Day 10 – I did it!!!

I did it.  Me.  I DID it!

I’m so happy with myself for sticking with this fast.   There were times when I wanted to cheat, there were times when I REALLY wanted to cheat, there were times when I couldn’t stand the thought of juicing but did anyway, and there were times when I almost just said “why the hell am I doing this??”.  But, I stuck with it, and now it’s done!  Even though it was only 10 days and I don’t compare to those going for the gusto with many more, I am just plain proud of myself.

Juice.  Just juice.  Sounds easy enough doesn’t it?  “I like juice” you may say, “I could do that no problem” you may so naively add.  Really?  Let’s see you do it then!

As a reflection on my experience, I would say a couple of things:

1. If you need to lose a lot of weight, this is the diet for you.  I would recommend at least 10 days to start, but probably more like 30.  The results are HUGE and it is so regimented that there is literally no room for “fudging” the rules.  It’s straight forward, provides results, and is easier than going to the gym if you are someone that hates working out.

2. If you don’t need to lose weight and you are just doing the fast for a reboot in your bodily health.  I would say 10 days is plenty.  You feel the detox symptoms and get over them by about day 5, and after that it’s pretty much reiterating the point.  Of course this is just my opinion.  This diet will cause you to lose weight though, so if you’re not in it for that, then you may want to stick to a shorter fast length, or maybe just replace one or two meals per day with juice.  That option won’t give you the same hard core detox, but it is definitely still good for your body.

3. Make sure you have support from those around you.  I don’t know how I could have done this without the understanding of those I live with.  They tried their best not to eat around me, and my boyfriend actually committed to doing it with me, so I had a partner through the whole thing.  Without support, you will feel overwhelmed, and sad that you can’t partake in the food everyone else is eating.  Also, some people may think this fast is a bad idea, and let you know it…constantly…and annoyingly.  This is NOT good for your will power, and it may be better to avoid those people until your fast is over.

4. Keep in mind that it’s only a short period of time.  Think back to a 10 day stretch of last year…can you remember much about it? Probably not.  This fasting will fade in your memory like anything else.  So, if you just stick with it, knowing it’s not permanent and you make sure not to fight it the whole way, you’ll be a lot happier throughout the fast.

5. Be prepared to stay full.  This should really be #1 because it’s so important.  You can’t get through this diet if you’re hungry.  It sucks.  Buy fruit and veg in bulk, make large batches of juices that will last you for a couple of meals, and plan ahead if you’re going to be out late, etc.  I can’t stress this point enough.

Again, I’m not an expert, I’ve only done this for 10 days, but I know what I went through, and what I would like to have known before hand.

I won’t list my juices today, because they were both pretty foul. I guess I’m not an expert on recipes yet!

Congratulations to everyone who has completed their 10 day juice fast reboot, and good luck to those just starting or those partially through it all!

I’m glad I did it, I’m glad it’s over, and I can’t wait to eat healthy and keep this new squeaky clean rebooted body detoxed!

Thanks for reading.  I’ll continue to write about post-juicing info for anyone interested!


Day 9 – That’s why they call it a “Feast”

Well, I knew I would be saying things like this at the end…but here it goes…”Only one day left? Wow! That went really fast!”  Amazing how time heals all wounds…and erases memories of cravings!  I think after my little pep talk to myself last night, I really got into a good mindset for the last two days of this.  I managed to get to the gym again, and made some of my favorite and least favorite drinks of the whole fast.

Not much else to report today, just a little research I did because I was curious.  I was thinking how odd it was that I wasn’t really very hungry once I got used to the juice.  And I was curious how many calories are in an average meal from the juicer.  Turns out for an 8oz serving of the classic “Mean Green” juice from Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, you’ll be taking in 183 calories.  The recipe for this juice includes fruits and veggies: 6 Kale Leaves, 1 Cucumber, 4 Celery Stalks, 2 Green Apples, 1/2 Lemon, 1 piece of ginger.  Although my recipes differ from this one, I think over an average day my fruit and veggie ratio is about the same (all fruit in the beginning, all veggies at the end usually).  This means over the course of this fast I have ingested between about 1700 and 2900 calories per day. Wowza! I had no idea!

The moral of this story is: it’s not a “fast” it’s a “FEAST”!  When you can take in calories like that and know it’s all good for you, and still lose weight, and not be hungry, and still give your body everything it needs…what do you call that?  …Fantastico!

What I slurped today: (2287 calories!!!)

Breakfast (8 ounces): green grapes, strawberries, romaine, iceberg, lemon, lime, red cabbage, carrot, celery

Lunch (32 ounces): SO YUMMY! orange, lime, fuji apple, strawberries, blackberries, red bell pepper, red cabbage

Midday Snack (28 ounces): SO GROSS!!! (just using what was left in the kitchen before shopping) tomato, rainbow chard, butter lettuce, red pepper, green pepper, blackberry, lime, red cabbage, gala apple, parsley, pea sprouts, pear.  Don’t ask me why we thought this would be a good idea.

Dinner (32 ounces): green beans, red pepper, green pepper, carrot, celery, cucumber, tomato, kale

One more day…

Day 8 – I’m stronger than my cravings damn it!

Purple Power!

I think I’m falling into the “light at the end of the tunnel” trap and mentally counting down to freedom a little too much…and I might be missing the whole point of this fast.  Once day 10 is over, and I look back at what I accomplished, I’ll say things like “that went really quickly” and “maybe I’ll do that again in a few months.”  So why then can’t I just enjoy this experience for what it is knowing that I can eat again in a little more than two days?  Are my cravings really that dominant over all my other thoughts?  What if I don’t do this again and I look back knowing I spent the whole time whining about how much I miss food?  It’s like when you go traveling and spend the whole time home-sick…What’s the point?

Although it may be incredibly hard, I am going to try to actually bask in my improved health, smaller butt, and happier body for the last two days.  It’s like when you go to the movies with your partner and it’s their turn to pick out the flick, and you get stuck in Saw IV or Cowboys and Aliens and spend the whole time thinking “well, he did suffer through The Holiday, the entire Harry Potter series, and Finding Nemo with me…I guess he deserves this.”  Well, my body is the one that’s been through the hard times with me…we’ll leave them undescribed as of now…lots of booze, and cheese, and stuff…and it deserves a bit of a break.  I’ll be happy for it.

Juicing Art

Other than the normal cravings and the anxiousness about being so close to the end, there is nothing much to report.  Oh, one word to the wise…grapes are fantastic, but boy oh boy they are fighting in my intestines right now.

Today’s menu:

Breakfast (16 ounces): green grapes, cantaloupe, carrot, celery, kale, gala apple

Lunch (48 ounces): green grapes, carrot, celery, strawberry, lime, blackberry, cucumber

Dinner (32 ounces): green grapes, strawberry, romaine, iceberg, lemon, lime, red cabbage, carrot, celery

Day 7 – Staying busy and distracted

My kitchen has never looked so clean. Let me explain…

My job is extremely flexible and allows me to have a lot of free time.  Normally, this is a great thing: I now know where all the best happy hour spots are, where all the best lattes are made, and where I can get a killer ice cream.  Having lots of free time on a juice fast, on the other hand, is not such a great thing (believe me, my idle mind only thinks about food).  So, when I don’t want to go anywhere that will tempt me, which is most everywhere, I stay home and try to busy myself.  I think if I was on a long-term juice fast, I would have hairy legs, constantly wear pajamas, and never brush my hair.  There would be no need, because I would never talk to anyone or venture to the outside world.

Busying myself for these last few days has done wonders for my house cleanliness. If you don’t own a magic eraser sponge, I suggest you get one immediately.  I think I wiped down my entire kitchen with that thing, and it is literally spotless.  My appliances look brand new and my counter tops look 5 years younger.  I digress. I guess what I’m trying to say, is keeping myself occupied has helped with the constant thinking about this juice fast.  I feel like 24 hours a day, I am either prepping to juice, juicing, cleaning up after a juice, shopping for juice ingredients, thinking about how much longer I have left of juicing, or dreaming about what I’m going to eat after juicing.  It gets daunting.  I didn’t expect this diet to take up so much of my brain power.  Again though, I know I only have this problem because I am not distracted by a full work week where I’m out of the house and busy most of the time.

Anyway, whatever it took, I did the first 7 days!  That’s one week down! Yipee only 3 days to go!

One week weigh in:  Starting weight – 127, weight after one week – 122  Woo Hoo!!! I’m totally happy with that!  That right there is motivation to change my eating style when I get back to solid foods…I’m not going to put that straight back on…I worked really hard for this!  Hopefully it’s not just the weight I lost out of my intestines and I’ll gain it back when they’re full of food again…I’ll keep blogging to keep anyone interested posted about the “after juice fast info”.

Well, it’s really late, and it’s time for bed before I get hungry again…So, below is what I had today.  Another light day too, odd how you really don’t need that much to get by when it’s just about sustenance and not about a social gathering, flavor, or habit.

Breakfast/Lunch (64 ounces): Lime, green grapes, carrot, celery, iceberg, orange, kiwi, blackberry, cantaloupe

Late Lunch/Dinner (32 ounces): Carrot, celery, green grapes, cantaloupe, kale, gala apple, orange, cucumber

Towards the end of the fast, I’ve found that I’ve become bored with the veggie only juices.  I’ve started to include fruit in all my meals.  Today was an extreme example though because I was out of most of the dark greens. Tomorrow I’ll still have fruit, but it will be more balanced with the veggies.

Also, I went to the gym again…that’s gonna be my new thing to focus on after the fast.  Hopefully I can do a long stretch and see awesome results, and keep the weight off that I’ve lost by juicing!

I hope everyone had a great Monday!

Day 6 – Cravings and temptations

Well, day 6 was a bit of a curve ball.  I expected to continue on my happy, healthy, strong path…but along the way there were so many temptations and cravings.  What’s with you Day 6???  No, I didn’t slip up, but this was definitely a day to give kuddos to my will power. (although I did have a sip of fresh coconut milk, which I know is a no no…but hey, it came out of my juicer!)

I started the day back at the gym, yay me, and after that things got slippery…maybe it’s because I am burning the extra calories, so I have extra cravings? Whatever it is I need to figure it out.  As of now, I am going to bed a little hungry, because I can’t stand the thought of washing veggies, making juice, and cleaning up.  Hopefully the morning won’t bring ravenous hunger…and reintroduce “angry ali” to everyone, she’s not very nice. 😦

Not much else to report because I spent most of the day running errands and having a lazy Sunday.

Today I have to admit, I was happy I was on the home stretch of this fast.  Unfortunately, I calculated wrong and thought I had only 3 days left, when actually there’s 4.  Boo.  I’ve started to plan my “re-entry” into solid foods, and I’m starting to get excited.  That’s probably why I was thinking about food so much.  I’m so envious of those that have the will power to commit to a 30, 50, or 100 day fast (<—…you know who you are!), I am happy to say I will be mostly vegetarian for the coming months, but I just can’t commit to no solid food like some stronger people can.

Hopefully I stay super busy the next 4 days and it zooms by.  Unlikely.

Here’s what I had today (not as hungry as usual)

Breakfast and Lunch (64 ounces): Strawberries, gala apples, kale, celery, cucumber, carrot, kiwi, orange, iceberg, blueberry

Dinner (14 ounces): Carrot, kale, celery, cucumber, iceberg, red pepper, green onion, tomato

Day 5 – A new me!

Finally! There it is!!! It wasn’t day four…it was day FIVE!!!

I can’t explain how much better I feel today.  I woke up with so much more energy, I actually had a smile on my face for most of the day, it wasn’t an effort to make conversation with anyone, and I actually turned down dinner tonight because I’m not hungry!!!  Just when I started thinking I was going to feel lazy and dazed the whole time, I finally think my body got used to no Red Vines, pot roasts, or cabernet sauvignon!

My man making me some lunch!

I also got my butt back to the gym today.  I may have been pushing my luck starting back this early, but it also may have been what cleared my head and got my body back in gear.  I took it easy, but I’ve got big plans 🙂  I’ll try to do the gym every day until the end of the fast to really kickstart weight loss and energy levels.

Hopefully everyone has read my post about WalMart Price Matching because I am loving the discounts.  I am averaging about $5-6 per day for about a gallon of juice.  That’s less than half of what I’ve heard people spending.  It’s not organic, which really sucks, but I wouldn’t be able to afford the $28 per day price tag I’ve heard quoted when you juice this way.  Feeling good and saving money, that makes it accessible to everyone!

I can’t get over how productive I was today! I went to a farmer’s market (so hard to resist hot coffee, yummy tamales, and fresh bread), hit the post office and the bank, went to the gym, cleaned the house, took my Christmas lights down, got a bag together for Goodwill, went veggie shopping, and bought a 34 bottle wine fridge.  …Keep that last one a little secret between us…  I really hope this is the new “Juice Fast Ali”  What a bummer it would be to go back to the way I felt for the first four days. yuck.

All veggies + lime

So today I had:

Breakfast and snack (64 ounces): red apple, strawberry, cucumber, celery, iceberg lettuce, carrot

Lunch (32 ounces): red apple, green grapes, strawberry, kiwi, lime, kale, cucumber

Late Lunch (32 ounces): Tomato, green pepper, red pepper, rainbow chard, kale, celery, cucumber, carrot, green cabbage, iceberg lettuce, lime, cilantro, parsley, green onion and romaine lettuce

Dinner: nada!

Thanks to everyone for the support, especially my boyfriend Mick, who is amazingly, not being emotionally or mentally affected by the fast…and may or may not have a hard time believing my mood swings are actually from the detox!  I’m officially half way to the recommended 10 day reboot, but I’m aiming for at least a little more!

Can’t wait until the 1 week weigh in!

Day 4 – Staring at nothing

Today was a bit of a step…sideways, i guess.  I have to say, I was on a positive trend for the last 3 days, feeling better and better each day, but today felt like, well, yesterday.  Not to say yesterday was bad, but I am still shackled with this foggy head feeling and lack of concentration and motivation.  I find myself staring for no reason…like I did just now at that last sentence…it was like 5 seconds!  I’m not quite sure what I can do to avoid this, other than drinking more juice.  I’m doing very well on having a gallon per day, so maybe it’s not that, and it’s just going to take my body another day or two to realize it’s not being Punked. 🙂 I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in the built up “day 4 bliss” rumor.

Maybe going to the gym will bring me some clarity?  It usually makes me feel pretty good, so I guess it’s worth a try.  I’ve felt pretty sloth-like for this whole fasting experience, so maybe I just need to be perked up a little!  I’ll make sure to drink an extra jar of juice (I use 32 ounce mason jars) to replenish the calories I burn, and take it easy for the first go around.   I’ll let you know how it goes!

On an unrelated note, I met up with my friend Katie today.  She’s doing the fast as well and we have missed doing our usual coffee or happy hour dates, so we decided to go to the juice bar at Whole Foods to try and resocialize ourselves.  Um, holy expensive juice Batman!  They’re charging $6.99 for 16 ounces.  This isn’t any sort of amazing juice either…in fact it’s not even as good as the ones I make at home (and mine usually cost between $1-$4 for 32 ounces depending on the ingredients).  I do appreciate the availability they offer, maybe if I were visiting a different town for a day I could come here for my juice???  But wowza, what a rip off.  I know, I know, it’s like going to any bar/restaurant/coffee house: you pay for the atmosphere and convenience, so again, I appreciate the option to go out for juice.  It was just a bit of a shock.

So, here’s what I had today:

Whole Foods breakfast: celery, carrot, parsley, kale, orange

Breakfast #2: pineapple, honey dew, green grapes, carrot, cucumber, romaine lettuce, red cabbage

Lunch: celery, tomato, carrot, kale, iceberg lettuce, lemon, lime, green cabbage

Dinner: celery, kale, romaine lettuce, red onion, garlic, green cabbage, cucumber, tomato, lemon

Not much more to report for day 4.  Still a little brain dead, still taking annoyingly regular pee breaks, and still missing food.  I don’t really think that last one will ever go away.

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