After watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that follows Australian businessman Joe Cross as he does a 60 day juice fast and travels around the U.S. talking to Americans about how they eat, I was inspired. Joe's journey was very inspirational, as was the plight of trucker Phil, who was 430 lbs. and suffering from an auto-immune disorder that was very uncomfortable (he had the disorder in common with director Joe Cross). I figured, if a 430 lb. trucker can do it for 60 days with amazing results, surely my husband and I can handle 10 days! So starts our journey on the reboot cleanse.
Days one and two were probably the hardest. We fought a lot of rumbling tummies and headaches. Not to mention total lack of energy. By the middle of day two we decided to incorporate actually eating some raw fruits and veggies, and not just juicing. Was this cheating? I'm not sure, but I do know we still saw results and definitely felt the detox symptoms that you would just doing juice. Thanks to my working at Food For Thought, I am blessed to be surrounded by lots of delicious ORGANIC and LOCAL produce all the time.
Days two and on were not very rough, save for some minor hunger pangs which were quickly quelled by drinking lots of water or juice with greens. I started to feel some of the detox symptoms including flu-like symptoms and my skin breaking out. My husbands stomach wasn't always agreeing with him, but we soldiered on.
We didn't last our full ten days, towards the end of day 7, I had just had enough. I felt good in some ways, but my detox symptoms were making it difficult to keep up with work and what not. We decided that we had given it a strong enough try, especially for our first time. 7 days isn't too shabby as far as I'm concerned.
I detoxed my body, and lost 12 lbs. in the process. My husband lost 7 lbs., which is especially impressive because he's naturally pretty slim.
Neither of us regret a thing. It was a great learning experience, and a good jump start for further attempts at healthier eating. It's a struggle everyday to avoid eating so much processed foods, and avoiding snacking on sugary sweets. You just have to take it one step at a time. Don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake, dust yourself off and try again the next day. Or even the next hour. One hiccup doesn't have to mean you have to keep paying for it.
If you're interested in "rebooting" your life, you should definitely check out this film. If you have Netflix, it's available on instant play and dvd. It's also available for purchase on Joe's website.
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