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Juicing: Passion For Juicemaster SmoothieSo far this week I’ve posted about the UK premiere of the awesome juicing documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (you can watch it for free on Channel 5) and the Big Summer Juice Detox. What I’ve failed to mention is that I am currently doing a juice detox myself. After 6 airports in 10 days I felt it was time to give my body another cleanse.

Like the Big Summer Juice Detox, I am currently following Jason Vales’ best selling 7lbs in 7 days. I’ve done this 7 day juice only detox a number of times now, and I always look forward to day 3 and “Passion For Juicemaster”. Right back at the start of this blog, just 29 days in to my year without beer I wrote about this delicious juice whilst sitting watching Top Gear in the Hilton hotel at Heathrow T5.

Passion for Juicemaster Ingredients

  • 1/4 small pineapple – you can juice with the skin on, but give it a very good wash
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 banana
  • 200g natural organic yogurt – if you’re a juicy vegan, then simply use soya yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina

To make the Passion for Juicemaster, simply juice the pineapple and apple and then pour into a blender / smoothie maker along with the banana, yogurt and spirulina and blend until smooth.

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What the F*** is spirulina?

This is a question I am asked by almost everyone I mention it to! The first thing to say is that I buy in powdered form from health food shops and mix it to a number of smoothies / juices in the blender. That’s great I hear you ask, but you still haven’t told us what it is…

“Spirulina is a microscopic plant that grows in fresh water, that contains more essential nutrients than almost any food available.  It is an excellent source of protein, which is easily absorbed by the body and contains high concentrations of all eight essential amino acids. It also contains significantly more Vitamin A than carrots, up to 50 times more iron than spinach and over 25 times the calcium of milk.  It is a powerful source of antioxidants, including zeaxanthin, lutein and astaxanthin and has been proven to help the body fight a range of diseases.”

There are many definitions like the one above if you search the internet. The one thing none of them tell you is that is doesn’t exactly taste nice (in fact it tastes pretty grim). Mixed in smoothies or juices the taste is hidden, but just be careful not to put too much in!

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Cystic Fibrosis A Race We Must Win2013 Miles in 2013!

This year I am trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles. It is has been 10 years since my cousin’s son Adam lost his fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Adam was just 18 years old when when he lost his lifelong battle with CF, the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited disease. Despite spending large parts of his short life in hospital Adam never once complained, not even of a headache and was determined to make the most of everyday.

My 2013 miles in 2013 challenge is in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.

The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles, in February I completed a further 200.9 miles, in March I completed 185.7 miles, in April I completed 192.1 miles, in May I completed 168 miles and in June I completed 145 miles. If you can please spare £10.98 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.

The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.

2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules

The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:

  1. All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
  2. I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment

To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.