So far today I am feeling great! I am writing this while I am on bus to school and am trying desperately to not feel carsick! Last night I made some orange/peach juice and some concord grape juice that tastes great! The only problem is that since I don't have a juicer and I blend the fruit and then squeeze the juice out with a cheesecloth the grape juice makes my hands itch like crazy! I thought for a while about getting a juicer, but I also want a dehydrator. On a married full time college student budget I can't afford both so I think that I am going to get the dehydrator within the next couple of weeks because I think that for my purposes right now I will get more use out of it.
I haven't weighed myself in a while, but I plan to do so after this fast and then every 7 days thereafter. I will also post before/after pics of me for every 25 lbs I loose.
My wife asked me a good question yesterday that made me think. She said that she had read that people who drink one glass of apple juice a day are more likely to develop diabetes. She asked why I feel that juices are good for my body for more extended fasts (I told her that I would like to do a 30 day juice fast some time latter this year). She said (and I already knew this) that when you juice a fruit you remove all of the fiber that helps slow the digestion of the fructose in the fruit and without it our bodies absorb the sugar much faster. Why do I feel this is still healthy? (Please know that my wife and I ask each other questions like this all the time. We both have similar but different philosophies about eating and will often debate our differences in a healthy way.)
I figured that I would post my response to her here!
When you juice a fruit you do remove the fiber and your body does absorb the sugar faster. However, drinking store bought apple juice and fresh made apple juice is completely different. Store bought apple juice has been heated at high temperatures to pasteurize it, when juice is heated the nutrients die and the sugar is condensed, try fresh orange juice and then try 100% store bought orange juice ... you will taste a massive difference) and the oxygen is removed to increase shelf life. The oxygen being removed also depletes flavor so flavor packets are added to restore it. This is true for even 100% juice. That is why all juice you buy from the store tastes the same (if it is the same brand) and tastes differ between brands. Each company has a different flavor packet formula. Why isn't it listed on the label you ask? It's because the flavor packet is DERIVED from the fruit that the juice is made from so it doesn't need to be listed as anything other than the fruit itself.
Anyway :) drinking heated juice has less nutrients and more sugar (through the juice condensing during the heating process). When you make your own home made juice it does not condense (as long as you leave it raw) and it maintains much of it's nutrients except for fiber.
Our brains need carbohydrates to function and the sugar in fruit (or any sugar) is a carbohydrate thus it supplies power to our brains. The nutrients and antioxidants in the juice fuel our bodies in their daily activities and in the restoration process.
So, in short, I feel that homemade juice is okay to drink if it is left raw. I do have to say though that I am not a medical professional so if you have diabetes or are pre-diabetic you should consult your doctor or do your own research before consuming anything with sugar in it.
Try your own raw juice! I promise you won't be disappointed!
Remember, you are RAWsome!