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So today is day 7 of my SuperJuiceMe 28 day challenge. I had a health check up this past Friday because my doctor changed the time for my original physical date and I could not make it. Needless to say, I lost 8 lbs by day 5 (I started the plan on Monday and got weighed on Friday). I feel energetic and the drinks are fantastic. This morning I walked 2.59 miles. Starting in week two I will be doing more exercises to help the body eliminate toxin build up being flushed out by the vast amount of nutrients flooding my body. Protein is abundant in the form of avocado, hemp protein, and spirulina, in addition to the wide array of vegetables that contain amino acids.
I am using an app for the plan which contains recipes and photos. Each recipe comes with a video to show you how to make the drink and also tips and tricks. There are also several coaching videos which I find very helpful.
Here is what I have learned about living on nothing but delicious, healthy fruit and vegetable juices for the past seven days:
- You have to be mentally prepared. You have to train yourself to think about nutrition differently. I spent the two weeks leading up to the start of this program reading nutrition literature, reviewing different websites and watching documentaries on food, medicine and nutrition. I learned that it is very important to be mentally prepared because everyone will be trying to discourage you from doing it. There is claim of concern that you won’t be getting enough protein or that you won’t be eating “food”. That last part is laughable since I doubt what most of we eat on a daily basis can really be described as food.
- As mentioned above even those who love you will try to talk you out of it. From concerns about the body going into shock to not getting enough nutrients, the attempt to dissuade you from vastly changing your physiology will be well-meaning and persistent. Again, mental preparation is key. And it doesn’t hurt to have a valid reason for doing it. For me, after 16 years of medication, it is time to try something radical.
- Shopping for only vegetables and fruits is vastly different from shopping for “regular food”. First, I found myself comparing price more so than normal since I purchased only organic or locally grown produce. If you just grab and go from the first fruit stand, this could be a very expensive venture. However when compared to what being sick has cost me, I’m willing to pay whatever I can to get well.
- You are going to be tempted to eat something. Yes, I’m not going to say I didn’t feel like eating something this past week. Butterfly shrimp, bagel. But every time I think of the medication I’m on and look at my gut in front of me, I soon forget that crave.
- You are going to feel good! This may seem surprising to some but I feel wonderful. Not only physically but psychologically as well. For once I stopped acting like a helpless child ingesting what the doctor prescribed. Now I’m taking charge of my health. I feel amazing.
I have never really followed any food plan exactly prior to this one. I find that the recipes are genius and that the creator Jason Vales thought of everything it seems. For example, several mornings before you have your first juice, there is an electrolyte sodium shot made up of one stalk of celery and 1/4 cucumber. This is to ensure your body is kept replenished with sodium and electrolytes so you can avoid muscle cramps for instance.
Another part of the plan that I think is genius is the Hunger SOS – If you are really hungry before your next drink you may have something like a 1/2 avocado with lemon juice (this is very delicious by the way) or some herbal tea with a raw energy bar. The avocado really helped me on my first day when I left one of my drinks at home and worked 10 hours on two drinks. But I didn’t back down. Apart from the avocado, I only drank the two drinks I brought to work. The Hunger SOS, according to Jason is better than completely giving up. Pure genius!
Also, I learned to make almond milk. Saturdays and Sundays, one drink is a smoothie made with almond milk you make yourself. Quite neat.
So, on I go to day 8. Oh, I forgot to mention. I’m sleeping well now and get up refreshed in the morning. I also, have not had any headaches this past week.