Today is day 16. We are half way there y'all! 

I kind of have that feeling you get when you run a marathon and you reach mile 13. You are at the half way point and you can judge how you are feeling and know if you can make it to the end or not. It was a challenge to get here but now I know I can make it these last 14 days.

Having nothing to eat other than juice for 30 days has been great and tough all at the same time. I want to take a few minutes and reflect back on the first 15 days now that we are at the half way point.

The Day Before Juicing started was a Friday and we had a friends birthday party to go to so we allowed ourselves to have a beer or two (Hubbo) and a cupcake after dinner. This was also the end of the second day where I had a terrible time with my blood sugar. By dinner time I had been able to get it a little more under control but the 36 hours before were pretty scary. I was feeling so sick on Thursday night that the Hubbo asked if we needed to go to the minor emergency room. We didn't go because I knew the outcome could be bad. I never want to hear the words "You have diabetes". Ever! 

Day 1 was a Saturday which means that we had our long training run for the week. The run itself was fine but after the run we were STARVING all day. Definitely made me question if I would be able to do all 30 days or not. 

Day 2 was a Sunday. It was better than day 1 but the Hubbo and I both had headaches all weekend. I'm not a huge caffeine drinker and I never drink coffee so I'm sure this was more of a sugar withdraw symptom than a caffeine headache.

Days 3-7 was a typical work week. The headaches went away and surprisingly I had more energy and my blood sugar had been perfect since the start of our juice fast. The Hubbo on the other hand was exhausted. I did noticed that my skin was already looking much better and the texture was even changing already. Definitely a plus. I also noticed that smells are so much more intense. Especially food around the office. 

Day 8 was last Saturday. We had another long run and it was a hilly one at that. Both the Hubbo and I had a tough time that day. I could definitely tell our body was missing carbs. This is the hard part. While fruits have natural sugars/carbs they don't have the same level as Quinoa or pasta would have. I've never heard of someone carb loading on apples before a long run.
The Hubbo was exhausted that weekend. He never takes naps and we both took one that day. He went to bed early that night and didn't wake up until noon the next day.

Day 9 - My energy was back. The Hubbo, not so much.

Day 10-14 was another typical work week. The scent of food around the office was pretty intense but we both managed to stay away. I figured out that if I have my protein shake in the morning I feel full longer and it appears that I lose more weight when I have them in the AM versus the PM.
No headaches, no bad cravings, no blood sugar problems.
The cravings I'm having are weird. I've been craving avocados, mustard, and hummus. It may not sound that weird but I don't even like avocados or mustard. I'm a pretty picky eater but I told the Hubbo after this I may be able to eat anything! A girl can hope!

Day 15 was yesterday and another long run day. This time we had a juice and a protein shake the night before to load up on fuel. I also tried a new nutrition supplement right before my run called ENERGYbits. I felt great during my run and the Hubbo had a much better run as well. We were pretty hungry all day yesterday though. It probably didn't help that we went to a movie and had to smell popcorn for two hours. Oh well, it was worth it because the movie was hilarious! 

Here are a few random things I didn't really expect to come along with juicing. 
  • Your teeth feel gross and fuzzy half way through the day
  • You'll need sugar free gum for the reason listed above
  • Your tummy will make crazy noises all the time
  • You don't crave the things you thought you would like pizza, burgers, ice cream
  • You feel lighter after the first couple of days
  • A lot of fruit and veggies can make you feel bloated too
  • You can avoid The Food Network but you can't avoid all the food commercials! 

Running Buddies! Have you ever done a 30 challenge or some total overhaul of your life? How did it go?

^^Not my photo^^
I've been juicing off and on for a couple months, but just recently revealed that I am almost 50% done with my 30 day juice fast. Some of you have reached out and inquired about juice recipes that I am using. I'm happy to share them here with you!
Side Note - Not all of these juicy creations come from my brain and I can't take credit for them. 

^^This is my photo^^
Apple, Lemon, Lime Juice
  • 4 Apples
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Limes
Be careful with this one. It can be really tart! I like to add more apples to reduce the sour from the lemon/lime combo. I also use Gala apples because I've heard they are the best for regulating insulin levels. I like to have this one in the morning because it is sweet and a good citrus punch to the gut to start the day. It is listed as a Detoxifier as well.
Recipe from "The Top 100 Juices" by Sarah Owen

^^My photo, not my recipe^^
Green Juice
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 2 Gala Apples
  • 1 Bunch of Kale
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2 inch of Ginger Root

This one came from the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It has been my go-to juice for the last 2 weeks.

I also like to do variations of this and skip the kale, but add carrots, or do fewer apples and add pears. We've even added romaine lettuce instead of kale.

^^Not my photo, my recipe^^
RunGingerRun Veggie Juice
  • 4-6 Carrots
  • 1 bunch Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 4-6 Asparagus Spears
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 4 Celery stalks

Sometimes I like to have juice that is only vegetables and this is my go-to juice. It tastes like you are drinking a salad. It's not sweet by any means but the tomatoes and the carrots help a lot.

                                                             Tips for Juicing!
  • While on a juice fast, plan to have a juice every 2 hours
  • For insulin regulation, avoid all melons, kiwi, mango, pineapples, bananas and other tropical fruits.
  • Apples and strawberries are good for insulin regulation due to the high fiber and low glycemic index rating
  • Try to drink your juice right after you make it for maximum nutritional gain. If you make your juice ahead of time, put the juice in an air-tight container
  • Juice doesn't keep long, so drink up!
  • Mix it up! Try new combinations of fruits and veggies until you find something you like
  • I try to keep the juice veggie healthy with a 3:1 ratio of veggies to fruits. This may help with weight loss and regulate blood sugars.
  • Shake it up! The juice will settle and you'll need to shake it up to keep it properly mixed.
  • Really wash your fruits and veggies! I put mine in the sink to sit in a vinegar bath while I prepare other items and it seems to help get rid of the unwanted dirt and other icky stuff.

                                                RunGingerRunBlog Juicing Shopping List

Here are the items I buy regularly when I am juicing.
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • Gala Apples
  • Carrots
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Ginger Root (Duh!)
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli 
  • Beets (sometimes)
  • Grapefruit (sometimes)
  • Parsnips (sometimes)
  • Pears (sometimes)

It's a juicy one too! Haha Okay. That was kind of dumb. But anyways, I won't keep you waiting too long. 

My secret is that I haven't had solid food for 12 full days! I've been juicing this whole time and I'm loving it. Sort of. 

If my relationship with juice was a Facebook status it would say that It's Complicated. Kind of a love/hate thing going on here. I love it because I know it is working. It's complicated because I love food. A lot. 

                       Rules of juicing at the Run Ginger Run House:
  • No solid food for 30 days
  • NO Food Network on TV!!
  • If we run out of juice and don't have time to make it, we'll drink a healthy, no-sugar added, juice from the store.
  • We can have plant-based protein shakes made with water or coconut water
  • After Day 30, if we have a bad meal we'll have to juice for 1 day to make up for it. If we have a bad day of eating, we'll have to juice for 3 days to make up for it.
  • After Day 30, we juice for breakfast and lunch and eat a healthy low-carb dinner.
                                                  FAQ About Juicing 

Q. Why?
A. I had a scary 2 day period right before I started juicing where nothing I did could regulate my blood sugar. I bounced back and forth from hot flashes to being extremely cold, a lot of nausea, and felt my blood sugar drop every couple of hours and no mater how much I ate, what I ate, and even taking my handy glucose tablets didn't work. It was time to take a step in the right direction.  

Q. Do you miss food?
A. Um yeah, do runners love free beer at the end of races? Of course! I've been eating solid food for as long as I can remember.

Q. Did you watch that movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead?
A. Sure did! That was our original inspiration to buy our juicer a few months back. If he can regulate his diabetes through juicing, it has to help my insulin resistance problem right?

Q. Aren't you just going to gain the weight back after you stop juicing?
A. That's not my plan. I do know that since I have PCOS weight management will always be an issue for me. But only time will tell. 

Q. Doesn't your body need food?
A. No. I'm getting calories and nutrients from my juice. Also, babies have a liquid diet for the first few months and they survive.

Q. Isn't it expensive?
A. Yeah, but being diabetic is way more expensive.

Q. Have you lost weight?
A. Yep! I'm on day 13 and I am down 10lbs.

Q. Is it hard to train for a half/full marathon?
A. Yes. This has been the hardest part. Your body burns the calories that you have from juicing very quickly during endurance training, so I'm trying to adjust to lack of energy and pulling it from other sources. 

Q. Is it helping your blood sugar problems?
A. Yes! I haven't had a single problem since the day I started juicing.

Q. Why don't you just work out and eat right to lose weight?
A. While that is a good plan for most, women with PCOS have a VERY difficult time dropping the extra weight. Just read any forums on the topic and you'll see thousands of women talk about the difficulty they have had over the years and the numerous diet fads they have tried and failed at. My body treats food and carbs differently than a non-PCOS woman's body would. My body craves sugar like a crack fiend due to the insulin resistance caused by PCOS. 

Side note - I spent 5 weeks of running and going to boot camp 4 times a week all while eating a low carb diet and only managed to drop 2.5 pounds. 
                           Random Things I've Learned While Juicing
  • Kale tastes a little like pepper in juice
  • Too much ginger is a terrible thing!
  • Juice in a running glass always tastes better
  • Strawberry juice is a nice bright red that looks super yummy but actually has a light taste to it
  • You will cut yourself when you are trying to peel a lemon
  • The smell of food is so much more intense than ever before
  • Apples are good for regulating blood sugar
  • Grapefruit + Beet Juice is the nastiest thing I've ever had
  • I'm pretty sure wine counts as juice
  • I don't crave sugar like I did before
  • Your friends won't try to steal your lunch because it looks so weird
  • For the first time in a long time I know what it is like to be hungry and not just eating because of my blood sugar being low :)

What diets have you tried? Did they work for you?