If you have been following me on Facebook, you probably have seen my most recent posts about a Juice fast. What is this juice fast and why do I do it? Well, a lot of people do the juice fasts to loose weight. I am doing it for health benefits. As most of you know I am a cancer survivor and with all the treatment from cancer and all the surgeries I had to have, my body is just not the same. I am always tired, always in pain, I take a pill for one thing and the side effects of that pill make something else in my body hurt. Most recently I had a cortisone in both of my hips. For some reason the cortisone shot flared up something (most likely ulcers) in my stomach and for 2 weeks I was in so much pain and no matter what I did I was just miserable. I got pretty scared so in the frenzy of it all when I was so sick I ordered a Breville Juicer and I said that once I am feeling better I got to figure something out about my health because just going from one doctor to another is sometimes so frustrating. I don’t want another pain pill, I just want to feel better. Don’t get me wrong I love my doctors and they have helped me so much and i am here today because they have helped me but my body was so run down that just popping more pills into my system was not the answer this time.
So finally this Monday I started the Juice fast. I don’t follow any kind of recipe. I was raised in Romania, a very poor country back when I grew up, and I guess growing up in a poor country had its advantages as we had to be creative about our food so I never cook by a recipe. I just taste something and think.. Oh I think it has this and think and this in it and most of the times whatever I am trying to cook turnes out pretty good. So I do the same with the juice diet. I went to the store and just loaded my card with as many greens as possible and whatever else I thought will be good for my body. I know Kale is really good for our bodies so I try to use a lot of kale in most of my juices.
Today is day 4 and I have to say that the massive headaches that I used to have and I had to take at least 6 pills a day for my headaches are gone.. Ok I am the most skeptical person you have ever met and I don’t believe that drinking juice will help the headaches go away but I am sitting her puzzled that the headaches are all gone. My energy level is through the roof today and I don’t remember when was the last time that I didn’t complain that something is hurting. Day 1 and 2 were the hardest and I kept wanting to eat something, not because I was hungry but just because I was used to going in the kitchen when I was bored or when I had been at my computer for too long.
I am planning to do this diet for a week. I might push it a bit and try 2 weeks but I will listen to my body. What is very interesting to me is that I never, ever, EVER have been craving any foods while on this diet. So that tells me that my body is getting all the nutrition and vitamins from the juices I have been drinking and honestly I think my body is getting a whole lot more nutrition just from the juice than from all the foods I was eating before. I eat very heathy, I don’t even have sugar in my house, I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, I don’t eat any processed food at all but my body was always craving something. Since I have been doing the juice diet, all those cravings are gone! Like I said I am the biggest skeptic ever and if this worked for me and I feel better I really believe there are some benefits of juicing!!
I just feel way too good not to share this with others so I decided to help 2 people get a Breville juicer and hopefully this will help them with their health. I know this is totally not photography related but even as photographers we have to take care of our bodies, otherwise we will not be able to do our job. I know that it’s so easy to fall into temptations while we are sitting long hours at the computer and have unhealthy snacks next to us and without even thinking putting things in our bodies that are just not good for us. I am only 35 but my body has been through so much and I always tell everybody, please, please take care of your health. You have no idea what a blessing it is to be healthy.
There is nothing appealing to me about laying down in a hospital bed day in and day out. Our health is a gift that so many of us tend to take it for granted and I used to do the same. But not anymore! Not having to take any pills for 4 straight days and be able to work and feel like I am healthy again, wow that to me is priceless!!!
So to the details of the Breville Juicer giveaway!!!!
1. Please leave a comment bellow with your name and email and a short sentence on why you would love to win this juicer!
2. All entries must be in by Sunday February 12th, 2012 9 PM CST
3. I will have my daughter pick the two lucky winners and post the video on Facebook no later than February 14th, 2012
4. Good luck everybody and even if you don’t win this juicer, please, please try to take care of you health!!! You really deserve it!!!