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.
- 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.
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.
- 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?