On Monday, June 2, I will begin my participation in two challenges; Writing 101 by WordPress and SuperJuiceMe 28 day detox program. Yes, I will be consuming nothing but good, organic nutrients from June 2-29!
Ok. I must admit I love a challenge. And though I get bored easily, the juicing challenge is right up my ally. I have been juicing for about 10 years and I seldom leave the house without a homemade smoothie containing fresh fruits, vegetables and super foods such as avocado and cacao.
Why a 28 day detox? I'm tired. Tired of ingesting large quantities of chemical medications while still not feeling, let alone getting better. Blood pressure medication is expensive. The kidney damage from long term use is much more expensive in both money and quality of life. A recent post I wrote relayed my frustration with the continuous roller coaster ride I am on while enduring the effects of high blood pressure on my well being. What about protein you ask? First, I haven't eaten any meat since February. And even though I sometime eat eggs and drink lots of milk, I get an abundance of protein from daily intake of spirulina, chlorella, and avocado. Spirulina alone has gram for gram more protein than beef, fish, chicken or soybean. There will be lots of nuts and seeds on this program as well. For example, a cup of almond, which I will be getting plenty of, contain approximately 20g of protein. So protein. Check!
Now to the movie SuperJuiceMe: One Disease. One Solution. I watched this movie/documentary as part of my quest to learn even more about healthy eating and how to recharge my cells with nutrients instead of killing them with dead food and chemicals. I have also been watching and re-watching, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Vegucated (both on Netflix). I must say that after watching Vegucated, I definitely don't see myself ever eating meat again. If you choose to watch it, you will see why. I have also watched Food Matters and Hungry For Change again. So, I'm preparing myself mentally and educating myself as to what I am getting into.
If time permits, I will give weekly update on my progress whether on a static page or via updated posts on my blog. This will be an even more difficult challenge for me because I am also scheduled to participate in the JPMorgan Challenge (June 4) and the American Heart Association Heart Walk (June 18). I do these annually but I did not want to do the detox over the summer and I didn't want to leave it until Fall.
My plan was to have a complete physical yesterday but my doctor changed my appointment time. I would have liked to get all my vitals plus blood work from him before embarking on this process but will have to wait until next Friday. Still I will have a medical professional take my blood pressure. I will also weigh and measure myself tomorrow.
I spent today purchasing fruits and veggies from the Farmers Market and Whole Foods, to ensure I will be ready on Monday morning. I purchased and downloaded the SuperJuiceMe app on my Android phone. The app includes a shopping list and videos on how to make each drink. It also includes "coaching" videos for use throughout the plan.
By the way SuperJuiceMe, the movie is free this weekend so check it out. Even if you are a skeptic. I also hope you will come back to check on my progress as well as to read my Writing 101 posts.
UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to report my progress here. However, I did successfully complete all 28 days of this program. Progress reports and final analysis of my experience are available at jrosemarie.co. Hopefully by reading the entire progress, it will help someone going through or considering a complete juice detox.
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