back to basics

I’d love to say I’m not, but I’m easily swayed by fads, especially diet and health related ones. In all honesty, I know I shouldn’t be. I know that for weight loss, I should stick to the age old calories in, calories out formula and leave it alone. Fewer processed things, more fresh, more fruits and veggies, fewer animal products. Deep down in my heart, I know all of this. It’s a simple enough solution, although one that is undoubtedly easier to talk about in theory than apply in practice.

So, moving past the fact that I shouldn’t be suckered in to fads or quick fixes, I still love them. I get excited when I find something new that seems, for all intents and purposes, like a fantastic idea. As I mentioned previously, I’ve done juice fasts in the past. Every few years I reach a point where I just feel off. Bogged down, lethargic for no good reason, needing more coffee and more sleep than normal. Muscles ache, headaches start, exercise is hard. So, I’ve done a three or four day juice fast. An added bonus, I’d usually lose five or six pounds, and as long as I didn’t go to crazy immediately following the fast, I would keep most of it off. Mostly, though, I loved the clarity that came with it. The first couple days were always the hardest, but by day three, I was loving it. The length of my fasts were usually limited by social factors. Events that I planned my fast around. It was difficult to find more than for consecutive days where some social function didn’t expect you to eat. In all reality, once I got past the third day, I would have been happy to keep going. It was a bit sad to go back to solids after staving of for several days and making it past the point of feeling hungry. Ravenous. Famished. Like you can’t possibly drink any more juice. Yes, it wasn’t easy by any stretch. It takes a firm resolve and commitment to make it happen.

You might be wondering where this sudden idea to hop back on the juice fast wagon came from? Welp, let’s just say, I saw it in a movie. No, really, we watched a documentary called “Sick, Fat & Nearly Dead” the other night, and it set me on a mission. If these “average” people could go through an extended juice fast and see incredible results, why couldn’t I? There was one story was about a lady who conquered migraine headaches with her juice fast. That one really spoke to me (as I popped another Tylenol in my mouth). Like I said, I’m a sucker for fads and easily swayed. I like to say that I’m “cautiously optimistic”. I’m pretty sure Ben would have another term for it.

The main character in the movie? He was a man who’d done a sixty day juice fast. SIXTY DAYS. Along the way, he was monitored by doctors to ensure he was healthy. Blood tests every ten days. Each blood test came back with progressively better results. Lower cholesterol, better triglyceride levels, just better health in general. The story goes on to tell of other “regular joes” taking the same path to health, and embarking on their own juice fast. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it. Even better, it’s available streaming on Amazon, and if you’re a prime member, it’s free.

So here I am, midway through and thoroughly impressed with the merits of a freshly pressed juice fast. Even with buying in bulk at Costco, it’s more expensive than I thought it would be. Organic produce just ain’t cheap. But at the end of the day, if we’re taking health costs, it’s cheaper than my next few doctor visits. If I can avoid those and break even, I’ll be a happy camper.

That’s my story. Thanks for reading. :-)

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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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