So today is day two of my juice cleanse. I started feeling really tired and annoyed in the early afternoon… I made myself a watermelon juice with a celery and started to feel better. I am learning that I need to be better about having a juice more frequently. You definitely do not follow a three meal a day plan when you’re juicing.
So I thought I would take a moment and answer a few questions I’ve gotten from various friends.
Why are you juicing?
The answer is fairly simple actually. Although there are lots of health benefits to juicing, my biggest reason is to prove to myself that I can. I have the world’s worst self control. I really felt like my new lifestyle needed some positive reinforcement, that I AM capable of turning down a processed brownie, and that it WON’T kill me to do so.
Are you getting enough calories?
This is something I’ve research fairly extensively. I don’t believe that juicing is something you should do long term, so I’ve decided to not worry about how many calories I’m getting. I’m going to focus on juicing a variety of fruits and veggies, staying full and satisfied. I don’t intend to do this for 60 days, I don’t intend to do it for 30. I probably won’t even do it for 10. My first goal was to make it to 3, and if I did that, then I would re-evaluate and try for 5 and go for there. My perception is that each juice I drink is healthier than anything else I would have eaten, so each juice is progress in the right direction.
Do you miss eating?
Yes and no. I get stressed sometimes thinking too much about food because I want it all, or more specifically I want chocolate. 🙂 Telling myself that anything not juiced is off limits has eliminated some of the stress I generally feel on a day to day basis when I look through the pantry.
Do you still cook meals for your family?
This is probably the hardest thing so far. Even though I’m on a different schedule, my family isn’t- and they still require 3 squares a day. So yes, I’ve still been cooking meals for them. But I have been cooking meals that are easy- so easy I don’t need to taste them to make sure the flavor is right. Things like spaghetti with whole wheat noodles and pre frozen homemade spaghetti sauce, or stir fry quinoa. These are things I make often enough that I know how it tastes based on scent alone.
I have found one interesting thing about this though- I didn’t realize how often I snack. When I give my son a snack, it’s second nature to take a few of whatever it is before I hand it to him. I found myself doing that today with grapes, crackers, and cheese cubes. Those are small bits of calories that are adding to my bottom line (or rather, middle line) that I don’t account for. So this exercise has really taught me that I need to be careful about snacking.