A Beautiful World

March 30, 2012

Click here for a great movie about why to juice and the concept.

Love this movie.  You can watch it for free on HULU!
It is called, "Fat, Tired and Nearly Dead"!

Juicing!!!! Day 5

So, after I blew my fast last night on some hummus and a shortbread cookie, I decided I should just throw in the towel.

Today for breakfast I had:
1 strawberry juice
1 apple juice  (4 apples juiced, for my husband and myself)

Juiced 4 tomato's and a quarter of an onion and had one glass and saved the rest (YUM!)
8 pieces of shrimp tempura sushi

Large spinach salad with strawberries and pistachio's and sunflower seeds
2 glasses of wine (another juice!!!)

I took a walk with my support system and friend, Carolyn, and told her I fell off the wagon!! LOL!  She also had a small salad last night.

I will say, this morning I woke up with such energy, I told my husband it felt like I was on drugs or something.  I got more done today then I usually do in a week.  Took a long walk with my juicing friend and just feel good about all of it.

My take away:
I would DEFINITELY do this again.  I really do have a great amount of energy.  I love that it forced me to try all different types of juices and I am certainly hooked.  Perhaps not for a fast but definitely I will be drinking much more juiced juice.  I will probably never buy store bought again.  The juicer makes it so much better.  Happy Juicing, friends!!!!

Juicing!!!! Day 4 part 2

Well, I had a moment last night!  I got out of bed and came down and had some pita chips and hummus.  And a shortbread cookie.  I NEVER eat past dinner and it is very out of character!  I finally broke my juice fast!!!  Hey, sometimes a girl has to have her COOKIE time!
:)  I am proud of myself that I was able to go 4 days.  It was a great experiment.

March 29, 2012

Juicing!!!! Day 4

Today has been the worst day yet.  I am not hungry, just sick.  Tired, lethargic and foggy.  I even felt like I was going to throw up at some point.  I woke up with canker sores on the roof of my mouth.  (I have never had those before and they hurt!) I had pretty much expected all this, as everyone has talked about it.  Most people get past it in day 4 or 5.  If tomorrow is not better,  I will seriously consider adding eating salad to this fast. 

One interesting note.  I woke up more awake than I normally am first thing this am.  I had one cup of coffee and immediately felt worse.  I have decided tomorrow I will not drink coffee just juice and see if that great feeling stays with me.

What I have had to eat

2 strawberry juices (from yesterday0
1 vegi juice (also from yesterday)

2 vegi juice's (I was not able to drink it all and felt really sick)

March 28, 2012

Juicing!!!! Day 3

Still hungry!

I am not as foggy today and only wanted one cup of coffee this am.

Made some new juices, as I finished the others:

Fruit Juice:

4 Apples (tried a glass of just that- AMAZING)
After the glass of apple juice- I had very little left so added
1 box of strawberry's
1/4 box of blueberry's
one more apple
2 lemons

This is an amazing concoction!!!  Love it.

Vegi Juice:
A full box of spinach
broccoli slaw
2 carrotts
2 cucumbers
2 handfuls of basil
2 lemons

Also, pretty good.

I am really hungry but I don't think it is my stomach that is hungry- I think it is my mind.  I just want to eat food.  I think I miss the chewing, preparing, all of it.  I have gone for walks every day, since this started.  Yesterday was the worst day, today is not all that great, but mainly because I miss food.  I do have more energy today, than yesterday.

March 27, 2012

Why Juice?

Reminding myself from a blog I found on mindbodygreen.com

 #1 Reason-

Our livers are responsibly for cleansing and detoxifying the blood, which makes them absolutely essential. Every day, blood runs through the liver and is purified of toxins and waste matter.

With a diet of unhealthy food, the liver struggles and the blood is likely to be sub-optimal. One function of the blood is to move oxygen around the body, giving energy to limbs and organs. Poor blood quality equals low energy.

Since fresh juice is absorbed very quickly, it hits the blood and liver, aiding the detoxification process and helping the liver to do a fantastic job.

Juicing!!!! Day 2

OK!  I admit it.  I am hungry!!!  I have read that the first 3 days are hard.  It has been about one full day since I had food.  I wasn't hungry AT ALL last night, nor this morning!  It hit me around 2pm.  I ate a few pieces of whole wheat bread yesterday around 1pm with goat cheese on top (I was working and didn't really have a chance to eat a full meal)  and that was my last meal before juice.  I went for a 4 mile walk, as well.  Usually I run, but didn't want to do that on my first day of juicing.

My menu today:

2 cups of coffee (I keep reading this is not good when you are juicing but I don't care- I need my coffee)
2 glasses of fruit juice this morning (from yesterday's batch)
Several, several, several waters!!!!

2 vegi juices (from yesterday's batch)
1 cup of chai tea

1 vegi juice (the last from yesterday's batch)

I am feeling foggy, lethargic and uninspired.  I even took a nap today.  I worked a half day, instead of a full day.  Hoping I will have more energy tomorrow.   Stayed upstairs while my family ate.  I was afraid I'd cave in and eat - just holding on to get through the next two days.  After that I am convinced it will be much better!

March 26, 2012

Juicing!!!! Day 1

Got my juicer today!!!!Woohoo.  I couldn't wait, so I went ahead and started my juice fast this afternoon.

Here is what I did today with food and juice:  this morning I ate 2 packs of steel oatmeal and drank two cups of coffee.  I got home around 4 from work, found my juicer and made juice.  I had to eat a quick lunch, which I normally NEVER do but I had a very busy day and only ate 3 pieces of wheat bread with goat cheese on top.

I spoke to my friend, Carolyn, who is also doing this fast with me and is my support system.  I tend to over analyze things and read a book and several blogs on juicing.  I asked my friend what her strategy was, as some people say to only juice fruit juice in the morning, some people say to not mix certain things or drink citrus unless you have been juicing for a few days.  She made me laugh when she said, girl I am just going throw stuff in there (except she said another S word) and blend it and drink it.  LOL!  Great way for me to put it in perspective.

My take away.  You can research this stuff to death.  WHY?  It is healthy, it is the juice of several different AMAZING anti oxidants.  Like the nike ad says, "just do it"!!!!

My first juice:

A head of cauliflower
a bag of celery
4 tomato's
couple handfuls of basil
one red pepper
1/4 bag of spinach


I was excited, so I did another juice!  A fruit juice!!! (it is fun to see the beautiful colors that come out and I didn't want to stop!!!)

Second Juice:

5 peeled tangerines
1 pinapple
1 peeled lemon

I was excited so I drank one full glass of both.  I had enough left over to put in mason jars (the small ones that look like a glass you'd drink out of- not fat- thinner) I have 3 of each.  I will probably drink those tonight.  Not sure.

March 25, 2012

Pre Juice!

I am gearing up for my juice fast, which I think will start on Tuesday.  I am eating less processed foods for the next 2 days and no meat, so I am less sick with the fast.  Everything that I have read, has said to do this.  Breakfast was oatmeal.  Lunch was wheat bread with goat cheese and a salad and a bottle of naked juice.  For dinner,  I will have salad and wheat bread again and some strawberries for dessert.  I am really getting excited to start my fast!  :)

March 24, 2012


I am starting a juice fast, Tuesday!  Absolutely, so excited about it.  
It is Saturday and we are cooking hamburgers on the grill but starting Sunday I will just eat soups, salads and juices to get ready for my fast.  I keep reading that you need to ween off of the fat and processed food to keep from getting too sick, so thus the salad's and soups on Sunday and Monday.  
I will keep you filled in on my progress!  If you have a facebook page, you can watch the movie, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,"  free on hulu, to get some inspiration!  Wish me luck!