This is a summary of the first 2 weeks of my juicing fast and diet. For a day-by day account of how I am doing along the way, please go to My Juicing Journey.
This summary covers my Juicing Fast (diet) for the last 16 days from December 3 - December 19 2012.
The juicing fast rules say that you need to get your body ready for the diet for about a week (I think) so you get slowly used to it.
I took about 3 days with just 1 drink of juice a day and decided to try to go full boar before I lost my nerve and the juicer just became another thing in the back of the closet.
In those 3 days of having only 1 juice, I lost 1.5 pounds, which surprised me.
So, truly beginning serious juicing in earnest began 12/6/2012, I weighed in at 186.5
Here is a breakdown of my juicing experience for the past 2 weeks: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY of Juicing. (I am no longer going to call it the juice fast because my body just didn't let me go with just juicing, plus I was worried about prior gastro problems that I didn't want to aggravate.
1. Counting the 3 days of getting ready for the juicing diet, I have lost 6.5 pounds in 16 Days!
2. My hypoglycemia is virtually gone.
3, I have no need for a sleeping pill at night anymore. That benefit started within the first few days.
4. My skin is really clear and, even my husband, noticed it which is pretty amazing.
5. I wake up in the morning refreshed.
6, I definitely have more energy and I don't feel that overwhelming need for a nap in the middle of the day.
7, I'm much calmer
8. I just feel really good and am considering trying to quit smoking again.
9. My mind seems clearer
10. I have lost 2 inches off my waist.
11. Outside of maybe a little bit of chicken or a tiny amount of turkey, I have lost all taste for meat. (I used to eat steaks and burgers at least 4 times a week)
12. Juicers tend to be the most wonderful people. They are ready to share their tip and tricks and their favorite recipes and I just love the juicing community.
13. You do definitely learn how to shop to make the costs somewhat manageable. You look for sales and seasonal fruits and veggies.
14. You will get used to the taste of the juices; even the bad ones.
15. There are tons of resources on the web and from the juicing community.
2. The Juicer. You will get to hate the sight of the juicer. It's got to be set up which isn't too bad, but cleaning it is a pain in the ass. It's all these parts and you have to soak the filter for 10 minutes in soapy water. It's a big mess in the kitchen and your hands start to get really rough from touching all that acidic fruit and having your hands in water all the time, washing the fruits and vegetables.
3. If you are feeding other members of your family, not only do you have to make their meal and watch them eat it, but you have to do the half hour of juicing and, before you know it, your dishes have piled up like you see on the show "Hoarders".
4. I didn't take the proper amount of time of easing into juicing. Thus, I think I felt the bad effects more than someone who properly followed the rules. (I was extremely hungry and irritable for more days than those who took the proper amount of time.)
5. For me, at least, constipation was an issue. I try to get as much fiber in as possible. I am using flax seeds and drinking my myralax at least once a day.
6. I cannot, honestly, call this a juice fast. I am supplementing it with some yogurt, an occasional salad, a tablespoon of peanut butter.
7. Some juice recipes are so disgusting, but because you paid so much for the produce, you drink it anyway.
8. After watching Joe Cross in his documentary, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead), I'm a little dishearted at only losing 6.5 pounds, since he seemed to be losing that much a day. (Only a slight exaggeration.)
2. I drink nowhere near the amount of water I should be drinking.
3. I am not on a total juice fast. I really don't think that my body, which is really wonky in the gastro area culd handle it. I do, however, try to eat only something healthy in between juices.
4. While I've easily gotten used to not eating meat, chocolate is my crack. It's that time of the year where friends send you candy and cakes and that is what I cannot leave alone. I know that I cannot just leave it alone. I ate all my candy and when my husband fell asleep, I ate all his.
5. Grocery shopping now takes forever. (Plus, I've got to open those stuck-together plastic bags that take forever to open.) I'm sure that's not the case for organized juicers, but I just grab a bunch of stuff I think might go well together.
Will I continue juicing? ABSOLUTELY!
I don't really understand the chemistry, but in 2 weeks I've gone from eating 1/2 a pizza with 2 chocolate bavarian cream donuts before going to sleep to juicing at least 2X a day, with healthy treats in between.
I was skeptical when I saw the documentary, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". I thought there had to be an exaggeration as to how people felt so much better in such a short time.
However, as a person who hates diets, craves sweets and carbs, this really has been nothing short of a miracle.
To watch my progress, please follow me on My Juicing Journey.
Thank you to all those generous people who have e-mailed me or reached out to help!
I would love to hear from new or experienced juicers on what has worked for them, what hasn't and any comments or recommendations!