Sunday, July 21, 2013

Juice Feasting

Today marks Day 3 of the Juice Feast that I'm doing with Viktoriya Kosta.

On Day 1, after having just flown back to California from a couple of weeks on the East Coast of the USA, I very altruistically helped my sister to clear her fridge of her very (almost overly) ripe fruit.
Here was what I put in my first juice. It made LOTS of juice (enough for both her and I to be quite full) and I lovingly call it "Candy Juice" because of its intense tart sweetness:

Candy Juice
2 limes (peeled)
1 apple (core juiced too)
1/4 cantaloupe
1 thumb ginger (yeah, that means that the piece is roughly thumb sized...)
4 carrots
1/2 pineapple
2 cups watermelon
1/4 cup blueberries
6 stalks celery
3 cups lettuce

The Candy Juice was very yummy, but around the end of the day, I longed for something more. That brings me to one of the major tenets of juice fasting:

Begin making your juice when you feel the FIRST, very pale stirrings of hunger! If you wait until you're in the full throes of hunger, you won't juice. Your stomach will want solid food, even though the juice would likely be more nutrient dense than whatever you'd eat.

Viktoriya tends to be more hardcore than me about things like this, but one of this fast/feast's awesome details is that we're choosing to be very non-dogmatic about it. When we want food, we just eat it. Listening to the body is the name of the game here.

So I'm eating more food, and Viktoriya is going with the mostly liquid diet.

However, when we checked in yesterday (Day 2) on Google Hangouts, she mentioned that she's been having coffee and fruit in the morning. Each to her own.

This morning (Day 3) I made a fresh, tart juice without as much fruit as my Candy Juice but still with the sweetness that oranges bring and the cool smoothness that is a characteristic of cucumber juice.

Here's the recipe:

Classic Juice (this is a combo I often use in varying proportions)
2 Carrots
4 celery stalks
thumb ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 cup fennel
2 cups greens (a kale, chard, spinach mix in this case)
2 small Persian cucumbers
1/2 cup basil

This made me about 2 glasses of juice. Perfect.

One of my favorite things about juicing is the beauty of it. These bright colors don't come with cooked, deadened food.

Lillithia likes the carrot pulp. Fine with me :)

Viktoriya and I will be continuing the juice feast for as long as we feel like it, so if you'd like to connect with us along the way, then check in on her or my facebook feeds - we're posting updates there. :)