Yesterday marked the first day of me and Marty’s juice cleanse. This is the first time I have ever done anything like this and I’m really excited!
Marty has been doing a lot of research and Youtube watching about raw food diets and juice fasts. He was getting enthusiastic about what he was learning and I, too, joined in.
We bought a juicer (Breville Juice Fountain Plus) and a ton of fruits and vegetables, which we are really hoping will last use the whole week. Here is what we plan on juicing:
We spent about $125 dollars, which is what our normal grocery bill is anyway. The only added expense was the juicer. We want to keep this easy and either make simple combinations or just drink one fruit or veg at a time. I will be keeping track of what I drink and when I drink it for the whole week.
I think it will be important to track my progress since this is a huge change for my body and I want to remember exactly how it will be effected.
Marty and I both have the same goals for this week and I thought I would share them with you.
In my 26 years of life, I have only been vegan for about 9 months of it.
Therefore, I may still have animal products in my system or in my intestines. I want to cleanse my entire body, just purge it of any trance of toxins, chemicals and remnants of anything else I have been eating over the years that won’t serve my body well.
Even though Marty has been vegan longer than me, there have been times where he has slipped or not stayed true to a plant based diet. So he is just as adamant as I am about completing resetting our system.
I don’t know if just a week will do this completely, but it’s a great start for us.
2. Preparing for Raw Food
As I mentioned, a completely raw vegan diet has been something that we have been interested in pursuing. We live most of our days raw, with smoothies and fresh fruit for breakfast and lunch. However, we do make a lot of cooking food for dinner.
Even though we are cooking healthy things, mainly sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower or beans, we want to see how will feel if we become fully raw.
By juicing all these fruits and vegetables, we hope to push away our cravings for cooked food so that when this cleanse is over we can transition into eating raw completely.
3. Overcoming Addiction
I will definitely classify myself as a food addict. I want it when I am happy, when I’m stressed, when I’m sad. If I have a craving, it consumes me. I can’t stop thinking about that food until I get it. Becoming vegan has helped this a lot. I use to crave sugar, or chocolate or bread intensely.
When I was upset or wanted to treat myself, I would go over board on all those things. I still have those cravings now, only for healthy food. This is great progress but I still feel as though I am a slave to food. I think about it all the time. Mainly because I want to include as much as I can to this blog, but also because I constantly want to be eating.
Marty and I get along so well because of our love of food, but it can also be our downfall. We definitely eat a lot more when we are together and we are together the majority of the time.
Marty has a tendency to over eat, while I obsess over what when I will be able to eat next. It’s created kind of a battle with food because I love filling my body with delicious, healthy food, but I also need to take a step back and not let it control me.
This cleanse is going to be hard at first. No solid food, no nuts, no peanut butter, no bananas, no dates…pretty much all my favorite foods will be off limits this week.
However, I want to use this time of drinking in all these nutrients, to put to rest the hyper force inside me that can’t relax until she is fed. I want to be stronger than my urges, stronger than my will.
I want to be strong and enlightened. I want to be awakened to the world around me.
SO…overall, I hope to achieve cleansing nutrients, power over myself and my will and clarity of mind and body.
I will keep you posted on our progress!
One week of juice, here we come!