How I Started Juicing

I would not recommend you start juicing the way I started juicing on my #30daysofrawinsanity – I jumped in head first without any transitioning. I did cut my alcohol and coffee intake back. My last glass of alcohol was Dec 29 and I cut back coffee to 1 cup per day around Dec 26. And then straight to all juice and water Jan 1.

January 1 was Day One

The headache started between 12 and 1. That’s what I get for bragging a few moments before that I hadn’t had one yet.

I wasn’t hungry until 12 so I fixed my first juice for lunch and drank that while watching everyone else consume their yummy New Year’s Day meal. That was fun. Not! The juice was okay, though. After their food was eaten, I enjoyed talking and laughing with the family.

The first recipe I created: Lean Green

6 leaves of kale (Any kind will do. I used the curly kind. Some were big leaves, some small)

1/2 lemon (peeled)

2 green apples (cut in quarters and seeds removed)

roughly 1 inch of ginger root

4 sticks of celery

1 cucumber

Wash all your fruits and veggies. Remove the seeds from apples. Tear off any leaves that may be on your celery. Remove any seeds from your lemon that can be seen. Add each item to your juicer. Depending on what kind of juicer you have, keep an eye on your output cup so it doesn’t overflow like mine did. Add each output cup to a large 32 ounce+ cup or small pitcher.

Each juicer is different but mine put out about 32 ounces or what seemed like more, only half of it wound up on my counter, so I had about 16-20 ounces or more. I recommend you split this up to an 8 oz cup of juice 3-4 times a day and also drink eight 8 oz glasses of water each day.

After lunch Day One

Came home to take a much needed nap since I only slept 130am-7am. Nap was about 1.5 hours and woke to more of a headache than before. And I refuse to take aspirin as I’m not taking medications of any kind during this #juicingjourney – no pills!

They say water helps to alleviate a headache so I’ll try that since I haven’t had as much as I need today. Maybe it’ll make my hunger pains lessen. I want to put off the next juice at least till 530 if I can. I don’t want to go to bed hungry if I can help it. Because that flat out sucks.

I’m not as pissy as I thought I’d be today. But tomorrow is another day, now isn’t it?

At 5:40 pm, I threw up my lunch. But on the upside, my head is less achey. Not sure if chills are a side effect of new juicing or if it’s because it’s freezing outside. All of me is warm except my hands. I think I’ll put on gloves.

I don’t know if this will help you or not but if you feel gross and you normally lay on your right side, try turning on left side. I’m not sure why but it helped me not throw up a second time. The nausea lessened a bit. And fyi, I did not drink any more juice. I think I made a mistake drinking the whole thing of juice I made for lunch. My stomach is just not used to it.

But am I giving up? No.

Day 2, so far – Jan 2

So I woke around 6am. Woke to an achey head and nausea. Haven’t thrown up. I decided not to have juice yet and as I write this during my lunch hour at 1259pm, I still haven’t had juice. I do not want to throw up again so I’m not hungry.

I’ve had water. I tried cold water and that hits my stomach like a bullet so I heated water and have had 2 mugs full so far. If I get hungry enough, I may make some apple jc or carrot jc. Not sure yet. I just don’t want to be sick again and at least the water is keeping me hydrated.

Feeling like a pile of poo. I don’t know how I’m working because my head is killing me and I’m fighting throwing up. I’m hot, then cold. I don’t think it’s the flu like everyone else seems to have right now. I believe it’s just a reaction and transition to the juice.

I’ve read that when you do a juice fast, you feel awful for days. I don’t recall feeling this way when I did a juice fast a few years ago for my whole 3.5 days.

Oh, and don’t expect support from your family and friends. I’ve already been told I will gain back the weight I’ve lost as soon as I get off the juicing plan. Thanks, y’all. I appreciate it. But actually, no I will not. I plan to eat a healthy balanced diet and if I gain a couple of pounds one week, I’ll juice or pull back from my food intake and not shovel it in like some people.

Anyone else doing a juice fast? Did you transition yourself before starting or go cold turkey?

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Author: Carol Blake

Writer, Recovering Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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