Tuesday, August 16, 2011

30 Day Juice Fast

Recently Dean & I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. It was awesome. I will admit when we sat down that night to watch it I didn't expect much from the film. In fact we were both so tired we couldn't decide on what we wanted to watch and settled on that film. I'm forever grateful we did. It was just the film we needed to watch. As a family we have been slowly but surely moving in the right direction of living a healthier lifestyle. I'm not going to say it's been easy. There are times where we take great strides forward & then other times we have to reevaluate where we are at & more forward in a more positive light. This film just made sense to us. It came at the perfect time. I've been so tired lately. Having 4 kids will do that to you :) However it was more than that. I just didn't feel good most days. I suffered from headaches & sometimes I just felt rotten for no reason at all. I desperately wanted to change things but whatever I did never really seemed to help.

This is our new staple. 25 pounds of carrots every two weeks.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead opened a whole new world to me. For those of you who haven't seen the film yet, it's a documentary about a really nice Aussie man who comes to the United States to detox by going on a juice fast. All fruits & veggies juiced for 60 days straight. When he starts his fast he's overweight, & has some health issues he's taking steroids for. Along the way he meets & inspires another man with the same health problems, to change his life for the better through a juice fast. The documentary is so easy to watch & filled with a ton of great information. When Dean & I finished watching the film I told him I wanted to do a juice fast. We kinda joked about it but the next night I went to the store & bout a days worth of Bolthouse juice. Once Dean saw that I was serious about doing the fast we headed to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy our Breville Ikon juicer.

I decided that I would start with a 30 day juice fast. So for 30 days I only drank freshly made juice. I went to the Reboot website and wrote down some of the recipes. The Mean Green & the V28 were 2 of my favorite. I pretty much drank those more than any of the others. Most mornings I would start my day with a fruit juice but I was careful to do veggies for the other two drinks. The first 4 days were the hardest. My body was getting rid of so much yuck. I felt so much better by day five. I'm not going to lie. Dinnertime with my family never was easy the whole time I fasted. I realize that food is such an emotional thing for me. The act of eating dinner is important. Even though I was never hungry, not once during my whole fast, at dinnertime I felt the need to eat. Once the meal was over the feeling went away. It opened my eyes to some horrible eating habits I have developed over the years. I realized that sometimes I eat even when I'm not hungry. It's a real eye opener. 

Different peppers from our garden. I used them in my V28 juices to add a little kick!

This is a typical breakfast drink for Dean & I.

The most common question I got was, "What about protein?" It answers this question at length on the Reboot website. Another statement I got quite frequently was, "Well be careful on that juice fast." I always had a giggle about that one. I didn't knew veggies & fruits could be so dangerous! I never had someone come up to me when I was putting processed foods in my grocery cart telling me to be careful of the Oreo cookies! It woke me up to just how warped our views on food are as a society. 

There is a lot of pulp that is left behind when making juices. We put it to good use in our compost pile. It will turn into perfect compost by the time spring planting comes along.

Picking beans with daddy for one of our meals.

Speaking of grocery carts full of food, our trips to the store became a good laugh for Dean & I. It never failed when it was time to check out we would be the only people in line with almost all produce in our carts. One time the lady behind us was rolling her eyes & sighing while the cashier checked us out. I wonder what was going through her mind? I watched as she unloaded her cart full of soda & processed foods. No wonder she was so cranky, lol! I told her about the juice fast I was on & passed on the name of the movie. It was fun to use our cart full of produce as a conversation starter. I feel like it's my duty to pass this information on. Wouldn't it be great if we could all feel healthy?

Our first head of cauliflower.

Because of this 30 day juice fast I do feel so amazing! I don't have constant headaches anymore. My last cycle wasn't painful & the bumps on the back of my arms (I think they are called Chicken Skin Bumps) have almost completely cleared up. I also have more energy. I used to get so tired & napped almost everyday. Now I don't nap as much. Our youngest is a year so he still has rough nights from time to time. I also don't hit the wall, as I like to call it. I used to hit the wall around the same time every evening. Usually around 5-6pm. I would feel exhausted & overwhelmed, than about 30 minutes later I'd get a second wind. I don't have those moments anymore. It's wonderful because that's the time of day my family needs me most.

Our first time growing onions.

Starting the seeds for our fall planting.

Last but not least I lost some weight. 25 pounds of weight. Please excuse my lovely pictures. Seriously why did I take bathing suit pictures? If I had it to do over I would have worn my workout pants and a tank top. Sigh. So here I am below. It's hard for me to look at these. The before pics are tough to look at because I think to myself, how did I let me get to this point? Even the after pics are tough, because I realize I still have so much farther to go.

Sorry I had to remove these photos. Found out someone was downloading them. WAY TOO much for me. If you are interested in seeing results please send me an email. Thanks

The fact is I didn't get here overnight & I don't expect to get healthy overnight either. What this juice fast did for me was gave my body a chance to move forward in the right direction. It helped me to get rid of the yuck & have a better foundation to move forward with. It helped me to realize I can be healthy & I will feel so much better if I am. I am still juicing & will continue to. I just feel too good not to. In fact since my fast has ended I find the days I juice twice a day I just function better than the days I have only juiced once or like today, not at all (we need to go to the grocery store :). 
I hope if anyone reading this is feeling stressed, or sick, or just not healthy watch the documentary. Consider a juice fast. I'm so glad we have decided to make this a part of our lifestyle. Feel free to ask any questions. I may add more to this post if I feel I have forgotten something. Thanks for stopping by! & for all of you dropping by from the Reboot page, keep juicing! Don't give up. It's worth all the sacrifice!

P.S. Thanks to Joe for opening our eyes to a better way of living! I'll be forever grateful!!!


Bari said...

You are utterly awesome and inspiring!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Thanks for giving all the details of what you did. And though you think otherwise, you look amazing!!!!

Michelle said...

Your after pictures look amazing! It makes me laugh that people gave you a hard time for eating fruits and veggies. Our society is truly warped when it comes to food. Keep up the good work!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Summie- I am SO very proud of you. You look fabulous (and you were certainly a cutie pie before, too)! Thanks for sharing your story with us! Love the pictures of all the veggies from your garden, too.:) Lori

Tori said...

Fantastic - you look great - the before and afters are a testimony to what we are doing, making ourselves healthy again. And the veggies from the garden look delicious. What's even better is that the kids are young enough to reap the rewards as well, an hopefully continue as they grow up. ;o}

Ruth said...

Wow~Amazing. I love fruits and vegetables and try to eat them all the time. I don't know if I could do this.


Kristin said...

So, I need some juice fast recipes, please.

Vicky said...

VERY inspirational! Beautiful gardens, also! Thanks for sharing your story!

An Art Nest said...

Speechless...seriously. Summer, what an inspiration!!! If I had the $$ I'd be running out to buy a juicer TODAY - Your success is in part due to your determination and strength - YOU DID IT! Your photographs just add to the testimony of how good this has been for you. I feel lucky to have such a strong, beautiful friend who loves me - I love you and congratulations, again!
Love, Susannah

jend said...

Summer! I'm so proud if you!!! I still have 15 lbs to lose before I get to my pre pregnancy weight. The only way i get there now is by setting the scale to negative first! Hahaha! Very inspiring! You are beautiful before and after! Thanks so much for sharing! Keep up the great work!

Aaron said...

Thanks, my twitter pal, for the great post, it was a pleasure to read. You're growing some beautiful veggies! I'm now on day 39 of my 60 day juice fast also inspired by the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead movie. All I can say is you are so right, this has been an awesome experience so far and I also cannot thank Joe enough for his inspiration.

Wishing you and your family the best of health.

amylouwho said...

You are awesome. I hope you are coming to the sewing summit so we can sit and talk in person! Go fill up your cart with 25 boxes of butter and realize that's how much weight you've lost! you go girl!

Elissa said...

you look great! it DOES crack me up how someone would say "be careful" drinking all fruits and vegetables! and your garden is fabulous!!! keep it up babe.... i should do some more of that. i don't really need to lose weight, but i have the fatigue issues and i am SURE some changes to my diet would help.. i'm just lazy. you are inspiring!!

Chad and Elizabeth said...

Your garden is beautiful! Until recently I never thought I would ever be interested in gardening. I have never loved yard work so I linked gardening to, say, mowing the lawn (which I have never actually done so how should I assume I wouldn't like it) and I figured I would rather stick to chores inside the house and enjoy outdoors as a recreational activity only. Now I see that I think I (like most people who actually have gardens) would actually enjoy gardening as a recreational activity. I have also been blessed this summer with family and friends who have shared produce from their gardens and I admit it seems pretty magical eating delicious things someone you know grew with love straight from the earth. Now I can't wait until next year when I can grow something magical myself!