My last day of Jason Vale’s 5lbs in 5 Days has been easy. I loved both the juices, especially the pear and parsnip, and I haven’t felt at all hungry. I am full of energy and the dogs are loving the new me that walks further and faster twice a day.

I do have craving though. Amazingly it is not for chocolate, Coca Cola or bread, my usual cravings, but I am desperate for a prawn salad! I am missing meat, or some kind of protein, and I am now ┬ápositive I am not a vegetarian, and I am totally sure I shall never be vegan. My body seem to be telling me I need some serious protein but it is interesting that it’s not a big juicy steak, but a lean, low fat option.

I am also sure that I don’t want to do this again starting on Monday. I am going to continue my healthy approach with two juices a day and a sensible healthy meal in the evening. I am at the point where I can’t face my last juice each day and my teeth need something to work on.

I am convinced that juicing will remain a part of my diet going forward. I have re-educated myself not to to need a huge bowl of sweet cereal in the morning that then leads to sugar highs and lows throughout the day, in turn causing me to hit the Cadburys. I didn’t think I would be able to wait until 10am for my first meal but that is normal now. I love the first juice of the day and I think I may be addicted to the ginger shot that kick starts my morning, even though I am no real lover of ginger. I have got used to asking myself if I am really hungry when I feel the urge to head for the fridge and for the first time in ages I feel in control of my eating habits. I am a comfort eater, but I am taking great pleasure in not using food to take away the stresses of life… Candy Crush Saga is getting a bit of a pasting though.

The washing up ‘issue’ that puts people off has been no drama for me at all. I simply rinse the juicer out between juices and put the washable bits in the dishwasher overnight. I put a little bag in the bit that catches the gunge and throw the contents on the composter at the end of the day.

And the best bit? I have lost 8 and a half pounds (about 4kg) in five days! This has been a greta kick start to continued weight loss and has cleared my cravings, worth every headache, bad mood and light headed spell from earlier in the week. I won’t say that it is easy, and as like most overweight people are just that because of the uncomfortable relationship we now seem to have with food, I am sure this won’t be the end of my war, but the first battle has been won.