juice flush – day 6

image We’ve come so far! Thanks for sticking it out with me.

I was asked yesterday what the difference is between a juice fast/flush and a raw foods diet. An excellent question. For those who haven’t spent hours researching this topic, I’ll shed some light on it for you.

The main difference, is, of course, the fiber. So, why does that matter, you ask? Here’s how I understand it… a fast gives your digestive system a chance to rest. It flushes out your last few meals, then it takes some time off. The juice provides your body with nutrients, while giving your digestion a break. Digesting food normally takes a whole lot of resources and energy. When you give your body a break, that energy goes to housekeeping, or a detox. Your body seeks out damaged cells and tissue to get them out of your system.

During a juice fast your body eliminates toxins from other parts of the body and uses your digestive track to get them out. This is why it’s so important to keep up on fluid intake and find a laxative that works for you, herbal or otherwise. Without food, your body doesn’t get the normal signals to rid itself of those toxins, so you have to help it out a bit.

That’s the jist I’ve gotten from my research, at least. Hope it helps.

– Down to 143 this morning. Nearly the weight my license says I am. :) While I know it won’t last, my pants are fitting loose and I’m enjoying that “light” feeling while it’s here. I decided a while ago that anything in the 140 range was respectable for a 30+ mom. While I’d love to get back down to 135, the whole “having a baby” thing may not make that realistic.

– I’ve started freezing some of the pulp, with intentions of using it for a roasted veggie casserole later in the week. Really, I only make the effort of saving pulp when the combo seems nice. Carrots, celery, broccoli, brussel sprouts, butternut squash & spinach. Add some butter, sage, salt and pepper, then bake and yummmm. Salivating again. Here’s a picture of my freezer bag. Not super attractive in this form, but I’m hopeful it will be tasty after cooked.


– Hit a wall late this afternoon. Tired, hungry, sore and irritable. I attributed it to poor timing of, well, other stuff (ladies, you know what I’m talking about). I juiced up some apples, strawberries and kiwis. Life saving. Delicious. A quick energy boost was exactly what I needed. And just when I was that close to diving in to my emergency stash of chocolate.

We’ll break the fast tomorrow night by adding some raw veggies in at dinner. Romaine salads with avocado, edamame, peas, tomato, carrots, bell peppers, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and oil. Even writing this now makes me drool. Considering we are moving away from the fast and over to raw foods slowly over the next few days, the detox should continue to happen, just at a slower rate.


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