I thought now would be a good time to give an update on the juice fasting experience. So far so good!!
I started out on the 1st—Saturday of Labor Day weekend. I wasn’t really thinking that it is the last weekend of the summer, a long weekend, and there would probably be lots of stuff to do that involved food, and cocktails. One of my concerns going into this, I think more than not eating for 30 days, was what about my social life?? A lot of my social interactions revolve around; I’ll meet you for dinner, let’s get together for drinks, come over for a dinner party, let’s take a walk and then have breakfast, want to meet for lunch?, let’s get together for a splash…..ok you get the point. Yes, I do have social occasions, on occasion, that don’t involve food and/or cocktails but it is a tried and true method of getting together with friends. Living alone as I do, I was concerned for my sanity.
And then of course there is staying home in the evening that often revolves around; what should I have for dinner?, should I cook?, maybe I’ll try that new recipe, I need to go to the grocery store, maybe I’ll just go and get sushi take out. A lot of time and energy is put into thinking about, deciding, preparing and eating food. What now?
I must say it is very interesting to take food out of the equation all together. Of course with juicing there is the shopping and preparing…..and then the drinking. It is a very different experience, but one I have found easy to fall into and adopt just like the food related routine. I am finding great satisfaction in preparing a juice and then enjoying it.
I make my screamin’ green juice in the morning—usually kale, collards (or another green), sprouts of some sort, celery and cucumber. Does it taste good? Not really, but it is far from awful and I like to just drink this juice down fast. It is so packed with crazy nutrition you can almost feel its effects immediately. Liquid gold is what I like to call it—fantastic!
Then around noon I do a potluck juice—whatever is hanging around in the fridge that might taste good. Yesterday it was carrot, broccoli, romaine and green apple. Today I think will be beet, red cabbage, carrot, and perhaps a red bell pepper. Maybe I’ll throw in a pear for good measure.
Mid afternoon has been a watermelon drink—very alkaline and tastes great. I think my fav is watermelon, strawberries, ginger and lime. YUM!!! Pour it over ice.
At dinner time I have been grooving on a tomato and herb concoction—last night tomatoes, romaine, and lots of cilantro. A couple nights ago I added a clove of garlic—delish and VERY garlicky. Tonight I might go outside of that box—I have a butternut squash. My sister-in-law, who is juicing as well, suggested juicing it with ginger and thyme. I would not have thought of thyme but I am psyched to try it, as well as trying butternut squash!!
You may be thinking, well that all sounds great but is your sanity still intact? YES! I know it has only been five days but I have been enjoying the quietness. I am happy to read a good book at night. And, shockingly, there are other things to do with friends that don’t involve food. I had a great time with my friend Deb going to a garden center to get fall plants and pick out a fountain for her yard.
I think this will be a great opportunity to live much more in the moment without having a lot of plans and things to attend—a simple life of making the juice, taking a run, doing some meditation and reflection, reading, and writing of course. Somehow taking food out of the equation seems to make it easier to stay focused in the moment, instead of focused on what is coming up (i.e. the next meal, where will it come from, who are you going to have it with). For right now, in this moment, it is quite refreshing!!
Other questions you might have:
Am I hungry? No not really. I can feel that my stomach is empty but when I drink a juice I am getting so many nutrients that I don’t feel starved by any means. I feel pretty satisfied.
How do I know what to juice? I don’t really—just winging it as I go along. I do have Kris Carr’s e-guide on juicing which is great and has a lot of recipes but I haven’t really used it yet. I’m sure I will as I need more variety!
Does juicing take a lot of time? NO! I timed myself—from preparing the veggies, juicing, and then clean up it took 17 ½ minutes. (Time may vary depending on the vegetables you are preparing). But really—17 ½ minutes is a lot less time than it takes to make a meal!!
How do I feel physically? Good! Kind of tired the first few days—I have to remember that I am eliminating toxins (remember those cocktails I was talking about??) so initially I am not going to have boundless energy. That being said I am having no problem training for my race at the end of September so far. And I think it will get easier as time goes on. I am also doing everything else I normally do in a day.
Is a juicer hard to clean?? I hear this a lot so I thought I would bring it up. I don’t know if years ago juicers were a bitch to clean but my Omega couldn’t be easier. Six pieces that slide together and apart easily, then you just rinse with soapy water. It’s no big deal! And really—do you think about how hard it is to clean a pan when you make a meal? No—you make it anyway and then deal with the pans later.
So in conclusion, as this post has gotten quite long, juicing really isn’t that hard. You certainly don’t have to do a fast either. Just adding one juice a day will boost your nutritional stores greatly!!—unless you already eat a TON of vegetables, which frankly I didn’t.
What have you got to lose, except 17 ½ minutes of your life?!!