Juice – Day 30

I have 16 days left!
Here’s what I have discovered:

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1.  I can survive without food.

2.  My hair and fingernails are growing like crazy!

3.  My tongue has a coating on it that feels gross and makes me really thirsty, which makes me drink lots of water, which is a very good thing.

4.  Beets taste and smell like dirt, but there are some ways around it.  Ginger and limes really cut that earthiness.

5.  My very favorite juice is a Virgin Bloody Mary.  It’s delicious and the Tabasco makes it seem a little heartier.

6.  I broke 3 juicers (only one of them smoked though) before I finally invested in the Breville Juice Fountain Elite.  It’s fancy and sturdy!

7.  I’ve had two dreams about chewing food, but when you are awake and dreaming of chewing, gum is very helpful.

8.  Drink lots and lots and lots of water!

9.  So far, 4 of my brave friends are juicing with me!!

10.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually sad that I’m almost done. I hate to be corny about it, but I feel better physically and emotionally than I have in years.

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Juicing Day 16

This is the strangest thing ever, especially for someone who loves to eat as much as I do, but this juicing stuff has been surprisingly easy.  OK, maybe EASY isn’t the right word.  It has been doable.  I’m thinking my May 4th deadline is something I can do.  So here’s the scoop:

1.  It takes some planning.  I need to be prepared for the day because it’s not like I have a spare juicer everywhere I go.  I generally make enough in the morning for breakfast and to get through the day at work.

2.  I drink 4-6 juices per day.  It averages to about 1200 calories per day.  Basically, if I’m hungry, I drink juice.

3.  I also have a decaf hot tea every day, just to get a little warm something into my body.

4.  I go through a LOT of fruit and vegetables.  A LOT!!  I read somewhere that the majority of your juice should be veggies, so I’m cramming broccoli and/or kale into every juice I make.  I wind up going to the grocery about 4 times a week, otherwise things will spoil before I can get to them.

5.  For some odd reason I have been cooking like crazy.  I must be a masochist.  I sit and stare at my family through dinner while slurping on green juice.

6.  I’ve gone to a few restaurants and it was sort of awkward at first, but I just bring my juice, ask for a glass of ice and leave a big tip!

7.  That juicer is a pain in the a** to clean.  The end.

8.  The weight has been falling off me.  I have lost 16 pounds and feel so awesome!

9.  Hannah loves my juice.  Except that one experimental kind.  No one liked that.

10.  I know I mentioned it before, but the first 5 days SUCK.  It seems like there are food smells everywhere and not chewing is hard.  I had an awful headache from quitting caffeine.  But then, it got so much better- so don’t give up.

11.  I worried that I wouldn’t be able to get enough protein, but I did some research and found that as long as I add enough leafy greens, I should be just fine.