I’m having a juicy week…

1108 Juicy Week

I’m tempted to explain my falling of the raw (and yes, even vegan) wagon on my Hawaiian vacation but if I’m being entirely honest it started before that and did not stop on my return to Boston last weekend. I have been eating cooked vegan (whole food, plant based) dishes and had a raw fish (sushi and poke) in Hawaii because it was there, it was fresh and it was easier than finding vegetable dishes – they seem a little hard to come by.

Once I started, I found it becomes a downward spiral. I got unorganized with raw foods, cooked food is easier to find when I’m out and suddenly I wasn’t even high raw. But I’m beyond beating myself up for this kind of lapse. In the beginning of my raw journey I would feel guilty for eating something ‘out of scope’  – how could I call myself a raw vegan if I ate cooked food? But at the end of the day I realized I don’t have to answer to anyone except myself. And the amazing thing is, that while it may be ‘easier’ at the time, my body never thanks me for it. I start feeling tired and losing that edge that being raw gives me, so I lose. It’s that easy.

Anyway, to kick start a high raw diet again I’m ‘Rebooting My Life‘. Joe Cross and his documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead inspired my to actually give juice fasting a go. If you haven’t seen it it’s well worth the time, even if you’re not fat, sick or nearly dead. It’s just fascinating how healing a juice fast can be, and I figure if I’m already fairly healthy, maybe we’re looking at optimization here??

I hate the term ‘juice fasting’ as it makes me feel like I’ll be missing out on something, when in fact, I’ll probably gain a whole lot. As such, I have decided to say I’m ‘having a juicy week’ – it makes me smile :)  I just got home from the market with bags of fruit and vegetables and am excited!! I usually only make one kind of juice so to branch out a bit and keep it interesting, I’m going to try all the juices on Joe’s website and will post my verdict and photos throughout the week.

I have provided my initial shopping list below if you’re interested and will let you know how far through the week it gets me!

Ingredients (all organic, from Wholefoods = $80):

  • Bag of lemons = 8 lemons ( I am still going to have my lemon water every morning and some juices call for lemon
  • 6 apples – 3 fuji and 3 pink lady, I usually like green ones but they didn’t have any organic ones available
  • 3 Bartlett pears
  • 2 cantaloupes
  • 2 pineapples
  • Large punnet of strawberries
  • 6 kiwi fruit
  • 3 beets with leaves
  • Bunch chard
  • 2 bunches of kale
  • 2 large bags of carrots = 10 lb
  • Large box baby spinach
  • 1 celery
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 fennel
  • 2 large hands of ginger
  • 2 bunches curly parsley
  • 1 small box basil
  • 1 small box mint
  • 2 pink grapefruit that I might eat rather than juice, they looked sooo good!

Additionally, I will be using a purple cabbage, a red pepper, two beets, and three Asain pears I had in the fridge…

I also spent $11.40 on a second Nalgene bottle to take juice to work because I’m worried one won’t be enough! How much juice does one person need?? Would love to hear from anyone who has done the Reboot Your Life program or any other type of juice fasting – successes, ‘even better ifs’, recipes etc.


4 Comments on “I’m having a juicy week…

  1. P.S. Not sure how Nalgene makes things now, but I find a 16oz mason jar (or two or four) does the trick for beverages and food, portably or for storing in the fridge. Love them! (No residue sticking to plastic containers, which tend to still leach/off-gas a variety of “goodies” we can’t figure out how to pronounce.)

    • ‘Perfect’, or at least the misguided notion that I could be, went out the window a long time ago! Bring on the challenges I say :)

      And I know – I lurve mason jars too! I went through a phase when I was addicted to them but I take so much stuff to and from work that I started to find them really heavy. i don’t drive and already had to buy a (vegan) wheelie bag to transport my lunch and laptop and gym stuff around (and it’s so big that people always ask me where I’m going on vacation – it’s a great conversation piece but kind of ridiculous) so the Nalgene are working a little better for me at the moment. They’re BPA-free and FDA compliant and admittedly, I don’t know if that’s good or not but good enough for me at the moment :)

  2. check out my Tweets at http://www.twitter.com/HealthyJuicing — I also was inspired by Fat-Sick and Nearly Dead — and have been juicing for 5 weeks, and have lost 16 pounds. I juice 2-3 times a week and have lots of Rubbermaid plastic bottles in different sizes, so I can take them wherever I go. I even bought
    a carrier so I can take juice in the car and to trade shows, out of town, etc. I am a true convert, but supplement with Greek yogurt, and almond butter on toast and also raw salads and fresh fruit! Many of my friends have started juicing, too.

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