Cutie and I last week watched a movie titled Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross and decided to try the reboot/detoxing experiment. Instead of 30 or 60 days, we are trying it for 2 weeks. The reasons are as follows:
1) Neither of us are morbidly obese. And we exercise twice a week by going on a run.
2) I want to see if this “detox” solution of constant consumption of fruits and vegetables in a concentrated juice will work for me in helping my emotional/mental state. I DO NOT want to take any medication unless it is a last resort.
3) I want to see if this juicing can be added as part of a healthy diet for the long-term (1 juice as a meal substitute instead of drinking juice for all meals).
4) Vanity is the last reason on this list. Regardless of the weight I may loose, I will not be showing skin any time soon due to the weather.
After 24 hours of consuming fruits and vegetables in juice form, these are the things I have discovered from this experiment:
– The physical symptoms of being deprived from actual eating physical food of ANY kind WILL MAKE YOU MISERABLE.
Not eating any solid food while you are not sick is pure misery. Whether you are at work or at school you WILL be tempted at least every hour of the day. You will be surrounded by people with different breakfast/break/lunch hours that will bring different kinds of foods to their desks/tables/benches and will consume them in front of you while working/studying/gossiping, etc. The sad part is there is no polite way to tell people not to eat in front of you. You might have better chances telling them to stop smoking in front of you.
–Your body will HATE you in ways that will confuse you
In the previously mentioned film, the people that were “detoxing” felt the following symptoms: headaches, dizziness, irritability, etc. After a walk with Cutie to the local grocery store, BOTH of us felt tired and our legs were as sore as if we just ran. Cutie would be well-satiated for a few hours and then feel hunger again while I would feel full with organic Pepto-Bismol than with solid food. Our short-term memories were also affected a bit. I hate to admit I was having trouble finishing a complete sentence. Let’s not forget how a pain in the ass your bowels will be as they will tremble inside you in protest.
–You WILL loose weight regardless of how much juice you drink
We lost about 4 pounds since we started. We estimate we can each loose about 1.8 pounds a day if we are consistent and avoid temptation. I drink more than Cutie because it takes more juice for me to feel like I am not starving. And I STILL lost weight.
-Your view of food WILL change after you survive this.
This is an inevitable side effect from changing the way how you consume food. All of a sudden, you start to see those TV dinners you love to indulge as a nuisance. If you are OCD enough, you may start calculating how much time/money it would take to detox/work out to get rid of the extra weight from your body. Which brings me to my last discovery…
–Fruits and Vegetables are EXPENSIVE
Fresh or not they are expensive. It takes ALOT of spinach, kale, etc to make a glass full of juice. If you need to make something that will satiate you, you WILL need more than the basic 2 veggie or fruit combination. For 2 people, it would cost easily over $110 a week even with discounted frozen veggies. We chose the cheapest fruit to start with (apples by the bag) and use the cheapest in-season veggies (celery and carrots) and it was more expensive than our budgeted $50-$60 for groceries. It is a lot cheaper to make a veggie stir fry that will feed 2 people (about $5 total) than 2 glasses of juice ($10 for juice that has 4 vegetables).
In spite of these discoveries I will continue to tough it out as best as I can to the best of my abilities. I am 100% certain that I prefer to do this than taking medication or having a surgery to get healthy or healthier.