Today I'm on my 16th day of straight juicing. That's right, just juicing fruits and veggies. The first three days was hard when my body was detoxing! Day 1 I was irritable. Day 2 I was tired and wanted to be left alone. Day 3 was hard because I was at work all day. I started to get a really bad headache in the afternoon but I went home and made a juice and felt better. Day 4 I felt good. Day 5 got better! My skin was clearing up. My energy levels were getting better! Fast forward to today! People are amazed that I would juice for so long!
Why you ask, am I doing it? Well, the documentary 'Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead' was very inspirational to me. If you haven't seen it, watch it on Netflix-sooo good! I don't want to be on medication the rest of my life. I started taking medicine for my thyroid last February. I hated taking a pill everyday. After researching hypothyroidism, I came to find out that you shouldn't eat wheat. After getting wheat out of my body, I felt better! Succumbing to the wheat-invested world we live in, slowly I let it back in my diet! My research showed that your body gets the gluten in wheat mixed up with the T3&T4, thus not producing enough of those hormones. Add that onto the stress of starting a new job, leaving my kids, (I was a stay-at-home mom for almost 12 years), & you get some lbs loading on.
Combine that with a 2week vacation over the summer where we stopped at almost every DQ we saw, and had to eat at all the favorite restaurant and you have serious weight to lose! Oh as if that wasn't enough, I was working out in the summer and even started doing Crossfit. When I got back from vacation and my maniac eating, I went to workout one morning and I couldn't put my shoe on because my foot hurt so badly! After a week of it hurting and swelling, I went to the Dr. He put me in a flat shoe and told me to come back in 2 weeks if it didn't get better. Well, it still hurt and was swelling everyday (think pregnancy feet swelling). This time I saw a podiatrist. He put me in a walking boot and told me to come back in 2 weeks. So I did-he told me at least 3 more weeks and to come back if still swelling. Well, it's been 3 weeks after the 3 weeks and my foot is still swelling. Oh, the specialist took an X-ray and said it was a bone bruise and not a stress fracture. That seemed like good news.
So the point of this is, with my weight piling on, my injury, my lack of energy and my thyroid problem, something had to be done. Something drastic! And that leads me up to today-Day 16 of juicing! I was to get all the processed crap out of my body and let the fruits and veggies heal my thyroid, my allergies and maybe my metabolism! I also want to break my bad habits of eating something because it looks good or smells good when I know it's really not good for me!
I'm retraining my taste buds so when I do eat, I will want kale and cucumbers and pears and beets!
Any advice I can give-try it! Day 1-3 are hard, but it's so rewarding afterwards! When I wake up, I'm ready to go! No tired feeling behind my eyes! I'm back to the gym even in a walking boot! I can do the recumbent bike, and weights and abs!
If I can do this, you can too. The more you do it, the more the will power and desire to change comes!!!
Hope this inspires you in some way whether it's looking at the ingredients of the food you put in your body to juicing to detox your body!!