Sunday, February 26, 2012

Water Bottles Are So 2011

If you're not lugging around a coconut with a straw, you need to get with it because you aren't foolin' anyone into thinking you're actually serious about your health. My biggest problem now is that the cup holders in my van aren't big enough, and I need two hands to carry it, so I'm hoping my 4 year old can make her way across the street. It's all about priorities people.

Ok, seriously.. as you know I started my juice fast yesterday and in preparation, I went all over town gathering the ingredients that I would need for the week. In looking at plans on the website, it suggested drinking coconut water and some of the actual juice recipes called for it anyway, so I stopped into Wholefoods and grabbed myself a weeks supply. A super helpful employee taught me the ways and even gave me the one I have modeled for you on the house. I had never tried it before.. I take that back, I did buy some out of curiosity at Jamba Juice once but I couldn't handle more than one sip. The fresh coconut water was WAY better and actually sort of pleasant.. yet at the same time it threatened my gag reflex. And acquired taste I'm sure.

So here's all the produce that I purchased at the farmers market and Wholefoods for the week. I had to go to Trader Joe's after I took this photo for MORE. I planned out all my "meals" for the week, made a list, and left it home..

When all was said and done, I think I spent almost $300!! Seriously, that's just produce. For one week. For JUST ME! But if I can get off my meds in the next month, it will have been SO worth it. (And I live in the Bay Area where everything is way overpriced)

I'm a system's kind of gal, so I just chose 8 juice recipes from the website for 2 days (so 4 per day), made a 2-day menu, and repeated it until I had 7 days. Then when I FINALLY had all of my ingredients, I used all the plastic bags that I came home with from the farmers market and grocery stores, to separate the produce into "meals" and then I put all the meals for 1 day into paper bags and shoved them into the fridge in the garage. Did you get that?.. Ok, moving on..

So like I said, yesterday was my first day and I'll admit I was scared when I pulled out the ingredients. If I was actually able to get it all down.. and keep it down, would it be enough to drink 4 glasses of juice for a WHOLE day? Especially when I had to go to a BBQ for lunch and then a dinner meeting a la gourmet cook lady?

Not bad at all. Actually pretty good, and the mint smelled fantastic

Other breakfast: Pear (I got this huge and amazingly delicious pear from some cute little Asian lady at the farmers market.) and fennel (didn't even know what it was/totally afraid to drink it)
Then I had to do some research on fennel and figured out what it was and it's health benefits, which are many.

Lunch: (don't you just love my attempt at food photography?) 2 small sweet potatoes, carrot, 2 apples, 3 clementines, baby beets. I have yet to acquire a taste for beets, but..
quite drinkable. Not half bad.

Dinner: Apple, pear, strawberries, spinach, swiss chard
pretty good.

So, I've liked all the juices so far, I didn't come close to starving (mid morning I ate a handful of raw cashews), and also drank water.

I'll post about the recipes I try tomorrow. Then I just repeat, so you'll have to wait in suspense until next week when I change it up.


  1. Woohoo! I am so glad you are doing this BEFORE me, so I can just use your tried-and-true experience as a guide. We also love fennel. But we are big licorice fans, so it stands to reason. I love beets in our juices (I actually love beets in any way, shape or form, and so do my kids), but Ty just informed me last night that he can't take one more beeting. I told him I'd try to tone it down...maybe 1/2 a beet/juice. Anyway, good luck with this fasting thing! You're doing awesome!

  2. p.s. I cannot drink coconut water to save my life. Seriously. But I figure some things are compromisable: Drinking water and NOT throwing up is better, nutritionally, than drinking coconut water and throwing up.

  3. Good luck, Mer! I am so excited for you to try this, and I know you can do it! Please keep us updated on how it's going.

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  5. You are such a good photographer that you make drinking vegetables and coconut water look yummy!