Friday I announced that I was going on a 15-day juicing feast in order to help clean up my GI system and hopefully get rid of some of the allergies that I have.
You read that right. I said feast. I’m feasting on juice!
A long time ago I did a post with this cute “bonus and bummer” format, and I thought I’d make it a somewhat regular thing.
What are the bonuses and bummers of juicing?
Bonus: I was done grocery shopping within the first 50 feet of my grocery store.
Bummer: I spent more on groceries for 3 days as I normally spend in one week. But I’ve figured out what veggies/fruits work best to juice, so I know what cheaper produce I can substitute out next time I shop.
Bonus: I don’t have to think about what’s on my menu, or where I’m getting lunch.
Bummer: I get to drink one giant thing of juice each day. It’s more convenient to just make one juice a day, so that’s what I’m stuck with … and it’s green.
Bonus: I have more energy than I can handle.
Bummer: I can’t go running right now. It’s a dangerous idea to juice and run.
Bonus: I’ve been frequenting my yoga studio.
Bummer: I hadn’t gone for a while so I’m pretty inflexible.
Bonus: I get to drink my beets.
Bummer: I’ve gotten really, really sick of beets.
Bonus: I’ve finished a bunch of knitting and crochet projects.
Bummer: I’ve got a lot of extra time on my hands, and I’m just dreaming of food that I could be eating (juice is delicious, but there’s something to be said about chewing!)
Bummer: I’ve got leftover pulp from juicing.
Bonus: I’m saving the carrot pulp for an amazing carrot cake to take to Christmas this year.
So really, how is it going?
Saturday I awoke to my Breville on my doorstep, ready, and rarin’ to juice. Mark and I went grocery shopping, and for the first time in more than 2 years, we split up and paid separately. I made the mean green juice for Saturday and sipped that all day. Sunday was carbeeple juice + ginger, and I broke down at the end of the day and ate solid food. I had an apple with some peanut butter and a bowl of flax cereal with almond milk. It felt good to chew, but it didn’t feel really good later when I was digesting it.
I’ve been tracking my juice intake to be sure I’m not starving myself. I’m not. I actually am getting the right amount of calories, and oddly enough, the right amount of sodium. A large batch of carbeeple juice actually gives me MORE calories than I need in a day, so I’m definitely not starving myself (which is what people think of when they hear the word “fast”).
I’ve not been doing much activity. The gross part about this is that your body is getting rid of all the junk in it, and I definitely don’t recommend running or jumping around. I might try biking sometime soon, but for now I’m sticking to yoga and strength training.
I’m also breaking a few rules (besides my eating solids on Sunday). They say to quit taking your supplements while juicing because you get all that you need from your juice. Well, juice doesn’t have Omega 3 fatty acids, so I’m still taking those. I also am afraid of losing muscle, so I’m supplementing my juice meals with one (vegan) protein shake a day.
I’ve tossed around the idea of having one solid meal in the evening, but that’s when I tend to snack. If I allow myself to do that, I’ll probably eat everything ever (and not just fruits and veggies like the reboot recommends). So for now, I’m sticking to juice, protein shakes, and herbal (no green 🙁 )tea.
Ever tried juicing or an elimination diet for GI issues? How did it go for you?