Bear with me before I reveal the recipe for this super simple five-ingredient detox juice – I’m about to go on a blog rant!
It’s not often I write rants (I usually share them verbally!) so that’s kind of why I wanted to mix a recipe with this post. Think of it as a reward for listening to me go on (or you could just skip the next bit and jump straight to the recipe if you like – I promise I won’t be upset!)
The trouble with learning to manage anxiety is that for all the things I can do to manage it, I can’t control what other people do and say. I’ll elaborate with an example…
Last year, I started losing a lot of hair. My hair’s fine, so I’ve always malted like a cat, but it was getting to the point where I couldn’t even scratch my head without pulling out a good few strands.
Needless to say, I was worried. But I was doing my best to manage it. My morning hair styling became like a daily meditation – deep breathing in rhythm with each brush-stroke followed by a healthy dose of Rescue Remedy. And after Googling (a lot!) how many hairs you’re supposed to lose a day, I was nearly 100% confident I wasn’t going bald any time soon. See? I was handling it(!)
I was handling it until I popped into a random hair salon to pick up some new shampoo. The woman behind the counter took one look at my head and asked me if I wanted some samples of their new hair thickening serum. Eek! And there it was, the worry I’d worked so hard to manage over the past week was back.
Now I’m pretty sure that poor shop assistant wasn’t trying to insult me – and she definitely couldn’t have pre-empted the effect her comment would have. She was just doing her job – and I was just worrying. So I’m not for a second saying that we should all tiptoe around each another watching what we say. I just wish sometimes that I could precede conversations with “Just so you’re aware, I’m a bit of a worrier” – or wear some sort of anxiety warning sign so people wouldn’t think I was reacting to things bizarrely… but that would be weird, right?
Wouldn’t it be great if it wasn’t weird though? If it was easier, more natural, to share difficulties like anxiety outside of our close family or friends, we’d have the most amazing support network to help us get through them. Then, when we’re not with our close friends and family, we wouldn’t feel like we had to cope on our own, or that the people around us might not understand. That’s the dream – for me anyway! And who knows, maybe one day, it’ll become reality.
(Oh, and don’t worry, I still have a full head of hair… let’s put last year’s random hair loss down to stress!)
Thanks for listening. Rinroad x
Five-ingredient detox juice
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 2 small beetroot (including leafy green tops)
- 1 small carrot
- 2 apples
- juice of 1 lemon
- Peel the carrot and beetroot and chop. If you’re not confident your blender’s blades will cope with these ingredients raw, cook them slightly in boiling water first and let cool.
- Chop the apples (peel first if you wish) and discard the seeds and core.
- Place the chopped fruit and veg in a blender with the spinach and lemon juice.
- Add cold water to the blender until it nearly covers the ingredients.
- Blend, serve and enjoy!