After seeing the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead in which two men shrink before your eyes as they go on lengthy juice fasts, my husband Bill and I were inspired to do something similar. He wanted to do it for health reasons and because it involved buying a shiny new machine: juicer. I wanted to do it for health reasons and to lose those five pounds I have been trying to lose for about 5 years or so. We got past the ee-e-w factor (dinner usually tasted pretty green), swilled down a lot of fruit and vegetable juice (pineapples are a natural and carrots save everything), and managed to make it for five days. He lost over 10 pounds and I lost six. We also lost a certain amount of sleep, since neither of us all that well for the duration and felt especially cold at night.
The experience has given me whole-grain religion and some new guidelines for eating that are really simple:
put color on my plate
drink more water
avoid coffee in the afternoon
cut back on alcohol
eat more slowly
This is about eating mindfully instead of shoveling it in while reading a book or newspaper. I've seen these recommendations often, but never trained myself to follow them. I ate my first solid meal in five days slowly, with attention and appreciation.