Here's a picture of what should have gone into my dinner juice tonight ... if I'd have made it that far.
I began what should have been a three-day juice fast this morning by drinking 4 cups of water mixed with lime juice (something about alkalizing and hydrating). Then, I had fresh juice prepared in my trusty Jack Lalanne juicer.
I used 2 heads of broccoli, 1 large cucumber, 1 very large carrot, 8 ounces of spinich, 4 ounces of alfalfa sprouts, 6 stalks of celery, and a slice of fresh ginger. It made about 4 cups of juice and I drank them all before going to work at 9 a.m. By 10:30, my tummy was growling. I was allowed to have a 4 cup "snack" of lime water, so I drank that. But my tummy was still hungry.
At noon, I went home and made the same juice. By 1:30, I was so hungry I thought I was going to die. I started to get dizzy and my fingers felt numb (although that could have been due to the fact that the heat in my office was not working). I tried the lime water snack again, but it just tasted gross. I had unsalted trail mix on my desk and someone had brought in some Mrs. May's Naturals Cashew Strawberry Crunch. After consulting with a co-worker, I decided to say screw it. I ate the cashew crunch, and it was soooo good.
Then, I had the trail mix and finally, I gorged on granola. Since I'd messed up my fast, I decided to go to the gym instead. So that made me feel better about eating all those nuts. After all, I'd need some energy even if I was only taking a 30-minute weight and ab class.
When I got home from the gym, I heated up some cabbage soup, black-eyed peas, and made some more garlic bread. I swear it was the best meal of my life. If anything, the juice fast made me appreciate solid foods. It also helped me to realize that I can make it an entire day without caffeine. I still haven't had any Diet Coke, tea, or coffee. I usually have a Diet Coke and two cups of coffee before 10 a.m.
Not that I'm giving up caffeine or anything. That's crazy talk. But you know, if I had to for health reasons some day, I know I could. I'm not even sure why I wanted to juice fast in the first place. It's not like I planned on giving up anything when I was through. I like caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. I have no intention of going 100% raw. And I think that's okay. I eat pretty well as it is.