Here I am, into day 2 of my juice "feasting". [Personally, I like the term feasting better than fasting. I added it all up and I'm not significantly reducing calories by consuming only juice. I'm only eliminating solid foods from my diet temporarily. I'm not honestly sure how long I will be doing the juice 'fast', I will just listen to my body and if it gets very uncomfortable or I start feeling ill, I will stop. What I will be doing, is incorporating juice into my diet (at least 16 oz.) everyday for at LEAST the next 30 days.]
Yesterday and today, I got up a little early, juiced enough for 2 'meals' - about 20 ounces of a "breakfast blend" [with carrots, oranges, and pears] and about 20 ounces of a "lunch blend"
[broccoli, spinach, pears, kiwi, apples, and grapes]. I tried to keep the ration about 1/2 veggies and 1/2 fruit. After I got home for the evening, I tried a different concoction of just a bunch of miscellaneous stuff to see what juices I liked and the ones I would probably need to 'cover up' with different flavors. I found out that I do NOT like celery or cucumber. It is so overpowering and the smell just... makes me sick. I did find that I like... pretty much every fruit, carrots (LOVE the carrot juice), spinach and ginger (a little goes a long way, but it certainly adds a bit of a kick!).
It's really fun! I feel like a mad scientist... or a super-healthy bar tender. :) For some reason, it's really exciting to mix different combinations together and see how it turns out. Most of the time, it's really good, but I have made a few concoctions that ... are not so tasty. It's usually when I just start throwing EVERYTHING in there that it becomes a problem. [Note to self: radishes, parsley, spinach, broccoli, apples, pears, oranges, carrots, ginger, mango, cucumber... just too many ingredients. It's just a train wreck with all of the flavors competing against one another. Just stop at like 4 ingredients for crying out loud!] Sometimes I get a bit carried away. ;)
I honestly feel really good and have for the last 2 1/2 days. I'm not entirely sure if it's psychological, physical or a combination of the two. Yesterday, I had a really long day with work and class, but I felt great. I have been reading horror stories while searching for 'what to expect on a juice fast' and to be honest, I got a little scared! Some people report headaches, tiredness, horrible skin reactions, bloating, diarrhea, and a laundry list of ailments from simply consuming juice. I have not had any of that. In fact, I feel kind of euphoric. I'm not sure if it's the nice weather, the actual juice itself and what it's giving my body, or the sense of empowerment from making it this long. But whatever it is, I want to bottle it up and save it for later!
My only difficult time yesterday was towards the evening - 7-8pm. I was sitting in class and it seemed like everyone around me was munching on chips, crackers, fruit, or candy bars. I wasn't even that hungry, but I REALLY wanted something crunchy. And then, I started thinking about Taco Bell (mmmm....) and I spiraled for a few minutes. But, I just filled my water bottle a few times and the cravings quickly went away.
I have not been weighing myself at the same time everyday, so it could be a little off (I will change that!), but I believe I am about 2 lbs down. I'm sure mostly water weight, but still. My body-fat reader should come in the mail today and I think that will be slightly more accurate. So I will certainly keep you updated!
Here we go, here is yesterday - day 1 of my experiment. We will see how it goes!! (Hopefully, I will be able to tell a difference, even with the bad angle, cruddy light source and the fact that it's not a full body shot.)