For those of you just tuning in:
Jake and I are currently doing a 30 Day Juice Fast in order to cleanse or “reboot” our diet and health. We watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (found on Netflix and Hulu) and started our fast the next day. There’s a tab at the top labeled “Juicing” that will pull up each post we’ve written about juicing since Day 1.
To add to the challenge, we are in the midst of a move. We’re sorting and packing and preparing for a move across the country from Kodiak, Alaska to Clearwater, Florida. Day 30 is the day we leave our island.
Week One I lost 12 pounds and Jake lost 10.6. I have a crazy addiction to sugar and carbs and this blog is where I’m sharing my story as I try to overcome a lifetime of poor eating habits and yo-yo dieting. It’s honest and probably not so pretty. I’d love to hear from you. Your comments and messages make it easier.
I’m overwhelmed by how many people have similar issues as I do. Who knew?! Thank you for sharing with me! I am humbled and lifted by all of you!!
Jake and I took a walk this morning. It had just finished raining and the wind was blowing and it was freezing, but it was nice to get out together. I took my albuterol inhaler before we left the house. I don’t take it often, just when I know that I’m doing something that will trigger my asthma. Cold temperatures and exercise is a double whammy. I wonder what my asthma will be like in hot humid conditions.
Before I got bundled in my coats I had Jake take a picture of me. I figured you should know what I look like. I’ll take one of him today too.
I’m feeling better today. I guess a day of crying helps to purge a whole lot of emotion. And I think that the sun make actually peak through today.
I’ve had some questions about how much I’m actually drinking per day. I usually have a 16 ounce juice 4 times a day. So that’s about 64 ounces a day. According to my sister, the Green Smoothie Girl recommends that you drink 96 ounces (3 quarts) for meal replacement. Tonight Jake is working and I hope to get some time to do more research. I want to make sure that as long as I’m doing this, I’m healing my body and not harming it.
We watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead again last night to motivate us. I’ve heard a lot about Forks Over Knives and would like to watch that too.
The kids have been doing really great since we started. We’ve got a lot of fish in the freezer that they have been eating along with rice and vegetables. Their fruit and vegetable consumption has risen dramatically since we started. No longer do they eat chips, cookies, candy, and sugary drinks during the day. We used to eat that diet regularly.
A typical day at our house before the juice fast:
Breakfast: cold cereal with 1% milk. (We tried to avoid sugary cereal, but we did have it occasionally)
Lunch: Tuna sandwich with mayo and pickles on whole grain bread. Served with a side of chips and maybe grapes.
Snack: Yogurt, string cheese, chips, or cookies. Whatever was around and available.
Dinner: Tacos with corn tortillas, hamburger, lettuce, homemade salsa, corn, beans, cheese, sour cream, avocado (if we can find them).
Dessert: Ice cream sundaes.
We always had chips, cookies, candy, pop cycles, and ice cream around the house. The focus was never on fruits and vegetable or whole non processed foods. That has totally changed. Although last night they made french toast and bacon and the smell about drove Jake mad. Breakfast foods have always been his weakness. It’s a good thing they weren’t eating a bucket of Red Vines. That might have been my undoing. In fact candy in general is a HUGE weakness of mine. I always kept a stash around.
Well, time to get back to the grind. The moving container will be at our house in 10 days to get loaded and our ferry leaves in 20 days to carry us off the island. Bitter sweet countdown.
My sister has been researching juicing and found this blog post from William Sonoma. It’s a great way to ease yourself into drinking full green monsters. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!
Today I have been starving. S T A R V I N G. I want to eat everything in sight. Seriously. I keep telling myself 20 more days. 20 more days. 20 more days. Right now I want a BIG yummy salad!!
Ready to go to bed and be done with today.