Juice Journey, Day 5: You Can't Juice a Taco

I've lost about 11 pounds in the five days. I bat away cravings like flies at a barbecue.

I don't know what I expected, really. I guess I had visions of myself going through stages that mimicked heroin withdrawals—clenching my bedsheets, my loved one, running for the toilet, years of toxins dripping from my pores.

This juice fast has not been like that. It has not been a cake walk (cake, please!), by any means, but it has not been like that.

I am on day five of 10.

For anyone who knows me well, you know this is no easy feat for me, or anyone like me. I am like a rabid beast at a buffet, and I do not shy away from a party. A friend told me today that I am "a walking advertisement for this juice fast if you succeed."

She may be right.

I find one thing strange: when you post about this fast on Facebook, people automatically say things such as, "Oooh, you'd better watch it. Where will you get your protein?" or "be careful, you don't want to lose weight that fast." Why does no one say anything when I continuously post photos of huge piles of pasta I eat on the weekends? That is a far bigger problem than shooting myself full of veggie and fruit blasts throughout the day.

I've lost about 11 pounds in the five days. I bat away cravings like flies at a barbecue (yum, barbecue!). It's constant and sometimes overpowering. I almost caved two days ago just by reading a Wendy's billboard that had the word BACON on it. I try to replace longings for food and drink with images of myself as a healthy skinny being. I also use the method of reminding myself that the food isn't going anywhere; I can have a taco fest when this is over.

But I plan to not have too many taco fests. This juice fast is supposed to be a kickstart to a healthier me, a healthier way of eating and living. I hope that it is.

Many have asked about the taste of the juice. It's delicious if you get it right. We've gotten much better about pairing different fruits and veggies. Just now, for instance, I chugged a juice made of turnip leaves, kale, green apple, carrots, a little bit of ginger and lemon, and it was delicious. I think the trick is to always let something on the milder side take charge, like the apple or the carrot. Let the radishes have their place. Fruit juices are easier. Mix a bunch of fruits and it'll taste good. We also learned, not surprisingly, that any kind of melon will yield a lot of juice.

So onto the weekend, where we will need a whole lot more willpower to "survive." This is the time we fall off any good eating habits, never mind a juice fast.


As always, please share your experiences and tips with me. And I wouldn't mind any words of support, either.

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Alyson February 15, 2013 at 07:36 PM
11 pounds, awesome, keep up the good work!
Lola Boyers February 16, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Charlene, I am so proud of you! I love your comment about people not mentioning piles of pasta on your plate. That is so true. Juicing is a way to get the vital nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals into your body at a much faster rate. These nutrients are condensed when you juice (not the same when you blend). Although you do need the fiber that blending provides, a ten-day juice fast is a great kick-start to a healthier lifestyle. Believe it or not, there are many vegetables with protein in them...maybe not a lot, but some. Also, you said you 'chugged a juice..', don't chug, savor the flavor. In order to get your digestive juices flowing, swishing the juice in your mouth gets the process started by your saliva (yes, saliva is an integral part of digestion). Keep up the good work! Don't worry about 'a taco fest', this juicing is the start of your journey to healthier living. A new you WILL emerge...and I'm guessing that, tacos won't taste as good as they once did. One more thing, take it slowly when you come off the juice fast. You don't want to overload your system on day 11. I hope you're journaling this...with photos!
Charlene Arsenault February 16, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Thanks Lala! I appreciate the kind words.
Charlene Arsenault February 16, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Hey Neighbor - Thanks so much for your feedback. Regarding the "diet." I'm viewing this much more as a fast...a detox. When I saw the movie "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" it inspired me and I read a lot about fasting at that time. I don't consider it a "diet" by any means. It's a detoxification and hopefully a good jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle. As for the cookie story - that is not a "blog." Only the "local voices" section includes blogs, which is why I posted my personal juice journey here. I just thought it would be fun to share in this forum. The cookie story is a piece that simply points out that a major research group has been in the news a lot lately talking about the new girl scout cookie. It's a post asking for people's feelings on it (and I'd urge you to post yours), and not my opinion whatsoever. It's been in the news a lot lately, so it's worth asking readers what they think. My opinions are left out of any reporting, as it should be. Again, thanks for your feedback!
Fresh February 16, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I will say I find it disgusting anyone would compare a cookie to a fruit in anyway but the rules the government has laid out allowing food companies to label things is crazy. Sometime soon toothpaste will be a fruit. Good luck I do wish you the best. I apologize if I took your saying it is wrong the girlscouts sell cookies as a way to make money wrong. I see nothing wrong with it. the cookies sell and if people sit and eat an entire box it is thier problem. Most people (I hope) would not do that. Keep up the good work and again I wish you the best.


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