Jeez, day three ended up being really tough! I'd definitely taken for granted how overpowering the taste of cucumber can be and so I ended up with two of my four juices for the morning to afternoon stretch tasting horrible. One was a cucumber/watermelon combo and the other a cucumber/carrot combo. I forced half of one down and felt awful afterwards. Really strange because I love sliced cucumbers. Later in the afternoon I started getting a series of intense headaches.
Yesterday evening I returned home only to remember that my two juices I'd prepared for that evening also both comprised of cucumber to some degree. This along with the relentless headaches really demotivated me. I was at the point of giving up on quite a few occasions throughout the evening. Instead I somehow convinced myself to start juicing and came up with two combos I really love:
Awesome! It sounds like you've really taken to it. Yes, please don't forget to drink water with your juices. It also looks to me like you've got a very different availability of produce than me!
Are you in South Africa? What kind of fruits and vegetables are available in your area? I'd love to know!
Yip, I live in South Africa and that's why my posting times probably seem very weird. :)
Produce available locally:
Fruits: Watermelon, Melon, Honeydew, Apple, Pear, Nectarine, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Avocado, Lychee, Mango, Banana, Kiwi, Pomegranate, Papaya, Apricot, Pineapple, Peach, Grape, Plum, Prickly Pear and most common varieties of berries. We also have access to things like Starfruit but I doubt it's farmed locally. There's probably a few other fruit I forgot.
Most popular varieties of nuts are also grown locally but Macadamia and Pecan are the most prevalent.
In regards to herbs and vegetables we have access to just about everything available in the states except Kale as far as I know. At one of the more popular farmer's markets in our area you can even find oddities like purple carrots on occasion.
There are a few local fruits and vegetables that are unique to South Africa but they're not available in large quantities here. The most interesting of these fruits in my opion is "Jaar Lemoen" directly translated as a "Year Orange". See here: http://chefdonnapatterson.blogspot.com/2011/06/jaar-lemoen-how-utterly-delicious.html
It looks similar to a grapefruit in size, shape and texture but is very sweet instead of bitter. Some people suggest it's a Shaddock - I'm not sure whether that's correct or not.
The most interesting local vegetable is called "Marog" which is a type of wild spinach if I'm not mistaken. It's a staple for a lot of the rural communities.
I'm on the second day of my fast - I felt like a million bucks yesterday evening (first day) and then felt horrible this morning. I experienced a lot of nausea but it's now passed. Still feeling out of sorts at the moment but it's a big improvement on this morning. Juice for this morning/afternoon: 4 X 500ml of a mixture of carrot, beetroot, pineapple and watermelon. Yum!
Nausea might be a side effect of the beetroot. I've found that whenever I've juiced anything that's a "root" in large quantities, it's made me nauseous.
Just wanted to say thanks for your post! I went and bought a juicer over the weekend based on your posts and started my juice fast today. I'm not planning to start my own post on this as I have no clear idea on how long I'll be fasting. My main goal is simply to give my body a break and give my immune system a boost as I've been under a lot of stress lately. I'll update this thread with any interesting observations.
I'm starting my fast with watermelon, carrot and pineapple juice. I plan on a gradual transition to a more veggie based fast. Any recipes you can recommend?
You can get apples and pears in bulk inexpensively, and they'll make for a real good sweet juice. I also add lemon and limes (peeled! skin is bitter!) and ginger root to my morning fruit juice for added health reasons.
One extra observation - I find carrot juice to be surprisingly filling.
Carrots are surprisingly sweet. I'm not a big fan of just carrot juice (just my own personal tastes) but they're really, really good. You may also enjoy yellow squash, italian squash (zucchini), and cucumbers for a mild, refreshing taste from a veggie that will give you lots of juice.
Rules of the Juice
Thought I'd share my own personal rules for juicing with you. You can set your own boundaries for what's acceptable and what's not whilst you're juicing. It's your fast after all.
*Only juice of fruits and vegetables are acceptable.
*No meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or wheat products.
*No legumes! (Big one because last month I ended up eating chickpeas)
*No TOFU (This became my cheat meal.)
Aside from the obvious health reasons of switching to a plant based diet, there's one particular reason to do a JUICE fast.
It's to give your stomach a break from having to digest solids.
Instead of doing all that work to break things down, your catabolic system will have this easy, nutrient filled liquid to process. Juicing versus eating is comparable to a morphine drip vs a morphine shot. Fast and efficient delivery.
On this note, I'd also like to point out the distinction between juicing and it's twin; blending. The difference is that blending keeps the pulpy fibrous material of your fruits and vegetables, which means your digestive system work has to go to work.
Basically, I'm giving my tummy a vacation.
And while it's away, apparently, it's been shrinking. It takes less to fill me up now.
I'm easing into a full, no solids juice fast. Right now I'm still having fruits and vegetables in whole form.
My aim to intake only juices from the 15th of the month on. First I have to get into the routine of doing 6 juices daily. So, right now, I'm consistently doing 3-5. But it has to be muscle memory. And that's the goal.
And you know what?
It's easier than you might think.
Why no legumes?
While I think most people eat too much protein, I think this diet would give me too little.
But if it works for you, great!
If you're of the Paleo persuasion (which I am): Legumes offer nutritional benefits, but what they offer can be found in equal to greater amounts within other foods that have lower carb content. Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/beans-legumes-carbs/#ixzz2Cf8EiszC
I also doubt you'll get much in the way of juice from them.
I have the same reservations about protein and that's why I won't consider doing this as anything more than a fast as opposed to a lifestyle (in other words I think it will provide me with benefits in the short term but is not sustainable in the long term). I am considering supplementing my juice fast with a protein powder but I'll cross that bridge if I deem it necessary or decide to run with it for longer than 14 days.
There might be better protein sources than legumes, but you doesn´t use them in your juices, so that´s not an argument. But if your trying to avoid carbs I can understand you.