Day 1: Juice Fasting Recap

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!

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Day 3: Juice Fasting Recap

Day 4 Morning Weigh In: 262.5 (-9.0)

Well I've made it through three days of the 7 day juice fast and I'd be lying if I told you I didn't have thoughts that there was no way I was going to make it yesterday afternoon.

Day 3 of the juice fast started off pretty well. I had a good bit of energy yesterday morning, especially after seeing that I had dropped another 3.5 pounds during Day 2 of my juice fast. Juicing in the morning has been an interesting adventure as my wife and I have had to find ways to muffle the sound of the juicer so we don't wake up our 19 month old daughter. Yesterday we failed to avoid waking her up, so she got to join us for our 6 a.m. breakfast juice.

Mustard Greens for Juice FastingFor breakfast I made a juice of 2 oranges, red kale, mustard greens, romaine, 7 strawberries, 2 carrots and 1 fuji apple. Luckily for me I only used 1 leaf of mustard greens which made the juice bearable to drink. A little piece of juicing advice: avoid mustard greens at all costs. They are TERRIBLE in juice! They add a harsh flavor that burns the back of your tongue and stays there for what seems like forever.

My wife wasn't so lucky, as she failed to taste the harshness of the mustard greens in my breakfast juice and decided when she got home from work to use 6 leafs of mustard greens in her afternoon juice. Boy did she pay for that mistake!

For most of Day 3 of my juice fast I felt pretty good and energetic despite not having any coffee the entire day, but around 6 p.m. that all changed. I started feeling incredibly hungry and just wanted to go to bed for the night. This was the closest I've come to caving in on my 7 day juice fasting journey, but instead of giving in I decided to make myself an early dinner juice of green leafys, zucchini, parsley, carrots and tomatoes, had a big glass of water afterwards and called it an early night around 9 p.m.

I'm happy to report this morning that I'm very glad I did not cave into the food craving because I'm feeling quite good and energetic this morning on Day 4 of my 7 Day juice fast. I did decide to have a cup of black coffee from our Keurig this morning which could be helping the energy boost but I certainly don't feel overly hungry nor irritable 3.5 hours after my breakfast juice. However, I will need to get back to the Farmer's Market here within the next day or two, as the fresh organic produce I purchased on Sunday is starting to dwindle and turn not-so-fresh.

So far through 3 days I've managed to drop 9lbs from the juice fasting, which is a really nice feeling but it has me thinking about the transition back to eating that I'll need to make after the 7 Day juice fast is over. I'm sure many others who are juicing or have juice fasted in the past have similar feelings that their biggest fear is quickly putting all the weight back on once the juice fast is over.

I'm thinking that maybe since I've somewhat gotten used to not eating that I would continue to juice for breakfast and dinner and then eat something light for lunches for the transition back. I think that way I will probably continue to slowly lose weight rather than put it back on.

I guess we'll have to see what happens. Anyone have any suggestions?

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