Monday, December 10, 2012

Juicing Day 6 - Lots of Pulp

There is so much pulp leftover after I make my juices.  I felt bad just throwing it away (as I don't have a garden or compost) so I looked up some recipes to make with the pulp.

Once recipe was to make vegetable stock, which is great to use in making soups.  The recipe is simple, add the pulp, water and spices and simmer for a couple hours.  Strain the pulp from the liquid and you have your stock.

Pulp simmering
If I had a strainer cloth this might have worked better, but overall it didn't make much stock.

Not a lot of stock
I did cheat a little bit this weekend, I had a glass of wine at a party and made butternut squash and apple soup.  I know I am only supposed to do 'juices' but having warm soup helped the emotional side so much that I didn't care.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jucing Day 3 - Warming Up

I have realized that doing a juicing cleanse in fall/winter is not a good idea.  While I crave hot tea, coffee and soups, I have to sip on refrigerated juices.

To help me keep myself from freezing and going crazy, I will be making puree soups out of veggies.  I found a bunch of recipes and am planning on going to Costco tonight to pick up the produce needed.

I had back-to-back meetings 10am-4pm today so I only had a small juice in the morning and then a small juice again after my meetings.  This definitely went against the juicing schedule, where they have you eat every 2-3 hours.
 I am so looking forward to warm soups

I am going to brunch with a couple of friends tomorrow so it will be my first real challenge - to go out to eat and not actually eat.  I will see if they have any vegetable soups and if not, then get some fruit to munch on.  I am ok with doing what is needed for my lifestyle, ordering and eating (!) fruit and such at restaurants. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Juicing Day 2 - Tired & Cold

Super tired.  Had a really hard time waking up and felt half asleep through my morning meetings.  Whether this is due to the juicing, the fact that I suck at sleeping or that I have low iron (just found out) and haven't purchased supplements yet, I don't know.

Still freezing at work, I think I will bring in a space heater to blast directly on me for the day.

Felt much better by the afternoon but I was so miserably cold that I didn't finish 1 1/2 of my last juices for the day.

By the time I got home I was so cold and tired that instead of my dinner juices I ate 2 avocados.  I know I am not supposed to 'eat' anything but I was so sick of being cold that I couldn't stand it.

So, with my avocados, I curled up under a blanket on the couch, snuggled with the kitties and watched Harry Potter.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Juicing Day 1

Day 1 of juicing completed and I think it went fine.  I didn't drink nearly as much water as I should have but I was so cold (my office is freezing) that it was tough to.  In the afternoon I finally starting drinking hot water plain and warmed up a bit.

I went to Target yesterday evening to pick up some more nalgenes, as this is what a full day's consumption looks like:

There are actually 6 juices here, the first nalgene contains two.  Combined, here is what is in all 6:
13 apples
3 carrots
1 lemon
1 cup spinach
2 stalks celery
1 cucumber
1 pineapple
1 lime
1 cup kale
1/4 bunch of broccoli
1/2 red beet
1/2 zucchini
2 juices worth of fruit/veggies
 It takes me about an hour to cut up, create juice for a full day and clean up.  I make all juices the night before. 
I woke up with a bit of a headache today but I think that is due to dehydration.  Day 2-3 are supposed to be the hardest, so we will see how the rest of this week goes. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Juicing Day 0 - Groceries

My juicer arrived and I put together my shopping list for 2 days of meals. I already had some of the stuff on the list (apples, carrots, etc) so I purchased:

10 golden delicious apples
10 gala apples
2 avocados
1 red beet
1 bunch broccoli
1 bunch celery
2 cucumbers
1 lemon
3 limes
5oz kale
10oz spinach
2 pineapples
1 zucchini

At QFC this totaled to $49.  Clearly, I will be hitting up Costco this weekend.

Monday, December 3, 2012


On Saturday, I wasn't able to fall asleep so I spent more time that I care to admit browsing the interwebs.  I landed on Pinterest which is something I rarely check out but there are always time-consuming 'pins' there.  I ended up on a couple different blogs that talked about juicing which lead me to the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary.  At 1:30am I decided to watch it.

While the documentary itself wasn't that great, the message was clear.  Liquified fruits and veggies = weight loss, increase in heath and energy and a great detox of your system.

As many of my friends can attest to, I am a pretty healthy eater.  I primarily eat pescatarian and have very limited amount of carbs, and I don't drink soda or fast food.  I have been an athlete through college and still work out regularly, do endurance events and have a personal trainer.  However, ever since high school I have struggled with my weight.  I have gone to multiple doctors, have had everything tested and tried every diet.  I even tried hypnosis.

Everytime, the doctors tell me I am perfectly healthy and my heart breaks a little.

So, to continue my trend of trying everything in hopes that one day something will work, I am going to go on a "juice fast" for the next two weeks at least.

I gathered info from a bunch of places and am going to do what works best for me and my lifestyle.  I purchased a juicer, found a bunch of recipes and am excited to start.  I know it will be hard but it won't be the most difficult thing I have ever done.  I plan on documenting this cleanse as much as possible for the next couple of weeks.

The juicer arrives on Wednesday so will kick this off as soon as I figure out how to use it.