Juicing with the Joneses

A few weeks ago, Zach and I watched a documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. The movie follows a man across the United States as he spends 60 days on a juice fast - nothing but juice from fresh fruits and vegetables! Intrigued, we (impulsively) decided to give the world of juicing a whirl. We weren't trying to lose weight like the man featured in the documentary, but we were drawn to many of the other common results (more energy, no headaches, immune system boost, clearer skin, etc.).

We decided to do a 10-Day Reboot following this plan created by the man in the documentary. The plan has four different categories of juices (orange, green, red, and purple), three different recipes for each category, and a easy-to-follow daily menu. We loaded up on all things green and leafy at the grocery story and then set out to juice for ten days straight!

Ingredients for one of the green juices (Joe's Mean Green): 6 kale leaves, 1 cucumber, 2 celery stalks, 1 green apple, 1/2 lemon, and a small piece of ginger root

I wish this were the part where I could reflect on the entire ten day experience... but I didn't even make it to the end of the second day. Oops. I loved some of the juices (grapes, blueberries, kiwis, and mint... yum!), but the majority of them involve kale. Long story short: I can't drink kale without gagging. Who knew?


However, Zach stuck with it for all ten days! Despite the fact that he vows to never eat/drink kale again, he has craved other fruits and vegetables more frequently since the ten days ended. As far as all the other common results? He hasn't had any headaches, he's more energetic, and he's been able to run further and faster without feeling fatigued. It's been two weeks since the juice fast ended, and he hasn't craved coffee or caffeine once. On top of everything, he lost thirteen pounds during the ten days! He said that he'd even be willing to do it again sometime down the road... maybe I could manage to last three days :)



Have you ever tried juicing? (Better yet, have you ever tried kale?)
Would you ever be crazy enough to juice for ten days?