4th of July weekend in San Diego came with a quiet bang this year. Inspired by several documentaries, my expanding knowledge of nutrition, and personal health goals, I decided to take on the challenge of a five-day juice fast. After watching “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” on NetFlix, I bought a juice machine (Breville Juice Fountain Plus), groceries, and began my quest.
Truth is, there was more to it than just watching a movie. I have wanted to include a lot more vegetables into my diet for years. I have always been athletic and active, but have also carried extra weight due to my horrible eating habits. I finally came to a point where I could no longer keep ignoring everything that I know about nutrition and health just so I could enjoy eating junk food without guilt. Documentaries such as “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Food Matters” helped give me that final push in the right direction. I went to a friend’s housewarming party on Saturday afternoon and had a few beers while discussing our big plans for Sunday night. A “house-crawl” in Pacific Beach was planned the week before and it was sure to be a very fun and drunken adventure. I was very much looking forward to it.
As I stood on the deck looking out at San Diego Bay, I felt grateful to be alive. The weather was perfect and I was with great company. I’ve had a couple of beers by then and felt that they were unnecessary. Everything was fine without them. I had already purchased my juice machine and decided that I should head home and get started immediately. I also decided that I should stop drinking until I was in much better health. A good beer always felt like a reward after some kind of accomplishment, like finishing a half-marathon or cleaning my yard. Fact is, I just didn’t feel that I had done anything lately to deserve a beer.
After having my first juice at home, I quickly realized that Fourth of July weekend is perhaps the most difficult weekend to begin a fast. I could smell tri-tip and carne asada coming from every direction. I had a moment of weakness and made myself a sandwich. This would not be an easy task, I figured, but nothing worthwhile is. I have never been a big fan of vegetables and rarely included them in my diet. Even after caving to hunger, I felt that the evening was a success. I felt ready to accept the challenge and began my juice-only-fast on the 4th of July. It has now been two days and I am feeling great at the moment, but there have been very difficult moments. The days seem to have gotten longer and I am already learning a lot about the effects of proper nutrition and the difficulties of withdrawal. I will be updating the blog with my progress in the near future.