Responses to Questions About My Juicy Experiment
Monday, January 14, 2013
I enjoyed my juice fast so much that I would not have stopped, except that we had to go out of town for my son’s wrestling tournament, and I could not find a way to do it when we were on the road. I fully intend to incorporate it into my meal plan most days of the week. It is tournament season, so I will not be able to juice any weekends until the end of spring.
The areas that I found myself low in nutritionally were protein and fat. So in the future, I plan to have juice during the daytime, and eat a protein based evening meal. I will also try some smoothie recipes to add protein and fat to my drinks.
I have had many questions about my bowel movements while juicing. I had a surgery about 18 months ago in which a little over 18 inches of my colon was removed. I have to be on a high fiber diet for life. I am very conscious of my health in this area as I do NOT want to have surgery again. I did NOT have any loose bowels while juicing. In fact, that did not change at all. I was as regular as ever. I did have gas the 1st day, but that was most likely because I ate 9 extremely spicy tacos the day before I started.
I did not suffer from hunger at all. In fact, it was just the opposite. I drank my next glass of juice because it was time to, not because I was hungry. I planned snacks, but did not always drink them because I was fully satisfied already.
I did not have any sugar craving over the weekend. I had planned on enjoying some treats over the weekend, but they did not even appeal to me. Meat and nuts were what I was most interested in, probably because I didn’t have much protein during the previous 5 days.
For those interested in my meal plans, you can scroll down to the bottom of my Spark Page and click on my nutritional tracker. I usually plan my meals out in advance, and then adjust at the end of the day if necessary.