DETOX.

Well there’s no better way of saying it. I’m about to start detoxing. I’m sick of saying, “my diet starts tomorrow” and the inevitable “yeah right” eye roll. When I told my better half that I wanted to begin a detox diet, he said that I needed to watch this documentary called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. It takes you on a weight loss journey with an Australian who has an illness and wants to cure it by eating healthier. So he kicks off his new health by doing a 60 day juice diet — drinking nothing but the micronutrients of fruits and vegetables. I am, essentially, doing this as well.

Like any addict, I had one last binge week before entering “food rehab” and I probably gained an extra 5 lbs doing it. I had my last go at my favorites: Chick-fil-a, Guthries, Krazy Kookie Ice Cream, Sonic, 5 Guys… Etc. While being a complete slob all week, I did try to make it a point to spend my time researching this whole juicing thing. As this diet/lifestyle change gets going, for all intents and purposes, I’m about to become a vegan.

I’ve been learning about my fruits and veggies. Today I learned what a beet was (isn’t that sad) and I think I’m going to have to become familiar with many more. I found my local farmers market and I was amazed at just how much stuff I could get for under $50.00. I have been researching new juice recipes, how to make the most of what I’m using, what to expect, how often I should exercise, how often I’ll need to juice and even joined a forum. While I truly love food, I need to get my act together and take control over my food intake.

My expectations are unfortunately high. Which is never good. But I think I’ll get good results from doing this. I’m a bit anxious about the first 3 days… They are suppose to be the toughest. As would be expected, I’ll be more irritable than normal, headaches will increase with less food, I will be very tired, and I heard with the added fiber you have an increase of bowel movements — yeah for me.

I hope I’ll find your support on this weird journey. I’ll attempt toupdate you everyday on what’s going on, if any weight has been lost, what recipes I’m using, and how I’m feeling.

So bottoms up — here’s to juicing.

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Today I am thankful for getting to see my dad today. He is heeling so well.

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7 thoughts on “DETOX.

  1. I believe that avoiding processed foods could be the first step to be able to lose weight. They will often taste good, but processed foods currently have very little vitamins and minerals, making you take more simply to have enough electricity to get over the day. If you’re constantly consuming these foods, transferring to cereals and other complex carbohydrates will help you have more electricity while feeding on less. Thanks alot : ) for your blog post.

  2. I know so many people who have watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and been inspired to start juicing. I juice every day at least once and I am very happy about it. I don’t need any caffeine and my skin looks much healthier and I feel better. Good luck to you!

    • Thank you for your support. I think that juicing is about to become a major lifestyle change.
      Please pass along some of your favorite recipes. So far I’m not having any luck with Vegetable juices. But that’s probably because I love sweet juices much more!

      • Actually I have found that if I make my base juice, an apple, a lemon and a cucumber that I can then put in any veggie with it and it will taste good. Celery and cucumber are the best for getting lots of amounts of juice out of them. Try things like chard and bok choy to switch it up. And I love to put cilantro and parsley in my juice too. Tiny bits of carrots and beets go a long way so unless you really like those flavors keep those to a minimum. Spinach and kale only give you a little juice so you can put lots of those in before needing to worry about the taste factor. I don’t even use recipes anymore, I just juice whatever I have. Oh and don’t forget tomatoes and bell peppers – they are great too! 🙂

      • Andrea! This is sooooo helpful! I never even thought about creating a “base” and then adding things on top of that. I will certainly give it a try.
        I heard that if you add a lemon/lime it can sometimes spoil the veggie juice if you store it overnight. Have you found that to be true?

      • Oh good, glad I could help! I have not found citrus to spoil my juice but I do know that if you are going to store it overnight, to put it in a jar with a lid and make sure to fill the jar the whole way so there’s very little oxygen in it. It’s the oxygen that messes the juice up. Like when you cut an apple and it starts to turn brown? That’s what oxygen does to the juice – it oxidizes it. It’s still good for you, just not AS good.

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