Monday, July 12, 2010

Juice Fast Musings

Not eating food always makes me realize just how much time I spend thinking about food, reading food magazines and blogs, menu planning, watching Food Network and the Cooking Channel and how my DVR is full of food related programming. Not that this is good or bad, it just draws attention to where my head is much of the time.

Food and cooking are my great passions but the last thing you want to do while juice fasting is think about food, read about food or look at pictures of food. I've had to focus on other things today, which really is a nice break. I think everyone who has ever had a problem with food should do a juice fast for one day because it really forces you, FORCES you be in the moment and focus on things other than food.

Here's a diary of my day...

11am~ first juice of the day, green apple, lime, asparagus, yellow squash, celery, ginger.

11:30am~ hot tea...Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion herbal tea brewed with a bit of sencha green tea. I'm not a huge fan of fruity herbal tea but the peach one is really tasty.

11:45am~ dodged a bullet when Rob called and said he wouldn't be home for lunch.

noon~ started a new book, Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham. It's not a book as much as a story told via the e-mails that come in and out from Holly's inbox. Very funny and English. If you're a fan of Bridget Jones then you'll probably like Holly. It's a fluffy bit of chick lit, perfect for a day like today.

1pm~ made two servings of juice, one for now and one for later, beetroot, turnip greens, red apple, a few carrots, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, asparagus, zucchini. Ginger and beet taste so good together!

water, reading, more water.

4pm~ second helping of juice made earlier.

4:30pm~ my sister phoned, lovely chat for an hour, hearing the boys chattering and laughing in the background.

I did not watch any TV today, though at 5:30, I watched the episode of Oprah that recorded from earlier. It was the follow up to the first episode about the book Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everythingby Geneen Roth. I am interested in reading this book though the God bit makes me a bit twitchy. Have you read it yet?

6:15pm~ juiced veggies for Rob and juiced my whole pineapple. I use only small amounts of fruit in my juice, mostly for flavor so juicing a whole pineapple seems so decadent. I put it in a tall glass with crushed ice and it tasted of paradise! The only things missing were a paper umbrella and a cabana boy.

I just locked myself away while Rob fixed his dinner to post this, I really didn't feel hungry today but sitting with him while he ate cheesy beans on buttered toast would be torture. He's just called up to say he was done, so I'm going to spend a little time with my hubby. Have a wonderful evening!


  1. what juicer do you have? Do you like it?

  2. I think about food a lot as well. I wish I had more time to really play with recipes and such. I have a desire to put all my little recipes in cookbook form, but just not enough time unless I take a vacation to do that :D

    I have not read that book. I was a little turned off by the title, but I know others seems to like it.

  3. Hello! I recently subscribed and am looking forward to reading about your journey! Just wanted to encourage you to read Women Food and God. I'm about to read it for the second time and blog about my thoughts and experiences as I go through each chapter. It really is eye-opening for those of us with food issues--or any kind of addictive, obsessive issue for that matter. Don't be turned off by the God part--it's not religious in any way. When she speaks of God she means whatever it is that YOU feel is God--source, energy, soul, spirit--insert whatever term you prefer. It's worth reading! Keep up the great work!

  4. Thanks for your input on the book Katrina.

    Jen~ I have a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer and I love it. Check out this post with the links within for more information about juicing~

  5. Just curious if the juice fast makes you dizzy or lightheaded? I have low blood sugar, so if I haven't had meat or protein by a certain time of day I seem to notice it. I would really like to do a juice fast and just curious what your experience is as far as dizzy, lightheaded or feeling weak. Thanks
    I have a GreenStar Elite juicer that we got this year. I try to juice 5 times a week, but have been slacking lately.

  6. @Shannon~ I've done up to two days of fasting with out any problems of weakness, dizziness or feeling lightheaded. I don't schedule any work or activities, drink lots and lots of water and time my juice to regular mealtimes.

  7. My question isn't about your juice fast... my question is what are the cheesy beans Rob is putting on buttered toast? That sounds like a fantastic recipe!

  8. Bethany, it's an English thing, "Beans on Toast." It's Heinz baked beans (the ones imported from England) with cheddar melted into them served over buttered toast. It's delicious.