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Day 8 of Juice fast

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hi fellow Sparkers....
I have embarked on a Juice Fast again. I did 9 days in January 2012 and blogged about that.
I am beginning Day 8 today. I have a goal to juice fast with fresh squeezed fruits and veggies for 30 days, but 20 days would be great also. So many people are curious and interested in the benefits of juicing and I have some primary goals this time for me:
1) Lower my cholesterol and blood pressure (BP is not too bad but cholesterol is too high)
2) Reboot my system and taste buds in preparation for about a 85% to 90% vegan diet (whole foods based).
3) Inundate my body with raw and healthy juice with an abundance of nutrients, while giving my digestive system a bit of a rest.
4) Try to change my view from "Living to Eat" to "Eating to Live" (this has been a hard one.)
4) Lose weight at a greater rate than I have been able to, mostly due to cravings for sugar and fat. (My cravings have already reduced)
5) Attend my annual physical with my primary care physician in a few months and dazzle him with some improved numbers and a healthier lifestyle. I know that I am at high-risk for colon cancer and I believe that can be reversed by eating primarily a whole foods, plant-based diet.

I watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead months ago. I was very inspired and watched other documentaries and read books to become more educated. In January 2012, I juiced for 9 days and lost 11 pounds. I only gained a pound back in the subsequent 2 weeks, and then became stressed and distracted and returned to eating unhealthy food.

I have had some difficulty finding a "green juice" that I can tolerate taste-wise. I have been plugging my nose and gulping. I found an organic juice (by Columbia Gorge Organics) see below, and I somewhat-copied that recipe today ( I was heavier on the carrots) and it was a bit more palatable than other green juice recipes. I'm going to keep experimenting.

Carrot Leafy Greens

Fresh-picked organic carrots and a green-tastic gathering of spinach, romaine, kale, and collards go through our presses and come out grand! When you don’t have time for that salad, you got it covered with this sweet garden combo.
ABOUT TWO LBS OF VEGGIES made this drink:
4 Carrots
1 Bunch Spinach
1/2 Bunch Romaine Lettuce
3 Leaves each Kale & Collards
Whatever is left after juicing goes into our organic composting system, for another great growing year!

**I used 10 carrots, several handfuls of spinach, 5 stalks of kale and 3 full Romaine leaves. The 10 carrots produced 15 oz of juice and then greens produced about 5 or 6 oz. I added some coconut water so I had a nice big drink.
For breakfast, one of my favorite concoctions is 3 oranges (peeled but leave the pith) and 2 handfuls of strawberries and one handful each of blueberries and raspberries.
Two other juices that are simple but have interesting tastes are 1) lots of Strawberries, some strawberries with a batch of mint., and 2) Fennel bulb with a 2 or 3 pears.

My worst detox symptoms were the first two days. I don't think I have as much energy as I should, though, so I'm trying to increase my juice intake.
One of the biggest pluses, at least so far, is that I'm not always thinking about food, about when and what I'm going to eat.
Cheats? Yes: a handful of mini pretzels twice in the week. And, one time I went to Jamba Juice and got a juice with fresh-squeezed oranges "done right in front of my eyes" but with some fresh frozen fruit blended in also.
Cons? yes: the time it takes to wash, prepare, juice, then clean up. If someone delivered, it would be so much easier!! ha ha
I'm hoping to keep it up and blog again in a few days!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Great blog and I love fennel and pear juice as well as fennel and apple. I do some crazies too, like oranges, and 1/2 jalpeno or orange and red pepper - it is just good. Oh, don't forget celery and seedless grapes. Keep up the goodness to your body. It is going to help heal those cranies that food does not. Blessings
    3225 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7846303
    All right a blog!

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

    Glad you found a green juice you kinda like (or can kinda put up with.)

    You are goal oriented and focused and that will make things even easier along the way.

    I have to agree with you about not having to think about food. It's hard to believe for some but it really is a break.

    Awesome blog..... keep up the good work.
    3225 days ago
  • JOYCE12356
    Hi! Not sure what kind of juicer you have, but my sister-in-law uses a Vitamix. They have a variety of different recipes on their website. Good luck with your healthy eating plan!
    3226 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    Juice fast? At first glance I thought you were referring to store bought juices of which I have only drank on special occassions (as in bloody Mary's). Then I remembered the advertisements of Jack LaLane's juicer years ago. You may be onto something - I don't have a juicer but you have tweeked my curiosity. I'll have to research that topic. God bless your efforts, Earl
    3226 days ago
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