Juggling responsibilities to others and to myself

Yesterday, I woke up on Day 2 of my juice fast and discovered just how challenging it is to juice my meals for an entire day when both sinks are full of dishes, the counter is cluttered, and Bear and Monkey are twined around my ankles and pulling on my clothes.  <sigh>

Why is my kitchen in this state? Well, some nights Lion is home and takes care of it, and some nights he’s working and I clean up once the kidlets are quiet, and some nights it just doesn’t get done.  That is definitely the nature of the beast when life is so full.

So, rather than making two double-helping juices to alternate throughout the day, which is the standard plan following a Reboot, I quickly made my morning Green Citrus, apple-orange-kale-spinach-romaine, and brought the other half to work for lunch.  I struggle with arriving at work on time on the best of days, so I felt this compromise to my juicing reality was reasonable.

This diet is relatively simple, but the sheer volume of produce and other supplies is surprising!  As a small snapshot of these numbers, check out the ingredients for the Green Citrus juice.  The recipe on the website is actually 1/4 the amount that appears in the Reboot with Joe book, which I am following to the letter. I feel the need to take all the work of thinking out of this journey.  For my double serving, I juiced 4 apples, 4 oranges, 1 1/2 bunches of kale, 1 bunch of spinach, and 5 or 6 leaves of romaine lettuce.  What?!?! I know. That’s a lot of produce.  And that was less than half the days intake of juice.  In addition, I had left a half litre of coconut water in the fridge at work, so that was one item off my list for the day, but I was going to have to make a mental note to buy more.

After work, I found myself making pizza, a Wednesday tradition for our family shared with Redbird and Turtle, and feeling a little nervous about how it would feel to make, cook, and smell the pizza, and then watch it being consumed by everyone else while I drank my juice.  Pizza and I have a long standing love affair, and I was worried my philandering with all things raw and rooted might result in a meltdown of sorts.

As it turns out, I felt just fine.  I definitely found my body responding to the smell of the pizza, but otherwise, I didn’t even want it.  The kids enjoyed their slices, and I focused on making myself my carrot-apple-lemon juice.  Day 2 was supposed to include carrot-apple-ginger, but I have found more than once that raw ginger, in particular in fresh juices, makes my whole body feel bad.  I didn’t want to risk this response, especially in my early days on this journey.  I want to promote success.  Challenge can come later.

Well, this juice is my favourite so far.  Fresh and slightly sweet.  I had two servings to get through, so I sipped it through the kids bedtimes and while I did some work on the computer.

Finally, just before bed, I savoured the second helping of Pear Pie Delight, sweet potato-pear-apple-blueberry-cinnamon, that I had prepared the night before.  What a treat!  The juice is thick, sweet, and decadent.  Yum!

A lovely end to Day 2.

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A juice fast for my birthday

Yesterday, Lion woke me gently for the day, green juice in hand. He wanted to make sure my juice fast, my birthday gift to myself, was easy for me. He let me sleep in, oh precious jewel, taking over with Bear who does not sleep like a bear these days.  My Lion had set up the juicer on the counter, cleaned it all up, and made me my first body-cleansing juice, kale-apple-cucumber. What a sweet start to my birthday and my search for wellness.

As I got myself ready for work, I sipped my brekky and warmed up with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon. Mid-morning, I had my first taste of coconut water – yum! I didn’t realize it would be so rich and sweet.  I should be having this every morning as a source of electrolytes, and I’m so glad to discover I’m a fan.

Lunch was Carrot Cake, carrot-sweet potato-apple-cinnamon juice. I got to have some birthday cake after all!  This juice was a large serving, maybe 750 mL, and I drank it at my desk at work over an hour or so due to interruptions.  I don’t know if I should be trying to drink my juices all at once, or if slowly sipping will work just as well.  Something to work out as I go along.

I brought the rest of my green juice gift as a snack in the afternoon.  This was the first time I was prompted to drink from hunger.  And the juice filled me up just fine.

After work, it was time to go and buy more produce to get set up properly for this journey.  I had just stocked up on general fruit and veg on the weekend, but since I am going to follow the meal plans from “The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet” by Joe Cross, I decided I should make sure I followed the shopping list more closely.  That is one of the aspects of this Reboot that appeals the most to me.  No thinking, just doing.  Shop off the list, juice from the recipes and meal plans, and keep on keeping on.

Monkey and Bear were good company for me as I made my way back to work to pick up my Reboot book, which I had forgotten in my muddled rush to get home.  I lost track of time and left work late, in a rush because Lion needed me home so he could start work. I definitely feel that my mind is not clear so far, but I am also pretty sleep deprived from little Bear, so I am not sure if it’s all due to juice fasting.

In fact, I really think it’s more about lack of sleep because when I started off yesterday, I was following Day 16 instead of Day 6 (which is the first day of only juice in the plans, so is in fact my Day 1.  Confused yet?). Fortunately, all of the days follow the same schedule and pattern of eating (drinking), so no damage done.

With my book, and meal plans, in hand, I took the boys for a trip to the Root Cellar, my favourite local source of produce. It was so easy to shop with the list from Joe.  I knew to buy exactly 33 apples, 10 oranges, 9 cucumbers, etc.

Back at home, Red Bird was waiting to spend some time with me on my birthday.  She brought a basket filled with fruit and veg for juicing and a motivational book. We talked about life, juicing, family, and love, shared some tea and later a meal – pasta and salad for her, Lion and the boys, and Sporty Spice juice, beet-carrot-celery-orange-lemon, for me.  I made enough to share with everyone, which helped me feel like we were dining together.

Later, after Red Bird went home, Lion off to work, and Monkey and Bear off to sleep, I made myself another cup of tea and juiced myself a dessert – Pear Pie Delight, sweet potato-pear-apple-blueberry-cinnamon.  Yum!!

I made it through this first day somewhat muddled with fatigue and lack of preparation due to all the crazy business of everyday life, but flying high, feeling golden, and ready to keep going.