No, not steroids. Fruit and veggie juicing. Have you heard about this?
On Amy’s recommendation, the hubz and I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a feature documentary about a fellow named Joe Cross who decided to battle his rare chronic illness and (unfortunately, not so rare) obesity by going on a 60-day juice fast. So, he packed up his juicer and spent the next two months driving across the US and talking to folks about their health beliefs and spreading the message that produce is our friend.
The film (which is streaming on Netflix), and his results, were amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone. If you’re skeptical about the message, his Australian accent and the fact that he’s totally easy on the eyes is also incentive to check it out. Just sayin’.
Anyway, the Brocker and I were impressed, so we decided we’re going to give it a shot for 10 days to see how it agrees with us. We’ve been vegetarians since December 28th, so I think that’s giving us a bit of an edge over those who just had a mooburger the night before day one.
Still, as day two is drawing to a close, it’s certainly tempting to tear into a sleeve of crackers or hide in the minivan and order a veggie pizza. In fact, I nearly fell prey to a sinister jar of peanut butter this afternoon when preparing a snack for the kiddos.
Besides the cravings for something solid, the other thing that has been less than awesome today is the detox “head cold” that’s set in. I’m not going to lie — this girl is a mucus factory right now. But, that’s actually a good thing. My body is working hard to get rid of all the crud I’ve been tossing in there, so I’m willing to overlook the discomfort for a couple days.
On the bright side, the change in my energy level is already noticeable. I woke up feeling refreshed this morning, which is rarely the case. And, it’s about 10:45 PM, and I’m only now starting to get tired. I consider that a short term win when I’m normally dragging by lunch time.
I’m really looking forward to the next eight days. My hopes are to see a continued increase in my energy levels, an improvement in my complexion and, yes, some weight loss. If both the Brocker and I are pleased with the initial results, we’ll most likely be extending our juice fast for at least another 20 days.
I’ll keep you posted on our progress, and I’d love to hear if you’ve considered juicing, what you thought about Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead or your experiences if you’ve tried it out.
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