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Saturday, February 04, 2012

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.

mmmmmm.... good!

Well, that's it for the juicing and I hope it was as informative as everyone hoped! Have a great weekend Sparkies!
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    I watched the documentary a few months ago and it's certainly an intriguing idea. Don't know if I could go so long without chewing, though. I have enough food issues to work through as it is, lol!
    2064 days ago
    Holly, thanks so much for the photos & details.

    If you don't mind my asking, how much & what kind of workouts were you able to do during your juice cleanse?
    2074 days ago
    Alright, alright, alright....you may have just convinced me to try something I never have....but can I just use a blender? I have the bullet contraption from the old info mercials?

    thanks to your comment on amber rules blog. I have some blogs that may interest you too....

    Thanks tons!
    2074 days ago
    Intriguing! Thanks for posting pictures. I'm not sure if I will juice but I'm about to go eat an apple after the visual inspiration.
    2077 days ago
    I have thought about doing this for breakfast sometimes, but I don't have a juicer. I should get one. I eat fruits and veggies everyday, but t his would be a good way to get more of them in. I am glad it went for you. I can totally see myself being cranky. This morning my husband went to McDs and got him and the kids hotcakes and sausages. I was totally bitchy because I couldn't have any. I plan my food usually the day ahead and I didn't want to get off track, so I didn't have any.
    2079 days ago
    Thank you for this blog. I finally watched this documentary and it is such an eye opener.
    2082 days ago
    Wow I've always wondered how these go thanks for blogging about it. You'll have to keep us up dated on if the weight pops right back on after returning to regular food again.
    2083 days ago
    Wow that is awesome!!!! Thank you so much for the info Holly! I have been wanting to do a cleanse for a while to jump start my weight loss and this sounds like it may do the trick!!!
    2083 days ago
    Thanks for this! I've done something similar and know that cranky feeling.

    I do love juicing....just hate the mess.

    2084 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your experience!! I watched the documentary about a month ago and did some follow-up reading from Dr Joel Fuhrman's website (the NY doctor in the documentary). What I find completely compelling is the macro-nutrients repairing the body. There are so many cases where people are suffering from skin issues, auto-immune disorder and infections and switching to a vegetarian diet or juicing has made those disappear. It makes a very compelling argument for a vegetarian and/or clean eating.

    I love that you will be incorporating once a day. How great!!
    2084 days ago
    Glad it worked for you! Those juices look yummy.

    I havea juicer and have not used it in a while. Might be time to dust it off.
    2084 days ago
    I think the juice would be great to try but not to live off of... can't wait to taste samples - with my meal!!! lol!!
    2084 days ago
    interesting! I don't think that I could do this! xoxo
    2085 days ago
    So interesting and informative, thanks! I've often thought of doing something like this but don't know if I could do it an entire week. Thanks again, Cindy
    2085 days ago
    Very interesting concept... I would like to watch that documentary I'll have to look it up!! Juicing has always fascinated me because there is no waste right?
    2085 days ago
    Well done for sticking to it even through the crankiness,tiredness and hunger. I know I couldn't do this so I really admire you. They look very tasty and colourful but I like to chew!!!! Saying that, my dinner everynight is some kind of soup...which isn't chewing either! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2085 days ago
    Hmm.. Not sure I could do that. Did you lose much weight? What is the purpose of it?
    2085 days ago
    That is a wonderful and very informative/inspiring show, I just watched it the other day. Have you seen Forks over Knives? Equally as thought provoking and on Netflix instant too. Love the info. you've given here. I eat a good deal of fresh and raw items daily and this just helps me know I'm on the right track. Thank you for taking the time to share this! Your kale veggie juice sounds AMAZING...going to try that one soon! Have a great rest of your weekend!
    2085 days ago
  • ELLIE-1220
    Wowza!!! Tons of fruit and veggies!!!!!! Sounds delish! Thanks for the blog review! I am going to check out this documentary... I don't have a juicer but love making smoothies in my Magic Bullet. Perhaps I'll graduate to a juicer and follow suit. :) I'd like to try it out.
    2085 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Very interesting. Thanks! That is a lot of fruits/veggies in one serving. I thought it interesting what you said about chewing. I've known people who eat solely by feeding tube & many of them will chew/spit out food just to satisfy the taste/chew cravings.
    2085 days ago
    Glad you liked it and congrats on the weight loss!
    2085 days ago
    Great information!! What type of blender/juicer do you use? I have a Ninja but I hear a lot of people using the Vita-something?
    2085 days ago
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