Here’s your all request Friday, Polly – albeit – on Monday. Sorry love, apparently headaches are common in pregnancy and you are meant to keep track of what you’ve eaten so you can avoid it in the future. My head Achilles, if you will, seems to be bra shopping – every time I go I have a shitty time and come back with a headache and no nice bra. And, it’s still lingering now. BUT excuses aside, because it’s green, it invariably looks like pond water and it’s really good for you… let’s talk juice!

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My pal, Polly, asked me last week about the Juice Master (you know the guy who laughs at pineapples?) and to recommend the best book, so I thought I’d do a book review (in order of preference) of the ones I have so you can make your own choice, love! As some of you many know, I’m a juice enthusiast and think it’s a great way to get all the vitamins and minerals as part of your pregnancy diet.

1. 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet

I got this book (rather embarrassingly) after getting the Jordan workout DVD and watching the bit at the end, that no one normally watches, which happened to be about juicing. It worked for me, but doesn’t for everyone – my best bud, Alex, was instantly put off by Jason Vale and hasn’t read a book despite my ongoing cajouling. SO, I got the book specifically because I wanted to lose 7lbs in 7 days and boy did I?! I actually lost 10lbs.

From a weight loss point of view this book did exactly what it said on the tin – the book is very inspirational, explaining in detail why juicing can not only help you lose weight but also why it is so good for you. It’s short and easy to read, and covers all sorts of reasons why you should juice (you are what you eat/let food be thy medicine stuff). It is the reason 6 or so years later I still have a juicer out on my kitchen work top and use it regularly. I think after all these years it’s still my favourite. My first true love.

2. Juice Master Keeping It Simple: Over 100 Delicious Juices and Smoothies

This is the infamous ‘pineapple laughing’ shot… and this is the recipe book. I use this book most days for juicing – it covers everything from juices for kids to detox, from a pharmacy (for beauty and ailments) to sexy juices! It doesn’t explain in much detail why you would want to juice so I wouldn’t recommend to first timers.

3. The Juice Master: Turbo-charge Your Life in 14 Days

When I’d finished 7lbs in 7 days (and lost loads of weight) I was fully bought into the whole idea and ready to buy more books. Once you’ve finished the 7lbs in 7 days plan it is recommended that you then follow the turbo-charge your life plan, which I, of course, whole-heartedly did! The focus of this book is not just weight-loss but also overall heath, well-being and vitality. However, this book is a little more tedious as it focuses on your excuses, i.e. what your head might come up with in order to sabotage your attempts to lose weight/be healthy/etc, but it goes on and on. It’s good for a first read but I’ve struggled to keep going back to it.

Having said that, the second half of the book is great – it’s a bit of a directory of what to eat and what not for general health and staying slim (and why, which is really good). And, because the plan isnt just juice there are recipes for juice, salad, soup, lunch and dinner options. Plus, the appendix covers vitamins and minerals, and where you can find them, and a fruit and veg directory and their individual benefits.

4. The Juice Master Juice Yourself Slim: The Healthy Way To Lose Weight Without Dieting

This book follows in the same vane as the others but also has a good go at ‘drugs’ – not the ‘drugs are bad’ drugs but the pharmaceutical drugs created to cure us of illnesses. He makes a good point and I enjoyed reading what he had to say. The plan itself is more than juice so there’s a bit of variety (for weight-loss though, I do much better with the strict juice only!) and includes good recipes for health not just weightloss.

So, that’s it – the 4 books I have and my thoughts. And, despite the emphasis on weight-loss there’s plenty here for the lady with bun (so features strongly in my pregnancy diet) but I’ll definitely be back on the juice wagon as soon as it’s OK for me to lose the baby weight!