Monday, September 24, 2012

Reboot Day #1

I've decided (along with my boyfriend Tom) to do a juice fast. I'm shooting for 10 days, and Tom is going for 15. Why am I doing this? I'm not happy with my health. I'm not only doing this for the weight loss, but also to feel better about myself and my health. We put so much crap into our bodies, and I think it's high time to give mine a break.

We were inspired by the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" which is about this Australian guy (Joe) who comes to the U.S. and goes on a juice fast for 60 days. Joe is 100 pounds overweight, suffers from an autoimmune disease which requires him to take a ton of steroids, and he's sick of it. The documentary chronicles his mission to regain his health and heal himself from the inside out. By the end of it, he's over 100 pounds lighter, and is completely off the steroids. Interesting concept, but scary to someone like me who doesn't eat ANY fruits/veggies. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little scared to do this - especially after tasting the "juice..."

Here. We. Go.

Tom and I went and bought a juicer Sunday night, and enough produce to get us through a few days of juices (which ends up being A LOT of food!). Here's the recipe we used - makes 2 servings -
  • 1 bunch of kale (usually 6-8 leaves)
  • 2 green apples (we ended up using Fuji apples)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 ginger root (thumb size)
I'm going to be completely honest with you - I HATED this juice. It's flat out nasty, and the first one Tom made had way too much ginger in it so it also had a pleasant burning sensation as it went down your throat. I was able to choke that one down (barely), and am looking forward to trying other recipes.

Here are some tips on how to drink a juice you're not particularly fond of:
  • Don't look directly at it. It's best to focus on something else while drinking.
  • Tell yourself you're drinking apple juice (or any other juice you like). Repeat. A LOT.
  • Have a glass of water close by to chase the juice. If you're like me, you'll have to refill your water glass 3 times...
  • Plug your nose when drinking. **Note: people may laugh at you, but hey - whose the one soaking up glorious nutrients? That's right - YOU! :)

Reboot Journal Day #1 - Monday, September 24 weight: 151.6

7:30 - Tom made us absolutely delicious (please note the sarcasm) juices for breakfast and lunch. Again, I had to chase mine with water (and plug my nose), but it was better than last night's burning throat sensation. Even though he used 1/2 the amount of celery and threw in a bunch of fruit i.e. strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc. I could still taste the celery. Gross.

8:30 - I'm excited to start this thing, and think that I can really do it - hooray for being healthy! That is, until I get to work to find out someone brought in homemade oatmeal cookies. Of course this would happen on the day I decide to swear off solid food for 10 days. Stay focused Michelle - keep your eyes on the goal!

10:00 - Feeling a little tired - like I'm in a fog, and it feels like I'm running to the bathroom every 30 mins. which isn't surprising considering how much liquid I'm drinking.

11:15 - I. AM. HUNGRY. It's a sad day being hungry and realizing you have green goop for lunch...

1:00 - Finally decide I'm hungry enough to tackle the green goop

3:30 - Starting to get hunger pangs...

4:30 - So hungry my arm is starting to look delicious...

5:15 - We get home from work and I immediately make a bee-line to the fridge and pull out some cauliflower pieces and veggie dip. But (gasp!) the guy in the documentary didn't eat solid food for 60 days! Well, I am NOT that guy. Tom and I have decided that we'll stick to the juices as much as we can, and use solid fruits/veggies to stave off hunger if we need to. 

5:30 - Cub Foods run for more fruits/veggies. I'm determined to find a juice that I can actually enjoy.

6:30 - We come home and I make a DELICIOUS juice - hooray!

Berry Bonanza
  • 1 container blueberries
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 2 oranges
So there is hope for me yet! I'll post photos of the Berry juice tomorrow. Cheers! :)

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