Juice Feast: Day 1 – Thank God This Day is Done

Oh ughhh….where to begin? I had such a positive attitude the day before I started (I really did). Now I just feel overwhelmed. What did I sign myself up for?

The day started off just fine. I had my first juice down by 8:30. I started on the second one around 10:30. From 10:00-2:00 I had a dull headache which I understand is normal. My coach called me and said it’s normal to feel kinda crappy the first day or two. She said it gets easier. We’ll see.

Later on, I got the idea to lay down on my nail bed. That did make me feel a bit better. Nail beds are so full of magic. Everyone should have one. I really do believe that.

I’m getting overwhelmed trying to manage everything I have to do. I realized I need to get up early tomorrow so I can do my hip strengthening exercises my PT gave me. If I don’t do them first thing in the morning, they will not get done. I also have a hair appointment, I have to pick up two juices from the juice bar, go to yoga, AND go back to the grocery store AND make juices for Wednesday. That’s all on tap for tomorrow. Luckily I can squeeze in work in the morning and while I am getting my hair done.

I got all my juices made for tomorrow. I do not have the energy to go through it like I did yesterday. I had SUCH a good attitude yesterday! Anyways, today I juiced kale. So sub out spinach and lettuce for kale in yesterday’s recipes. FYI: Red leaf lettuce in juices RULES. It is way better than kale and spinach.

I am exhausted. I have a dull headache that will not go away. All I want to do is beg Mark for a foot rub and then pass out. This day is done.


VC Day 30: Let’s Get this Juicing Party Started

First, a question:

If anyone is going to the women’s retreat in August and would like to room, please let me know. I think it’s 900.00 per person for double occupancy and 1150 for single (give or take). I’m happy to have a roomie, but if I don’t get any takers by March 15th, I’m paying for the single.

On to the Juicing!

Meet my juicer – the Breville.ย Yes, I got it after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It’s a great juicer. I think we’ve had it for about two years. I’ve recommended it to several others, and everyone seems to be happy with it.

So – juice feast #1 starts Monday. I made all my juices tonight. My juice coach, Courtney, said they would hold for 24 hours. I know the best way to drink the juice is right after making it, but that’s not practical for me during this feast. I would spend my day tied to the kitchen. Plus, I have a job, and I have to go to class!

I made my first four juices this evening.

002Each juice is 32 ounces except the last one. I hit about 28 ounces on that one. We’ll see how it plays out. I’m supposed to drink ALL of this juice tomorrow.

Here’s the recipes (I’ve tasted all of them, and they are delicious). They are presented in order from left to right:

Orange Juice #1

2 lemons, 2 grapefruits, 3 oranges

Green Juice #1

1 full head of celery, 3 cucumbers, 3 lemons, 1 pound of spinach, 2 granny smith apples

Green Juice #2

3 cucumbers, 3 lemons, 2 granny smith apples, 1 pound of red leaf lettuce, 1 piece of ginger (size to your taste)

Green Juice #3

3 cucumbers, 3 lemons, 2 granny smith apples, 1 piece of ginger (size to your taste)

I forgot to include ginger in green juice #1. You could certainly add it in. You might notice I am missing kale. Well, I have four pounds of kale in my house ready to go. I’ll put two pounds in the next round of juices.ย  Which reminds me, I have some rules for this feast. Let me review them:

1. Consume at least one gallon of juice per day. More if I am hungry.

2. Juice one head of celery a day (to make sure I get salt)

3. Juice two pounds of leafy greens, like kale, each day

4. At least 75% of the juices must be green.

5. Keep drinking my regular water intake (approximately one gallon per day) to stay hydrated for Bikram classes.

So – I’m sticking with one citrus juice a day followed by three green ones. I like a citrus juice for brekafast. Today, when I went to buy my leafy greens, I wanted to get six pounds. I bought up 95% of the kale and had only gotten four pounds. So that’s where the spinach and lettuce came in. I know the kale will hold. I wasn’t sure about the spinach or lettuce so I juiced it first. You should have seen me piling up kale in the grocery store and cleaning it all out! Crazy! You should also try checking out with four pounds of kale. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the breakdown of what I juiced today:

Lemons = 11

Cucumbers = 9

Apples = 6

Grapefruits = 2

Oranges = 3

Celery = 1 head

Spinach = 1 pound

Red Leaf Lettuce = 1 pound

Pieces of Ginger = 2



VC Day 24: I’ve Got a Feast Coming!

Today I met with my juice feast coach, Courtney, for a little over an hour. We went over all the nuts and bolts of my feast and what to expect. First, you may be wondering what the difference is between a juice feast and a juice fast. In a nutshell, a juice fast limits the intake of calories. In a juice fast, you could expect to need a lot of rest and spend a lot of time doing nothing. You might be tired a lot. Courtney said that for this reason a lot of people will go to retreats where they can float around in a pool all day and take naps. It can be hard to do a 7-day juice fast and contend with regular life.

A juice feast then is the opposite. I want to literally feast on juice. I should be able to function in everday life just fine, but I could experience some diffculties. I might be tired. I might get a headache, but I should be taking in plenty of calories. Feasting allows for me to go about my daily life including continuing my Bikram practice.

Yes – I plan to sustain my current schedule of five Bikram classes per week, plus one advanced class, plus whatever I would be doing at home outside of class (which can vary). Yes, I will be telling you ALL about it.

My plan during the juice feast is to blog once a day, usually in the evening, and also to tweet about my experiences. You can find and follow me on twitter at LeighAHall if you want to keep up with the juice feast tweets! Too bad I can’t tweet directly from class. Can you imagine what I might say? ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course a big question on my mind was how much juice to drink and how to think about hydration in relation to my Bikram practice. You should know that anything I say about this feast applies only to me. When I tell you about my hydration needs do not run out and apply them to yourself. This is what works for me or what we think will work for me.

So juicing – I am supposed to drink at least one gallon of juice each day with the bulk of that being green juice. I do plan on having one citrus juice each day, and that’s fine. One gallon comes down to about 125 ounces. I drink between 100-125 ounces of water each day to stay hydrated for Bikram. What does all this mean? Well, while juice is a form of hydration, in this case it is also my only way of getting nutrients. I am supposed to drink at least one gallon of juice and then my regular gallon-ish intake of water every day.

I really hope I can get a bathroom pass out of the hot room. It could beย a legitimate need. ๐Ÿ™‚ And for the record, I will not be peeing on my mat. Yes, there are people who actually pee on their mat because they have to go and are committed to staying in the room. I know two of them personally. I really don’t want it to come down to that, but the thought has crossed my mind. What if I drink so much that my choice is flee the room or pee on my mat or be in severe pain? I am just letting that thought go. If it becomes a reality, we’ll see what I do (so stay tuned!).

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VC Day 19: Let’s Feast

Day 19 already? Well, I’m not surprised. Having done a 66-day Bikram challenge, and a 39-day Bikram streak recently, I knew this time would fly by. Taking on something for 30 days? Yeah, it can be hard but it is do-able. The time is gonna go by. And I was right. The time has gone by.

It’s not the remainder of the vegan challenge that’s got me nervous. It’s the weak that follows it.

Why? Because I am not able to leave well enough alone, that’s why.

The vegan challenge officially ends on Sunday, February 24th. On Monday, February 25th, I embark on a seven day juice feast. I’ve hired a coach fot this – the fantastic Courtney Pool. There is NO WAY I would consider doing something like this without a coach. I need someone to guide me.

You might be wondering how I decided to do this. Good question. I am too! ๐Ÿ™‚ It started when, during my vegan challenge, I wrote about my experiences juicing. Courtney found my blog and left a comment about the benefits of juicing. I wondered who she was, so I looked her up and discovered she coaches these juice feasts.

I had a email discussion with Courtney on why I was interested. Basically, it comes down to this:

(a) I want to see what it can do for my health and well-being

(b) I want to see what it can do for my practice

(c) I want to challenge my limits physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I am all about those three points, but the third one seems to be a new hobby of mine. I am in some kind of mode where I want to push myself in one or more of these ways. I will, of course, continue to blog during the feast, and I will angle my blog around these three points as best as my cognitive abilities allow for it. I’m not being negative. I’m being realistic. This could get ugly is all I’m saying.

As I understand it, I will drink a lot of juice for five days. On days six and seven I may drink juice (I don’t know), but I will also be having smoothies and reintroducing some food back into my life. Days six and seven are about transitioning back onto food I chew.

I feel like I should take bets for how long I can make it before I crack and have a complete meltdown. I made it 10 days into the vegan challenge before I lost it. I am just gonna guess that juice feasting is harder than vegan eating. I say I crack on Day 3. I did not say I would quit on Day 3. I’m not going to quit. I just said I would flip out and cry a lot. I am going to be SUCH a joy to be around. Slumber party at my house! ๐Ÿ™‚