Feels like Rocky IV up in here!
It feels like Rocky IV up in here. Instead of the frigid temperatures of Russia I have secluded myself to the produce section of the store in order to train my muscles for the fight ahead. I fought for the last Lacinato Kale today… ok not fought, but I was getting a bag while standing right in front of the kale and this woman reached in front of me and grabbed the last one. At first I thought she was trying to pick my pocket, which frankly would have gone over a bit better in my mind. I am sure the look I gave her was the only indicator she needed in order to realize that that was My Kale lady! I am on day 5 of a juice only cleanse and you really don’t want to mess with me. I literally had visions of me in red, white, and blue trunks bopping this lady in the nose… but then the lady asked if I was going to get the Kale, and I said yes, and she gave it to me…then I felt like a bully.
So, yeah, day 5. Let’s just say last night I was about ready to eat my couch I was so ready to chew something. I got through it…. it was ugly, but I did it. My original goal for February was to go 10 days juice only and then see how I felt. If I wanted to continue then I would go for the whole month. At this point I am not sure I am going to make it! This morning my juice was way too heavy on cucumber and now I have perma-cumber flavor in my mouth, yuck…. it’s almost as bad as watermelon mouth-leftovers! I love eating cucumbers and watermelon, but their juices are potent on the end game! And yesterday I had serious gurgling in my stomach all day… not hunger rumbles… just gurgling and I am not exaggerating when I say they were constant all day into the night! 14 hours of grumbling. You would have thought I was housing two young Gremlins in my belly.
It is to the point that no matter what I juice they all taste and smell the same. You know that smell when you clean out your veggie drawer and all of the veggies have been in the trash for the last 24 hours and you open the trash can… yeah that’s what all of my juices smell, and frankly, taste like… am I winning you over yet? You wanna juice too don’t you!
I think it is funny when people who are on juice fasts talk about how they love the taste of juice and they feel so full after drinking just juice all day… so either I am abnormal or those people are lying, in which case they deserve a bop in the nose!
I have done partial fasts and been just fine. This is a whole different ball game! First there is the elation of trying something new and potentially difficult. Then I get to the second hour. I start wondering why I thought this would be a good idea. By day 3, I am wondering what things I could possibly juice… a cheeseburger, a cupcake, fettuccine alfredo? Day 4? I don’t really remember anything about day 4 except for the Gremlins and wondering… how chewy is a couch? Then day 5 set in. I’m feeling a little aggressive, a tiny bit depressed and a whole lot like I want to slice open a fresh baguette, crawl into it, and eat my way out!
So why in the world am I doing this? Good question. Like I said earlier, I have done partial fasts for three years now and I really feel great while I am doing them. Pumping my body full of micro-nutrients feels good. Like I wrote about last week… you can really feel things start to shift in your body and change. The changes can be so fast it is amazing. So why leave that behind and go juice only? Part of me felt like not chewing might be a good thing. It might help me break myself of some of my bad eating habits. The ones that are so ingrained that going cold turkey is the only way to try and stop the habit. I thought if I literally can’t eat in front of the TV or snack while making dinner I just might be able to break those habits when I start eating again. Its so crazy it just might work. Also, I thought it would be a good challenge. I knew it would be tough, but it could be one more mini goal that I set for myself that puts my health first and I could feel like a success. I was also hoping to drop some more weight.
I struggle with this idea of losing weight fast. I know most professionals say the slower you lose the weight the better, which I totally understand! But in my mind I have this nasty habit of wanting the weight loss part to be over with and the maintenance part to be here. I constantly go back and forth in my head. Get the weight off off off now now now! And slow and steady wins the race. I really got into the I want the weight off fast mode yesterday, and I went online and looked at pictures of people with loose skin and the surgeries they go through in order to get that skin removed. That got me back on the slow and steady plan. Which brings me back to the micro-nutrient loading with juicing. When I juice I am able to ingest way more micro-nutrients than if I were to just eat the vegetables. For instance this morning’s juice consisted of 2 cucumbers, 1 carrot, 3 apples, half a bunch of parsley, half a bunch of collard greens, and two celery stalks. There is no way I would eat all of that in one sitting. All of these micro-nutrients are frankly magical. They cleanse your cells so they can fight off disease, repair themselves and generate new healthy cells. Micro-nutrients are the building blocks for our bodies. It’s where we get all of the essential vitamins and minerals that our body needs to function at it’s healthiest and least saggiest. So… there is a reason for my madness… or perhaps I have just simply gone mad? Either way, it’s the journey I have chosen and so it continues!