I’m attempting a juice fast. It hasn’t been easy, but I need to clean up my palate and I think this will be the best way. My taste-buds crave sweetness. They love sugar and chocolate and candies of all sort. They do not really appreciate the natural sweetness of carrots or the flavor of beets. My taste-buds are quite discriminating. They always have been. As a kid, I never ate veggies aside from potatoes, corn and canned peas and green beans. Oh, and ketchup. I loved ketchup! Does that count as a veggie serving? I didn’t even know that there were such things as parsnips, snap peas, or asparagus. I thought garlic was just a type of bread, bought in the freezer aisle, to accompany my spaghetti. My mom hated veggies…so I did too. My dad liked veggies, but he didn’t do the shopping, and even he preffered sweets.
When I went away to college I was overweight. I think I’ve always been overweight, or “chubby” if you want to be “cute” about it. Eventually my taste-buds began to slowly evolve. I tried fresh spinach. I loved it! I remember once when I was a kid my mom bought me spinach because I begged her and nagged her (thanks, Popeye!) until she finally gave in. It was in a can, and it was disgusting! I tried goat cheese, asparagus and ethnic foods. To give you a better idea about how big of a deal this actually was, I’ll tell you a little story. My freshman year of college all my roomies wanted to order chinese food. The closest I had ever had to chinese food was chow-mein in a can over those crispy brown noodles and minute rice. I wasn’t a fan. They all ordered their food, and I ordered a cheeseburger. That’s right, folks, I ordered a cheeseburger from a chinese restaurant. I went on doing this for about a year until I finally mustered the guts to order pineapple chicken. And there were these big green chunks of green pepper mixed with it. I’d just eat around those usually. I tried Indian food and that’s when I realized that veggies could taste amazing, sweet even! I started adding things like tofu, soy, spice and balsamic vinegar into my diet. I began cooking with olive oil. Although I was making all these wonderful advances, I still had quite the love affair with chocolate and candies. I can honestly say that there are probably less then 30 days in my whole life (ages 5+) that I didn’t have a candy bar or some sort of sweet. Usually I ate more than one, and I’d wash it all down with a can or 2 of soda.
I haven’t drank soda now for nearly 4 years. I drink only water. Juice or wine on occasion, but very rarely. For awhile I was doing really good with my diet. I even lost 50 lbs and was at a normal weight. I still wasn’t really eating many veggies though or whole foods for that matter. I’d buy all the “diet” food, the “sugar free” crap loaded with chemicals. It tasted weird, but I got used to it. Then, I fell off the wagon. Hard. I gained back approximately 60 pounds. So this time I know I have to do something different, and I’m confident I will. I think the first step is going to be to kick this sugar addiction I have. I really do believe I’m addicted to sugar. It’s like a drug to me. I don’t know how many times I’ve went to the store and bought chocolates, feeling guilty and looking around hoping that no one I know is anywhere near me. I’d get into the car and tear the package open and practically inhale the whole thing so fast that I couldn’t even taste it. How sad is that? I’d hide the evidence, and then still need more. If that’s not an addiction, I don’t know what is.
So here I am, on a juicing fast. I’m trying to extract my sweet tooth cold-turkey and I’m hoping that this helps me realize just how naturally sweet fruits and veggies can be. I’ve read that it can take 3-7 days to wash the physical addiction but it will take much, much longer to beat the emotional attachments I have to sugar. But anyway…on to the juice!
This morning/afternoons juice is a pretty orange color.
It’s a simple juice made with carrots, kale, strawberries, apple and pear.
2 large carrots
1 medium apple
1 small pear
big bunch of kale
1 small disc fresh ginger
I’ve got to say, it’s quite good. And believe it or not, I really feel like the juice fills me up. Yesterday I had a juice (a different recipe than today) for lunch before I had to go to work. I probably drank it at around noon. It kept me full and satisfied until around 5:00. I had another juice for my dinner at around 5:30, (this was a delicious green juice made with a ton of kale, apple and pear) and this kept me full until around 11:00 pm. When I got home from work I was a little hungry, and it was too late to turn on the juicer because my husband was in bed. I decided I’d have a clif kid’s bar. So, I guess I haven’t been totally fasting for my juice fast, but I’m really not the kind of person who will stick to something if there are such black and white rules. I like a little give in my “diet”. I will probably have food for supper tonight as well, but I will not be adding sugar to anything.
Wish me luck!!!!!