Juicing Journey: Introduction
This detox/reboot happened while Thriving Wives was only a distant dream, so I decided to share our journey with friends and family via email. Now that TW is a dream come true, I wanted to share it with you. I have broken it down into daily installments to make reading a little easier, I hope you enjoy the juicing journey as much as we did! Right now is a perfect time to try a juice 'cleanse', since the holidays can leave us all feeling a little more bloated than we'd like. In fact, this actually took place after the holidays last year!
Make sure to check out our previous posts on how I got started with juicing, here and here!
Let me start by saying, this choice to do a 10-day detox is and never was for weight loss. It is more to cleanse our bodies and give them all the nutrients they need, and as Joe Cross says, "to reboot". After watching my mom successfully shed weight and feel great on her own juicing journey, I was intrigued. As children often do, I needed to hear it from someone else before I was REALLY ready to give it a try. So, with an ever-present push from my momma, I watched the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Needless to say, I loved it and was more ready than ever to listen to my mom! I did a little research of my own and read some critiques just to make sure I had a well rounded understanding of what juicing was all about. I decided, I wanted IN! I watched her juice at home over my winter break with her Breville Juicer and even drank juice throughout a few days with my mom; only breaking at dinner for a healthy whole-food plant based meal.
But, after the holidays I felt I really wanted to "reboot" and wanted TH to do the same. So, I talked him into giving the movie a try and used my rhetoric skills to persuade him into juicing for 10 days. We ordered a juicer and waited anxiously as our new stainless steel beauty traveled to our home. Once she arrived, we quickly went to our local fruit and veggie stand and purchased $30 of fresh, locally grown and organic fruit. Our bounty included: One box of apples, two pineapples, a large bag of oranges, 12 kiwis, 3 mangoes and six cucumbers. Then it was on to a locally owned market to get the veggies. $9 later we were out the door with: 2 heads of kale, 1 head of green lettuce, 3 beets, 12 carrots and 2 heads of swiss chard. We were pumped and ready to start our 10 days of juicing!