Yes, you read correctly! Green Juice fast......as little as six months ago I would never have believed myself to entertain such an idea, but let me tell you; I've undergone a LOT of health changes in the last six months and now, the idea of having nothing but tea, water and green juice in a day is kind of exciting....
I've just gotten back from my FANTASTIC holiday in Fiji, which was absolutely amazing. Lots of swimming, beaches and....buffets. A lot of food. So much food. While I was away, I thought to myself: okay, maybe I need to do some kind of raw food or juice fast or something when I get back. I could feel my body complaining and grumbling 24/7 with all the food I was devouring!
So: day 1 back in Brisbane and it's juicing time! Before starting the Fast, I did a lot of Googling about good juice tips and re-read a bit of Kris Carr's chapters on Juicing and, to be honest, it's all a bit annoying and difficult! Everyone has a different idea about what is good and bad in juice, what will detox the body better and what you should and shouldn't combine. It's pretty annoying after a while. The only universal truth seems to be: a cup of lemon and hot water in the morning. Everyone seems to agree that is a good idea. But after that, it's all contradictary.
Kris Carr starts her day with a green juice that sounds great to me, which includes mostly vegetables (green leafy ones) and also a pear and some ginger. Some websites I read say "NEVER COMBINE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, they will erase each-other's nutrients, blah blah blah!" And all I can figure is: okay, everyone has a different idea on this, all I can do is what seems right to me. To me: Kris Carr looks amazing, feels amazing and has researched juicing for years and if she says it's okay to do some combining, I'm sure it's not the end of the world.
So: I started my morning with lemon and hot water (yum) Already can feel my body saying "thank God! Not a four course buffet this morning?"
An hour later I juiced a cucumber, kale, spinach, pear and some ginger (just what was in my fridge)
Then I had to go to work for half the day and while there I drank a few cups of Green tea and lots of water.
At home I made another juice (as above) but thought I may chuck in some lemon instead of a pear for funzies and IT TASTED DISGUSTING! Way too much lemon....bad move. I sculled the juice anyway, not wanting to waste the rest.
Then drove to my favourite shop, Wray Organic to stock up on what veggies I could afford before pay-day. I grabbed a whole range of leafy greens and some fresh cucumbers. On my way to the register I saw they had a "Green Smoothie" on the board, so thought: "why not?" and I ordered it.
It was made up of leafy greens, melon and banana. I had a brief panic when I found that out, wondering if that was "too much fruit" for my fast....then quickly slapped myself as I'm sure it couldn't do me any harm. For God's sake! It's fruit! Health nazi's reading this may tell me differently.....
Now I'm home, just had a big glass of water and have to run some errands. I plan on doing two more juices before the day is out! Let me tell you; so far this has been really easy. My body isn't giving me any grief at all, which is a relief. Who knows what will hit later though?
I may try and make this a weekly or fortnightly thing. Most of the health sites I find recommend doing a regular fast to keep your body reguvinated and so far: I feel great!
Will let you know if I wake up tomorrow half dead....or way more alive....(oooohhh)
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