7/11 Getting Juiced

After watching the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead I decided to embark on my first juice fast, or as they call it in the movie, a “Reboot.”  As the story line of the movie unfurled itself, I quickly realized that I wanted to try too.  I was a band wagon jumper and wanted on. It was like watching the movie Grease without breaking into song..nearly impossible.   The documentary was contagious and inspiring. It made me want to buy a U-Haul full of kale just so I could masticate it and drink it. What?

That night, Sandy and I made the decision to try a juice fast. Since then we have been incorporating juicing into our lives gradually with one juice five or six days a week. I wanted to get a feel for the ins and outs…how time consuming it would be, how much fruit and veggie tonage it would require and how it would make me feel. I am thrilled to report that so far, it has been really fun. I have become a mixologist of all things colorful and bright. A consumer of meals through a straw.

The Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead website has a section dedicated to creating your own Reboot plan. There are plans to choose from that have down-loadable step by step instructions that include recipes for all the veg meals and juice you could ever consume. It is so thorough in fact  that at first I felt overwhelmed. It was too much to consider and it made me want to unplug the juicer until I realized that the  info was simply a starting point. It was intended to encourage, motivate and stimulate my own creative juices. Which it has done.

The plan we have decided to follow is a fifteen day plan that includes five days of eating only fruits and vegetables, then five days of juice fasting followed by five more days of eating fruits and vegetables. After the fifteen days you begin to incorporate nuts, beans and whole grains into your newly fortified, plant gobbling, beautiful body. Count me in. We will begin our fifteen day Reboot  on July 16th. I will keep you posted on the highlights and lowlights with my Notes From The Juicer.  Have you ever done a juice fast?  I would love your tips and tricks and recipe advice.

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  1. Kimberly Says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming juice adventure. During the phase of ‘juice only’, I am sure you have been warned about cleasning reactions, feeling fatigued, or at times unwell. You may or may not experience these things. I have done many cleanses and juice fasts of diferent lengths, and the mistake I have made (more than once) is ignoring those signals when they occur. Be gentle with yourself, lie down, rest more. I am one of those ‘power through it! this is good for me!” kind of people. When cleansing, sometimes less is truly more. Don’t over-exercise, don’t over-work, and stay on the cleanse!!

    I came across your blog when searching the web for my lost E2 burger recipe, and I love it! I subsribed almost right away. I have made your cashew cheese, your modified E2 burgers, your watermelon gazpacho, and I look foward to following your juice fast. Keep up the good work!

  2. Michelle Says:

    You are SO BRAVE! I’ve wanted to do a juice fast since I saw that movie (about a year ago) but I don’t have the courage to do so. I have a juicer and juice often, but depending on it…..I don’t know. I’m very anxious to hear how it goes for you. You just might be what gives me enough courage to try! Good luck

  3. Sherry Says:

    I am so grateful for your kind words, encouragement and tips. I have read about the cleansing reactions, but they have never been accompanied by such gentle and practical advice. I have a few questions if you feel comfortable answering them. I had a very difficult time deciding on the length of the fast and how it should look. Do you have a preference of number of days? Have you gone with juice exclusively or have you also eaten fruits and veg? At what point in your experience did you begin to feel wonderful, or did you?

    Thank you Kimberly for reading and commenting. I appreciate it very much.

  4. Sherry Says:

    Thank you for your comment. You definitely have the courage to do this. I am scared too. I am afraid of what I cant eat. I am afraid of emotionally needing something and not allowing myself to have the chips or the pint of vegan ice cream or the morning coffee I love so much. But the thing I am steadily realizing is that even though I am afraid, I can do it anyway. Regardless of the outcome, I will have grown through trying. You have my full support and enthusiasm. When you are ready to try you will be amazing, regardless of the outcome of the fast.

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