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Juice Fast-Day 1

I have been away from blogging and juicing for a while. I missed doing both. There is a true sense of motivation and encouragement that comes from writing about my juicing endeavors. I think some of the inspiration comes from the accountability I feel when writing about each day of my fast. I have a tendency to read other blogs about juicing, health, weight loss, etc. when I am blogging. This gives a real sense of community. I am not in it alone. Others are juicing. Others are striving for better health. Others are cleansing/detoxing. It is a journey with commonality.

I have decided to start a juice fast(cleanse, detox, feast) whatever you would like to call it. I am doing three days this week. I will then do another three days with my wife next week. I know what to expect, for the most part, when doing one of these fasts. The first day or two is a bit rough as your body begins to rid itself of toxins and wastes. I know many have claimed that refined sugar and natural sugars(found in fruits, for example) are the same in how your body reacts to them. I am not a scientist but I beg to differ. My body definitely sends me different signals when in excess of refined sugars. The first several hours of no refined sugar is miserable for me. It is all the same symptoms of quitting caffeine. Headache, sluggishness, mood swings, etc. Drinking a raw juice with fruits( and hence, natural sugars) in it does nothing for these symptoms. So I expect to be a bit yucky for a day or so. No big deal. The caveat is that once I really start to feel better in day 3 or so, my fast will be over. Just like with exercise, once you start juicing your body craves more juice.

I began my day with a coffee lovers blend of black tea, adding  a splash of almond milk. Most will say I should have went with a green tea. I would agree but I realized I was out. At 9 :30 am I feel a slight headache and am sipping my water slowly. I don’t yet feel the effects of hunger as I do not usually eat breakfast anyway. I know, some will say this is a rookie mistake in the weight loss world . Or is it? I would normally make myself a large batch of juice either in the morning or the night before a juice fast. I have had back to back meetings this morning so haven’t yet had any juice. I do not plan on any extra exercise besides my usual daily mile walk at lunch time.

Here is one of my favorite juice recipes. I also love to use it to make popsicles for the family. It is so simple yet so very delicious and refreshing. It seems an indulgence when consumed during one of my longer fasts.

Watermelon & Lime Juice

Serves 3-4

8 cups watermelon, chilled and cubed

Juice of 1 lime

Fresh mint or lemon balm, optional

Watermelon contains a high water content and just a few wedges can produce alot of juice in the blender. Chop into large cubes, add to the juicer.

Add lime for a refreshing, crisp flavored fresh juice.  Fresh mint or lemon balm can be added or used as garnish.

There are so many juice recipes to choose from. Taste buds can be confusing as you may like the taste of something in its solid form but not as a juice. Cucumber for me. I enjoy it fresh but not so much as a juice. Same is sort of true for celery. Find what you like and don’t be afraid to experiment. You may be surprised that a fruit or a vegetable you normally don’t care for tastes good as a juice.

This MEAN GREEN JUICE is really good, both in taste and in health:

http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/mean-green-juice/

Cheers and Happy Juicing!!

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Things To Know Before A Juice Cleanse

There are many questions that come with starting a juice cleanse. For those that are curious about the details of a juice fast, I have listed 5 things  that immediately come to mind when doing a cleanse.

1. Have a good, quality juicer.

I am fond of the Breville Juice Fountain Plus  . It has lasted for over 3 years and has survived my less than gentle handling. I know it can be a bit pricey but it is durable. I had purchased a cheaper one, can’t remember what brand, and the motor blew in a few months. My juicer still gets alot of action, especially during the summer months when the weather warms and there are more fresh fruits and vegetables to be had. Don’t skimp on this tool, it is worth it in the long run.

2. Have a good source of organic fruits and vegetables

Needless to say, if you are contemplating a cleanse then health is important to you. Use only organic fruits, vegetables, and especially leafy greens. I know, pricey again. I have to be honest here. When juicing for my kids I go organic. If I’m the only one drinking it then I throw in whatever is around the kitchen, even if not organic. Here is a good article that will help relieve any guilt you might feel about using conventionally grown produce. Always keep plenty of produce around during a juice fast. Keep a variety too. There is no counting calories at this time so you may find yourself consuming quite a bit of juice to stave off the hunger. Also, yield can really vary on each piece of produce. A huge bunch of spinach or kale shrinks down to a small volume of raw juice.

3. Your bowels WILL loosen

Not the most fun stage of the cleanse but it happens. I’m telling you what I know from personal experience. Individual results will vary. Everything is fine for those first 1-3 days. You may notice more or less in your usual volume of waste. It will all generally become softer and then things will eventually let loose! It is best to try to schedule days 3-5 of a juice fast on a weekend so that you are in the comfort of your own home when nature calls. Once past this stage, bowel movements will become few and far between.

“Because pure juice contains little to no fiber, juice fasters may use enemas or herbal or saltwater laxatives during the time of fasting to efficiently expel waste from the intestines and colon. Another method to achieve this effect involves mixing psyllium husks in with the juice. Because psyllium is not absorbed by the body, but greatly increases in volume upon water absorption, it creates the bulk necessary to facilitate evacuation.”- Wikipedia

4. Hunger

The stages of a juice fast are as long(or as short) as you make them. You will definitely feel extreme hunger at some point. You will feel light-headed and/or nauseous. You will be irritable and low on energy. You should probably avoid any rigorous exercise during your juice fast. I cannot over emphasize the importance of staying hydrated during the fast. Do not limit your intake of juice. Drink as much as you need to in order to keep the hunger pangs tolerable. This is not a time to count calories or limit volume.

5. Weight Loss is Fast

Extreme weight loss may be the goal from some fasters. There are a few other reasons why people try this fasting method. When I did my 100 day juice fast all those years ago, I lost about 100 pounds. When I was in the thick of a long juice fast it wasn’t uncommon for me to lose a pound a day. Results vary, as I was morbidly obese. I was down around 26 pounds after 23 days of juicing.  A juice fast of 3-7 days will result in mostly water weight being lost which can calculate to around 2-7 lbs for women and up to and around 10 lbs for men. More about water weight can be found on this page.

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This fasting method, like many other detox diets, is a hot button topic. A juice fast consists of only consuming raw juice from plants, vegetables, and fruits. There is an abstinence of solid foods.It can vary in the amount of time one wishes to fast. Some fasts last for just a few days and others for several weeks.

There are the usual warnings that come with any cleanse, detox, or fast. Fasters should always consult their physician before starting a juice fast.

 

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Day 55 of 100 Days Juice Fast

Just made a delicious juice.  For you die hard juicers out there.  Granny Smith Apples as a base .  Add Navel Oranges second.  Third is an inch of ginger.  I love ginger, by the way, I have it in about every juice.  One cucumber and a large orange beet.  On an aside, I have just recently started using the orange beet and the orange beet is so delicious.  I like it better than the red beet varieties.  Top it off with a touch of fresh strawberries.

It came out creamy and well worth the chopping and peeling.  I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it either.  The whole family had some.

I am within 10 pounds of not being in the Obese column on my Wii Fit.  I consider that my next major goal.  My long term goal is 44 pounds away, which seems like a cake walk after having dropped 102 pounds since last year.

I know the next 44 pounds will be the hardest to lose.  I am game.  Thanks for all the support guys! Happy Juicing!

Orange Beet

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100 pounds in a year…YAY!!!

I am so excited I have officially lost 100 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So Awesome.  I want to thank my family and friends for all the support.  I have my eye on 50 more.  wish me luck!  On this Juice fast/feast I have lost 41 pounds in 54 days.

Happy Juicing!

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Day 47 of 100 Days Juice Fast

I had a huge test yesterday.  My wife  wanted to take the kids to the healthiest place she could for the kids.  We came up with our favorite Pho place.  I love Pho.  What’s worse is that we went to my favorite Pho restaurant in Bellingham.

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I watched while my children and wife enjoyed Pho and a Vietnamese Pork Sandwich (Banh Mi).  I could smell everything.  It was delicious, I imagine.  I am down 36 pounds now and I have 15 to hit my first goal.

Happy Juicing everybody

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Day 44 of 100 Days Juice Fast

The days are flying by.  I can’t believe that I am almost 1/2 way there. My weight loss stalled over the last week but I know that that is temporary.  I found this cool video for you to watch if you haven’t already.  Happy Juicing!

 

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