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.
My 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!
Per 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!continue...
If you're following me on Twitter, you'll know that the Juicer I've purchased is the Jack LaLanne Classic Power juicer, which I bought from Amazon.com.
After the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer arrived at my home on Friday, I had a lot of questions about using the power juicer and what the best practices were for juicing. After a quick Google search, I landed on the official Jack LaLanne Power Juicer website and came across some helpful YouTube videos that provided tips on using the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer and for juicing in general.
I've embedded a couple of those videos on this post to help anyone who has come across My Juice Fasting Journey and is looking for tips on the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.
For more information on the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, visit http://www.powerjuicer.comcontinue...
Day 2 Morning Weigh In: 267.5 (-4)
Well, Day 1 of my 7 day juice fast is in the books and I'm happy to report that I survived!
As with any new challenge, Day 1 got off to an enthusiastic start with a glass of Apple & Carrot Juice.
Running on the high of a new challenge, I felt great the entire morning, and at mid-morning, I refueled with a glass of Spinach & Tomato Juice before we made our way to the local Farmer's Market to re-stock the fridge full of fruits and veggies.
The thing I love about our Farmer's market is how affordable the fresh produce is! We were able to jam pack our cart full of green leafys, berries, apples, melons, celery, etc, all for $98!
When we returned home from the Farmer's market, we made ourselves a tasty Green Juice concoction with Romaine, Spinach, Carrots, Apples and Celery.
After feeling great the entire morning and into the afternoon, I hit the dreaded Day 1 Hunger Wall at about 3:30-4pm - right about the time my wife started making Spaghetti for our Sunday Family dinner with the in-laws. This was also the same time I started feeling a little fatigued and foggy, not thinking as clearly as I normally would have but I pushed through and made myself a little afternoon juice snack with Strawberries, Apple and a Bartlett Pear.
The dinner hour was the most difficult part of Day 1. Sitting around with Family and watching them all eat a beautiful meals of Spaghetti, Garlic Bread & Cabernet while I drank my Romaine, Spinach, Carrot, Tomato, Celery & Apple concoction. I can't express how difficult it was to smell such a delicious meal and have to say "No, this is for my health and I will not crack!"
Luckily for me, I have a very supportive wife and set of colleagues who are encouraging me through this Juice Fasting challenge. Right before dinner, I sent one of my colleagues a text message explaining that it was Spaghetti Family Dinner night and I was at high risk for breaking. To which he replied with a very supportive:
"You're much stronger than that, and you'll be stronger when you're done. Saying yes is easy ... And why people are Fat. No is harder, but it's your health man. You can do it!"
This, plus drinking a ton of water, gave me the push I needed to get through the rigors of Day 1 of the juice fast. This morning's weigh in reinforced why I'm doing this juice fast - I lost 4 pounds yesterday, down to 267.5 this morning. We'll see how much more I can drop over the next 6 days!continue...