Recently, after watching a few documentaries and spending the better part of the spring and summer studying how to eat right, my wife and I decided we’d do a smoothie fast. For her, this is a way to kick start a new way of eating. For me, it’s a chance to reset after already kick starting a new way of eating. I will go into more detail on all of that in another post, however.
Why Not a Juice Fast?
One of the half-dozen or so documentaries we watched, which has certain influenced us was Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Part 1 & 2. We watched it on Netflix, but it can be found on YouTube and other channels for sure.
The documentary follows a man with a disease that makes him break out in hives over just about everything. He has a rather large belly, but many of us would say he’s not so bad. However, he was well over weight and he goes on a 60-day juice fast to help lose the weight. After the fast, he changes his entire diet and outlook on eating, as well.
While his transformation certainly influenced us, it was only one of many influences as we are the type to do quite a bit of research before jumping in. Neither one of us are anywhere near where the men in this documentary are, but we also don’t want to get there, either.
We chose not to do juice for a couple of reasons. One, we don’t own a juicer and really don’t want to invest the money in one right now. Two, a juicer is another appliance taking up space we just don’t have to give away right now. Three, I prefer to adhere to the Waste Not, Want Not philosophy as much as possible and juicing wastes a ton of fruit and vegetable fibers, in my opinion.
I have done juice fasting a few times in my life for three days, five days and seven days. It’s not easy, but it’s well worth it. I have also done smoothie fasting before and I felt the same when comparing the two.
Where I am Currently
I won’t be doing any before and after pictures, as that is not my style and nobody wants to see me without a shirt on, anyway. Instead, I will show my overall weight, my BMI and I will also talk about how I feel now compared to after.
It’s important to understand that I am not going directly from a typical Western Diet to a smoothie fast. I cut way back on meat consumption at the beginning of May and at the beginning of July, I gave it up completely. I was still eating fish, but since have given that up, too.
Over the past month I have had no meat, only occasional dairy, only occasional fish and have cut back on my alcohol consumption. I wasn’t weight myself regularly, but I can remember the scale saying 225 back in middle May and today it’s much lower.
Currently, I weighed in at 213.2 and will be putting the scale in the same place on the floor and weight myself at the same time after the 10-day fast. I will probably weigh myself at 5 days as a bit of a check in, as well.
My BMI is currently 27.4, which is higher than necessary. When you get to a BMI lower than 25, you’re considered not to be overweight anymore. For me, that means dropping 18.2 pounds. I will be below a BMI of 25 when I weigh less than 195 pounds. However, my ideal weight is in the 180 to 190 range and that will be my overall goal. I don’t expect to achieve that with a 10-day smoothie fast, but I would like to kick start my journey towards that weight.
As I go through this smoothie fast process, I want to post my updates here so that the entire story is easy to access for anybody interested.
After 5 days, I am going strong and watching the weight fall off. I weighed in at 209.4, which is a loss of 3.8 pounds. I am feeling pretty good, but have been a bit lethargic. I blame the lack of energy on the travel day however. When we travel, even if it’s only 180 miles, we have to tear down camp and set it back up, which can be a bit draining. It was also a hot and sunny day, so it was a bit more draining than usual. Overall, everything is going smoothly and I am half way there!
The seventh day was my list. I decided to break my fast that night as I was feeling my body has reset and was ready to get back to eating. Since I was already eating a strictly plant-based diet before the fast (for about a week and pescatarian for about 2 weeks before that) I didn’t feel the need to continue as I felt like I had detoxed pretty well. I also don’t eat added sugar anymore and avoid foods with GMOs and chemicals as much as possible, so detoxing didn’t take as long.
What is a Smoothie Fast?
A smoothie fast is pretty simple. For 10 days, I will not consume anything but smoothies and water, which will contain fruits, vegetables and seeds. This means, no coffee (the hardest part for me), no tea, no soda (I don’t drink it anyway) and nothing but smoothies and water.
Now, when I say smoothie, I am not referring to something like what you get from McDonald’s or some other garbage producing fast food joint. I am not even referring to what you might pick up at a Smoothie King, although their products would probably work pretty well on this type of fast.
Our typical morning smoothie is a good example of what we will be drinking. It’s made with Almond or Coconut Milk, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Mixed Berries, Banana and Greens. Some of the other smoothies we will be eating/drinking will contain other vegetables. Here’s a look at what we bought for our smoothie fast.
- Organic Frozen Mixed Berries (Blueberries, Blackberries and Strawberries)
- Organic Frozen Blueberries (actually already had these)
- Locally grown frozen raspberries
- Locally grown frozen blueberries
- Organic Mangos (we had 2 and bought 2 more)
- Organic Celery
- Locally grown tomatoes
- Locally grown cucumbers
- Organic Bananas
- Organic Avocado (already had these)
- Organic Spring Mix Greens
- Organic Arugula and Spinach
- Locally grown Kale
- Locally grown Watermelon
- Locally grown peaches
- Organic Matcha Powder
- Organic Cacao Powder
- Non-GMO Peanut Butter
- Organic Lemons
- Organic Limes
- Non-GMO Almond Milk
- Organic Coconut Milk
- Organic Broccoli
- Hemp Seeds
- Organic Chia Seeds (Already had these)
- Organic ground Flax Seeds (Already had these)
- Fresh Pineapple
- Can of Non-GMO beets (couldn’t find these fresh
I may be missing a couple of items, but I got the majority listed here. We wanted coconut water, too, but the only varieties we could find are brands that we don’t trust.
Since we travel full time, we are stuck with what’s offered in the area and the Wisconsin Dells doesn’t have a ton of options. We started at a farm market called the Country Bumpkin Farm Market, which is a local farm with all kinds of great produce. They state that they use some organic practices, so they were right up our alley. Not to mention, they have a petting farm and a really cool area for kids to play that I am sure my wife will want to go back to when we have little ones.
I was able to get the blueberries, raspberries, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes and kale here. We also bought a bag of locally grown popcorn for later down the road.
The next stop was called Maurer’s Market, which is a smaller grocery store found in Wisconsin Dells. They had a few more produce items we picked up and we also scored some local wine for later down the road.
The rest of everything we got was from Wal-Mart, which isn’t my favorite store by any means, but it was the only option left that we knew of. Overall, we did the best we could to support local businesses in our journey towards better health.
Our Plan for the Smoothie Fast
Our plan is pretty simple. We will have 3 large smoothies a day and two smaller ones (maybe one larger split in half). If this isn’t enough, we will make more. There will be no real limit on the amount of smoothie we have each day.
We already understand the first 3 days are going to be difficult. This is when your body is detoxing like crazy and you can be prone to headaches, nausea, lethargy and other side effects. However, when you get past 72 hours, things start to get better.
Right now, I am writing this on the morning of Day One and I have yet to have my morning smoothie. I am sipping on a regular glass of water and will be making our lemon/cayenne pepper waters shortly to get us started with our day.
We haven’t started yet, but it’s important to note how I feel right now. I feel a bit sore, I have a small headache and my body feels stiff. Some of this could be due to just waking up, but this is a pretty normal morning feeling and one of the reasons I am changing my diet so drastically (outside of the fast, too).
I have been getting headaches lately and have blamed them on the weather, but I think there is a different reason, which I cannot figure out. My wife gets migraines sometimes and others have reported fasting followed by a plant-based diet has basically cured them of migraine headaches. We are hoping for health improvements (not that we are in bad health) for sure.
My Smoothie Fasting Goals
My main goal is to become healthier with this fast, which will be followed by a Vegan diet (yes, there’s that bad word people seem to be scared of).
Of course, I want to drop a few pounds, but weight loss isn’t my main goal. I am hoping it will be a by-product of the fast and a new way of eating.
I also want more energy, less stress and happier days. Food is linked to all of these and so much more, so changing what I eat will hopefully send me down the path towards a healthier, happier, more energetic me.
Have you ever done or attempted a smoothie fast, juice fast or any other kind of fast? Tell me about the results of your fast in the comments below.