Just over a year ago, I decided to change my lifestyle and become healthier. I joined a gym and I started eating properly. The most challenging part of this process for me has been trying not to give in to temptation. To do so, I had to find some “tricks” to keep myself motivated. I had to give myself a reason that would push me into going to the gym, even after a long day at work when all I really wanted to do was sit in bed and watch Netflix, instead of sweating it off on a treadmill.
After one month of good work, I was starting to get a bit bored of the whole routine I had been following, so one day I went gym clothes shopping. Yes, I did say that I was getting bored of it, so you are probably wondering why I wanted to spend money on something I wasn’t going to use anymore. Well here is the trick, the fact I spent money on it and the fact it was nice and new meant I had to wear it and so was motivated to go to the gym again. (At least that made sense in my head).
There have been many more after that, such as: a new pair of trainers and my personal favourite – when you realise you are actually starting to lose weight or tone up and you fit into a smaller size compared to your usual one. Or, if you have been trying (by wearing baggy jumpers and by never showing your legs), to hide your body, and you finally realise that you can wear a dress or a skirt without feeling like a whale.
Don’t worry you will learn to control it (hopefully before you get a call from your bank…)
Anyway, after Christmas I felt a bit unmotivated and so after trying to find some sort of new gadget that could inspire me again, I bought myself a juicer. I had been thinking about it for a while, I have been reading about how good juicing is for you and after I tasted a freshly made juice in one of my favourite cafe’s over a brunch, I just went for it. I bought my juicer in Argos for 29 pounds, I can assure you it was the cheapest but it still had all the functions that the more expensive once had.
First, let me say there is a very big difference between a juice and a smoothie, particularly in the texture. I really do not like smoothies, but I love juices. To make a smoothie, you only need a blender but to make a juice you must have a juicer.
I had no intention replacing my meals with juices as some people do to lose weight quickly. I really do not think by body could deal with starvation because I am trying to work out quite a lot during the week, so I might collapse without “real, tasty food”, but I wanted to juice in order to introduce more vitamins and good sugar (sugar contained in fruit) to my diet.
My personal favourite juice is: Carrots, Apple, Orange, Ginger
Be aware, for this juice you need plenty of carrots, and when I say plenty I mean loads of carrots, so you better like carrots…
I tend to make juices for two so even if I am on my own I can keep it in a bottle over night and have it the next day without having to juice again.
Ingredients for two portions:
- 6 medium/small carrots
- 2 oranges
- 2 apples
- ½ inches of peeled ginger
I hope these tricks and my juice recipe will be helpful to you all and don’t be shy, comment below if you want to share with us your favourite juicing recipes!
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