Since Monday, I've had nothing to eat or drink but fruits, vegetables, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, and water. It's sort of a modified juice fast. Modified in that I'm also eating fruits and vegetables. I'm not going to lie, I was apprehensive about this. I was very excited to try it, but was also very apprehensive. I thought I would be so hungry. I was so wrong. I haven't been hungry at all. A typical day has been a juice for breakfast, a juice and some vegetables for lunch, and either a juice or some more vegetables for dinner. I am also drinking lots of water throughout the day, and I feel great!
In the morning I've been having fruit juices. The two I liked the best were grapefruit-pineapple and grapefruit-orange-strawberry. Why am I not hungry? Uh, do you have any idea how much fruit goes into making a juice? For the grapefruit-orange-strawberry, I used one grapefruit, two oranges, and 24 strawberries. That's a lot of fruit!! I wouldn't ever sit down and just eat that. I put it in my cup and add tons of ice, and it's delicious.
I bring a mixer bottle with me to work with my lunch juice. Yesterday I had my favorite of the veggie juices. It was spinach-apple-pear. I used about 2 or 3 cups of spinach, three apples, and two pears. You cannot taste the spinach at all. Travis, my juicing partner in crime, swears that he loves it with beets added. I am so hesitant about that, but I'm going to take his word for it and juice up a beet. (Despite wanting to vomit as I say that.) For lunch yesterday I had a sliced up orange bell pepper and a sliced kiwi with my spinach juice. For dinner I had steamed edamame with some salt and pepper.
Doing this has not been nearly as difficult as I thought it would. The hardest part was no coffee or caffeine. I am a serious Diet Coke drinker. I haven't had any caffeine at all this week, and I have survived! Please read that laced with some sarcasm. Monday I had a raging headache that I can only attribute to not having any caffeine at all. I would typically drink at least two cups of coffee at home before going to work, then drink several Diet Cokes throughout the day. I stopped that cold turkey and started drinking freaking spinach juice. And I feel great! Tuesday I had a little headache, but nothing significant. Yesterday, no headache at all. I would still love to have a coffee, but I'm going to get through this seven days without it and then maybe switch to half decaf.
Yesterday was Chris' 40th birthday. We are celebrating this weekend with our family, but he loves chocolate chess pie, so I picked one up for him on my way home last night. (And yes, he's blowing out tea light candles on his chocolate chess pie. I had no other candles. Don't judge.)
Not having some of the pie took some restraint, but it was really more because I wanted to share it with my family than it was that I wanted to eat it. Although if I could have figured out a way to juice a piece of pie. . .
I'll let you know how the rest of the week goes, but so far, so good!