Saturday, October 22, 2011

Juice Fast: Update #2

We just got back from The Pumpkin Patch, and, as promised, here is a picture of our bounty:

Our total came to $37.29. For that we got:

  • 17 apples of various varieties (Gala, Jonagold, and Fuji)
  • 5 pears
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 1 bunch swiss chard
  • 10 lbs beets
  • 1 giant zucchini
  • 1 very large banana squash
  • 3 delicata squash
  • 1 other squash whose name I cannot remember
  • 2 bunches kohlrabi 
  • 5 large roma tomatoes
  • 2 eggplant

Not bad, right?! I'm pretty excited about it myself. It's about 18 miles each way to get out there, so we're using just over a gallon of gas. The extra expenditure there is definitely worth the cheaper prices -- buying the exact same produce at New Seasons, while three blocks away, would've been over $100.00. 

We're now just over halfway through day 3, and I'm still doing pretty well. Adam & I went running this morning, but it ended up being just me doing the running portion. Adam states he was too weak and didn't have the energy to run. He did walk the whole thing, so I would run back to him and then do the walking portions with him. We struck a deal wherein we will do week 2 of the Couch to 5K over once we've finished the fast, but between today and next Saturday, we need to go on at least five walks. Just to keep us both out there. 

I'm hoping Adam can make it through the fast - he put cheese curds in the cart while we were shopping, he texts me different foods that he's craving constantly, and when we're both home, he whines quite a bit. I'm not going to pretend that doing this is super easy, or that I don't get hungry and/or crave food, but I've been able to get through it without too much difficulty. Dragging another person through it is another story, and it may wear me down much faster. 

For some reason, it seems to be more difficult for Adam - he's complained of headaches and other maladies. I think a lot of it has to do with hydration, but it's also difficult to get him to drink enough water. I can't stress enough how important drinking the water is - it settles your stomach and keeps you (or at least me) from getting lightheaded. 

One thing that has helped us feel more full is having a smoothie. While these aren't technically part of the juicing programs over at, we're thinking that incorporating them should be fine. The other alteration I've done is allowing non-caffeinated tea while on the fast. It really helps when I'm craving something warm. But, back to the smoothies! Last night and this morning (especially after the run), we made smoothies with bananas, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, baby kiwifruit & coconut juice. They are tasty and quite filling. 

I hope to do another update tomorrow, and I'm hoping Adam will be feeling better tomorrow too. I think he's going through quite a few things - caffeine withdrawal, dehydration, his stomach shrinking quite slowly - that is affecting his sense of well-being. If he starts feeling better and seeing some results, that may give him the will to keep going. I've challenged him to at least give it 5 days. 


  1. Is working out like that AND juice fasting at the same time ok to do?

  2. It's actually really important to exercise while you're on the fast - it can be something much lighter than your normal routine, but if you don't, you'll lose muscle mass instead of fat.

  3. I just meant doing that couch program-thingy seems pretty intense if you're just starting to try out juice fasting as well.

    But I can't wait to see how it turns out. I want to try it as well!

    Does it affect your work at all? For instance, if I don't eat for a number of hours It's hard to think straight. I get cranky if I'm starving or food deprived. Or do you still feel pretty well nourished?