I’ve gotten a bunch of questions over the past couple of days about the juice reboot that the beau and I are doing. In this post I’ll try to answer the most frequent questions I get, sometimes on a daily basis. I’ll also do a short review of how it’s been physically and emotionally.
Why are you juicing? I’m juicing because I want to “reset” my daily diet so that it’s aligned with my long term goals. I want to be a healthy person, one that doesn’t default to processed foods such as pasta or a loaf of bread when I’m too lazy to cook dinner. Wine and tomatoes and a loaf of bread are frequent choices of mine, let’s be honest. I want to spend these next 15 days reflecting on my future and how I see myself; I want to be fit, making smart(er) choices and someone that inspires others to make a change within themselves. My body was craving these nutrients and there is no easier way (for myself) other than juicing. I was also very motivated after hearing Joe Cross speak last week.
How is juicing healthy? How I see it is fruits and vegetables carry the energy of the sun- along with vitamins and minerals- and we as humans can consume these to stay healthy. The actual piece of produce is made up of three things (keeping it super simple here): those nutrients, water and a structure to carry the nutrients and water. We don’t necessarily need the structure (fiber) in our daily diets if we have a direct source to the nutrients, which is what juicing does. So basically I’m consuming the healthiest parts of the fruits and vegetables, without consuming the fiber. Just think about it: I’d have to chew a lot of raw produce, and do I mean a lot, to get all of the nutrients found in one serving of fresh juice. No one has that time or jaw-power!
But how do you get your protein? Over the next 15 days I will be receiving my protein from the plants! I’ve bought pounds of greens (kale, spinach, chard, broccoli) to juice. I am not worried about becoming deficient in such a short period of time.
What juicer do you use? I have a Breville Juice Fountain Compact. I do believe Santa Claus brought me this about three or four years ago and she’s still working great. With two people juicing in the apartment, the process does take a little longer because we have to clean it in between juice batches. I think our next investment (if this is something we both will commit to multiple times a year) will be a masticating juicer; these get more juice out of leafy greens.
I could never do it- don’t you feel hungry? Nope, I don’t. And yes you could do it, you would just have to try.
Are you using a specific plan? This time around I am, actually. I’ve done a two week juice reboot in the past where I strictly drank juice and just found recipes all over the Internet. This time around I choose Joe Cross’ 15 Day Reboot Plan. This plan has five days of eating + juicing and then the last 10 days juicing. I’m happy with this plan for two reasons:
- It includes a detailed menu for each day of the reboot and also a full shopping list. I of course doubled everything and wouldn’t you believe that we are almost out of the recommended 64 carrots they suggested, and we are only on day three!
- This plan eases our bodies into juicing. More on this soon.
I am not going to lie, this plan is expensive and is even more expensive when you purchase organic produce. There’s no easy way to say it however, I’d rather pay more for what I put into my mouth now rather than healthcare later on. Taking into consideration how much we eat out during the week and how much we will be saving, it comes out slightly higher than what we typically spend. And it’s only for 15 days. Groceries for the first 5 days totaled almost $130- but that’s about $13 per day per person. Sorry friends, no couponing is going to bring you this much health in such a short period of time.
PROS: I honestly have felt amazing these past three days. I am actually craving day six when I will be juicing all of my meals as weird as it sounds. Right now eating salads and raw soups almost seems like a waste of time, but I eat everything that’s planned. Speaking of planning, the beau and I are both loving the structure of what to eat when. I spend about an hour the night before juicing and cooking and cleaning up the kitchen. I do enjoy meal planning and may do a lot more of it (in more detail) when we are completed with this reboot.
I’ve enjoyed all of the juices that we’ve had so far and am going to make the raw kale salad in the future as well. It’s quite simple: mash half an avocado into a bowl, whisk in a tablespoon or less of EVOO, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and honey if your diet allows. If not- fresh orange juice is a great substitute of sweetness. Salt, pepper and some red pepper flakes finish it up. Massage into the raw kale and enjoy!
Physically I feel great! Yesterday I went out for an easy four mile run and didn’t feel labored once finished. I have a race on Saturday that will be completely fueled by juice and a HUGE hike planned for Sunday. I’m nervous about having to carry that much liquid but remind myself that it’ll get lighter as the day goes on.
CONS: For me, I am constantly running to the bathroom throughout the day. Liquid to start the day, liquid for all of my meals, at least two liters of water throughout- you get the picture. I’m just trying to retrain my mind into thinking that each time I go, I’m moving and burning calories going up those darn stairs. For the beau, he sure is missing his caffeine. Although he gave up coffee almost a year ago, he still drinks 3-6 servings of green tea each day. He does feel tired and this evening he mentioned almost depressed. He and I are both hoping that tomorrow will be the turning point for him, cleansing his body of the cravings.
I do not like ginger. I repeat, I do not like ginger. I’ve learned to scale back on the amounts suggested to my liking, especially in the raw carrot ginger soup. Barf.
I am not sleeping well, at all, but do not relate the two. In fact, I blame the time change. I so got this season wrong and psyched myself up over the bright mornings. Wrong. Doom. Darkness. That’s how I can explain my mornings.
So that’s a wrap of the first three days of our juice reboot. Leave a comment or question below, and I’ll address it in the next update.