I need to apologize since shortly after my experiment ended, I conveniently (unintentionally) destroyed my intake log and all of my corresponding data. I will still be able to make my individual results pretty clear without my journal though so please read on.
Ultimately, the result of inundating my body with purely fruits and vegetables did completely the opposite of what I imagined it would. I still believe that the Juice Diet is a great way to 'cleanse' your body and if you're trying to lose weight, give it a try for a few days. As an individual with an active lifestyle like mine, it's just not practical.
Remember, my hopes of the Juice Diet Experiment wasn't for a physical transformation but a mental clarity one. I set out to see what infusing your body with juices would ultimately achieve in regard to personal awareness and mental ability.
During my experiment I had my girlfriends birthday, a fantasy hockey camp, golf tournament, competitive men’s softball league, kickball league, I was cross training, and studying for the Missouri Property/Casualty as well as the Life and Health insurance producer exams. Probably not the best time to run an experiment on myself. On top of all that I also had to work ...
When I began the process I wanted to see how long I could go with strictly just blends of fruits and veggies as my sole source of nutrition. The goal was 7 - 10 days. With palatable recipes in hand I headed to the market and successfully returned with about $100 worth of food that can plucked off a tree or pulled from the ground for free.
I'll spare you the actual recipes and the details on what I bought but the picture doesn't really do justice to the amount of vegetation involved here.
I discovered side effects pretty early on and had to trick myself into not thinking that I was hungry just because I hadn't really eaten but drank all of my meals. I quickly figured out that all the fruit drinks were awesome and that beats have some not so flattering side effects later on. After about a day and a half I was already showing signs of physical weakness and fatigue but I still felt intelligent so I decided to include a multi vitamin and whey protein powder after two days of veggie detox.
Continuing through the process I began to really dislike my method for preparing and making my fruit and veggie shakes. I didn't set aside a budget so I was attempting to make good with the equipment I already had. Although my blender was perfect for making the occasional daiquiri and frozen margarita, when it came to my veggie shakes I still had to chew through my kale. If I were to incorporate jucies into a regular diet, purchasing an actual juicer (or the Ninja pictured here) would be in my future.
After day four I was noticeably having side effects. We're all aware that our perception can play tricks on us but after day four I began having speech and vision problems. During the peak of my problems I had to make three attempts to deliver a simple statement correctly.. I kept arranging the words in a very odd way that didn't make sense to anyone but myself. A little frightening actually.
Apparently 5 days of juicing is my limit since my girlfriend forced me to pull the plug on the experiment.
I did continue to infuse my diet with fruit and vegetables (I had already purchased them after all) just not as the only staple source of nutrition. In order to regain my strength I went back to eating solid power foods and other lean proteins. My body thanked me for the little fat I introduced once I ran out of the $100 in fruits and veggies I bought.
Would a diet like this receive my endorsement? Simple answer, yes. However (and there is always a ‘however’ in life) I would only recommend that someone try the Juice Diet on a smaller scale and utilize it as a cleansing process before introducing a balanced full nutrition plan. Please consult a nutritionist before doing this diet for longer than a day or two!
Stay classy my friends - Cheers!