To Juice or not to Juice, too late for that question!

“The groundwork of all happiness is health.” ~ James Leigh Hunt (1784 – 1859) English critic, essayist, poet and writer

I have much joy in my life, but with day-to-day living lately, my happiness is sometimes put on the back burner.

In 2011/2012 I went through an emotional divorce, moved, changed jobs, had three surgeries (one of them a complete hysterectomy), started dating again after 15 years — Needless to say, I have been through some major changes over the last year or so and although a lot of it is “good stress,” my body has taken somewhat of a beating from it.

My eating patterns are one thing that has changed significantly, mostly because my time is very limited and convenience is important when trying to work, go to school and still have time to sit down for dinner with my boys every night.

Recently, my son Trevor and I stumbled across the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

WE WERE INSPIRED!

Joe Cross, the man who made the film finds himself on a 60-day juicing fast after going through the treacherous process of receiving an autoimmune-disorder diagnosis. (Man, could I ever relate)

I have been on fasts before, usually for spiritual reasons, but it finally clicked that a juice fast may be exactly what my body needs.

I have come to wits end. I am lethargic, have thinning hair and nails, have a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare nearly daily, my thinking is clouded at times, I am so sore in the mornings and evenings I can barely stand to move — and I’m not even 40 yet.

To top it off, I have put on about 40lbs since the divorce/hysterectomy. Grant it, I could probably stand to put on 20 of those pounds, but the other 20 — not so much.

I suffer from migraines also and I am on some of the same medicines that Joe and his buddy (Phil Staples) is on — methotrexate and plaquenil. Not to mention a daily regimen of Tylenol for pain.

So — I bought a juicer.

Me with my new breville juicer

Me with my new breville juicer

I have a plan – a 30-day juicing fast where I choose fruits and vegetables that pack all the nutrients my body needs and also several that pertain specifically to RA and reducing swelling.

I will also drink water, hot tea and hot water with lemon.

My start date was supposed to be Sunday (first day of Lent), but my juicer came early and I got a head start. Soo — today is my first day instead.

I’m pretty excited about this, but it’s also a little daunting to be honest — but like I said, I’m at wits end. My meds don’t seem to be working and I feel sicker and sicker every day. I’m hoping this plan will help me to gain energy, reduce swelling, lose weight, aid in stronger/longer hair and nails and a slew of other things.

I also hope to wean off the Tylenol and eventually, possibly the stronger medications. I plan to discuss this with my Rheumy when I go in for my liver check next week.

I’m supplementing with over-the counter vitamins such as a bone and joint mix, omega 3s and magnesium.

medsHere are some more pics from my first time making/storing my juices, which I plan to do every other day. I’m storing them in the fridge in air-tight mason jars to keep them fresh.

Fruit juice with 2 apples, three pears and a hand of strawberries

Fruit juice with 2 apples, three pears and a hand of strawberries

Mean Green with 4 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 1 lemon (peeled), 4 bunches kale and two pieces of ginger root

Mean Green with 4 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 1 lemon (peeled), 4 bunches kale and two pieces of ginger root

Breakfast drink with pineapple, half lemon, three oranges a handful of blueberries

Breakfast drink with pineapple, half lemon, three oranges a handful of blueberries

The finished product

The finished product

And here I am : Day 1 — without COFFEE!!! haha!

me1So I guess I’ll try to update everyone from time to time. I’m pretty stoked about this and the main thing for me is to start feeling better!!!! I am tired of all this autoimmune stuff ruling my day-to-day life. If this is what it takes, then so be it!!

Until next time friends,

~allie

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About Imkjac

I love my work. I also love the following things: God, my boys, my family, dogs, cats, writing, photography, reading (a bit of a lit geek actually), cooking, being outdoors, hiking, fishing, film, music, Spotify, beards, tattoos, board games, TV (also a TV geek), Netflix, pajamas, antiquing, interior decorating (DIY), blankets, polar bears, art, food. I dislike these things: elevators, heights, unclear water, bridges. Thanks for reading my blog and hoping it brings some comfort and joy to others.
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3 Responses to To Juice or not to Juice, too late for that question!

  1. Carlo says:

    I have been on almost 2 months with the 80/10/10 diet which is only fruits and juicing tons of greens. I have some type of anti flammatory and many other problems. Wanted to know how your healing as been going. So far for me haven’t really seen anything drastic “yet” hopefully.

  2. tracy says:

    So what was the outcome? I have several auto immune diseases.

  3. Hi Tracy. Unfortunately, the time constraints and cost kept me from continuing the juicing on a permanent basis. I hope to incorporate juicing part time into my diet in 2014. I’m also doing some research into a diet my sister said I should consider called the Paleo Autoimmune diet. I hope to blog on that soon. Thanks for reading and sorry it took me so long to reply! 🙂
    ~allie

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