Six days down, nine to go.
The salad pictured here was the last thing I ate last night, besides a banana and an entire grapefruit. It was big, and it was good. Spinach, asparagus, avocado, tomato, olive oil and lime dressing.
So, day one of the juice fast: not as horrible as I expected, but it is only day one. One of the reasons it hasn't been so hard, I suspect, is that I'm actually taking in more calories by juicing than when I was trying to fill up on regular portions of fruits and veggies. It's not like anyone ever makes a meal out of an apple, three large carrots, 6-8 leaves of kale, 2 packed cups of spinach and a thumb-sized piece of ginger, but such was my breakfast this morning in juice form.
Another reason it hasn't been so bad is that I got a call from work saying that I wouldn't be needed this evening due to a low patient census on my unit. Oh, well - less stress during the fast is better, even though I'd kinda rather have the money. I made double batches of 2 or 3 different juices this morning so that I'd have at least enough to get through tonight, assuming neverending hunger for something that tastes like food. After getting the invitation not to work, I bought some more juice fodder and continued juicing. At this point, I can probably wait until Saturday before I juice again.
Lunch was a freestyle mix of tomato, asparagus, zucchini and celery. Surprisingly, it tasted a lot like a V8 and all it seemed to be missing was a shot or two of vodka.
Mid-afternoon I indulged in a smoothie: not exactly juice, but I wasn't sure if the banana would "juice" well, so I juiced an entire pineapple and then put it in a blender along with two bananas in pieces and about four tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut. Again - ssssoooooooooooooooooooo freakin' good, and all that was missing was a shot or two of rum. I will most certainly be making a grown-up version of this when the reboot is over. April 1, I have you in my sights.
For dinner, I sucked down a gazpacho juice I made this afternoon with a couple of cucumbers, four beefsteak tomatoes, a few celery stalks, a red bell pepper, a quarter of a red onion, a bunch of parsley from the backyard and a few tablespoons of lime juice (cheating again, but only because I forgot to buy limes). My juicer doesn't juice herbs very well, so instead I put the parsley in the food processor, got it down to about a pesto consistency and added it to the juice. It's really just like having regular gazpacho!
Later on, I plan on enjoying a juice made of kale, pears, strawberries and coconut water. Probably the weirdest of all the combinations I've tried, but I sampled some after I made it this afternoon and it's pretty fruity and sweet in spite of the kale.
Another thing I'll say before signing off is that I kept half of the smoothie mix in the fridge for Steve in case he'd like to have some tonight, but if he wants it, he needs to claim it soon...