Hi friends! So I’m on day 5 of juicing* and I feel GREAT! Like, really good guys! I try to juice– and solely juice often, but it’s usually pretty difficult for me (or most people) to stick to it. But this time around— it’s been working! And really well!
I think it helps that Alex had some sort of food poisoning this weekend (sorry babe) — so it was pretty easy to make simple meals for Marlowe while I just focused on juice– and fruit. And it helps that my gut was a mess too (but not as bad as Alex). I just wanted to CLEAN my system.
One of the things that was important to me in this process was to create a general outline of what I wanted to do/carry out and set a list of specific “no no” items– without being like, “ONLY JUICE.” or “ONLY RAW.” — I know myself pretty well by now. And I can never be too restrictive on myself or I fail. Yes, I rebel even against myself, haha. I need freeeedommm.
So this specific time I told myself I would juice often and fruit would totally be okay too. Which includes my favorite smoothies too of course. Because I wanted to cleanse– but I definitely did not want to lose weight. But just like with going vegan, I didn’t want to be super strict— no time line, no guilt trips, just day by day. I told myself that if I absolutely couldn’t hold out and “needed” something warm, then I could and would. But I gave myself a specific list of foods I thought would be supportive and not. So if I went for warm food– fine! But only veggies— and no nightshades.
Why not night shades? Not for any important reason honestly. Only because in this c. diff healing process I never fully gave them up and I wanted to see how my body would react. I’m going to give nightshades a go again in about two weeks and see how I do. But honestly, I think I’ll be totally fine and non-reactive to them. At this point, I can live without gluten, but take away my potatoes? I might die. (Dramatic much, drea?). I’m cutting out grains too– for two weeks and then I’ll give them a go. I feel like grains could be hit or miss to add back in to my body though. Maybe I’ll be okay– but I wouldn’t be surprised if my body just functions better without them. I mean, I truly believe grains should be kept to a minimum or avoided with gut issues anyway. (Says the girl who eats rice noodles like its her job).
And here we are: day five and I feel amazing. I have so much more energy than I’ve had in the longest time. Maybe you guys remember when I switched from high fat/protein/ low carb diet to a high carb/ low-fat/low protein diet? That was the last time I felt a really good (since. c. diff) and had an amazing shift towards health and healing. Now I recommend that diet to any and everyone who asks. I was so stuck on trying to gain weight after I got sick, that I didn’t focus on anything else. But after about a year or so it was easy to see that I wasn’t getting anywhere. Fats and protein are hard to digest! Natural, found in nature carbs are not– and they’re SO GOOD for you. So now? With just juice and fruit? Gosh, I feel that amazing shift again.
Yesterday I had a few leftover baked sweet potatoes Alex had made for himself (no use in wasting those, haha!). And a few days earlier I had some steamed kale and a bit of steamed sweet potato, but other than that I’ve been completely raw. My biggest tip is set yourself up to do it! I stocked up the fridge on all the juicing and smoothie things I would need! That way there’s no excuses or reasons to skip the plan– other than, “I don’t want to juice anymore.” You know? No use starting without having what you need 🙂
You guys know how I have intense colon flares since c. diff that I haven’t been able to figure out. I’m not sure if it’s food intolerance, hormones, both, or something else. I know corn and gluten definitely triggers it for sure. Anyway, I was in a bad colon flare last week (I think I got gluten-ed at my favorite noodle place) that really seemed to not be improving at all. I was so nauseous, ill, and tired feeling. It was lasting for almost two weeks! But on day 3-4 of this juice fast? Boom, better.
I’m not sure how long I’ll do this for. (I also said that when I switched to more fruit, haha– and here I am a year later!). I had planned to eat some steamed veggies tonight for dinner, but then by the time dinner came around, I thought, “nah, I can keep going. Let’s go for some more fruit instead.” It totally helped that I had finally found myself some organic pineapple this week! haha. But yeah, I’m going to see how long this mini cleanse lasts and go from there 🙂
Honestly, I’d like to be completely and totally raw one day, but I don’t know if I could ever fully let go of cooked foods. But never say never right? So for now, I’m definitely happy to just give this a go. And after this go around, I will definitely plan to do these cleanses every so often and more often. Fruit and raw foods truly are so healing. I only wish I could have done this sooner <3<3
You probably don’t, but if you guys have questions, ask away, you know i’m always down for a chat 😉
some last notes on juicing:
- just in case, I already talk about juicers and the juicer I use and how I LOVE it. THIS juicer. Totally not sponsored, but it’s just such a good tool if you intend to juice daily– much easier clean up than my previous juicer. I also cannot live without this blender. It is everything. We bought a refurbished one so it was a lot cheaper.
- I link these books all the time, but again, just in case, the books I read that helped my decision to become high carb low fat are: this book and this book.
- don’t be fooled and think it’s all just a piece of cake– I totally would love a piece of cake. Or more than that: pizza, lasagna, pancakes, and enchiladas— and I can’t even tell you the last time I had or even thought about pancakes and enchiladas. But now, the cravings for them are here and are serious! It takes determination for sure! But at the end of the day– I’d rather keep feeling good and keep this thing going than have those things 🙂
- I’m full of typos in my everyday life, but if you see extra ones lately: you know why. That late night hunger strikes a little harder now. It doesn’t help when I’m writing, haha.
- I totally know how dorky those pineapple photos are and I totally don’t care. Viva la pina: mi amor.