I’ve already had some people ask me what the point of this juice fast is– whether it’s just some lose weight quick scheme or if it’s one of those water, lemon, cayenne pepper fasts.
The answer to both those questions would be no.
I’ll talk about what kind of fast it is first and then get into the weight part of it since it will segue nicely into my overall goals of this fast.
The Fast- What is it?
The short version?
J and I are drinking a plant based diet for all of our meals for the next 10 days.
The longer version?
We’ve decided to adopt a heavily, if not completely, plant based diet into our life. We also decided that we needed a jump start, if you will, into this new lifestyle and what better way to do that then to super concentrate the fruits and veggies we will be eating by juicing them? Now, all the vitamins and minerals we drink go directly into our bloodstream and start doing their jobs, aka cleaning our processed food infested bodies up.
Why not just eat those fruits and vegetables?
Again, it’s to receive basically all that nutrition in the quickest way possible without having to eat massive amounts of produce at each sitting. Take our dinner tonight for example– Gazpacho Juice:
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t think I can consume 4 tomatoes, 1 red bell pepper, 1/2 onion, 1 lime, 1 large cucumber, 2 stalks of celery and 2 cups of parsley at one sitting. It’s a lot more than you think it is.
Now to the other question– is this just to lose weight?
Okay, here’s the deal, weight loss is a great side effect of this fast, but that’s what it is to me, a side effect. Because, I feel, and this is just my opinion here, nothing based on fact, but it seems to me that it’s probably impossible to consume nothing but juice for 10 days and NOT lose weight. I mean, will I lose 20 pounds? Doubtful. But I am positive that I will lose something– more like 5-10. And how nice would that be, right?
So why am I doing this?
Here’s my goals/reasons for doing this fast:
1. To have more energy.
I never, in a million years, would have dreamed as a kid that I would be this tired all the time as an adult. I never would have believed that I would always feel this run down. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten off work at 2, picked up the Littles by 3 and gone home and fallen asleep on the couch while they lay on me and watch TV. IT’S HORRIBLE. I FEEL SO GUILTY. I mean, I don’t see them all day and then when I do get them home, I give them a snack, turn on the TV and fall asleep for at least an hour. I HATE IT. I want to come home and play with them or take them outside or DO SOMETHING. But I’m always so tired when I get home that I have to fight to keep my eyes open. So far the people that I have known to do this fast and/or those who are doing it now, rave about their energy levels. I WANT THAT TOO.
2. To achieve better sleep.
I don’t sleep well. At all. I can never seem to stay asleep longer than a couple of hours before waking up and having to will my body to sleep again. It’s torturous. Especially for someone who has to start their day at 5am most days.
3. To get clearer skin.
I’ve always been very, very lucky in the skin department– until recently. I never had so much as a pimple pretty much all the way through college and now? Well, my skin is all blotchy and full of tiny blackheads. It’s terrible. What better way to try and fix it than from the inside out, no?
4. To maybe see if this will help my bouts with depression and possibly my anxiety.
Mostly the depression on this one as my anxiety stems from social situations but you never know. I’ve seen others who have changed their diets to a more raw/organic way of eating and claim to see HUGE changes in their mental well-being. I don’t know if it will change anything but hell, I’m willing to try. Especially if it means that I don’t have to go through as many bouts of depression around my girls.
5. Processed Foods
In the last year or so, I’ve watched entirely WAY too many documentaries. I can’t help it– I love them. The ones that catch my attention the most are those revolving around food and our relationship to food in this country. Most recently I’ve watched Food, Inc., Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives. Each takes a different approach but generally, they show that a non-processed food diet can change your health.
Now, I know that watching these docs, I’m only getting one view of things and while I agree that there are two sides to every story, I just can’t sit by and not see for myself if by adopting a different diet I will feel better. Sleep better. Have better skin. Have more energy. I mean, what have I got to lose? 10 pounds? Um…sounds good to me!
Have you watched any of these documentaries? What did you think? Truth breaking free? Or scare tactics?