Reflections on the Juice Fast

Well, I made it.  The whole 6 days and not one bite of anything.  Juice only!

Days 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 were so easy.  I wasn’t hungry at all and I felt great.  Day 2 started out ok but by the late afternoon, I had a horrible headache and felt sick to my stomach.  When I got home from work, I was totally
useless.  All I could do was sit in the Lazyboy and ended up heading to bed very early.

I do have to admit that I did cheat a little.  I drank one small cup of coffee each day except Day 2.  On the juice fast, you’re not supposed to drink anything with caffeine but I had to drive long distances for work and I just get so sleepy.  I’m
guessing that Day 2 might not have been so horrible if I had the coffee.

On the morning of Day 3, I hit a little snafu.  I took my vitamins.  I take a multi vitamin and 2 calcium tablets each day.  Without giving too much information, let’s just say they didn’t agree with me at all.  Ron later showed me on the website,

www.fatsickandnearlydead.com that it says to not take vitamins.  I guess your body can’t handle it with nothing in your stomach but the juice.

By Day 5, I was sick to death of the Mean Green Juice.  So, I made a tomato, celery, and onion juice and that’s what I lived on for the last two days.  I added a dash of Worcestershire sauce and it made the juice just like a V8.

The other things that I didn’t like about the program were cleaning the juicer each time and wasting all that good fiber in the vegetables.  I was making that beet, apple, ginger, and carrot juice in the mornings (Ruby Red Princess) and you have to be very careful with the beet juice.  It will stain like crazy.

I always put a plastic bag in the back of the juicer to ease in cleanup but there are still many parts you have to hand-wash.  The bag of scraps would weigh a ton and it just broke my heart to be throwing away all that good fiber.

I lost 9 pounds in the 6 days.

All in all, I would say that the juice fast would be a very good thing to kick start a weight loss journey.  I won’t do it again.  I will probably juice again but I promise you, it will not be for a long while.

Say goodbye to the Jack LaLanne Juicer.  He’s headed to the top of the refrigerator and might just go out to the shed very soon.

Today’s menu was all that I dreamed it would be.  I began with cooked banana oats in a jar and my normal cup of coffee.  I’m leaving cream out now and only adding one packet of Truvia.

Lunch was that detox salad that I found on  www.ohsheglows.com.  I chopped up some broccoli and cauliflower in the food process very, very fine.  Then added some shredded carrots, parsley, salt, pepper, raisins, sunflower seeds and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

I also had a boiled egg.

On the way home from work I munched on a very sweet apple.

Dinner was divine.

I made grilled tofu and caramelized onions.

I also made kale chips.  (I had a lot of kale left over that I didn’t juice.)  I love kale so much as long as it’s not in juice form.

I spread some Earth Balance on sourdough bread and grilled it.  Next came the tofu, onions, and then I topped the sandwich with BBQ sauce.

Friends, this dinner was the best dinner in the world.  Better than any fast food could ever think of being.

I even had enough leftovers that I was able to assemble an awesome lunch for tomorrow.

My friend, Terry, has invited me to go on a short jog with her tomorrow and I’m going to give it a try.  My foot is still hurting but since I don’t think resting is doing much good, why not run?  Might see if I can go to get some orthotics for my shoes soon.

Happy Eating Friends!

Ruby Red Princess

Upon arriving home from work today, I immediately set out to juice some more.

These were my first ingredients:  2 beets, 2 apples, 3 carrots, and ginger.

At first when I got the juice, I thought about adding a packet of Truvia to the mix.  I was ready for something different from my Mean Green Juice today.  I hesitated before grabbing the packet of Truvia and I am so glad I did.  After just one sip, I was in pure HEAVEN!

I’m calling her my Ruby Red Princess because she is so sweet!  I can just imagine her in the Vitamix with a few ice cubes and maybe some vanilla protein powder.  Boy o boy would that be delicious.  Better than any green monster ever thought of being.

Before I cleaned out the juicer, I juiced up some more of the Mean Green Juice.  Tonight I used the same ingredients as last night but I left the lemon out and added celery.

Tonight’s mix:  2 cucumbers, a bunch of kale, 4 stalks of celery, 3 carrots, ginger, and 2 apples.

I have a whole liter ready for tomorrow.

I’ve got a few chores to do and then I might do a Total Gym workout.

Gotta get to bed early so I won’t be tempted to break the fast.

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Rest and Juice

Well, I have rested for 4 days and my foot feels so much better.  I’ve decided to rest all of this week and then MAYBE give running a try next week.

So, in honor of my rest, I will be beginning a 6 day juice fast tomorrow morning.

My friends, Tery and John, introduced me to the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” movie on Netflix and I have been intrigued ever since.  http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

It really is a very inspirational movie.  I especially love the fact that the juice fast cured a lady’s migranes and that horrible skin condition that the two men had.

I’ve been wanting to try this and what better time than when I am not running.

So here goes.

A bunch of kale, 2 cucumbers, 1 lemon (peeled), 3 carrots, 2 Granny Smith apples, and a thumb size cut of ginger.  I juiced tonight and tomorrow the plan is to drink 5 12oz. glasses of juice and lots of water each day for 6 days.

I’ll keep you updated as to how I’m feeling.

Bottom’s up Friends!

Why I became a vegetarian and why I’ve gone back to being a meat eater:

About a year and a half ago, I started running.  I also started trying to eat healthier.  My sister, Rosa, had lost a lot of weight on a Real Food diet just before her wedding and she inspired me to try to eat better.

She didn’t go on this diet to lose weight.  She wanted to try to become
healthier.  The weight loss was a happy side effect.  She taught me a few things
to make and I swear we totally lived on those couple of items for months.  We ate zucchini spaghetti, bean burgers, rice and beans, and humus wraps again and again.

She had been after me to make acorn squash so I thought I’d give it a try.  The only problem was that after I bought one, I didn’t even know how to cut it.
I couldn’t get Rosa on the phone to give me the directions so I decided
to Google it.  That’s when I found the Healthy Living Blog, Kath Eats Real Food.
(www.katheats.com)

Not only did I find out how to make acorn squash at Kath Eats, after going back to that site time and time again, I kept finding many healthy recipes.    Kath’s site led me to
Healthy Tipping Point, Oh She Glow, Daily Garnish, and No Meat Athlete.  I became a blogaholic.  The whole family was trying all different sorts of foods and I was thriving.

Also during this time I was doing a lot of driving and I had to pass many livestock farms.  I could barely pass a truck of chickens or pigs without almost wrecking.  It broke my heart.  And that is what did it for me.  One day I was stuck in traffic right beside a
truck full of pigs and one of them had his leg hanging out of the truck.  He was just laying there on his side and sorta smiled at me.  I became a vegetarian for ethical reasons.  I didn’t want to hurt animals anymore.

I was also very happy about all the health benefits of eating plants but that was not the main reason for my change.  It was the killing issue.

Plants and I became best friends.  I lost 30 pounds and ran two marathons, two half marathons and one sprint triathlon.

About this time, I watched (well sort of watched….I couldn’t watch some of the horrors) the movie Food Inc.  I had never in my wildest dreams realized what was going on in the meat packing industry.  What they do to cows is unthinkable.  And Smithfield’s  Pork processing plant.  Inconceivable!

I also started seeing many reports about the dangers of too much soy.  I had learned to love tofu and I got so scared.

Then I read that it was the meat packing lobbyist that were behind the soy scare and soy was perfectly safe.  I didn’t know what to think!

You can literally find hundreds of arguments on both sides of the fence.  Scads of people touting the benefits of plants and then just as many telling you the benefits of meat in
moderation.  My head was spinning.

You would think that all those movies and articles would strengthen my decision to be a veggie.  But it didn’t.  Each time I would read one article, I’d read another article on the other side of the argument.

I had also tried to give up coffee several million times to no avail.  Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.

ALL THINGS IN MODERATION.

One cup of coffee a day isn’t going to kill me.  And I love it!  There is nothing in this world better than a hot cup of joe on a cold early morning.  Salmon is so very healthy for you.  And so is beef.  I need the iron so badly!

What I’m going to do is continue on with all my vegetarian dishes that I have grown to love and occasionally have meat.  Since I will only have meat every now and then, I can afford to purchase from local, humanely treated, organic sources.  Whole Foods will be my main store but I will continually try to locate other sources.

I might sign up for another marathon and I ‘m so interested in seeing if eating meat makes any difference in my training.

(Should I do this one again?)

I’ll keep you updated on the progress and any new recipes I come across.

Happy Running (and biking and swimming).  Happy Cooking!

Goodnight Friends!