Juicing Journey: Day 1
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The night before our first day we juiced our meals for Monday. Using Kale, Carrots, Apples, Kiwi, Green Lettuce, Oranges, Cucumbers and Mango we each had two large Mason Jars to get us through the day. Now, we had been told that the first few days were the hardest as those were the days where your body was adjusting to all the vitamins and minerals while also experiencing the withdrawals of food. While TH and I eat a mostly whole-food plant based diet, I would be lying if I said we didn't "splurge" a bit the weekend before we started.
The first day started well enough, I hit the gym for my normal 5am spin class and had 1/4 a jar of juice when I got home. It was delicious! It is amazing how all those veggies were so easily masked by the tasty fresh fruit. TH was able to make it through his day at work too, but did mention that he felt hungry most of the day. We both knew and understood the importance of drinking a lot of water; which in turn meant a lot of bathroom breaks! TH started to get more and more "cleaned out" as the day went on.
While TH was stuck at work for the evening, I just felt exhausted at the end of the school day. While that could have been a combination of returning to work after a three week break, getting up at 4:30am and juicing combined, all I wanted to do was go to bed. I had felt a headache most of the day, but kept drinking water and writing it off as being tired. Every time we felt hungry we had some juice, filled up our bellies and went back to our day.
The hardest part I found was breaking out of my unhealthy routines. When I got home from work, I wanted to watch RHoBH/A (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/Atlanta) and eat popcorn, hummus, whole wheat pita and some beans. But, that reminded me that I had built a pattern of mindless eating and needed to get control over my actions. I got another glass of water, and decided to treat myself. Fresh apple juice. WOW. I don't know if I have ever really had or appreciated the simple natural sugar in apple juice from a juicer. I definitely had an apple juice addiction in college, however I realize Mott's is NOT real apple juice. It was great, immediately made me feel better and I was ready to attack our Day 2 juicing... and then straight to bed!
Stay tuned for Day 2!