juice flush – day 2

imageMade it through day two. The first twenty four hours were fairly easy, actually. I had a few moments of weakness when the aroma of something sizzling nearby caught my nose, but nothing that derailed me. Around two pm today, though, I hit a wall. Feeling irritable, tired and struck with a full force headache, my resolve was weakening. I threw some stuff in the juicer and made an apple, carrot, kiwi juice. Yum. Within minutes of drinking it, I started feeling better. A surge of energy and new motivation to make it through the day filled me.

I think I’ve figured out the pattern of how various juices affect me. The fruit juices get me a little wired and buzzed. Definite quick sugar high from these. The vegetable juices are refreshing and give me a full and nourished feeling, if that’s even possible. Carrots and higher sugar vegetables fall somewhere in between. Giving me a bit of a buzz, but still feeling full when I’m done.

Overall, I’m feeling lighter and more energetic, although I’ve noticed my tummy was a bit distended today. Drinking lots of fluids, both water and juice, so it’s possible my stomach is just adjusting to the mass of liquid. The weird thing is, my shirts were fitting looser today. So perhaps my stomach is actually normal size, but I’ve lost some water weight from the rest of me, making my tummy seem out of proportion. I was surprised today when I put in a normally snug tank top, to see it hanging down. Hmmm… perhaps measurements are in order.

Tomorrow is day three… the hardest day in any fast, oh, sorry, flush. It’s basically the hump. Once you get past it, your body adjusts and things get easier. But, man, on day three, your body wants to know what the hell is going on. It wants answers, and doesn’t care who it has to hurt to get them. I’m hopeful that day three of this flush will be better than my previous experiences. I’m actually quite impressed with how my hunger is being satiated by the fresh juices. When I’ve done this before, using mainly processed fruit juices, I spent much of the day hungry. I’m not dealing with that issue so far. Only time will tell, though. I’m holding out hope. You might be wondering, how long will I stick to this? My previous juice fasts have gone about four days, max, but my hope this time is to stick it out for a week (breaking it before heading to Hawaii and being stuck in a plane for five plus hours).

Headaches continue to rear their ugly head. Tylenol PM knocks me out well enough that I can sleep, but I’m avoiding it during the detox. The whole point is to clear all the random crap out of my system, not add more back mid way. So, I’ll suffer through them for a few more days, hoping the detox will be effective against them quickly. Crossing fingers.

– Advertising is evil. Seriously, if I could live in a vacuum without billboards or TV ads, I think I’d be ten pounds lighter in general. Getting rid of cable tv helped, but Hulu had been adding more food ads lately. Our maybe I’m just noticing them more. And food ads are everywhere when you’re driving around. Those fast food joints are sneaky.

– The veggie juice blends are incredibly yummy. Especially when you add in some higher sugar veggies in, like carrots and butternut squash. This was a pleasant surprise. I really didn’t expect that to be the case. I was also impressed by celery, bock choy and brussel sprout juices. They were all mild and slightly sweet. The darker greens tasted more earthy, and, well, darker. I guess what you’d expect from dark leafy greens. Not bad, just strong.

– I’m going through produce quicker than I expected, and using a whole lot more veggies than I thought I would (I figured a lot of fruit would be needed to make the veggie juice more palatable). So I ran over to trader joes yesterday to pick up some more veggies (squash, kale, broccoli, cauliflower), but also grabbed some frozen stuff to test out – peas, green beans and edamame. I dumped them in a big bowl and put them in the fridge last night to give it time to defrost. I juiced them today, but the output didn’t seem all that economical. I didn’t get much juice from them, and the green beans were still mostly whole in the pulp reservoir. Not sure if this was due to the type of veggies or the fact that they’d previously been frozen. Either way, disappointing.

– Yesterday, pulp all went in the compost pile. Even though it was going to a good cause, I knew there were better uses for it. Like using it in cooking or baking. But, it’s time consuming to strategically plan out and juice each veggie separately. Today, when the defrosted produce experiment went awry, I looked at the pulp and realized it would make a perfect casserole for Cs dinner. Peas, green beans and edamame. I dumped them out, added some eggs, yogurt, feta and spices, mixed it up and threw it in the oven. She loved it! Score.

– Citrus fruits… PEEL, PEEL, PEEL! I ran a test on the clementine oranges to see how much of a difference peeling would make (because I’m lazy and prefer the least amount of prep time possible), and oh my… definitely peel. Every time. Leaving the peel on made the juice so bitter it was nearly undrinkable. I washed the whole machine after that experiment – it tasted that badly. I didn’t want to taint any juice that would follow. I’m sure the internet would have told me about this critical step, had I looked, but I was in the mood to learn from my own mistakes.

– Although weight loss and improved physique are incredibly motivating reasons to keep a flush/fast going, it’s not my ultimate reason for wanting to do this. I have to keep better health and getting rid of these intrusive headaches at the forefront of my mind. It’s easy to lose site of that when a donut is taunting you from behind the glass case. The immediate thought is, oh, I can’t wait to eat that next week, when the more rational thought should be, look at me getting healthy and not needing a donut to fill an emotional hole. Oh, wait, what? That’s not why you eat donuts? Oh, me neither. Just ignore that last comment.

-Ben has asked whether wine is allowed in this flush, as it meets the stated “juice” requirement, albeit slightly fermented. My thought is no, but I appreciated the creativity.

Ok, that’s it for tonight. Sticking to exercise during all of this, both the rebounder and exercise bike. Feeling energized tonight. Excited about Hawaii. Excited to be detoxing. Life is good. :)


4 Responses to “juice flush – day 2”

  1. 1 bethpladson January 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Oh yeah… should’ve warned you about the citrus fruit. Easier on the juicer, too. You can also try running the pulp through a second time, but when I’ve tried it, it didn’t yield much.

    • 2 suzyness January 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Yeah, I attempted running pulp through again with some stuff, but mostly it just made a mess. For the good veggie combos, I’m bagging and freezing them. Use them for a casserole or something later. The rest is just going to the compost pile in the garden. At least I can take some comfort in the fact that it’s not going to a landfill. :)

  2. 3 Dawn Cardenas January 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Suzy reading about all this juicing made me pull out my juicer and try some of the combinations you have talked about. The carrot, kiwi and apple was very good. Thanks for the inspiration !! Oh kiwi did you peel them?

    • 4 suzyness January 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Awesome! I’m really loving it. So glad I invested in a juicer. I threw the kiwi in whole only because I’m lazy and the peel didn’t seem too bitter. It might have been better peeled, though!

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