7 Day Juice Fast Starts Today
In November of 2006, I drove myself to the emergency room with chest pains. For those that know me, if I take myself to emergency room or call a doctor, something is wrong.
I loathe hospitals and doctor’s offices. As I snuffed out my cigar, I walked in the emergency room door to find a waiting room full of people. For some reason, a chest pain complaint will get you to the front of the line.
Long story short, a few days later I underwent heart bypass surgery where I had five bypasses completed. It was without a doubt the most miserable experience of my life recovering from that surgery.
When I left the hospital I was 49 years old and weighed 235 pounds, and I am 6’1″.
Now most people would think that undergoing heart bypass surgery would absolutely have some effect on the way you take care of your body and the things you eat.
Frankly it did for close to a year. Then I returned to my old ways of consuming anything and everything I wanted. All-you-can-eat baby back ribs at my favorite barbecue restaurant were my favorite.
I figured if I was going to die, I was going to die eating what I wanted to eat.
I also had another realization. I had lived longer than I was going to live. Something had To change
On Christmas Eve 2011, I dined on a generous portion of prime rib with all the appropriate side dishes and I have not had red meat since. The following day I decided that I would adopt a whole foods, plant based diet combined with a regular juicing program.
At the time, our cupboards were full of food that didn’t exactly fit into my plan.
So I gave myself a week or so to use what we had or throw it out, and began my new way of life January 1, 2012.
I marked my weight down at 304 pounds. Honestly, I was being nice to myself. I didn’t want to write down that I was actually more than 310 pounds. I had moved into XXXL shirts and was soon to need a tent maker to find shirts that would fit me.
I now weigh 265 pounds and juicing accounts for about a meal and a half per day. Combined with a whole foods plant based diet, I have set a goal of losing 40 more pounds.
Today I am starting a seven day juice fast. I typically start each day with a liter of water followed by 32 ounces of my favorite vegetable and fruit juices. Since implementing this program and combining it with a whole foods plant based diet, I have lost 39 pounds.
I started January 1, 2012, My goal with this fast is to reboot my system .
Let me say now that I am not interested in doing a juice fast for weight loss. I am interested in getting my body as healthy as possible so that it can properly use the nutrients that I provide through my diet.
I know weight loss will be a natural byproduct, however I’m more interested in getting healthy. I plan to document how and what I do right here!
Don’s Juice Fasting Starter Recipe
3- Rainbow Chard leaves
2-cups of Spinach
In between 2 liters of water , I decided to have a combo of juiced cabbage and spinach , a Lemon and an orange. While I managed to drink it I can tell you it was very bitter and this particular recipe is not likely going to make it into my forthcoming book . Just keeping it real folks.
Dinner on the other hand was much , much better. Pictured below was a perfect blend of green leafy vegetables, ” my favorite” and fruit. The combo had perfect balance and I did not want my 32 oz tumbler to be empty.
Day One Dinner Recipe
This is a keeper recipe and you will see it in my book ! Everyone else at home thought it was great !
Late Night Snack
Ok I was feeling hunger pangs so I settled on this
3 Apples that made a great juice for my snack