DAY 1 of juice cleanse (the start)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Last night, I ate a "transition meal" of all veggies for dinner and that is it for solid food for me until Saturday. The Juicery folks said it's better to eat a salad or steamed veggies for your last meal than it is to prepare for a fast by loading up on all the stuff you think you're going to miss out on during the 3 days. That was perfectly reasonable to me.
We had oven roasted carrots, broccoli, and turnips, as well as some sauteed cabbage that was great, and sliced tomatoes. As a side note, for the cabbage I tried a recipe from this old 1970s vegetarian cookbook published by a hippie commune. Manfriend brought me this cookbook back from his recent trip to Colorado. The recipe caught my eye because it added nutritional yeast to the cabbage. For those not familiar, vegetarians often use nutritional yeast because it adds a nice, rich, almost cheesy flavor to food. I thought it was an interesting idea so I tried it. It was surprisingly very, very good! For a vegan dish, the cabbage ended up tasting like it had been in a crockpot with pork roast all day! Very satisfying.
Before I went to bed, I drank a big glass of water with some fiber in it. I asked the lady at the Juicery lady about fiber. I wanted to know if I should use a fiber supplement during this process, since juicing eliminates the fiber from the veg. She said no. While the juice fast is cleansing, the idea is that you are giving your digestive system a total rest. Fiber defeats that. You want to be putting nothing but clean liquids in your body. At the end of three days, simply by default you should be cleaned out. This was something I had not thought of before. When I think "cleanse", I think deep clean, lol. I wanted those innards to get some scrubbing. I was focusing more on cleaning and not on the resting aspect. So that was interesting to me. Not sure how I never caught on to that idea before.
This morning, I've had my first juice which was kind of awful (had kale in it) but not nearly as bad as I am expecting the next one to be (beets in it), hahaha. It took me an hour to drink but I powered through. Two comments: 1) the juices are 16 oz and not 12 oz as I previously posted 2) I was instructed to slowly drink the juice and not to gulp it down. The exact quote was "think fine wine vs. cold beer". To be honest, I drank it slowly because that's the only way I could tolerate it, not because I was savoring its "life force energy."
Strangely, and maybe foolishly, I didn't pay attention to my timing with this thing and this first day of the cleanse also coincides with our monthly catered lunch meeting. Today is BBQ so this may prove slightly tortuous. I'll push through. Hopefully I'll do so with grace and less of a stern "no nonsense" attitude that can come with being hungry and smelling but being denied BBQ. The beet juice should extinguish my appetite! Keeping it positive and optimistic!
Anyway...that's the start of my day. More later!