Soooo…I have recently added solid food back into my diet due to the cost of feeding myself three times a day on produce AND still feeding Mr. Brewton. I have decided to continue keeping it light when I do eat (minimal meat, if any) and LOTS of fruit and veggies. I am maintaining my juices for dinner and some breakfasts.
I initially chose to do a full juice fast, cutting out all solid foods, in an attempt to give my digestive tract a rest and to take the time to pay attention to my body and take note of how different foods effected my body. For example, I am the type of person who suffers from sinus issues year round. Every. Single. Morning. I’m hacking up phlegm and fighting post nasal drip for the first two hours of my day. On the fifth morning of my juice fast, I noticed that there was no phlegm in my head or chest. Even after getting out of the shower, when everything really gets to moving, I experienced no drainage whatsoever.
Now that I’ve began adding meat and other foods back to my diet, I’ve found that I’m back in the throngs of my sinus struggle. Now, to just take note of what exactly is causing the problem (I haven’t had any dairy or soy so, that’s not it although I know that dairy products are a leading culprit in such reactions).
I had taken a video answering all the questions I’ve been receiving about my juicing experience but, my technology life is a struggle so…
Here you go! Feel free to post more questions here in the comment section and I’ll do my best to answer them or find you the answers you need!
Why juice? Why not just eat the vegetables/fruit?
Think of all the nutrients you’d get eating three pounds of fruit and vegetables. You can’t imagine eating that much green stuff in one sitting, right? (I know I couldn’t) Now, imagine getting those same nutrients by drinking 16-24 ounces of juice created from the same three pounds of produce! It WORKS!
Are you hungry or tired while you juice?
Not at all! I was amazingly energetic and was never hungry! I would generally have 16-32oz of juice in the mornings, 16oz for lunch and another 16oz as a snack in the late afternoon and maybe 16oz for dinner. Normally by the time I got home in the evenings, I wasn’t hungry!
In addition to the juice, I would drink hot Yogi’s Ginger or Healthy Fasting Tea. I also keep a 20oz bottle with me for consuming water regularly. I maintained a tally of how many bottles I drank throughout the day drinking no less than six 20oz bottles (1 gallon).
Can you workout while you’re doing a juice fast?
You can workout while juicing but be certain you’re listening to your body (especially women during your cycles). ***Remember***DRINK PLENTY OF WATER***
What type of juicer do you use?
I use the Breville Fountain Compact. It’s 700watts and although it’s not the “best” juicer out there, it’s a great tool for people who are just starting out juicing. It’s relatively easy on the pockets, sturdy and it gets the job done without *too much* waste!
Juicing (and eating healthy) is too expensive!
Consider this: In one week I spent about $90 on only fresh produce. Is eating healthy expensive? It can be. But think of all the other things we spend our money on frivolously. Also, I’ve had to consider, do I want to spend more money now on healthier foods or later on the cost of healthcare. For our own sake we MUST start thinking long-term!
It’s nothing for us to spend $35 on pizzas and sodas for a night or $70+ for dinner for two on any given night. This $70 of produce will last me for at least the next week. It’s really all about prioritizing. Eat to live! Don’t live to eat! 😉
+Ras Idric Durden put me on to:
- sweet potato juice
- (Fuji) apples
- THIS is my go-to when I’m suffering from a sweet tooth! It’s so rich and wonderful…YUM! He actually adds pineapple as well but I have yet to do so.
- Swiss Chard
- Granny Smith apples
- 1 Beet (I don’t measure much of anything. Even when I cook, but I can tell you that you won’t want more than one beet. Ha! Quite a strong, earthy taste.)
- Fuji apple
- Ginger (If I’m feeling fancy)
- Granny Smith
- Kale (or spinach…or chard…any green will do! *wink*)