The Kinky Green

Reflections upon breaking my fast OR I missed food!

Posted in Uncategorized by Joy on February 29, 2012

"You have no idea" by Sam Brown of

Don’t get me wrong. The fasting was good for me. It helped me focus and revitalized me. Dropping a pants size didn’t hurt, either.

But I would be a liar if I said the whole thing was dandy. No, I wasn’t particularly hungry. No, I never felt weak or sick. Yes, I was tired sometimes.

But the main thing is I. Missed. Food.

Specifically, I missed…

… Chewing
… Textures
… Salt
… Pepper
… Crunch
… Different favors with each bite
… Dinner-time interruptions from my ill-behaved, needy cat
… Reading recipes
… Cooking
… Utensils
… Cloth napkins in my lap
… Using my dining table for its intended purpose
… Spice
… Leafy greens
… Warm food
… Grains
… Being social
… Wine

I could probably go on, but that’s the list I made as I was eating my first meal. Yay for food!


Juicing: Day 10

Posted in The Emotional,The Physical by Joy on February 28, 2012
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"I'll eat with my hands" by Sam Brown of

I cleaned out the produce bin in my fridge to come up with this, so it had to do for the day.

3 carrots
1 apple
1 asian pear
1″ ginger
3 oranges
1/4 head red cabbage

Yummy juice, and I’m glad I’ve gained the confidence to throw things together when it suits me rather than strictly follow a recipe at all times.

I had an afternoon doctor’s appointment to get the  whole knee debacle checked out.

My blood pressure was 92/60. The PA said, “You DO run!” Heh.

Since the produce bin was empty, the fast ended with a light salad for dinner, and I’m okay with that. I was more than ready to masticate.

Juicing: Day 9

Posted in The Physical by Joy on February 27, 2012

"I'm almost finished!" by Sam Brown of

The night’s elusive sleep made the prospect of a LONG Fat Tuesday of work followed by a long shift behind the bar seem rather daunting. I made a big juice hoping it would get me through most of the day, planning to subsidize with some pre-made fortification as needed.

Consumed throughout the day
5 carrots
3 sticks celery
3 oranges
1 sweet potato
1 lemon
2 apples
1″ ginger

Supplemented with Naked and Odwalla again. I know they’re smoothies, but there aren’t any fresh juice spots near the restaurant.

Fun night behind the bar for Fat Tuesday, with very little time to think about eating, anyway. 🙂

Juicing: Day 8

Posted in The Emotional,The Physical by Joy on February 24, 2012
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"I'll be home soon" by Sam Brown of

Monday, February 20, 2012

5:30 a.m.
2 carrots
1 Asian pear

I prepped all the goods the night before so I could make my juice in the morning and still get to the gym for boxing at 6.

1 beet + greens
3 carrots
2 sticks celery
1 orange
1 apple
1 lemon
1″ ginger

Made this one up based on my already dwindling stock of produce. I opted for the bigger farmers market this weekend, hoping they’d haw more local produce. Vendors didn’t disappoint on the apple front, but all the veggies were shipped in from who knows where. Decided to skip those and the Eco-guilt they intrinsically carried.

3:30 p.m.
The other half.

I felt it wise to skip kickboxing because the knee is still thrumming at rest. Made a u-turn on the way home and went to the gym anyway to focus on some upper body strength moves. Gotta work with what you can, I reasoned. I was jealous of the intense workout everyone in Sergio’s class was getting, but at least I didn’t just head home and plop down on my bum. Sergio came over to check on me and echoed the thoughts I’ve been volleying away since Saturday — that I get back to swimming for cardio. I know, I know. But meh.

7 p.m.
1 pear
2 celery sticks
Maybe 2 pears next time. The celery almost overwhelms the delicate pear flavor. Still yummy, though.

Two days left. Real food beckons enticingly…

Juicing: Day 7

Posted in The Physical,The Social by Joy on February 23, 2012
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"I must go on" by Sam Brown of

Sunday, February 19, 2012

An afternoon volunteer event being the only thing on the docket, I was able to sleep ridiculously, ridiculously late.

11:30 a.m.

Beet Basic
2 beets
2 carrots
1 apple
1 orange
1 stick celery
1/2 inch ginger

I added the beet greens and a handful of spinach, because, well, why not?
Still quite the tasty concoction.

Considering the amount of time I slept through the night and the deepness of the sleep, I started leaning toward the belief that yesterday’s super low energy level might be my body clueing into and taking advantage of this unusual amount of down time to chip away a little of my monstrous sleep debt. No matter what lifestyle changes I’ve incorporated in the last few years’ journey toward overall health, establishing and sticking to an adequate sleep schedule has been an elusive task at best, and a bottom-rung priority most of the time. Truly I know that constantly going and doing while shortchanging myself on this fundamental necessity is doing me no favors. One of these days, I’ll get it together.

3 p.m.
Had another Naked juice smoothie at my volunteer post-event get together. We’d gone bowling. The flat screens above the lanes flashed pictures of loaded nachos, elegantly plated steamed dumplings, juicy burgers. When I got home I thought longingly of chewing. Of eating warm food. Of meat. The weekend offered too much down time for me to contemplate what’s missing. Three more days…

6 p.m.
3 carrots
1 apple

Delicious, but seemed to have too much texture for my overall liking.

I had a great deal of down time this evening. No internets or tv or phone calls to while away the time. I found myself thinking mutinous thoughts… Maybe 9 days is enough. Maybe the lack of energy really is from this fast. Maybe my body really does need to chew. To have protein.

Meh. Bump that.

I’ve come this far. I’m going to see this thing through. Plus, there’s this to consider.

Juicing: Day 6

"I could sleep more" by Sam Brown of

Saturday, February 18, 2012

7:30 a.m.
Leftover pear deliciousness before my run. Was slated to do 6 miles, but I didn’t make it due mainly to knee issues. Again. What the hell, body? Did you think 30 was time to flip the switch into rapid deterioration?? Not cool.

Snagged fresh oj at the farmers market, along with another $15 worth of local apples and asian pears.

12:15 p.m.
Carrot concoction, the details of which escape me.

Had to mix something up before heading out to meet some friends. For lunch. At one of my favorite diners. Eep!

The restaurant experience wasn’t really bad. I got to catch up with my buds and didn’t have a tab to pay. That was nice. They were curious about my juicing experience, but skeptical. Afterward, we went shopping.

By the time we parted ways, it was after 3:30, and I was exhausted and feeling hungry. When I got home, I decided sleep was the more important need and took a nap. The thought of having to clean the juicer probably influenced that decision more than a little.

2 Asian pears
1 stick celery

I was on the phone and still in a post-nap haze, so I just grabbed a few things from the produce bin and threw them in the juicer. The result was pretty tasty.

1 sweet potato
1 orange
4 carrots

After my early adventures, the day was so, so lazy. A friend told me on the phone, “You sound low energy,” which summed it up perfectly. I’m usually going nonstop. Toward the end of this week I had more time to rest and sleep than typical. But today my body just wasn’t having it. I didn’t feel weak or sick… Just low energy and, at times, very sleepy.

Juicing: Day 5

Posted in The Physical by Joy on February 21, 2012
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"That's all I got" by Sam Brown of

I woke up early and decided to make all my juice for the workday at home rather than lug the juicer with me. I used a couple of recipes from the book that came with the juicer. They provided a decidedly smaller quantity than most of the recipes I’ve been using, but they were decent on the taste factor.

Friday, February 17, 2012

7 a.m.
1 carrot
1 orange
1 apple
1 red potato
Couldn’t taste the potato at all. Everything else, of course, was muy delicioso.

12:25 p.m.
Red Zinger++
2 beets
3 limes
1″ ginger
1 orange
1 stalk celery
1 red potato

The original recipe really called for 1 beet, 2 limes, and 1″ ginger. It didn’t yield much, so I upped the ante and added more ingredients. Too tart! Like, way, way, way too tart. My bad. Lesson learned, I suppose.

3:30 p.m.
Carrot Crunch
4 carrots
2 sticks celery
1/2″ ginger

5/5 for immunity. 3/5 for energy, detox, digestion, & skin.

I threw a red potato into this one to bulk it up, too, and a lemon to preserve it for the day. I noticed with both this and the red zinger that the potato juice seemed to settle to the bottom quickly, even when I shook the juice vigorously.

I went to boxing class after work and got my sweat on. I was a little slow, but I find that typical for Friday classes. Had straight OJ post-workout. It was good, but not, I’m sure, as good as it would have been fresh. Not having to haul the juicer around was worth it, though.

Pear Dream
3 pears
4 peaches

On a typical Friday night, I’d probably be enjoying a beverage a bit more adult in nature. This was a delicious treat, and it didn’t really feel like a compromise.

Juicing: Day 4

Posted in The Emotional,The Physical by Joy on February 20, 2012
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"I was skeptical, but now I am sure" by Sam Brown of

I’m pretty sure I’ll be purchasing a juicer of my own soon. Fresh juice is just amazing, and I’m enjoying the detox so much that I’d like to undertake shorter detox periods every couple of months or so. Also, I’ll be doing a much larger CSA share this year, and I hope juicing will help me use up my veggies in a timely manner. So, yesterday, while I was home, I was looking at my relatively tiny kitchen and wondering where this not-so-tiny future juicer will live. I zeroed in on my coffee pot and pretty much decided it will have to go.

You see, the hardest part of the first three days of this juice fast was not resisting the nearly-irresistible smell of slow-smoked ribs or tender delicious ribs. It was not keeping my hand from reaching for that mountain of ever-tempting and easily-accessible homemade potato chips. It wasn’t resisting the urge to pop a tantalizing orange slice into my mouth while I was making one juice or another. It wasn’t even refusing every piece of Valentine’s candy thrown my way. (And, man, do I have a sweet tooth…)

No. The hardest part was refraining from drinking coffee, and dealing with the ridiculous sluggishness I felt for three straight days. I’m attributing the desire to curl up and go to sleep ALL THE TIME directly to the caffeine monkey on my back. And that aggression should not stand, man.

Instead of waking up to a fresh brew of (glorious, glorious) addiction-inducing coffee, I can make an energy-inducing juice as my morning meal and start the day off right. That’s the theory anyway. We’ll see how it actually plays out. Anyone need a coffee maker? 🙂

Thursday, January 16, 2012

7:40 a.m.
Carrot Deep Cleanser
3 carrots
1/2 apple (I used a whole one)
1/2 beet (I used two)
1 stick celery
3 large kale leaves

5/5 for detox. 4/5 for immunity. 3/5 for energy, digestion, and skin.

11:30 a.m.
Cool ‘n’ Creamy
1 cucumber
4 carrots

3/5 for detox. 2/5 for energy, immunity, and skin. 1/5 for digestion.

As I was making this, a couple of coworkers popped their heads into the kitchen. One was so intrigued he tried it (despite the less-than-appetizing color) and started asking me about the juicer and what other juices I’ve tried. He kept exclaiming, “That’s got to be so healthy. I mean… all those veggies, it’s nothing but good stuff!” Good stuff, indeed. To be fair, he’s the health-nut of the bunch. But interest is interest.

3:20 p.m.
3 oranges
1/4 red cabbage
1/4″ ginger

3/5 for energy & digestion. 2/5 for immunity & skin. 1/5 for detox.

I’m surprised by how little I mind the taste of cabbage in this juice. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s definitely present. And I like it a great deal more than I like spinach juice, which I don’t care much for. (This strikes me as kind of odd, as I love spinach in all other forms.)

Went to boxing at 5 p.m. Jerome is a particular fan of punishing the class, but I felt no more beat up by his torture than anyone else looked. I learned in my first class with him that he isn’t one to stand for slouching, so I didn’t consider half-assing anything an option. I had some coconut water post-workout.

8 p.m.
Carrot Tang
3 carrots
1 grapefruit
1/2 inch ginger

4/5 for energy & immunity. 3/5 for skin. 2/5 for detox. 1/5 for digestion.

Still not a fan of grapefruit. The taste is overwhelming. It seemed to take forever, but I was glad to be finished with the few I bought.

9:45 p.m.
Stomach was growling, but it would be too late to eat food. Samesies for the juice. Bed time!

Did I mention I had my first dream about juicing? In it, a dear friend was inquiring about the finer points of my juicer (for in this dream, I was the proud owner of my very own). I was giddily imparting my knowledge to my new convert. Now to start researching juicers!

Juicing: Day 3

Posted in The Physical by Joy on February 17, 2012
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"Do you ever have those days when everything just seems like a dream?" by Sam Brown of

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sleep was elusive last night. What I did get was interrupted by a hacking cough that’s been on the brink for weeks. Stupid sinus issues. I’ve been avoiding the doctor on this front. More antibiotics?? Please, let’s try any other route before we resort to that.

Since my allergy meds and plenty of vitamins weren’t kicking it to the curb, I decided on rest and some OTC therapy. Sick day… woo. Unfortunately, I left the juicer at the office last night, so I still had to haul out of bed and drag myself down there to retrieve it this morning. At least it meant I got my pharmacy trip out of the way early so I could spend the next 9 hours in a barely-interrupted, drug-aided slumber.

The fun part of this is that, while I did get up and make juices, I can’t really remember much about them.

Except one.

Black Mud
5 tomatoes
1 beet
4 large kale leaves
1 lime.

5/5 for detox & immunity. 4/5 for energy. 3/5 for skin. 1/5 for digestion.

Turns out, I do not like fresh tomato juice any more than I like the processed stuff. Which is to say, while I can drink it, I definitely prefer not to. I added 2 extra limes to this to cut through the tomato taste. I still didn’t care much for it. I think I’ll save my tomatoes for… well, pretty much anything but juicing.

Juicing: Day 2

Posted in The Environmental,The Physical by Joy on February 16, 2012
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"I thought you were different... but, I like it." by Sam Brown of

I spent $27 at the organic mart on oranges (as I hadn’t considered that a jillion recipes would call for them), tomatoes (a splurge for February… more on that shortly), and some better processed juices (to get me through my moonlighting gig).

So, it’s really cool that you can juice practically any fruit or veggie. And I was fortunate to be able to get a fair amount of local produce at the outset of this endeavor. Maybe when I’m better versed in juicing I’ll be confident enough to make up my own concoctions using what’s fresh and local. For this reboot, though, I’ve purchased more well-traveled goods than I like to make habit. I’m experiencing a bit of locavore guilt, to be perfectly honest.

Take these tomatoes, for instance. I avoided tomatoes altogether during my previous shopping ventures. February tomatoes leave a lot to be desired in the looks department, and I can only assume the same is true for taste. No, I thought, tomatoes are only good in season. Wait and they’ll be so much better. But then I started worrying about the fruit to veggie ratio. Fruit is good, but veggies are better. Concerned I was getting the ratio wrong (mainly because everything tastes so darn good!), I decided to splurge on some New England tomatoes. At least it’s closer than Cali, right? And these were bright red and plump and firm but giving, the way tomatoes should be.

But, at the end of the day, these tomatoes are still traveling further than I’m comfortable sourcing my food. Same for the oranges and cucumber and spinach and pretty much everything I didn’t get at the farmer’s market. *sigh* I suppose starting a juice fast in winter, I should have expected to branch out for my produce sourcing. At least, looking on the bright side, it gives me a goal to work toward.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ahhh… the day of love. So far, I’m loving my juice fast. Does that count?? 🙂

Last night I prepped my fruits and veggies for today’s juicing recipes. I figured I would try the full juice recipes on day 2 instead of sticking to 1 serving, hoping that would keep me from hitting the kitchen every two hours like clockwork.

8 a.m.
Glass of processed 100% OJ.
I didn’t feel like hauling the juicer in for a morning juice when I knew I’d be hauling it back to the office directly.

9 a.m.
Apple basic
4 carrots
1 apple

5/5 energy. 3/5 detox, digestion, skin. 2/5 immunity.
Yummy. I opted for ease with this one, as I was running a little late getting to my desk. Even though I made the full recipe, it only produced about 1 cup of juice, which is roughly what I got from all of the halved recipes yesterday. Hmmm…

12 p.m.
Green ‘n’ Pear It
8 spears broccoli
3 sticks celery
2 pears (Ran out of pears, so I substituted apples.)

5/5 detox. 4/5 immunity, digestion, skin. 3/5 energy.
This is super yumm-o. (And would be DE-vine with pears, I’m sure.) I actually started getting a little worried about all these yummy juices. Am I getting enough vegetables? I know there are vegetables in there… I put them in there myself. But everything is tasting too good to have enough vegetables for me. Right? Okay, so the broccoli hardly juiced at all. The treetop parts went straight to the pulp bin, but I got a teeeeensy amount of dark green goodness from the stalks.

2:50 p.m.
1 sweet potato
1 carrot
1/2 pineapple

5/5 for energy, immunity, and digestion. 4/5 for skin. 3/5 for detox.
Bright, bright orange and totally delicious. Who knew you could juice a sweet potato? No, seriously. Who knew that?
4:50 p.m.

Super defender
5 lg kale leaves
3 carrots
1 orange

Will definitely keep this one in the mix.

After this I sampled Odwalla‘s Superfood, Naked’s Green Machine, and Vriut‘s Berry Veggie Blend. All were tasty. Both the Superfood and the Green Machine are called juice smoothies, and I worried a bit that this would throw my fast off. But the difference having these juices on hand when I couldn’t have fresh juice made a world of difference in my evening.

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