Ah, summer! Some say it has been a poor one in Ontario, but I beg to differ. I loved every moment of it. Ok, maybe except the days with temperatures soaring beyond imagination when I was stuck home with kids. Whoever invented air conditioning, big hug to you!
As it is the height of veggie and fruits season over here, acting on a spur of the moment after viewing a webinar on juicing last week (one of the 5 Days to Feeling Fabulous series) I decided to give it a go. Partly because I have been feeling like detoxing for the last month or so and partly out of sheer curiosity. It sounded almost too good to be true. Detox and cleansing, weight loss, rejuvenation, increased mental clarity and focus. The list went on and on and on.
Full of good intentions I ran to Longo’s to get a truck load of veggies for juicing. Love that store as they seem to carry on the little store passion for customer satisfaction and quality. So next morning I started with a mix of veggie and fruit juice that looked absolutely indigestible. Colour: hard to describe it, but a roadkill that revived and got ran over again would not be a far stretch. To my surprise a healthy mix of kale, grapes, blueberries, ginger and apples actually WAS tasty!
“Ok, I thought, this is not so bad (minus the looks)” and decided to try going whole day without solids. Of course I had to include my morning cup of my poison of choice, but I promised I stop after one. Strangely, I did not even miss the river of caffeine usually running in my veins. I was actually more energetic, which my overgrown garden was very happy about. However, lunch came and the need for REAL food was eminent. I had another juice, which was actually better looking than the “morning glory” one, but funny enough – I started missing simple act of chewing. Plus the juice was not as satisfying as it was promised to be. Speaking of disappointment…
Downside to being the main cook for the family is that whenever you decide to change your eating habits everybody else seems to be wanting exactly the things you are not supposed to be having. Even though I think we eat pretty healthy, juicing all day long for the whole family would probably end up in a revolution with a guillotine nearby. So it wasn’t long before I gave in to a bite of shrimp and spinach fettuccini I made for boys (oh, so delicious, not only when you crave carbs!). I also cheated on my juicing plan with a piece of chicken that night. Guilty as charged.
But after first day I felt good. No major changes for worse, which is already a positive thing. I think.
However day two and three had to be supplemented with a salad for lunch. Juicing away for the rest of the day, I was hungry and bit tired. It was not the overwhelming tiredness that caffeine abuse leaves you with, but rather simple energy depletion from inadequate food intake.
So after 3 days I’ve had it. It was to last between 3 and 6 days. Minimum achieved. Let’s finish this experiment with the following:
- Yes, I think it is a good idea to give your system a reboot with some fasting and drinking juices, but let’s not go crazy. There is a very good reason mother nature gave us teeth. Let’s use them according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- I did feel energy boost at first and yes, my cravings for stimulants are diminished, however the energy depletion from being solely on liquids is a drag.
- I’ve probably ingested more vitamins and minerals during those three days than ever before, and it felt ok. Just ok, thou.
So I went back to chewing (oh, joy!), but on a lighter side. Made gluten-free krumkakes, which were gone before they cooled down. See what juicing does to you? 😉