Before you roll your eyes just hear me out first… THEN you can roll your eyes and call me crazy in comments.
This is a post I never saw coming, but here I am, about to talk about my ‘juice fast’. No, this isn’t some diet fad I thought I would try. It’s so much more than that. I have slowly progressed to shopping the perimeter at the grocery store for the last 10 years. I don’t eat a whole lot of processed foods, but that doesn’t mean my nutrition is always good. I fall back into very bad habits when I am in the need of ‘comfort food’. Those lovely high sodium, high fat, high sugar treats…. corn chips and queso, anything covered in gravy, homemade cookies, hot chocolate, anything covered in melted cheese…. You see where this is going don’t you?
This past year I have been denied the pleasure of working out due to a back injury (which I had JUST recovered from when…) I blew out my knee. Hello surgery. UGH! So needless to say I turned to HORRIBLE nutrition, bathed in those comfort foods. Wallowed in chocolate chip cookies, Jello with Cool Whip, chips and cheese, potato chips and dip….. FRIES dipped in RANCH DRESSING. I was a nutritional train wreck, which got me to today. I was FEELING like crap. I knew I had to make a change because I really like the way an active lifestyle, and good nutrition me feel like, and she had left the building.
I’ve toyed with the idea before but never followed through. I often thought that juicing was a diet fad and I want nothing to do with those! I wanted something that would be part of the lifestyle change I had made years ago when I really started to focus on clean eating. (Y’all, I can put away a steak so please don’t picture someone who is suffering with clean eating. I do love my veggies and fruit next to my big ol’ steak). I don’t eat steak often, I actually prefer seafood if I had to choose. So then, what finally made me do this? A friend of mine showed me a Netflix movie about a FAT guy juicing for 60 days to help heal his SICK body that didn’t want to end up DEAD (I’ve given you enough clues to figure out the movie). I watched the story unfold. I knew straight away that he would lose weight, restrict calories = weight loss. It’s elementary science. But I paid attention to other things like: his completion, his hair, his attitude and mental clarity. All of it improved! Not only with him, but another fella he guided along his journey. They both lost weight But MORE IMPORTANTLY they were able to be free from the pile of pills they took each day, they LOOKED healthier and felt healthier. NOW THAT is what I was after. I had that not too long ago in the height of my clean eating and workout lifestyle. I want it back TODAY! Enter juicing stage left….
There is no faster way to flood your body with pure, RAW (which any nutritional expert will tell you is the best) nutrients. For example, my afternoon snack has 3 huge carrots, 2 apples and an inch long piece of ginger. Under no circumstances would I eat that as a snack. First off that is a meal to me. And I could never just chew ginger. I like both apples and carrots, but I don’t LOVE them. I know they are super healthy for me, but still…. and ginger… not really a fan. Here’s the funny thing. I blend those ingredients into a juicer and I LIKE this juice. I have had juices at juice bars and I am not a fan. But my snack today… I can drink that all day long. Matter of fact I drank beets yesterday and liked it. My loved ones know how much I HATE beets. So if I can gain the nutritional properties of these RAW fruits and veggies that under normal circumstances I won’t eat…. Juice away Baby!
I have NO DESIRE to to this ‘juice fast’ for 30 days, there really is no need. I will, however, be doing the juice only fast for 3 days to re-wire my taste buds. (Oh geeze, I craved bacon day one…. Pecans this morning) Starting day 4 I will be juicing for breakfast and lunch and eating a healthy salad for dinner. With a nice piece of grilled grouper or maybe some shrimp on top. I am too much of a foodie to let go of the bounty that God and nature intended me to nourish my body with. I may do that for an additional 10 days and then juice only one meal after that. Our bodies were designed, after all, to chew and digest fiber and food. So the bottom line is I am adding juicing as part of my normal nutritional practices and I KNOW I will be healthier for it.
I will follow up this post with progress of how I am feeling and what juices I prefer. (Call it a journal if you will). I want to chart this course and see what happens…
Take care kind folks who suffered through this entry to the end! I love ya for it!