Thanks to my friend Amy (ABHOSIER), I watched the documentary "Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead." It chronicles the life of Joe Cross who decides to go on a juice fast for 60 days. Nothing but juice 4 times day. When I watched this, I thought he was crazy, that's not nearly enough food, he's going to DIE, what a sick movie... WRONG! Great documentary, you should check it out. You can see it on Netflix instantly and I hear it's on Hulu as well.
Well, since I was having serious food issues for 2 weeks prior to watching the documentary, I decided it would be a great way to get rid of the sweet tooth and detox a little. I called my doctor *WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD DO BEFORE GOING ON ANY KIND OF FOOD RESTRICTION* and she said it was basically a vegetarian diet and she has no problems with it. So after getting the all clear, I was on my way. I was very concerned about the calories intake, being that it was all fruits and veggies. It wasn't a problem, I just adjusted things as I went. I also continued to workout everyday, and I didn't have any issues with that either.
First, for those that think juicing is a fad diet, it may be, but all know is that I've eaten more fruits and veggies in the last week, than I have in the last month. And now, after a full week, I'm actually craving the stuff! I decided that I'm going to continue juicing for 1 meal a day, more than likely breakfast.
Day 1, I was all excited and had a real, go get 'em, attitude. That lasted a few hours, until I though my stomach was going to eat itself I was so hungry... or was I? Not chewing your food is really difficult to deal with mentally, but physically, I really think I was fine. Chewing gum helped, but not like I hoped. Days 3, 4, were the hardest. I was really cranky!!! On day 5, I was starting to be ok without chewing, but I was tired by early evening and I thought I had made a big mistake. Then, days 6 and 7, I was feeling pretty good, I had plenty of energy, the juice was great, I wasn't missing the "food" at all.
I do have some pros and cons of doing this experiment...
- TONS of fruits and veggies. I'm not great with this, so this was ideal. What a better way to mask the taste of kale, but with apples and lemons.
- The juice tasted great!
- I feel really good... not superhuman good, but really good!
- There is a free website www.jointhereboot.com, which is the website from the movie, and it has everything you would want to know. There are recipes, a supportive community, and you even take an assessment to see which "reboot" is right for you.
- My whole family enjoyed the juice. That's very hard to do when you have a child who hates everything that isn't peanut butter or a hot dog.
- I got to eat veggies, that I'd never eat by themselves, kale and beets in particular.
- I lost more weight this week than I have in a LONG time!
- Cost!!! It was expensive for me to do this, AND purchase groceries for the rest of the family. Another reason why I'm cutting back to once a day.
- I was VERY cranky on day 3!
- I'm not sure the weight will stay off...
So, all in all, I enjoyed doing this and will continue on a much smaller scale. I wanted leave you with some photos of the 2 juices I drank most in the last week, and to show you just how much food you actually ingest in one juice.
The first is the "green Lemonade" which I drank every day. I made it in bigger batches so it was in the fridge when I needed it.
This is made with 3 cups of kale, 1 whole cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 2 large granny smith apples, 4 stalks of celery, and a piece of ginger root. I LOVE this juice, it taste exactly like fresh squeezed lemonade!
Look at all those veggies!
The second juice I drank the most was called "Sunset Blend."
This is 1 large sweet potato, 2 large gold delicious apples, 1 large red pepper, 2 beets, and a medium carrot. (I used baby carrots because I already had them) This was a surprisingly sweet juice, but very good.
Well, that's it for the juicing and I hope it was as informative as everyone hoped! Have a great weekend Sparkies!