As there is so much talk about the miracle that is intermittent fasting at the moment, thought it was worth reposting something I wrote about it back in September. Hey always first with the news here. Well, first or second, always in the first 5,000…

I just have the one problem with detoxing. Everyone who raves about it to me is… now it’s rude to say fat, isn’t it? Shall we settle on big boned but with a lovely smile instead? When they tell me how brilliant their last detox retreat was and how much weight they lost, there’s always an awkward moment. I get this pained expression, like a safety pin has come undone in my knickers, as I wonder what to say next because what I really want to say is “How come you’re still fat then?”

The latest medical findings appear to back up my exhaustive research into the subject (ie chatting to the three fat people I know and some idle gossip about a friend of a friend I’ve never actually met). The fashion now is for intermittent fasting instead: effectively, giving your body a day off so it can remember what digestion felt like before Krispy Kreme doughnuts were invented. A one-day fast encourages our systems to switch from growth to repair mode, providing a probably much-needed healing time out. Dr Jeffrey Morrison, author of Cleanse Your Body Clear Your Mind says: “It’s sort of like taking your Saturday off and just focussing on purging your closet.” Is it just me or does that sound like code for some sort of sexual deviancy?

Based on this new science, the lovely company Radiance Cleanse (Alexandra Burke, above, is a fan of theirs) has recently launched Radiance Rest Days. For 24 hours, you drink only six juices made from top quality organic fruit and vegetables including spinach, carrot, apples and lemons, spliced with proteins and salts, that are delivered to your door first thing, with some fantastically supportive notes.

I followed the company advice to the letter. The drinks tasted delicious and oozed health but there wasn’t an awful lot of them, which made it weird that I didn’t feel hungry until about 7pm by which time I was able to give up, park myself in front of the telly and watch Mad Men. The next day I felt like Julie Andrews in her heyday, all squeaky clean and ready to climb every mountain. Genuinely, cynical old sceptical old me was extremely surprised by just how good I felt. The only downside is cost. Considering that they make the juices fresh the evening before your cleanse and courier them to you in a freezer bag in time for breakfast, the cost (£90) is extremely reasonable but considering that £90 is £90 and can buy a lot of things – very possibly your body weight in Krispy Kreme doughnuts (unless you are big boned with a lovely smile in which case it’s probably just a thigh’s worth), it’s expensive.

Nevertheless, I definitely intend to do it again. Apparently, doctors think once every six weeks is a good idea. Of course, the side of me who thinks I’ll start baking my own bread and learning Spanish argues I should make my own juices but who knows if I’d include the correct composition of beneficial proteins to get me through the day. Besides, I haven’t even got the discipline to floss every morning let alone stick to a cleanse unless I’d fork out some money for one. Whatever, here’s a Radiance Cleanse green juice recipe to inspire you.


1 cucumber 

Half a fennel bulb

1 lime

2 Cox or Braeburn apples

A handful of mint

Blitz, drink and then you may very well find yourself spontaneously bursting into a round of Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens….

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  1. Kevin Alger says:

    But Julie, Can you sing and act?

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