Friday, January 20, 2012
Juicing is No Longer a Fad, It's a Part of My Life.
I am always a very skeptical person when it comes to assertations that people make about topics that just seem too good to be true. After having watched the movie "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" I started wondering if maybe I had become one of those zealots -- someone that was so entrenched in a belief that they would overlook valid proof that contradicts that belief. After the twentieth surprised reaction -- among other reactions -- I decided that I needed to make certain that I wasn't just a zealot and that this was actually working for me and helping my health. I knew that I couldn't do the test right away, so I waited until after I had at least passed the 6 month mark for juicing.
By this point, I was actually eating whole fruits and vegetables that I hadn't been able to eat in over a decade. I told myself that when I could eat whole broccoli with no ill feelings in my gut, that I would proceed with the experiment. I figured at that point I would still be getting the necessary nutrients, even if it was in smaller quantities since I still must watch my roughage and fiber intake. I passed my milestone for being able to eat whole broccoli in late November of 2011. On January 5, 2012, I decided it was time to put my experiment into full force. I stopped juicing.
I was still eating the whole vegetables and I was loving that I could do so without pain. Two weeks later, though, I look back and I have an entirely new perspective. I started juicing again on January 20,2012. My energy levels were so low. What I have found is that my body still has issues with the uptake of nutrients from the whole fruits and vegetables. An hour after drinking my Chard, Apple and Lime juice, I was surprised to find that I was getting my energy back. The build-up of that energy over the past couple of months was noticeable to me, but I had no idea that I got that much out of the juicing. In one of my previous posts I wrote, "Juicing is my new fad." At this point, I must say that I am certain that juicing is not a fad. It makes the nutrients in the vegetables and fruits so easy for my body to absorb. I can still feel the wave going through my body.
There was a cloud that was hanging over my mind that is slowly receding and I am starting to feel the pangs of energy in my body again that had slowly withered away. It is the same feeling that I get when I haven't taken my B12 for a long period of time. I don't think I am going to discontinue my juicing anywhere in the near or foreseeable future. I just feel so much better, have more energy, and my outlook is so much better. Anyone with Crohns Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or any form of IBD should really consider juicing.