Karen is an Eating Psychology Coach. She is the creator of the Conscious Eating Programme: Changing your thoughts about food to transform your body and your life.
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As you all are aware, I recently became a juicing convert and during the past year have done three juice cleanses.
As the new year beckoned, I decided it was a good idea to rest the digestive system and do another juice cleanse. This time, I thought it would be a good idea to raise money for charity at the same time and I started my juice cleanse with excitement.
I had planned to do it for 7 days and had posted a daily video diary on my Facebook page for accountability. I don’t know why, but the juices tasted even more tastier than usual and I was enjoying each day and not thinking about eating food at all. As the week went by very quickly and with ease, I decided to keep on going and do another week!
Everything was fine and going to plan and I was really impressed how I organised my juicing around my daily activities when travelling and attending meetings. I planned ahead and made up an extra batch when leaving the house.
Then, on the 12th day I had a meeting in central London. Not to worry, I thought, I will have a juice just as I’m leaving home and take a large one ‘to go’ with me.
It was the day after the night of wild winds and the transport system wasn’t running as it should. I drank my juice as I was preparing to travel home so felt satisfied that the juice would keep any hunger pangs at bay until I reached home.
Well, London Transport had another idea!! It took me nearly 4 hours to do a 30 minute train journey... By this time, my stomach was screaming for another juice, but I didn’t have any more. I thought a packet of raw nuts would do the trick but my stomach wasn’t satisfied. It was now screaming “Feed me NOW!!”
So there was only one thing for it – my Chicken Soup for the Soul!
- Organic chicken pieces
- Sweet potatoes
- Red onion
- Scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
- Fresh Thyme
- Freshly squeezed Lime juice
- Tin of coconut milk
- Seasoning to taste
Gather all ingredients together and….. chuck in a large pot. Put the lid on and simmer until cooked. Then meditate while waiting!
Boy oh boy, did it taste good or what! I had no feelings of guilt whatsoever for breaking the juice cleanse. Life happens and it’s how we cope with it that matters.
Detox specialists suggest it’s not a good idea to eat solid cooked food straight after a juice cleanse. It is recommended to ease yourself slowly back into eating solid food by eating raw foods first for a few days, then gradually introduce wholesome cooked food.
For further information and a free Transform Your Relationship with Food consultation, please contact Karen Thorne, Eating Psychology Coach on 07804 529371