Peach and Orange Juice Smoothie
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Tired, hungry and feeling weak. Is fasting a good idea? I will update you about my experiences with fasting so far. And if you’re in need of something refreshing even if the sun isn’t shining on you at the moment, this Peach and Orange Juice Smoothie will definitely put you in a summery mood.
Why I decided to try fasting for the first time
When I came back from my holiday visiting family, I was feeling so good as we’d had constant sun while we were away and I hadn’t seen any sun all year at all. (Since then it has gone back to grey, cold and rain again) I know I keep going on about the weather but that’s what us Brits do best, and I really think it does completely change your mood. So bear in mind my mood was so positive and I was really determined to get healthier and healthier at this point.
One of my resolutions was to start fasting once a week. I’d never felt able to fast previously due to ill health so I thought it was a perfect time to try fasting again now that I’m feeling better. I wanted to improve my health further, to try and clear up niggling health problems that I have remaining and use it as a good time to pray and reflect and to see how dependant my body was on regular meals as I never miss a meal normally.
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My first fasting experience
The first time I tried fasting for a day it actually went a lot easier than I thought it would. I fasted a day on the weekend so my husband could help with our baby in case I wasn’t feeling well. I just drank water all day and didn’t eat anything. I felt very tired and ended up sleeping for a couple of hours during the day and when I woke up I did get an agonising stomach ache which lasted for about half an hour, but after a lie down that went away. I did feel very weak and was lacking in energy all day but I was fine when I was sitting down. I felt a bit hungry but not too bad and I didn’t get any cravings at all which surprised me. The next morning I woke up feeling absolutely starving and very weak. I broke my fast with a traditional green smoothie (Citrus Cooler) followed by a green thickie and with each mouthful I felt more energy returning to me.
Did I continue to fast once a week?
The next weekend my husband was away so I didn’t think it was a good idea to fast while I had to look after my baby as it requires a lot of energy that I didn’t think I would have. So this day I just ate raw food, just fruit and salad and green smoothies. I felt really good all day, not hungry at all.
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Since then I’ve fasted one more time and ended up sleeping for a while in the afternoon again. I’ve also had one more raw food fast day too which is much easier.
Spiritually I didn’t feel much difference. Life continued to be as busy as it always is with a baby so I didn’t get much time to pray, read or reflect. I did however feel much less dependant on food, and it was really helpful for me to know that I could go a whole day without food and I wasn’t going to keel over straight away. A lot of people in other countries can only afford to eat one meal a day so it helped me focus on people who don’t have as much as we do and I felt very blessed for what I’ve got.
Will I keep fasting?
My fasting has unfortunately stopped recently. I totally think I would have seen major benefits in my health and well being if I had continued but at this stage of my life I’m not sure how practical it is. I could only fast at the weekend as I wouldn’t have enough energy to look after my baby when my husband wasn’t there. However it doesn’t feel right wasting a whole day of our weekend being too weak and tired to do anything. We only get 2 days together when he’s not working away so I can’t really justify spending one day not well enough to enjoy it as a family. I think family needs to come first at this stage of my life. I would definitely like to return to fasting though at some point.
Are there any alternatives to water fasting?
I need to remember that I can still give my body and digestion more of a rest one day a week by just eating raw fruit and veg. I have enough energy but I’m not indulging in anything rich and I can focus on other things apart from tasty meals.
Peach and Orange Juice Smoothie
Peaches are one of my favourite fruits. The quality of fruit in the UK supermarkets isn’t the best so I’m not surprised people don’t eat so much of it. A lot of it is tasteless, and I’ve had to hunt far and wide to find a good source for my peaches, but now I have found the most gorgeous peaches, the sweet taste that I remember from my childhood fruit that I didn’t think I’d be able to find again has returned. So I’m happily chucking peaches in all my dishes left right and centre here at the moment.
Have you ever tried a smoothie that used fruit juice for the liquid base instead of water? It totally changes the flavour of the recipe and makes it much sweeter. It is actually healthier too as the liquid now contains vitamins and minerals and is a live fresh food so it’s much better for you. I don’t include many recipes with a juice base as it takes a bit longer to make the juice, however with a recipe this simple, it won’t add on much extra time.
What type of fruit juice should I use in a smoothie?
I wouldn’t recommend any store bought fruit juice. It has been pasteurised so the heat will have destroyed the nutrients. If you buy a carton of orange juice from the shop it’s basically just sugar water, not much healthy left in it apart from some vitamins that have been added in later.
How to make Orange Juice
I would only recommend juice straight from the fruit. Don’t worry you don’t have to get out a juicer just to make a cup of orange juice. If you don’t have a Citrus Juicer, you can just use your hand to give the oranges a really good squeeze. I do have an Electric Citrus Juicer which was very cheap but I wouldn’t bother with it for such a small amount of juice. I actually used this Juice Squeezer which is actually for lemons, but a lot of the oranges I use are small enough to fit in it, or I cut them into quarters. I use it for limes too.
This is the fastest method I know with the least amount of washing up. You just put the orange in the press, press the handle together and out comes the juice. Its’ as easy at that. There is actually a Juice Squeezer specifically for oranges if you use regular sized oranges. It is one of the handiest kitchen gadgets I’ve ever bought and one of the most used.
So do I feel disappointed that I didn’t continue fasting once a week like I planned? No not at all. I love just trying new things, and I couldn’t tell if it was suited to me until I tried it. I’m glad I tried it because now I know it’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be and I’m motivated to do it again when the time is right.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie now that peaches are plentiful and low in price. Let me know how you get on with it. Did you sign up for the Smoothie Challenge over at Colourful Palate? If you missed my round up of all the smoothies I’ve been drinking in the first week of the challenge you can have a look here. Or Catch Up on all Green Thickie posts you have missed here.
Have you had any experiences with fasting? How do you make your fresh fruit juice?
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