All Juiced Up

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.

Recipe:

2 large carrots

1 medium apple

1 small pear

big bunch of kale

5 strawberries

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!!!!!

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2 thoughts on “All Juiced Up

  1. thisoldcottage

    I’m also trying to kick my sugar addiction – very difficult! I’ve been known to have coffee and cake for breakfast! This post has reminded me that I have a very expensive juicer that I bought a couple of years ago gathering dust in the garage…must dig it out and get back into making some juices. Only problem is it takes so long to clean the damn juicer afterwards that it will probably just be a matter of time before it goes back into the garage again! I also hated most vegies when I was a kid (I used to tell my mum to only put 1 bean on my plate and it was a struggle to eat even that!).

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    1. Shari Post author

      Its true! Kicking the sugar habit is hard! You should definitely pull out the juicer. Although they can be kind of a pain to clean, I usually juice near the sink. After I’m finished I rinse it real good with water just to get all the bits out of it. Trying to clean dried pieces of veggie/fruit pulp is dang near impossible. If I have time I’ll clean it right then, but most of the time I throw all the pieces in the dishwasher.
      I can totally relate about the veggies. I just keep telling myself that things that are good for me (veggies, exercise) are not easy but the end result will make all the “suffering” worth it!

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