Erik recently finished a 30 day juice fast. Why? Because he is crazy, that's why. Well, that, and he also was inspired watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix. I would have totally done it too if I wasn't breastfeeding. Too bad for me. I didn't want Erik to feel like he was alone in his quest to eat better, so I set a goal of only eating ice cream every other day instead of every day throughout the duration of his fast. (I didn't succeed.)
This is how it worked. Every few days Erik would make me a list and then I would go to the grocery store and spend way too much money on fruits and vegetables. Then he would put them into the Breville Juicer we borrowed from my sister, Kaci, and make various juices to drink all day. Below is a picture of my actual shopping cart during one of said shopping trips. Did I mention that fresh produce is expensive?? Then when he got too lazy to make juice (and can you blame him?) he would drink Naked Juice. (Also expensive.) Yet, as my Dad would say, "Can you really put a price on good health?" My answer is, "Yes, roughly $20 a day."
First I will tell you the good things about the juice fast. He lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time. 28 pounds in 30 days to be exact. We both ended up eating a lot more fruits and vegetables. We are big red meat eaters, and I only made red meat one time during the whole month. Now the bad - it was like living with a 15 year old girl! So many mood swings. Some days he had a ton of energy and other days he would fall asleep 15 minutes after coming home from work. I was grateful when he finally stopped. I was worried he was becoming manorexic.
I really do like eating dinner as family again. Our new goal is red meat only once a week. So far, so good. I think we eat pretty healthy, but we can always improve. I'm trying to do a lot more vegetable based meals and avoiding processed foods all together.
Now that Erik is off the juice fast, the most common question I get is, "What were his first bites of food like?" I was actually really worried about that. You hear about these starving people who die from overeating. Don't worry about Erik. This was him once he started eating again. A candy coma on Halloween night -
We have also decided that we are watching no more documentaries for awhile. We are too easily influenced!