Why yes, yes I am. I have become a hippy-dippy juice drinking, raw vegan…but only for a few days.
Let me back up…
I retired from Roller Derby last week. I don’t like to think of myself as having “quit”…more like I’m in an open relationship with derby, with potential for hook-ups in the form of coaching, etc. But, since I’m not burning 800 calories a night, 2-3 nights a week, I have got to watch my eating and exercise.
So, I tried running again, after a day of post-bout recouperation. It was going well, until I tripped and scraped up my side 4 minutes in. I walked home, bloody, and forlorn about my workout prospects. Without exercise, my social structures and overloaded school/derby/work schedule I was depressed, bored and pretty bitchy as a result.
Friday night, husband and I were watching a couple things on the netflix (yes, now that I’m done with derby, I can have a Friday night at home). We started out watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” intending to just try 30 minutes…How interesting could a 140 minute program about drinking vegetable juice be? I won’t go into the concept of the film…you should just watch it, or at least the trailer. Well, we watched the entire thing, and as the closing credits rolled, we just looked at each other and mutually agreed that the next morning we needed to 1.) Go buy a juicer. 2.) hit up the West Side Market for some fresh produce.
And we did. We got the Juiceman at Target for $59, and dropped $45 on all the veggies we could haul at the local farmer’s market. Then we came home and made juice.
Hubby started it off making a gazpacho type juice, tomato, cucumber, bell peppers, cilantro, celery and lime. It was hella good. Dinner’s juice was a batch of fruit juice, pineapple, apple, orange and lime. Also quite delicious, but we agreed it left us feeling a bit sluggish. But, it was worth trying and feeling as though we were having dessert…one of the hardest concepts to give up with any change in diet.
This morning, I went to brunch with a derby pal. If there’s anything worth breaking a juice fast for, it’s pancakes with one of your best girls.
This afternoon, we made up a big batch of “Mean Green” following the recipe in the aforementioned film. Celery, kale, cucumber, apple and lime. It looks like swamp water, but is actually really delicious. We agreed we taste the cucumber and apple, maybe the celery, but very little kale. So, I made another big batch, used up the rest of the veggies we bought, and I’m set for tomorrow’s daytime meals.
I know you didn’t come to my blog to read about my juicing habits. You, like myself, are curious about how it works and how it feels.
The Juicer: I like the juicer. It feels like a power tool for my health. But, the juicing for 2 people is not without it’s time suck. Furthermore, it’s a big ‘effing mess until you know what you’re doing and how to get things put through without jamming and overflowing the machine. But, we figured out that it needs regular cleaning out between processing the leafy veggies, in order to keep it from backing up. Apples, cucumbers and celery make a lot of juice. Kale, in contrast to it’s bulky leaves, makes very little. But, the process is enjoyable, complete with the pleasant aromas of preparing fresh summer fruits and veggies.
“Day 2”. I’ll call it that, but let me start by saying I haven’t adhered closely, as I’ve had a light breakfast both days, due to previous commitments. But tomorrow will be 100% juice. As for both days, I’ve had 2-3 pint glasses of juice, followed by about 5 pints of water (spiked with lime juice for flavor). I was somewhat active both days, and I will say that while I don’t feel irritable or crabby, I do feel very tired. Empty tired, like a hollowness or a lightness that I often experience after yoga.
It seems there is supposed to be a massive explosion of colon cleansing happening, and while I’ve had one decent poo today, it was not of the epic proportions that were described in the film. I will attribute that to A. I’ve cheated with breakfasts B. I did not eat as much dark green veggies, and perhaps had too much fruit juice. I can only hope that my colon is not saving up some catastrophic event for me right after I arrive at work tomorrow morning. I may, or may not, keep you posted.
So far, I have no cravings to speak of. I might “miss” coffee and dairy, but I don’t miss chocolate, hamburgers or ice cream. Perhaps I’d like a glass of wine for some social time with my husband, but we’ll just fill that slot with juicing.
Why juice?: The film convinced me that juicing is not only a weight loss method, but it may help with my acne as well as my irregularity (read gas, bloating, and hemmoroids). Most importantly, I’m getting into the habit of buying, cleaning and enjoying fruits and vegetables. In about 11 days, I’ll be back to enjoying my cynically non-vegan meals, but it’s a flushing of healthy foods into my over-processed, carb and protein heavy diet.
Progress: I started out a 170 lbs and a 37 inch waist. I will let you know, whenever this is done, what results may ensue.