the part-time juicetarian. – life+running

the part-time juicetarian.

(Trigger Warning: this post could be triggering to those who have had experience with eating disorders.)

For the next 15 days (or at least for the next three) this appliance will become my BEST friend.

breville juicer

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That’s right. A juicer. Why? Because I AM DESPERATE. I had it overnight shipped from Amazon … thank you Prime!

For those of you who don’t know, I have a ridiculous gastrointestinal system. I’ve gone to a bunch of doctors and a specialist or two in my time, and each time I get diagnosed with “IBS” — code for, “We have no fucking clue what is wrong with you, but good luck with that.”

So, instead, I have to keep track of the things that make me sick. And sometimes things make me sick, and other times they’re fine. I’ve been compiling a list over the last several years:

Calee’s Do Not Eat List

  1. Wheat and gluten (mostly wheat, and only sometimes)
  2. Raw bananas (sometimes)
  3. Raw carrots
  4. Quinoa. I didn’t wash it properly / ate improperly prepared quinoa a few times, and now I have an allergy — even with the pre-washed kind. Quinoa flour (for now) is still okay.
  5. Steel cut oats. Even the gluten-free variety, and only sometimes.
  6. Almonds, except almond milk and almond butter are fine.
  7. Sometimes cow’s milk. All other products are fine, except — for whatever reason — milk. Because that makes sense.
  8. Avocados. I read somewhere that they have a similar makeup to bananas, so I’m guessing that’s why. Sushi is fine. Guac in small quantities is fine.
  9. B vitamins. Want to know how I figured this one out? My stomachache would lessen every time I peed … bright neon … a couple of hours after taking this supplement. NEON PEE!
  10. Ibuprofen. This is likely what caused this whole mess to begin with since I used to take 10-12 of them daily for 5-7 days each month (you do the math to figure out why), so I don’t take unless absolutely necessary.

Honorable mention: anything fried or greasy. Not the same kind of stomachache, but boy do I get sick if I have more than a few french fries.

Items that used to be on the list: apples, popcorn, all nuts, onion, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, asparagus, and pretty much any fruit or veggie or anything that required some effort to digest. I lived on a steady diet of ice cream, toast, and cereal in college (funny because cutting out gluten supremely helped me out).

The best part about all of this is  that some of the stuff on my list doesn’t make me sick right away.  Say I have a bagel today. Bam! Next Thursday I’m sick. Or maybe tomorrow. Or maybe right away. FUN TIMES. I won’t go into details about what happens when I get sick, but I generally end up curled into the fetal position whilst Mark springs to my rescue with a cup of peppermint tea and a heating pad.

The one thing I did learn from the GI specialist is that my gut might have never healed from my abuse of ibuprofen and laxatives, which might cause reactions to other things (i.e. everything that’s ever been on this list), explain why things that used to be on the list eventually were okay to eat, and explain why if I get sick, I’m much more likely to react to something else on this list within the next week … but then she proceeded to prescribe me a laxative (facepalm!), which is why I’m ready to try anything else before going back to another doc. Yay for modern medicine. Prescribe something to quell the symptom, though it’s the cause of the symptom in the first place. I heard of the GAPS diet to help heal your gut, but that’s crazy scary and complicated.

And that tidbit is brings me full circle to juicing. I was sick a lot of this week which completely derailed the non-plan plan that I unveiled last week. I didn’t workout for 2 unplanned days and I ate to survive (ICE CREAM). I don’t want to deal with GI problems anymore. So, I’m going to try a liquid-only diet — like a system reboot — for a while and see if my gut will heal a bit more. I finally watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead this week (coincidentally while I was at home sick with a GI issue), and did some research and found a bunch of people who’ve had IBS and other mystery GI issues who’ve been healed with a juice reboot.

So, why the hell not?

I do confess, I almost didn’t blog about this. I am worried that people will jump down my throat and try to say I’m going on some crash diet. I’m not. In fact, I see a counselor regularly who specializes in eating disorder therapy and is a nutritionist, and she suggested doing this a few months ago. I poo-pooed the idea (har, har, no pun intended). But now I’m open to trying it if it will help me not be sick so often.

Yeah, losing weight would be a nice side effect, but I’m probably going to lose muscle weight if I lose anything, and that blows. So weight loss is not the goal here. It’s about my digestive system becoming healthy. That’s why I decided to call myself a “part-time juicetarian” instead of saying I’m going on a juice fast. The word “fast” is negative, and even saying “I’m going on a juice fast” makes me want to eat a whole freaking pizza (extra gluten, please), while saying “I’m going to be a juicetarian for a while” has no effect on me whatsoever. Other than the craving for some beet juice. Possibly laced with apple cider vinegar.

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Do you have any special dietary needs? Have you tried a juice diet, or a cleanse, or anything of the like for health benefits (other than losing weight)? 

17 Comment

  1. Oh man, I should probably be joining you with this but instead I’m going to try and pay closer attention to what I’m eating again so I hopefully start eating better soon! 🙂

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Good luck! I’ve been kicking ass at eating better the last week, until something made me sick (likely quinoa). Lots of fruits and veggies. But when I’m sick fruits and veggies make me sick (see the “used to be on the list” list), so ice cream is about the only thing I can eat.

  2. Geez, all that you’ve been through, and are still dealing with, sounds terrible! I’m pretty fortunate that i do not have any severe allergies or sensitivities. There are certainly some foods that dont sit well with me, but nothing that i have to eliminate from my diet. I’m very curious to hear how the juicing works for you. Ive heard many positive things about it. Please do an update for us!

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Will do. I’m starting to get kind of scared of this … haha.

  3. Abbie says: Reply

    Have you read about the GAPS diet? It relies heavily on cultured foods (kombucha,cultured vegetables, kefir) and bone broths to rebuild digestive health. My aunt had suffered with IBS for years and it transformed her life. That said, it did take 3 years, no cheating, on it to recover her gut – but she’s now tanked most of her food allergies and rarely has flareups.

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Yes — I did. It sounds terrible and hard. I’m hoping I don’t have to do that. :/

  4. Laura says: Reply

    I have ‘IBS’ too and have been vaguely following a low FODMAPS diet for the last year. I find it really hard though as if I followed it strictly I would never be able to go out to eat.
    Stomach troubles can get so frustrating, so I reckon try anything you can that you think will help 🙂

  5. I just had an old coworker email me about juicing over the weekend and I pointed her to that movie, and recommended the Breville. Obviously, I know my stuff. 😉

    I hope this helps! I only wanted to juice for glamorous, superficial reasons…and because I was obsessed with this Apple Lemon Ginger juice they were selling at Central Market when I worked there. I just couldn’t do it. [Luckily I was able to get my money back.]

    That being said, if it helps you be able to EAT again…I am in FULL support.

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Oooh glamourous and superficial reasons? I’ve got some of those too, but GI is on top of the list.

      I have an insane amount of energy today.

      I did break and eat yesterday but I’m planning on sticking to juicing today! I’m definitely not running any time soon … that would be a dangerous game.

  6. Emily says: Reply

    I did a mini juice cleanse once, and LOVED it. (Just a weekend thing) Although I did realize that I really (Really) hate beets. It’s kind of hard to find recipes with out beets in them.

    I got so little juice out of my purchases, so I kind of stopped doing it regularly. I’m hoping to start up again once we have a garden. It would be a GREAT way to use up all the extra produce!

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Ooh … agreed on the garden thing! And your pulp could be used for compost. Winning.

      Yeah. I LOVE beets. And I’m sick of them. Juicing beets for tomorrow. Maybe. Or squash. I think I need a break from beets after yesterday.

      I’m on day 3 now, and so far, so good. I’ll see if I can do 5 days.

      I got enough stuff for 3 days, but I’ve not used all of it. I think I can stretch it to 5 days. I have an update post scheduled for tomorrow. 🙂

  7. Oh wow, I can’t believe all the things you can’t eat! I was going to mention Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and what it says about the powers of juicing. I’ve never done it personally, but hopefully it will work wonders for you! 🙂

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