The Nearly Bearable Lightness Of Being

I really enjoyed lying in bed last night with an empty stomach.  I wasn’t hungry but just felt flatter.  I slept well and woke up feeling lighter.  It was a very pleasant sensation so I decided to try another day of juice fasting.

We all enjoyed some lovely exercise today, cycling in Bedgebury Forest.

cycling along The route we took was a mixture of dirt track and paved track which all adds to the variety of the journey.mud track and tarmac It was a lovely ride.forest trackWhen we got back to the car, Harvey decided he hadn’t had enough exercise so he jogged the mile or so back to the main road.Harvey running How did the juicing go today?

This was the star of the breakfast juice, freshly picked from the garden. Beetroot on board Juiced with 1/4 of a melon, a large carrot and a blood orange.Breakfast juice in bowl Absolutely delicious.Breakfast juice 2-6-13 For lunch I made the classic green and red juice: spinach, cucumber, coriander, red pepper, 2 tomatoes, spring onions and garlic.  I added half a red chill to the mix.veggies on board It juices in layers.juice in layers Very colourful and I enjoyed the chili in it.  This juice smells wonderful and tastes great.very red juice I don’t know if it was the cycle ride or because this was day 2 but I really struggled in the afternoon.  I was desperately tired and very grumpy.  I had a bath with relaxing oil (Patchouli) and slept for a couple of hours.

I think I was a bit dehydrated so I made a clementine juice with 6 clementines.  Nothing else as I wanted the sugar boost.  It was absolutely amazing.6 clementines I drank plenty of water too.Sparkling water I was still struggling though so I enjoyed a mango and then a banana.Mango I also decided to make a salad with an oil and vinegar based dressing for supper, rather then have another juice.  Everyone else was having curry so I did well to stick to my salad.

I found a recipe on Martha Stewart’s site and decided to try it.

Salad Dressing (Martha Stewart)


  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot or garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In a clean jar, mash together the shallot, mustard, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Pour in the vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil. Cover tightly and shake well to combine and emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.

dressing ingredients 2-6-13 These measuring spoons were perfect for getting the recipe exactly right.full set measuring spoons measuring spoons close up Dressing in jar Shaken dressing It was good and I really enjoyed the salad which I made with tomatoes, carrot, broccoli, celery, Romaine lettuce, spinach, chives and coriander.

I used about 2 tbsp of the dressing.  It was good but I think I will add a bit more mustard to make it more powerful.Salad and dressing 2-6-13 Someone special popped in for supper 🙂Lara home

So a very healthy days eating but I didn’t feel good at all.  I may have felt better tomorrow if I persevered but I actually had no intention of doing any more than a one day juice fast at the beginning of the weekend. I liked the feeling of lightness you get from being fuelled by juice alone but I didn’t want to keep feeling grotty.  The salad and the bike ride were good and being the four of us again is wonderful.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to The Nearly Bearable Lightness Of Being

  1. Emily Lisker says:

    Your photos continue to be beautiful. Fasting isn’t for everyone — do listen to your body. For example I remember reading about a woman who tried to be a vegetarian and got very dizzy all the time. She realized she wasn’t built to leave meat out of her diet. You’ll know best what works for you. Some people find keeping a food diary is helpful. I had to do this to try to understand what triggered my migraines and allergies. I learned a few things in the process.
    Take good care,

    • Thank you Emily for the kind comments and helpful suggestion. I do keep a food diary – my blog 🙂
      I think I felt so ill as part of the detoxing which makes me think I should try again. So I will. One day I will do it and not feel so ill and I will then know I am really getting healthier 🙂

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