The word ‘juicing’ makes me cringe. Whenever I say it, I immediately think to myself ‘steroids’. So that part of my 30 days has been awkward for me. Note: there were NO steroids involved… don’t start rumours!
My 30 days started with my resolutions for better health post.
I freaking did it y’all!
Yesterday was my first day of bringing food back into my day after juicing for 30 days. I would love to sit here and say that it has been a walk in the park, but that is light years from the truth.
Some days were tougher than others. I felt anxious, I had a meltdown over the last cucumber in our house, I questioned what I was doing. Really? 30 days. I had to choose 30 days. I couldn’t have gone with 20 – – or three.
Over the past 30 days, I learned a lot about food, nutrients, myself and others. I can say that I now know why many people attempt to do this quietly, only telling those around them after they have finished, or not at all as (at times) the amount of questions were a little overwhelming.
I am thankful that I have a great support of friends that voiced their concern and opened up dialogue in an effort to educate me with their opinions. I am even more thankful for those who openly listened to my answers in an effort to understand my perspective.
I began juicing by following the rebootwithjoe.com website. There was some good information on there to get started and, as I went on, I watched a couple more documentaries and read countless other websites on juicing.
After the first week, I added an omega oil to my juice. After each juice was made, I just put 1/2 teaspoon (according to the directions) on the top and drank it all back. Then after that, I slowly began making my own juices (like my Go-to Green Juice, Citrus Beet and Carrot Juice for the morning, and my version of a Tomato Juice).
For those who are interested, I documented each day on This Bird’s Day Facebook page and you can read them by looking up my posts for January 2014.
I ended up finishing the 30 days at a loss of 22 pounds. I began at 208, and I now weigh 186 (which is a weight that I haven’t seen since before my first daughter was born). I thought the most I would lose would be 20 pounds and was expecting more like 15. I rarely drank water before this though so that had a lot to do with it as well.
I used the Breville Juice Fountain Plus that I received from London Drugs to review and I was very happy with it’s performance. Everything was easy to set up, easy to clean and it worked really well. My only concern was that I felt like there should have been one more brush with the package as the brush they included was great for the filter, but it was not shaped properly to clean out the shoot where the juice comes out. I was able to work on getting it clean on my own though so it wasn’t a big deal for me.
The juicer sells at London Drugs for $179 and I have seen it on sale for $149 both online and in store in the past month.
My tips for using the juicer are:
- Run hot soapy water before you juice and immediately put your parts in the water to soak after you are done. I’ve had them sit in the water overnight (by accident) and they cleaned up fine the next morning.
- Save those clear vegetable bags and line the discard bin to catch what’s left. Makes for easy cleaning at the end.
- Don’t juice beets last. No matter what I did, when I juiced beets last, there was always some beet juice sitting on the filter. When I juiced vegetables after the beet, there was nothing left.
- Put all of your green leafy vegetables and herbs together in bunches. If you toss in a couple of leaves of basil on their own, nothing really happens, but if you bunch them in with your handfuls of spinach, you can smell and taste them.
- Follow the directions. There are some good tips to make sure your juicer works properly.
So, where do I go from here? Yesterday was my first food day and I started my morning with a juice. I want to keep some juice in my days to make sure I am still getting a lot of vitamins and nutrients.
For lunch I had a chicken, tomato and goat cheese sandwich on whole grain bread and a small bowl of my chicken soup that was left over. I was full for the rest of the day. Then at dinner time, I made myself a smoothie of lactose-free milk, strawberries, banana, protein powder, omega oil, and chia seeds and I was good for the rest of the night.
I have also given up coffee at home and on a daily basis. I can get some caffeine from the teas I drink (if I want it) and I have more energy now then when I was drinking coffee anyway, so why go back?
Disclosure: I received the juicer from London Drugs for review and to facilitate some posts. My decision to use the juicer for my juicing journey was my own as are all of my opinions in my posts. This is not medical advice, only a personal account of my experience with 30 days on juice. If you have any concerns or are not sure of how to proceed, please consult with a professional.