Day 4

day 4So, day 4 has been my best yet.  I had a great sleep and woke up feeling really refreshed and not a hint of a headache.  I really hope that this is the last I’ll see of the headaches.  I must admit I am a bit worried how I’ll go once I’m on my juice fast from Saturday, I hope the headaches don’t come back.

I started the day with the most amazing juice of half a beetroot, 3 mandarins, 1 Green Apple, 4 Carrots, half a lemon and a knuckle of ginger root.  Definitely my favourite combo so far and a great way to start the day.

I had made a batch of pumpkin soup the night before and had a portion for lunch today which really hit the spot.  I am enjoying what little bits of food I have been having over the last 4 days.  Apple and Berries in the morning, my salad or soup at lunch and usually some sweet potato and cumin baked oven fries in the evening, and of course some juices throughout the day.  To think that that luxury of food is nearly up, I do have my reservations as to how I will cope with not having anything to crunch in my mouth.  But I am determined to give it my best shot.

I have only told my husband and daughter and two friends that I am on this venture.  I will let more people know once I’ve got it down pat and can cope.  You’ve got to love it when one of those friends texts and says she’s got a big bag of grapefruits and oranges for me.  Last weekend she gave be lemons and green apples.  I feel very spoilt.  Who knew one could get so excited over fresh fruit.

My biggest challenge for today was to cook my daughter’s evening meal.  I made a chicken teriyaki stir fry with noodles for her.  It helped that I wasn’t particularly hungry at the time, but the aromas wafting up did have an effect of me.  I had left over Pumpkin Soup which I heated and enjoyed as soon as I was done.  It really wasn’t too much of a big deal.

I am proud of myself that I have stuck with this 100% so far.

Hurom 400 Pro Juicer

I got a great deal on my juicer and only paid $349.00 (a significant discount to the rrp).  While this sounds expensive compared to other juices on the market, considering the ease of use, yield of juice and cleanup it is worth it’s weight in gold.

Hurom JuicerThe Hurom 400 Pro Juicer is a cold pressed juicer, which preserves the maximum amount of vital nutrients and enzymes in the fruits and vegetables, unlike centrifugal juices which create some heat and therefore kill off some of the goodness.

I especially love that I get a great yield of juice from the fruits and vegetables.  When extracted, the pulp is extremely dry and near impossible to squeeze a drop out of it.

The juicer sits on my bench and actually looks stylish and takes up very little room.  Cleanup is done is a matter of a few minutes which is a huge bonus considering how long and cumbersome other juicers take to clean.

If I was to give this juicer a star rating, it would be 5/5.

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.

Day 1

day 1

After a slightly restless night’s sleep, I woke today feeling a mix of emotions.  I was excited to get my journey underway, but with that comes the fear of the unknown and the self doubt.

My first task for the day was to weigh in.  I’ve decided that I will only weigh and post my results once a week as I don’t want to be a slave to the scales.  While my goal is obviously to lose weight, I want to enjoy all the non weight-loss bonuses along the way.

It helped that I got organised the night before, which meant that I woke, weighed, showered and dressed, grabbed all my supplies from the fridge and was out the door.  No stress.Carrot Juice

I had a great morning and enjoyed my juice (Carrot, Apple and Ginger) and loved the crunch of my salad at lunch.  That is one thing I think I am going to miss once I start my juice fast – the crunch and textures of food in my mouth.  My afternoon juice was again Carrot, Apple and Ginger – yummo.

By late afternoon I felt like my head was cloudy and heavy.  It was a strange sensation and it felt hard to concentrate at work.  It progressed into a fairly nasty headache.  I have no doubt my detoxing has begun (I haven’t had coffee for 3 days).  I had packed a Mean Green juice just as an ‘in case juice’ and had half a serve of this and drank quite a bit of water.  Though the cloudiness subsided, the headache didn’t.  As I suffer from Migraines, I had to resort to taking some Nurofen which did take the edge off, but didn’t get rid of the headache completely.  It really put a dampener on what had been a great first day.

When I got home, I had my first taste at temptation.  I opened the fridge to find the leftover Chinese meal from the night before.  Thankfully I wasn’t feeling hungry and was able to shut the door and walk away.  I got to preparing my juices, soup and salad for the following day which got me busy and took my mind off it.

I really wasn’t hungry at dinner so I made the Carrot and Sweet Potato fries with Cumin and munched on those while I watched a little TV.  I went to bed a little earlier than usual, still with a heavy head, but happy that Day 1 was done and dusted.  I had a fairly restless sleep.

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.

How I Got to This Point

Over the past 8 months I have been following a weight loss programme.  While I believe the programme is one of the better diet and exercise programmes on the market in Australia, for me, it had too much leeway, allowing me to tailor the weekly menu to suit my food preferences, those that were high in carbohydrates and sugar.  There were weeks that I stuck to the programme 99% of the time and exercised, yet the scales didn’t move significantly.

While I have lost some weight over this time and maintained the loss, I just haven’t seen changes relative to the effort I have put in.  It got me thinking that perhaps there was an underlying reason why the weight wasn’t shifting.

On a Tuesday evening while flicking through the channels on TV, I happened to come across a juicer demonstration.  They were demonstrating the Hurom Pro 400 Juicer and were discussing the benefits of juicing.  Of particular interest to me was the fact that this juicer was a cold pressed juicer which preserves the maximum amount of vital nutrients and enzymes in the fruits and vegetables.  This means the juice can be stored in the refrigerator and kept “alive” for up to 48 hours.

The following day I put in an online order for the Juicer.  I knew I would need some juicing recipes and started to do some online research for some recipe books.

I came across a book titled ‘Raw Juice Can Save Your Life’ by Dr Sandra Cabot.  I downloaded this to my Kindle and read the book on Wednesday night.  Dr Cabot talked about  the benefits of daily juicing and the book was a really interesting read.

On Thursday I downloaded one of Dr Cabot’s other books titled ‘Fatty Liver, You Can Reverse It’.  On reading this book, I knew I had many of the symptoms outlined, which indicated that I have a Fatty Liver.  It is caused by incorrect diet, excess weight, alcoholism and diabetes (though I don’t have diabetes and am not an alcoholic).  Most people with a fatty liver in general feel relatively unwell, experience fatigue and find it very hard to lose weight.

Thankfully Dr Cabot says that a Fatty Liver can be reversed.  One of the methods Dr Cabot suggests is drinking raw vegetable juice on a daily basis.  I finished the book in a day and on Friday, continued to do some more online research on Juicing and the benefits and somehow found a link to Joe Cross’ Documentary titled ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’.  I found a link on you tube which I emailed to myself and after work that day sat down and watched it.  If you are interested, you can view it on You Tube.

Wow, is all I can say.  I was left extremely amazed, inspired, revitalized and knew that I had to give Joe’s principles a go.

I can’t believe that in the space of 4 days, I had not only been introduced to juicing but had also come to the conclusion that this was the path forward for me.

The count down was on to the arrival of my juicer.  I couldn’t wait to get started.

There were obviously a few thoughts in my head as to what my family and friends were going to think of my decision.  My first hurdle though was to convince my husband that this is something I should do.

What better way to get him to watch ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’.  We sat down together on Sunday afternoon and watched it.  I didn’t say much throughout but having watched it for a second time reaffirmed to me that this was the way to go.

Dave looked at me when it finished and just said “Wow, that was amazing and it makes so much sense”.  We had a chat about how well both Joe and Phil had done on their juice fasts.  Dave then said “Babe you can do it too”.  What more could I ask for but the love and support of my husband.

Now Dave in himself is absolutely amazing.  After turning 40 in November last year, he made the decision about 4 months ago to get fit and healthy.  He has been so disciplined and motivated on his journey and to date has lost a whopping 28 kilos.  He is about 5 kilos away from his goal.  He started running daily and built up little by little and is now running around 11km per day.  I couldn’t be prouder of him.  He hasn’t been juicing, but sees that this would be a great tool to maintaining his weight loss in the future.

I can’t wait to get started.

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