I was greatly inspired by the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The documentary, if you haven’t seen it already, is about an Aussie "bloke" that finds himself in a midlife/poor health crisis and sets out on a 60-day juice fast through the United States. At first, I was appalled at how anyone could make it that long...no matter what their current condition was, but as I kept watching I was honestly moved by his journey.
The goal of the documentary is to show people the power of the human body to heal itself and it worked in inspiring me to change.
The question I have to ask myself is is juicing healthier than eating whole vegetables? The answer is obviously no. But how many of us can eat a a pound of kale, handful of spinach, 3 carrots, a handful of berries and 5 apples in one day? Well, juicing and making green smoothies allows us this opportunity without us feeling as bloated. You will notice a huge difference in your digestion, energy level and even your skin!
So, what should you expect when doing a fast? What's the hardest part of it all?
Well, here's my timeline:
Day 1-4: Like most new things, the first few days are the hardest!! Giving up coffee has been difficult so I've allowed myself to have one cup with a bit of soymilk. I miss real food the most though...and I miss protein which keeps up my energy level.
Day 5-7: My energy levels have returned to normal, and even surpassed normal slightly. I really like not having to time the time to prepare or eat food. Food still looks appetizing and I miss it!!
Day 8-12: Finally, solid food has lost some of its appeal. I'm feeling great!
Day 13-16- I start eating real food again but mostly concentrate on eating pure, clean healthy foods.
I lost 7 lbs, which is quite a bit considering I was not overweight at all. I feel muscular but lighter. I do feel more refreshed and healthy overall.
So, where do you start?
The first step in making a green smoothie is to add a liquid.
This helps blend the fruits and greens you’ll add next, while also preventing the smoothie from becoming too thick.
The amount of liquid you will need to add will vary depending on your blenders make and model, but 6-8 ounces is generally just right.
My Favorite Green Smoothie Liquids are filtered water, coconut water, fresh-squeezed fruit juices and any nut milks.
Here are some great recipes I found out about:
Almond Milk (I used unsweet Vanilla)
Chobani vanilla yogurt frozen
Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
Blend together and enjoy!
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 avocado, diced
1 cup (2 handfuls) fresh spinach
1/4 cup pineapple juice (almond milk, soy milk or any other liquid will work)
1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
1 banana (frozen and cut into slices)
1 C plain yogurt
1 C frozen or fresh pineapple chunks (I recommend fresh)*
1/2 C frozen or fresh mango chunks*
2-3 big handfuls of fresh spinach
1 T chia seeds (optional)