Reboot – Day 2

After a reasonably late night, I was able to sleep in this Sunday morning.  I got up at around 8.30am after a great nights sleep and felt fantastic.  I started my morning with a cup of hot water with Lemon and Ginger.

Jars of Juicy Goodness

Jars of Juicy Goodness

After looking at what produce I had in the fridge, I decided to stick with the juices that I made yesterday.  I got started on my juices for today, but then decided to do a double batch to see me through tomorrow as well.  As I store my juices in jars, filled to the top and sealed tightly which I then refrigerate immediately , I know that the juices will still be alive and fresh tomorrow.  This took a little time to do, but the jars looked great stacked in the fridge ready to go.

As I was showering and getting ready for the day, it struck me as to how great I felt.  I can’t recall feeling like this in a long while.  I just feel better in myself, have a really clear mind and am happy.

I had practically used up all my supplies of fruit and veg, so next stop was to the fruit and veg market with my daughter.  We are lucky to have some fantastic farmers markets in Perth, and we also have a massive fruit and veg warehouse market, where they buy direct from the local growers (where they can).  I hadn’t been out to this market for some time and was amazed at not only the freshness, variety of produce, but in addition the prices were up to half price off compared to other places I’ve shopped at recently.  I was a very happy girl at the checkout considering the volume of produce that I had in my trolley.

When I got home I spent some time washing all the produce in my organic fruit and vegie wash, dried off and packed away into the fridge.  This is what you call a healthy looking fridge.

By late afternoon I got prepared and cooked 3 different meals for my daughter for the week.  This kept me busy for quite some time.  It was a challenge to take myself off auto pilot when it came to tasting the dishes as I was cooking them – in stepped my chief taste tester, my hubby.  I packed everything into take away containers, labeled and froze for her to have in the week.  I think to be honest I have probably got around 3 weeks worth of meals for her but she will mix it up with other fresh things either she or I will cook during the week.  I would much rather do one big cook up, thank cooking each night of the week.

I enjoyed my Pear/Blueberry Pie (juice) after dinner (mean green juice) and relaxed for a bit and watched tv before bed.

Reboot – Day 1

OK, so as not to confuse you, but I am starting again at day 1, as I’m now officially on my juice fast.  It was going to complicate things (mainly for me to keep track) if I was to start at Day 6.

I was awake early today.  I lay in bed until I could see the sun coming out as It was a cold and wet morning in Perth (we are in Winter here in Australia).  I got up and dressed around 7.00am and headed straight into the kitchen to juice.

JuicingI worked out which juices I was going to make for the day (Joe’s reboot recipes) which included:

Sunrise Juice – Beetroot, Carrot, Orange and Apple (x 2 serves)

Mean Green – Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Green Apple, Ginger, Lemon (and a slice of Pineapple) (x 2 serves)

Apple/Pear/Blueberry Pie – Sweet Potato, Apple, Pear and Blueberries (x 1 serve – my dessert)

Having pre-washed all my fruit and vegies after purchase, before packing away, I find that it makes preparation prior to juicing fairly quick.  My juicer does require me to chop up the fruit and veg prior, but it isn’t too much of a bother.  I am finding it quite therapeutic juicing each day.  It makes up for the time that I am usually in the kitchen cooking everyday.

We had my nephew’s 2 year old Birthday Party to attend today.

Before we left I packed 2 jars of juice and water (with lemon) into a cooler bag, along with an ice brick to keep everything cold.

It was really tough to resist the food and drinks on offer at the party.  There were all the usual party favourites, cakes, lollies, hot savouries, birthday cake etc.  But I stood with a glass of water in hand while I caught up with family and friends, politely saying no as the platters of food came past.

We had a fairly long drive home and my husband and daughter decided they’d like to stop to get some takeaway Sushi Rolls on the way home, so of course I obliged.  Sushi is one of my favourite foods, but I resisted.  Thankfully I had one of my juices to tide me over.

I can’t say that I experienced particular hunger today, nothing that water didn’t take care of anyway.  It helped to keep myself hydrated during the day.  While it was tough coming up against those temptations, I can’t say that it was a particularly hard day.

I LOVED all my juices today.  I was so thankful to find that I was able to substitute Peaches for Pears and Blueberries.  Seeing all my Reboot friends in the Northern Hemisphere enjoying their peach pies got me rather envious.

So day 1 down and as I know that I can handle temptation, I want to keep going.

Days 2 and 3

Days 2 and 3I have been really proud of myself the last few days.  I haven’t faulted once and haven’t really experienced any hunger.  My hubby has been fantastic and phoning me throughout the day to see how I’m doing – love that Man.

One thing I have been conscious of is to drink more Water as I’m guilty of never drinking enough.  I have been diligently having my hot water with lemon and ginger each morning and keep a 1L bottle on my desk at work which I refill and use to top up my cup throughout the day.

I am still trying to figure out which juice recipes work best.  This is very much trial and error.  I do know that I’m not yet up for a whole beetroot in my juice – will try half next time.  As far as the green juices go, I have been able to tweak Joe’s Mean Green Juice by adding in a half a pear or some fresh pineapple and balancing the Kale and Spinach rather than just Kale.  I figure it will take some time for my taste buds to get used to having less sugar.  I want to love mean green juice and be able to have it more than once per day, but I’m not there yet.

As I’m on the 5 day reboot preparation before my juice fast, one of the recipes I made for lunch was Raw Carrot & Ginger soup.  It was blended with avocado and honey, but I found the consistency and taste slightly strange, probably also because I had it cold.

The headaches continued both days, though I slept really well the night of day 2 and actually work the next morning to feel quite refreshed.

I do feel less stressed about what I’m doing and as long as I’m organised each night for the day ahead, it hasn’t been so hard at all.  Tomorrow I need to tackle cooking for my daughter which I think will be a little tough.  I cooked a few meals which I portioned and froze for her to have, but I can’t expect her to have a freezer meal every night.  That will be the challenge on day 4, cooking and resisting temptation.

At the end of day 3 I felt considerably better with just a niggle of a headache.

Getting Prepared

So last Tuesday was an exciting day.  My juicer was delivered to work.

Fruit and VegOn my way home I stopped to buy a fresh and bountiful supply of fruit and vegetables.  I got home, washed all the produce and put it all away.  I have bought a combination of organic and non organic vegetables.  I use an organic fruit and vegetable wash to help rid the produce of pesticides, bacteria and general germs.

Now, to the exciting part – unpacking the juicer.  It was really easy to set up and go through the instructions to understand how to use it.  Now what to make?  I made an Apple, Orange and Watermelon combination that was absolutely to die for.  I shared some with my daughter and she loved it.

Over the last few days I’ve been making lots of different juices.  I’ve been trying to stick to juices of 80% Vegetables and 20% Juice, though have had to add a little extra fruit to the green juices.  I expect that over time my taste buds will get used to having the vegetable juices and won’t need to add as much fruit.  I find it most convenient to juice each night and refrigerate for the next day in jars.  I have an ice pack and cooler to transport my juice to work.

I’ve discovered a lot of information at Joe’s website and downloaded his 15 day reboot plan.  This plan contains a plan for a 5 day preparation programme, followed by a 10 day reboot.  I plan to follow this and do the 10 day reboot, though I would like to keep going to 30 or even 60 days.

I have also joined the most fantastic and supportive Facebook Group.  This is something I would absolutely recommend.  Align yourself with others who are on a similar journey to yours.  The wealth of knowledge and support you gain is priceless.

On Friday I consumed my last coffee – and yes I enjoyed it.  I gave myself the weekend to have one last little splurge, though didn’t overdo it.  I continued to have my daily juice.

I went through the reboot plan again on Sunday to familiarize myself for the upcoming week.  I also organised my breakfast, lunch and juices for the following day so they’d be all ready to go.

I went to bed happy.