It’s not just juicing… it’s a way of life.
Before I get into the crux of this blog post, I want to first catch you up on my progress. As of February 12, 2013, my 100 day juice fast came to an end. I am happy to report that I was successful and achieved my main goal of hitting 210 lbs. and my second goal of getting between 200 – 210 lbs. I also stayed on track and did not cheat or waiver from my initial plans. Again, I did add protein shakes into my daily routine, but this was an exception I chose to make from the beginning due to my Crossfit classes at Alliance. With that said, I made it to 207 lbs. If you recall, I started at 250 lbs. and would have been happy with 210, but would have been thrilled with being under 210 and ecstatic if I made it to 200 or less. The 200 or less goal was out there, but I am absolutely thrilled with my progress and my results. I am hoping to get my weight down to the mid-170’s and will update as I plod along. As such, I’m moving to a more Paleo-focused diet. I need my meats!
Since my last blog post concerning my 100 days of juicing fast, I have had a bit of feedback/questions from friends via facebook. One of the many questions are:
- What other information can you provide to get started?
- What type of juice mixtures can I make?
- Do you take any supplements and what type/kind?
- What other natural products do you use?
My goal with this and with the next few future blog posts will be to answer these questions. In order to prevent a very long post (something I do too much of and need to reign in), I will break these questions into their own posts and address them individually.
Now that we got that out of the way, let me address the first question:
“What other information can you provide to get started?” (This will be discussed in two parts)
The first two resources that I advise everyone is to watch two documentaries, both are on Netflix:
I fundamentally believe that these two documentaries explain the entire concept of juicing with vegetables and fruits, and the benefits that they provide for your body, both internally and externally.
In addition to the movies, I am uploading three documents that I keep on my iPhone so that I have them as basic resources when I go shopping. You can click each title below as it is a link to the file:
- Juice Recipes – This gives a basic overview of recipes you can utilize to make your own juices. However, remember, that you do not have to follow each of these literally. You can blend and make your own. This is just a good tool to help you get started and to give you a base to start from. With that said, I always make one liter of green juice, whenever I juice, as my morning drink. I will provide the recipe I use for the green juice at the bottom of this post. I also have some of my own recipes that I created and will provide those in a later blog post.
- List of vegetables – This document is just a list of a variety of vegetables. If, like me, you are embarking on this and wondering, “Well, what can I use?” I want to let you know that you can pretty much use anything. I stay away from leeks, potatoes (although sweet potatoes are just fine), eggplant, lettuce and cabbage. I just didn’t like the taste and specifically with eggplant I recall (but can’t prove) reading that juicing eggplant could make you a bit sick. Not sure of the validity of that, but I never tried it to find out.
- Nutritional Benefits – This document gives an overview of vegetables and fruits, and lists the benefits that your body will obtain from them.
My biggest suggestion to anyone that wants to start on a vegetable and fruit fast is first start slow. Make a few juices that are about a glass each and get the taste of it down. That way you can tailor it to fit your taste buds before you make larger quantities. Most importantly, fruits act as your sweetener (they provide a host of benefits beyond just as a sweetener, but I’m speaking purely on taste right now) as they offset the tartness of the vegetables, but you should have lots of vegetables in all your juice mixes and should try not to go overboard with your fruits. They need to be in there, but not the main component each time. With that said, it’s nice to make just a berry or citrus drink and it’s fine to do so from time to time. You can also buy coconut water (either fresh Thai coconuts from Whole Foods, or, my coconut water of choice, Vita Coco. You can sometimes find the 1-liter of vita coco on sale at Publix) and add that into your drinks. Additionally, stay away from other stimulants. Yes, this means coffee and tea (just for the time being).
Oh and try to buy organic/from local farmers’ markets as much as reasonably possible. Another place, or a similar market in your area if you can find one is Freshfields Farm. This really is my main place. Next on my list, just due to my affordability is Whole Foods. Lastly, I will go to Publix, but with very few exceptions. I pretty much abstain from Walmart and Target. Again, try to buy local.
Now for the Green Juice Recipe:
Next, as I explained above, I always suggest that no matter what juices you make on your juice fast, one of your juices every day should be what is called the Green Juice. It is comprised of the following:
3-6 leaves of kale
A good handful bunch of spinach leaves (not the spinach in the bags, but fresh spinach leaves)
3-4 branches of celery
1-2 green apples
a thumb size (or as much as you can stand) of ginger root
Optional add-ins: Coconut water, 1 kiwi and/or you can also add a bit of pineapple if you need to, but that should be it. To the left is a picture of how my green juice typically turns out.
Special note: When you juice, make sure to take your leafy greens and ball them up into as tight of a fist as possible. This will help yield that maximum amount of juice from these type of plants, rather than putting them in a loose manner. As a tight, firm ball, it’s a more solid mass to be broken down by your juicer.
Part 2 of Juicing Fast Reloaded will be up shortly and will continue with this first topic of “What other information can you provide to get started?” I will also talk about storing your juice, because it’s not always feasible to make your juice immediately and then drink it on the spot. After part 2, I will move on to the other subjects that I listed above.