Super Yummy Juice!
The other day on my RunGingerRun Facebook page I made a confession. 

We are doing another 30 day juice fast.

I know, I know...

Everyone thought I was crazy when we did it in September, but now you're thinking, December? Really? 

Are you crazy? 

The answer is yes. These two ginger kids are definitely crazy. Who decided that December was a good month to do this?!? Ugh! Me, I guess. 

                                         The First 7 Days

Today is Sunday and we are in the middle of day 7. Here's an update on how these first 7 days have been going. So far I've lost a total of 6.6lbs. 

The first 4 days were normal, of course we were hungry but when you are in the routine of the normal work week, it's actually a little easier. I had a couple headaches in the evenings the first few days, but nothing too bad. I started going back to my lunch time boot camp again and that's been good even though my calf muscles were super pissed and felt like they were ripping in half. Pain is good, right?

Then day 5 hit. A snow day. We were stuck in the house! It was cold outside, we couldn't leave and all we both wanted to do was make a big pot of chili and eat all the things! Luckily we didn't. But every time I saw someone post on Facebook or Instagram their super awesome and yummy cookies, brownies, soup, chili, hot chocolate or whatever tasty snack they were having, I immediately had this reaction...

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Yesterday (Saturday) was Day 6. In Oklahoma, it was a HUGE college football day for the Sooners and the Pokes. It was Bedlam. For those who aren't OU or OSU fans it's the game where our two state schools battle it out for bragging rights. Everyone was all like "Boomer Sooner!" or "Go Pokes" and I was over here like...
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So Day 6 was kind of a bust. It was snow day # 2 and we didn't stay in our routine of making our juice first thing in the morning. 

By 1:00 pm we hadn't had a juice or anything so we split a plant-based protein shake and that helped us get through the day. We also may have munched on some almonds and an apple, but I'll never really tell you if that's the truth or not. Okay, it was! Fail! But the good thing about a 30 day juice fast is that even though we failed yesterday, there will be more days to help us make up for it. Only 23 days left! 

                                        Random Alert!

I posted this picture on my Instagram account and my personal Facebook page with this caption..

So yeah, I've almost got it down pat! Winter 2014 Olympics here I come! 

So what do you think? Do I have a shot at the Gold medal in Sochi? 

One of my Twitter buddies, @rodzilla9, said he had just purchased a juicer and my blog had given him the little extra push he needed to give juicing a try! 

The first juice he tried had Beets, Carrots, and Apples in it and he said it wasn't bad. 

I'm super impressed because beets are a pretty brave choice for a first juice since they have a pretty strong earthy flavor.  

So since a first time juicer made a drink with beet juice, and I'm trying to drink the rainbow, I was inspired to make one as well. This is the concoction we came up with for today's juice. 
Thanks @rodzilla9 for the inspiration! 

Question : What is your favorite winter Olympic sport to watch?

We did it! We made it through our 30 Day Juice fast. Thank you to everyone who was encouraging and sent positive words of advice and just good vibes my way! 

For days 16-30 I kept a little better record of how I was feeling than I did the first 15 days. (See below for the day-by-day breakdown.) 

To celebrate making it to day 30, we decided to celebrate a little bit and have a purely fruit juice. We made the juice combination that you see in the picture. So good! 

A lot of people have been asking me lately how much weight did I lose? Are you ready for it? 18lbs! My original goal was 20lbs but that was just a number I picked out for myself. I'd still like to drop about 10-12 more but that will come slower with eating right and continuing to run and do boot camp. 

The First Supper

A big topic of discussion was what our first meal was going to be after our juice fast ended. I think a lot of people assumed we'd be absolutely dying for a cheeseburger or slice of pizza. It's funny, but when I came time to eat my first solid meal in 30 days, I wasn't even very hungry. Ha! Figures. 
But we had decided we would ease our way back into solid food slowly. No oils, dairy, etc that could upset our system after 30 days of strict fruit and veggies only. So we had a salad with romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, boiled chicken and we even made our own salad dressing and humus! Oh and we had the refrigerator pickles that we had made a couple weeks ago. So Good! 

Days 16-30 Day-By-Day

Day 16 - Sunday. Usually Sunday's aren't as bad as Saturdays because we don't workout on Sundays.

Day 17 - Monday. I was fine during the day, but almost gave in that night and ate dinner. Managed to stay on my juice.

Day 18 - Tuesday. Another weak moment. I was standing in line at the grocery store after work and a bag of chips (that I don't even normally like) looked soooooooo good! I actually had the thought to buy them, eat them before the hubbo got home and toss the chip bag and receipt. I didn't and confessed the thought to the Hubbo.

Day 19 - Wednesday. Ran 3 miles that day. The run was fine but I felt a little nauseated that night for some reason.

Day 20 - Thursday. My energy was back up from being a little off the day before. 

Day 21 - Friday. I was craving pickles like crazy. I actually wondered if I juiced one if it would be good or terrible. Decided to pass on the idea all together.

Day 22 - Saturday of Labor Day weekend. After our long run, the Hubbo and I went to a local water park. I got really fatigued quickly and was super hungry!

Day 23 - Sunday. Watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and ordered the cook book online. That movie will make anyone want to be a vegan. 

Day 24 - Monday. Big Day! We hit the 15lbs mark on our weight loss this day!

Day 25 - Tuesday. Had a GREAT 4 mile run after work. A few coworkers are starting to show interest in juicing. Tried juicing an eggplant. Disgusting! 

Day 26 - Wednesday. The end is in site. The thought crossed my mind to go for 60 days! We didn't. 

Day 27 - Thursday. I'm actually really looking forward to cooking. Which is something I've NEVER said!

Day 28 - Friday. Decided to do an all fruit juice to get ready for our long run and it was amazing! Recipe below.

Day 29 - Saturday. Ran 9 miles. Got down to my college weight this day. The run was good but I was hungry the rest of the day.

Day 30!! - Sunday! We did it! We made it to Day 30! We celebrated with another all fruit recipe (above). Because I had a big and important day at work on Monday, we decided to eat dinner on Sunday night and still juice for breakfast and lunch to slowly ease our way back to food. 
Random Alert! Juice Recipe!
We made this juice on the Friday night before our long run on Saturday morning. I thought it would be good to "juice up" since we'd be doing 9-10 miles. It was really, really good! And my 9 mile run felt pretty good too!

Today is Day 24 of our 30 day juice fast. The Hubbo and I are celebrating a milestone. We both hit the 15 pound weight loss marker this week! So excited! My original weight loss goal for this 30 day juice fast was 20lbs, but I think I'll probably fall just short of that (17-18lbs) based on how my body has slowed down a little bit. Which is fine by me! 
We've been doing our research and looking for healthy food recipes to start using in one week when we go back to food. More to come on that later.
Running Update. 
Last month I ran a total of 64 miles which was wayyy more than I ran in July. Juicing has made running a little harder because you run out of "gas" pretty fast.  A Twitter friend of mine asked if I would recommend juicing while running and while juicing has helped me in many ways, I had  to remind myself of a couple things. 1. I'm a Ginger, not a Doctor. 2. I'm not training hard for an upcoming race. I do have several races on the books but I'm in a mindset of just doing the races for fun and as a way to stay fit; I'm not looking for a PR. So in 140 characters or less I basically told him that. Now here is what you could do, you could add juice to your diet and still get many of the benefits from it. If you do, let me know how it goes!

In order to stay on track with our goals but allow ourselves to celebrate a little bit we made a new juice today. It is SO good! One of my Facebook Buddies asked me which juice is my favorite and this is it! I know it doesn't stick with my 3:1 Veggies : Fruit ratio but sometimes you just gotta live a little! 

Here is the recipe:
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1/2 lb Red Seedless Grapes
  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Pears 

^^Not my photo^^
I've been thinking there are a lot of tips about juicing that I haven't posted yet even though I wrote a couple blogs on this topic already. You can read those HERE and HERE. But here are a few more.

  • Wash your juicer and glasses you drank your juice in right away. Sticky fruit and veggies are hard to clean, time consuming, and can discolor your plastic cups or containers if it sits too long.
  • Buy Organic fruits and veggies, if you can, for less pesticides, wax, and other junk.
  • If you aren't able to buy organic items try peeling the skin off them. 
  • Peeling everything can take a while. So I've been trying to get everything super clean. I've been filling my sink with water and adding a cup of vinegar to it to help remove dirt, debris, and unwanted chemicals. Then I move the veggies to a water only sink to rinse right before I juice them. (I saw the vinegar trick on the internet somewhere, not my own idea.)

Random Alert!!

I wanted to share this on my blog but didn't feel as if I had an entire post worth of material for it but...We Made Pickles!

I know it looks pretty labor intensive, but really we made Refrigerator Pickles so it wasn't that bad. They should be ready soon and I'll be sure to let everyone know if they turn out alright or not.

Side Note - Making food while you are juicing is so hard! Especially since I have been craving pickles lately. The smell was amazing and pretty powerful at the same time.

Have any of you ever canned your own food? It sounds like a long process. Is it worth it?

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?