Day 3 is going moderately well so far. I’m down 1 pound from yesterday but have been fighting a headache all day long. This is to be expected during detox, especially in the first few days.
I am not doing as well as I’d hoped so far. Instead of adhering to a juice-only diet, I have been allowing myself more food than I should. Ideally, I’d like to juice about 4-6 times a day and only snack on fruits, vegetables, trail mix, rice cakes, hard boiled eggs…healthy things. For the next few days I want to avoid eating heavy meals, unhealthy snacks, or alcohol. The point of a juice detox is not to starve. When juicing consistently throughout the day, I actually feel full as well as healthy. Joe Cross, a juicing guru of sorts behind the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and creator of the blog Reboot With Joe, describes the benefits of a juicing detox:
“The goal is to help you break a cycle of an unhealthy lifestyle and simply enhance the quality of your diet by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables.
The results? Excess weight starts to pour off, your belly starts to flatten, your skin glows, you start to think more clearly, you start controlling a disease naturally rather than depending on medication, and overall you are a happier, healthier person. When you consume only juice, your system is flooded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help your body stay strong and vibrant.”
Sounds great, right? For me, problems arise when I don’t plan a few days at a time and don’t have enough ingredients on hand to carry out a successful detox. This is what is happening now. I usually write out a tentative juicing plan for the length of the detox then use that list to compile exactly what fruits and vegetables I need to have on hand to be successful. I need to organize, make a comprehensive list, and get to Costco to stock up tomorrow.
In the meantime, I need to make this evening and tomorrow morning successful. Today’s plan:
- 1 mango, 1 grapefruit, 1 apple, handful of asparagus, 2 cucumbers, 2 heads romaine lettuce (made and stored in a pitcher, which lasted all morning and into early afternoon)
- 1 apple, 1 lemon, ginger, asparagus, 2 cucumbers, 1 head romaine
- strawberries, blueberries, 1 peach, 1 cucumber, 1 head romaine
In addition, I have had coffee, hot green tea, and a few snacks that I’m not proud of. Instead of beating myself up any more, I will focus on making better choices for the rest of today and tomorrow.