620 calories and another 57g of sugar.

The upshot of all this is that, if you take the burger, shake and a caramel sundae you have pretty much blown your calorie intake for the day as that lot adds up to almost 2,000. Yes, you did read that correctly – almost 2,000 calories in one meal. However, much worse, you will have also worked your way through 134g of sugar!!!

Fresh Fat Chinese Boy Meme mcdonalds make fat kids youtubeSo Mr McDonald has very kindly broken down your fat, carbs, calories and vitamins (!) so that you can include his ‘food’ as part of a balanced, calorie controlled diet but he has carefully neglected to mention that regular intake of his products will make you fat. Yes, I’m sorry but I am going to be that blunt because it’s a fact. Even if you take some of the salad options they’re going to push you over your daily sugar limit in no time at all (yes I did say salad); the Southwest Butter Milk Crispy Chicken Salad has over 500 calories but it also has 9g of sugar which is over 35% of what you should be eating in a day. If you decide to have a ‘fat free’ chocolate milk with your salad (a label which is used to fool people into thinking that they’re eating healthily), you will add another 22g of sugar and that’s you done for the day.

All this begs the question WHY in the name of all that’s holy do people keep going back to McDonalds??? It’s really surprisingly simple – SUGAR is addictive. It’s more addictive than cocaine. People will tell you that McDonalds ‘food’ tastes great but, if they banned it from their diets completely for a week and then went back to it they would realise that it actually doesn’t taste great, just very, very sweet.

Obviously, despite the relatively low cost of their meals this means that McDonalds will continue to make enormous profits. Effectively they have a captive audience; they have created a band of followers that they know will keep coming back to get their ‘fix’ so it’s not in their interests to reduce the sugar content of their offerings. The business model has been so successful in fact that it has been copied many times over and there are now hundreds of fast food chains who tempt people in with ‘healthier’ and ‘low fat’ options in an effort to appease the authorities who are having to find the money to fund the current obesity crisis but until they reduce the sugar content nothing will change. People are getting fatter and fatter thanks to McDonalds and their counterparts and, quite frankly, it seems as though they really don’t give a s**t so, I’m not going to take it back, that giant plastic clown deserves to be shot!

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Feeling Juicy?

…this drink is a real health blast for anyone needing their joints lubricated. 

Who out there loves to juice?

For many years now we have been told that we must get our five a day and for good reason; there are certain vitamins and nutrients that we can only get from fruits and vegetables. The problem is that many people are really not keen on fruit and veg and struggle to include that many into their diets so, an alternative, is to drink them in juice form. I love to juice, as I recognise the health benefits, but it’s important to know which juices do what and when to drink them.

Juice critics think that, by juicing, you lose the essential fibre that’s contained within fruits and vegetables and that’s true but what you retain are all the wonderful minerals, vitamins and plant chemicals so you are keeping the good stuff! People also argue that you take in too much sugar from fruit when you juice it; this is also true if you juice nothing but fruit or if you buy fruit juice from a supermarket rather than preparing it yourself (most have added sugar). However, if you take a juice before exercising, carrot and orange for instance, it can give you a real boost of long lasting energy. The danger comes, if you don’t exercise and drink the juice of 12 oranges a day; in this way your sugar intake will definitely be too high. Like with everything else, it’s a case of education and moderation.

Here are a few ideas for super tasty juices and the best time to drink them:

 green-juiceIsn’t this juice the most wonderful colour? It’s full of apples, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger and kale and it’s a great juice to drink if you are trying to lose weight, alongside a great exercise programme obviously! Use no more than 2 apples (as they contain the most sugar), a whole cucumber, 4 or 5 celery stalks, half a fresh lemon, half a dozen kale leaves and a piece of ginger about the size of your thumbnail. It really is delicious and refreshing and you pretty much have your 5 a day all in one glass!

SONY DSCAgain, look at the fabulous colour of this juice; you can almost feel those nutrients just reaching out to you can’t you? This little beauty is beetroot, carrot and apple juice and it’s a great one to drink before you go out and exercise. The beetroot contains nitrate which will help to improve blood flow and carrots are packed full of the anti-oxidant beta-carotene. 3 fresh beetroot, 2 apples and 4 or 5 carrots and you’re good to go with this one; if you like you can add a small piece of ginger for a bit of pep.

ca9bfc707cbe084b218821ca2ab361a4Or how about this one? If your joints are giving you grief try this tasty blend of carrots, leeks and parsley. Leeks are a natural anti-inflammatory (as is curcumin which is derived from turmeric so feel free to add half a teaspoon of that as well!). As we know carrots are a great anti-oxidant and parsley contains absolutely shed loads of vitamins and minerals so this drink is a real health blast for anyone needing their joints lubricated.

 

 

 

The other great thing about juicing is that you get to experiment with fruit and vegetable combinations some of which you will love! There may be others that are a complete disaster but don’t worry, it’s all part of the fun. Just keep in mind that fruit does contain sugar so try to look at juicing vegetables and then adding 1 or 2 pieces of fruit to taste or when you know that you will be burning some calories. Happy juicing and, if you come up with a really super recipe, please let me know and I’ll hapily publish it for you on the site.