Juicing Continued

I have officially given up calling what I’m doing a juice fast as it seems I’ve cheated almost every single day for the past week by either nibbling on a piece of bread or enjoying a salad or the delicious eggplant tomato tower I had for lunch today.

The consistency this week has been the amount of juice I’ve consumed. Roughly 40 oz per day, not as much as most people drink on a juice fast and maybe that’s why I feel the urge to eat. However, these 40 oz comprise at least 90% of my day. If I do munch, it has been mainly salads and fresh fruit. Excluding the piece of pie I had on day one and a few bites of bread here and there, I’ve stuck to a raw plant based diet this week.

I do feel wonderful. Loads of energy. Even when I’m standing still, I want to jump up and down and run around in circles. It is a great change from the sluggishness I would always feel after eating as well as the need for a nap everyday and to sit down and rest after meals. I used to get the worst cases of food coma.

Since this is no longer a legitimate juice fast, I’m going to stick to a plan that fits my body’s natural rhythm a bit more. Basically the juice for 2 meals then some fruit or a salad for the third meal. This way I’m not diving for the wrong things because I get desperate. I’m going to try and make the food part of my day around lunch time. It naturally wants to fall into the 4pm lull, but I’d rather my system be as clean as possibly as the evening winds down.

I’m going to stick with this until Thursday. Thursday afternoon I have a flight to Hawaii. Can’t wait!

Juice Fast Days 3 and 4

This whole idea of juicing is very new to me and I’ve been doing some research. A few goods points I came across are the following:

– Drink a gallon of juice a day. Yes, a GALLON. This is a lot of juice and a lot of produce to make said juice. I have not been drinking anywhere near this much, probably only four 8oz juices a day. Which is fine for me, but I can feel my body get hungry for more. Drinking a gallon is supposed to keep you full and hyper energized.

– At home enemas. Gross right? If you don’t know what an enema is, Google it. I won’t go into details, but its a nice little colon cleanse. While it may sound a bit disgusting and intense, it actually seems quite simple. I won’t have the opportunity to try it any time soon, but I definitely intend to.

Enemas are great to cleaning the body and removing old waste that can build up and slow us down. Plus, its even better to do them daily during a juice fast to really scrub your system out and hydrate the body. It only takes about 45 minutes and at home kits can be purchased at your local pharmacy for less than $20. There are a bunch of different kinds, coffee (special enema coffee), peppermint, chamomile, some people use a bit of Dr Bronner’s lavender Castile soap, others simply use plain water. I really want to start getting into it as there are a lot of benefits to having a healthy, hydrated colon.

– Since I haven’t mentioned it, the entire point in juicing is to flush out your system. It provides your body with plenty of micro nutrients, or nutrients found in foods straight from the earth rather than processed, refine, or already used (such as meat). You may not be eating food, but you’re feeding your body’s needs. Some people juice for a few days, some have juiced for 60 days. Check out the documentary ‘Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.’

Anyways, back to me. My day 3 went fairly well. I stuck to juice and water but I did end up having some apple crisp when I got home. Just a bite… It’s homemade, was technically raw when I ate it, so I don’t feel too guilty. Anyways, today was much better. I had a HUGE glass of carrot and red beet juice with fresh mint. This was very tasty and refreshing, it did however turn my mouth and teeth pink.

The sun was shining, there was a refreshing breeze blasting its way through town, my morale was very high. I decided to take my dog Darby out for a walk. Then I ran a few errands around town and did some school work, pretty dull, before downing another HUGE glass of juice. Kale, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, zucchini, celery and apple. Very good. This was delicious. Surprisingly. Not as tasty and the beet and carrot one, but for all the kale involved, it was very pleasant. The cilantro kind of rounded it all out. Now I’m filling out paperwork for my new job starting in December.

Some upcoming events to look forward to, spa trip on Saturday and lunch down in Greenwich Village with the lovely Caitlin (I’ll try and get some photographs) and I leave on the 27th for a two week trip in Hawaii. So excited! I’ll write more about that later, plus post tons of photos!

In the wise words of Dara, “Get your Greens on!”

Juice Fast- Day Two

Amazing!

Woke up early, bright eyed and full of energy for a yoga class with this crazy instructor that has a knack for bringing out my spiritual side and really opening my heart and hips. She is incredible!

Finishing up with a Buddhist chant, I headed over to Whole Foods to stock up on produce for the next few days. I filled my cart with kale, swiss chard, cilantro, cucumber, celery, carrot, red cabbage, among others and headed home to crank out some juice.

I have truly bonded with my juicer today. Spent over an hour making a variety of juices to last me today and tomorrow. Some are tasty, some are a bit more intense, but so worth it. Adding cucumber to my mixture of kale, cilantro and swiss chard, watered it down and made it much more palatable without adding the sugar of an apple. It kept me feeling full and refreshed. At one point, my juicer terrified me by vibrating super fast and spinning around the counter. No idea what happened, but I cleaned it out and it stopped. All okay.

Among the produce, I also picked up some coconut oil and a dry skin brush. I’m going to start that ritual tonight and truly love my skin because it so deserves it after all I’ve put it through over the years.

I spent the rest of my afternoon doing schoolwork for Physics (exam coming up on Monday) and trying to get ahead in my studies in preparation for my 2 week getaway. I took a break around early evening to go for a long with Darby (my dog) which turned into a cycle of walking a block then sprinting the next block. I have an abundance of energy and Darby is always ready and willing to run.

Today was wonderful. I’ve filled an ice chest with the essentials for tomorrow as I’ve another 8am-9:30pm day without any time in between to stock up. It is going to be great. I am very much prepared and plan on going to  bed shortly and getting a full nights rest.

Have a beautiful night!

Juice Feast- Day One 10/17

After having an awful weekend on the food front, full of cheating, sweets and awful things that left me feeling heavy, burnt out and gross, I’ve decided to jump right into ten days of detox by juicing!

Yesterday was my first day. It was a miserable failure in some respects.

Monday is one of my longest days. I have classes from 8am-9:30pm with little to no breaks. I woke up early after a night of tossing and turning to a Organic Chemistry test at 8am that went horribly wrong. I had some left over juice in my refrigerator, a random concoction of carrots, parsnips, spinach, romaine and whatever else I found in my fridge. I managed to grab a moment to myself to quickly sip down this tasty treat after my test before running off to my other classes.

With only one glass of juice, I hoped to have enough free time at some point to run over to the local juice cafe and get some green juice and maybe something fruity. Alas, I did not have a spare second to catch my breath. I did consume vast amounts of water which helped to fill me up for the day.

I got home at 9:30pm, frazzled, stressed and starving. I drank a steaming cup of chamomile tea and went to sleep.

While I did not consume any food per say, I do consider the day a  bit of a bad start as it involved very little juice (most people drink a gallon a day) and my mood was in the gutter.

Today is starting off much better. I’ll do a recap tonight. Time to go to Whole Foods. I’m picking up lots of produce, a dry brush to start dry brushing my skin, and coconut oil for moisturizing.