Juice Journey: Week One
Compassionate Healing and Wellness coach Robyn Ziebell documents the first week of her 28-day Juice Journey, from the trials and tribulations, to the pleasant surprises.
It has been quite a fabulous first week! I’ve surprised myself in finding it way easier to have just juice that I had originally thought. I know that it's only the first week and there's a good chance I’m probably running off of enthusiasm and the novelty of it all, which I'm aware may change as the weeks go on. I’m excited to share some thoughts and tips that I think have made this journey smooth so far.
Right from the get go, I looked for ways to make this as smooth as possible; it was certainly an adjustment for me, as someone who loves food (especially chewing it!), but I'm feeling fabulous after seven straight days now.
One of the biggest things I've learned is just how much time it takes to make juice! When you are juicing all day, every day, it takes a surprising amount of time to prepare it all. Listening to some audiobooks and watching YouTube videos while I juiced made the time pass easily, but definitely made me appreciate the effort that buying a juice saves you so you can have that kind of goodness on the go!
First Social Challenge
The first major test of my will was going to a friend’s birthday dinner on Day 2 of my juice journey, a fun Friday night full of interesting people at a cozy Greek restaurant. I didn’t want to miss it just because I was juicing… so I decided I’d just bring juice as my meal and see how it would go. The only awkward point was when everyone was politely waiting for my meal to come before eating theirs and I had to announce that I hadn’t ordered and was just having my juice for dinner as apart of my Juice Journey.
At first I'd been a little wary to be only having juice for dinner as I didn’t know most of the people at the party, and thought it may have sparked the idea that I was some restrictive diet devotee… but I was delighted that it instead opened up a beautiful discussion about why I was doing this for myself, and why self-care is so valuable, about which everyone was on the exact same page! I was met with very warm comments of encouragement and kudos!
Thanksgiving Dinner was a whole other level! Over the course of three meals in friends’ homes, I had to watch everyone eat their mouth-watering meals and sip wine while I sipped my juice and spooned my “soup” I had decided to make out of a juiced sweet potato, parsnip, a few carrots and some celery with some blended baked squash. That along with an avocado with lemon juice and pepper on it was enough to make the three dinner hosts fire up some conversations, but once we started eating I was completely satisfied and everything carried on as usual, and best part was I wasn’t totally stuffed afterwards. So lesson learned, don’t put off a juice cleanse just because you have a social event coming up - Just do it for you! People will understand and you may even inspire them!
On Day 3, I woke up with a crazy headache and realized I haven’t been drinking enough water! I also had a baby sip of my friend's sangria the night before, thinking, “it’s ok, it’s juice right?” but wow, was I wrong...lesson learned…you can't skimp out on H2O when all you're consuming on a daily basis is juice!
For the rest of the day, I had quite low energy and ended up taking a four hour nap that afternoon, but it felt so wonderful to just stop and let myself rest completely. I committed to do what my body needed in order for it to reach the fullest effect of the cleansing and rebuilding process, and not pushing myself when I need to rest was a great first step.
On Day 4, I was so excited to find myself bursting with energy and headed straight to the farmer’s market to get my massive box of veggies and fruit to start making my own juice! I love getting organic produce straight from the farm, knowing it was grown with love! I had to have someone help me to my car because I had so many beautiful things that would soon be meeting their fate in my juicer. Walking around the market, I was getting really excited about all the pure goodness I’d be ingesting this week…you can’t usually eat a whole box of organic spinach in one sitting, but one day of juice - no problemo!
Day 5, however, was a whole other test of my willpower. I got really tempted by a cookie my friend had out at her place, and I decided if I just had a cheeky little crumb just to get the taste of it I could say, “you will not tempt me”. Funnily enough, after just having a tiny taste, I noticed my yearning to eat one was much less. I went back to focusing on what I do want to choose instead and backed away from the box. It felt like a real willpower victory!
What Else Am I Drinking?
Adaptogen lattes, made with homemade almond milk, hot water mixed, and a number of different Sun Potions blends (you should try one out at Nectar - ahhhhmazing!)! I’m pretty sure this has been a part of the key to feeling really fulfilled and satisfied in the evenings when what I sometimes crave is a big meal; what's great about the adaptogen latte has been the warm feeling it gives me in my tummy.
Tori turned me onto the benefits of integrating into my daily ritual combinations of her Sun Potion transformational super foods; I can put them into my smoothies, in my coffee, and since I started using them, I really feel that they are balancing my energy, mood and I feel like I have more in the reserve tanks.
Robyn's Tips for a Juice Cleanse
I've learned a lot this first week of my Juice Journey! The following are some tips I've come up with based on what I've learned so far:
Tip #1 Maintain a perspective of "I am choosing to do this" instead of looking at food and saying “I can’t have that." I have found this to be making it WAY easier than I thought to choose my juice! I picked that up from another month-long juicing fan, and was shocked at how empowering it is when facing this challenge.
Tip #2 Get your kick off juice made for you! Tori hooked me up with a couple of growlers of Courage, Devotion, and Innovate for me to start with, and boy, did it make the transition easier! This way you can focus on making the adjustments as you go and enjoying the juice without needing to think about sourcing organic produce, making sure you have all the right ingredients or spending time juicing. I found this was a really great way to launch myself onto this journey.
Tip #3 Pick a place to have some down time - the whole point of doing this is to let go of the old and consciously bring in the new and it takes time to settle into that headspace to be able to focus and relax and set your intentions. I decided to buy a month-long pass to the Scandinave Baths here in Whistler, so I can do hot/cold dips, hit up the sauna and sweat it out, as well as some serious lounging around journaling and spending some time imagining my dreams as if they were reality.
Tip #4 Do this when you partner is away so you don’t have to think about joint meal times. This is not always possible but holy it’s been a great way to start off, as I just float through the day and have my juice every few hours and just keep on flying.
A Deepening Clarity on an Existing Perspective
Over the course of this week, the simple act of carrying my juice everywhere has started all kinds of conversations. One particularly interesting discussion had to do with “stomach food vs. mouth food." Stomach food is the type you know is a good choice as it will be in your system for a while, will affect your energy and mood and will be nourishing your body for days! Mouth food, on the other hand, is the food that we tend to crave purely for taste or comfort, whether or not this particular food item will keep us feeling nourished over a longer period of time.
This particular perspective has always been a part of my love and appreciation of fresh, organic, whole, live food but this experience is certainly taking it to a whole new level. By removing the idea of food choices and allowing myself to just nourish and have only “stomach food” that is so good for me, I’m finding my desire to consume a lot of the temptations and indulgences around has decreased. I’m really excited to see how a total of 28 days of this new habit and thought pattern will affect my mindfulness around food in the long term!
Here's to another great week!
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