But let me tell you, I felt cocky. Until about 11 am. I thought I was the Bear Gylls of nutrition students, the one who didn't find 3 days of liquids only challenging AT ALL!!! Muahahahha! I Could do it with my eyes closed!
Then 11.30am struck, and my metabolic shake filled my almost hunger. Until 12.15pm, when I had to finally open my 1.2L mega flask of homemade pea and mint soup ( which by the way, was insanely delicious! I'll get you the recipe)...And had my first cup.
Lunch was at 1.30pm and I decided to buy a different soup in order not to get bored with mine which I will have for the next two days as well... On the way to the shops though, I was not expecting to see a street food market. Damn it.
I know I am Italian and an actress, so obviously prone to being a little dramatic at times but man..When the smell of barbecue hit my nostrils, I genuinely wanted to cry. I was not happy.
Nevertheless, I held my head up high, bought a gluten and dairy free sweet potato soup and went back to my classmates.
I can do this.
Second half of the day, more scientific background on cancer. More cups of pea soup. And another metabolic shake. And water.
On the plus side I was still feeling ok, good energy levels so far.
Until I finished at 6pm, and on the way to the tube I started to feel really weak and a little dizzy. Never a good sign for me. It was cold and I was almost at the tube but I did not want to risk fainting in front of strangers, so I marched back to Planet Organic and got myself a celery, spinach, apple and ginger juice. That seemed to do the trick. Hopefully once I get to Balham station my train home will arrive promptly so I won't have to squat and pee on the platform, while smiling politely at people walking by. "I'm doing a detox challenge sir! Have a lovely evening!".
Tonight, carrot soup. I am actually feeling rather excited about the fact that I will be adding some shredded leftover chicken and coriander before blending the whole thing again. Wow.
Physically, let's say good energy for most of the day ( sitting) but I have to admit, I do feel bloated. Doesn't feel nor looks particularly good..Maybe it's just the first day and the body adjusting to this massive amount of liquids.. My friend Mari, who I love and honestly idolise, said she felt absolutely great on these juicing days. Who knows, tomorrow that could be me.
For now though, let's finish this post on a positive note, with both my pea and mint soup recipe plus a yummy velvety green smoothie! Enjoy!
PEAR, CINNAMON AND ALMOND SMOOTHIE
1 pear chopped
Half avocado ( good source of healthy fats. You will not taste it I promise, and it's going to make the smoothie super creamy)
2 tbsp smooth almond butter ( creamy protein source)
4 frozen strawberries ( they were leftovers)
1 cup 1/2 unsweetened almond milk
2 heaped tsp cinnamon ( helps balance potential sugar spikes in the blood after this meal)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 handful organic spinach (magnesium anyone?)
A few mint leaves
If you have any protein powder feel free to add that too. I ran out...
Pop everything in your blender and whizz it up!
PEA AND MINT SOUP (cheap and super quick to make)
2 medium red onions sliced thin
2 garlic cloves chopped
500g frozen peas ( I had them leftover from the 1kg bag I got during my last grocery shopping)
1 vegetable stock cube ( preferably organic)
A generous handful of chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper to taste
Add some olive oil ( I would have used coconut oil which is much healthier to cook with but ran out, sorry) to the pan with onions and garlic, leave on low/medium heat for five minutes till soft.
Crumble the stock cube and add boiling water and peas. Salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil then down to a simmer and leave it for about 25 min. 2 min before the end add your mint.
Leave to cool for 5 minutes then use a hand blender to make it super smooth!
When you serve it in the bowl, remember to add a little swirl of olive oil. It always makes the sunup that little bit more delicious.