My juicing journal
Day 1 (Tuesday): I feel a little hungry, but not too bad. My stomach feels a little uneasy, kind of grumbly. Trying to remember to drink enough water. Nathaniel says he is hungry and tired. We both rested after work (no gym) since we went skiing all day yesterday.
Day 2 (Wednesday): I feel good. Left work early because of a snowstorm, so didn’t go to the gym as planned. Nathaniel says he is still tired and hungry, and has a headache. He says he feels like he is in a mental fog. I am getting some acne, a common detox symptom as toxins leave your body through the skin. I was tempted to taste the dinner I was feeding to my daughter, but I resisted!
Day 3 (Thursday): Snowed in! Not really, but I don’t want to shovel the driveway. Working from home. Being at home is harder than being at work – there is a kitchen full of food, and it feels like the kind of day for soup and hot chocolate. Ate a few almonds. Feeling dehydrated – at work I constantly keep a water bottle with me, but I drink less when I’m at home. Afternoon juice had too many beets – for some reason that makes my throat irritated. Did not like evening juice of watercress, bok choy, fennel, cucumber, and mango – too green tasting. I only drank half of it. Nathaniel says he still feels tired, but he isn’t hungry anymore. Neither of us exercised today.
Day 4 (Friday): Date night! Tonight we are going to see Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance performance, at the performing arts complex downtown after work. I feel great, although I would rather go to a wine bar than a juice bar before the show. I’m not actually hungry, but I do love food, and I miss trying new restaurants on date night. I’m really sad that we are juice fasting during Restaurant Week. I am really happy about the weight loss I am experiencing though. I’ve lost over a pound a day the last few days. I’m sure that will taper off (probably a lot of water weight), but it is encouraging! Since January 1st I have now lost 11 pounds, about 6 of which I have lost since we started transitioning into the juice fast. Today I wore a pair of pants that I haven’t worn in a long time because they have been too tight.
Revision: The juice bar actually closed at 4pm, so we couldn’t have juice there for dinner. With only an hour and a half before the show, we couldn’t go home either, so we ended up just going to a restaurant and getting a salad.
Day 5 (Saturday): Finally made it to the gym this morning. Nathaniel ran for 30 minutes, and I did 45 minutes of strength training and 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training on the elliptical. I had a green smoothie afterward with the Vega powder, and later in the afternoon had an extra scoop of Vega with almond milk since I lifted weights. Feeling good. Made a new juice recipe for dinner: spinach, parsley, cucumber, pear, papaya, and ginger. The papaya smells amazing! Juicing would be better in the summer.
Day 6 (Sunday): Snowed in again. This time a real blizzard – over a foot of snow and high winds. Nathaniel had to shovel himself out to go to the grocery store. We are using so many vegetables. Only a few days’ worth will fit in the refrigerator, and we want fresh stuff anyway, so we are re-stocking every two or three days. We both feel really good today – the detox symptoms are easing and the energy is kicking in. The hunger is completely gone. I didn’t exercise today. Nathaniel worked on renovating the basement for about 7 hours.
Day 7 (Monday): Shoveled ourselves out of the snow and went to work. I’m glad to be out of the house, and it’s a beautiful day. I feel good. Nathaniel is tired and sore from all the work in the basement over the weekend, but otherwise feels good – no hunger or headache. I went to Zumba after work and had a great workout. I had more energy than usual.
The first week is the hardest
The first week of a juice detox is hard. Even though the juice makes you feel good and gives your body all the nutrients it needs, it’s hard to get out of the habit of eating. Most people eat a lot out of habit instead of eating only when they are hungry. I missed food, but I haven’t been hungry since the first day or two. I have eaten a few almonds and a couple of pieces of fruit though, plus the salad on Friday night.
I didn’t experience many detox symptoms, but some people do. Nathaniel experienced some fatigue and headaches. I think it depends on how healthy your diet and lifestyle were before you start the juice fast. If you normally eat an unhealthy diet and don’t exercise, your body will contain a lot of toxins that it needs to expel. This will cause you a lot of discomfort – some people report headaches, stomachaches, nausea, lethargy, and even kidney pain. But do your best to stick it out – the only way to get rid of all the toxins in your body that are negatively affecting your health is to detox!
This week alone, I lost 4 pounds, in addition to the 3 pounds I lost in the previous two weeks that we were transitioning into the juice detox. This brings my total weight loss to 12 pounds in the last 8 weeks. Not bad! I’m pretty happy with my results. Nathaniel also lost 4 pounds in the past week. He had lost 6 pounds in the previous two week juicing transition, so his total weight loss is now 10 pounds. We are planning to continue the juice fast for several more weeks, so hopefully the good results will continue!
Read about week 2 here.