“How do you survive on just juice?”
“That smells like grass. How can you drink it all day?”
“You don’t even drink coffee?”
“What is the benefit of not eating?”
These are a few of the most common questions I get surrounding juicing. For me, juicing is just a part of my (almost) daily life. It is not the ONLY thing I consume, but it is a healthy supplement to my diet. I would never recommend that you juice for months on end.
Sometimes, however, our bodies DO need a break. A break from digesting ‘foods’ that it doesn’t recognize. A break from toxins and chemicals and dyes. Juicing is a way you can reset your body, clean it out, and start anew.
A friend and previous co-worker of mine just completed her FIRST 10 day Juice Cleanse…yes, all she consumed for ten days was juice. Mimi has agreed to share her humorous thoughts, sincerest struggles, and coveted wisdom with you here, and I couldn’t be more excited (and PROUD) to share!
So I’ve just completed 10 days of a juicing detox/body reboot and here are a couple of things I wanted to share on my experience, what I’ve learned, and how it’s changed me (for the better!).
You might be asking, “Why in the world would you put yourself though that?”
Well, for starters go watch the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. It’s a documentary of a man named Joe Cross who was at a serious crossroads with his weight and his health. It’s mind blowing and inspiring and got me to make the commitment to give the juice a try. I’ve always had a little “extra padding” and have struggled with my weight since my kiddos arrived…well, they are 11 & 12 now and I can’t keep using the excuse that it’s baby weight, so the added benefit of losing weight was appealing to me.
Caffeine Detox sucks. There’s no getting around it. I really didn’t have any comprehension of how addicted my body is to caffeine and sugar. My daily pot of coffee was really tough to give up. I actually gave up coffee and sugar a few days before I started juicing, and those days of misery with migraine-type headaches were terrible. So, plan wisely and try to do that over a weekend so you can still remain gainfully employed if you’re thinking of juicing.
The first few days of juicing and the last few days were really tough. Grumpiness Happens!! Once I got through the realization that I wouldn’t be having solid foods for a while, the middle few days were great. Just the pre-programmed nature of waking up and having breakfast and all the scheduled meals of the day, made me miss actual food. Towards the end and with the onset of really cold weather, I just simply missed having hot comfort foods and that made my last two days really tough. Luckily, clear vegetable broth warmed in a mug with a sprinkle of black pepper helped to get me through the last few days.
You really can be full on juice. I was concerned that I would feel like I was starving myself and that my stomach would end up eating my kidney, but no such nonsense happened. I learned on the first day that it only took about 96 fluid ounces of organic, fresh fruit and vegetable juice to keep my body fed for the day, and I didn’t have that gnawing feeling like I was starving. Everybody is different though, so if you do feel hungry…have a juice. It’ll fill you up.
Make the investment to get good juice machine. Juicing can be expensive and difficult if you’re not sure what juice combinations work and taste good. I started my juice diet with the help of Juiceland and Whole Foods. Both had various juice options for me to try, made the first few days of acclimation easy cause all my juice was made for me and it was a quick way to get started.
My daily out of pocket expenditure for juice was roughly $30-40/day to get started. Once I got a taste for the juice, I went purchased my own home juicer and experimented. I found that my daily $30-40/day investment could actually fund a full week’s worth of fruit and veg and that made a huge difference. Equally, the fun of mixing up juices helped to fill the part of me that loves to cook and my kids would ask me to make up juice combinations for them. That in itself was a miracle. They actually wanted to have fruits and veg! For a family that has to be seriously cognizant of blood sugar levels and the threat of diabetes, it’s been a tough road to get my boys to eat enough fruit and veggies. Now, I just juice it all and they drink it all up!
I actually DO like the taste of raw veggies. Juicing opened up a whole world of options for me, and I have learned that I actually do like the taste of kale and beets and all kinds of things! (Go figure!) It gets even better when you juice them with apples and oranges. I’m much more apt to now figuring how to cook with vegetables I’ve avoided in the past, simply because I enjoy the juice versions so much.
My body has definitely changed.
For starters, I lost the good end of 10 pounds in 10 days. (Whoo-hoo!) It’s not the full amount of weight loss I was hoping for, but it’s a start and already my clothes fit differently and the nagging weight on my poor aching knees has lessened.
I sleep like a rock now and not in fitful bursts with random wakings in the middle of the night. I have suffered from bouts of insomnia through the years and in the last ten days, the “Insomnia-Dude” (as I’ve personified it) has not shown up at all. I’ve also been told, that I haven’t been snoring as much or as LOUDLY as I typically do. Well, that’s a nice plus for the people who have to live with me.
Oh, and my skin is super bright and my old-lady-facial-acne miraculously cleared up in the last 10 days.
Who knew a little bit of juice would go so far?? I’m excited to see what additional long term benefits I and those around me will recognize as I continue to juice.
And that leads me to…”you’re gonna keep juicing?”
Why yes, I’m glad you asked. Yes, I am going to keep juicing, but not full time like I have the last 10 days. I’m going to supplement my day with one or two small healthy meals and juice the remainder of my calories for a while. I’m excited with the overall response my body has had to the juice and I love how I feel physically and mentally.
Now that I’m back on solid foods, I think I’ve been a little better at actually looking at what I’m eating and making a judgement call on whether or not what I’m eating is actually going to feed my body or make me feel worse by filling me with wasted calories and toxins. Don’t get me wrong – the first thing I did eat was a gingerbread pancake with bananas and chocolate chips from Magnolia Cafe…and it was heavenly…but I did feel yucky afterwards and not from just the guilt of indulgence.
So, I guess the call to action from this long winded tirade would be…give juice a try…you might actually like it and it’ll do your body good. I’m totally converted now and would be happy to continue this juicing journey with you if you’re curious.
Thanks to my friends and family for the support and for putting up with me. You know who you are and I love you all.
In good juicy health,
Mimi Marquino is a full-time corporate marketing-maven, working mother of two boys, girlfriend to one, daughter, friend, & crazy lady who loves food and people. Mimi resides (and eats) in Austin, Texas.