Monday, June 29, 2015

Juice Fest, er, um, Fast Day 3

If you need to catch up here are my accounts from Day 1 and from Day 2.

Day 3

What a difference a day made!  I felt in better spirits, but that may just have been the fact that Engineer got home from his business trip.

I still had a dull headache.  Oh caffeine!  I have supported you all of these years.  Why must you wreak havoc on me!

The author of my juice fast was kind and on the third day gave me juices that were tasty.  Strawberry cherry juice anyone?

For the first time in three days, I managed to get through all of the prescribed juices, herbal teas, and snacks.

Other than the headache and a sore neck that I'm not sure I can blame on the fast, I felt pretty dandy.  In fact, I got to a point where I even felt like I could carry on for another few days.  After my body's initial mutiny, it seemed to have leveled out and felt lighter.

I wish I would have read this post from OMT about Epsom salts sooner.  It might have saved me some grief.  A 15 minute soak with Epsom salts and lavender oil left me feeling relaxed and I slept really well.  I wonder how I would have felt had I tried it Day 1.

One strange thing about this fast was that my feet hurt.  I have heard and read many times about your feet collecting more than their share of toxins and I wonder if as my body was trying to purge, my feet were getting bombarded. 

I don't know how much weight, if any, I lost.  I do know that a skirt I couldn't zip up just one week ago, I wore to church on Sunday.

What I've Learned

Juicing is expensive.  Granted, it could have been slightly less expensive if I had my garden growing right now.  Be prepared to be bowled over at the store when you fork over tons of cold hard cash for things that you are just going to be removing the juice from and tossing the rest.

You don't have to toss the rest.  I used as much as I could of the fibrous pulp in other ways to make the money and the health benefits go a little further.

Clean the juicer as soon after you're finished using it as possible.  Dried on fruit fibers are difficult to scrape off of the machine's parts.

All of the fluff posts about people doing juice fasts say they are radiant and glowing and experience mild discomfort.  I don't know what one they were doing, but mine had me experiencing more than mild discomfort. 

Which leads me to discussing something that I don't normally like to talk about, one of the three B's* - bathrooms.  When you do a cleanse of any sort you anticipate having to go visit the WC more frequently (with juice names like "Waterfall", it's a sure thing) so clear your schedule for the duration of the detox.  While we are on this sensitive subject, if you think at some point you may have internal bleeding, don't worry, it's only all of the beet juice you've been drinking.  Just keeping it real, folks.

Juicing takes a lot of time.  Between washing, chopping, and juicing produce, then disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling the juicer, most of your day is tied up with the process...and the process of elimination...uh hem...

Even after 3 days of full on detoxing and 1 day of gently coming out of the cleanse, I would do it again.  My aim was to reset my body and I feel like I have achieved that.

* The other two B's are bedrooms and bank accounts - I don't need to know about your business and you don't need to know about mine.  ;)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Juice Fest, er, um, Fast Day 2

If you need to catch up, you can read about my Day 1 detox account.

I'm going to be honest with you, I wrestled with even continuing on the plan after yesterday's yuckiness.

Day 2

At 7:30AM my body felt achy and I still wasn't hungry.  My headache was still a dull pain in the background but nowhere near like it was the previous day.

A little after 9AM I had to get something down my gullet besides water so I started the plan for Day 2.  By the time I started chopping the fruits for my delicious juice, I started feeling the hunger pangs I was warned about.

Woo-hoo!  Thank you Lord I got to add live low-fat yogurt to my food as well as solid foods other than raw fruits and vegetables...even it they were unsalted sunflower seeds.

My skin actually felt more sensitive.  Is that even possible?  I was aware of every fiber on my clothes that brushed across my body.  It was like getting a pat on the back first thing that morning for the unpleasantness of the day before.

The dull headache remained throughout the day and I was still craving fatty salty foods.  Pizza sounded awesome!

When I wasn't hungry, I felt really full but in an instant, I would get a twinge and could hardly chop and juice fast enough.  It was a little strange to go from full to famished in a blink.

I still didn't get through all of the juices. 

When I got to eat a baked potato for supper (don't get too excited, it only had olive oil and pepper on it) it was like the best food on the planet. 

All day I felt lethargic but not sick to my stomach.  That's definitely progress.

What I Learned

A masticating juicer is awesome to get all of the goodness out of fruits and vegetables but it is a pain in the rump to clean.  By the fifth or sixth time of cleaning it, you want to throw in the towel.

If you so choose to do a detox, let me urge you to do it when no major decisions need to be made.  The words "brain fog" don't seem to adequately describe the level of mayonnaisy-ness my brain was feeling.

When you are about to juice something, get the sink filled with soapy water and wash & chop all fruits & veggies before starting to juice.  That way it makes the juicing and clean-up processes go quicker and more smoothly.

Hot food is comfort for the soul.

Also, radish & sauerkraut juice is not my favorite.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Juice Fest, er, um, Fast Day 1

A juice fast sounds like a great idea...the day before you actually go on it.

I decided since I am already sitting in a strange limbo with the sale of our house and our moving date, I would try a detox.  I mean, why not?  Right?

Since moving to Bossier City, I have gained a whopping 10lbs!  TEN POUNDS!!!  What the?!  A detox was in order to reset my innards and start fresh. 

Armed with my trusty Super Juice book, I followed the detox program as best I could.  Please note that I do not suggest this for the faint of heart nor do I recommend everything I did.  This is only an account of how I felt and what really went on...and it wasn't pretty.  You have been warned.

Background Information

I feel like most of the time, we eat healthily.  I don't smoke and I don't drink to excess.  Cokes, ice cream, and chips are treats, not the norm.  But I do have a coffee addiction as well as a deep love of dairy products that could be considered sinful in some circles.
My body is sensitive to major digestive changes.  If I eat too many heavy fatty foods, my kidneys hurt, I feel sluggish and generally feel like a grease pot.  I thought everyone felt like that but Engineer says he cannot feel a difference; then again, he has a cast iron stomach. 
I tried to do a Gillian McKeith detox once many years ago and didn't get past the morning before I was hurling.
The same thing happened when I placed a raw piece of sliced garlic on my hand to get rid of a wart*, after about 4 hours, the detoxification process was so strong that I was throwing up. 

Preparation for This Time

I had been having a giant glass of juice every morning for a week to introduce my body to the process.
I bought all of the ingredients for juices as well as the accompanying raw foods I would be eating for the next few days at the store.
While Engineer was out of town was when I planned to start the fast.
Instead of gently weening myself off of coffee, sugar, and dairy, the day before I began the fast I ate Oreos and Fritos and drank Dr. Pepper with abandon.  In hindsight, that wasn't probably the smartest thing to do.

Day 1

I started out fine and perhaps I was lulled into a false sense of security.  I read that I may get really hungry, since the nutrients would be absorbed so quickly, but not so.  In fact, I never made it all the way through my lunch yesterday, nor did I get to supper.  I was so full from the massive amounts of juice and the raw fruits and veggies. 

What I didn't know when I planned to start the process was that Engineer had called a plumber out for a leaky faucet...which meant that the water would be shut off...on Day 1...thank the Lord he came out early in the morning.

By 11 I was craving a big juicy burger.

Around noon, I began to get chills.  I thought it was just the air conditioner, but apparently not.  Feeling cold is a common symptom of a detox regimen.

1 o'clock and I needed a burger and fries.

About 2 o'clock I started getting a headache, but it was what I expected.  Since there was no coffee on the horizon until day 6, I knew a headache would come my way.  The author suggested not to use any meds to fight the headache and instead drink water and power through the process.  Not fun but endurable.
Mid-afternoon I would have done nearly anything for even a cheap and nasty burger and fries.

Waves of nausea washed over me all afternoon and by 6 o'clock, I was throwing up - a lot.  That continued until about 11 that night at which point I fell into bed and didn't wake up until 7:30 the next morning.

What I Learned

I was thankful that my child is old enough to take care of herself for the most part, that I am a housewife, and that Engineer was out of town for Day 1 events.  I don't know what I would have done if I had small children, an outside-the-home job, or had to cook dinner.

By loading up on junk foods the day before, I probably set myself back a bit. 

Cabbage & beet juice for breakfast and spinach and broccoli juice for lunch are just as unappetizing as they sound.  I would have rather eaten all of those foods raw than to juice them.

My salty and fatty cravings were also common side effects. 

I dozed off multiple times.  I'm not sure how I would have coped with the nausea and headaches had I not been able to do that.

*The garlic did get rid of the wart by the way.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Madly in Love

Last week I told you about Engineer's reaction to me buying The Love Dare.

I thought Diva's reaction to the tome was also noteworthy.
Who knew that a book that I wanted to read would spark so many conversations from my peeps?

After being in the bookstore for what seemed like days* we finally pried Diva away from the shelves and herded her towards the check-out counter.

She saw that I was buying The Love Dare and asked, "Why are you buying that?  I mean, y'all have a great marriage."

Before I could answer her, Engineer piped up, "That's because we do read books and make an effort."

What else could I say?  My thoughts exactly.

1-4-3 EM & DM for recognizing that our marital efforts pay rich dividends.

*Generally I like bookstores, this particular one just is not my favorite.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Madly in Love

Engineer and I took Diva to her favorite book store for her birthday. 

While she browsed the classics and young adult fiction, I moseyed over to the Christian section and that's where I was when Engineer caught up with me.

He saw that I had The Love Dare in my hands and asked, "What on earth are you doing with that?!" 

I explained that I realized that I was late to the party but thought it was an interesting concept and I wanted to read the book.

Engineer looked deep into my eyes and said, "But you don't need that book, I've got your love dare right here.  As in:  I dare you not to love me."

Maybe I should have looked for a book on humility as a Father's Day gift while I was there.

1-4-3 EM!  I accept your dare and double dog dare you to always love me back.
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