Day 2 was interesting.
It started out great. I knew I had energy before I was even vertical. My eyes popped open at 7:00 a.m. and I turned to my husband and said “I’m awake! Like REALLY awake!” It was weird to open my eyes and instantly feel awake and like getting up. Is this how you morning people feel? Jealous.
I started the day out with my typical lemon water. 16 oz.
For breakfast, I decided to skip the lighter breakfast juice options drinks and go right to the Mean Green.
It tasted good and I felt full.
No headache from lack of coffee. The only ache or pain I had was slight headache on day 1 that lasted about 30 minutes. No big deal. I’ve been thankful, lots of people going through detox report headaches.
Mid morning, I started craving savory. Most of these juices have apples in them which make them more sweet. The thought of anything sweet was not appealing. I wanted a juice that tasted like a savory meal. I went through my recipes and found one that was called Bruchetta. I love Bruchetta, so off to the store to buy tomatoes and basil. Tomatoes was about the only vegetable that I didn’t buy (of course).
I made the Bruchetta. It didn’t make much juice, but it did hit the spot for my savor craving. I put ice in it, but after tasting it strained out the ice. I wanted it room temp. Actually, I wanted it hot like soup broth, but the rule is nothing over 104 degrees (kills nutrients?) and I didn’t want to take the time to check my soups temperature, so I drank it a bit chilled.
As the afternoon wore on, I started feeling tired, weak and hungry.
It got worse and worse around dinner time. I found myself craving foods I have not wanted in forever! I’m sure it didn’t help that I made lasagna for my family. I found myself staring at the noodles and wondered if licking the sauce off of them would count as ‘vegetable juice.’ I might or might not have stuck my finger in the sauce for a quick taste. Shhh.
My choice of juice for dinner was Beet Rejuvenator. I really used to hate beets, but the more I eat them, the more my palate adjusts. This juice was really quite good. It surprised me. The carrots help sweeten and ginger and lemon always add a great flavor. Cucumber mellows everything out.
I told my husband I didn’t feel right. I stood up and instantly had to put my head between my legs. I felt like I was going to pass out. I immediately knew it was a blood sugar issue. I’ve always have had suspicions that I might be prone to hypoglycemia.
My husband asked me a question and I pretty much bit his head off. It was a good thing the kids were in bed at this time, or they may be headless, too. Right after my bite, I said, “something is wrong, I need to check my blood sugar. ” We have a kit in the house for my youngest, who was diagnosed with Diabetes but then the diagnosis was withdrawn (that’s another post, super awesome miracle), so we have a kit on hand.
Normal blood sugar for me is over 100. You are considered Hypoglycemic if you are under 70. It effects brain function if it goes under 50. I was at 68.
I immediately went to the kitchen, and cut up an orange. It was delicious. I also had a dry piece of toast, I wanted crackers, but we were out. I immediately felt better.
I checked my levels today and they are normal. Yay!
I am going to continue on with this, but I’m adding food. I will still get at least 2 fresh juices in each day, striving for 3, and eat very clean for my meals. I still feel like it is a cleanse, and at the Reboot site they have options for juice cleanses with food, so I don’t feel like this is a big fail. I will listen to my body and eat accordingly– unless it tells me to have a steak and a snickers bar.
While on message boards, I read something interesting that made a whole lot of sense to me. Here is the conversation:
Hey guys, a mild caution. Fasting is not for everyone. Most Americans will benefit, but not all. Fasts are good for people that have too much congestion, which most Americans have. But, if you are deficient of energy, pale tongue, a weak pulse, a fast can make you more deficient, and thus a bad thing. I have a friend who put a man on a fast, and his results were like this guys. The man was so impressed he sent his wife in to him. He thought why not? So he put her on the same fast and it almost killed her. She was weak, he was strong. She was deficient, he was excess. People who are weak, or deficient should not fast unless it is very carefully designed for them.
I’m not sure if my issues were I am small and have no extra weight on me, if my body was losing weight to quickly, (4 pounds in 2 days) or if I was already prone to hypoglycemia and my body just can’t handle juice only. It could also be that I didn’t drink enough juice, I just couldn’t fit in 5 a day, only 3. Most people don’t have an issue with this.
I will continue to post what I eat and how it makes me feel throughout the rest of this week.
~Pure juice fasting is great for a lot of people, but not for everyone.
~Listen to my body
~You can still have a successful cleanse by juicing and keeping diet clean
~There is a reason there are several “reboot” plans to choose from
~Food rocks! (but so does juice, especially Mean Green Juice!)
I lost 2 pounds in one day, and weight is not something I want to lose, so adding food back by day 4 is pretty much a no choice for me.
It was not too time consuming. Making a juice a rinsing my juicer takes me no longer that making a sandwich and putting everything away, so time wise it is no big deal. Actually, it makes life easier, not preparing food!
I do believe our bodies were created to detox themselves, but due to an environment of chemicals and toxins in our air, food and water, I think our systems are getting overloaded. Some can handle this overload. Others can’t. Being a 2 time cancer survivor (Melanoma -Stage 1 and Breast Cancer-Stage 3), my immune system obviously needs help, which is why I have so embraced nutrition.
I woke up to the excitement of being featured at two of my favorite online places! The first one is She Makes Hats, a site by my very talented and sweet friend, Robyn. Yes, the same Robyn who handles all my ads for me and pops up on this site once in awhile! I love her, and what she said about me at her blog really touched me! I had the privilege of being featured as one of the recipients of her amazing hats. I also got to play model, which was kinds fun..and funny! I love my new hat, I’m wearing it as I type!
This was breakfast today. It is day one of a juice detox/cleanse that I am trying out, inspired by this movie:
You will hear more than you probably care to about this all week! I’m about to go make my mid morning snack juice, called The Mean Green. So far so good, slight headache from lack of coffee!
Here is all the produce I brought home last night from Trader Joes and my local health food store. It is now stuffed in our refrigerator. My middle girl opened the refrigerator and said “Wow Mom, it is so pretty in here! This makes me want to eat healthy!” That was a proud moment for this Momma! I will be posting the cost of everything, it was less than I thought, thanks to Trader Joes!
I have a sick girl home today. She seems to get sick every spring break. She has spring seasonal allergies that trigger her asthma, which gives her an awful sounding barky cough. She is fine today, but was up most of the night. At one in the morning she was sitting in the bathroom with a Little House on the Prairie book while breathing in the steam from the hot shower, which is what finally got her cough to cease. Finally.
This morning it started to rain and storm clouds came in, so she decided to sit in our sun room to listen to the storm and make clay creations. We discovered this great book, The Incredible Clay book, when spring cleaning her room, and it has kept her busy for hours.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things I did was order a juicer. It was the best 99 dollars I have spent in a long time! I had read Kris Karr’s “Crazy, Sexy Cancer Life” and knew she was keeping her tumors “quiet” for over 7 years using only nutritional methods. The main practice that she swears by for her continued health is juicing her greens. Juicing is also the main practice of the Gerson Therapy for cancer, and there are several blogs out there that I love that tell of survivors experience with this.
I drank green, beet and carrot juices all though my treatment and after when healing from surgeries. I stayed healthy throughout my entire treatment (except for a weird ear infection from a small cut when chemo had my cell count low) and honestly felt like my immune system was stronger than ever during treatment. The only time I felt sick and weak was the first week of all 4 cycles of chemo, and that was to be expected. My doctors commented on how quickly my incisions healed, and I think what I put into my body nutritionally had a lot to do with it!
The last 3 months I have not been as regular with juicing, and I miss it. It is an amazing way to start the day, and I definitely notice a difference in my energy level and my complexion/skin. When I juiced regularly, I had a healthy glow about me. People commented on it all the time. I have been pretty regular with my green smoothies, but alternating them with fresh veggie juice is definitely the way to go.
1. By removing the fiber through the process of squeezing the pulp, we instantly lighten the load on our digestion. Nutrients pass directly into the bloodstream, and within minutes our bodies receive optimum fuel to feed our cells and help restore our immune systems. —Kris Carr
2. Fresh juice provides vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, proteins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and so much more!
3. You will have increased energy. This is one of the main motivations. I love how energized I feel when I juice!
4. Much of the goodness of fruit is locked in the fiber which is expelled from the body. When we juice the fruits and vegetables, their goodness is released from the fiber and we are able to drink their highly concentrated nutrients which are then able to enter our bloodstream very quickly. —Living and Raw Foods
5. The large amounts of concentrated nutrients one receives from juicing could never be eaten in one sitting. Imagine trying to make a smoothie out of the same amount of veggies used to make 16 oz of juice. You could never drink that much.
6. Drinking fresh juice guarantees you are receiving many of the nutrients you need. Bottled juices on the market have lost most of their nutritional value. Make sure you drink your freshly pressed juice right away, as nutrient loss happens fairly quickly.
7. It is a great way to use up fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. I have felt so much better about my lack of food waste now that I have a juicer. Fruits and veggies that are almost past their prime are perfect for juicing.
8. No matter how we try, man cannot replicate the amazing goodness that is in food that God through nature has provided for us. A supplement is necessary at times, but nothing can compare or compete with what nature can give through real food.
9. It increases alkalinity. It is said that diseases cannot thrive in an alkaline state. Fresh green juice is detoxifying and contains loads of chlorophyll. “Chlorophyll contains a powerful blood builder that’s said to increase red blood cells, improve circulation, ease inflammation, oxygenate the body, and counteract harmful free radicals. By eating (and drinking) a diet high in chlorophyll (raw fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens), we dine on liquid oxygen, the very substance we need to stay alive and thrive. —Kris Karr “Crazy Sexy Cancer Life”
Did you know there are a bazillion juice recipes out there? One of my fav–2 apples and 2 handfuls of fresh cranberries. Homemade Cran-Apple juice is AMAZING!