I woke up knowing that I was in no mood to juice a truckload of fruits and veggies. For several reasons I knew that I would be breaking my fast today, on Day 6.
- I just was no longer motivated to spend the time required each morning to juice.
- I was almost out of the fruits and veggies I needed to make a decent juice.
- But lastly and most importantly my stomach was not dealing well with all the roughage.
I’ve had stomach issues since high school, when I swore I had a stomach ulcer, but later found out it was gastrointestinal issues. Nevertheless, after a few years of suffering I finally got diagnosed and got educated about triggers and foods to avoid or minimize the intake.
Those foods include broccoli and excessive leafy greens. I don’t normally have issues eating salads or broccoli, but when I’ve consumed those foods on a consistent daily basis, it has never ended well. Luckily I’ve been successful at monitoring my diet to ensure I don’t have to take pills to help with symptoms etc.
Anyway, I say all of this to say that I think that juicing is good, but for me I’ll need to incorporate it into my diet in a more moderate way. One juice daily, vice all juice. One thing is for certain, you will definitely consume more veggies by juicing them, than it would be comfortable to eat normally.
Also, it takes time to find the right balance of tastiness while maintaining a healthy balance of fruit to vegetable ratio. The sugar consumption from the fruit for me, is likely part of the reason why I don’t think the pounds dropped as fast as I had anticipated. In addition, I’m not quite sure how many calories I consumed during the days that I juiced as compared to my normal diet. So that could also be a contributing factor.
Anyway, I ate an apple in the morning. In the afternoon after finishing some errands I was hungry but wanted to eat something not too heavy or greasy and still veggie-based. I decided on Thai food.
Since I found myself in Annapolis, Maryland. I decided to stop at Lemongrass (on West Street) and ordered the Green Curry with a bit more coconut milk to dial-down the heat/spice. It’s a green curry sauce with coconut milk, eggplant, which I love, bamboo shoots, basil and I ordered it with chicken. It comes with white rice. I felt fuller quicker, so I imagine my stomach shrunk a bit over the last week.
So that was how I broke my fast. Not sure if that was the best thing to eat to break my fast since my stomach still needed to adjust but that was my choice in that moment.
Lessons learned from juicing:
- Juice in moderation
- Vary the fruits and veggies
- Monitor the caloric intake if hoping to lose weight.
Ultimately, I lost no inches on my waist, but I did loose 4 pounds.
Were you on this journey with me? How has it gone for you? How have/will you break your fast? Share your thoughts with me below.