I am going to be trying a “juice re-boot” – where you eat vegetables and fruits and then drink vegetable/fruit juice. The idea of the reboot is to rid your body of processed foods that are high in sugars, salt, and fat. This is not the type of thing that I normally do. I’m not usually into special diets or things like that, but I’m going to give it a try.
My husband saw a documentary the other night called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” (Yeah, not a great title, I know.) It’s the story of a guy who was overweight and had health problems. He goes on a 60 day juice fast (No way am I doing 60 days!) He looses the weight and improves his health. He has a chance meeting with another guy who was in a similar situation and encourages him to do the same thing. He shows him how, helps him set a target goal, and encourages him along the way. It was very inspirational.
So during the documentary, they are using the juicer and getting all sorts of health benefits from their diet. After the show, I asked my husband, “You’re gonna want a juicer now, aren’t you?” – knowing full-well what the answer was going to be. (I love that my husband gets inspired by things like that.)
The idea of the juice fast or juice re-boot is to eliminate processed foods and fats and reintroduce rapidly absorbing micronutrients that are contained in fruits and vegetables allowing your body to heal and letting your digestive system work the way it is meant to. I’m committing to the juice diet for 5 days and to eating healthier in general. I’m also committing to loosing 10 pounds.
Unfortunately, the only vegetables that I actually like are the ones that don’t taste “green,” and some of the juice recipes that I’m seeing have vegetables that I have never even heard of. I told my husband that I’m reserving the right to hold my nose while drinking the vegetable juices. In the documentary, they were saying that the juice fast made them not crave the taste of sweets and things that aren’t as healthy. I love dark chocolate and candy so I’m not sure how that will work, but I’m willing to try to find out. And by the way, wine does count as fruit juice, right???
I’ve got the juicer on order and am eating much healthier (and a bit less) to get ready for the juice reboot. I am also researching fruit and vegetable juice recipes. Until then, if you have any good juice recipes, please share them with me. Thanks.