Monday, October 17, 2011

I got a couple of messages from people asking me about my juice fast. Specifically, what made me decide to do it, what "plan" I am following, and what recipes I am making. I will try and cover everything I can think of about juicing in this blog.

Why am I choosing to juice fast? Well, nothing else was working. I did not want to give up. I have been working out a lot, but was seeing no changes. I had been patient long enough. After showing my food and workout logs to a coworker who also happens to be a personal trainer, she suggested I go on a cleanse.

I began to research cleanses. Which led me to juicing. Which led me to a documentary called "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." Watching the video made me think about my health and where I wanted to be. I began reading everything I could find on juicing, the safety of it, the history of it, reasons for juicing. I met with my doctor and got a check up and ok from him, then had a plan. My husband bought me a juicer, and I began the juice fast the next day.

As for a "plan", there really isn't one. I have read that when juicing, it really is important to "drink the rainbow", which means eat a variety of fruit and vegetable juices to give your body the nutrients it needs. I drink as much juice as I want, which equals about 16-20 oz of juice a day for me lately. I drink a LOT of water. I would like to set a goal of making it 60 days on the juice fast, and my plan for coming off the juice fast is slow and safely. I plan of having a few "smoothies" the first day, which will give me solid food for the first time. I will then progress to a few pieces of raw fruits and veggies once I am ok with smoothies, then next to soups, then on to salads.

The idea of the juice fast was to "clean my palate" and eliminate toxins from my body. I was feeling hungry all the time and was giving in to cravings that I knew weren't good for my success. I TRIED to fight them. HARD. I just.....couldn't. I was able to maintain my weight within several pounds, but I was never going to reach my goals unless I did something drastic. And yes, I think juice fasting is drastic...but no more drastic that going to live on a ranch and work out for 8 hours a day.

Today is day 10 on my juice fast. I still "want" to eat bad foods when I see them. My husband brought home this DELICIOUS looking pizza the other day. I was able to resist it though, because I recognized that I only wanted to shove something in my mouth. I didn't have the physical craving that went along with it, which made being able to say "no" possible. See, I am able to recognize that there are emotional cues that go along with eating. I am able to tell myself "no, you aren't really hungry." But physically, I would get nauseated or shaky if I didn't eat. I would physically feel it, and eventually give in. With the juice fast, I can feel that I am physically full and satisfied and walk away. THAT has been great!

Has it been hard? At times, YES. Day 5 was the worst. As my body was ridding itself of the sludge and toxins my years of bad eating, I felt like CRAP. My body ached. I was irritable. My head hurt. But I carried on. And I am making progress.

I am doing this fast for ME. To get my body back in balance. To help me lose weight to become healthier so I have less asthma symptoms, so I can have a normal BMI, so I reduce my risk of death, so I am fit. This is my jump start. When my body is done with the juice fast, I will be satisfied eating healthy foods at healthy portions.

I feel great and am more at peace.
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    Interesting program. While I can see how it could cleanse your digestive tract, I am not sure about the palate. 60 days seems a little excessive to me. Please don't overlook the benefits of having some fat and carbs in your diet. These help with brain function and certain vitamin absorption. It looks like you do your research. If you are going strictly vegetarian make sure you look at some of the ways to incorporate these in your juicing.
    Bottom line is to always pay attention to your body and don't ignore any signs of dietary deficiencies.
    Keep Sparking.
    2740 days ago
    The calorie level varies depending on what types of fruits and veggies you juice. Some people don't lose weight on a cleanse, as they drink enough calories to create homeostasis. A 6 oz glass of freshly squeezed juice can have a cup of strawberries, a cup of blueberries, a handful of spinach, really as much stuff as you want. I really don't know the calorie level of what I am eating, but I have read that you can drink as much fresh juice as you want. I have just personally found that I feel quite satisfied with about 20 oz of juice a day. I would estimate that I am getting at least 1000 calories with what I am putting into my juices. And no, I don't feel hungry. At all. For me, that is a big thing. I am a girl who never misses a meal. I still have energy and still can exercise and do everything else I was doing.
    I will say that the first few days of the juice fast were rough, simply because I had to get used to the taste of FRESH veggies and fruit juices without the added stuff. Some of the veggie juices I had to plug my nose and chug them fast. That has changed a bit now. I drink more juice now that they taste better to me.

    2740 days ago
    Thanks for the info....but only 16 - 20 oz per day? That's only 2 cups/ 200 calories. Did I read it wrong or are you finding it filling?
    2741 days ago
    Good for you!!!
    2741 days ago
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