Juice Diary: Day 6

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Day six and I have decided to start to re-introduce “normal” food into my diet again, this decision because I simply feel like this reboot is coming to an end for me. It’s not really that I feel like I need solid food as much as I would like to go back to eating again, but it doesn’t matter, it is all good. I did five whole days on juice only and I am pleased with that, I will continue with juices for most part of the coming days – except dinner – till day 10 when I will change over completely. Saying that, completely doesn’t really mean just that since I will continue to exchange meals for juices every now and then depending on what I am doing (as in how much energy I need during the day etc) and eat healthy. I am so very excited about eating again, to be able to see if this reboot has made any change at all (I am pretty sure it has) and most importantly I am extremely keen on cooking, which used to be unheard of when it came to me. Pretty cool how things can change eh!

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In a minute or so I am going to start to prepare a salad containing some of the beauties above, fresh spinach, leek, lettuce, pepper, tomato, cucumber, rocket salad, carrots and lastly sprinkled on top a bit of parmesan cheese. I am so looking forward to eating this meal tonight I don’t think words could even begin to describe how amazing it is going to be. As much as I have enjoyed the juicing I have still missed sharing a meal with the people I love so this will be total bliss for sure! I must also say, Joe Cross you are a machine! I honestly have no idea how you managed to keep going for 60 days, it is an amazing achievement and even though I kind of understand that it is possible – I doubt that I would have been able to do it. With that said, I must add that I am tremendously grateful that I stumbled upon the Fat sick & nearly dead documentary, as it changed my mind about ‘reboots’ and made me want to try it out. Doing this juice reboot has taught me so much about my body and the difference between what my mind might think that I want to eat and what my body actually needs. I will be forever thankful for that much invaluable lesson. 

General feeling: Normal.
Mood: Wonderful!
Hunger: Sated.
Activity: Morning walk 3.7 km
Headache: Nope.
Weight:  -2.7kg

Juice Diary: Day 5

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Day five is here and that is my first big goal met and actually the “reboot plan” that I am currently on, finished! Yey to that and a big pat on my back for making it this far. However, since my idea from the start was to try for or 10 days of juicing, I will keep on going for a while longer. But as always, I will only continue for as long as I feel okay with it, every day I make a decision about what I want to do mainly based on my general feeling. I didn’t want this juice reboot to feel forced in any way and I genuinely think it is important to really listen to your body while doing something like this. I mean, isn’t that really what rebooting is all about, to learn more about our eating habits and ourselves. Of course there is also this amazing benefit of giving the body a chance to reboot into a better lifestyle than the previous one. But most important is still to feel motivated to follow it through all the way, not only through the juice reboot itself but the lifestyle change that comes afterwards. To me it is equally important to have my mind set to not wanting to mess up the opportunity given and be prepared to start (or continue..) eating smaller portions and keeping active.

Friday is one of my favourite days of the week, unfortunately I have had to cancel dinner dates with friends this weekend which is a shame but at the same time, there will be new weekends when this reboot is over and done with. As much as I would have loved to go out for a meal, I am also quite happy staying in focusing on finishing off the last days of the juicing. It will all pay off in the end I’m sure! I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday

General feeling: Normal, but had an upset stomach earlier this morning. Blueberries, that is all! 
Mood: Wonderful!
Hunger: Sated.
Activity: Morning walk 3.4 km (plus added 4.5 kg in rucksack)
Headache: Nope.
Weight:  -2.3 kg

Juice Diary: Day 4

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Day four is here and with it came the sensation of feeling “totally normal” again. This is something I didn’t expect at all but of course welcome with open arms! I have previously read on the Joe Cross forums that many people start to feel like themselves again on day four but I didn’t dare to believe that it would happen to me. No idea why since everything else has worked out more or less exactly the way it has been described. But maybe it was because I haven’t really felt like I was that different to my normal self, just experiencing a feeling of being a bit “jetlagged”. I have thought a lot about why some people say that they feel more energetic when doing the juice diet and the two reasons I can see is that 1) they are normally meat eaters and then of course, switching over to vegetarian creates a big swoosh in the system, I experienced that too when I switched over 18 years ago. However the juice diet has not made me feel more energetic than normal and the only reason I can imagine is because I already eat quite a lot of vegetables naturally. The second reason is of course that we are all different and unique, what works for me may not be exactly the same for someone else. No matter what, I am very pleased with how the juice reboot is going and today I have felt very much like my old self (energy wise), which is an absolutely awesome feeling.

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Another rather interesting realisation is that I have started to truly enjoy the juices now, which may sound odd – but in the beginning I didn’t particularly dislike them but I didn’t love them either. Well except for the morning one which is the apple pie tasting goodness, that one I had an instant love affair with, the rest however, not so much. The worst one of them all was the red one, the beetroot based juice which also included another one of my not so liked vegetables namely celery. Its the earthy dull taste that the beetroot creates that I dislike, it makes me feel as if I have licked a whole vegetable garden but all I managed to get in me was the mud. Not pleasant at all. However, yesterday I started to tweak the recipe a bit and realised that adding more oranges made the earthy taste disappear a bit and the juice became quite enjoyable. And today, well today I went bananas and added lemon, lime and orange and !YUM! is all I have to say about that. The drink is now one of my favourites and even though it definitely still taste of beetroot the citrus fruits tend to neutralise the earthy taste, so yeah – ding ding jackpot! In general I have come to the conclusion to add plenty of lemon to any drink to spice them up and make them nicer, I guess this only works if you actually enjoy lemon though.

General feeling: Normal.
Mood: Wonderful!
Hunger: Sated.
Activity: Morning walk 3.2 km
Headache: Nope.
Weight:  -2.0 kg

Juice Diary: Day 3

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Day three is here and I have (by tomorrow morning) finished the minimum amount of reboot days, which feels wonderful to be able to say. There is so much I would like to tell you about this adventure, but it is difficult to remember everything since I feel as if I meet challenges and overcome them almost every hour. Anyway, yesterday evening was pretty difficult, I had earlier during the day suffered from a rather upset stomach which thankfully seem to have corrected itself by today since everything is back to normal. Thanks very much for that! Other than being quite hungry yesterday and battling an extreme longing to be able to chew something (preferably food then) I must say that this whole experience is going down pretty well. Drinking water, warm, cold – with lemon or pure helps a lot to fend off the hunger between the juices. In all fairness, I actually haven’t been that hungry, its more the thought of food and the idea that I should be hungry that is difficult to accept and leave behind. Eating is very much a social thing right, so not being able to share that with my boyfriend and friends is hard work, I give you that. But since that is all in the mind and not related to my actual body cravings to function properly, I feel as if I should be able to deal with it without giving in. So far so good!

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Ok, so let us move on to the truly good stuff! First things first, my skin – OH MY GAWD! – I am not joking, it has only been 3 days but the difference between before reboot and the now is like night and day. I can barely believe it and I find myself looking in the mirror ever so often (maybe I will become horribly vain doing this juice reboot) because I don’t really recognise my own skin anymore. It just looks so much younger, brighter and just a tremendous amount healthier overall. I must say that it is rather shocking in the most amazing way, but at the same time also a bit upsetting since it has made me think a lot about how badly I must have treated my body previously. I am pretty sure that my skin is in “food” and “nutrition” heaven at the moment and I am so very happy that I can provide this energy boost without suffering.

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Also, for those of you that suffer from rosacea (I have very mild symptoms) I can tell you that my cheeks now are back to a normal colour, without “spots” (redder areas) and it is soft as a baby’s bottom. I mean come on, if this is the way that my body decides to reward me for doing this reboot – well then who I am to ever go back to misbehaving and torture it again. I tell you, it simply will not happen ever again. So far this reboot has been an eye-opener of great measure, not only have I realised that I don’t actually need all the food that I eat during the day (even the downsized portions are most likely too much food for my body) but I have also fully understood and taken in that I want to treat myself with respect from now on. I still have a lot to learn about being “normal” (when it comes to portion sizes etc) and leading a healthy lifestyle, but I have decided that I want to learn more about cooking nutritious and good food. I also want to make sure to continue with the juicing even after I stop the reboot, but then only as a supplement since I think it is a great way to get a lot of veggies and fruit in your system. I still have many days to go on this reboot – but every day is making me more sure that this has been one of the better things I have ever decided to do in my life, for my life.

General feeling: Normal.
Mood: Awesomely wonderful!
Hunger: Sated.
Activity: Weights & Resistance band exercises.
Headache: Nope.
Weight:  -1.4 kg

Juice Diary: Day 2

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Day two and I started this morning with the most yummy (so far) juice of them all, at least according to my taste buds, the drink above contains 3 small pears, 1 red apple, 150 gram blueberries and some cinnamon sprinkled on top. Trust me on this one, this drink is divine, pretty much like eating a delicious apple pie. I must say that there are worse ways to start your morning!

I have just downed another 500 ml of water and will be heading off out for my walk in a moment, a bit cloudy today but that is excellent walking weather anyway so I am happy with that. For the rest of the day I will drink pretty much similar juices that I did yesterday since I bought ingredients for two days, but will change it up for Wednesday and Thursday. I actually thought it was going to be truly difficult to sit in when my boyfriend had dinner last night but it wasn’t very hard at all. Mostly because I wasn’t hungry whatsoever, it is quite puzzling (maybe I am just daft but I find it hard to accept) that my body actually can feel content, sated and perfectly fine only on fluid. Of course it is early days yet and maybe I will have a huge set back in a couple of days, who knows…but so far it has been very doable. The only thing that I am already well aware of is that I will grow sick of drinking fluid, no kidding there!

Unfortunately my walk ended in a small disaster due to high amount of grass and straw pollen which caused my otherwise easy to maintain asthma to kick off properly. Blargh, not happy about that as I had to take my medicine (which I don’t like in particular) and also had to return home as soon as possible since I always feel a bit off after having used the inhaler. Such a waste of a day, and as much as I try my best to enjoy this season (I mean it is truly beautiful) I also find it hard to cope with the pollen and in particular when it ruins my daily walks. Ah well, I am hoping it will rain cats and dogs tonight and it’ll be a bit better tomorrow morning, fingers crossed for that!

General feeling: Normal except for pollen allergy.
Mood: No changes, still wonderful.
Hunger: Sated.
Activity: 1 km as I had to quit due to asthma/pollen.
Headache: Nope.
Weight: Minus 0.7 kg

 

Juice Diary : Day 1

So it is a new week and the sun has found its way back to the south of Germany but that isn’t the only thing happening this week because this is also my first day of my 5 (alternatively 10) days juice reboot! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this, I just hope that I will be able to do it as well. From what I have read the first 3-4 days are horrible and I can believe it, but after you have managed to push through the first days everything should be rather smooth sailing. I just hope that I will make it past the first day or well honestly, I dread tomorrow the most because I think that day two will be the day when my body truly will start to protest and be like “hey what a minute…where’s the food eh?” and as much as I would love to believe that it wont be a problem whatsoever I am pretty convinced it will be opposite. Anyway, everyone is different and I will simply have to wait and see in what manner my body will react, there is not much else I can do. Exciting though, is it not?

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I started my day with an “orange” juice (orange in this case does not mean that there are actual oranges in it, its simply referring to its colour!) containing two applesone lemon and three carrots – depending on the size of the fruit/vegetable you will of course get more or less juice, I try to go for somewhere between 450 ml – 600 ml per serving. My glass in the picture is about 500 ml, which I think is a decent amount of juice in one sitting.

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Since the green juice is recommended two times per day, I decided to make for both lunch and dinner at once – I quite like that since it will save me time and cleaning (the juicer does not take very long to clean, but if you have to do it 4-6 times a day it can easily become a bit tedious) and it is perfect to tap it up and keep in the fridge. I actually bought this carafe from the brand Viva Scandinavia and I really like it since its narrow enough to fit nicely in the side of the fridge without taking up too much space. What I didn’t realise when I bought it is that the brand also have a carafe that says “juice” instead of “water” which of course would be even more fitting so I just might invest in a some of those too! Maybe it’s just me, but I love the fact that the lid also come in different colours so I can colour coordinate the juices – very cute in my opinion! 

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This green juice is a bit smoother and not so sharp since it doesn’t have any lemon in it, in this greenie I have put fresh spinach leaves (about two handfuls), three cucumbers, two medium sized apples, three small pears and some parsley. As I have mentioned before I am quite the novice when it comes to everything kitchen and cooking related so this is definitely something new and exciting. I suppose juicing cannot really count as cooking per se but it truly is a wonderful way to get a lot of fruit and vegetables in your body in a quick and easy manner. I must also admit that I am still a bit amazed by the amount of juice that you get from only a couple of veggies and fruit, it’s great!

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General feeling: Normal so far (its 3.49 pm)
Mood: Wonderful!
Body: Sated.
Activity: 3.2 km morning walk done.