Juice Fast – Day 4

Note to self – next time, more juice.

This one is a bit pulpy.day 4

This photo doesn’t do the color justice.  It’s a deep beet red color – the perfect color for my nails at Christmas!  Which is only 7 months from today!  What?! 

I didn’t ride yesterday, but it’s on the agenda today.  It’s sunny and warm on the coast – perfect for a bike ride.  I live 3 blocks from a big campground and that’s where I walk my dog.  I don’t have to stress about highway 101 traffic when I there, but my new bike rack hasn’t been used – yet.

Maybe a ride to the water is in order.

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I’ll make sure to take my own photos!

Closing In On The end of Fast Day # 3

Pear, orange, red apple, nectarine, lemon, & carrot juice.dinner

This is my favorite juice/meal so far.  The pears were yum-O.  However, I’m beginning to think that a lot of things are going to start tasting good because it’s 7:00 pm here and tomorrow will be day 4 of the 8-day fast.

On a scale of 1 to 10 – one being hungry and ten being ravenous – I’m at a 3.5 overall.  I just drank dinner so right now I’m at a one.

If I can get through tomorrow – totally doable – I can finish this.  Once the half-way mark has come and gone, the finish line is always within sight.

It’s A Glass Of Lunch

It’s a pretty color though, right?

A cheeseburger sounds really good.

I watched four hours of Chopped last night.  I’m not even half-way through this 8-day fast, and already fantasizing about what to eat first on Tuesday.

My body isn’t being subtle telling me there’s no food in there.  And while I don’t feel like I’m starving – I do feel funny.   My anxiety is a little higher today than normal, which I’m attributing to having not eaten since Sunday.

Eating is something to do.  It’s about more than just assuaging hunger – it’s a fun past-time – like shopping for new espadrilles on Amazon.  Eating has been a small multi-tasking ritual that accomplished important endeavors simultaneously – it eliminated hunger, gave me something to do, and it occupied short periods of time.

Something else worth noting – vegetable juice is BORING.  Yummy food is something I look forward to.  I associate eating tasty morsels of flavorful goodness with positive feelings. I’m not experiencing positive feelings downing a glass of vegetable lunch.  There’s no psychological reward.

The anticipation of eating, the visual I get looking at something I’m about to devour – something that my nose tells me will taste good, the sensation of chewing, and the sensation of becoming satiated – these are all missing and this part of not eating is almost a bigger deal than the physical sensation of getting by on four glasses of thick juice a day.

Fasting Day 3 – A Bit Punchy

Brunch.ensureI didn’t have time for anything else this morning and this is actually what I normally have anyway, so it’s all good. Vanilla Ensure’s are tasty.

Today is day 3 of the 8-day juice fast and I’m noticing slight lethargy and punchiness, which equates to impatience.  Hunger comes in small waves and each time it does, I redirect it to go tackle the fat in my thighs.

Seriously.

I had a dream last night that I looked down at my tummy and it was a smooth, fat, blob of unfit belliness. which isn’t remotely what it looks like in real life.  While my belly isn’t rock hard, it doesn’t look like I’m about to give birth to an eight-pound jellyfish either. jelly2

It speaks to me though – lots of grumbling and squeaking/whining sounds going on.  It caught me a little off-guard yesterday with a loud combo squeak/grumble and I said, “Was that me?”

It was.

Juice Fast Lunch – Day 2

I picked up some goodies at the grocery store this morning and it’s only now occurred to me to share that I am – in no way – whatsoever – a cook.  While it isn’t necessary to be one to create vegetable juices, it would be helpful to know how much of what to toss into the Ninja.

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So, I’m guessing.

1/3 cup cucumber – peeled

2/3 cup broccoli

Handful of peeled baby carrots

Handful of spinach

1/3 of a big tomato

Three big squirts of lemon juice

One can V-8 followed by half a can of water

I said to myself “Jennifer, try to make it taste like a really nice bite of salad.”

Okay, so that didn’t work out.

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This juice fast I’m following suggests that vegetable juices – as opposed to fruit – are better at convincing the mind that it’s filling.  I’m not so sure I agree.  I think quantity has something to do with how full I’m feeling.

Look at all that mushy greenness!

It’s actually not too terrible and I think the V-8 is doing the magic here.  That and the lemon.

I’m going to have to remember to pick up more toilet paper at the store.

Time for a bike ride!

Eight-Day Juice Fast – Day 2

Surprisingly – I’m not starving to death.  I can tell that I didn’t eat all day yesterday; there’s a spaciousness inside – but I also don’t feel hungry.  This could be due to the fact that I never have an appetite in the morning.

I’ve guesstimated that I’m going to start getting really hungry – grouchy hungry – on Thursday.  I’ll tackle that when it happens.

The approach I’ve taken with all of this is to give my digestive system and liver a short holiday.  By the time those two things are emptied of their reserves, I should be on day 5, which means – I’ll really only be fasting fasting for three full days.  Although that’s not exactly what it feels like – I’m rolling with it.

I’ve never done anything like this – on purpose and sober – so I’ve already done something new here.

Cool.

After I finish the juice fast, I’ll taper for three days with four raw fruit and vegetable salads a day.  After that – I’ll eat a raw food diet for ten days.

And after that – a chocolate ice cream cone!

chocolate icecream cone

I actually meant to get one of those before I started the fast, but forgot.

I’m doing this because I believe it’s good for me and it’s a challenge.  I’m sure I can do it, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy or fun.  I’m curious to see my opinion about the entire thing once it’s said and done.

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Juice #Fasting – Day 1 Of 8

The toaster is no longer on the kitchen counter.  The food items in the refrigerator are going into the trash.  I finished off the most important stuff – M&Ms, tortilla chips, most of the expensive bread … beans, potatoes, sausage, eggs, and Italian soda.

TillamookThe cheese stays.

I keep telling myself to expect sweeping hunger pains and mood swings.  I may even be talking myself into a bad mood just thinking about what’s to come.

I used to go days without eating when I drank, but I was never hungry so it didn’t matter.  I really enjoy tasty food – especially crunchy stuff – so I imagine this isn’t going to be very much fun by early evening.

Coffee will remain on the menu as the one vice I’m not giving up.  It’s just too important.  The only thing I’ll be chewing for the next eight days is gum.  And I’m still undecided on whether or not to blow $300.00 on a juicer.

Any suggestions – anyone?

One thing I may have missed the mark on is how little – if anything – I’ll be saving at the grocery store.  Organic fruits and vegetables are expensive and it’s going to take a lot of them to make 6 – 8 servings of juice a day.  I normally spend around $75.00 a week for food items.