My First Step in Juice Fasting

Despite this being the first post on this juice fasting blog, despite the title of this post being the “My First Step in Juice Fasting,” and despite having never juiced a day in my life, today isn't the first day of my juice fasting journey.

Fat, Sick & Nearly DeadMy juice fast journey started a few days ago, while I was sitting on my duff on the couch in my living room. Per the recommendation of a colleague of mine who recently transformed his physical health by losing 50 pounds, my wife and I watched “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.,” a documentary by Joe Cross about two men and their own experiences with juice fasting and how it helped transform their waist lines, health and overall outlook on life.

I've always been overweight, weighing in currently at a robust 270 pounds. My current lifestyle is very sedentary, as I work as the Operations Manager for an Internet Marketing company (translation = 10-12 hours of duff sitting in front of a computer everyday). Although I eat plenty of fruits and veggies and generally substitute turkey or chicken for any red meat, I don't exercise, I drink too much coffee, I'm constantly consumed with work and family (19 month old daughter) and I drink my fair share of alcoholic beverages.

Twice in my life I've successfully lost 50 pounds or more, but failed to keep the weight off. So at 270 pounds and 28 years of age, any motivation for a change in lifestyle is welcomed. Seeing my colleague's weight loss success and watching “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” provided the motivation I needed.

So before diving into the juice fasting fad, I researched to find out more about juice fasting for weight loss and body detoxification. After reading several juice fasting blogs and hearing more testimonials of personal success with juice fasting, my wife and I decided that we were up for the challenge of rebooting our lives with a juice fast, and today we made the first step in juice fasting by purchasing our first juicer!

Jack LaLanne's Power JuicerPer my colleague's recommendation, I researched several juicers and landed on Jack LaLanne's Classic Power Juicer, which, which I priced online at Target.com for $99 (which is $10 less than it was in-store) and ultimately made my purchase on Amazon.com for $89, with free shipping!

Now that our juicer is on the way, my wife and I plan on easing in the juicing into our diet. We are planning on ramping up the juicing by substituting one regular meal a day for a few days, then two, leading up to our first 7 day juice fast, which we plan on doing at the beginning of May! If all goes well, it's my personal plan to challenge myself to a 30 day juice fast later this summer.

In future blog posts, I'll be posting before/after pictures, discussing our experience during the juice fast and posting any decent juicing recipes and references we come across during our juice fasts. One great feature about this blog is that I want anyone who has done a juice fast of their own to share their stories with us – either positive or negative – so that we can get multiple, balanced perspectives on juice fasting for weight loss and detoxification.

For now, I can't wait for my new Jack Lalanne Power Juicer to arrive!

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Day 2: Juice Fasting Recap

Day 3 Morning Weigh In: 264.0 (-7.5)

Despite getting a full 8 hours of sleep heading into Day 2 of my 7 Day Juice Fast, my day started off a little foggy with a lack of energy and more hunger pains that weren't fully satisfied by my 6 a.m. breakfast juice concoction of Red Kale, Romaine, Spinach, Carrots, Celery and seedless red Grapes.

I've found that a pretty good juicing regimen for me is juicing every 3-4 hours, so by mid-morning I was ready for another juice. That juice featured Spinach, Romaine, Bartlett Pear, Celery, Carrots and an Apple.

The fog and lack of clarity in my thought processes lasted the entire morning and continued into the afternoon. And then I started experiencing what most juicers I've chatted with describe about their Day 2 experience – a debilitating headache from 1-4 pm that sidelined me from being able to work most of the afternoon. Thank God I work from home and could lay down for a rest!

Strawberry Orange JuiceMy wife got home from work around 4:15 and we both made ourselves an afternoon juicing snack. This juice proved to be a lifesaver for the rest of my day! I juiced 3 peeled oranges and 8 strawberries for a nice fruit juice and man I felt GREAT about 30 minutes after drinking that fruit juice!

My headache had already mostly subsided by the time I drank the juice, but I got a nice energy boost from the afternoon juice and my thought processes started to clear up quite a bit! Perhaps it was that injection of natural sugars to raise my blood sugar or maybe it was the dose of Vitamin C. I don't know, I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I can attest to feeling much better after that.

My wife and I wound down Day 2 of the Juice fast with a delicious Spinach, kale, tomatoes, parsley, romaine, zucchini vegetable juice while we watched another documentary called “Forks Over Knives.”

This documentary was an incredible eye-opener for me when it came to the staggering statistics correlating the incredibly high instance Forks Over Knivesof cancer/heart disease when you eat a meat/dairy based diet and how significantly the instance of cancer/heart disease drops when you eat a whole foods, non-dairy, plant-based diet. A life-altering type of documentary that really made me think about the choices of food that I've been eating my entire life and how to transition to more of a plant-based diet so I can live a healthier lifestyle.

To close this Day 2 Juice Fasting recap, I'd like to thank all of my Twitter followers who have engaged in helpful conversation about their experiences with juicing and the words of encouragement they've provided to keep me motivated - Including the man himself, Joe Cross, from Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead who gave me a shout out on Twitter last night!

Now onto Day 3!

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