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.