I was at home most of the day so I did not have any issues with meal prep. Most of the day was filled with studying for my finals so my mind was busy cramming in all the information I was supposed to learn in the previous term to worry about hunger.
This day was not bad at all, at first. I prepped my juices before heading out to my study session and all was well. One juice before the study session and one juice after the session, I should be okay, right? Lol, kinda. I ended up going to Panera to finish some studying because I needed a change of venue. That move was sort of a mistake. Since I was out of the juice I made in the morning I settled to get a cup of their blonde roast coffee, no milk, no sugar. That was enough to get me through for about 3 hours or so. The issue I really was having was that I missed chewing food. This may seem weird, but it’s the little act of chewing your food that really satisfies me. (At least that’s what I have learned in this process) Of course as dinner time came around I got a little hungry and decided (was convinced by IseeHealth) that eating a salad was not a real cheat-meal. So I ended up getting the Spicy Sabzi salad from Sweetgreen substituting the quinoa and tofu with mushrooms and spicy pickles. This might sound funny, but that was the best cheat-meal ever. I enjoyed the crispness of the greens and the crunch of the carrots. I had been juicing so long that I think I actually forgot how to chew food. During that meal I bit myself at least 5 times. Crazy, I leave solid foods for 6 days and I forget how to chew, lol! That was only a preview of my discomfort that night.
As the night progressed, by stomach was not happy with me. I could actually feel the salad working its way through my digestive track. Also, my tummy wasn’t shy letting everybody around me know that it was digesting. I did not really have any pangs, but rather just loud grumbling noises. It’s amazing how fast your body adapts. I was only way form solid foods for 6 days and my body had gotten used to no longer having to digest food. By the end of the night things seemed to get better and I figured I would be able to sleep it off.
Juicing went as planned and I was able prep my juices in the morning. Based upon what happened the previous day I decided that I’d go back to the juice diet, but end the night with a carrot. I figured that this would allow me to transition back into solid foods without shocking my digestive system.
I’ll be posting my overall thoughts of the juice diet, what I would do differently, and if I would do it again in the coming days. (I’ve got a final project that’s due on Friday and I still haven’t looked at it yet, oops!)
Today was not too bad at all. I was able to make about 1.5 liters of juice to take with me to work. I had a juice once every 3 hours along with plenty of water through the day. Drinking the water and being busy at work allows you to keep your mind off of your hunger. I would not say that I’m excessively hungry, but I do have a lot of stomach grumbling. The grumbling is not from any types of hunger pangs, but rather seems to be just my intestine regulating itself. They feel more like air bubbles passing through my system. For dinner I made myself a fresh juice and all was good. I do feel like eating something because I miss the element of chewing your food.
Laziness got to me today and I ended up cheating, a lot. I did not wake up early enough to make my juices before work. So I just slammed down a bunch of water and hoped I’d be able to figure something out. As the day progressed, I started to get hungry any needed to figure something out. I went to the cafeteria and got me some Naked Juice. The issue with naked juice is that most of them are actually smoothies. I settled for the Green Machine smoothie because most of my juices thus far have been more fruits than veggies. That along with water throughout the day was enough to hold me over until I got home. When I got home I made myself a juice and was set, but not for long. After drinking my juice I decided to start studying for my final exam on Monday. As I was studying, I started to become hungrier and hungrier. It came to a point where I could not take it anymore and had to find something to eat/drink. I did not feel like making another juice so I succumbed to eating something. I grabbed a handful of spinach and a cucumber and went to town. I know many people will say that isn’t really cheating, but I really wanted to do the whole juicing experiment without eating anything solid. But man! Let me tell ya, that was the best cheat meal ever! Just eating something solid and actually using my teeth to chew was such a delightful experience.
Things to note: Meal prep, meal prep, meal prep. I don’t think I would have been in this situation if I made sure that I had made enough juice to get me through the day. So if you are planning on trying a juice fast, make sure that you keep up with your meal prep otherwise it is too easy to cheat.
Day one was special because here in DC we had a snow day! We finally got some snow and I was excited that they closed work; it’s like being in grade school all over again. As for the juicing, since I was busy doing chores around the house I only made two juices. The first one was on the sweeter side and had oranges, carrots, and a beet in it. I really enjoyed it 1 because it was sweet and 2 because I couldn’t really taste the beet. Now I’m not a big fan of beets. The only way I really like them is when they’re pickled, but in this juice I was able to enjoy them even though they provided an earthy (nice way of saying it tasted like it had some dirt in it) element to the overall drink. The other juice Imran made and it had celery, kale, cucumber, and an apple. This one tasted a little bit bitter and salty and I think that was due to the kale. Overall, I’d say that it isn’t one that hate, but I sure don’t love it.
Makes ~ 1.5 Liters
As expected, I had a little bit of a headache. I had been told that the first 3 days of a juice fast will be an interesting transition because your body is shocked by it. It wasn’t anything major, I just felt like my head was heavy, but that might have been due to school. Currently, I’m debating if I should incorporate some solid foods like fruits and salads. I really want to chew something and feel satiated throughout the day. In essence I feel adding salads would supplement the juice diet because it is basically the same thing. Additionally, think there will be the added benefit of the fiber associated with these foods. For now I want to see how long I can go solid food free. Only time will tell.
So it has been like 9 months since I posted last about anything, so what better time to start something new than now?
A couple of weeks ago I got home early from work and didn’t feel like doing any of my homework, that’s a whole different story, and hopped on Netflix. I came across a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead which follows an Aussie named Joe Cross on his journey during a 60 day juice fast. Cross had a whole host of medical issues in addition to being very overweight. The idea behind a juice fast (juice cleanse) is that you detoxify your body by providing it vibrant micronutrients in the form of juices made from fresh fruits and veggies while cutting out any processed foods and toxins. Now, I’m not saying that only juice is the way to go, but I figured that this might be a challenge worth trying.
So after watching the documentary my brother and I figured that we’d look into it and see if we wanted to try it. Imran did a bunch of research and came across two major types of juicers, centrifugal and masticating. The former cuts up the fruits and vegetables with a flat cutting blade and then spins it at a high speed to separate the juice from the pulp. The masticating juicer uses an auger (like a drill bit) to compact and crush the fruits and vegetables into smaller sections before squeezing out its juice through a screen. There are pros and cons for both, but since we’re very new to this we went with the centrifugal juicer because it is easier to use and clean.
The one thing I have learned from my dietary experiments in the past is to start off slow. I once went raw for a whole week and then ate a heavy meal right afterwards. The going raw part wasn’t hard, but my body (stomach) had adapted to not eating “normal” food. As soon as I shocked it without a transitional period, I was in trouble. I had stomach pangs for about two day. So this time around I’m thinking about juicing for a week, but not being completely dependent on juice. I’ll try to incorporate some whole fruits and vegetables as well as some protein, via protein shakes.
Just like my vegan food journey, I’ll try to post updates about how it is going and any recommendations I might have about the process.