So – I haven’t posted any “personal” posts lately and I thought it was time. I’ve posted on Addicted to Saving’s Facebook page and on Addicted to Saving that I bought a juicer. And I have been asking for juice recipes. You all were wonderful sharing fun recipes with me. I ended up deciding to follow the Reboot method of juicing after watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Deal. (It is on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video - in fact, if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch the video free.) My husband and I watched the documentary together and found it to be extremely interesting. Beyond being interesting, however, it was really motivational. While I don’t have hundreds of pounds to lose, I was motivated by to try a cleanse to detox my body from as many impurities as possible and to see if it could cure some of my ailments. AND I would love to finish my 10 day cleanse with some of my cravings for junk food gone. My goal and utmost hope is that after this cleanse, I will continue juicing every morning for breakfast, eat a larger lunch and then eat a healthy dinner consisting mostly of vegetables (probably salad). We’ll see!
So I am on day 4. From what I have read and from watching the documentary, everyone has said that the first 3 days are hell. Thus far, I’ve found day two through today to be hell! Here’s my recap of my first few days:
Day one: Not too bad. I’m excited about the juice cleanse! I’m excited to use my new juicer. I’m excited to see how my health benefits from this juice cleanse. My breakfast juice was delicious with fresh fruits. My lunch juice was not good with Kale – but did I tell you I was excited? Dinner juice didn’t happen. We met our church Life Group at Panera and I was not dedicated to juicing enough to bring my dinner. So, I had a bowl of bean soup (they didn’t have vegetable soup that night ). Didn’t have any bread. No soda. All in all, this was a great day!
Day two: I ran 6 miles that morning. Maybe not wise. Marvelous fruit juice for breakfast. Green juice for lunch which had too much kale. Remember how excited I was yestereday about the juice cleanse? Well, I am no longer excited. Afternoon - Experience a ginormous headache. (Oh – did I say that while doing a juice cleanse you are supposed to stop drinking everything except water? And that includes my beloved COFFEE.) So, with my coffee withdrawal I had a headache that would rival any migraine or hangover. So, for dinner, my will power lacked as I dealt with the shakes and my headache. I ended up cheating and ate raw cashew and a couple of servings of Kashi Crackers. I figured that if I was going to cheat on my cleanse, I should at least eat raw nuts for the protein (and zero salt or preservatives) and Kashi crackers (because Kashi is healthy for us right?!) Went to bed feeling a little discouraged and yet at the same time my headache was feeling much better.
Day three: Woke up headache free. Made Marvelous fruit juice for breakfast. For lunch, I decided to take a break from kale and used a spinach and beet based juice. My lunch juice wasn’t the best mainly because I used way too much lemon. So all afternoon I tasted beets and lemons. Late afternoon Jeff kindly pointed out that I had been talking about food for about an hour. (Yes – this cleanse has reminded me that I am addicted to food.) At that point, I made a dinner juice that wasn’t so bad. More spinach and this time a whole carton of blueberries and a half of a cucumber. Very doable. Let me tell you what I noticed on Day three. I noticed that ALL of the junk emails I get from restaurants, ALL of the food commercials on TV and most all of the recipes I saw online via Facebook or Pinterest were unhealthy foods. And it frustrated me. It frustrated me because it tempted me BIG TIME. But it also frustrated me because I know that for some people, this is all they eat all the time. Prior to my juice cleanse, I ate somewhat “healthy”. I had a couple of servings of vegetables a day. But I also greatly enjoyed my carbs – oh the mere thought of carbs make my mouth water. My portions were out of wack. Yesterday I also spent a lot of time viewing recipes for different breads (cranberry bread, apple cinnamon monkey bread, etc) in anticipation for getting off of my cleanse. My hope, however, is that once I start bringing in other foods, I will eat less processed foods, bake more from scratch and still eat loads of fruits and vegetables!
Day four (today): I am so weak today. Supposedly from juicing you should start to experience mental clarity. Well, I’m not clear at all mentally. In fact, if anything, my brain is extremely fuzzy today. And I’m tired. I’m trying to decide whether I should work out or not today.. I made the best breakfast juice thus far. Probably because I used fruits that cost lots of $$$. (see my picture above) But I’m trying to really use fruits and vegetables that have all different colors so that I can get as many nutrients in me as possible. I did weigh myself this morning and I have lost weight. But again, I’m not focused on that. I really want to detox. For lunch, Jeff made our juice. It wasn’t that bad. Our lunch juice had some vitamin packed veggies like kale, red cabbage and carrots. Below is the picture of the vegetables before juicing and then end result.
I will keep you posted on my progress for the rest of the week. Have you done a juice cleanse/fast? Would love to hear how your cleanse/fast went, how long it was, end results, your thoughts, etc!
Day Four Lunch Vegetable Juice Ingredients
Day Four Lunch Vegetable Juice
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