I have quit smoking, it has been a year, yay!!! That is a victory in itself. After smoking, junk food became my crutch, and I gained weight, a lot of it. I am currently at 290 pounds….yup, just 10 shy of 300. I almost cried when I stepped on the scale, but there it was and remained, 290. I tried cutting back on eating out, making more meals at home…I lost two pounds, but gained them back during a stressful week.
A while back while watching Netflix on a cold, wintry Saturday, I came across two films that stuck with me; Hungry for Change and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Both talk about juicing to reset your body. Sugar addiction is real, it is an epidemic in this country and is causing Americans to die, long, medicated, miserable deaths, etc, they said. They’re right. I have been thinking about this for weeks. I feel sluggish, tired, my feet swell…sometimes to the point of feeling like they will split open. My body is uncomfortable, my arms get in the way…I feel very bad, about the way I look and about my health. I need to loose weight and fast. I am the largest I have ever been and I feel like a balloon.
I decided to start a 60 day juice fast in the hopes of getting my body back to healthy weight and a better state. Today is day one and they say the first days are the hardest. I would agree. I am going to be drinking four juices daily, followed by a tall glass of water and water in between a well. Since this is a detox, my body is expelling toxins in the form of bowel movements and urinary expulsion. After my first juice, I peed four times lol.
I read that bitter melon is incredibly nutritious, so my first juice was made of that. It was from Joe Cross’s recipes on his website. The juice is called A Bitter Melon Juice for Weight Loss. Omg was it bitter! The recipe calls for pineapple but I didn’t get pineapple because it has a lot of sugar in it. Instead I added an extra pear…it was so bitter and sour….so I added an apple and an inch of ginger to cut it. That helped a little but oh my, I will never be drinking that juice again. It is an acquired taste and I simply do not have what it takes to acquire it.
My second juice is “comfort” juice for me. I have made it before and I love the taste of it. It is Cucumber Pear Juice from the 2013 Whole Living Action Plan, and it is delicious! My body is cleaning itself, which can be a tad uncomfortable, but must be endured. Like all cleaning, you have to throw out the trash, your body will do that with juicing. It will expel bodily waste in all forms, gas, bm and urine. How much is expelled is dependent on the toxins in your body. Get threw it, it will get better. You may also experience headaches and HUNGER, but your body is not truly hungry. When you juice you are getting a major boost in nutrients flooding into your body! That’s a huge power booster, but your body is also missing its most accustomed food source, sugar. It will take time to get over this craving, stay strong.
My third meal of the day will be Grapefruit Carrot and Ginger Juice. I may add some celery to this, we’ll see how much juice it produce, or perhaps some cucumber.
I will also be doing daily weigh ins to track my progress.