Fit in 40 juice fast

Juice Fast:: Day 33

Scale Says:: -21 lb

Body Says::  A wee bit wonky, but fine.

Breakfast:: Cool Granny Smoothie *

Lunch:: Marinated chicken tenders on a deep bed of greens and herbs and lots of veggies

Dinner:: Gazpacho

I have one week to go.  I’m going to try to do this as well during the last week, and with as much enthusiasm, as I did the first.  I’m still feeling a little wonky, on and off tummy trouble, weepy.  But this morning my brain fog seems to be gone.  In fact, the whole way through this, with a handful of execptions, I have had no brain fog.  That is a major improvement for me.  I am the queen of brain fog.  Like that Caterpillar in Alice, “Whooooo are youuuuu?”

And I seem to recover/heal a lot faster since the juice fast.  I slipped down the stairs yesterday – just a couple – but the effort to stop myself twisted me up like a pretzel and it hurt.  Normally, I’d be aching for a day or two afterward.  I felt good as new within an hour or so.  Awesome!

A word of warning about the Freckle Face juice that I posted yesterday… It may make you pee.  A lot.  Like all day.

Here’s a new and fabulous recipe for you.  AND you can have it as a juice, or finish it as a smoothie.  Actually, you can do that with any of the juices, but this one is phenomenal either way.


Cool Granny Juice/Smoothie::

{Fit in 40™} | Cool Granny Smoothie

Cool Granny Smoothie

  • 5 Granny Smith apples
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • equal parts water or seltzer (if you’re just doing juice)
  • 1 c. plain yoghurt – regular or Greek (if you’re doing the smoothie)

Juice your apples and veggies.  Add the water for juice, or put everything into a blender with yoghurt and give it a whiz for a smoothie.



{Fit in 40™} | Cool Granny

Cool Granny juice in the blender waiting to be made into a smoothie. Isn't it gloriously green?

Juice Fast:: Day 32

Scale Says:: -23 lb

Body Says::  Hungry, emotional, brain foggy

Breakfast:: Freckle Face*

Lunch:: Marinated steaks, steamed broccoli, roasted beets and carrots

Dinner::  Salad while the kiddywinks have pizza night.

Geez.  I feel like I’m living in an alternate reality these last few days.  And like this new reality includes something akin to a nervous breakdown… a quiet one.  I am unpredictable and weepy.  It is an “I want my mommy” kind of feeling.  Yes, I know what this could be.  It could also be PMS.  I wonder if PMS could be amplified by something I’m doing?

No walking has happened and I’m just over a week from the end of the fast.  I’ve been running around like a madwoman though.  Hither and thither. And that could be contributing to some fatigue and the attending emotional swings.  I’m getting plenty fo Magnesium (supplements).  But I’m not getting enough fresh air, sunshine, and exercise…  Perhaps I should take a hint already, eh?

How are you feeling so far?


{Fit in 20™} | Freckle Face Juice

Freckle Face... in the sunshine.

Freckle Face::

  • 1 honeydew melon (or watermelon, or cantaloupe)
  • 2 mangoes, pitted and peeled
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 pt. strawberries, topped
  • equal parts water

Run the fruits through the juicer and add water.  Tip:: Adding seltzer is a fun way to change things up a little. 😉


Juice Fast:: Day 31

Scale Says:: -24lb

Body Says:: nauseous

Breakfast:: Green Thing

Lunch:: Homemade chicken stew…maybe

Dinner:: Chef Salad

I feel miserable today.  I am so sick at my stomach.  I ate two pieces of candied ginger – no dice.  Still not feeling better.  Making juice this morning was causing my tummy to flip-flop.  Ugh.  I really don’t like being nauseous.  I’m not a good vomiter.  It takes an awful lot for me to actually vomit.  First I shake and perspire, get dizzy…  Horrible.

I was good about not over-indulging in sweets this weekend, kept it to smaller tastes.  However, I wasn’t so good about keeping up juicing (or taking much of anything) in between.  Our weekend schedule has begun to change dramatically.  We have been on the go like never before.  Perhaps that will settle down, but I have got to learn how to manage eating mindfully even when things get hectic.

How do you prepare for the inevitably busy week/weekend?

Green Thing::

  • 1 cantaloupe, seeded and peeled
  • 5 oz spinach
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 ‘ piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 lemons, peeled
  • equal parts water

Pass everything but the water through the juicer.  It turns out to be olive drab, not very pretty, but it tastes nice!


Juice Fast:: Day 30

Scale Says:: -22.5 lb

Body Says::

Breakfast::  Orange-Banana Smoothie

Lunch:: Birthday Lunch (oops!)

Dinner:: A light salad

So we had a change in plans.  By the time everyone got done running around to their various activities, it was 3 PM, leaving me almost no time to get back from the grocery with my supplies, make dinner, set the table, serve, and still get to the movie on time.  So we just went to the movie, then picked up soup and sandwich wrap supplies.  The trick with sandwich wraps is to A. buy the lovely flavour-y wraps (tomato basil, rosemary, etc). and  to B. load it with a variety of veggies.  You don’t need much (or any!) meat and/or cheese to make it taste beautiful.  Dress the veggies with a favourite  dressing.  It’s like having a salad in a wrap and makes a change from a plate and fork.  It sort of tricks your brain a little.  And the wrap isn’t nearly as bulky in your tummy as two slabs of bread.

Today is going to be a challenge – a reception after Mass is expected to be a feast of sweet baked goodies.  I’m going to stake out a bottle of water, and hopefully my morning smoothie will make me too full to be tempted.  And on the bright side, it gives me more of a chance to socialize!

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

Juice Fast:: Day 29

Scale Says:: -20lb

Body Says:: I’m stuck!

Breakfast:: I broke down and had the egg sandwich made for me by my oldest son, Jack

Lunch:: S-A-L-A-D

Dinner:: A Birthday Dinner

I have been hovering around the same weight for a couple of weeks here.  I feel like I need a breakthrough.  I need a morning walk, but my walking partner is now commuting early in the morning to a job out near Boston.  I have to overcome my mental/emotional attachment to the old ways of doing things.  And that actually goes for just about everything – the way I work, the way I eat…

And for the FIRST time in four weeks of this juice fast, I’m hungry.  I was famished yesterday.  In the middle of the day.  What’s up with that?  Well, a friend of mine reminded me that when the body is converting fat stores to energy, it can require more ready calories (ironic, eh?).  Obviously, if I were doing that mile hike every morning, I’d be hungry.  Or possibly something else is up…

Today is the 20th birthday celebration for our oldest daughter – it’s a couple fo weeks late.  Her Papa’s ordination came on the day we would otherwise have had her party.  So I’ll be having a teensy portion of her lovely dinner – gnocci and cheese, lots of green veg (at her request), homemade peach iced tea, and a lemon pie for dessert.

Tomorrow is going to be difficult for me, foodwise.  Brian will be preaching at a Mass of Thanksgiving at our old parish.  Afterwards there will be a lovely reception put on by the pastor and the families of the parish.  There are sure to be tables laden with lovely baked goods.  I will have to practice prudence in choosing what to sample.  And I’ll have to make certain I muckle onto a bottle of water rightquick.  That will ensure that

A.  My hands are occupied, and

B.  My tummy  is feeling more full.

Just 11 days left to this fast.  It hasn’t been so hard.  But of course, I haven’t been so strict either.  I made it mine, and I account only to myself for making any poor food choices.  My body has felt the difference.  And felt it more keenly for having been otherwise rested.  That is a gift.

How is your fast going?


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