Friday, October 14, 2011

Juice Detox Finished

I made it!  Day 5 was yesterday and I didn't eat a single solid food for 5 days!  I started out at 142.6 and weighed in at 136.8 today.  I lost 6 lbs in 5 days, detoxed a lot of toxins out of my system and gained energy while doing it.  I put on a pair of jeans that usually fit with a little suck in, and I can now pull them off without unbuttoning them!  This morning, for breakfast, I was surprisingly not that interested in food.  If it weren't for the fact that tonight is my "birthday" party (week early), I feel I could have kept juicing for another five days! Am I still going to juice?  OH YEAH!  I have a juice next to me as I write this, (2 fennel bulbs and 2 pears, soooooooooo yummy!), and I plan on having at least one juice a day for the micro-nutrients that our bodies need!
Day 3 and 4, did I mention I broke out?  I broke out as if I was 15 again!.  Zits were popping up every where, and not little ones, but huge ones, with zits under them.  Zits on top of zits.  I'm not making this up.  It was disturbing. It was as if my body as pushing out toxins through acne. Is that possible?  They are gone, or healing, thank goodness, but very interesting to say the least.  I am in a group on Facebook that is juicing only in October, and one man broke out in hives for the first time.  This made total sense to me.  When I eat dairy, my body creates hives because dairy is a toxin in my body and can't digest it, so it tries to come out through my skin.  This man in my group had the same thing going on, toxins trying to get out, so his body created hives.  Doesn't this make you want to get rid of your toxins??  haha.. okay it sounds a bit horrible, but after the toxins are out, you feel so much better.  Its like going to get your car oil changed, and filters checked.  Everything is clean inside!
Day 5 was my energy day.  After Spanish class, and even a little before, I had a lot of energy.  Like the kind of energy I had when I was 14 and was super silly with Kasey Kelly making weird noises and jumping off walls... I'm not kidding.  I called Terry and I think he got a good laugh at my voice mail as I was super chatter box in it.  I only had three juices by then, so about 800 calories... not what I would have felt had I ate 800 calories of bread, processed foods, meat, etc.
Would I do this again?  Yes.  Do I encourage others to try it?  YES!!!  The first few days are hard, but then its just easy! Yes there are difficult food triggers, like grocery shopping or being out with friends, or being social at all!!  But you just have to make a decision to stick with it.  I walked into the grocery store yesterday to get food for today and I happened to walk into the bakery part.  I looked at that food not as "ooooh my goodness look how yummy everything looks" but instead "That cupcake is not even an option, eating that will make me sick and feel bad".  I chose to make my brain not think it's good and I walked away not even thinking of looking back.
If anyone wants to try it, or has questions, or needs tips on recipes, please feel free to ask.  I might do a 15 day detox with solid fruits and veggies, as well as juices in November.  5 days is the minimum.... but it's a good start to see if this is something for you.
Eat well, live well!


ps.  Might I also add that my mental health through this process was GREAT!!  No depression, even though I wasn't following the steps of the Depression Cure for the five days.  Researchers say that food can be a factor when it comes to depression.  Just sayin'.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 3 Juice Fast

Day 3 is already here for my 5 day juice fast.  I can't wait for Friday morning to indulge in eggs and toast or maybe I'll even go crazy and go out for breakfast!  So far the juice fast is going great.  I haven't killed anyone yet, bit off anyone's head, slammed my car into someone due to road rage or broken down and cried like a little baby.  But then again, I haven't been around anyone, or in my car, and too busy with phone calls to try and get a tear in. 
Day 1, I weighed in at 142.  I started a bit late, due to the fact that I hadn't bought the produce yet, and started just after noon.  I had juiced 4 recipes that day.  The nice thing about these recipes is some will yield up to 4 glasses of juice.  I felt like I was sipping on juice every minute!  The "green" juices aren't my favorite.  I hate celery.  I think I might just cut celery completely out of these recipes as I only taste the celery, bleck!  Coconut water helps though.... I just top off the yucky tasting ones and it sweetens them up a bit.  I love all of the ones that include a little more fruit, such as pears or apples.
Day 2, I weighed in at 140.8.  I juiced 4 juices, drinking a ton of veggies and fruits, including an entire cantaloupe and melon by the end of the day!  Who knew that beets, ginger root and carrots, when juiced together, would be so good?  I was very surprised.  It was so good yesterday, that I juiced it again!  Today I fit a walk in, nothing extreme, but I got my heart rate up.
Around 6pm, I hit a wall.  I could have passed out standing up, I was so sleepy.  Joe, the Aussie, said this would happen. I think from 6pm til I finally fell asleep was my hardest. I really wanted to eat. I made another juice instead, but I still wanted to eat.  Going to bed hungry is NOT easy.
Day 3, I weighed in at 139.8.  Total of 2.2 lbs lost since day 1.  I thought I would be STARVING, considering the night before I thought my insides were going to cave in, but instead, I felt fine.  In fact, when I saw my reflection in the mirror, my skin tone looked better.  I'm now drinking 2 green apples, a lemon, celery (yes, i put 2 stalks instead of 4), spinach, kale, & half a cucumber.  Today, however, I have to go to the bank, and my Spanish class.  Sweet KIWI, I have to be AROUND people!  I am going to fill a container full of juice and bring it wherever I go, in hopes that I won't break down and buy food.  (Fingers crossed!)


Sunday, October 9, 2011

5 Day Juice Fast

How many fruits and vegetable servings are you eating a day?  For me, it's possibly two servings of fruit a day and maybe 4 servings of veggies a week (and usually steamed so there goes most of the nutrients!)  After watching the documentary, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead I decided that I needed to "reboot".  Joe, the now very good looking (not so good looking before) Australian, drank nothing but juice for 60 days with no hard food and documented it all. 60 DAYS!!  Yes, that is extreme, but as he filmed his process, he inspired many along the way, including me.

This last week I researched juicers and decided on the Breville 800 on amazon after reading a million reviews.  It was more than I had planned on spending on a juicer, but I also wanted the best. Today I went to Wholefoods and stocked up.  I wrote down all the recipes that sounded good and started plopping those ingredients into my cart.  I will admit, I was a little overwhelmed shopping.  For one, I didn't know what half of the vegetables even looked like, Kale, Chard, ginger root, etc etc.  I didn't even know the difference from a pear and an Asian pear.  However, the lovely produce specialists at Wholefoods were more than happy to help me.  Now I can tell you that there isn't just one kind of chard, but many!  I was also getting nervous as I watched my cart overflow with all organic veggies and fruits... this was going to add up.... in which I did, to $200.  I bought for 5 days, with 6 juices a day.  However, as I sip on my first juice writing this, one juice recipe really gives you two large glasses of juice, so I probably could have just bought for 3 juices a day!  (Note to others planning to do this!)

$206 worth of fruits and vegetables at Wholefoods Market
My Breville
The ingredients of my first juice.  2 apples, 2 Asian pears, 2 carrots,  6 handfuls chard, 1 cup cabbage and a beet
It was super yummy!

I am hope to do this juice detox in 5 days.  There are longer ones, which I think I will do in November, but this is a good start!  I'm excited to see how I feel at the end.  Here are just a few benefits of juice fasting:
  • Purification
  • Rejuvenation
  • Resting of digestive organs
  • Drug detoxification
  • More restful sleep
  • Better skin beautification (I still get high school break outs!)
  • Reduced allergies  (I have so many!)
  • Anti-aging
  • Clearer and sharper mind
  • Mental clarity
Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October me all over

I love October.  I heart October.  I less than three October. The fall colors, red, orange, yellow and brown, the fresh cold air of Autumn, the darker days and even the nasty storms. I love the pumpkins, Halloween, the smells, and warm sweaters. October soothes my soul. It's the time of year when I get to see family again, move to a place I love, travel the world (sometimes), and up my age by a year.  I make sure that everyday in October I do something fun, relaxing, exciting, cause I just LOVE this month!  So to start off October 2011, I ran a 5K.  Here's the part where you think I will tell you that it was awesome, and WOW, I feel amazing... but that would be one big fat LIE.  I got a side ache within the first two minutes, that did not give up, and I struggled the entire way to the finish line, finishing 4 minutes slower than my last 5K two months ago.  But on the happier side, I took 2nd place in the adult women's division. Yeah Me!
After the run, Terry, Matt and I went for a walk around Ward Lake. There recently was flooding around the lake, so the smell wasn't the nice cold fresh air of southeast Alaska that I was hoping to smell.  Instead it reeked of dead fish.... it was pretty gross.  But it was worth it because today was such a gorgeous first day of October here in Ketchikan, and despite my lazy 5K, and smelly fish, I wasn't letting anything bring Oct. 1st down.
The best part of my day was my niece, Avery, coming over for dinner.  Mom baked three pans of salmon in three different styles; brown sugared, teriyaki, and lemon/onion.  All tasted delicious.  Then the rest of the night, I cooed and awed at Avery.  I just can't get enough of her.
What a great start to an always awesome month!

My first time meeting Avery.

Avery Jayne